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Schedule packed with title fights

Miguel Vazquez and Ricky Burns will put their lightweight titles on the line in London in March.

The Mexican and the Briton have agreed to meet in a unification fight on March 16.

Vazquez will defend his IBF title for the sixth time since August 2010, having lost only three of his 36 fights.

Burns is the WBO champion. His plans to defend his belt were dashed recently when two challengers withdrew from fights against him.

The bout will form part of a tournament at Wembley Arena in which light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly of Britain will fight Robin Krasniqi of Kosovo.

It has also been announced that WBA champion Mikkel Kessler will fight Carl Froch, the IFB champion, in a super-middleweight rematch at a date and a venue to be confirmed.

Kessler won their first fight by unanimous decision in Denmark in 2010. The 33-year-old Dane has won 46 of his 48 fights; 35 by knockout.

Froch has a record of 30-2; 22. He took the IBF belt from Lucien Bute in May 2011.

The Englishman said on Tuesday the bout against Kessler was “the fight that I want more than anything in the world.

"I don't care where we fight. I said anytime, anywhere ... I am ready for war."


RON JACKSON reports that Bernard Hopkins is scheduled to challenge IBF light-heavyweight champion Tarvoris Cloud in New York on March 9.

Kell Brooks’s fight against IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander will now take place on February 23. They will meet at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The fight was postponed late last year when Brook injured his ankle in training.

Malawian Isaac Chilemba, who fights out of South Africa and is at No 5 of the WBC’s list of light-heavyweights, will fight Anthony Bellew of England in Liverpool on March 30. Bellew is ranked third.

The fight will be a final eliminator to challenge for the WBC title.

The winner will face the winner of the clash between WBC champion Chad Dawson and Jean Pascal who meet on March 23.

WBA flyweight champion Juan Carlos Reveco is set to defend his title against Masayuki Kuroda in Kawasaki City, Japan, on February 27.

Reveco is from Argentina and has a record of 29-1, including 16 knockouts. Kuroda stands at 21-3-2; 13.

Reveco was elevated from interim champion to regular champion when Brian Viloria became the super champion after beating Hernan Marquez last November.

IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale will defend his belt against fellow-Australian Anthony Mundine in Sydney on January 30.

England’s James DeGale has relinquished his European super-middleweight title after winning the WBC silver belt.

Former European and Commonwealth super-bantamweight champion Rendall Munroe has retired after losing to Scott Quigg in a challenge the British title.

Munroe lost on points in a challenge against WBA champion Toshiaki Nishioka in 2010.

A total of 36 heavyweights are ranked in the latest edition of Boxing News. David Price is at No 1 and his arch-rival Tyson Fury at No 2.

Only four flyweights are ranked, with Kevin Satchell, the British and European champion, at No 1.


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