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Ex-boxer Colon's father protests fighter who felled son.

Richard Colon says Terrel Williams should not be given the opportunity to return to boxing after his repeated illegal rabbit punches left Colon's son, the previously unbeaten Prichard Colon, brain-damaged and unable to walk or talk.

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Martinez ends fight with a left hook to liver of Martinez.

Bernardo Osuna and Bernard Hopkins recap junior bantamweight Jose Martinez's impressive fourth-round knockout against Jesus Martinez with a left hook.

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Australia’s T.J. Doheny (17-0, 13 KOs), 31, and former featherweight world titleholder Evgeny Gradovich (23-2-1, 9 KOs), 31, of Russia, will meet in a junior featherweight title eliminator on Dec. 15 in Ekaterinburg, Russia. The IBF agreed to sanction the fight on Thursday. The winner will become the mandatory challenger for the 122-pound world title held by Japan’s Ryosuke Iwasa (24-2, 16 KOs). The bout will take place on the undercard of the heavyweight fight between Russia’s Alexander Povetkin (32-1, 23 KOs), who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs twice last year, and Romania native Christian Hammer (22-4, 12 KOs).

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Wilder's message to Joshua: 'I am the man that will end your career.'

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder joins SportsNation to discuss why his next fight needs to be with WBA and IBF champion Anthony Joshua, and shares an honest opinion to why he isn't a household name in boxing yet.

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Wilder thinks De La Hoya is going through a crisis to call out McGregor.

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder shares his thoughts on a possible match between retired boxer Oscar De La Hoya and UFC champion Conor McGregor, saying that any fighter has a "puncher's chance."

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Max gives De La Hoya the edge over McGregor.

Max Kellerman and Stephen A. Smith weigh in on a hypothetical matchup between retired boxer Oscar De La Hoya and Conor McGregor.

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Who would win: McGregor or De La Hoya?

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon say Oscar De La Hoya would lose in a fight with Conor McGregor.

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The International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York, announced on Wednesday that it will unveil the class of 2018 at 1 p.m. ET on Dec. 5. Inductees will be named in four categories: modern, old-timer, non-participant and observer. Hall of Fame Induction Weekend will be held June 7-10th with inductions taking place on June. 10. Five newcomers were added to the ballot this year to go with 30 holdovers. Three will be elected. Appearing on the ballot for the first time this year are Erik Morales, Vitali Klitschko, Ricky Hatton, Ronald “Winky” Wright and Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon. Three of them are likely to comprise the new class. Among the more well-known holdovers are Nigel Benn, Donald Curry, Chris Eubank Sr., Julian Jackson, Darius Michalczewski, Michael Moorer, Vinny Pazienza, Meldrick Taylor, Fernando Vargas and Wilfredo Vazquez Sr.

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Light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera looks in really good shape hitting the speed bag while training in Miami, Florida for his fight against Felix Valera on Saturday, Nov. 25. The fight will be on the undercard of the Sergey Kovalev vs. Vyacheslav Sharbranskyy light heavyweight title bout at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. Video provided by Ed Keenan/Main Events

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Flyweight Joselito Velazquez (4-0, 4 KO), a 2016 Mexican Olympian and one of his country’s top prospects, will make his American debut Dec. 9 on the Orlando Salido-Miguel Roman undercard at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Zanfer Promotions announced on Wednesday. He will face an opponent to be determined in a four-rounder. Velazquez, a two-time Pan-American Games gold medalist, lost in the second round of the Rio Olympics to eventual gold medalist Hasanboy Dusmatov. “I have always dreamed about becoming a professional boxer and wining a world championship,” said Velazquez, 24, who trains in Southern California with Manny Robles and is managed by Frank Espinoza. “I will work very hard to reach my goals and become well known in the sport and to reach the ultimate heights in this new chapter in my life.”

