Canelo signs 11-fight, $365M deal with DAZN
In a record-shattering deal finalized early Wednesday morning, Alvarez signed a five-year deal worth a minimum of $365 million with DAZN.
Canelo: Mayweather 'wouldn't risk' fighting me again
Canelo Alvarez discusses the prospect of fighting Floyd Mayweather or Gennady Golovkin again, ahead of his bout with WBA champion Rocky Fielding.
- Former rivals Haye, Chisora sign management deal
- Marriaga to face Estrella Nov. 3 on ESPN+
- Petalcorin in 'best shape' for Alvarado fight
- Bivol to defend title vs. Pascal in Atlantic City
Top Rank working on matchups to end year, start 2019
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is in the process of putting together several fights and making plans for others, including the return of Oscar Valdez and potential unification bouts for titleholder Gilberto Ramirez and title contender Alex Saucedo.
Dan Rafael interviews Top Rank promoter Bob Arum and middleweight title contender Demetrius Andrade.
Don't expect Crawford-Spence next
Moments after Terence Crawford finished off Jose Benavidez Jr. on Saturday night, talk turned to making Crawford vs. Errol Spence Jr. -- but it's unlikely that fight will be next.
Welterweight world titleholder Terence Crawford is a bona fide attraction. Not only did his welterweight world title-retaining 12th-round knockout of Jose Benavidez Jr. on Saturday night take place in front of his largest crowd to date, 13,323 at the CHI Health Center in Crawford’s hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, the card drew the largest for any boxing or MMA event on broadcast or cable television so far in 2018. The full telecast, which also included featherweight prospect Shakur Stevenson’s impressive three-knockdown first-round KO of Viorel Simion, averaged 2.245 million viewers and peaked at 2.708 million in the later stages of the main event, according to Nielsen Media Research. The telecast was also drew ESPN’s largest boxing audience since the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn card averaged 2.8 million viewers in July 2017 as the network kicked off its long-term deal with Top Rank.
Divisional rankings: Crawford keeps making noise at welterweight
In his second fight at welterweight, Terence Crawford defended his world title to stay at No. 2 in the division. But what other changes appear in ESPN's boxing divisional rankings? Dan Rafael reveals his new standings and what's next for the fighters.
Light heavyweight titlist Artur Beterbiev will defend against Joe Smith Jr. on a date to be determined in December in the Northeast, Beterbiev co-promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing and Joe DeGuardia, Smith’s promoter, told ESPN on Monday. Smith was near a deal to challenger titlist Dmitry Bivol on Nov. 24 on HBO but then Smith got bigger, better offer to fight Beterbiev on streaming service DAZN.
Crawford outclasses Benavidez Jr. to keep title
Terence Crawford retained his 147-pound title with a 12th-round knockout of Jose Benavidez Jr. on Saturday.
Crawford knocks down Benavidez, closes door
Former top prospect Felix Verdejo, who suffered a major upset loss when Antonio Lozada stunningly knocked him out in the 10th-round of their lightweight fight March 17, is on the comeback trail. Verdejo (23-1, 15 KOs), 25, of Puerto Rico, will fight Yardley Armenta Cruz (24-11, 14 KOs), 24, of Mexico, in a 10-round junior welterweight bout Nov. 10 at the Mario Morales Coliseum in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Top Rank, Verdejo’s promoter, gave him permission to fight on a card being organized his manager, Ricky Marquez. Cruz is coming off a second-round KO loss to lightweight contender Richard Commey on Aug. 4. “Obviously, this is a comeback fight. Hopefully – and we expect – that he'll show improvement and then we'll assess where to go with Verdejo next year,” Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti told ESPN.
What a night for Shakur Stevenson, left, and Terence Crawford on the Top Rank on ESPN card Saturday night in Omaha, Nebraska. Stevenson, one of the most talented prospects in boxing, scored a KO victory in Round 1, and Crawford defended his welterweight belt with an impressive victory by KO over Jose Benavidez Jr. Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank.
