Scorecard: Spence vs. Brook lives up to the hype
Errol Spence Jr. and Kell Brook did not disappoint in their anticipated matchup, while George Groves finally earned a title during an entertaining weekend of boxing. Get caught up on the biggest fights around the world with Dan Rafael's scorecard.
Spence claims first world title by knocking out Brook
Young Errol Spence Jr. traveled to Kell Brook's hometown on Sheffield, England and scored an impressive TKO victory in Round 11 to win a welterweight title Saturday night.
What's next for welterweight titlist Errol Spence Jr.?
Keith Thurman? Manny Pacquiao? Shawn Porter? Amir Khan? Whoever gets the opportunity to challenge Errol Spence Jr. in his first defense after an impressive victory over Kell Brook on Saturday won't be getting any favors, writes Dan Rafael.
Promoter Eddie Hearn says Kell Brook suffered a suspected broken left eye socket in his 11th round defeat to Errol Spence on Saturday. The Briton, who lost his IBF world welterweight title to American Spence, needed surgery to repair a broken right eye socket in a fifth round loss to Gennady Golovkin in September. "It looks like a carbon copy of the last injury," said Hearn.
According to CompuBox, Errol Spence Jr. landed 246 of 633 total punches (39%) while Kell Brook connected only on 136 of 442 (31%). With the victory, Spence became the second fighter from the 2012 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team to win a world title (Rau'Shee Warren was the first).
Errol Spence Jr. said after the fight that he decided to press the action and force Kell Brook to fight at a pace he wasn't comfortable at. "He started breathing harder and getting tired, said Spence. I showed that I can overcome adversity, that I can take a punch and keep coming." When asked about a possible fight with former titleholder Keith Thurman, Spence said "Definitely. He (Thurman) said I had to prove myself, that I haven't faced anybody, and now that I've beaten Kell Brook, let's go Keith."
Groves finally crowned a world champion
George Groves won a world title on the fourth attempt after overcoming a slow start to force a sixth-round stoppage of Fedor Chudinov.
Groves would welcome a rematch with DeGale
George Groves would welcome a rematch and world title unification fight with James DeGale following Saturday's sixth round win over Fedor Chudinov.
Irish phenom Conlan now 2-0 after TKO victory
Irish Olympic star Michael Conlan scored his second early knockout in as many professional fights and now looks ahead to fighting on the July 2 undercard of welterweight titlist Manny Pacquiao's defense against Jeff Horn.
Round 11: Brook's left eye is in bad shape and he takes a knee without being hit and fight is over!!! Spence by TKO11 and wins a welterweight title. He really closed the show!
Round 10 and Brook is driven to the canvas!! Spence all over him and has a huge round! Brook in big trouble. 10-8 for Spence.
Round 9 and Brook's left eye is swelling. Been eating Spence jabs. Spence has a big round! 5-4 Brook.
Round 8 and it's a rough fight! Both guys landing good shots. Spence had better of that round early and Brook late. Brook lands solid right upstairs late. Brook round. 5-3 Brook.
Round 7 slows down a bit. Both taking a breather? Brook edges it. 4-3 Brook.
Round 6 Brook knocked Spence off balance with a right hand early on. Spence comes back and has excellent round. Spence 10-9. I have it 3-3.
Round 5 was a close one. I thought Brook landed some very good inside shots. Round to Spence. Brook up 3-2.
Round 4 more good action. Been a good fight Brook edges that round. 10-9.
Round 3 Brook may have hurt Spence with a right hand. Good round for Brook. 2-1 Brook.
Action heats up in round 2. Good close round. I gave it to Brook 10-9.
Rd 1 is a battle of jabs and Spence going after the body. Spence's round.
