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Parker: Joshua has a glass chin.

Joseph Parker and his promoter David Higgins have revealed that they want to fight Anthony Joshua so the Kiwi can unify the division.

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Vargas: 'I'm always up for a battle.'

Former welterweight world titleholder Jessie Vargas hopes to give fans a good show when he faces Aaron Herrera on December 15.

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After former heavyweight titlist David Haye (28-3, 26 KOs) postponed his grudge rematch with British countryman Tony Bellew (29-2-1, 19 KOs), scheduled for Dec. 17 at the O2 Arena in London, because of a torn biceps, contender Dillian Whyte said he was willing to step in and replace Haye, who won’t be available for the rematch until at least late March. Whyte tweeted at Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, “Let’s not let the boxing fans down Eddie Hearn. I will fight Bellew in December and beat him up even without a proper training camp.” Whyte (22-1, 16 KOs), 29, of England, has been seeking a high-profile fight. He’s won six fights in a row since a seventh-round knockout loss to Anthony Joshua (before Joshua won a world title) in 2015, most recently a lopsided decision over Robert Helenius on Oct. 28 on the Joshua-Carlos Takam undercard.

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The lightweight world title eliminator between Richard Commey (25-2, 22 KOs), 30, of Ghana, and Roman Andreev (20-0, 14 KOs), 31, of Russia, to produce the mandatory challenger for titlist Robert Easter Jr. (20-0, 14 KOs) is off. Commey and Andreev were due to meet on Dec. 9 in Kemerovo, Russia after Commey promoter Lou DiBella and Andreev promoter Vlad Hrunov made a deal and avoided a purse bid. However, Hrunov failed to put into escrow the $55,000 he had contractually agreed to pay DiBella as a provision of services for Commey’s participation in the bout by the Nov. 10 deadline they agreed to, so DiBella terminated the agreement after Hrunov failed to respond to inquiries as to where the money was. Andreev will be dropped from his position and the IBF will soon order Commey to fight somebody else in the eliminator.

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Junior welterweights Ivan Baranchyk (17-0, 10 KOs), 24, a Russia native fighting out of Miami, Oklahoma, and Hiroki Okada (16-0, 11 KOs), 27, of Japan, were ordered by the IBF on Monday to meet in a world title elimination bout to determine the mandatory challenger for newly crowned titlist Sergey Lipinets (13-0, 10 KOs), who outpointed Akihiro Kondo on Nov. 4 to win the 140-pound belt vacated by then-undisputed champion Terence Crawford. According to the IBF, both fighters have indicated in writing that they are willing to participate in the eliminator. Baranchyk promoter Lou DiBella and Okada promoter Kadoebi Promotions need to conclude negotiations by Dec. 6 or a purse bid will be ordered.

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Junior welterweight Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin could be back on HBO in short order. Seldin (21-0, 17 KOs), 31, the New York brawler, made his HBO debut by destroying Roberto Ortiz in three rounds on Nov. 11 on the Daniel Jacobs-Luis Arias undercard. The network is in talks with his promoter, Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing, to add him to the undercard of the fight between middleweight world titleholder Billy Joe Saunders and former titlist David Lemieux on Dec. 16 (10 p.m. ET/PT) at the Place Bell in Laval, Quebec. The opponent under discussion to face Seldin is Yves Ulysse Jr. (14-1, 9 KOs), 29, of Montreal, who is coming off a 10-round split decision loss to Steve Claggett on Oct. 27.

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Martinez ends fight with a left hook to liver of Martinez.

Bernardo Osuna and Bernard Hopkins recap junior bantamweight Jose Martinez's impressive fourth-round knockout against Jesus Martinez with a left hook.

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Australia’s T.J. Doheny (17-0, 13 KOs), 31, and former featherweight world titleholder Evgeny Gradovich (23-2-1, 9 KOs), 31, of Russia, will meet in a junior featherweight title eliminator on Dec. 15 in Ekaterinburg, Russia. The IBF agreed to sanction the fight on Thursday. The winner will become the mandatory challenger for the 122-pound world title held by Japan’s Ryosuke Iwasa (24-2, 16 KOs). The bout will take place on the undercard of the heavyweight fight between Russia’s Alexander Povetkin (32-1, 23 KOs), who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs twice last year, and Romania native Christian Hammer (22-4, 12 KOs).

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Wilder's message to Joshua: 'I am the man that will end your career.'

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder joins SportsNation to discuss why his next fight needs to be with WBA and IBF champion Anthony Joshua, and shares an honest opinion to why he isn't a household name in boxing yet.

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Wilder thinks De La Hoya is going through a crisis to call out McGregor.

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder shares his thoughts on a possible match between retired boxer Oscar De La Hoya and UFC champion Conor McGregor, saying that any fighter has a "puncher's chance."

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Max gives De La Hoya the edge over McGregor.

Max Kellerman and Stephen A. Smith weigh in on a hypothetical matchup between retired boxer Oscar De La Hoya and Conor McGregor.

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Who would win: McGregor or De La Hoya?

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon say Oscar De La Hoya would lose in a fight with Conor McGregor.

