MSG is now home of Crawford's next bout
For the first time in his career, unified junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford will have his next fight at the main arena at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Ex-pizza chef Sosa hopes to top Lomachenko
Junior lightweight world titleholder Jason Sosa has lifted the lid on his former life as a pizza chef -- just days before facing superstar and fellow titlist Vasyl Lomachenko.
Middleweight contender Jason "El Animal" Quigley suffered what doctors at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles described as a one-in-10million rare injury: a broken hand that detached and shredded a major tendon in his right wrist, according to Quigley's publicist Rachel Charles. The force of Quigley's punch and how it landed could be the reason this happened although with an injury such as this there are many explanations, said Charles, who added that Quigley, 25, will have surgery soon and is expected to make a full recovery. Quigley (13-0, 10KOs) won a unanimous decision in 10 rounds against Glen Tapia on March 23. (Photo by Valentin Romero)
Chavez likes Lomachenko against Sosa.
Julio Cesar Chavez previews Vasyl Lomachenko's fight against Jason Sosa.
Warren: GGG vs. Saunders finances 'agreed'
Promoter Frank Warren has told Gennady Golovkin to "sign the contract" within the next 10 days if he wants to fight Billy Joe Saunders this summer.
Sor Rungvisai returns home to Thailand as a conquering hero.
Newly crowned junior bantamweight titleholder Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (42-4-1, 38 KOs), who scored a huge upset of Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez (46-1, 38 KOs) by controversial majority decision on March 18 on the Gennady Golovkin-Daniel Jacobs undercard at Madison Square Garden in New York, returned home to Thailand as a conquering hero. This week he was honored by Thailand prime minster Gen. Prayut Chan-O-cha, as well as other government officials, for the victory in which he claimed the belt, dropped Gonzalez in the first round and knocked him from his perch as boxing's pound-for-pound king in a hellacious, bloody battle that is the leading fight of the year contender. According to the WBC, the prime minister "recognized Srisaket for his fabulous victory, which brought great happiness to all Thais, and wished him good luck in his upcoming bouts, and urged him to defend his title successfully many times in order to continue bringing joy to his country. "Srisaket is already an idol for all teenagers, who will be motivated to have a better future," he said.
Joshua: Boarding school made me disciplined
Anthony Joshua will be Britain's highest-profile fighter when he faces Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley next month, but he was very nearly lost to a boarding school in Nigeria.
Japan's Kosei Tanaka (8-0, 5 KOs), boxing's youngest active world titleholder at 21, will make the first defense of his junior flyweight belt against Puerto Rican mandatory challenger Angel Acosta (16-0, 16 KOs) on May 20 in Nagoya, Japan, Hatanaka Promotions announced on Tuesday. Tanaka has already won world titles in two weight classes, having also claimed a vacant strawweight title in his fifth fight when he outpointed Mexico's Julian Yedras in May 2015. Tanaka defended that belt once, vacated to move up in weight and stopped former strawweight titleholder Moises Fuentes in December for the vacant junior flyweight belt. Acosta, 26, knocked out Namibia's Japhet Uutoni in the 10th round on Feb. 11 in Puerto Rico in the title eliminator to earn the shot at Tanaka.
Dillashaw, Lomachenko share boxing ring, talk Mayweather-McGregor
While a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor is in the works, former UFC bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw tried his luck against junior lightweight titlist Vasyl Lomachenko.
Boxing and MMA worlds collide in sparring session.
Check out two of the pound-for-pound best fighters in their own sports, former UFC bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw and junior lightweight titlist Vasyl Lomchenko, square off in sparring session and discuss who would win in a Mayweather-McGregor fight.
Orozco set to square off against Gibson.
Bernardo Osuna preview Antonio Orozco's upcoming fight against KeAndre Gibson.
Nathan Cleverly (30-3, 16 KOs), of Wales, claimed a secondary light heavyweight world title by sixth-round knockout of Juergen Braehmer (48-3, 35 KOs) on his turf in Germany in October. They were supposed to meet in a rematch this spring – Braehmer had a rematch clause in the contract – but Team Sauerland told ESPN that instead of the sequel taking place in April or May, as initially planned, Cleverly may have an interim bout during that time frame instead before facing Braehmer in the rematch.
Rankings: Linares solidifies top spot in 135-pound division
With an impressive and dominating decision victory over Anthony Crolla, Jorge Linares retained his title and showed he's the best fighter in the lightweight division.
Linares beats Crolla by unanimous decision.
Jorge Linares cruises to an unanimous decision victory over Anthony Crolla, 118-109 on all three judges' scorecards, to retain the WBA lightweight title.
