Wilder's camp gets Top Rank offer to fight Fury
Shelly Finkel, co-manager for world titleholder Deontay Wilder, told ESPN on Friday that their camp will review an offer for a rematch with lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, who has signed with Top Rank.
Wilder, Fury on top of Joshua's list -- after fight with Miller
Anthony Joshua still believes he'll get a fight with Deontay Wilder in order to secure all four heavyweight belts and earn recognition as the undisputed world champion. First, he needs to take care of business when he faces Jarrell Miller in June.
Fury: Joshua was gifted belts by me
- Pacquiao doesn't want son to become a boxer
- Kovalev considering defense vs. Barrera in June
- Rios focused on Soto, and whatever comes next
- Lightweight Garcia to fight Lopez on March 30
Eubank Jr, DeGale both 'can't afford to lose'
James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr. will be fighting to keep their careers alive on Saturday as it is hard to see a future for the loser.
Rios still motivated, fights on
Brandon Rios is in the twilight of his career, but he hasn't lost the love for the sport. On Saturday he will face Humberto Soto in his quest for another world title before he calls it quits.
Rios focused on Soto, and whatever comes next
Two-time lightweight world titleholder Brandon Rios and said Thursday that he believes a victory Saturday over Humberto Soto will position him to fight for a world title for a fourth time.
Dirrell conflicted about boxing, considering retirement -- after one more fight
Former super middleweight world titlist Anthony Dirrell is ready to hang the gloves for good after a long career. Before that, he wants to win another title Saturday night when he faces Avni Yildirim for a vacant belt.
Fury's potential opponents at heavyweight
Now that heavyweight lineal champion Tyson Fury has signed a deal with Top Rank, who are the opponents out there for him? And which pairing is the most realistic, given the current landscape of the boxing industry?
Arum to make offer to Wilder for Fury rematch
Top Rank's Bob Arum said Wednesday that he was going to make an offer to heavyweight world titlist Deontay Wilder for a rematch with Tyson Fury.
Top Rank sends offer to Wilder to fight Fury again
What Fury's deal with Top Rank, ESPN means for the heavyweight division
After Tyson Fury's giant deal with Top Rank and ESPN, rival teams and different broadcasters will sit and plot the future of the heavyweight division. Where do we go from here?
Miller shoves Joshua during staredown
War of words nearly kicks off Joshua-Miller early
Unified heavyweight world titleholder Anthony Joshua and contender Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller almost kicked off their highly anticipated fight at MSG three months early, as the two exchanged strong words and shoves at the kickoff news conference Tuesday.
Fury signs deal to be co-promoted by Top Rank
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 on Monday.
Fury: I'd love to fight Wilder again
Fury: 'No secret' I wanted to fight in America
Lomachenko to defend title vs. Crolla on April 12
Pound-for-pound king Vasiliy Lomachenko will defend his unified lightweight world title against mandatory challenger Anthony Crolla on April 12 at Los Angeles' Staples Center after their camps reached a deal Tuesday night.
Former heavyweight world titlist Charles Martin will face Gregory Corbin in a 10-round bout on the Premier Boxing Champions preliminary coverage of the Errol Spence-Mikey Garcia Fox PPV card on March 16 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, PBC announced Friday. Preliminaries will air on Fox Sports 1 (8 p.m. ET) just prior to the start of the main card on pay-per-view. Martin (25-2-1, 23 KOs), 32, of Carson, California, is coming off a unanimous decision loss to unbeaten contender Adam Kownacki in September. Corbin (15-0, 9 KOs), 38, of Dallas, will be in front of a home crowd against the first name opponent of his career.
Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) and Daniel Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs), who will meet to unify their three middleweight world titles in one of the year’s biggest fights on May 4 (DAZN) at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, will hit the road for a three-city tour to promote the bout and meet media and fans at events that are all open and free to the public. The tour kicks off Feb. 27 in New York, followed by a stop in Mexico City on March 1 and it will conclude on March 4 in Los Angeles. Specific locations and start times are still to be announced.
Former super middleweight and light heavyweight world titlist Badou Jack (22-2-3, 13 KOs), 35, of Las Vegas, has announced that his Badou Jack Promotions and Events will put on its first card – fights to be announced – on May 3 at the Five Palms Jumeriah in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. “This is a great opportunity to take the next step in my career with this promotional company,” said Jack, who suffered a bloody decision loss to Marcus Browne for a vacant interim light heavyweight belt Jan. 19 on the Manny Pacquiao-Adrien Broner card. “We're looking to build something with the fighters and the fans that will become part of the fabric of the entertainment culture in this region.”
