Boxing

2:11 PM ET Steve KimESPN With an increasing number of networks and online platforms investing millions in boxing, the business of the sport has never been so robust and vibrant. It’s also never been as divided as it is at this very moment. There are more ways to watch fights and view boxing content than
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10:45 PM ET A deal for a fight between welterweight world titleholder and pound-for-pound star Terence Crawford and Amir Khan is close to being finalized, Top Rank chairman Bob Arum told ESPN on Tuesday night. “Everything looks good,” Arum said. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to make an announcement next week. It’s not done until it’s
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9:47 PM ET The WBC, which has long been at the forefront of drug testing and fighter safety among boxing’s major sanctioning organizations, is stepping up its commitment to making sure fighters safely make weight. WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman on Tuesday unveiled a series of initiatives the sanctioning body has instituted beyond its already long-established
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4:42 PM ET Super middleweights Ronald Ellis and Deandre Ware will square off in the 10-round main event of a Feb. 1 tripleheader on Showtime’s “ShoBox: The New Generation,” the network announced on Tuesday. The card (10 p.m. ET/PT) will take place at the Main Street Armory in Rochester, New York. Ellis (15-0-2, 10 KOs),
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12:07 PM ET Junior lightweight world titleholder Alberto Machado and junior featherweight world titlist Rey Vargas will defend their belts on the same card next month, Golden Boy Promotions announced Friday. Machado will make his third defense when he faces Andrew Cancio in the main event and Vargas will make his fourth defense against Franklin
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On that note, fights between the best fighters from the Top Rank and Premier Boxing Champions stables. Make some trades if necessary but stop depriving the fighters and the fans of many of the best fights. New announcing gigs for the great Jim Lampley and Roy Jones Jr. in the wake of HBO’s sad boxing
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8:38 AM ET Anthony Joshua’s camp have so far had “no response” from Deontay Wilder’s representatives despite renewed efforts to set up a heavyweight unification fight, according to head of Matchroom Sport Barry Hearn. WBA-WBO-IBF champion Joshua has repeatedly stated that WBC titlist Wilder is his No. 1 target for his next fight, which is
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4:48 PM ET Two days before Jarrett Hurd and Erislandy Lara were to meet in an April 7 junior middleweight world title unification fight at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, at the prefight press conference, Hurd uttered words that were prophetic. “There’s a storm coming,” said Hurd, predicting an exciting fight.
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3:23 PM ET Featherweight Shakur Stevenson, the 2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist and one of boxing’s elite prospects, will face Jessie Cris Rosales in a 10-round on Jan. 18, Top Rank announced Thursday. The fight, at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York, will serve as the co-feature of the Top Rank Boxing
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Jan 3, 2019 Steve KimESPN There’s already a full slate of fights on the boxing schedule as the calendar turns to 2019, but just how many of them are the ones fans are truly yearning for? The reality is that most contemporary matchups are ones that are made out of convenience more than public demand.
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9:20 AM ET The start of 2019 in British boxing is amazingly bare with so few confirmed fights, so few actual dates and venues announced and at the same time dozens of crucial fights under secret negotiation. The clandestine deals are rampant and there will be a frantic flurry of announcements in the next two
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7:24 AM ET Former IBF super-middleweight champion James DeGale will face British rival Chris Eubank Jr on Feb. 23 at London’s O2 Arena. DeGale (25-2-1, 15 KOs) vacated his IBF belt in June last year in order to pursue bigger fights, rather than facing a mandatory. The pair held talks over a fight in July,
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5:05 PM ET Former unified junior featherweight world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux’s first fight in more than a year will come against journeyman Giovanni Delgado on Jan.13, Premier Boxing Champions announced on Wednesday. Rigondeaux will face Delgado in a 10-round junior featherweight bout on the undercard of super middleweight world titlist Jose Uzcategui’s mandatory defense against
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3:25 PM ET Floyd Mayweather’s KO victory in Round 1 over kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa in a boxing exhibition on New Year’s Eve in Saitama, Japan, was as easy as it was effective. Mayweather dropped Nasukawa multiple times in the first of a scheduled three rounds to earn $9 million, according to the “Pretty Boy.”
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11:38 AM ET All along Floyd Mayweather insisted his three-round welterweight boxing exhibition fight with Japanese kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa was supposed to be “all about entertainment.” Mayweather preached that line throughout the unusual build up to the bout that was first on with no rules announced, then off when Mayweather suddenly backed out and
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