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Gradovich expects easy fight with Velez
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While a potential featherweight title unification between Vasyl Lomachenko and Nicholas Walters is all the rage, and a fight promoter Top Rank plans on putting together, the promotional company has another 126-pound titleholder, Evgeny Gradovich, who has also been rolling along.

Kovalev-Pascal under discussion
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Following his one-sided thrashing of the great Bernard Hopkins in a three-belt light heavyweight unification fight on Nov. 8, Sergey Kovalev returned to his home in Los Angeles to meet his newborn son, Aleksandr.

Saunders, Eubank talk until the end
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British middleweights Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr. have verbally attacked each other throughout the promotion for their fight and talked of their dislike for each other.

Terry Norris auctioning off memorabilia
Former junior middleweight champion and International Boxing Hall of Famer Terry Norris is looking to raise money for his foundation, the “Final Fight Foundation,” and has consigned a number of pieces of memorabilia for auction from his 1986 to 1998 career.

Groves was shaky and he knows it
Super middleweight contender George Groves admitted he did not look good in struggling to a seventh-round knockout of Denis Douglin on Saturday in Liverpool, England, on the Nathan Cleverly-Tony Bellew II undercard.

DeGale pressures Froch to fight him
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Super middleweight contender James DeGale, the 2008 British Olympic gold medalist, is sitting in a mandatory position for the next shot at one of unified titleholder Carl Froch's belts.

Full speed ahead for Joshua in 2015
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The ascent of heavyweight super prospect Anthony Joshua, the 2012 British Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist, figures to move into full gear in 2015.

Notes: Caballero announces retirement
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A few notes from around the boxing world:• Former junior featherweight and featherweight titleholder Celestino Caballero, 38, of Panama, known as "The Towering Inferno" because he is 5-foot-11 -- huge for a 122-pounder -- has announced his retirement from boxing, ending a 16-year career.

Pedraza ready for title shot vs. Barthelemy
Puerto Rican junior lightweight contender Jose Pedraza said he is ready for his world title shot.Pedraza (19-0, 12 KOs), 25, won a clear-cut decision against tough Michael Farenas on Nov.

Pacquiao on Floyd: 'Fight has to happen'
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After welterweight titlist Manny Pacquiao demolished Chris Algieri to retain his welterweight title with ease as he scored six knockdowns in a landslide decision win on Saturday night at the Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena in Macau, (Sunday morning Macau time), Pacquiao and Top Rank promoter Bob Arum made it clear who they want next.

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