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Legal battle nears end, opening door for Kirkland-Vera battle Nov. 22 on HBO

Updated: October 24, 2008, 10:11 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Golden Boy Promotions and Gary Shaw are finalizing a settlement in their legal battle over the promotional contract of fast-rising junior middleweight prospect James Kirkland, which will pave the way for him to return to the ring Nov. 22.

As long as the settlement is signed, HBO -- which didn't want to televise Kirkland under the threat of litigation from Shaw -- has agreed to air a fight between him and middleweight Brian Vera, best known for his stint on the third season of "The Contender."

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