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Boxing News Round-Up: Carl Froch, Lucian Bute, Paulie Malignaggi, Ricky Hatton and More

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Carl Froch will announce on Monday plans for his first defence of the IBF super-middleweight title he captured from Lucian Bute in May.

Understood to be favouring another home date, Froch has supposedly struggled to lure Mikkel Kessler, Thomas Oosthuizen and Kelly Pavlik to the UK and may look further afield for his next foe.

The prospects are complicated somewhat as Froch is due to take on Bute again in the Canadian’s home country in the new year and will not want a blockbuster battle to come before what will be a tough assignment.

Paulie Malignaggi has offered Ricky Hatton a route back to the top table of prizefighting by suggesting the pair arrange a rematch of their 2008 showdown.

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Hatton was a comprehensive victor four years ago, however the Manchester born light-welterweight has only fought once in the interim- a devastating loss to Manny Pacquiao- whilst Malignaggi is the current WBA welterweight king.

Hatton has reportedly lost a great deal of weight and is mulling up a return to the ring.

Frank Warren has urged Olympic hero Anthony Joshua to consider turning professional.

Warren believes that Joshua, 22, could become one of the youngest heayweight world champions in history were he to join the paid ranks, however Finchley born Joshua is understood to relish the prospect of defending his Olympic crown in four years time.

Finally Carl Frampton will fight Canadian Steve Molitor in Belfast on September 22 after original opponent Kiko Martinez pulled out through injury.

The 25-year-old will hope to further his claim for a world title shot with an impressive performance against Molitor- a man best known on these shores for his 2010 win over Jason Booth.

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