Rob Brant, who just made the first successful defense of his WBA regular middleweight title by stopping Khasan Baysangurov in 11 rounds last Friday, could be going 'Down Under' for his next bout. His lead promoter, Greg Cohen, told ESPN.com,"We've been talking to Top Rank and there's a realistic possibility of going to Australia and fighting Jeff Horn." This event would take place at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane where Horn defeated Manny Pacquiao in a controversial decision in 2017. Cohen mentioned this would take place between the end of May and mid-June.
Bradley wants to see Conlan's defense improve
Crawford knows he'll always get discredited by naysayers
Terence Crawford explains why Amir Khan was the only available top welterweight to fight.
Crawford and Khan to fight on ESPN PPV April 20
Terence Crawford and Amir Khan will fight April 20, it was announced on Tuesday. The location has yet to be determined.
From violence to compassion: The duality of Terence Crawford
Terence Crawford was raised a fighter and found his way mostly due to his time in a ring, but it's his time as a father that has created a unique balance that challenges him each and every day.
Light heavyweight world titlist Artur Beterbiev (13-0, 13 KOs) will have his second defense, and his first since signing with Top Rank (which has not yet formally announced the signing), against Sven Fornling (15-1, 7 KOs) on May 4 in the main event of the Top Rank Boxing on ESPN card at the Stockton Arena in Stockton, California, a source with knowledge of the card, which hasn’t been finalized, told ESPN. The source also said junior bantamweight world titlist Jerwin Ancajas (30-1-2, 20 KOs) will defend his belt for the seventh time against mandatory challenger Ryuichi Funai (31-7, 22 KOs) in the co-feature with lightweight prospect Gabriel Flores Jr. (12-0, 5 KOs), who is from Stockton, also appearing on the show in his first hometown bout.
Junior welterweight Vergil Ortiz Jr. (12-0, 12 KOs), 20, of Dallas, one of boxing’s elite prospects, will fight an opponent to be determined on the Canelo Alvarez-Daniel Jacobs undercard on May 4 (DAZN) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Golden Boy president Eric Gomez told ESPN on Wednesday. The rest of the undercard slots have not been determined, Gomez said. Ortiz is a dynamic puncher and coming off an impressive fifth-round knockout of Jesus Valdez on Jan. 26 on the Jaime Munguia-Takeshi Inoue undercard. It was the first time Ortiz had been past three rounds in his career, which began in July 2016.
Golden Boy Promotions president, Eric Gomez, has confirmed to ESPN.com that lightweight prospect, Ryan Garcia (17-0, 14 KOs) will be making his 2019 debut on March 30 versus against Jose Lopez (20-3-1, 14 KOs) at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. Garcia, considered among the most marketable young boxers in the sport last fought on December 15th at Madison Square Garden in New York, stopping Braulio Rodriguez in five.
Divisional rankings: Brant makes a move at middleweight
Middleweight titlist Rob Brant moved up two spots after another impressive victory. But what other changes appear in ESPN's boxing rankings? Dan Rafael reveals his new world standings and what's next for the fighters.
Want to know what fights are on the horizon? Check out the boxing schedule for 2019.
Premier Boxing Champions on Tuesday announced bouts for the FS1 coverage of preliminaries for the main card on Fox headlined by welterweight world titlist Shawn Porter’s defense against mandatory challenger Yordenis Ugas on March 9 at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. The preliminaries (6:30 p.m. ET) will include former bantamweight world titlist Juan Carlos Payano (20-2, 9 KOs), 34, coming off a brutal first-round knockout loss to Naoya Inoue in an October world title fight, against prospect Damien Vazquez (14-0, 7 KOs), 21, the younger brother of former junior featherweight champion Israel Vazquez, in a 10-rounder and 2016 Lithuanian Olympian Eimantas Stanionis (7-0, 5 KOs), 24, taking on Sammy Figueroa (11-1, 4 KOs), 28, in an eight-round welterweight fight.
The Top Rank Boxing on ESPN tripleheader on Friday night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota, headlined by secondary middleweight titlist Rob Brant’s 11th-round knockout of Khasan Baysangurov in a homecoming fight, averaged 704,00 viewers on ESPN and another 67,000 on ESPN Deportes, according to Nielsen Media Research. The telecast peaked at 769,000 viewers during the main event.
What major fight lies ahead for Leo Santa Cruz? Here are some options
Leo Santa Cruz easily retained his featherweight world title against Rafael Rivera on Saturday night, as expected. Now it's time to consider if a major fight is next for him.
Michelle Rosado is all about hard work in the boxing world
Boxing promoter Michelle Rosado has come a long way since her first show in Phoenix more than seven years ago. And all the sacrifices and hard work seem to be paying off.
