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Timothy Bradley, Guillermo Rigondeaux targeted for February 23 HBO returns

Timothy Bradley and Guillermo Rigondeaux could be involved in a February 23 doubleheader on HBO, which would push back the Andre Ward-Kelly Pavlik fight from its previously speculated rescheduled date.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Timothy Bradley and Guillermo Rigondeaux could be back in an HBO doubleheader on February 23, Ryan Burton reports at, which would further delay the rescheduled Andre Ward-Kelly Pavlik fight, pushing it into March.

Ward was set to face Pavlik on January 26, but injured his shoulder in training. It was initially reported that February 23 was the new date, but Ward's promoter Dan Goossen said yesterday that February 23 wasn't a concrete date.

Bradley (29-0, 12 KO) was said to be looking at a February 9 return date on HBO, which would have gone head-to-head with Showtime's Danny Garcia-Zab Judah show. Rumored opponents have included Mike Alvarado (who now is likely to rematch Brandon Rios in March) and Ruslan Provodnikov, who recently abruptly pulled out of a late January ESPN fight.

Bradley hasn't fought since June, when he received a decision win over Manny Pacquiao in what was without question the loudest boxing controversy of 2012.

Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KO) was supposed to fight tomorrow night, but that was canceled when opponent Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym failed blood tests, reportedly testing positive for HIV.

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