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Notes: WBA continues plans to reduce belts

WBA president Gilberto Mendoza Jr.'s decision to reduce the number of title awarded per division will continue at strawweight. Thomas Niedermueller/Bongarts/Getty Images

A few notes from around the boxing world:

• The reduction of titles promised by WBA president Gilberto Mendoza Jr. will continue in the strawweight division. On Feb.5 in Thailand, interim titlist Knockout CP Freshmart (11-0, 6 KOs) will meet Nicaragua's Carlos Buitrago (28-1-1, 16 KOs) in a rematch. Full titleholder Hekkie Budler (29-1, 9 KOs) will make his fifth title defense -- at home in South Africa -- on March 19 when he faces Nicaragua's Byron Rojas (16-2-3, 8 KOs). Mendoza said the winners must fight by June, thus eliminating another belt from yet another division in which the WBA has multiple titleholders.

• Golden Boy Promotions announced that it has signed featherweight Andrew Cancio (16-3-2, 12 KOs), 27, of Blythe, Calif. "Andrew Cancio is a talented fighter who seeks to be challenged in the ring and that is just the type of fighter we want to have as part of our family at Golden Boy Promotions," Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya said. "His ability and his desire to become the best by fighting tough opponents matches our mission, and I know Golden Boy is the right promoter to take him from rising star to top contender."

• HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" will profile new heavyweight world champion and "Gypsy King" Tyson Fury when the series kicks off its new season on Jan. 26 (10 p.m. ET/PT). England's Fury upset Wladimir Klitschko to win the title on Nov. 28. "Real Sports" correspondent David Scott joins Fury in his Manchester hometown to talk to the champion, who is the direct descendant of two bare-knuckle boxing "kings" from a nomadic clan of Irish gypsies known as Travellers.