Boxing

“Shawn’s father, Kenny, came to see us. He’s a lovely man and highly intelligent, and we’ve had preliminary discussions and let’s see if it can happen. And there’s also Manny Pacquiao who has said that he wants to fight Terence Crawford. Let’s see if that can happen. But as far as Crawford is concerned, he’s in a good position.”

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Former WBO featherweight world champion Oscar Valdez dreams of winning a WBC world title. Miguel Berchelt, his Mexican countryman, has held the WBC super featherweight crown since January 2017. They each promise an all-Mexican slugfest reminiscent of the legendary trilogy between Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales.

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Brazilian middleweight contender Esquiva Falcao is coming back to America. After a pair of knockout wins last year in his home nation, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist will take on two-time world title challenger Artur Akavov in a 10-rounder Saturday, Feb. 20 from MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

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Featherweight action star Adam “BluNose” Lopez and Jason “El Alacrancito” Sanchez are ready for a phone booth battle. Lopez will defend his NABF belt in a 10-rounder against Sanchez Saturday, Feb. 13, on the undercard of the vacant WBO light heavyweight world title bout between Joe Smith Jr. and Maxim Vlasov at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

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