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WBA orders purse bid as GGG-Jacobs talks drag

The WBA formally ordered a purse bid on Wednesday for the mandatory bout between middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin and secondary titlist Daniel Jacobs that is still hung up in negotiations.

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Cotto agrees to Feb. 25 bout vs. Kirkland in Texas

Miguel Cotto will end a 15-month layoff by taking on James Kirkland in a junior middleweight fight on Feb. 25 at the Cowboys' new training facility in Frisco, Texas, his promoter told ESPN.

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Misael Rodriguez signs with promoter Schaefer

Misael Rodriguez, Mexico's first boxing medalist since 2000, has signed a promotional agreement with Ringstar Sports' Richard Schaefer, formerly of Golden Boy Promotions.

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Verdejo to return to ring Feb. 3 in Puerto Rico

Lightweight boxer Felix Verdejo will return to the ring on Feb. 3 against an opponent to be determined, his first fight since being injured in a motorbike accident on Aug. 7.

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Olympians Stevenson, Vargas are going pro

Shakur Stevenson, who won silver at the Rio Games, and fellow Olympic boxer Antonio Vargas are going pro after signing management deals on Tuesday.

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Chavez Jr.: 'I want to get back to the top'

Former middleweight titlist Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is returning to the ring after a 17-month absence. And he's determined to get back to the top.

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Sonny Liston Excerpt No. 2

Shaun Assael talks about Sonny's uneasy relationship with the civil rights movement

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Wilder: Joshua defeat could burst British bubble

WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder believes British boxing is currently "hitting home runs", but he has warned Anthony Joshua that one defeat could start a decline.

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Saunders 'embarrassed' by win over Akavov

Billy Joe Saunders was "embarrassed" by the first defence of his WBO world middleweight title against Artur Akavov on Saturday.

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Welterweight boxer Ed Brown dies after shooting

Chicago police said the 25-year-old, fast-rising welterweight boxer was sitting in a parked car with his 19-year-old cousin when another car pulled up and started shooting.

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U.S. Olympic boxer Conwell joining pro ranks

Charles Conwell, who represented the United States in the ring at the Rio Olympics, is going professional and has signed a deal with Split T Management.


Ex-boxing promoter convicted of embezzlement

Dan Doyle, a former boxing promoter and founder of a Rhode Island-based sport institute, has been found guilty of a total of 18 counts, including embezzlement, forgery and filing false documents.

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Women's boxing returning to Showtime in January

Showtime says it will air Amanda Serrano's Jan. 14 bout at Barclays Center as part of a card headlined by the Badou Jack-James DeGale super middleweight world title unification fight.

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Boxing fight schedule

Want to know what fights are on the horizon? Check out the boxing schedule for 2016/2017.

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Photographer puts up Ali-Liston shot for sale

Sports photographer Neil Leifer, who shot the pictures for more than 200 Sports Illustrated covers, is auctioning prints of his best photographs, including a famous one from Ali-Liston II.

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Vargas to fight Berchelt in title bout on Jan. 28

Francisco Vargas will make his second defense of his junior lightweight world title when he takes on Mexican countryman Miguel Berchelt on Jan. 28.

Garcia attempting to claim his third world title (1:29)
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Jones Jr. to fight journeyman Gunn on Feb. 17

Former pound-for-pound king Roy Jones Jr., who will turn 48 in January, is set to take on journeyman Bobby Gunn in a 12-round cruiserweight bout on Feb. 17.

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Dan Rafael ESPN Senior Writer 

Heavyweight contender Joseph Parker met the media ahead of his vacant world title fight with Andy Ruiz on Saturday on Ruiz's turf in Auckland, New Zealand. Parker said: "There are two nights to go until the fight and I am very excited for the fight and excited to have it in New Zealand. We are not underestimating Andy Ruiz. We know he is in great shape.  We both know that we are in great shape and we each know each other's strengths and weaknesses."

Dan Rafael ESPN Senior Writer 

Mexican-American heavyweight contender Andy Ruiz Jr. met the media ahead of his vacant world title fight with New Zealand's Joseph Parker on Saturday in Auckland, New Zealand. Ruiz said: "This is my chance and I didn't come all the way to New Zealand to lose. I know everyone is underestimating me. I know I trained hard for this fight. I hear everyone commenting on how I look physically, but imagine now that I am in great shape, how good I will be on Saturday night. I know I am an exciting fighter. I will use lots of footwork and throw a lot of combinations and we both hit hard."

Dan Rafael ESPN Senior Writer 

A deal was not reached by 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday so the WBA has formally ordered a purse bid for Golovkin-Jacobs. It will be Dec. 19 at the WBA offices in Panama. The sides could still make a deal until the time of the bid.