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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Nakash Scheduled to Fight Del Valle

Ran Nakash (24-0, 18 KOs) is scheduled to face Lou Del Valle (36-6-2, 22 KOs) at The Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 14, 2010. Del Valle marks a step up for the undefeated Israeli cruiserweight.

Del Valle is a former WBA light heavyweight champion. The 41-year old Long Island native won his title nearly 13 years ago. He has faced top competition, losing unanimous decisions to Roy Jones Jr. and Virgil Hill, both taking place in the 1990s. It will be the second fight in roughly two years for Del Valle, who moved up to cruiserweight in 2004 after a spilt decision loss to Bruno Girard in a bid to regain the WBA light heavyweight title.

Meanwhile, Nakash has stayed busy this year. This would be his fourth fight of 2010 and his seventh in about a year. Nakash has never faced an opponent of Del Valle's caliber, though the ex-champion is past his prime. Del Valle is 1-3-1 in his last 5 bouts, which dates back to 2006.

The two have a common opponent. Dan Sheehan lost a unanimous decision to Del Valle in 2005 and was knocked out in the 3rd against Nakash this past April. The bout between Naash and Del Valle is scheduled for 10 rounds.

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