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Boxing news and notes for June 9th

Here are some boxing stories of note from recent days:

    Irishman in El Paso. Belfast, Northern Ireland's boxing pride Carl Frampton is set for his arrival in the United States. The IBF Junior Featherweight titlist recently signed a managerial contract with the mythical man of many television contracts, Al Haymon, and is ready to become a star amongst the US populace. He fights on July 18th in El Paso, Texas, a goldmine for boxing but with a very small Irish population if that wasn't already evident. It is a curious place to start, and Mexico's Alejandro Gonzalez Jr (25-1-2) isn't the man you would expect him to face in his American introduction. Nor would you expect to see him in a headlining bout on cable television giant CBS. But that is the infallible path to success under the Haymon banner.

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Canelo crushes Kirkland and heads towards Super fights

On Saturday night Saul "Canelo" Alvarez showcased what he does best; beat up stationary fighters. James Kirkland had little chance against the 24-year-old Mexican superstar, albeit it was not because of lack of effort or heart. Most fighters would not have survived Canelo’s onslaught in round one; ripping hard shots both to the body and head of James Kirkland, with both hands - Canelo established it was his ring and his night.

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Canelo Alvarez Delivers Thunderous Third Round Knockout

In front of more than 31,000 raucous fans Minute Maid Park in Houston, super  welterweight sensation Mexico’s Canelo Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) knocked out Texas’ James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) with a thunderous right hand in the middle of the third-round, capping a sensational performance that saw the 24-year-old drop Kirkland in the first and deliver a number of huge shots before the eventual end of the fight. The fight was broadcast live on HBO World Championship Boxing®.

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