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Mairis Briedis to fight Mike Perez in Latvia on Sept. 30 in WBSS quarterfinal

The World Boxing Super Series quarterfinal between cruiserweight world titleholder Mairis Briedis and Mike Perez will take place Sept. 30 at Riga Arena in Riga, Latvia, organizer AG Comosa announced on Saturday. Briedis, 32, who is from Latvia, will have the home turf advantage as he makes the first defense of the vacant 200-pound belt he won by unanimous decision against former titleholder Marco Huck on April 1. At the tournament draft on July 8 in Monte Carlo, No. 3 Briedis (22-0, 18 KOs), one of the four seeded fighters…

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Shannon Briggs hit with 6-month suspension over PED test

The WBA has suspended former two-time heavyweight world titleholder Shannon Briggs for six months for failing a test for performance-enhancing drugs, the sanctioning body announced. Briggs was due to face Fres Oquendo for the organization’s vacant secondary world title on June 3 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The fight was canceled on two weeks’ notice when the results of the test conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association — which was overseeing drug testing for the bout as part of the WBA’s Fair Boxing Program…

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Former welterweight world titleholder Antonio Margarito will return to ring for first time in 13 months

Former welterweight world titleholder Antonio Margarito will return to the ring for the first time in 13 months when he takes on Carson Jones on Sept. 2, both fighters’ camps told ESPN on Friday. The scheduled 10-round junior middleweight fight will take place in Chihuahua, Mexico, and be televised in the United States on beIN Sports Espanol. The 39-year-old Margarito (40-8, 27 KOs) fought twice in 2016, scoring 10-round decision wins against Jorge Paez Jr. in March and Ramon Alvarez (Canelo Alvarez’s older brother) in August. Those bouts came after…

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Rau’shee Warren-McJoe Arroyo bout added to Adrien Broner-Mikey Garcia card

Former bantamweight world titleholder Rau’shee Warren and former junior bantamweight titlist McJoe Arroyo will square off in a junior bantamweight title elimination bout on July 29. The fight, announced on Thursday, has been added to the undercard of the Adrien Broner-Mikey Garcia junior welterweight showdown that takes places a week from Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Rau’shee Warren, left, will face McJoe Arroyo in a junior bantamweight title elimination bout on July 29 in Brooklyn, New York. Jon Durr/Getty Images Warren-Arroyo will not be part of the Showtime…

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Richard Commey signs with DiBella Entertainment, eyes title elimination bout at lightweight

The IBF has ordered two world title elimination fights to produce mandatory challengers for its belts at lightweight and junior lightweight. On Thursday, it ordered Alejandro Luna and Richard Commey, the leading available contenders according to the organization’s rankings, to meet for the right to become the mandatory challenger for the 135-pound world title held by Robert Easter Jr. Richard Commey, right, has been ordered to face fellow lightweight Alejandro Luna in a title elimination bout, with an eye on a possible rematch with Robert Easter Jr., left, to whom…

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Bakhtiyar Eyubov, Sonny Fredrickson to put unbeaten records on line against each other

Junior welterweight prospects Bakhtiyar Eyubov and Sonny Fredrickson will put their unbeaten records on the line against each other, promoter Dmitry Salita announced on Wednesday. They will meet in a scheduled 10-round fight on Aug. 4 at the MGM Grand Detroit in the co-feature of the previously announced women’s super middleweight world title fight between two-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (3-0, 1 KO) and titleholder Nikki Adler (16-0, 9 KOs). They meet for Adler’s world title as well as a vacant belt. The card on Showtime’s “ShoBox: The…

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Canelo Alvarez has returned to San Diego to train for bout with Gennady Golovkin

Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez has returned to his training base of San Diego to open camp for his highly anticipated showdown with unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin. Alvarez, training for the eighth fight in a row in San Diego, will face Golovkin on Sept. 16 (HBO PPV, 8 p.m. ET) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in one of the year’s biggest fights. Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs), whom some still consider the lineal middleweight champion even though he left the weight division for his past two fights —…

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Light heavyweight contender Joe Smith Jr. has surgery to repair broken jaw

Light heavyweight contender Joe Smith Jr., who fought valiantly with a broken jaw for eight-plus rounds in a 10-round decision loss to Sullivan Barrera on Saturday night, underwent surgery Tuesday to repair the injury. Star Boxing promoter Joe DeGuardia told ESPN that the jaw had a “clean break” but that it was in a different area than where Smith suffered a broken jaw in his only other defeat, a fourth-round knockout to Eddie Caminero in 2010. Smith had the surgery at Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, New York,…

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World Boxing Super Series to kick off with Callum Smith-Erik Skoglund super middleweight bout on Sept. 16

The World Boxing Super Series super middleweight tournament will open on Sept. 16 at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, with No. 2 seed Callum Smith in a 12-round hometown bout against unseeded Erik Skoglund, organizer Comosa AG announced on Wednesday. While the matchups are set for both the super middleweight and the cruiserweight eight-man single-elimination tournaments, Smith-Skoglund is the first bout to get a date and location. At the tournament draft on July 8 in Monte Carlo, the top four seeds in each tournament selected their opponents from the unseeded…

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