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J. Magdaleno to kick off Top Rank's 2015
Top Rank will kick off its 2015 with a UniMas-televised card from the Texas Station Gambling Hall and Casino in Las Vegas on Jan. 10.Las Vegas junior featherweight prospect Jessie Magdaleno (19-0, 15 KOs), the 23-year-old younger brother of lightweight contender Diego Magdaleno, will headline the card in an eight-round bout against Oxnard, California’s Erik Ruiz (13-1, 6 KOs), also 23.

Russell returns, but first loss still on mind
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For the first 24 fights of his professional career, 2008 U.S. Olympian and 2011 ESPN.com prospect of the year Gary Russell Jr. was undermatched against a series of soft opponents with virtually no serious chance to beat him.

Roc Nation Sports announces undercard
Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports, which entered the boxing business in August, is putting on the first card of its “throne boxing” series on Jan.

Notes: Redkach headlines 'ShoBox' card
A few notes from around the boxing world:• The new season of Showtime’s “ShoBox: The New Generation” will kick off Jan. 9 at the Morongo resort in Cabazon, California, where promoter Lou DiBella will put on a card headlined by up-and-coming lightweight Ivan Redkach (17-0, 13 KOs), who will face an opponent to be determined in the main event.

Dirrell faces Edwards with Froch in mind
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From the time super middleweight Andre Dirrell dropped out of the Super Six World Boxing Classic after suffering a head injury in a disqualification win against Arthur Abraham in March 2010 until this past August, he had only two fights.

WBC sets mandatories, pushes Floyd-Pac
The 52nd annual WBC convention is going on this week at the Mirage in Las Vegas, and while I have little use for the sanctioning organization -- one which regularly breaks its own rules -- one element of the convention is significant because it has a direct impact on fights that fans will see.

Notes: Crolla hospitalized with broken ankle
A few notes from around the boxing world: •  British lightweight Anthony Crolla (29-4-2, 11 KOs) was hospitalized this week with a broken ankle and possible skull fracture after a confrontation with burglars, which has, obviously, caused his shot at world titleholder Richar Abril (19-3-1, 8 KOs) to be canceled.

Gilberto Ramirez on Alvarado-Rios III card
Rising super middleweight contender Gilberto Ramirez, who has been so impressive in recent fights, will make his HBO debut on Jan. 24.Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti told ESPN.

Kovalev-Pascal site set: Montreal
The site for the much-anticipated March 14 fight between light heavyweight titlist Sergey Kovalev and former world champion Jean Pascal was announced on Wednesday: the Bell Centre in Montreal, Pascal's hometown.

Russell bumped up on Cuellar-Tamayo card
There's been a little bit of a change of plans for the Goossen Promotions card on Saturday night (Showtime Extreme, 9 ET/PT) at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington.

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