Lightweight world titleholder Robert Easter Jr. (19-0, 14 KOs), of Toledo, Ohio, is due to make his second defense this summer against Russia's Denis Shafikov (38-2-1, 20 KOs), a former two-time title challenger and Easter's mandatory challenger. The fight was scheduled to go to a purse bid on Tuesday but the IBF granted a one-week postponement until April 4. The sides could still make a deal before the promotional rights are auctioned off. Easter won a vacant title by hard-fought split decision over Richard Commey in September and outpointed Luis Cruz in his first defense on Feb. 10. Shafikov won a split decision against Commey in December in a title eliminator to earn the title shot.
Crolla-Flanagan on 'backburner', Warren wants Linares
Promoter Frank Warren is trying to land Terry Flanagan a summer fight against Jorge Linares or Vasyl Lomachenko -- dashing hopes of an all-British bout with Anthony Crolla.
Quigg set for first fight under trainer Roach
Scott Quigg is set for his first fight under new trainer Freddie Roach, an April 29 featherweight bout against Viorel Simion at Wembley Stadium in London.
DeGale: Five big fights then I'll retire
World IBF super-middleweight champion James DeGale will not allow thoughts of avenging his sole career defeat to George Groves to dictate the latter stages of his career.
Featherweight Ruben Villa, of Salinas, California, and junior lightweight Michael Dutchover, of Santa Fe, California, both 19-year-old blue chip prospects co-promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing, were added Tuesday to the undercard of the April 14 card at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. They will both will be fighting on the East Coast for the first time in non-televised bouts on the Showtime "ShoBox" tripleheader headlined by interim light heavyweight titlist Dmitry Bivol (9-0. 7 KOs) defending against Samuel Clarkson (19-3, 12 KOs). Villa (4-0, 2 KOs), a two-time National Golden Gloves winner, who was 164-17 as an amateur, and Dutchover (3-0, 3 KOs), a 2016 National Golden Gloves runner-up at 132 pounds, who was 130-17 as an amateur, will both compete in six-round bouts against opponents to be named.
Slugger Lemieux added to Canelo-Chavez Jr. card
Golden Boy Promotions has added hard-hitting David Lemieux to the undercard of their May 6 showdown between Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Scorecard: Linares shines in one-sided masterpiece
Anthony Crolla was hoping to do better in the rematch against lightweight world titleholder Jorge Linares. Instead, he became victim to another one of Linares' dominating performances.
Former junior lightweight titlist Javier Fortuna (31-1-1, 22 KOs), 27, of the Dominican Republic, has renewed his promotional agreement with Sampson Lewkowicz, the promoter announced on Monday. Fortuna has won two fights in a row since he lost his 130-pound belt by upset 11th-round knockout to Jason Sosa in June. "Sampson Lewkowicz is and always will be my promoter," Fortuna said. "He has done right by me and my career at every turn. I will be world champion again with Sampson in my corner." Lewkowicz said he is working on his next fight and happy to re-sign him. "Javier is a son to me," he said. "I am honored to be his promoter and look forward to continuing to work for him. He is a great champion with many great fights left. After he won his first title, he told me we would work together for his entire career and he has kept his word. I will do everything to make him a champion again."
When the Miguel Cotto-James Kirkland HBO PPV fight scheduled for Feb. 25 was canceled it left the rest of the fights on the card in limbo, including the bout between junior featherweight titlist Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) and interim titlist Moises Flores (25-0, 17 KOs). The bout is scheduled to go to a WBA purse bid on April 3. Rigondeaux is entitled to a 75-25 split of the winning purse. Minimum bid is $120,000. The camps could still make a deal but if it goes to a purse bid and Rigondeaux promoter Roc Nation Sports wins there's a good chance the bout could wind up on the HBO PPV undercard of the Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev light heavyweight title rematch, which is in the works for June 17. Both fighters would be coming off long layoffs. Rigondeaux has not fought since last July and Flores has been out of the ring since last June.
Moving on to Mikey: Linares set for Garcia
There is a very real possibility Jorge Linares and Mikey Garcia will clash this summer. Put simply, that world lightweight title unification bout is one of the most exciting prospects the sport h
Taylor wants 3-minute rounds for women
Irish boxer Katie Taylor is calling on women's boxing rounds to be extended from two to three minutes in line with the men to enhance the chance of knockouts.
Could McGregor stun Mayweather?
With a fight between two of the biggest sporting icons of the 21st century looming, Steve Bunce assesses whether Conor McGregor would have any chance in the ring against Floyd Mayweather.
Will we see a Bellew-Haye rematch?
After their titanic tussle at The O2 on March 4th, Steve Bunce analyzes whether the wounded Tony Bellew and David Haye could meet again in the ring next year.
Crolla vows to return stronger after Linares defeat
Anthony Crolla insists he can still be involved in world title fights after being outclassed by Jorge Linares on Saturday.
