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Boxing sees several titles on the line

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Eight titles will be on the line on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.

Among the bouts will be the undisputed middleweight and welterweight straps.

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Bernard Hopkins (42-2-1, 31 KOs), fighting for only the second time this year, takes on former WBA middleweight champion William Joppy (34-2-1, 25 KOs).

Hopkins, 38, became the first undisputed middleweight champion in 14 years, when he posted a TKO over Felix Trinidad in September 2001.

Joppy has won two fights since getting stopped in the fifth round by Trinidad in May 2001.

Also, Ricardo Mayorga (26-3-1, 22 KOs), who holds the WBA and WBC welterweight belts, will face IBF champion Cory Spinks (31-2, 11 KOs); Brooklyn native Zab Judah (29-1, 21 KOs) defends his WBO belt against Jaime Rangel; and a pair of former champions will square off for the interim WBA heavyweight title when Hasim Rahman (35-4-1, 29 KOs) takes on John Ruiz (38-5-1, 27 KOs).

The winner will become the mandatory challenger to Roy Jones Jr.

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