Santa Cruz dominates Rivera to retain belt again
All three judges scored the bout 119-109 for Leo Santa Cruz, a three-division titleholder who retained his 126-pound belt for the third time by beating late replacement Rafael Rivera.
Santa Cruz needs bigger challenges; Rivera wins in losing
Leo Santa Cruz seems to fight at his opponent's level. And though he dominated late replacement Rafael Rivera, who showed he can be a tough out for any featherweight, Santa Cruz's needs to fight the best in the featherweight division.
Sugar Ray still blazing fast at 62 years old
Two-time flyweight world titlist Moruti Mthlane (37-2, 25 KOs), 36, of South Africa, will make his third defense against mandatory challenger Masayuki Kuroda (30-7-3, 16 KOs), 32, of Japan, on May 13 in Tokyo, Mike Altamura, Mthlane’s adviser, told ESPN. “Third consecutive fight on the road. He's a throwback gladiator,” Altamura said. Mthlane won a vacant belt in South Africa in October 2017 and had his first defense in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in July on the Manny Pacquiao-Lucas Matthysse card and in his second in December in Macau, China on the Donnie Nietes-Kazuto Ioka card.
Former junior lightweight titlist Steve Forbes (35-14, 11 KOs), who turns 42 on Feb. 26, who has not boxed since October 2014, is returning to the ring to headline a card his 2Pound Sports and Entertainment is promoting on April 6 at the Clackamas Armory in Clackamas, Oregon, just outside of Forbes’ hometown of Portland, Oregon. Forbes will face an opponent to be determined in a seven-round bout at 150 pounds. Forbes held his world title from 2000 to 2002 and has faced several top opponents, including Oscar De La Hoya in a decision loss in De La Hoya’s final victory in 2008. “Being part of the promotion – it’s fun,” Forbes said. “I consider myself a fight fan who happened to end up a beltholder, and now I’m a promoter.”
Promoter Frank Warren announced Monday that due to multiple injuries resulting fight cancellations his Feb. 23 card in Leicester, England, which was to stream on ESPN+ in the United States, has been rescheduled for March 23 with British junior lightweight champion Sam Bowen still headlining. Light heavyweight up-and-comer Anthony Yarde’s fight against Travis Reeves, initially slated for Feb. 23, will shift to Warren’s card March 8 (ESPN+) at Royal Albert Hall in London and will replace the fight between women’s flyweight titlist Arely Mucino and two-time British Olympic gold medalist Nicola Adams, who suffered an injury. The March 8 card is headlined by the heavyweight bout between Daniel Dubois and Razvan Cojanu.
Brant finishes Baysangurov in 11th, retains belt
Out to state his case as an elite middleweight, Rob Brant outclassed Khasan Baysangurov before scoring an 11th-round TKO to retain his WBA regular middleweight title Friday night.
Brant stops Baysangurov, defends title
Greer defeats Escaner via KO in eighth round
Lopez wants to fight Lomachenko in April
Cancio's dream comes true, but he still keeps day job
Andrew Cancio is a professional prizefighter by night, and he works the jackhammer as a construction technician by day. He can now add WBA titleholder to his résumé after winning the belt in impressive fashion.
Maidana has many options for a big fight
Marcos Maidana had gotten the itch to fight again and aims for a big match before the end of the year. Steve Kim lists a few potential opponents for the former welterweight world titlist.
Joshua's U.S. debut at MSG a done deal
Anthony Joshua will make his American debut by defending his three major world title belts against top contender Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller on June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Joshua-Miller a quality fight, but...
Anthony Joshua vs. Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller is a solid matchup, but it's not the heavyweight bout that boxing fans, both domestically and abroad, are yearning for, writes Steve Kim.
In the wake of Andrzej Fonfara’s surprise retirement announcement on Tuesday and withdrawal from a cruiserweight fight with Edwin Rodriguez slated for the Premier Boxing Champions co-feature on Fox on March 9, welterweights Abel Ramos (23-3-2, 18 KOs) and Francisco Santana (25-6-1, 12 KOs) will square off in the new 10-round co-feature to the Shawn Porter-Yordenis Ugas welterweight title bout at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, PBC said Thursday.
Shields-Hammer showdown back on, set for April
Claressa Shields and Christina Hammer will meet for the undisputed championship on April 13 (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET/PT) at the Adrian Phillips Theater at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Ramirez shows how far he has come with hard-fought win
Jose Ramirez had been facing questions ever since the 2012 Olympics. But he had enough answers on Sunday to retain his junior welterweight title with a tough win over Jose Zepeda.
Ramirez scores majority decision vs. Zepeda
Local hero Jose Ramirez rallied to retain his junior welterweight title with a close, 12-round majority decision over Jose Zepeda on Sunday in Fresno, California.
