Spence Jr. eyeing Thurman clash later this year
Errol Spence Jr., who defended his welterweight title Saturday night against Lamont Peterson, has his sights set on a unification showdown with Keith Thurman later this year.
Spence Jr. delivers dominant performance against Peterson.
Errol Spence Jr. improves to 23-0 after a one-sided fight against Lamont Peterson that is stopped before the eighth round begins.
Joshua: I'm training harder now than I was for Klitschko
Anthony Joshua will try and win a third belt when he takes on fellow titleholder Joseph Parker at Cardiff's Principality Stadium on March 31 and believes he is already in better shape than he was at this stage of training for his two previous fights.
Joshua: I might never fight in the U.S.
Anthony Joshua believes it is a possibility he could go his whole career without fighting in the United States.
Parker hopes to be bigger than All Blacks
Joseph Parker hopes beating Anthony Joshua and then Deontay Wilder will make him bigger than the All Blacks in New Zealand.
Showtime and Premier Boxing Champions have invited media to a “special boxing presentation” in New York on Wednesday to unveil several fights on the “Showtime Championship Boxing” schedule. It plans to “present fighters and matchups from 10 events across the first half of 2018. The schedule features 16 world champions and as many as 13 world championship fights.” Many fighters are expected to be on hand and many of the bouts have already been announced, such as Danny Garcia-Brandon Rios and David Benavidez-Ronald Gavril II on Feb. 17; the March 3 card of Deontay Wilder-Luis Ortiz and the vacant interim middleweight title bout between Jermall Charlo and Hugo Centeno that was announced on Saturday’s night’s Errol Spence Jr.-Lamont Peterson telecast and Sergey Lipinets-Mikey Garcia and Rances Barthelemy-Kiryl Relikh II on March 10. But several others are expected to formally announce with dates and sites. That group probably will include a junior middleweight unification bout between Jarrett Hurd and Erislandy Lara; light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson against Badou Jack; Keith Thurman’s return in April, possibly against Jessie Vargas; a rumored fight between Adrien Broner and Omar Figueroa; and the rematch between featherweight title rematch between Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares.
Ukrainian light heavyweight contender Oleksandr Gvozdyk (14-0, 12 KOs), who fights out of Oxnard, California, was due to face Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (23-0, 11 KOs) for a vacant interim light heavyweight title but Alvarez bailed two weeks ago. That left Gvozdyk promoter Top Rank and the WBC to come up with a new opponent. Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti told ESPN that they went down the organization’s rankings until France’s Mehdi Amar (34-5-2, 16 KOs), 35, the former European light heavyweight champion, agreed to take the bout. Moretti said the deal is not yet signed but assuming the deal is finalized the bout will take place on March 17 on be televised on the ESPN card at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York that is headlined by the vacant junior welterweight world title bout between Jose Ramirez and Amir Imam and also includes Irish star featherweight prospect Michael Conlan fighting in the arena for the second consecutive St. Patrick’s Day.
- Relaunch of "The Contender" set for next fall
- Murata to defend 160-pound belt on April 15
- Easter beats Fortuna, retains 135-pound belt
- Lomachenko named fighter of year by writers
Spence batters Peterson in 8th-round TKO win
Welterweight titleholder Errol Spence Jr. showed why he's regarded as one of the world's best, outclassing Lamont Peterson throughout their bout Saturday night and forcing the referee to stop the fight before the start of the eighth round.
It's over! Fight is stopped just as bell rang to start the 8th round. Spence by very impressive TKO!
Easter beats Fortuna, retains 135-pound belt
Lightweight world titleholder Robert Easter Jr. needed all 12 rounds -- and a little help from the judges -- to defeat a game Javier Fortuna in a very entertaining fight Saturday night in Brooklyn, New York.
We got to the scorecards: 114-113, 115-112 Easter, 114-113 Fortuna. Easter by split decision. I do not agree.
Round 12: Fortuna 10-9. He clearly won that round and swept the last three rounds on my cared to win the fight 115-112. Poor performance from Easter.
