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Several name fighters added to Dec. 11 card

10/31/2014

The Goossen Promotions fight card on Dec. 11 on ESPN2 -- in honor of company founder Dan Goossen, who died at age 64 on Sept. 29 -- will include several name fighters.

I wrote about Austin Trout (27-2-0, 14 KOs) meeting Luis Grajeda (17-3-2, 13 KOs) in a junior middleweight main event the other day, along with the fact heavyweight contender Chris Arreola (35-4, 31 KOs), whose opponent is not set yet but could be Joe Hanks (21-2, 14 KOs), would also be on the card, as will be former light heavyweight champ Antonio Tarver in a heavyweight bout.

Tarver (30-6, 21 KOs) probably will face Johnathon Banks (29-2-1, 19 KOs), but the final details are still being ironed out, according to Goossen Promotions’ Tom Brown. Tarver and Banks were due to meet Sept. 29 but the fight was postponed after Tarver fractured his thumb training.

But on Friday more fighters -- all in the vast stable of manager Al Haymon but not signed to Goossen Promotions -- were announced for the card, which will take place at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California.

Colombia’s Oscar Escandon (23-1, 16 KOs) will face Haiti’s Tyson Cave (22-2, 6 KOs) for a vacant interim junior featherweight title.

Also appearing against opponents to be announced will be former junior middleweight titlist Sergio Mora (26-3-2, 9 KOs) in a middleweight bout; light heavyweight Edwin Rodriguez (25-1, 16 KOs), who is making a quick return from an Oct. 18 victory that came after a year off; former junior featherweight titlist Rico Ramos (23-4, 12 KOs); light heavyweight prospect Marcus Browne (12-0, 9 KOs), a 2012 U.S. Olympian; and light heavyweight prospect Ahmed Elbiali (7-0, 7 KOs).

ESPN2 will televise three hours' worth of fights from the card beginning at 10 p.m. ET. Some of the non-televised fights likely will stream live on ESPN3 before the telecast.