Stevenson shines, stops Simion in Round 1
Blue-chip featherweight prospect Shakur Stevenson has been asking for better fights. He got his wish on Saturday and looked sensational in a KO victory over Viorel Simion in the Terence Crawford-Jose Benavidez Jr. undercard.
Watch Stevenson's demolition of Simion
Crawford throws punch at weigh-in
A unique family dynamic and the shooting of Jose Benavidez Jr. that nobody wants to talk about
Through his many ups and downs, including the shooting that nearly ended his career, Jose Benavidez Jr. has been driven by two things: his hunger to be a champion and his father.
The rematch between super middleweight world titleholder Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez and Jesse Hart, which has not yet been formally announced but is slated to headline a Top Rank Boxing on ESPN+ card on Dec. 14, will take place at the Bank of America Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told ESPN. That is the same arena where Ramirez knocked out Habib Ahmed in the sixth round of a February title defense. In the fight before stopping Ahmed, Ramirez (38-0, 25 KOs) 27, of Mexico, dropped Hart in the second round of a hard-fought unanimous decision to retain his belt in September 2017. Hart (25-1, 21 KOs), 29, of Philadelphia, has won three fights in a row by knockout since to earn the rematch.
LAPD helping young girl achieve her boxing dreams
Terence Crawford: Long road
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.
Dan Rafael talks to Terence Crawford and Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller
Promoter: Saunders to sue over cancelled fight
Boxing promoter Frank Warren says Billy Joe Saunders plans to sue The Massachusetts State Athletic Commission over his cancelled fight with Demetrius Andrade.
Mass. denies Saunders license after failed test
Billy Joe Saunders is off the Oct. 20 Matchroom Boxing card after the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission denied him a boxing license because of his recent failed drug test.
Former three-time heavyweight world title challenger Chris Arreola (36-5-1, 31 KOs), 37, of Riverside, California, who has not fought since suffering an eighth-round knockout loss challenging world titleholder Deontay Wilder in July 2016, plans to make a comeback. Arreola, who has been training, will return to face an opponent to be determined on Dec. 1 on the non-televised undercard of the Wilder-Tyson Fury world title fight at Staples Center in Los Angeles, a source with knowledge of the plan told ESPN on Thursday. Besides the loss to Wilder, Arreola also suffered a sixth-round knockout to Bermane Stiverne for a vacant world title in their 2014 rematch and a 10th-round stoppage in a title fight to Vitali Klitschko in 2009 at the Staples Center.
Unbeaten welterweights “Mean Machine” Egidijus Kavaliauskas (20-0, 16 KOs), 30, of Lithuania, and Roberto Arriaza (17-0, 13 KOs), 28, of Nicaragua, will meet in a world title eliminator on Nov. 16 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti told ESPN. The fight will stream live on ESPN+ as the co-feature of the ESPN-televised main event between junior welterweight world titleholder Maurice Hooker and mandatory challenger and hometown fighter Alex Saucedo. The Kavaliauskas-Arriaza winner will become the mandatory challenger for the 147-pound belt held by Terence Crawford.
Although HBO recently announced that after 45 years of televising boxing it will end its involvement at the end of the year, the network is still planning other cards beyond the Oct. 27 tripleheader topped by Daniel Jacobs-Sergiy Derevyanchenko, which is the only one presently on the schedule. One card likely would be headlined by junior middleweight titlist Jaime Munguia (31-0, 26 KOs) on Dec. 8 at a location to be determined. According to a source with knowledge of the plans, HBO is working on a tripleheader that would also involve former pound-for-pound king Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (47-2, 39 KOs), a former four-division world champion, and undisputed women’s welterweight world champion Cecilia Braekhus (34-0, 9 KOs), the world’s No. 1 female fighter pound-for-pound, who was featured in HBO’s first-ever women’s bout on May 5 on the Gennady Golovkin-Vanes Martirosyan undercard.
Aloyan gets title fight in only fifth pro bout, Tabiti-Fayfer meet in 200-pound tourney
Mikhael Aloyan will be fighting for a bantamweight world title in only his fifth pro fight in the World Boxing Super Series quarterfinals. Andrew Tabiti and Ruslan Fayfer battle in the second cruiserweight edition.
