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Light-heavyweight champions Antonio Tarver and Glen Johnson will give up their respective titles when they go toe-to-toe on December 18.
Both fighters had asked their sanctioning bodies to allow them to fight each other with the belts at stake, but both the WBC and the IBF refused the requests after lining up mandatory challengers.
The fight was a natural after both earned surprise victories over Roy Jones Jnr earlier this year, and is considerably more lucrative than fights with contenders Paul Briggs and Rico Hayes.