At the post-fight press conference Errol Spence said he wants Keith Thurman next but since he knows it won't happen he said he'll fight anybody. He said he expects his next fight to be a homecoming defense in Dallas.
Spence said he's happy to give Thurman a pass for a tuneup fight in April since he's coming off a layoff and injury but that he should fight him in the next fight.
Light heavyweight contender Marcus Browne annihilated Francy Ntetu by first-round knockout on the Spence-Peterson undercard.
Thrilling heavyweight fight on the Spence-Peterson undercard! Adam Kownacki knocked out Iago Kiladze in the sixth round of an all-out slugfest.
On the Errol Spence-Lamont Peterson undercard, junior welterweight Anthony Peterson (Lamont's brother) won a shutout decision over Luis Florez, 100-89, 100-90, 100-90.
Lomachenko named fighter of year by writers
Junior lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko was selected the 2017 Sugar Ray Robinson Fighter of the Year.
Lomachenko rep takes air out of Pacquiao talk
Vasiliy Lomachenko's manager says the junior lightweight champ won't be fighting Manny Pacquiao any time soon, shooting down comments made by Pacquiao earlier this week.
On Jan. 3, the IBF ordered former featherweight world titlist Billy Dib (43-4, 24 KOs), 32, of Australia, and former junior lightweight titlist Gervonta Davis (19-0, 18 KOs), 23, of Baltimore, to meet in a title eliminator to determine the mandatory challenger for junior lightweight titlist Kenichi Ogawa. With the Dib and Davis camps unable to make a deal the IBF on Friday ordered a Jan. 29 purse bid at its offices in Springfield, New Jersey. The sides could still reach a deal before the bid takes place. Promoters interested in bidding must submit a $5,000 nonrefundable participation fee. Dib, as the higher-ranked fighter in the IBF rankings, would receive 60 percent of the winning bid and Davis, stripped of the belt in August for failing to make weight, would receive 40 percent. It remains to be seen what will happen, however, with the belt because Ogawa faces being stripped in the wake of a positive drug test related to his controversial decision win against Tevin Farmer for the vacant belt on Dec. 9.
Fury free to box after interview with BBBofC
Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is free to box in the UK again after a successful interview with the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) on Friday.
Joshua 'bored' of Fury fight talk
Anthony Joshua has revealed his interest in fighting Tyson Fury has wilted and has stated he is becoming "a bit bored" of the talk surrounding a potential fight.
Taylor to fight Soto on March 3, wants world title
Josh Taylor faces Humberto Soto on March 3 in the first of "two or three fights" before a world title shot.
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Ogawa suspended for prefight positive test
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has suspended Kenichi Ogawa after it revealed the IBF junior lightweight champion tested positive for two forms of synthetic testoterone.
Former junior middleweight world title challenger Yoshihiro Kamegai (27-4-2, 24 KOs), the Japanese brawler who dropped a one-sided decision to Miguel Cotto for a vacant title in August, was scheduled to have his next fight on Jan. 27 at The Forum in Inglewood, California, on the undercard of the Golden Boy Promotions’ HBO doubleheader featuring Lucas Matthysse against Tewa Kiram for a vacant welterweight belt and lightweight champion Jorge Linares defending against Mercito Gesta. However, Golden Boy told ESPN on Thursday that Kamegai suffered a shoulder injury and he is off the card. His opponent, Daquan Pauldo (16-1, 9 KOs), of Orlando, Florida, will remain on the show though Golden Boy is looking for an opponent. The non-televised bouts will be streamed live at RingTV.com beginning at 6 p.m. ET.
Lipnets has hand injury, postpones Garcia fight
Sergey Lipinets has postponed the first defense of his junior welterweight title against Mikey Garcia after suffering a hand injury during training.
