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Before fight, Franco suddenly retires

Updated: February 5, 2013, 4:46 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Claiming he is retiring, featherweight contender Luis Franco has stopped training and withdrawn from a world title challenge against Billy Dib, Franco co-manager Henry Foster told ESPN.com on Sunday.

The fight was scheduled to take place March 1 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn., and headline a "Friday Night Fights" card on ESPN2.

"He pulled out, stopped training and I can't explain it unless it's a psychotic episode," Foster said. "I don't want to say he got ...

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