A few things to know ahead of the Kell Brook title defense against Errol Spence Jr. tonight: •Brook: 36-1 (25 KO); making fourth defense of IBF welterweight title •Brook: Suffered first career loss to Gennady Golovkin in last fight (fought at middleweight) •Brook: No. 3-ranked welterweight according to ESPN • Spence Jr.: 21-0 (18 KO); 8-fight knockout streak •Spence Jr.: Seeking to become second fighter from the 2012 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team to win a world title (Rau'Shee Warren) •Spence Jr.: No. 6-ranked welterweight according to ESPN
Armed police, sniffer dogs for Brook vs. Spence
As with other sporting events across the UK this weekend, including rugby union and football finals, there will now be an increased police and security presence at the Kell Brook vs. Errol Spence title fight in Sheffield.
George Groves won a vacant super middleweight title by stopping favorite Fedor Chudinov in the sixth round of their fight at Sheffield Stadium in England on Saturday. After the victory, when asked who who would like to face next, Groves said, "who wants to fight me? I'm tired of chasing opponents."
Bramall Lane in Sheffield is filling up ahead of the IBF world welterweight title fight between Briton Kell Brook and American Errol Spence, due to start 10.30pm local time. Typical British weather has seen light rain shortly followed by sunshine at the outdoor venue.
Welterweight titleholder Kell Brook made weight (146.7 pounds) on Friday for his anticipated matchup against Errol Spence Jr. in Sheffield, England on Saturday. "I went up to middleweight for the opportunity to fight Gennady Golovkin. Now you see me in great shape today (as a welterweight). And now I fighting the main contender on my weight class," said Brook after the weigh-in. He added that the winner will be the best in the division. "It's gonna be some much action in that fight it's going to be incredible. If I beat Spence, I'll be the No. 1 welterweight in the world." Photo provided by Showtime.
Welterweight contender Errol Spence Jr. made weight (146.5 pounds) on Friday for his showdown against world titlist Kell Brook. Spence was confident he'll get the victory Saturday night. "Definitely I can (beat him)," adding that fighting in Brook's hometown of Sheffield, England it is "nothing but motivation. At the end of the night (the fans) will cheer for me. But now is time to fight and see who is the best welterweight in the division." Spence predicted the fight will go his way. "KO or points, but we are going for the knockout." Photo provided by Showtime.
Watch replay: Brook-Spence offcial weigh-in
Watch as welterweight titlist Kell Brook and challenger Errol Spence Jr. weigh-in for their showdown Saturday night in Sheffield, England.
Former two-division world titleholder Orlando Salido, who likely will challenge junior lightweight titlist Vasyl Lomachenko this summer in a rematch of Salido's close 2014 decision win, first has to get through a tune-up fight on Saturday night (11 ET, beIN Sports Espanol) in his hometown of Ciudad Obregon, Mexico. But instead of Salido (43-13-4, 30 KOs), who is coming off an 11-month layoff, facing Thailand's Amphon Suriyo (18-2, 14 KOs) asplanned he will instead face last-minute replacement Aristedas Perez (30-9-2, 16 KOs), of Colombia, in the scheduled 10-rounder. Suriyo was dropped from the fight because of issues with his visa, Sean Gibbons, Salido's manager, told ESPN.
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Jemele questions De La Hoya's comments.
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Cotto facing Kamegai Aug. 26 for world title
Miguel Cotto is facing Yoshihiro Kamegai Aug. 26 in Carson, California, for a vacant junior middleweight title.
Holyfield to debut first card at famed Ali site
Evander Holyfield's promotional debut will be part of a six-week "I Am Ali" festival honoring Louisville's favorite son one year after his death.
On this date: Ali KO's Liston in first minute.
On May 25, 1965, Muhammad Ali knocked out Sonny Liston in the first round of their second fight.
Collins: There's no nobility in a sucker punch
Super middleweight contender Jose Uzcategui was the unfortunate recipient of a particularly malicious sucker punch on Saturday, a bare-fist lightning bolt he never saw coming. Unfortunately, it wasn't the first time this has happened in boxing.
Butler sucker punches Grant.
After a decision loss on Nov. 29, 2001, heavyweight James Butler, his gloves already removed, sucker punched Richard Grant, when Grant though he was going for a handshake.
