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Chavez likes Lomachenko against Sosa.

Julio Cesar Chavez previews Vasyl Lomachenko's fight against Jason Sosa.

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Newly crowned junior bantamweight titleholder Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (42-4-1, 38 KOs), who scored a huge upset of Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez (46-1, 38 KOs) by controversial majority decision on March 18 on the Gennady Golovkin-Daniel Jacobs undercard at Madison Square Garden in New York, returned home to Thailand as a conquering hero. This week he was honored by Thailand prime minster Gen. Prayut Chan-O-cha, as well as other government officials, for the victory in which he claimed the belt, dropped Gonzalez in the first round and knocked him from his perch as boxing's pound-for-pound king in a hellacious, bloody battle that is the leading fight of the year contender. According to the WBC, the prime minister "recognized Srisaket for his fabulous victory, which brought great happiness to all Thais, and wished him good luck in his upcoming bouts, and urged him to defend his title successfully many times in order to continue bringing joy to his country. "Srisaket is already an idol for all teenagers, who will be motivated to have a better future," he said.

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Japan's Kosei Tanaka (8-0, 5 KOs), boxing's youngest active world titleholder at 21, will make the first defense of his junior flyweight belt against Puerto Rican mandatory challenger Angel Acosta (16-0, 16 KOs) on May 20 in Nagoya, Japan, Hatanaka Promotions announced on Tuesday. Tanaka has already won world titles in two weight classes, having also claimed a vacant strawweight title in his fifth fight when he outpointed Mexico's Julian Yedras in May 2015. Tanaka defended that belt once, vacated to move up in weight and stopped former strawweight titleholder Moises Fuentes in December for the vacant junior flyweight belt. Acosta, 26, knocked out Namibia's Japhet Uutoni in the 10th round on Feb. 11 in Puerto Rico in the title eliminator to earn the shot at Tanaka.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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Boxing and MMA worlds collide in sparring session.

Check out two of the pound-for-pound best fighters in their own sports, former UFC bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw and junior lightweight titlist Vasyl Lomchenko, square off in sparring session and discuss who would win in a Mayweather-McGregor fight.

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Orozco set to square off against Gibson.

Bernardo Osuna preview Antonio Orozco's upcoming fight against KeAndre Gibson.

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Nathan Cleverly (30-3, 16 KOs), of Wales, claimed a secondary light heavyweight world title by sixth-round knockout of Juergen Braehmer (48-3, 35 KOs) on his turf in Germany in October. They were supposed to meet in a rematch this spring – Braehmer had a rematch clause in the contract – but Team Sauerland told ESPN that instead of the sequel taking place in April or May, as initially planned, Cleverly may have an interim bout during that time frame instead before facing Braehmer in the rematch.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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Linares beats Crolla by unanimous decision.

Jorge Linares cruises to an unanimous decision victory over Anthony Crolla, 118-109 on all three judges' scorecards, to retain the WBA lightweight title.

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Lightweight world titleholder Robert Easter Jr. (19-0, 14 KOs), of Toledo, Ohio, is due to make his second defense this summer against Russia's Denis Shafikov (38-2-1, 20 KOs), a former two-time title challenger and Easter's mandatory challenger. The fight was scheduled to go to a purse bid on Tuesday but the IBF granted a one-week postponement until April 4. The sides could still make a deal before the promotional rights are auctioned off. Easter won a vacant title by hard-fought split decision over Richard Commey in September and outpointed Luis Cruz in his first defense on Feb. 10. Shafikov won a split decision against Commey in December in a title eliminator to earn the title shot.

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Featherweight Ruben Villa, of Salinas, California, and junior lightweight Michael Dutchover, of Santa Fe, California, both 19-year-old blue chip prospects co-promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing, were added Tuesday to the undercard of the April 14 card at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. They will both will be fighting on the East Coast for the first time in non-televised bouts on the Showtime "ShoBox" tripleheader headlined by interim light heavyweight titlist Dmitry Bivol (9-0. 7 KOs) defending against Samuel Clarkson (19-3, 12 KOs). Villa (4-0, 2 KOs), a two-time National Golden Gloves winner, who was 164-17 as an amateur, and Dutchover (3-0, 3 KOs), a 2016 National Golden Gloves runner-up at 132 pounds, who was 130-17 as an amateur, will both compete in six-round bouts against opponents to be named.

