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 Last update:  4/13/2014       Read more by Mike Coppinger         
HBO putting added focus on 160 to 175 weight classes
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By Mike Coppinger

HBO's first pay-per-view card of 2014 is a welterweight matchup, but the network plans to really focus on fights from 160 to 175 pounds this year, HBO's Mark Taffet told

"In the 68 and 75 pound divisions, there are a lot of stories and a lot of stars developing," Taffet said. "There are great things to look forward to. From 160 to 175, there is a great run of fights to come in 2014."

HBO has already televised three main events this year featuring fights in that weight range (Jean Pascal-Lucian Bute, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Bryan Vera 2 and Sergey Kovalev and Cedric Agnew). They have one set for May 31 with the rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves and then a PPV in the works with the proposed fight between Chavez and Gennady Golovkin.

The network also has a compelling middleweight matchup set for May 24 between Matthew Macklin and Daniel Geale.

It appears Adonis Stevenson's departure to Showtime hasn't affected HBO's plans to focus on 160-175.

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comment by Hougigo, on 04-14-2014
[QUOTE=Mikhnienko]160- Matvey Korobov, Ryoto Murata, Esqueva Falcao 168- Gilberto Ramirez, Chavez 175 - Egor Mekhontsev, Oleksandr Gvozdyk[/QUOTE] IMO, with the exception of Chavez Jr and Korobov.... most are a work in process. Gilberto is on the rise though....Korobov.... don't know...

comment by Ringlife, on 04-14-2014
HBO does have a lot of options at 160 with the Cotto vs Martinez fight on PPV and GGG vs Chavez Jr also on PPV. I see later this year a fight that can be made is GGG vs Martinez at 160. GGG plans on going back down to 160 after the Chavez Jr fight. HBO also has the Groves vs Froch fight in Ma...

comment by Hougigo, on 04-13-2014
[QUOTE=MDPopescu]HBO didn't have 160... And just recently lost the grip on 175... (On two of those cited above: Pascal will play the Canadian game; while Bute is in Limbo...)[/QUOTE] Showtime doesn't really seem keen on making those fights at 160 HBO has been putting up the better and more fr...

comment by Mikhnienko, on 04-13-2014
[QUOTE=wiz1030]I meant substantial assets. None of those guys you named are top class pros or stars yet outside of Chavez...[/QUOTE] Korobov and Ramirez could get title shots after one more fight if TR wants that and the rest are high class prospects so in 2 years Top Rank will be sitting in ...

comment by Bigg Rigg, on 04-13-2014
[QUOTE=HanzGruber]Aka arum has no welterweights[/QUOTE] He has no mw or lhw either though aside from Chavez at super mie but he's vout to die soon.

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