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Verquan Kimbrough called today to clarify that his newly founded management company, Thoroughbred Boxing LLC, will be in the business of managing and marketing fighters.

Not promoting them.

The distinction is necessary, considering the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act of 2000 prohibits managers and promoters from having a shared financial stake in fighters.

“It’s strictly a marketing and management company,” Kimbrough said. “It’s not a promotional company. That could be something down the line, but I’m not thinking that far in advance. My goal is to become a world champion.”

Kimbrough (17-1-1), of Aliquippa, said that his scheduled May 25 lightweight fight against Ricky Alexander in Las Vegas has been canceled so that he can concentrate on training for an IBC lightweight title fight in July.

Kimbrough, 24, said Thoroughbred Boxing’s clientele includes 37-year-old light middleweight Joe Wyatt (23-1) of East Liberty, 38-year-old middleweight Terrance Miller (2-3) and 37-year-old heavyweight Jessie Tucker (4-7-1).

The company also is in negotiations to represent talented light middleweight Durrell Richardson (9-0) of Youngstown and 36-year-old heavyweight Ray Austin (24-4-4). Austin’s last fight was against IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko, who scored a second-round TKO.

Kimbrough said Thoroughbred Boxing hopes to help those fighters land on cards at Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort in Chester, W.Va., where he has been one of the featured fighters.

“It’s something for when I retire,” Kimbrough said of his management company. “I’ll have something to fall back on.”

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