Chat: Dan Rafael talks boxing, noon ET
Senior writer Dan Rafael answers your questions about the sweet science, including this weekend's fights and much more.
Mundine: Horn's trainer 'delusional'
If former welterweight world titleholder Jeff Horn wants a rematch with Terence Crawford, Anthony Mundine thinks he is dreaming.
Mundine to send Horn back to school
Anthony Mundine says he's looking to send 'new kid on the block' Jeff Horn back to his old teaching role.
Mundine: I deserve ten statues
Anthony Mundine calls on the Australian government to build him ten statues, because there'll never be another boxer like him.
All Star Boxing promoter Tutico Zabala announced on Thursday that he will kick his fall season of shows on Spanish-language network Telemundo on Nov. 16 (11:35 p.m. ET) with a regional flyweight title bout between Puerto Rico’s Jonathan "Bomba" Gonzalez (21-2-1 12 KOs) and Mexico’s Juan "Pinky" Alejo (24-5-1 14 KOs), a former junior flyweight world title challenger, at the Osceola Heritage Park Events Center in Kissimmee, Florida. In the co-feature, Christian Camacho (7-1, 1 KO), a son of the late Hall of Famer Hector Camacho Sr., will face Isaac Cerda (6-2, 1 KO) in a six-round featherweight fight.
At its annual convention earlier this month in Kiev, Ukraine, the WBC ordered former bantamweight world titlist Tomoki Kameda (35-2, 20 KOs), 27, of Japan, to face European champion Abigail Medina (19-3-2, 10 KOs), 30, of Spain, for its interim junior featherweight world title because reigning titlist Rey Vargas is out indefinitely following shoulder surgery. So this week the Kameda-Medina fight was scheduled for Nov. 12 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. “The opportunity for the fight for this crown has finally come,” Kameda said at this week’s news conference to announce the bout. “I am highly motivated to win the title after three years of looking for this opportunity.” Medina has won 10 fights in a row.
When Premier Boxing Champions kicks off its new rights deal with Fox on Dec. 22 in prime time the main event under discussion is between interim middleweight titlist Jermall Charlo (27-0, 21 KOs), 28, of Houston, and Polish contender Maciej Sulecki (26-1, 10 KOs), 29, of Poland, a source with knowledge of the plans told ESPN. In his last fight in April, Sulecki lost a competitive decision to top contender Daniel Jacobs. When contacted by ESPN on Thursday, Charlo, coming off a second-round knockout of Hugo Centeno to win the vacant interimn belt, also in April, said he was unsure of the date of his next fight and was waiting to talk to adviser Al Haymon about the specifics. Charlo also said he had never heard of Sulecki and that when his next fight was set he would announce it on social media.
Heavyweight Cassius Chaney (13-0, 7 KOs), 31, has re-signed with career-long promoter Main Events, the company announced Wednesday. Chaney, a pro since 2015, will have the first fight of the new deal Nov. 3 (Facebook Watch) on the Golden Boy Fight Night card at the Aviator in Brooklyn, New York, that is headlined by the Sullivan Barrera-Seanie Monaghan light heavyweight fight. “Cassius has so much potential,” Main Evens CEO Kathy Duva said. “It was a pleasure to work with him from his pro debut to get him to this point in his career and now, with his re-signing, to be able to take him to the next level. The heavyweight division better be ready for him.” Chaney, who lives in Connecticut, has returned home to his native Baltimore to live with his mother while he trains under Kevin Cunningham. “Like anything, when you're back home not worrying about too many things, training comes easier,” Chaney said. “The benefits of being back with my mom, eating her food, the gym isn't that far. I don't know too many people. I train, and I go back home.”
Fury enrolls in VADA testing ahead of Wilder bout
Lineal heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury finally enrolled in the WBC's Clean Boxing Program on Monday.
