Boxing

4:50 PM ET Mike CoppingerESPN Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia announced on Instagram on Thursday that they’ll meet in a long-awaited superfight next year in Las Vegas. The fight will be contested at a 136-pound catchweight and is slated to take place on April 15, sources told ESPN. Davis (27-0, 25 KOs) tweeted that he’ll
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6:54 PM ET Mike CoppingerESPN Sandor Martin has agreed to a deal to fight former lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez on Dec. 10 in New York, sources told ESPN. Martin (40-2, 13 KOs) replaces Jose Pedraza, who withdrew from the 140-pound Top Rank on ESPN bout with a non-COVID illness. Martin, a 29-year-old Spaniard, scored a
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9:46 AM ET Undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez said Wednesday that he will be ready to return to the ring in May and hopes to get a rematch against light heavyweight titlist Dmitry Bivol in September. Alvarez (58-2-2, 39) made the announcement during an event in Mexico City to present his new drink brand
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3:36 AM ET Oleksandr Usyk’s mandatory commitments with IBF challenger Filip Hrgovic will have no bearing on a bout against Britain’s Tyson Fury to unify the world heavyweight titles, the Ukrainian boxer’s promoter told Sky Sports. The 35-year-old retained his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles after a second consecutive win over Anthony Joshua
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4:12 PM ET The WBA on Tuesday ordered what amounts to an undisputed title fight at junior lightweight between Hyun-Mi Choi and Alycia Baumgardner. The teams for Choi, the WBA champion, and Baumgardner, the mandatory challenger who has the WBO, IBF and WBC belts, have 30 days to negotiate and reach an agreement on the
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5:44 PM ET Mike CoppingerESPN Floyd Mayweather Jr. stopped YouTube star Deji Olatunji in the sixth round of an exhibition boxing match on Monday in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Mayweather, after playfully throwing punches at Olatunji’s body over the first two rounds, began to deliver shots with slightly more power in Round 3. Mayweather played
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1:26 AM ET Mike CoppingerESPN Janibek Alimkhanuly retained his WBO middleweight title with a far-tougher-than-expected unanimous decision over Denzel Bentley on Saturday in Las Vegas. The scores: 116-112, 116-112 and 118-110. Alimkhanuly, a 20-1 favorite, jumped to an early lead as he peppered Bentley with straight lefts before the Londoner came alive in Round 5.
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7:57 PM ET Mike CoppingerESPN Errol Spence Jr. could defend his unified welterweight championship against Keith Thurman next after the WBC ordered the mandatory title fight on Wednesday at its convention in Mexico. Spence, 32, who holds the WBC, WBA and IBF belts at 147 pounds, was in advanced talks to fight Terence Crawford, but
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5:42 PM ET Mike CoppingerESPN Junior welterweight contender Jose Zepeda has been accused of punching a 40-year-old man at a boxing gym on Tuesday, Lt. Josh Hendricks of the Baldwin Park (California) Police Department told ESPN on Wednesday. No charges have been filed, Hendricks said, who added there was no video surveillance footage and no
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Nov 9, 2022 Mike CoppingerESPN Russian and Belarusian boxers will be removed from the WBC rankings and therefore won’t be eligible to fight for any of the organization’s titles because of Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman announced on Tuesday during the sanctioning body’s convention in Acapulco, Mexico. The measure will last
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9:00 AM ET Dmitry Bivol defended his WBA light heavyweight title with an impressive unanimous-decision victory over Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez and positioned himself as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters currently in boxing. With the victory, Bivol moved from No. 8 to No. 7, while also creating a gap between him and fellow 175-pound champion
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7:27 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 Sunny Edwards believes a successful defence of his IBF flyweight world title on Friday will be the launchpad to set up high-profile bouts against
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