Ponce De Leon moving up to 130

September, 2, 2013
9/02/13
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Former junior featherweight and featherweight titlist Daniel Ponce De Leon (44-5, 35 KOs) lost his featherweight belt by ninth-round knockout to Abner Mares in May and has decided to move up in weight, manager Frank Espinoza told ESPN.com. He said Ponce De Leon, having trouble continuing to make 126 pounds, will move up to the 130-pound junior lightweight division for his next fight, which hasn't yet been scheduled.

• Cruiserweight contender Ola Afolabi (19-3-4, 9 KOs) of England concluded his trilogy with titleholder Marco Huck by losing a spirited majority decision in June to go 0-2-1 in the rivalry. Now Afolabi is moving on and will fight Nov. 2 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, K2 promoter Tom Loeffler told ESPN.com. Afolabi, whose opponent isn't set, will fight on the undercard of middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin's defense against Curtis Stevens.

• Former heavyweight titlist Ruslan Chagaev has only two losses in his career, both in world title bouts, against Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin. For his next fight, Chagaev will appear on the undercard of their championship showdown on Oct. 5 in Moscow. Chagaev (31-2-1, 20 KOs) will face Jovo Pudar (30-3, 17 KOs) of Serbia in a scheduled 12-round bout. Pudar is 42 and was retired from 2004 to 2010 but has won his eight fights since returning, although he has faced low-level opposition.

• Cruiserweight titlist Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (48-2-1, 34 KOs) of Poland and Italy's 43-year-old Giacobbe Fragomeni (30-3-2, 12 KOs), who briefly held a belt from late 2008 until mid-2009, are due to meet for the third time in a mandatory fight. Wlodarczyk promoter Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing told ESPN.com that if the sides don't make a deal, there will be a purse bid on Sept. 7. Wlodarczyk was saddled with a disputed draw against Fragomeni in a 2009 title fight and then knocked him out in the eighth round of a dominant performance in a 2010 rematch. If Margules wins the purse bid, he might try to bring the fight to Chicago, where there is a large Polish community that has been very supportive of Polish fighters.

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