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Thurman Stops Collazo, Chavez Jr and Frampton Return

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Welterweight Keith Thurman fluted his way to a tough victory over Luis Collazo in the main event of boxing's return to ESPN, and Willie Nelson (not that one, but we know what you mean) scored a great knockout over previously unbeaten Tony Harrison in the opener. Was the entertainment value all part of some Premier Boxing Champions master plan, or did we once more get an accidentally-fun boxing card?

Junior welterweight Mauricio Herrera finally caught a break, although he may not have deserved it against Hank Lundy on HBO Latino. The irony is that Herrera still wound up being punished even in a win, as the fight ended early as a result of a bad cut over Herrera's eye.

Terry Flanagan picked up a lightweight belt under disappointing circumstances in Manchester, after Jose Zepeda suffered a freak shoulder dislocation and couldn't continue after round two. ...so that sucks. For Zepeda, anyway.

This coming weekend, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr faces Marcos Reyes on Showtime in his first fight back since being stopped by Andrzej Fonfara, and Carl Frampton makes his U.S. debut on CBS, fighting Alejandro Gonzalez, Jr in Texas. Overseas, it's Arthur Abraham vs Robert Stieglitz XXVI from Germany and so forth, and Scott Quigg vs Kiko Martinez on Sky Sports.

Toss in Leo Santa Cruz vs Abner Mares being finalized and Miguel Cotto vs Saul "Canelo" Alvarez close, and James Foley of Bad Left Hook and The Fight City's Patrick Connor have a lot to tackle.

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