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MYLER’S MIX: Valero’s put in ‘recess’by WBC

The Venezuelan KO king suffered the injury last weekend in a clash of heads with Antonio DeMarco while defending his WBC lightweight title.

Valero survived the cut to batter DeMarco to defeat in the ninth round, boosting his record to 27-0, all of his wins coming inside the distance.

The WBC, noting also that Valero has spoken about testing the waters in the light-welterweight division, will match Humberto Soto with another opponent for the lightweight belt.

Gavin gunning for Irish rival

BRITAIN'S former world amateur champion Frankie Gavin aims for his sixth straight win as a professional when he faces London-based Galwayman Peter McDonagh at Wembley Arena tonight.

"My parents are from Ireland and I go back frequently, so it's going to be a hard one beating up on him," said Gavin.

"But I'm sure McDonagh feels the same.

"It's a great test for me at this stage of my career."

The Frank Warren promotion, topped by a heavyweight bout between Derek Chisora and Carl Baker, is live on Sky Sports 1 from 8pm.

Cash crisis for Vitali v Valuev

NEGOTIATIONS about Vitali Klitschko defending his WBC heavyweight title against Nicolay Valuev have got bogged down in a dispute over money.

Don King, co-promoter of Valuev, is demanding $4m as the Russian's purse, but Shelley Finkel, Klitschko's adviser, says that is too much.

Holyfield faces abuse charge

A PROTECTIVE order has been filed against Evander Holyfield by the Superior Court in Fayette County, Georgia, in response to allegations of spousal abuse by his wife Candi.

The former world heavyweight champion has been denied contact with his wife and their children until further notice.

Pavlik nears Martinez defence

KELLY Pavlik is scheduled to defend his WBC and WBO middleweight titles against Sergio Martinez, the current WBC light-middleweight champion, on April 17, although contracts have not yet been signed.