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After a two-year sabbatical, Amir Khan needed only 40 seconds to drop Phil Lo Greco twice for a first-round TKO and begin the hype for an eventual showdown with rival Kell Brook.

Lo Greco, who’s been active with his trash talk throughout the prefight buildup, was completely overmatched by Khan’s speed. A right uppercut preceded a 1-2 that put Lo Greco down 15 seconds in. A flurry¬†of hooks, punctuated by a left, put Lo Greco down again for good.

With less than a minute’s work, you can make any definitive decisions on how much Khan has left or what improvements new trainer Joe Goossen has brought. But it was good to see him aggressive and not wasting time with a lower tier opponent.

As for Khan vs. Brook, I still have to favor Special K. Khan’s speed and combination punching will trouble him, but I can’t see Brook not being able to land something big at some point over 12 rounds. Regardless, I see their styles and the hometown atmosphere making for an exciting fight however long it lasts.

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BELFAST, IRL — Showtime is providing a free stream of the April 21 interim WBO featherweight title match between Carl Frampton and Nonito Donaire. Frampton is looking for a statement win after losing to Leo Santa Cruz in early 2017 and getting dropped in his comeback fight against Horacio Garcia last November. Donaire is seeking his first featherweight strap since losing to Nicholas Walters in 2014. The stream opens at 5:15 p.m. ET.

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BROOKLYN, NY — After an explosive press conference yesterday, Adrien Broner and Jesse Vargas will have their final prefight meeting at today’s weigh-in. The event streams live at¬†1:30 p.m.¬†and also includes the undercard bouts of Gertonva Davis vs. Jesus Cuellar and Jermall Charlo taking Huge Centeno.

The tripleheader airs live on Showtime this Saturday (April 21) at 9 p.m. ET.

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Watch the live stream for the final presser between former champions Adrien Broner and Jesse Vargas. The stream opens at 12:30 p.m. and includes the undercard featuring Hugo Centeno taking on Jermall Charlo, and Gervonta Davis vs. Jesus Cuellar.

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The Nevada Athletic Commission has voted unanimously to give Canelo Alvarez a six month suspension to failing two drug tests in February.

The hearing was completed this afternoon in a shortened format as Canelo and representatives from his promoter Golden Boy were not present. The fighter was represented via telephone by  his attorney.

Per its regulations, Canelo was a given a one-year suspension. But due to his cooperation in the process and being a first time offender, the commission elected to reduce the sentence to six months and not issue a fine. The suspension is retroactive to the date of the first failed test, paving the way for the Canelo to move forward with the Golovkin rematch in September.

Canelo failed two tests in February after trace amounts of the banned substance clenbuterol was found in his system. He has maintained the results came from tainted meat.

 

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Gennady Golovkin is risking the loss of his IBF middleweight title by¬†confirming Vanes Martirosyan¬†as his replacement opponent for¬†May 5 at Carson’s StubHub Center.

The announcement ends a drama-filled two weeks that saw Golovkin’s team scrambling for an opponent following Canelo Alvarez’s withdrawal for two failed drug tests. The delay in confirming Martirosyan came from Sergiy Derevyanchenko, who refused step-aside money¬†to enforce his IBF mandatory position.The organization can elect to strip Golovkin and award the title to Derevyanchenko, or have him face off with next highest ranked challenger in Danny Jacobs.

The¬†Martirosyan¬†fight marks Golovkin’s first¬†bout in California since scoring a 2016¬†second round KO over Dominic Wade before a sellout crowd at The Forum. The undercard features a returning Roman Gonzalez taking on Pedro Guevara.

The card will air on HBO World Championship Boxing at 11 p.m. ET.

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While a Derevyanchenko bout would’ve highly intriguing and action-packed, there’s no fighter in the sport that would take that fight on 2-3 week’s notice with the¬†most¬†lucrative bout of their career looming in September. As an older fighter, this works out great for GGG. He gets to stay sharp against a low-risk opponent while Canelo sits on ice until September.

The co-main makes this worth tuning in for as I’m interested to see how much Chocolatito has left following that brutal KO loss to Sor Rungvisai last year.

Adrien Broner is mere days away from a crossroads bout against Jesse Vargas. But instead of being focused on that fight, Broner has his eyes set on a more unlikely foe in troll rapper extraordinaire Tekashi 6ix9ine.

The ill will began with 6ix9ine setting Broner’s IG on fire by commenting “clown” on a picture the former champion posted of himself and Charlamagne¬†tha¬†God. Considering 6ix9ine’s recent interview with the Breakfast Club, the “clown” comment was likely for Charlamagne. However, Broner immediately retorted with his own vitriol for the rainbow-haired rapper.

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@6ix9ine_ bitch ass nigga better chill out #OnGod #ThisAintThat

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That was all 6ix9ine needed to post his own video challenging Broner to a $300k bet he loses to Vargas this Saturday.

Maybe the PBC needs to add 6ix9ine to the promo team? Broner vs. Vargas airs on Showtime this Saturday at 9 p.m. ET.