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The representatives for welterweight world titlist Errol Spence Jr. and mandatory challenger Carlos Ocampo weren't able to make a deal by the IBF’s deadline so Thursday the sanctioning body scheduled a purse bid for March 6 at noon ET at the IBF offices in Springfield, New Jersey. Spence (23-0, 20 KOs), represented by promoter Tom Brown, is entitled to 85 percent of the winning bid and Mexico’s Ocampo (22-0, 13 KOs), promoted by Zanfer Promotions, would 15 percent. Spence (23-0, 20 KOs), 27, is scheduled to headline a Showtime card June 16 in his hometown of Dallas with Mexico’s Ocampo (22-0, 13 KOs) the supposed opponent as long as they either make a deal (which they could still do before the auction) or Spence’s camp wins the purse bid.

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Diaz knocks out Terrazas to remain perfect.

Featherweight Joseph Diaz Jr. knocks out Victor Terrazas in the third round to up his record to 26-0.

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Haye: "You humbled me, Tony."

David Haye has adopted a new humble attitude to his latest pre-fight build-up but heavyweight opponent Tony Bellew was not buying it on Wednesday.

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Alicia Napoleon (8-1, 5 KOs), from New York’s Long Island, will fight Belgium’s Femke Hermans (6-0, 3 KOs) for a vacant women’s super middleweight world title on March 3 on the Deontay Wilder-Luis Ortiz untelevised undercard at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, promoter Lou DiBella announced Wednesday. “This means so much to me and for women's boxing in the United States,” Napoleon said. “I've worked very hard for many years and dreamed of becoming a world champion and to have my Long Island fans see me challenge for the title makes it even more special.”

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Haye: Bellew is a beautiful man to beat.

David Haye insists his positivity will help him overcome Tony Bellew in their rematch and has praised the fighter for his 'great' hair.

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Bellew: I will finish Haye's career.

Tony Bellew believes he will finish David Haye's boxing career whilst David Haye believes he has upgraded himself and is better than ever.

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Viewership numbers are in for the weekend boxing shows with figures from Nielsen Media Research. Saturday’s night’s Showtime card averaged 412,000 viewers for the full telecast. Fight by fight, welterweight Danny Garcia’s ninth-round KO of Brandon Rios in a title eliminator averaged 516,000 viewers (558,000 peak). The co-feature, super middleweight titlist David Benavidez’s rout of Ronald Gavril in a rematch, averaged 458,000 (489,000 peak). Yordenis Ugas’ seventh-round KO of Ray Robinson in a welterweight eliminator that opened the card averaged 314,000 (487,000 peak). The start of Showtime’s card ran head-to-head with a chunk of a Fox Card headlined by the draw between ex-welterweight titlists Devon Alexander and Victor Ortiz. That telecast averaged 1.1 million viewers. Friday night, the Top Rank ESPN tripleheader (topped by Ray Beltran outpointing Paulus Moses for a vacant lightweight belt) averaged 703,000 viewers, about the same as the previous Friday night Top Rank ESPN card in September.

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Beltran wins lightweight title with UD victory over Moses.

Ray Beltran picks up the pace in the later rounds against Paulus Moses and claims a vacant lightweight world title.

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Former junior lightweight titleholder Gervonta Davis (19-0, 18 KOs) of Baltimore is slated to fight April 21 on Showtime. He doesn’t have an opponent but there have been talks for a title eliminator vs. ex-featherweight titlist Billy Dib (43-4, 24 KOs) of Australia. Their camps asked the IBF for extra time ahead of a Jan. 29 purse bid because they were close to a deal. It was rescheduled for Feb. 6 but still didn’t happen because the IBF was told there was a deal. But don’t count on it happening. Multiple sources told ESPN on Tuesday that Davis will instead likely face Argentina’s Jesus Cuellar in a fight for which the WBA would create a secondary world title -- even though it promised to end that practice. Cuellar, a former secondary featherweight titlist, has done nothing to warrant a title fight at junior lightweight. He's a career-long featherweight and has boxed only once December 2015, a decision loss to featherweight titlist Abner Mares in December 2016.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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France’s Tony Yoka (3-0, 2 KOs), 25, who won the 2016 Olympic super heavyweight medal in Rio de Janeiro, is due back in the ring on April 7 in Paris, Ringstar Sports CEO Richard Schaefer told ESPN. Schaefer said that Yoka, whose first two fights were scheduled for six rounds and his third was scheduled for eight, will have his first scheduled 10-round bout. Yoka is due to fight Cyril Leonet (12-9-3, 4 KOs), 34, who is the former French national champion and a step up in competition for Yoka, who stopped Ali Baghouz in the second round in his last fight on Dec. 16.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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Super middleweight world titlist David Benavidez (20-0, 17 KOs) may have laid an absolute beating on Ronald Gavril (18-3, 14 KOs) in their one-sided rematch on Saturday night at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, but Benavidez, who won 120-108, 120-108 and 119-109, came out of the fight with a severely swollen right hand. He went to the hospital following the fight to have it examined and there is no break, promoter Sampson Lewkowicz told ESPN. Lewkowicz said that Benavidez, 21, of Phoenix, had an MRI exam on his hand and that it was just badly bruised. He said Benavidez will make his second title defense in July.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

Weekend scorecard

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Garcia knocks out Rios with one punch.

Danny Garcia sends Brandon Rios to the canvas in the ninth round with a strong right hand. Rios gets up before the count of 10, but the referee stops the fight.

