Boxing

12:46 AM ET Unified lightweight world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko knocked out mandatory challenger Anthony Crolla in the fourth round to retain his belts Friday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Lomachenko scored a knockdown in the final seconds of the third round and finished the job with a hard right hook to the head,
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9:31 PM ET LOS ANGELES — Heavyweight Guido Vianello (2-0, 2 KOs), 24, a 2016 Olympian from Italy, blew away Lawrence Gabriel (3-2-1, 2 KOs), 32, of Syracuse, New York, in just 49 seconds. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Vianello badly hurt the 6-4, 208-pound Lawrence with a right hand and then pounded him to the ground
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6:01 PM ET LOS ANGELES — Unified lightweight world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko and former titlist and mandatory challenger Anthony Crolla both made weight with seeming ease on Thursday. They will square off in the main event of the Top Rank Boxing on ESPN+ card on Friday (ESPN+, 11 p.m. ET main card, 8 p.m. ET
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8:48 PM ET LOS ANGELES — When pound-for-pound king Vasiliy Lomachenko’s next lightweight title defense was being planned he thought it would be a three-belt unification fight with Richard Commey, who had won a vacant belt on Feb. 2. But when Commey injured his right hand during a second-round knockout of Isa Chaniev in the
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12:43 PM ET Former middleweight world titleholder David Lemieux, who has had multiple fights canceled because of his issues making weight, will officially move up to super middleweight for his next bout against John Ryder, which Golden Boy Promotions announced on Wednesday along with the rest of the Canelo Alvarez-Daniel Jacobs undercard. The card, headlined
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11:26 AM ET Associated Press MOSCOW — Russian boxer Tamir Galanov has been banned for two years for doping. Galanov won a bronze medal at the 2017 world amateur championships and is Russia’s current national flyweight champion. Galanov tested positive for furosemide, a banned diuretic that can be used by boxers to make weight but
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Apr 8, 2019 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 Former lightweight world titleholder Anthony Crolla’s nickname might be “Million Dollar,” but that is only because it rhymes. There is nothing flashy about Crolla,
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1:38 PM ET Unified world lightweight champion and ESPN’s No.1 pound-for-pound fighter Vasiliy Lomachenko, of Ukraine, faces England’s Anthony Crolla in the main event of a Top Rank on ESPN+ card at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday at 11 p.m. ET. The undercard will air at 8 p.m. ET, also on ESPN+.
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4:27 PM ET Top Rank made no secret when it signed lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury to a co-promotional deal with Frank Warren in February that Fury’s first fight of the agreement would take place in Las Vegas and on be broadcast on an ESPN platform. Now the specific venue and platform are official for
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1:42 PM ET Former unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin’s ring return is close to being finalized with the fight ticketed for June 8 at Madison Square Garden in New York, sources with knowledge of the plans told ESPN. The opponent is not set yet but offers have been made to potential opponents — unbeaten
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4:47 PM ET Steve KimESPN Junior bantamweight contender Aliu Bamidele Lasisi defeated Ricardo Blandon by unanimous decision in the main event of a Top Rank Boxing on ESPN card in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Friday night. The bout provided some compelling moments, as both fighters hit the canvas as they battled through 12 tough-rounds.
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3:26 PM ET The heavyweight debut of cruiserweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk is set. Usyk, the 2018 consensus fighter of the year, will make the move up in weight to face battle-tested former heavyweight world title challenger Carlos Takam on May 25 (DAZN) at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, Matchroom Boxing promoter
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