Fight updates: Cotto v Marquez; Lebedev v Ramirez; Broner v Theophane

Phil Jay 15/02/2016

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The return of Juan Manuel Marquez is drawing near as the Mexican revealed over the weekend that talks are underway for a collision of veteran multi-weight champions.

‘Dinamita’ is hoping to secure a welterweight/super-welterweight battle with Miguel Cotto later this year, which would take place somewhere between 147 and 154 pounds – should both camps agree a deal.

“Yes, (there is a Cotto v Marquex contract) and when he comes back we’ll talk with Fernando Beltran (Marquez promoter) and agree to fights with him,” Arum told ESPN. “I don’t want to put pressure on (JMM) to return, but if he wants to come back we’ll cooperate with him on future fights.”

Marquez himself added: “I talked to Cotto’s people and told them about my situation and what I want, and they are willing to cooperate. It appears that Cotto wants to fight in June and I want to fight in May because two years of inactivity is a very important factor. I have to get on pace with a fight in May and then why not consider a fight with Cotto in September or October?”

At cruiserweight, Denis Lebedev and Victor Ramirez will meet in a bid to unify the WBA and IBF titles at 200 pounds.

The Russian is set to secure home advantage for the touted April 30 clash, which will be a first defence for Argentinian Ramirez on the back of his victory over Ovill McKenzie in late 2015.

Finally, Adrien Broner’s maiden defence on the WBA super lightweight title against Ashley Theophane now has a tentative date of April 1.

The Stateside contest, overseen by Floyd Mayweather, is set to be made official in the near future.