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Teiken Promotions on Monday added two more world title bouts to the card headlined by secondary middleweight titlist Ryota Murata’s defense against Emanuele Felice Blandamura on April 15 at Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan. Daigo Higa (15-0, 15 KOs), of Japan, who demolished Moises Fuentes in the first round two weeks ago, will defend his flyweight belt for the third time by facing Nicaragua’s Cristopher Rosales (26-3, 17 KOs). Also, Japan’s Ken Shiro (12-0, 6 KOs) will defend his junior flyweight title for the third time in a rematch with mandatory challenger and former titlist Ganigan Lopez (28-7, 17 KOs), of Mexico, whom Shiro won the belt from by majority decision last May.

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The purse bid for the fight between junior lightweight world titleholder Alberto Machado, of Puerto Rico, and mandatory challenger Rafael Mensah, of Ghana, which was originally scheduled for Feb. 19, has been postponed until March 2 at the WBA offices in Panama City, Panama. The minimum bid is $120,000 with 75 percent of the winning offer going to Machado (19-0, 16 KOs), who will be making his first title defense, and 25 percent to the unknown Mensah (31-0, 23 KOs), though Golden Boy Promotions, Machado’s promoter, and Don King, who represents Mensah, could still make a deal before the purse bid.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

Danny Garcia vs. Brandon Rios

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Garcia knocks out Rios with one punch.

Danny Garcia sends Brandon Rios to the canvas in the ninth round with a strong right hand. Rios gets up before the count of 10, but the referee stops the fight.

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The new season of “Boxeo Telemundo” kicks off on Friday night (Telemundo, 11:30 ET) at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida, where Mexico’s Ricardo Rodriguez (16-5, 5 KOs) and Puerto Rico’s Jonathan Gonzalez (19-2-1, 12 KOs) will meet in a 10-round flyweight fight in the main event of All Star Boxing promoter Tutico Zabala’s card. The undercard will feature a pair of 2016 Olympians, Antonio Vargas (5-0, 3 KOs), of Kissimmee, Florida, and Puerto Rico’s Jeyvier Cintron (2-0, 1 KO), who will both be in scheduled six-round bantamweight fights.

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Beltran wins lightweight title with UD victory over Moses.

Ray Beltran picks up the pace in the later rounds against Paulus Moses and claims a vacant lightweight world title.

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Beltran gives his all against Moses for a world title fight.

Joe Tessitore, Timothy Bradley and Mark Kriegel break down why Ray Beltran staying busy against Paulus Moses helped him escape with a victory.

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Long-faded former welterweight and junior middleweight world titleholder Ricardo Mayorga, who got knocked out in high-profile fights by Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley and Miguel Cotto, continues to fight way past his prime. Mayorga (32-10-1, 26 KOs), 44, of Nicaragua, who is coming off a ninth-round knockout loss to Andrey Sirotkin in November in Russia, is slated to fight Rodolfo Gomez Jr. (12-4-1, 8 KOs), 28, in a 10-round super middleweight bout at the Laredo Energy Arena in Gomez’s hometown of Laredo, Texas on April 7. The fight, announced Friday, is the main event of the first card being put on by the newly founded Lone Star Boxing Promotions.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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Happy Valentine's Day, from Chris Eubank Sr.

Chris Eubank Sr. delivers his own unique Valentine's Day poem for all the lovers out there…

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Junior welterweight contender Antonio Orozco (26-0, 17 KOs), who twice missed weight for televised fights in the past year and hasn’t fought since last April, is returning but in an untelevised undercard bout. He’ll fight an eight-rounder at 140 pounds – if he makes it – against an opponent to be determined on March 16 on Golden Boy’s first “LA Fight Club” card of the year at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles. Golden Boy announced the card on Wednesday with the main event being Seniesa Estrada (11-0, 2 KOs) against Sonia Osorio (8-5-1, 1 KO) in an eight-round women’s bout. Lightweight Oscar Duarte (12-0-1, 8 KOs) and junior lightweight Jousce Gonzalez (6-0, 6 KOs) will fight six-rounders on the telecast against opponents to be announced.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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England’s Hughie Fury, the cousin of former heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury, is getting back into the ring for the first time since losing a decision challenging heavyweight world titleholder Joseph Parker on Sept. 23 in Manchester, England. Fury (20-1, 10 KOs), 23, will challenge British champion Sam Sexton on May 12 at Macron Stadium’s Premier Suite in Bolton, England, Hennessy Sports announced on Tuesday. The fight will be televised on free-to-air Channel 5 in the United Kingdom. Sexton (24-3, 9 KOs), 33, will be making his first defense since winning the vacant title against Gary Cornish in October.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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On This Date: Douglas KOs Tyson.

Check out Buster Douglas' 10th-round knockout of Mike Tyson in their heavyweight title fight in Tokyo on this date in 1990, which is considered one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.

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Oscar De La Hoya, the Golden Boy promoter and owner of The Ring magazine, the 96-year “bible of boxing,” announced Monday that Stefan Friedman, a former journalist and one of his closest advisers, has been named publisher of the print and online publication. Friedman, a longtime public relations executive, will fill the vacant position immediately and take a step back from his duties with Golden Boy. “As a longtime fan and ardent supporter of boxing, I am humbled to be the next publisher of the legendary Ring magazine and entrusted with leading the publication's business,” Friedman said. De La Hoya bought the magazine in 2007.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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Joshua prepares for Parker title fight.

Heavyweight world titleholder Anthony Joshua undergoes training to fight fellow titlist Joseph Parker.

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