Boxing

12:13 PM ET Lightweight Ryan Garcia, the 2017 ESPN prospect of the year, will square off with Jose “Wonder Boy” Lopez in a 10-round fight on March 30 at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, Golden Boy Promotions announced on Friday. The fight will headline a card on DAZN and will also include
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10:06 PM ET Two-time lightweight world titleholder Brandon Rios was in what turned out to be a 19-month retirement when he made the decision to return to the ring in mid-2017. He is 2-1 since and said Thursday that he believes a victory on Saturday will position him to fight for a world title for
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10:23 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 James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr will be fighting to keep their careers alive on Saturday as it is hard to see a future
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1:17 PM ET Steve KimESPN In what was a stunning turn of events, it was announced on Monday that Tyson Fury and his promoter, Frank Warren, had signed a co-promotional deal with Top Rank, that will see his bouts air live on ESPN airwaves. This landmark deal also calls for a minimum of two bouts
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12:41 PM ET Heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev will headline the Top Rank Boxing on ESPN card on March 23, Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti told ESPN. The card will take place at either The Hangar in Costa Mesa, California, or the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California, but Pulev still needs an opponent.
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10:00 PM ET Pound-for-pound king Vasiliy Lomachenko will defend his unified lightweight world title against mandatory challenger Anthony Crolla on April 12 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles after their camps made a deal on Tuesday night. The deal for the fight, which will headline a Top Rank Boxing on ESPN+ card to coincide
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7:12 PM ET Heavyweight contender Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller wasn’t much of a welcoming host when he met unified world titleholder Anthony Joshua on his turf for the kickoff news conference on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in New York. The boxing big men will fight for Joshua’s three major belts at the famed arena
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10:05 AM ET Former middleweight world titleholder Billy Joe Saunders is moving up to super middleweight and will face Shefat Isufi for a vacant world title, promoter Frank Warren announced on Monday. The fight is scheduled to take place on April 13 at the SSE Wembley Arena in London. The fight was announced as being
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7:25 AM ET Lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and promoter Frank Warren have signed a deal under which Fury will be co-promoted by Top Rank, they announced Monday. Fury will have his future bouts co-promoted by Top Rank and Warren’s Queensberry Promotions with the deal calling for a minimum of two bouts per year in
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3:55 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 James DeGale has said Chris Eubank Jr. is “too arrogant” to benefit from using a full-time trainer for the first time. Former IBF world
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8:32 PM ET The fight between secondary heavyweight world titlist Manuel Charr and mandatory challenger Fres Oquendo, already long overdue, has been canceled. The fight was on at least its third date — April 6 in Munich — but was canceled when Oquendo failed to sign the contract by Friday’s deadline, Patrick English, the attorney
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11:18 PM ET Featherweight world titlist Leo Santa Cruz came into his defense against late replacement Rafael Rivera on Saturday night as a massive favorite and talking about possible major fights he had his eyes on. But Santa Cruz also insisted he would not overlook Rivera, and that showed in his dominant performance. He put
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1:47 AM ET Steve KimESPN It was a joyous homecoming for Rob Brant, who defended his WBA regular middleweight title by scoring an 11th-round stoppage of Khasan Baysangurov on Friday night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota. The fight was the main event of a card that was broadcast live on ESPN. Not content
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5:57 PM ET Unified heavyweight world titleholder Anthony Joshua isn’t the only significant Matchroom Boxing fighter headed to the United States for his next bout. Also on the way are undisputed cruiserweight world champion and consensus 2018 fighter of the year Oleksandr Usyk and former welterweight world titlist Kell Brook, Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn
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