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Donaire-Darchinyan II, Martinez-Garcia, Andrade-Martirosyan HBO card nearly done for Nov. 9

Nonito Donaire looks like he'll face Vic Darchinyan in a rematch, while Mikey Garcia will face Rocky Martinez, and Demetrius Andrade takes on Vanes Martirosyan on a November 9 HBO tripleheader.

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

Top Rank is reportedly near complete deals for a three-fight HBO card on November 9, which will feature the return of Nonito Donaire, Mikey Garcia aiming for his second world title, and Demetrius Andrade and Vanes Martirosyan fighting to win their first.

Donaire (31-2, 20 KO) is coming off of a loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux on April 13, which was his first defeat since 2001, when he lost his second pro fight to Rosendo Sanchez. Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KO) lost his undefeated record to Donaire via stunning fifth round TKO in 2007, at a time when Darchinyan was knifing through the flyweight division and was a headliner on Showtime, then referred to as Shawtime.

Now with Top Rank, Darchinyan appears to finally have his rematch. The 37-year-old Armenian made his HBO debut last September, beating prospect Luis Orlando Del Valle over 10 fairly dominant rounds, and earlier this year signed with Bob Arum's promotional giant, making his debut for Top Rank on May 11, easily defeating journeyman Javier Gallo on Solo Boxeo Tecate.

The first Donaire-Darchinyan bout was fought at 112 pounds, but this one -- if completed -- will be contested at featherweight, 14 pounds north.

Garcia (32-0, 27 KO) won the WBO featherweight title in January from Orlando Salido, but failed to make weight for his first defense against Juan Manuel Lopez on June 15. The fight went ahead and Garcia smashed his foe in four rounds. Now he'll move up to super featherweight, and make a play for the WBO title in that division, facing Puerto Rico's Rocky Martinez (27-1-2, 16 KO).

Martinez won the vacant title in September of last year by beating Miguel Beltran Jr in a really entertaining fight on the Chavez-Martinez undercard. He defended in January, where he was lucky to escape with a draw against Juan Carlos Burgos; and again in April, beating Diego Magdaleno on Top Rank's first trip to Macao.

Andrade (19-0, 13 KO) and Martirosyan (33-0-1, 21 KO) were scheduled to meet on September 7 in the HBO co-feature to Chavez-Vera, but when that fight was pushed back to September 28, their fight was scrapped for the moment, and they now have their new date. The two will meet for the vacant WBO 154-pound title, which was stripped from Zaurbek Baysangurov earlier this year for failing to make a mandatory defense against Andrade.

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