Standing at the summit of the middleweight division is unified world champion Gennady Golovkin and rival former champion Canelo Alvarez. They are two of the biggest names and most exciting fighters in boxing and are coming off an enthralling fight in September that was ruled a split draw, even if most felt that GGG rightfully
British Olympic boxer Muhammad Ali has been given a two-year ban after testing positive for a steroid last year, the sport’s world governing body AIBA has announced. His failed test came when he was fighting for the British Lionhearts in their World Series of Boxing [WSB] match against the Morocco Atlas Lions in Casablanca last
Roy Jones Jr. went out a winner. After 29 years as a professional boxer, winning world titles in four weight divisions and having 75 fights, the all-time great and former pound-for-pound king bowed out with a one-sided rout of journeyman Scott Sigmon in their cruiserweight bout on Thursday night. Jones had always said that his
Lightweight prospect Karlos Balderas, a 2016 U.S. Olympian, is headed for prime time. On Thursday, Balderas’ next fight was added to the televised portion of the Premier Boxing Champions card on Feb. 17 (8 p.m. ET, Fox) at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. Balderas (3-0, 3 KOs), 21, of Santa Maria, California,
Junior bantamweights Jose Martinez and Alejandro Santiago will meet in rematch on March 24 at the Complejo Ferial de Puerto Rico in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Golden Boy Promotions announced on Thursday. The scheduled 10-round fight will headline the Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN card, which will air on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 8:30
Purse bids were called for a pair of world title bouts on Thursday. The teams for secondary heavyweight titlist Manuel Charr and mandatory challenger Fres Oquendo have not been able to reach an agreement, and the same goes for those representing junior lightweight world titleholder Alberto Machado and mandatory challenger Rafael Mensah. So the promotional
The mandatory fight comes as no surprise because it has been in the works for the past couple of months, but Top Rank on Wednesday made it official: Jose Ramirez and Amir Imam will battle for a vacant junior welterweight world title on March 17 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.
UK Anti-Doping [UKAD] spent nearly £600,000 on legal fees in the long-running case involving former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and his cousin Hughie Fury. The pair accepted backdated two-year bans last December for failing tests for the steroid nandrolone in Feb. 2015, despite continuing to maintain this was the result of eating uncastrated wild boar.
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has claimed America does not even know the name of Anthony Joshua and believes ‘AJ’ will never become a global icon without facing him. Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs) makes a seventh defence of his belt against Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (28-0, 24 KOs) March 3 at Barclays Center in New
Feb 7, 2018 Nick Parkinson Close •Reports on boxing for ESPN.co.uk, as well as several national newspapers•Has been reporting on British boxing for over 15 years•Appears on BoxNation’s Boxing Matters show George Groves has laughed off Chris Eubank Jr.’s behaviour and is in strong belief he is detached from reality. Groves (27-3, 20 KOs), the
Terence Crawford, the 2017 ESPN.com fighter of the year, will open his 2018 campaign challenging welterweight world titleholder Jeff Horn on April 14 at Madison Square Garden in New York, as long as the deal is finalized, Top Rank chairman Bob Arum told ESPN on Tuesday. Crawford, during an interview at ringside on Saturday night
Regis Prograis has waited and waited to get a meaningful fight and now the junior welterweight contender officially has one. Prograis will face former world titleholder Viktor Postol for a vacant interim world title on March 9 at the Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, South Dakota. The fight will headline a Showtime-televised doubleheader beginning at
Ricky Hatton fears Tyson Fury may already have done “too much damage” to his career by the time he launches his comeback. The heavyweight is preparing to return this summer having not fought since Nov. 2015 owing to numerous personal problems that had led to his boxing licence being suspended. Welterweight prospect Conor Benn, the
Feb 6, 2018 ESPN staff Amir Khan believes Anthony Joshua needs to box in America soon if he is to become a global sporting star. Khan (31-4, 19 KOs), who makes his long-awaited ring return on April 21 against Phil Lo Greco, knows what it’s like fighting in the US having boxed there 10 times
5:54 PM ET ESPN staff Paulie Malignaggi has insisted that Conor McGregor should retire and walk away from any potential fights in either UFC or boxing. While McGregor, is currently negotiating his next opponent, and mentioned the likes of Tony Ferguson, Nate Diaz and even a rematch with Floyd Mayweather as his possible next fight.
Showtime will have live coverage in the United States of the heavyweight world title unification fight between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker, the network announced Monday. Joshua, who holds two title belts, and Parker, who has one, will meet to move the division a step closer to an undisputed world champion on March 31 at
Welterweight prospect Conor Benn, the son of British legend and former middleweight and super middleweight world titlist Nigel Benn, has signed a two-year promotional contract extension with promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing. “I’m delighted to extend our agreement with Conor and am very excited about the future,” Hearn said Monday in announcing the new
A roundup of the past week’s notable boxing results from around the world: Sunday at Naha, Japan Daigo Higa KO1 Moises FuentesRetains a flyweight titleRecords: Higa (15-0, 15 KOs); Fuentes (25-5-1, 14 KOs) Rafael’s remarks: Higa, 22, of Japan and fighting hear his hometown, made his second title defense and had a very easy time