Boxing

4:55 PM ET Premier Boxing Champions rounded out the Deontay Wilder-Luis Ortiz II pay-per-view card on Tuesday by adding a pair of potentially action-packed fights. Brandon Figueroa will defend his junior featherweight world title against former titleholder Julio Ceja, while former bantamweight titleholders Luis Nery and Emmanuel Rodriguez will square off on Nov. 23 (Fox
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2:24 PM ET Undisputed women’s welterweight world champion Cecilia Braekhus, widely viewed as the No. 1 female fighter in the world pound for pound, has signed a multifight promotional contract with Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn. Hearn announced the deal Tuesday, but he did not say when or against whom Braekhus would next fight. However, a
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11:54 PM ET Super middleweight contender Avni Yildirim is off the hook for his positive drug test for two banned substances and has been reinstated as the mandatory challenger for world titleholder David Benavidez, the WBC announced. Yildirim tested positive for two performance-enhancing drugs in samples collected by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association on Sept. 13
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12:35 PM ET Steve KimESPN Hard-hitting heavyweight Efe Ajagba (11-0, 9 KOs) has pulled out of his bout against Jack Mulowayi with a back injury suffered during training. The bout was scheduled to be the opener of the Showtime telecast from Reading, Pennsylvania, on Saturday. Sources tell ESPN that the replacement bout will feature another
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11:06 AM ET Former light heavyweight world champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk was released from Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia on Sunday morning after spending two nights there. Gvozdyk lost the lineal 175-pound title and his sanctioning organization belt by 10th-round stoppage to Artur Beterbiev in an action-packed unification fight on Friday night at the Liacouras Center
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10:24 PM ET Former light heavyweight world champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk will remain at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia for a second straight night, trainer Teddy Atlas told ESPN on Saturday night. Gvozdyk lost the lineal 175-pound title and his sanctioning organization belt by 10th-round technical knockout to Artur Beterbiev in an action-packed unification fight on
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12:39 AM ET PHILADELPHIA — There had never been a light heavyweight world title unification fight between undefeated titleholders until Artur Beterbiev and Oleksandr Gvozdyk squared off on Friday night, and when it was over it was the powerful Beterbiev who had scored three knockdowns in the 10th round for the knockout victory. It had
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9:17 PM ET PHILADELPHIA — Welterweight Kudratillo Abdukakhorov, who risked his status as one of the mandatory challengers for unified world titleholder Errol Spence Jr., dominated former world titlist Luis Collazo en route to a 10th-round technical decision victory on Friday night. Abdukakhorov won by scores of 99-91, 98-92 and 97-93 when the fight was
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12:02 PM ET Middleweight world titlist Jermall Charlo has gone the 12-round distance in his last two fights, against Matt Korobov and Brandon Adams, and he is not happy about that. Now that Charlo is set to make his second title defense against Dennis Hogan on Dec. 7 (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET) at Barclays Center
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12:29 PM ET Associated Press Soccer star Megan Rapinoe and boxer Claressa Shields have been honored as Sportswomen of the Year at the Women’s Sports Foundation. They won in the team and individual categories, the awards coming at the foundation’s 40th annual Salute to Women in Sports. Rapinoe led the United States to victory at
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8:59 PM ET Unified welterweight world titleholder Errol Spence Jr. was intoxicated when he crashed his Ferrari at a high rate of speed in a one-car accident on Oct. 10, according to Dallas police. Spence, who was originally in intensive care but now is out of the hospital, has been charged with driving while intoxicated,
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1:34 PM ET Bantamweight world titlist Zolani Tete has recovered from his shoulder injury and is ready to return to the ring. The South African southpaw will make his fourth title defense when he clashes with mandatory challenger and former flyweight and junior flyweight world titleholder John Riel Casimero on Nov. 30 (ESPN+) at Arena
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9:48 PM ET Junior middleweight Charles Conwell understandably has the injured Patrick Day on his mind day and night. Conwell knocked Day out in the 10th round of their bout on Saturday night’s Oleksandr Usyk-Chazz Witherspoon undercard at Wintrust Arena in Chicago. Day, who had been knocked down twice earlier in the fight, did not
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11:03 AM ET Former featherweight world titleholders Oscar Valdez and Carl Frampton will make their ring returns on the same Nov. 30 card against separate opponents and in a new weight class, Top Rank announced Tuesday. Valdez, who gave up his featherweight belt earlier this year in order to move up in weight, will make
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6:48 PM ET Pound-for-pound star Terence Crawford will make the mandatory defense of his welterweight world title against “Mean Machine” Egidijus Kavaliauskas on Dec. 14 at Madison Square Garden in New York in the main event of a loaded tripleheader. The fight, finalized when Crawford signed a contract Monday, will headline a Top Rank Boxing
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