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The ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” season ends on Aug. 22, but there will be more boxing on the network in the fall.

ESPN2 is in the process of finalizing plans to carry a Wednesday night boxing special on Oct. 1 (9 p.m. ET) from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. The card will be headlined by the middleweight title elimination bout between Curtis Stevens and Hassan N’Dam, a fight with great potential to be action-packed.

The winner of the fight will become the mandatory challenger for 160-pound titleholder Sam Soliman (44-11, 18 KOs) of Australia, who won a belt via unanimous decision against Felix Sturm on May 31 in Germany.

The Oct. 1 card will be the first televised card put on by promoter Michael King. The undercard is still being worked on.

King, who promotes former titleholder N’Dam, won the rights to Stevens-N’Dam at a purse bid earlier this month, outbidding Stevens promoter Main Events $80,000 to $62,000 in a bit of a surprise.

N’Dam (30-1, 18 KOs), 30, of France, has won three fights in a row since losing a decision in a world title fight to Peter Quillin in 2012.

Stevens (27-4, 20 KOs), 29, of Brooklyn, New York, has won two fights in a row by knockout since being stopped in the eighth round challenging titleholder Gennady Golovkin in November.

Pac-Marquez IV to replay on ESPN2

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Pacquiao/Manuel MarquezAl Bello/Getty ImagesJuan Manuel Marquez got his revenge against Manny Pacquiao in their fourth meeting.
Thanks to the recent deal between ESPN and HBO, under which the networks agreed to share content around major boxing pay-per-view events, there will be an encore broadcast of the fourth fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.

The Dec. 8 fight took place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and ended with Marquez scoring a massive one-punch knockout at the end of the sixth round against his rival in their welterweight showdown. It was the ESPN.com fight of the year and knockout of the year and is the heavy favorite to win fight of the year honors from the Boxing Writers Association of America when balloting results are announced in the coming weeks.

ESPN Deportes will replay the fight Friday at 9 p.m. ET and Jan. 26 at 10 p.m. ET. ESPN2 will re-air the fight Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. ET.

On ESPN Deportes, Marquez, who serves as an analyst for the network’s boxing studio show, and co-host Jorge Eduardo Sanchez will discuss the action between rounds throughout the fight.

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