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A purse bid for the fight between Manuel Char, owner of a secondary heavyweight world title, and mandatory challenger Fres Oquendo was ordered by the WBA on Wednesday. If the sides don’t make a deal the purse bid will be held on Feb. 9 at the Hotel Dann Carlton in Medellin, Colombia. There is no minimum bid and the winning offer will be split 50-50 between the fighters. Promoters wishing to bid must submit a non-refundable fee of $15,000 and the bout should take place within 90 days of the purse bid. Anthony Joshua holds the top title but Charr (31-4, 17 KOs), 33, a Syria native fighting out of Germany, won the vacant second tier title by unanimous decision against Alexander Ustinov in Oberhausen, Germany on Nov. 25. Oquendo (37-8, 24 KOs), 44, of Chicago, has not boxed since losing a majority decision to Ruslan Chagaev for the same vacant title in July 2014. Injuries and other issues prevented him from fighting for the title again since but the WBA is obligated to give him a shot based on a federal court order after Oquendo won a lawsuit to enforce his rights.
Frampton: I want a title fight this summer
Carl Frampton is hoping to earn a world title shot in the summer, provided that he comes through his April 21 fight with Filipino boxer Nonito Donaire.
Joshua dismisses Parker's 'king of steroids' claim
Anthony Joshua dismissed Joseph Parker calling him "king of steroids" and resisted the temptation to launch a verbal attack on his rival champion.
The Feb. 3 Top Rank ESPN card from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas is scheduled to air at 10:15 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes with two world title fights, Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez defending his super middleweight belt against Habib Ahmed in the main event and junior bantamweight titlist Jerwin Ancajas defending his crown against Israel Gonzalez in the co-feature. While those bouts and all of the preliminary bouts will also stream live on the ESPN App, there will be bonus televised coverage of some preliminary bouts on ESPNEWS beginning at 9 p.m. ET. That plan for that portion of the broadcast is to include bouts involving blue-chip lightweight prospect Teofimo Lopez Jr. (7-0, 6 KOs) and super middleweight contender Jesse Hart (22-1, 18 KOs) in his first bout since an action-packed decision loss to Ramirez on Sept. 22. Lopez is slated for an eight-rounder against John Delperdang (10-4, 9 KOs) and Hart is due to face Thomas Awimbono (25-7-1, 21 KOs) in a 10-round bout.
Ukrainian middleweight contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko (11-0, 9 KOs), 30, who fights out of Brooklyn, New York, had been a late addition to Saturday’s Errol Spence Jr.-Lamont Peterson card at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where he was slated to face durable journeyman Dashon Johnson (22-22-3, 7 KOs) in an eight-rounder in preparation for a bigger fight in the spring, perhaps against former junior middleweight titlist Demetrius Andrade (25-0, 16 KOs). However, Derevyanchenko dropped off the card on Tuesday after coming down with a fever and flu-like symptoms, manager Keith Connolly told ESPN. The bout was supposed to be Derevyanchenko’s first since Aug. 25, when he stopped Tureano Johnson in the 12th round of a world title eliminator to become the mandatory challenger for one of the 160-pound belts held by unified world champion Gennady Golovkin. Connolly said Derevyanchenko would return soon, possibly on March 3 at Barclays Center on the Deontay Wilder-Luis Ortiz undercard.
Business as usual despite Parker fight bringing 'rare occasion'
The first prefight news conference between Anthony Joshua and Joshua Parker passed without incident. For all the posturing, verbal jousting and thinly veiled insults thrown in Joshua's direction from Parker's camp, there was a line drawn in the sand.
Parker: I know Joshua's weaknesses, he thinks he knows mine
Joseph Parker has promised to be better than his last fight when he faces unifies heavyweight titles with Anthony Joshua on March 31.
Parker: I'll beat whatever Joshua brings.
Joseph Parker warns Anthony Joshua that he can beat the Brit at his best as the pair aim to unify the WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight championships.
The purse bid scheduled to take place on Tuesday for the junior welterweight world title elimination bout between Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk (17-0, 10 KOs), 24, a Russia native fighting out Miami, Oklahoma, and Anthony Yigit (21-0-1, 7 KOs), 26, of Sweden, was canceled when Baranchyk co-promoter Lou DiBella and Yigit promoter Team Sauerland made a deal. IBF president Daryl Peoples sent all registered promoters a letter notifying them that the deal had been reached and the purse bid was canceled. Yigit and Baranchyk are due to meet March 9, possibly in Miami, Oklahoma. The winner of the fight will become the mandatory challenger for the 140-pound belt currently held by Sergey Lipinets. The card is expected to be televised on Showtime and also include the vacant interim junior welterweight world title bout between former world titleholder Viktor Postol (29-1, 12 KOs) and Regis Prograis (20-0, 17 KOs).
