Boxing

10:59 PM ET Steve KimESPN The World Boxing Association has suspended its “regular” heavyweight champion, Manuel Charr (31-4, 17 KO), for six months stemming from his positive drug tests prior to a scheduled bout against Fres Oquendo (37-8, 24 KO) on Sept. 29. Epitrenbolone and drostanolone, two anabolic steroids, were found in Charr’s system, leading
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8:06 AM ET Steve KimESPN Abel Sanchez — who leads Alex Saucedo into battle this Friday night as he challenges WBO junior welterweight champion Maurice Hooker (24-0-3, 16 KO) — has a simple prerequisite for boxers who’d like for him to be their trainer. Lou Mesorana won’t be ringside as Alex Saucedo faces Maurice Hooker
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8:26 PM ET Premier Boxing Champions and Fox, which announced a four-year rights deal in September, on Tuesday unveiled their first 10 cards — and the rest of their dates for the year — at a news conference at the Fox Studios in Los Angeles. In all, they announced 14 bouts through April that will
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12:09 PM ET WBO junior welterweight world titleholder Maurice Hooker, of Dallas, Texas, faces Mexico’s Alex Saucedo in a fight that will air live on ESPN in the United States at midnight ET on Friday night from the Cheseapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Hooker (24-0-3, 16 KOs), won the title by traveling to
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3:31 PM ET Light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera has become a promotional free agent after his contract with Main Events expired and the company did not move to re-sign him. Barrera (22-2, 14 KOs), 36, a former amateur standout in Cuba who fights out of Miami, challenged for a world title in March but suffered
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11:47 AM ET Opening Bell: All hail Usyk! Since the cruiserweight division was established in 1979 — with a 190-pound weight limit that many years later was increased to 200 — the matter of its all-time best fighter has essentially been unchallenged. The discussion has started and ended with the great Evander Holyfield, although there
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10:52 AM ET Tomoki Kameda won a unanimous decision over Abigail Medina to claim a vacant interim junior featherweight world title on Monday at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. Japan’s Kameda, 27, defeated Medina, 30, of Spain, by scores of 117-111, 117-111 and 116-112. Tomoki Kameda claimed the vacant interim junior featherweight world title with his
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12:50 AM ET Former cruiserweight world titlist Krzysztof Glowacki was overlooked for inclusion in the first season of the World Boxing Super Series eight-man tournament, but he was invited to participate in the second season and made a big impression in his opening bout on Saturday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Glowacki powered
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12:49 AM ET Steve KimESPN Both Juan Manuel Lopez and Yuriorkis Gamboa came out victorious in Miami on Saturday in respective 10-round bouts, setting up a showdown between the two in March. The 35-year-old Lopez (36-6, 32 KO’s) defeated Christian Mino (19-3, 2 KO’s) over 10 rounds in an entertaining affair that saw Mino hit
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8:00 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 Oleksandr Usyk remains in cruise control, but it wasn’t all smooth sailing before he knocked out Tony Bellew in the eighth round Saturday night.
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1:08 PM ET Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn is making plans for the return of some the fighters who fought on his Oct. 6 DAZN card in Chicago, including a possible junior featherweight world title unification bout for Danny Roman. Hearn told ESPN that junior featherweight world titlist Roman, who retained his belt on that
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10:05 AM ET Steve KimESPN It’s been a rather tumultuous period of time for WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez (20-0, 17 KOs), who tested positive for benzoylecgonine, a main ingredient in cocaine, under the WBC Clean Boxing program in mid-September in a test that was administered by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA). Sampson Lewkowicz,
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9:49 PM ET Former bantamweight world titlist Ryan Burnett has been diagnosed with a torn oblique muscle on his right side, he announced Friday. Burnett suffered the injury last Saturday when he lost his 118-pound world title to Nonito Donaire by fifth-round technical knockout in the quarterfinals of the World Boxing Super Series bantamweight tournament
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