ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., FEB. 5 -- Marlon Starling, the World Boxing Association welterweight champion, and Mark Breland both won bouts to set up a rematch, but the star of the show tonight was 36-year-old Roberto Duran.
Duran, a former triple champion from Panama, knocked down Ricky Stackhouse twice and won a unanimous 10-round decision to remain in the middleweight title picture.
If Mike McCallum can win the WBA middleweight title from Sumbu Kalambay March 5 in Italy, plans call for him to defend the title against Duran in Madison Square Garden in New York.
Stackhouse, of Atlanta, could not handle the experience and power of Duran, who dominated him with digging hooks to the body and rights and short left hooks to the head.
Duran said he hurt his right hand in the fifth round, but the injury is not serious and he said he would like to fight again in April, rather than just wait for a championship bid.
Duran improved to 82-7, with 59 knockouts. Stackhouse is 19-6.
Starling boxed his way to one-sided 12-round decision over Fujio Ozaki in a fight that often drew boos from the crowd for its lack of action.
Starling has a 43-4 record with 26 knockouts. Ozaki, fighting for the first time outside Japan, is 21-5.
Breland, who lost his title to Starling on an 11th-round knockout last Aug. 27, knocked down Juan Alonso Villa of Mexico and stopped him in the third round of a scheduled 10-rounder.
Breland is 20-1, 13 knockouts. Villa is 25-14 with 21 knockouts.
Starling and Breland are scheduled to meet April 16 in Las Vegas.