Top Rank chairman Bob Arum told ESPN on Wednesday that if featherweight prospect Michael Conlan, the Irish Olympic star, wins his second pro fight on Friday night he will next fight July 2 on the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn card in Brisbane, Australia, where there are thousands of Irish, including several of Conlan's family members who moved there seven years ago. Also on the card, Arum said junior bantamweight world titlist Jerwin Ancajas (26-1-1, 17 KOs), of the Philippines, will make his mandatory defense against Japan's Teiru Kinoshita (25-1-1, 8 KOs), who challenged Zolani Tete for the same belt in 2014 and lost a unanimous decision.
Brook on Spence: 'I'm in a better place than he is'
Kell Brook says he has "driven himself into the ground" to make weight for his IBF world welterweight title defence against Errol Spence -- but it won't be a cause for concern.
Spence: Mayweather has prepared me for fight with Brook
Errol Spence has been used as a sparring partner by Floyd Mayweather Jr and Adrien Broner, but believes a victory on Saturday will be the start of his era as a boxing great.
Groves admits 'best' opportunity could be his last
George Groves goes into his fourth world title attempt admitting defeat could mean the end of his career.
Arum eyes Crawford-Indongo for August
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum wants Terence Crawford to unify the division with fellow unified titleholder Julius Indongo ... even if he doesn't have a television network to put the fight on.
Divisional rankings: Uzcategui loses fight but moves up at 168 pounds
Jose Uzcategui fought a terrific fight against Andre Dirrell, and even though he was disqualified for hitting Dirrell after the bell, he was ahead in the scorecards when the bout was stopped.
Davis keeps doing damage in junior lightweight division
Gervonta Davis, a Floyd Mayweather protégé, had another impressive performance in his first defense, traveling to England and dominating mandatory challenger Liam Walsh in a third-round knockout victory.
Beltran wins, moves up and hopes for lightweight title opportunity
Mexico's Raymundo Beltran scored a sensational one-punch destruction of Jonathan Maicelo at Madison Square Garden, a victory that put Beltran in position for a third title opportunity.
HBO and Showtime both had world title cards Saturday night that, for a change, didn't conflict. HBO, with the later start time of 10:15 p.m. ET/PT, averaged 961,000 viewers for the live airing of junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford's dominant win against Felix Diaz, according to Nielsen Media Research. That's the biggest viewership for any premium cable fight so far this year. It peaked at 1.036 million viewers. The average viewership was a 19 percent increase from Crawford's last HBO fight in December when his domination of John Molina Jr. averaged 806,000 viewers. The Ray Beltran-Jonathan Maicelo lightweight eliminator in the co-feature averaged 687,000 viewers (723,000 peak). On Showtime, which began at 6 p.m. ET, the Gary Russell-Oscar Escandon featherweight title fight main event averaged 481,000 viewers (517,000 peak). The Andre Dirrell-Jose Uzcategui interim super middleweight title bout co-feature averaged 354,000 viewers (459,000 peak). The Rances Barthelemy-Kiryl Relikh junior welterweight title eliminator averaged 267,000 viewers (295,000 peak). The opener, a brief tape delay of junior lightweight titlist Gervonta Davis' defense against Liam Walsh from London, averaged 228,000 viewers (253,000 peak).
It should come as no surprise but on Tuesday the Shannon Briggs-Fres Oquendo fight for a vacant secondary heavyweight world title was officially cancelled, as was the entire card. The show was scheduled to take place on June 3 at the Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, but canceled because Briggs tested positive for dramatically increased levels of testosterone in a random urine test conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association on May 14. Briggs' test result was ruled "atypical" when his testosterone to epitestosterone ratio was 7.89 to 1, which far exceeded the allowable threshold of 4 to 1 under World Anti-Doping Agency standards.
Trainer Lawson suspended for sucker punch
Leon Lawson Jr., the uncle of super middleweight Andre Dirrell, was suspended by the WBC for punching Jose Uzcategui, Dirrell's opponent Saturday, in the face after the fight had ended.
