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Ndou, Briggs, Bika win in Australia

I like to say things like, "The Land Down Under was rocked last night with moderately big-name fighters securing victories in an action-packed event!"

But I won't. Three quick results from a card in Australia last night:

Lovemore Ndou beat Naoufel Ben Rabah via TKO in the 12th round, when Rabah voluntarily quit one second into the round after being hammered by Ndou to end the 11th. Ndou is now Ricky Hatton's mandatory, but one would assume plans for Hatton/Castillo would continue to advance regardless. Or Hatton would just give up his belt and fight Castillo for more money, because belts mean dick.

Paul Briggs defeated Rupert van Aswegen via unanimous decision.

Sakio Bika beat Andre Thysse via unanimous decision.

Dan Rafael is floating the idea that Arturo Gatti's final contractual obligation to HBO on July 14 could be against Chico Corrales. Gatti isn't the fighter he used to be, but Gatti/Corrales in Atlantic City, with the potential of it being Gatti's farewell, would be a killer atmosphere if nothing else.

The Holt/Arnaoutis fight that was maybe going to be on the Barrera/Marquez undercard will now be a special edition ShoBox event, held either on March 16 or April 20, probably in Atlantic City. The Pacheco/Gonzalez fight that might also have possibly been on the undercard is officially in Tucson on March 30, televised by Telefutura.

Zab Judah will fight Israel Cardona on Friday Night Fights on April 27. At least that's the plan for now.

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