Boxing

Cuban Heavyweight Luis Ortiz looks likely to lose his WBC title shot against American Deontay Wilder after failing a drug test with a little over a month to go until the event. Ortiz previously failed a drugs test following his initial TKO victory over Lateef Kayode of Nigeria in 2014. The result of the bout was later overturned and declared a no contest after his urine sample tested positive for the banned steroid nandralone.

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WBC World junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo (29-0, 14 KOs) will be defending his title for the second time next month against his mandatory Erickson Lubin (18-0, 13 KOs) on October 14 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Charlo, 27, took exception to Lubin criticizing his recent opposition in defeating Charles Hatley in his first defense of his title last April. Charlo says he’s never heard of the opponents that Lubin has fought before during his 4-year pro career.

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Up-and-coming Filipino boxer Michael “Hot & Spicy” Dasmarinas, is all set for his boxing debut for Singapore-based sports management and boxing promotions outfit, RingStar Boxing.  His fight is set to take place on October 20 at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, for the much anticipated ‘The Roar of Singapore III - The Chosen Wan’. 

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Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) might take a tune-up fight in December before facing Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 2 KOs) in a rematch in May of 2018, says trainer Abel Sanchez. He says he heard Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler and Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez talking about both fighters potentially taking a tune-up fight in December before fighting in May.

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