Scorecard: Crawford cruises; Dirrell wins interim title in controversial ending
Unified junior welterweight titlist Terence Crawford dominated Felix Diaz, while Andre Dirrell took home a vacant title in a fight that included a trainer sucker-punching one of the fighters and -- according to ESPN's Dan Rafael -- a bad referee decision.
Mayweather dreams up card for McGregor fight
Floyd Mayweather says Gervonta Davis and Badou Jack -- two boxers his company promotes -- would deserve to be on the undercard of a potential megafight with UFC star Conor McGregor.
Joshua: Get me on Mayweather-McGregor undercard
Should a rumoured superfight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor come to fruition, world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has one request.
Mayweather: Beating GGG would be easy
Floyd Mayweather insists that even at the age of 40, he would school Gennady Golovkin if the two were to meet.
Boxer's uncle sought by cops for sucker punch
Maryland police are looking for the uncle of super middleweight Andre Dirrell after he punched Jose Uzcategui, Dirrell's opponent Saturday, in the face after the fight had ended. Dirrell's uncle is wanted on two assault charges.
Dirrell wins belt after referee disqualifies Uzcategui
Andre Dirrell claimed a vacant interim super middleweight title by eighth-round DQ after Jose Uzcategui drilled him just as the bell rang to end the eighth round and he was ruled unable to continue Saturday night.
Briggs tests positive; fight with Oquendo off
Shannon Briggs has tested positive for dramatically increased levels of testosterone, which will force his vacant title bout against Fres Oquendo to be canceled.
Police looking for answers in shocking post-fight punch.
Dan Rafael reports the latest on the fallout of Andre Dirrell's uncle punching Jose Uzcategui after the fight had concluded.
Here is the complaint Jose Uzcategui filed with the police after he was assaulted in the ring by Leon Lawson Jr., Andre Dirrell's uncle and trainer.
Super middleweight contender Jose Uzcategui was transferred to the MedSTAR trauma center in Washington D.C. for further evaluation after he was sucker punched by Andre Dirrell's uncle and co-trainer Leon Lawson Jr. after his DQ loss to Dirrell on Saturday. Photo provided by Sean Gibbons.
Mayweather: 'If I do fight, there's a 90 percent chance' I'll fight Conor
Floyd Mayweather said Saturday that a potential boxing match with UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor is "the only fight that makes sense" to him.
Mayweather says if he fights, '90 percent chance' it's vs. McGregor.
Floyd Mayweather talks about the chances of him fighting Conor McGregor and who would be the "A side" in the mega-money deal.
Crawford forces Diaz's corner to stop fight
Terence Crawford unleashed a one-sided beating on Felix Diaz on Saturday night, prompting Diaz's trainer to stop the fight before the start of the 11th round and give Crawford his fifth successful defense of his junior welterweight titles.
Russell sharp in 7th-round TKO of Escandon
Coming off a 13-month layoff, Gary Russell was never in danger against interim titleholder Oscar Escandon on Saturday night and gave his hometown fans a dominant knockout victory to retain his featherweight world title.
Davis outclasses Walsh in three rounds
Junior lightweight Gervonta Davis showed why he is being tipped to be a future superstar after bludgeoning Liam Walsh to a third-round defeat in a first world title defense on Saturday.
Floyd Mayweather Jr was shouting instructions from ringside to protégé Gervonta Davis at the Copper Box Arena in London on Saturday. Mayweather has not fought since September 2015 but there is mounting speculation he will make a comeback to fight UFC star Conor McGregor later this year.
McGregor applies for boxing license in Nevada
Conor McGregor has applied in the state of Nevada for a pro boxing license ahead of a potential blockbuster fight with Floyd Mayweather.
Dan Rafael talks Mayweather-McGregor
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Agreement between White and Haymon will be next challenge.
Brett Okamoto thinks that despite Conor McGregor coming to terms on a fight, Dana White speaking to Floyd Mayweather's side will be another challenge.
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