Divisional rankings: 'Big Baby' Miller makes his case at heavyweight
With all the talk about Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, Jarrell Miller keeps moving up in the division. But what other changes appear in ESPN's boxing divisional rankings? Dan Rafael reveals his new standings and what's next for the fighters.
Promoter Lou DiBella announced on Tuesday that middleweight Steve Rolls (18-0, 10 KOs), 34, of Toronto, has signed a multi-year extension to his promotional agreement. “Steve is a gentleman outside the ring, but a terror inside,” DiBella said. “He has accepted and passed every challenge put in front of him, including two nationally televised appearances (on ‘ShoBox’) against tough competition. With this extension in place, we have a mandate from Steve and his manager, Todd Christie, to begin an aggressive push toward a world title and all middleweight contenders should be on notice that 'Mister' Rolls is coming." Rolls, who has been with DiBella since 2015, added, “I'm happy to renew my agreement with DiBella Entertainment, so we can continue working together to put me in position for what I've always wanted -- a shot at the middleweight championship of the world.”
Vargas-Dulorme caps off high-energy night for low-key promotion
Saturday's Matchbook Boxing show on upstart DAZN streaming service had little star power and likely few viewers but still delivered an entertaining night of fights.
Welterweights Vargas, Dulorme fight to draw
Thomas Dulorme, knocked down in the 10th round of Saturday's welterweight fight in Chicago, pulled out a majority draw against Jessie Vargas when Dulorme dropped him in the waning moments of the 12th with what turned out to be the fight's final punch.
Inoue blows away Payano with KO1
Naoya Inoue has made an electrifying start to his World Boxing Super Series campaign after landing a brutal knockout on quarterfinal opponent Juan Carlos Payano in the first round of their contest in Tokyo.
Middleweight Diego Pacheco, a 17-year-old eight-time amateur national champion from Los Angeles, has settled on a promoter. As expected, Pacheco, not long after inking a management deal with Tim VanNewhouse, has signed with Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn. “I have everything in place now to begin my professional career,” said the 6-foot-4 Pacheco. “I can’t wait for my professional debut later in the year, live on DAZN.” Hearn was pleased to land the much sought-after prospect. “He has an incredible amateur pedigree and even at such a young age has all the attributes and tools to become a huge star in the sport. We plan to bid him all over the world and let him progress at the right pace to (mold) him into an elite fighter. We have a proven track record in taking amateur stars to world titles and I truly believe Diego will become a multi-weight world champion.”
Junior welterweight Jack Catterall (23-0, 12 KOs) outpointed Ohara Davies (18-2, 14 KOs) in the all-British fight that headlined the Frank Warren-promoted card that streamed on ESPN+ from Leicester Arena in Leicester, England, on Saturday. Catterall won 118-110, 115-113 and 115-113 in a fight that lacked any serious action. Also on the card, top British heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois (9-0, 8 KOs) was forced to go the distance for the first time in a 100-91 rout of American Kevin Johnson (32-11-1, 16 KOs), a faded former world title challenger, in a sleep-inducing fight. In another undercard bout, Great Britain’s two-time Olympic gold medalist Nicola Adams (5-0, 3 KOs) won a vacant women’s interim flyweight title against Mexico’s Isabel Millan (22-5-1, 8 KOs) by scores of 97-93, 97-93 and 96-92.
Huge upset in Chicago on the DAZN card as heavyweight Matt Cameron won a four-round decision over Nkosi Solomon, who was making his pro debut. Cameron, a blown up cruiserweight, won 39-33 on all three scorecards. Shocking! He scored two knockdowns and Solomon had two points deducted. He had been the No. 1-ranked US amateur super heavyweight
Canelo to challenge super middleweight Fielding
Canelo Alvarez, fresh from his huge majority decision victory over Gennady Golovkin, will be back in the ring before the end of the year and in a new weight division, trying to win another belt.
