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Victor Ortiz expecting big win against Collazo

It’s been a rough two-plus years for Victor Ortiz.

First, the talented welterweight misses out on a chance for a rematch against Andre Berto because Berto tested positive or a banned substance.

Ortiz then loses two straight fights, one to Floyd Mayweather in controversial fashion and then to Josesito Lopez. Ortiz’s corner threw in the towel at the beginning of the 10th round because...

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Lara and Trout to fight for WBA title

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Erislandy Lara

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Arguably two of the most avoided boxers in the sport, Austin Trout and Erislandy Lara will square off for the vacant WBA junior middleweight title this at Barclays Center, Saturday live on Showtime. Trout (26-1), fresh off a loss to Canelo Alvarez hopes to eventually get a rematch. Lara (18-1), meanwhile, who made is name off a controversial loss to Paul Williams in 2011, could soon find...

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Guillermo Rigondeaux back on HBO

Boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux gestures as he stands on

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The legendary trainer George Benton used to have a saying. "Win tonight, look good next time."

Winning the fight is all that really matters in boxing, right?

Well, not always.

Benton would occasionally apply that saying to Pernell Whitaker, the extremely talented Hall of Famer who boxed from 1984-2001. Whitaker was a brilliant strategist and an excellent defensive fighter....

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Malignaggi shows respect for Judah

Paul Malignaggi, left, reacts after losing the WBA

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The respect that Brooklyn natives Paulie Malignaggi and Zab Judah have for each other has always been there. That fact was made even more evident during the Thursday press conference for their Saturday night fight at Barclays Center.

Both fighters, normally brash and cocky during press conferences, were complimentary and respectful toward each other in the Barclays Center main entrance on...

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Adrien Broner takes on Marcos Maidana

Adrien Broner, left, of throws a punch on

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Adrien Broner has done a lot during his young career. His latest triumph, a split-decision win over Paulie Malignaggi last June despite jumping up two weight classes, might be his biggest accomplishment to date.

Broner (27-0, 22 KOs) took home the WBA welterweight title after that bout. Now he is facing arguably the hardest hitter of his career in Marcos Maidana (34-3, 31 KOs) on Saturday,...

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Zab Judah and Paulie Malignaggi battle for Brooklyn

Zab Judah arrives at Mandalay Bay Resort during

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The battle for Brooklyn is on. Brooklyn boxers Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi (32-5) and Zab "Super" Judah (42-8) will square off on Dec. 7 at Barclays Center live on Showtime.

This is probably a fight that should've taken place a few years ago, but fans are likely to enjoy the matchup regardless.

Judah lost to Danny Garcia by unanimous decision at Barclays Center...

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Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios predictions

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We're just one day away from Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios showdown from Macau, China, which will be broadcast live on HBO PPV, beginning at 9 p.m.

Here are some expert opinions.

Holt McCallany, actor: Brandon Rios is a tough fighter with good power and a great young trainer in Robert Garcia, but it won't be enough in Macau this Saturday against former pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao....

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Cletus Seldin returns to boxing

Cletus Seldin, undefeated junior welterweight prospect, in an

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He wasn't able to fight. He wasn't able to train. He wasn't able to hear the roar of his crowd. But none of that bothered Shirley welterweight Cletus Seldin as much as what he saw when he sat on the couch to watch television.

"I'd be watching all these other area fighters on television and it was really frustrating because they were in the spotlight," said Seldin. "But I knew...

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Maddalone and Seldin highlight Paramount card

Cletus Seldin, undefeated junior welterweight prospect, in an

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Many local favorites return to the ring on Saturday night at the Paramount Theater in Huntington for Star Boxing’s “Rockin Fights 11”.

Queens heavyweight Vinny Maddalone (37-8, 28 KOs) will take on Houston’s Maurenzo Smith (12-7-2, 9 KOs) in an eight-round heavyweight main event.

"I look at every fight as the biggest,” said Maddalone. “I've been training hard for two months for...

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Battle of the Badges returns to MSG

NYPD and NYFD boxers set to participate in

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A three-decade old boxing rivalry will continue in New York City.

The Battle of the Badges, featuring members of the New York City Police and New York City Fire Departments returns to the Theater at Madison Square Garden on Friday night.

Proceeds from the show will benefit the Atlas Cops & Kids Boxing Program and the Building Homes for Heroes Organization.

Tickets for the event...

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