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Former junior lightweight titlist Javier Fortuna (31-1-1, 22 KOs), 27, of the Dominican Republic, has renewed his promotional agreement with Sampson Lewkowicz, the promoter announced on Monday. Fortuna has won two fights in a row since he lost his 130-pound belt by upset 11th-round knockout to Jason Sosa in June. "Sampson Lewkowicz is and always will be my promoter," Fortuna said. "He has done right by me and my career at every turn. I will be world champion again with Sampson in my corner." Lewkowicz said he is working on his next fight and happy to re-sign him. "Javier is a son to me," he said. "I am honored to be his promoter and look forward to continuing to work for him. He is a great champion with many great fights left. After he won his first title, he told me we would work together for his entire career and he has kept his word. I will do everything to make him a champion again."

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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When the Miguel Cotto-James Kirkland HBO PPV fight scheduled for Feb. 25 was canceled it left the rest of the fights on the card in limbo, including the bout between junior featherweight titlist Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) and interim titlist Moises Flores (25-0, 17 KOs). The bout is scheduled to go to a WBA purse bid on April 3. Rigondeaux is entitled to a 75-25 split of the winning purse. Minimum bid is $120,000. The camps could still make a deal but if it goes to a purse bid and Rigondeaux promoter Roc Nation Sports wins there's a good chance the bout could wind up on the HBO PPV undercard of the Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev light heavyweight title rematch, which is in the works for June 17. Both fighters would be coming off long layoffs. Rigondeaux has not fought since last July and Flores has been out of the ring since last June.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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Could McGregor stun Mayweather?

With a fight between two of the biggest sporting icons of the 21st century looming, Steve Bunce assesses whether Conor McGregor would have any chance in the ring against Floyd Mayweather.

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Will we see a Bellew-Haye rematch?

After their titanic tussle at The O2 on March 4th, Steve Bunce analyzes whether the wounded Tony Bellew and David Haye could meet again in the ring next year.

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Light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev (11-0, 11 KOs), the Montreal-based Russian contender, and Germany's Enrico Koelling (23-1, 6 KOs) are in talks for a world title elimination fight, Yvon Michel, Beterbiev's promoter, told ESPN on Monday. Beterbiev was supposed to face Sullivan Barrera in an eliminator on April 21 in Barrera's adopted hometown of Miami after Michel won a purse bid. But Barrera pulled out, unhappy with the terms. According to Michel, Koelling "is the only (IBF rated) contender willing to fight Beterbiev for the position." Michel said he and Chris Meyer of Koelling promoter Team Sauerland are discussing a deal for the fight. The winner of the proposed bout would become a mandatory challenger for one of the belts held by Andre Ward, who first is likely headed to a June 17 rematch with Sergey Kovalev.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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Quigley beats Tapia by decision.

Middleweight prospect Jason Quigley improves to 13-0 with an unanimous decision win over Glen Tapia.

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Quigley sees room for improvement after win.

Jason Quigley talks to Bernard Hopkins and Bernardo Osuna about his win over Glen Tapia.

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Esparza takes decision in pro debut.

2012 Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparez beats Rachel Sazoff via unanimous decision in her pro debut.

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Caballero battles Ruiz to a decision.

Randy Caballero comes off a 13-month layoff and goes the distance with Jesus Ruiz to win a hard-fought unanimous decision.

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Heavyweight Hasim Rahman Jr., the son of former heavyweight world champion Hasim Rahman, was due to make his professional debut in a four-round fight against Brian Imes (1-4, 1 KO) on promoter Greg Cohen's card on Thursday night in Randolph, New Jersey. However, Cohen told ESPN that Rahman-Imes has been moved to April 14 so Rahman can make his pro debut on the untelevised portion of the "ShoBox" card Cohen is co-promoting at the new MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. "When I landed the MGM (as a site) for the April 14 ‘ShoBox,' he really wanted to debut near his hometown of Baltimore and I think I will add more value to the show, so we pushed the debut off two weeks," Cohen said.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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Short clip of a sparring session between boxing world champion Vasyl Lomachenko and former UFC champion T.J. Dillashaw in California tonight.

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