Chocolatito plans return to ring in 2018
It was a harsh 2017 for Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez. He lost his 115-pound world title, perfect record and pound-for-pound No. 1 status. But the former champion is planning his return to the ring sometime this year.
Joshua, Parker keep it clean on first meeting.
Steve Bunce looks back on the first prefight news conference between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker, as the pair keep trash talking to a minimum.
Joshua interested in Klitschko rematch.
Anthony Joshua spoke to Steve Bunce ahead of his unification fight against Joseph Parker about the prospect of a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko.
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Spence Jr. wants to be undisputed welterweight champion.
Errol Spence Jr. is willing to fight anyone who stands in his way of being the world champ ahead of his bout with Lamont Peterson.
Welterweight world titleholder Errol Spence Jr. says he expects a fan-friendly fight when he meets Lamont Peterson on Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Derrick James, a nominee for the 2017 Boxing Writers Association of America trainer of the year award, will be in Errol Spence Jr.'s corner on Saturday when Spence defends his welterweight title against Lamont Peterson in Brooklyn. But he proudly wears the ring he collected when another one of his fighters, Jermell Charlo, won the WBC junior middleweight title in 2016 with a KO victory over John Jackson.
Berchelt looking for title bout opponent
Junior lightweight champion Miguel Berchelt is looking for an opponent after Cristian Mijares was pulled from the fight after some unspecified contract issues.
Tete pulls out of title defense with calf injury
Zolani Tete was forced to withdraw from a mandatory defense of his bantamweight title against Omar Narvaez on Feb. 10 because of a calf injury.
Joshua brands Parker's criticism as 'fake news'
Anthony Joshua dismissed criticism from Joseph Parker's team about his punch resistance, describing it as "fake news" at a news conference Tuesday.
Fury: Me or Joshua 'going to sleep' if we fight
Former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has warned Anthony Joshua that one of them will "go to sleep" within four rounds if they step into the ring together.
Fury backing Parker to shock AJ
Tyson Fury has made a surprise a prediction for the highly-anticipated heavyweight showdown between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker by backing the New Zealander to claim victory.
Former lightweight world title challenger Sharif Bogere (30-1, 20 KOs), 29, a Uganda native fighting out of Las Vegas, will headline a Mayweather Promotions card at Sam’s Town in Las Vegas on Jan. 27. Bogere will face Arturo Santos (19-8, 5 KOs), in a scheduled 10-round bout. Bogere is 7-0 with a no contest since a decision loss to Richar Abril for a vacant world title in 2013. Santos has lost two fights in a row by decision and is 1-5 in his last six bouts. “‘The Lion’ has made his return and I do not plan on slowing down,” Bogere said. “Prior to my last fight I was working on getting my body back in good health, and my last fight was a great tune up to prepare me for tougher opponents. I have a great team who pushes me. I am still training and sparring with some really tough guys, my balance and timing has improved. Now I am focused on getting stronger and gaining more IQ.”
Khan is back, but can he become a world champion?
After two years out of the ring, Amir Khan is back and is targeting a third world title by the end of 2018 -- but is that a realistic target?
Promoter: Khan has lost Brits' interest
Frank Warren says the British public have lost interest in Amir Khan's boxing career following his prolonged absence from the ring.
Mundine wants one more year and Jeff Horn
Anthony Mundine plans to continue boxing for another year, and hopes to climb into the ring against fellow Australian champion Jeff Horn.
Scorecard: Shields retains title; Ergashev dominates
Claressa Shields retained her unified women's super middleweight title by defeating Tori Nelson on Friday, setting up a move down to middleweight this spring. Dan Rafael reviews Shields' victory, along with other bouts from the weekend.