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Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez will be ringside at the SSE Arena in Belfast on Saturday to cheer on fellow Mexican Horacio Garcia against local hero Carl Frampton. Alvarez, who drew on points with Gennady Golovkin in a world middleweight title fight in September, is travelling to Northern Ireland to support fellow Guadalajara native Garcia in a ten-round featherweight fight against two-weight world champion Frampton. “It’s great that ‘Canelo’ will be ringside -- it will add even more of a buzz to what’s already one of Belfast’s biggest ever fight bills,” said Frampton.

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Kazuto Ioka (22-1, 13 KOs), 28, of Japan, has vacated his flyweight world title, though he did not say that he did so in order to move up in weight, which is typically the reason. Rather Ioka, who has also won world titles at strawweight and junior flyweight, had no interest in making a mandatory defense against the unknown Artem Dalakian (15-0, 11 KOs), 30, of Ukraine. Ioka made five flyweight title defenses. He has not announced what he plans to do next but there is speculation in Japan that he might retire.

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Final viewership numbers are in for the Top Rank ESPN card on Saturday night at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California, where junior welterweight Jose Ramirez guaranteed himself a world title shot by stopping Mike Reed in sensational fashion in the second round. The card, which opened with Artur Beterbiev knocking out Enrico Koelling in the 12th round to win a vacant light heavyweight world title, averaged 1.487 million viewers for the full 1 hour, 50 minute live broadcast, according to Nielsen Media Research. The ESPN card competed directly against a boxing card on HBO and a UFC card on FS1 and beat both handily. The ESPN card drew nearly what the other two drew combined.

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Popular Polish heavyweight Tomasz Adamek (51-5, 30 KOs), a former world title challenger as well as a former cruiserweight and light heavyweight world titleholder, will fight New Orleans-based journeyman Fred Kassi (18-6-1, 10 KOs), 38, in a scheduled 10-round bout on Saturday in Czestochowa, Poland. Adamek, 40, will be fighting for the second time since ending his second retirement in April with a 10-round decision win against Australia’s Solomon Haumono. Kassi has lost three fights in a row to name opponents, former title challengers Dominic Breazeale and Hughie Fury and, most recently, Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller in August 2016.

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Up against a slate of major college football games, live boxing on ESPN and UFC on FS1, Saturday night’s Daniel Jacobs-headlined HBO card attracted a middling audience. Jacobs’ return to the ring for the first fight of an HBO contract, and his first bout since a close decision to loss to unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in March, was a one-sided decision win against Luis Arias at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, and it averaged 706,000 viewers, peaking at 765,000, according to Nielsen Media Research. Those are weak figures for the network’s flagship “World Championship Boxing” series. The co-feature, heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller’s ninth-round stoppage of Mariusz Wach, averaged 673,000 viewers (739,000 peak). The opener of the tripleheader, junior welterweight Cletus Seldin’s third-round knockout of Robert Ortiz, averaged 532,000 viewers (556,000 peak).

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Beterbiev stops Koelling late in 12th round.

Artur Beterbiev scores two knockdowns in the final round against Enrico Koelling to improve to 12-0.

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Ramirez shows big-time promise in win.

Brian Kenny, Teddy Atlas and Mark Kriegel break down Jose Ramirez's dominant victory over Mike Reed.

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Can Frampton leave his mark on the featherweight division?

Steve Bunce looks ahead to Carl Frampton's fight with Horacio Garcia, and discusses whether the he is the at the very top of the 'best division' in boxing.

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Will Eddie Hearn remain as Joshua's promoter?

Steve Bunce shares his thoughts on whether he feels Anthony Joshua will continue his partnership with Eddie Hearn or look elsewhere for a new promoter.

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Joshua 'not afraid' to lose undefeated status.

Anthony Joshua insists the fear of losing his undefeated record wouldn't hold him back from accepting any fight.

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Joshua: Wilder fight will happen in 2018.

Anthony Joshua insists he remains on course for a heavyweight collision with fellow champion Deontay Wilder in 2018, if the deal can be done.

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Ramirez dominates Reed.

Jose Ramirez imposes his physicality against Mike Reed and the fight gets called off in the second round.

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Ramirez shows big-time promise in win.

