Boxing

11:35 PM ET NEW YORK — In the acrimonious lead-up to heavyweight world titleholder Deontay Wilder’s defense against mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale, Wilder spent a lot of time talking about how much he wanted to hurt him. Wilder even accentuated that he could legally kill his opponent in the ring, saying a few days before
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3:34 AM ET NEW YORK — Featherweight world titlist Gary Russell Jr. has been fighting just once a year since he won the belt in 2015, and he made his annual appearance on Saturday, battering former junior featherweight world titlist Kiko Martinez in a fifth-round knockout victory at Barclays Center. Fighting in the co-feature of
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10:26 PM ET Nick Parkinson Close •Reports on boxing for ESPN.co.uk, as well as several national newspapers•Has been reporting on British boxing for over 15 years•Appears on BoxNation’s Boxing Matters show GLASGOW, Scotland — WBA junior welterweight champion Regis Prograis described a junior welterweight world title unification clash with Josh Taylor as a “a superfight”
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7:30 PM ET Steve KimESPN Billy Joe Saunders became a two-division world champion after he easily outpointed Shefat Isufi over 12 rounds to capture the vacant WBO super middleweight title Saturday. While Saunders was certainly effective boxing from his southpaw stance, he was far from scintillating in front of the partisan crowd at Lamex Stadium
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6:21 PM ET Nick Parkinson Close •Reports on boxing for ESPN.co.uk, as well as several national newspapers•Has been reporting on British boxing for over 15 years•Appears on BoxNation’s Boxing Matters show GLASGOW, Scotland — Josh Taylor set up a world title unification fight with Regis Prograis after controlling Ivan Baranchyk for most of a unanimous
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5:23 PM ET Nick Parkinson Close •Reports on boxing for ESPN.co.uk, as well as several national newspapers•Has been reporting on British boxing for over 15 years•Appears on BoxNation’s Boxing Matters show GLASGOW, Scotland — Naoya Inoue strengthened his grip on the bantamweight division with a crushing two-round victory over Emmanuel Rodriguez in their world title
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5:56 PM ET Steve KimESPN Ryan Burnett got back on the winning track Friday by stopping Jelbirt Gomera with a series of body blows in the sixth round of their scheduled 10-round bout at the Ulster Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Fighting with his hands low, the former unified bantamweight titlist, was able to evade
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May 15, 2019 Steve KimESPN Whether or not you take pound-for-pound lists in boxing seriously, one thing you’ll immediately notice about those rankings nowadays is that either unified lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko or welterweight world titleholder Terence Crawford sits at No. 1. That duo is typically followed by the likes of unified cruiserweight champion Oleksandr
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6:36 AM ET Nick Parkinson Close •Reports on boxing for ESPN.co.uk, as well as several national newspapers•Has been reporting on British boxing for over 15 years•Appears on BoxNation’s Boxing Matters show Beneath the riches and excitement of Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury in the heavyweight division, British boxing is in a state of transition. While
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7:15 PM ET Heavyweight world titleholder Deontay Wilder’s tough talk this week about possibly killing mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale in the ring drew a rebuke from the WBC on Thursday, the same day Wilder continued the same line of discussion at their final news conference. Wilder will make his ninth title defense against Breazeale on
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4:30 PM ET Lightweight world titlist Richard Commey’s first defense will come against former titleholder Ray Beltran, Top Rank announced on Thursday. The fight, in the works for the past few weeks, will take place on June 28 (ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 10 p.m. ET with full card streaming on ESPN+ beginning at 7:30 p.m.
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3:40 PM ET Junior welterweight world titleholders Jose Ramirez and Maurice Hooker have both been itching to unify belts and now they just might get the opportunity against each other. Top Rank, which promotes Ramirez, and Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn, who co-promotes Hooker with Roc Nation Sports, are negotiating the potential fight, which is targeted
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2:22 PM ET Middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez is not getting much time to enjoy his unanimous decision victory over Daniel Jacobs in their world title unification fight that took place on May 4 in Las Vegas. On Wednesday, less than two weeks after the fight, the IBF, whose belt Alvarez won from Jacobs to
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9:00 AM ET Heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs), coming off his contested split draw against Tyson Fury in December, fights Dominic Breazeale May 18 on Showtime. So we had an anonymous trainer assess Wilder — then let Wilder respond. TRAINER: Deontay Wilder is the rare fighter gifted with one-punch power. Unfortunately, it’s only
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8:41 PM ET Associated Press LOS ANGELES — A boxer who kissed a reporter without her consent during a post-fight interview must complete a sexual harassment course and pay a $2,500 fine before officials will consider lifting his suspension. The California Athletic Commission decided unanimously Tuesday that Kubrat Pulev can reapply to have his boxing
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