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Mar

FRIDAY

DEANDRE LATIMORE vs. SECHEW POWELL
Rounds / weight class: 12 rounds / junior middleweights
Location: Durant, Okla.
Television: ESPN2
The backdrop: Latimore (20-2, 16 KOs) stopped Powell (25-2, 15 KOs) in the seventh round of a close fight in 2008. Latimore bounced back from his painfully disappointing split-decision loss to Cory Spinks for a vacant title by easily outpointing Sammy Sparkman in August. Powell has won two straight since he lost to Latimore. This fight is a 154-pound title eliminator.
Also fighting: Edwin Rodriguez vs. George Armenta, eight rounds, super middleweights; Carson Jones vs. Delray Raines, six rounds, super middleweights.
Rating the card: B. A rematch of a good first fight is always interesting.

SATURDAY

ODLANIER SOLIS vs. CARL DRUMMOND
Rounds / weight class: 10 rounds / heavyweights
Location: Key West, Fla.
Television: Fox Sports en Espanol / Fox Sports Net
The backdrop: Solis (15-0, 11 KOs) is a promising defector from Cuba with some promise. This could be a challenge for him because of Drummond’s experience but the Costa Rican (26-2, 20 KOs) has lost his last two fights, against Ruslan Chagaev for a title and Derric Rossy.
Also fighting: Jorge Diaz vs. Alejandro Lopez, eight rounds, junior featherweights.
Rating the card: C+. The fighters in the main event are both competent heavyweights.

WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO vs. EDDIE CHAMBERS
Rounds / weight class: 12 rounds / heavyweights
Location: D├╝sseldorf, Germany
Television: www.klitschko.com ($14.95); card starts at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT
The backdrop: Chambers (35-1, 18 KOs) is trying to become the first fighter to beat Klitschko (53-3, 47 KOs) since 2004 and win the RING championship in the process. The Philadelphian has the skills and athletic ability but probably not the size to contend with the Ukrainian giant, who is a heavy favorite in his adopted country.
Also fighting: Johnathon Banks vs. Travis Walker, 12 rounds, heavyweights; Alexander Ustinov vs. Ed Mahone, 8 rounds, heavyweights.
Rating the card: B+. Any event with a Klitschko in it is worth watching. And Chambers truly expects to win the fight. He won’t roll over.

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