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai retained the junior bantamweight world title for the third time with a near-shutout decision of underdog Iran Diaz on Saturday at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. Sor Rungvisai won by scores of 120-108, 119-109 and 119-109. Sor Rungvisai (46-4-1, 40 KOs), a 31-year-old southpaw, took it to the taller Diaz (14-3-3, 6 KOs), of Mexico, from the opening bell, especially with a persistent body attack. He rocked Diaz in the seventh round, continued to pound him to the body and rocked him again in the 11th round. "I'm not surprised that Diaz stayed with me until the 12th round as he really trained hard for this fight," Sor Rungvisai said.
Barrera vs. Monaghan rescheduled for Nov. 3
Light heavyweights Sullivan Barrera and Seanie Monaghan will meet on Nov. 3 after their Aug. 18 bout was postponed when Barrera suffered a right eye injury during a sparring session preparing for the fight.
The Fury-Wilder tour was an act, but it was far from fake
Steve Bunce: The Fury-Wilder tour was a rare glimpse of two fighters exposed under the lights and having to perform to avoid getting smothered by the other. It was brutal to watch.
Promoter: 'Much-improved' offer made to Wilder
Anthony Joshua's representatives have made a "much-improved" offer to Deontay Wilder but have had negotiations rebuffed so far, promoter Eddie Hearn has said.
Weights from Yokohama, Japan, for Sunday's world title tripleheader, including the first two quarterfinals of the second season of the World Boxing Super Series bantamweight and junior welterweight tournaments: Naoya Inoue 118 pounds, Juan Carlos Payano 117.5 (for Inoue's secondary bantamweight title); Kiryl Relikh 140, Eduard Troyanovsky 139.25 (for Relikh's junior welterweight world title); Ken Shiro 107.75, Milan Melindo 107.5 (for Shiro's junior flyweight world title).
All of the drug test results from the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin II card on Sept. 15 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas have been returned and all were negative, the Nevada State Athletic Commission told ESPN on Friday. Alvarez, of course, failed two Voluntary Anti-Doping Association random drug tests for the performance-enhancing drug clenbuterol in February, which caused the fight to be canceled from its original May 5 date and for him to be suspended for six months before a new deal was made for the rematch to take place last month. Alvarez won a majority decision and the unified middleweight world title from Golovkin after they fought to a heavily disputed draw a year earlier.
Vargas takes on Dulorme in first U.S.-based DAZN card
Former welterweight world titlist Jessie Vargas is looking to get back into title contention. He has an opportunity on the first DAZN United States-based card against Thomas Dulorme on Saturday.
What's next for WBC champions and mandatory challengers?
During the 56th annual WBC convention in Kiev, Ukraine, the organization determined the plan for each of its world titleholders and ratified its mandatory orders. Dan Rafael has the scoop.
How to watch Catterall-Davies, Adams-Millan on ESPN+
Looking to watch the Jack Catterall-Ohara Davies junior welterweight bout and Nicola Adams facing Isabel Millan for a vacant junior bantamweight title on ESPN+ on Saturday? Here's how to do it.
How to watch Nery vs. Canoy on ESPN+
Looking to watch the return of former bantamweight world titleholder Luis Nery against Jason Canoy on ESPN+ on Saturday? Here's how to do it.
Bantamweights Negrete, Franco fight to split draw
An action-packed bantamweight bout between Oscar Negrete and Joshua Franco was ruled a split draw Thursday night after both threw more than a thousand punches.
Wilder, Fury promise KO wins in entertaining news conference in New York
If the fight between heavyweight world titleholder Deontay Wilder and lineal world champion Tyson Fury is anything close to as entertaining as the 25-minute show they put In New York on Tuesday, we're all in for a treat.
Fury on Wilder: 'I wanted to fight the best when I came back'
Tyson Fury explains why he wanted to fight Deontay Wilder, while Wilder reveals why isn't concerned with trying to win the fight in convincing fashion.
- Former rivals Haye, Chisora sign management deal
- Marriaga to face Estrella Nov. 3 on ESPN+
- Petalcorin in 'best shape' for Alvarado fight
- Bivol to defend title vs. Pascal in Atlantic City
- Lebedev vs. Wilson headlines Monte Carlo card
- Beterbiev to fight Joe Smith Jr. in December
- Wilder apologises for punching ESPN mascot
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