Ramirez outpunches Zepeda, retains title
Bradley: Zepeda gave Ramirez some trouble
Per the California State Athletic Commission, purses from Sunday night’s Top Rank Boxing on ESPN card in Fresno: Jose Ramirez $700k, Jose Zepeda $100k, Ray Beltran $35k, Hiroki Okada $30k, Carlos Castro $15k, Genesis Servania $12,500, Andy Vences $20k, Dardan Zenunaj $15k, Joel Diaz Jr. $10k, Cristian Coria $10k, Guido Vianello $10k, Andrew Satterfield $5k, Gaberiel Flores $5k, Alex Torres Rynn $4k, Saul Rodriguez $20k, Aelio Mesquita $7k, Isidro Ochoa $5k, Jesus Guzman $2,500.
On This Date: Douglas KO's Tyson
Beltran stops Okada in the ninth round
In what was an entertaining back-and-forth battle, Ray Beltran returned with a dramatic ninth-round KO of Hiroki Okada. At the time of the stoppage the scorecards read 78-74 for Beltran and two cards had it even at 76-76. Beltran (36-8-1, 22 KOs) now looks for bigger fights at junior welterweight, while Okada (19-1, 13 KOs) suffers his first professional loss.
Davis retains title with 1st-round KO of Ruiz
Gervonta Davis wasted little time defending his junior lightweight world title on Saturday night as he knocked out late replacement Hugo Ruiz in the first round.
Cancio upsets Machado with fourth-round TKO
Andrew Cancio overcame a slow start and pulled off a big upset by defeating Alberto Machado by TKO in Round 4 on Saturday night in California.
Sources have told ESPN.com that undefeated welterweight contender, Egidijus Kavaliauskas (21-0, 17 KOs), will be matched with Ray Robinson (24-3, 12 KOs) on the March 30 card in Philadelphia, which features the first title defense of WBC light heavyweight champion, Oleksandr Gvozdyk. Kavaliauskas is facing Ray Robinson, a southpaw, in preparation for a bout with WBO titlist, Terence Crawford. Currently the the native of Lithuania is rated number one by the organization.
Who will be Lomachenko's next opponent?
After his seventh round stoppage of Carmine Tommasone last weekend, it was hoped that WBO featherweight titlist, Oscar Valdez (25-0, 20 KOs) could return on March 23. But according to his manager Frank Espinoza, he developed some swelling in his right hand during that fight that will delay his return. ''The doctor gave him instructions to lay off for a couple of weeks. He'll rest up two weeks and he'll be back in the gym," said Espinoza, who hopes to see his client back in the ring by May or June.
Commey injured hand Saturday, will have MRI
Richard Commey injured his right hand Saturday in winning his lightweight world title. He will have an MRI to help determine whether he can fight April 12, when he's expected to face Vasiliy Lomachenko.
A new version of Sergey Kovalev has arrived
Nobody knew what Sergey Kovalev would bring to the table against Eleider Alvarez in their rematch, but the 35-year-old offered some strategical adjustments and a glimpse into how the next stage of his career will play out.
Kovalev defeats Alvarez via unanimous decision, regains belt
Sergey Kovalev goes the distance against Eleider "Storm" Alvarez to win the rematch and regain his light heavyweight world title belt.
Naoya Inoue (17-0, 15 KOs), 25, a three-division world titlist and a reigning secondary bantamweight titleholder, was named Japan’s boxer of the year for 2018 in a pick made by the Japan Boxing Commission in conjunction with the Japan Professional Boxing Association and Japan’s Sports Writers Club on Friday. Inoue, one of boxing’s pound-for-pound best, won both of his 2018 bouts by first-round knockout. He crushed Jamie McDonnell to win a bantamweight belt in May followed by an October destruction of ex-titlist Juan Carlos Payano in the World Boxing Super Series quarterfinals. “I’m happy to be able to respond to people’s expectations with my best performance,” Inoue said.
- Pacquiao doesn't want son to become a boxer
- Kovalev considering defense vs. Barrera in June
- Rios focused on Soto, and whatever comes next
- Lightweight Garcia to fight Lopez on March 30
- Dinu reconsiders, will fight Pulev on March 23
- Eubank Jr, DeGale both 'can't afford to lose'
- Lomachenko to defend title vs. Crolla on April 12
Want to know what fights are on the horizon? Check out the boxing schedule for 2018.
Who is the world's best fighter regardless of weight class? Check out ESPN's latest top 10.
Check out boxing senior writer Dan Rafael's rankings within each division.
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The junior middleweight battle between Jarrett Hurd and Erislandy Lara was a memorable world title unification battle and the fight of the year.
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