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10 best domestic fights for 2015

Carl Frampton v Scott Quigg

Why? For a fourth year running this makes the wishlist, and this year, with both now super-bantwamweight world champions, it tops it. Frampton and Quigg have been running side by side up the ranks, often overtaking one another but never actually colliding. Quigg lifted the WBA belt in 2013, and then Frampton joined him as a titlist last year by winning the IBF laurels. Add to the title stakes an intriguing match of skill and power between two young boxers at the top of their game, and it makes all the sense in the world.

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Deontay Wilder outpoints Bermane Stiverne to win WBC Heavyweight title

The biggest upset may have been that it went the distance.

Last night, Deontay Wilder scored a unanimous decision victory over Bermane Stiverne to capture the WBC Heavyweight title. This is the first time a Heavyweight title belt has found itself in the United States since Shannon Briggs scored a last-gasp twelfth round knockout over Siarhei Liakhovich to win the WBO Heavyweight title in 2006. Briggs would lose the title in his next fight against overwhelming Russian opponent Sultan Ibragimov. Wilder looked well beyond such a mediocre reign if the Stiverne fight was an indicator.

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Boxcino champions return to the ring

The second show of the new Friday Night Fights season on ESPN this week features the return of last year's Boxcino tournament winners, Willie Monroe Jr at middleweight and Russian Petr Petrov at lightweight.  On last week's show we were treated to a top class performance by Colombian Darleys Perez, who firmly established himself amongst the top lightweights in the world with his victory over Jonathan Maicelo.  This week sees an opportunity for the winners of the two main fights on the card to also stake their claim to be considered world class.  This Friday's show is promoted by Artie Pelullo's Banner Promotions and takes place at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in New York state.

Both of the two successful tournament winners from last year have major tests in front of them, in fact it is not inconceivable that both could be defeated.  This really is a fine start to ESPN's series and let us hope that this standard is retained throughout the season.

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Kell Brook to make first defense at Motorpoint Arena; date to be announced soon

Eddie Hearn released a press release this morning, stating that Kell Brook is, indeed, going to make his first defense at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England.

Much speculation has followed Brook's career since defeating American brawler Shawn Porter to win the IBF Welterweight belt, but a return at the Motorpoint Arena will offer such a reception that has yet to be built for him in the US. It is meant to be, and what an atmosphere it will have to offer.

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Hernandez-Harrison, Johnson win at Roc Nation's inaugural boxing event

American rapper Jay-Z's first boxing venture went as anticipated.

In an environment perhaps reminiscent of HBO's short-lived boxing series "KO Nation" in the early 2000s, performances by Hip-Hop stars signed to Roc Nation carried the broadcast between fights. It was a quintessential display of what Roc Nation plans to offer -- new ideas -- and that is something boxing so desperately struggles to grasp. They packed the Madison Square Garden, landed marquee names as sponsors, and booked the services of Michael Buffer at the mic for a small-time show with a big-time feel.

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