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The International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York, announced on Wednesday that it will unveil the class of 2018 at 1 p.m. ET on Dec. 5. Inductees will be named in four categories: modern, old-timer, non-participant and observer. Hall of Fame Induction Weekend will be held June 7-10th with inductions taking place on June. 10. Five newcomers were added to the ballot this year to go with 30 holdovers. Three will be elected. Appearing on the ballot for the first time this year are Erik Morales, Vitali Klitschko, Ricky Hatton, Ronald “Winky” Wright and Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon. Three of them are likely to comprise the new class. Among the more well-known holdovers are Nigel Benn, Donald Curry, Chris Eubank Sr., Julian Jackson, Darius Michalczewski, Michael Moorer, Vinny Pazienza, Meldrick Taylor, Fernando Vargas and Wilfredo Vazquez Sr.

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Light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera looks in really good shape hitting the speed bag while training in Miami, Florida for his fight against Felix Valera on Saturday, Nov. 25. The fight will be on the undercard of the Sergey Kovalev vs. Vyacheslav Sharbranskyy light heavyweight title bout at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. Video provided by Ed Keenan/Main Events

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Flyweight Joselito Velazquez (4-0, 4 KO), a 2016 Mexican Olympian and one of his country’s top prospects, will make his American debut Dec. 9 on the Orlando Salido-Miguel Roman undercard at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Zanfer Promotions announced on Wednesday. He will face an opponent to be determined in a four-rounder. Velazquez, a two-time Pan-American Games gold medalist, lost in the second round of the Rio Olympics to eventual gold medalist Hasanboy Dusmatov. “I have always dreamed about becoming a professional boxer and wining a world championship,” said Velazquez, 24, who trains in Southern California with Manny Robles and is managed by Frank Espinoza. “I will work very hard to reach my goals and become well known in the sport and to reach the ultimate heights in this new chapter in my life.”

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Kazuto Ioka (22-1, 13 KOs), 28, of Japan, has vacated his flyweight world title, though he did not say that he did so in order to move up in weight, which is typically the reason. Rather Ioka, who has also won world titles at strawweight and junior flyweight, had no interest in making a mandatory defense against the unknown Artem Dalakian (15-0, 11 KOs), 30, of Ukraine. Ioka made five flyweight title defenses. He has not announced what he plans to do next but there is speculation in Japan that he might retire.

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Final viewership numbers are in for the Top Rank ESPN card on Saturday night at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California, where junior welterweight Jose Ramirez guaranteed himself a world title shot by stopping Mike Reed in sensational fashion in the second round. The card, which opened with Artur Beterbiev knocking out Enrico Koelling in the 12th round to win a vacant light heavyweight world title, averaged 1.487 million viewers for the full 1 hour, 50 minute live broadcast, according to Nielsen Media Research. The ESPN card competed directly against a boxing card on HBO and a UFC card on FS1 and beat both handily. The ESPN card drew nearly what the other two drew combined.

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Popular Polish heavyweight Tomasz Adamek (51-5, 30 KOs), a former world title challenger as well as a former cruiserweight and light heavyweight world titleholder, will fight New Orleans-based journeyman Fred Kassi (18-6-1, 10 KOs), 38, in a scheduled 10-round bout on Saturday in Czestochowa, Poland. Adamek, 40, will be fighting for the second time since ending his second retirement in April with a 10-round decision win against Australia’s Solomon Haumono. Kassi has lost three fights in a row to name opponents, former title challengers Dominic Breazeale and Hughie Fury and, most recently, Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller in August 2016.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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Up against a slate of major college football games, live boxing on ESPN and UFC on FS1, Saturday night’s Daniel Jacobs-headlined HBO card attracted a middling audience. Jacobs’ return to the ring for the first fight of an HBO contract, and his first bout since a close decision to loss to unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in March, was a one-sided decision win against Luis Arias at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, and it averaged 706,000 viewers, peaking at 765,000, according to Nielsen Media Research. Those are weak figures for the network’s flagship “World Championship Boxing” series. The co-feature, heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller’s ninth-round stoppage of Mariusz Wach, averaged 673,000 viewers (739,000 peak). The opener of the tripleheader, junior welterweight Cletus Seldin’s third-round knockout of Robert Ortiz, averaged 532,000 viewers (556,000 peak).

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Beterbiev stops Koelling late in 12th round.

Artur Beterbiev scores two knockdowns in the final round against Enrico Koelling to improve to 12-0.

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Ramirez shows big-time promise in win.

Brian Kenny, Teddy Atlas and Mark Kriegel break down Jose Ramirez's dominant victory over Mike Reed.

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Will Eddie Hearn remain as Joshua's promoter?

Steve Bunce shares his thoughts on whether he feels Anthony Joshua will continue his partnership with Eddie Hearn or look elsewhere for a new promoter.

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Joshua 'not afraid' to lose undefeated status.

Anthony Joshua insists the fear of losing his undefeated record wouldn't hold him back from accepting any fight.

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Joshua: Wilder fight will happen in 2018.

Anthony Joshua insists he remains on course for a heavyweight collision with fellow champion Deontay Wilder in 2018, if the deal can be done.

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Ramirez dominates Reed.

Jose Ramirez imposes his physicality against Mike Reed and the fight gets called off in the second round.

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Ramirez shows big-time promise in win.

Brian Kenny, Teddy Atlas and Mark Kriegel break down Jose Ramirez's dominant victory over Mike Reed.

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Beterbiev stops Koelling late in 12th round.

Artur Beterbiev scores two knockdowns in the final round against Enrico Koelling to improve to 12-0.

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Lomachenko says Rigondeaux fight is a 'big challenge.'

Vasyl Lomachenko speaks about how he wanted to fight Guillermo Rigondeaux a couple years ago and why the bout is so important for his career.

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