Light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev (11-0, 11 KOs), the Montreal-based Russian contender, and Germany's Enrico Koelling (23-1, 6 KOs) are in talks for a world title elimination fight, Yvon Michel, Beterbiev's promoter, told ESPN on Monday. Beterbiev was supposed to face Sullivan Barrera in an eliminator on April 21 in Barrera's adopted hometown of Miami after Michel won a purse bid. But Barrera pulled out, unhappy with the terms. According to Michel, Koelling "is the only (IBF rated) contender willing to fight Beterbiev for the position." Michel said he and Chris Meyer of Koelling promoter Team Sauerland are discussing a deal for the fight. The winner of the proposed bout would become a mandatory challenger for one of the belts held by Andre Ward, who first is likely headed to a June 17 rematch with Sergey Kovalev.
After losing a unanimous points decision to Jorge Linares on Saturday night, Anthony Crolla says he would consider stepping up a division to fight fellow Briton and WBA world super-lightweight champion Ricky Burns. "I would grow into it and Burns has come up from super-featherweight so that could be an option down the line," said Crolla.
Brave Crolla outclassed by Linares
Jorge Linares retained his world lightweight title after a comprehensive victory over Anthony Crolla in their rematch at Manchester Arena on Saturday.
Lightweight world titleholder Mikey Garcia hopes to unify belts with fellow titlist Jorge Linares, after Linares dominating victory over Anthony Crolla on Saturday. "First off, I congratulate Jorge Linares for a great win," said Garcia. "His skill, flexibility, combinations and power were definitely impressive. I hope we can make a fight as soon as possible. He didn't look cut or hurt so maybe we can fight this summer."
Taylor eyes title shot after convincing victory
Katie Taylor secured her second win this month after winning every round against Milena Koleva in her first eight-round bout on Saturday.
Katie Taylor moved to 4-0 as a professional with her second win in a month on Saturday. The America-based Irishwoman was too quick and classy for Bulgarian Milena Koleva, who she floored in the seventh round before winning 80-72 on points in an eight-round bout at the Manchester Arena.
Kovalev: I've signed for Ward rematch
Sergey Kovalev has revealed he has signed an agreement over a rematch with WBA Super, IBF and WBO world light-heavyweight champion Andre Ward.
Garcia wants Linares-Crolla II winner for unification fight
Lightweight titleholder Mikey Garcia will be paying close attention when world champion Jorge Linares squares off with Anthony Crolla on Saturday.
Quigley outlasts Tapia on 'Golden Boy' card
Jason Quigley improved to 13-0 in a tough-fought, unanimous-decision victory against Glen Tapia as part of the kickoff Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN card Thursday night.
Quigley beats Tapia by decision.
Middleweight prospect Jason Quigley improves to 13-0 with an unanimous decision win over Glen Tapia.
Quigley sees room for improvement after win.
Jason Quigley talks to Bernard Hopkins and Bernardo Osuna about his win over Glen Tapia.
Pound-for-pound rankings: Golovkin is the new No. 1
Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin jumped to the top of the ESPN pound-for-pound rankings with a victory over Daniel Jacobs. But who made the rest of the top 10?
Watch replay: Golden Boy on ESPN
Watch as middleweight contender Jason Quigley defeats Glen Tapia and Marlen Esparza wins her pro debut in the first Golden Boy on ESPN card Thursday night.
Esparza cruises to victory in professional debut
Marlen Esparza cruised to a shutout four-round decision against Rachel Sazoff in her pro debut Thursday.
Esparza takes decision in pro debut.
2012 Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparez beats Rachel Sazoff via unanimous decision in her pro debut.
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Caballero battles Ruiz to a decision.
Randy Caballero comes off a 13-month layoff and goes the distance with Jesus Ruiz to win a hard-fought unanimous decision.
Watch replay: Golden Boy on ESPN undercard
Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera returns to the ring to face Hector Velazquez in a welterweight bout and lightweight Hector Tanajara Jr. meets Daniel Perales on Golden Boy on ESPN on Thursday.
Former bantamweight titlist Randy Caballero had a though time against Jesus Ruiz, but Caballero did enough to get a unanimous decision in the co-main event of Golden Boy on ESPN Thursday night in Indio, California.
Heavyweight Hasim Rahman Jr., the son of former heavyweight world champion Hasim Rahman, was due to make his professional debut in a four-round fight against Brian Imes (1-4, 1 KO) on promoter Greg Cohen's card on Thursday night in Randolph, New Jersey. However, Cohen told ESPN that Rahman-Imes has been moved to April 14 so Rahman can make his pro debut on the untelevised portion of the "ShoBox" card Cohen is co-promoting at the new MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. "When I landed the MGM (as a site) for the April 14 ‘ShoBox,' he really wanted to debut near his hometown of Baltimore and I think I will add more value to the show, so we pushed the debut off two weeks," Cohen said.
Saunders: The time has come, GGG
WBO world middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders tells ESPN he's prepared to meet the challenge laid down by WBA Super, WBC and IBF king Gennady Golovkin.
The great white hope or great white hype?
A Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight is about the green, but also about black and white.
Short clip of a sparring session between boxing world champion Vasyl Lomachenko and former UFC champion T.J. Dillashaw in California tonight.
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