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Duddy makes plans for return in Boston

John Duddy remains on course for a world title fight with WBC middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik, according to manager Eddie McLoughlin.

As Duddy returns to New York this weekend, McLoughlin says that the Ulsterman will return to the ring in Boston, probably in "late June, early July".

Duddy's original date with Pavlik on June 7 was lost due to a poor display against Walid Smichet last month but promoter Bob Arum is still very keen to make the box office showdown for Madison Square Garden in November.

It will mean Duddy proving his credentials once again to paymasters HBO television.

"It will mean a defining fight - another one like the Howard Eastman fight," said McLoughlin.

Welshman Gary Lockett is now set to challenge Pavlik but should not be a major threat and the American will have one more defence before facing Duddy .

Meanwhile, Amir Khan should take a step closer to a world title fight tomorrow when he meets Denmark's Martin Kristjansens in Bolton.

Tonight Khan's British lightweight rival Jon Thaxton bids to wrest the European lightweight title from Yuri Romanov.

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