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'Mayhem' scores at the box office
Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s unanimous-decision victory against Marcos Maidana to retain his welterweight and junior middleweight world titles in their rematch last Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas generated nearly $15 million ticket sales.

Big changes to Team Mayweather?
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Floyd Mayweather Jr. had just beaten Marcos Maidana in their rematch Saturday night and did so in far easier fashion than when they met in May. Yet when Mayweather arrived at the news conference after the fight, he did not seem happy.

Notes: Sturm-Stieglitz, Bradley, more
A few notes from around the boxing world:• Former four-time middleweight titlist Felix Sturm (39-4-2, 18 KOs) and former two-time super middleweight titleholder Robert Stieglitz (47-4, 27 KOs), two of Germany's most popular fighters, will hook up in a long-awaited showdown as each winds down his career.

Martinez visits doctor for knee exam
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Former middleweight champion Sergio Martinez was in New York on Tuesday to visit Dr. Answorth Allen, the orthopedic surgeon for the New York Knicks, and have his balky right knee examined.

Burns gets foe for 140-pound debut
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The Ricky Burns story at junior welterweight will begin against Leonardo Esteban Gonzalez on Oct. 4.Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn announced on Thursday that Burns, a former lightweight and junior lightweight titlist, will face Gonzalez in his junior welterweight debut on a card at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, England.

Klitschko close to resuming training
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Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko's biceps injury is on the mend and he is almost ready to return to training camp for his mandatory defense against Kubrat Pulev.

Cleverly-Bellew rematch on tap
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Once rivals Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew successfully navigated fights on the same July 12 card -- both winning by knockout - Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn got to work on their rematch.

Contract comeback fight for Rodriguez
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When last seen in the ring, Edwin Rodriguez had the worst performance of his career. It was last November, when Rodriguez was supposed to challenge super middleweight champion Andre Ward in an HBO main event.

Tarver Jr. to fight on his father's card
While heavyweights Antonio Tarver (30-6, 21 KOs) and Johnathon Banks (29-2-1, 19 KOs), both in need of an impressive performance to keep their flickering prospects of a major fight alive, square off in a 10-round bout in the main event of a “Golden Boy Live” card on Sept.

Rios-Alvarado III possible
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A few notes from the boxing world:• Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado are 1-1 in their two hellacious fight of the year contenders. A rubber match to settle the score is a must, and Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told ESPN.

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