Boxing

2:38 PM ET Former middleweight titlist Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is returning to the ring. The son of Mexican legend and Hall of Famer Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. will face Mexican countryman Alfredo Angulo on Dec. 1 on the undercard of the heavyweight world title fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury at the Staples
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2:23 AM ET In an astonishing fight, veteran Jesus Soto Karass upset previously undefeated Neeco “Rooster” Macias by majority 10-round decision. The bout featured a record-breaking 3,353 punches thrown, as the boxers battled furiously toe-to-toe in every round. The junior middleweight match highlighted a Golden Boy on ESPN card on Thursday at the Fantasy Springs
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5:03 PM ET The 45-year history of boxing on HBO that began with the George Foreman-Joe Frazier world heavyweight championship showdown as fight No. 1 in 1973 will end with its 1,118th bout on Dec. 8 — with undisputed women’s welterweight world champion Cecilia Braekhus defending her title for the 24th time when she meets
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11:36 AM ET Welterweight Robert Guerrero’s retirement is over. The former two-division world titlist known as the “Ghost,” is ending his retirement and fight an opponent to be named on the non-televised undercard of the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury heavyweight world title fight on Dec. 1 (Showtime PPV) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, a
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2:45 PM ET Floyd Mayweather Jr. is implying that a planned Dec. 31 fight with a Rizin Fighting Federation kickboxer isn’t going to happen over differences involving the magnitude of the event. In an Instagram post Wednesday, Mayweather said he initially agreed to a small exhibition and that he and his team were “completely derailed”
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8:48 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 Tony Bellew steps into the ring for Saturday’s world title challenge and the toughest fight of his life insisting he is not in awe
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8:59 AM ET Japanese junior middleweight brawler Yoshihiro Kamegai, who participated in several memorable battles, has announced his retirement from boxing. Kamegai (27-5-2, 24 KOs), 35, who fought 10 times in the United States, including his final four bouts, made his announcement Tuesday on social media. Yoshihiro Kamegai says he has lost some of his
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6:30 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 Victory over England’s Tony Bellew on Saturday will not only boost Oleksandr Usyk’s profile, it will also take him a step closer to a
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5:50 PM ET Lightweight Teofimo Lopez Jr., one of the elite prospects in boxing, has been pleading with his promoter, Top Rank, to step up the level of his competition, and it has agreed to do so. Lopez will take on the most notable opponent of his career when he fights Mason Menard in a
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3:15 PM ET Former welterweight world titleholder Kell Brook’s return to the ring on Dec. 8, which follows a layoff because of an ankle injury, will come against Michael Zerafa, Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn announced on Monday. The 12-round junior middleweight bout will headline a card at Sheffield Arena in Brook’s hometown of Sheffield,
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12:38 AM ET In the lead-up to their fight, Miguel Berchelt and Miguel “Mickey” Roman excitedly talked about producing the kind of battle on Saturday night that would go down in Mexican boxing lore alongside revered fights involving their famed countrymen Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera and Juan Manuel Marquez. And just as they promised,
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9:47 PM ET It was a triumphant occasion for Nonito Donaire, who captured the WBA bantamweight title and moved on to the semifinals of the World Boxing Super Series by defeating Ryan Burnett by fifth-round TKO at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, on Saturday. But the fight’s conclusion was certainly anticlimactic as Burnett (19-1,
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6:45 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 Whatever the outcome next Saturday, Tony Bellew is hoping for a slugfest when he takes on undisputed cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk in order to
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10:04 AM ET Associated Press MOSCOW — An Uzbek businessman who has been accused of ties to organized crime was elected president of the amateur boxing federation on Saturday, putting the sport on a collision course with the International Olympic Committee. The IOC criticized Gafur Rakhimov’s bid to become head of AIBA, and it has
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The WBO took care of several pieces of business at its annual convention, which ended on Friday in Panama City, Panama. The sanctioning body ordered some mandatory title bouts as well as title elimination fights meant to produce mandatory world title challengers. Here’s a look at the moves that were made: The fight between former
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