Brian Kenny, Teddy Atlas and Mark Kriegel break down Jose Ramirez's dominant victory over Mike Reed.

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Beterbiev stops Koelling late in 12th round.

Artur Beterbiev scores two knockdowns in the final round against Enrico Koelling to improve to 12-0.

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Lomachenko says Rigondeaux fight is a 'big challenge.'

Vasyl Lomachenko speaks about how he wanted to fight Guillermo Rigondeaux a couple years ago and why the bout is so important for his career.

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Here are the purses for the Top Rank ESPN card on Saturday night at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California, according to the California State Athletic Commission contracts: Jose Ramirez $50,000 (though he will make more from the gate and sponsorships), Mike Reed $35,000, Artur Beterbiev $236,250, Enrico Koelling $78,750. The purses for Beterbiev and Koelling come from the winning purse bid Top Rank submitted in July and based on Beterbiev being entitled to 75 percent of the winning offer and Koelling 25 percent.

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Junior lightweight prospect Lamont Roach Jr. (15-0, 6 KOs), 22, of Washington, D.C., will headline for the first time – and fight in his home region -- when he takes on Rey “Flash” Perez (21-8, 6 KOs), 27, of the Philippines, in a 10-round bout that will top the Nov. 30 edition of “Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN” at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, Golden Boy announced Friday. The show will air live on ESPN Deportes at 8 p.m. ET and on tape delay on ESPN2 beginning at 11 p.m. ET. In the co-feature, Jose Lopez (18-1-1, 13 KOs), of Puerto Rico, will fight Mexico’s Miguel Gonzalez (21-3, 18 KOs) in a 10-round featherweight bout.

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Wilder calls out Joshua.

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has taken to his instagram account to call out Anthony Joshua for a title fight in Britain.

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Joshua interested in Parker fight.

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker is in negotiations over a unification bout with Anthony Joshua, according to the New Zealander's promoter.

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Will Joshua, Wilder happen in 2018?

ESPN's Steve Bunce discusses all of the reasons why a possible fight between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder could take time to materialise.

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Shelly Finkel and Al Haymon, who manage heavyweight world titleholder Deontay Wilder along with his trainer, Jay Deas, will meet for breakfast with Anthony Joshua promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing on Thursday in New York to discuss a Joshua-Wilder unification fight, Finkel told ESPN on Wednesday night. Joshua knocked out Carlos Takam in the 10th round on Oct. 28 to retain his unified titles and Wilder blitzed Bermane Stiverne in the first round of their rematch to keep his belt on Saturday. After the fight Wilder called for the unification fight that would be perhaps the biggest bout in boxing. England’s Hearn is in New York to promote Saturday’s Daniel Jacobs-Luis Arias card, making a face-to-face meeting easy. Finkel said the breakfast is not for fun. He said it is only to talk about the heavyweight unification. “That’s the only reason I’m meeting with him, but I believe Eddie has to show up after everything that’s happened (with so many passionately calling for the fight)," Finkel said. "I believe he will dance around and nothing will happen and he will spin it, but we want to make the fight.”

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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The stakes have been raised for the fight between former featherweight and junior lightweight world titleholder Orlando Salido and Miguel “Mickey” Roman. Initially, the Mexican rivals were due to meet in a 10-round bout in the main event of an HBO card on Dec. 9 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. However, the WBC has agreed to sanction the fight for the vacant interim junior lightweight world title, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman told ESPN on Thursday. The reason is because world titleholder Miguel Berchelt is sidelined because of a hand injury and unable to defend his crown. He was supposed to defend against Salido but withdrew a couple of weeks ago because of the injury and was replaced by Roman. When Mexico’s Berchelt (32-1, 28 KOs) returns from the injury in 2018 he will be obligated to face the winner between Salido (44-13-4, 31 KOs) and Roman (57-12, 44 KOs).

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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Will Joshua, Wilder happen in 2018?

ESPN's Steve Bunce discusses all of the reasons why a possible fight between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder could take time to materialise.

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