Joshua-Parker unification bout set for March 31
The heavyweight division will move one step closer to an undisputed champion as two-belt titleholder Anthony Joshua and one-belt titlist Joseph Parker will meet to unify their world titles on March 31 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
Joshua-Parker fight could decide heavyweight division's future
With the announcement of Anthony Joshua-Joseph Parker, heavyweight boxing is tidying itself up and setting up the possibility of an undisputed champion. But that could take longer than boxing fans expect.
Joshua: What's so difficult with this little kid?
Heavyweight world titleholder Anthony Joshua gives his thoughts on next opponent Joseph Parker, with a unification bout between the pair confirmed for March 31.
The New York State Boxing Hall of Fame has announced its class of 2018, which will be inducted at the annual dinner April 29 at Russo's On the Bay in Howard Beach, New York. The 23-person class includes cruiserweight titlist Al Cole, light heavyweight titlist Lou Del Valle, junior welterweight titlist Jake Rodriguez, lightweight world title challenger Terrence Alli and heavyweight contender Joe Mesi. Posthumous inductees include featherweight champion Kid Chocolate, heavyweight champion James J. Corbett, lightweight champion Jack McAuliffe, junior welterweight titlist Billy Costello, light heavyweight champion Melio Bettina, middleweight contender Ralph “Tiger” Jones and heavyweight contender Charley Norkus. Living non-participants elected are Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Anderson, trainer/advisor Pete Brodsky, historian Herb Goldman, matchmaker Bobby Goodman, former judge and New York State Athletic Commission chairwoman Melvina Lathan and former NSYAC chairman and matchmaker Ron Scott Stevens. Posthumous non-participant inductees are ring announcer Johnnie Addie, matchmaker Johnny Bos, publicist Murray Goodman, writer/historian Bert Sugar and broadcaster Sam Taub. Boxers needed to be inactive for at least three years to be eligible and all inductees must have resided in New York for a significant portion of their boxing careers or during the prime of their career.
Parker: Joshua 'rattled and angry'
Joseph Parker insists the next 10 weeks will make or break for him before his heavyweight unification fight against a "rattled and angry" Anthony Joshua.
Wilder giving Ortiz another chance
Heavyweight titleholder Deontay Wilder is giving Luis "King Kong" Ortiz another chance after their first bout was canceled due to Ortiz failed drug test
Wilder found guilty on misdemeanor pot charge
Deontay Wilder was found guilty Thursday on a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession and received a 30-day suspended sentence and two years of probation. He also was ordered to perform 60 hours of community service at a local YMCA.
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Khan signs three-fight deal with Matchroom
Amir Khan has signed with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing in a three-fight deal, with his first bout coming on April 21 at the Echo Arena.
Khan: World titles motivation for Hearn deal.
Amir Khan explains why he's chosen to sign with Matchroom Boxing despite bad blood with Eddie Hearn in the past.
Hearn: Barriers to Khan-Brook fight fading.
Promoter Eddie Hearn says he hopes to make super-fights for Amir Khan and hints at a possible matchup with fellow Brit Kell Brook.
Garcia: Thurman loss behind; ready for big '18
Off since dropping a split decision to Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia says he's "healthy and strong and ready to fight" as he prepares for his return to the ring against Brandon Rios on Feb. 17.
Dan Rafael's wish list for 2018
The new year is upon us. Here are a few things we'd like to see in boxing in 2018, including the return of a heavyweight title fight for the ages.
The biggest boxing stories of 2017
Dedicated boxing fans and casual fight fans will remember boxing in 2017 for very different reasons.
Fights we want to see in 2018
Expectations are always high for fight fans, and the anticipation is often sweeter than the fights themselves. These are a few of the bouts we'd like to see in the new year, including a heavyweight showdown between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.
- Relaunch of "The Contender" set for next fall
- Murata to defend 160-pound belt on April 15
- Easter beats Fortuna, retains 135-pound belt
- Lomachenko named fighter of year by writers
- Garcia-Lipinets title bout now set for March 10
- Brook eyeing fight with Khan in 2018
- Saunders, Flanagan set for separate title bouts
Want to know what fights are on the horizon? Check out the boxing schedule for 2017.
The choice for ESPN's fight of the year was an easy one: the slugfest between heavyweights Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko.
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