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James Kirkland to fight Saul Alvarez

Updated: May 31, 2012, 6:39 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

James Kirkland will replace Paul Williams, who suffered a career-ending injury on Sunday, and challenge junior middleweight titlist Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on Sept. 15, Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer told ESPN.com on Thursday.

Mexico's 21-year-old Alvarez was due to make his fifth title defense against Williams in the main event of a pay-per-view card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. However, just days after signing for the fight, former two-time welterweight titlist Williams ...

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