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Mandatory Eight Count: Viloria, Soto Karass win weekend fights

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Germany's Marco Huck won the WBO cruiserweight title over Victor Emilio Ramirez in Halle via unanimous decision. (LENNART PREISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Germany's Marco Huck won the WBO cruiserweight title over Victor Emilio Ramirez in Halle via unanimous decision. (LENNART PREISS/AFP/Getty Images)

Viloria Decisions Iribe in Honolulu |
Brian Viloria retained his IBF junior flyweight title in Honolulu in the first major title fight to take place in Hawaii since 1976. Viloria won by wide scores of 118-110, 117-111 and 117-112, but the bout was said to be entertaining.

Karass Keeps Date With Gomez, Decisions Dos Santos in ten -
Jesus Soto-Karass survived a tougher than expected Edvan dos Santos of Brazil over ten rounds in Texas, with wide scores that many are pointing at as yet another piece of homer judging in the state. Karass will face Alfonso Gomez on the November 14 Cotto-Pacquiao undercard, which is potentially a really fun fight between a couple of very limited, very game fighters.

The Boxing Bulletin: British Scene Prospect Watch
Dave Oakes of The Boxing Bulletin did a great week-long series on British prospects. Featured were Don Broadhurst, Stephen Smith, Ryan Walsh, Jamie Cox, George Groves, Kenny Anderson, Ricky Owen, Tony Bellew, and Tyson Fury.

Rest In Peace, Joey Roach |
Freddie Roach's brother Joey -- who was also a pro fighter -- passed away. George Kimball remembers Joey and stories of the brothers (Freddie, Joey and Pepper) in this excellent piece.

Huck takes WBO cruiserweight title -
Germany's Marco Huck took the WBO cruiserweight title from Victor Emilio Ramirez by unanimous decision (116-111, 115-112, 116-111) in Halle. The last round was called "furious" as both men looked for a knockout. Huck outlanded Ramirez but never hurt him, and Ramirez reportedly looked "upset" by Huck jumping on the ropes in all four corners with his arms raised as the final bell sounded.

When it comes to ratings, UFC pulls out all the punches - Newsday
Newsday discusses the upcoming September 19 battle between Mayweather-Marquez and UFC 103, and looks ahead to a November 14 battle between UFC 105 and Cotto-Pacquiao. UFC 105 will be in Manchester, so it won't quite be head-to-head.

Kirkland could fight in spring if sentencing goes well - The RING Blog
Michael Rosenthal says that James Kirkland could be back in the ring next year if his lawyers can convince the judge in Texas that he "acted stupidly but not maliciously." Kirkland pleaded guilty to felony gun possession last month. Authorities are expected to ask for a prison sentence of 3-5 years.

Exclusive Interview With Trainer George Peterson -- East Side Boxing
East Side Boxing's James Slater talks about Kelly Pavlik-Paul Williams with Williams' trainer, George Peterson. Peterson believes Williams will stop Pavlik if/when they meet.

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