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Vergil Ortiz Jr. knockout out Brad Solomon in the fifth round of their bout on Friday. Photo: Lina Baker, SeeYouRingside Photography 2019 Prospect of the Year

Ortiz Jr. KO win seals deal as 2019 Prospect of the Year

INDIO, Calif., December 13, 2019 – Challenger Brad Solomon walked out to the 1979 disco classic “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now,” circa 1979 by McFadden and Whitehead. It was the last moment Solomon was in the groove at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino Friday night. Vergil Ortiz Jr. of Grand Prairie, Texas sealed his bid ...

Staying patient, staying on top: Terence Crawford fights the critics

SAN DIEGO, Calif., December 13, 2019 – Terence “Bud” Crawford isn’t dazzled by the bright lights and big city anymore. He makes his fourth appearance in four years at Madison Square Garden Saturday in the main event of a terrific tripleheader on ESPN. The card follows the Heisman Trophy award ceremony, approximately 9 p.m. ET/6 ...

Vergil Ortiz Jr. prepares for his fourth fight of 2019 on Friday with trainer Robert Garcia. Photo: Tom Hogan, Hogan Photos / Golden Boy Boxing

Christmas cracker: Vergil Ortiz Jr. wraps up 2019 against Brad Solomon Friday

SAN DIEGO, Calif., December 12, 2019 – While the big-name welterweights squabble about who’s number one and who’s ducking other top opponents, Vergil Ortiz Jr. of Grand Prairie, Texas quietly goes about his business. The 21-year-old undefeated prospect with a 100 percent knockout rate (14-0, 14 KOs) hands his fans an early Christmas present on ...

Accomplished amateur boxer Charlie Sheehy hopes to punch a ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Photo: Courtesy Team Sheehy USA Boxing

USA Boxing Olympic hopefuls fight for trip to Tokyo 2020 this week

SAN DIEGO, Calif., November 29, 2019 – The road to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games next July goes through Lake Charles, Louisiana this week as 64 of America’s best male amateur boxers and 40 of America’s best female boxers hope to advance their prospects. The top two boxers in each of the eight men’s’ and ...

Anthony Joshua put on a boxing master class to win back the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO heavyweight championships from Andy Ruiz Jr. in Saudi Arabia Saturday. Photo: Mark Robinson, Matchroom Boxing Joshua wins rematch

Golden in the desert: Joshua wins rematch against Ruiz Jr.

SAN DIEGO, Calif., December 7, 2019 – Fighting in the style that won him the 2012 Olympic gold medal, Anthony Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) will take his titles back to Great Britain to go with that medal after a smart, disciplined fight against Andy Ruiz Jr. of Imperial, California (33-2, 22 KOs). Joshua imposed a ...

Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua weigh in ahead of their heavyweight championship fight Saturday in Saudi Arabia. Photo: Dave Thompson Ruiz Joshua 2

Heavyweight line in the sand: Ruiz Joshua 2 preview

SAN DIEGO, Calif., December 6, 2019 – Troubling ethical issues aside, the boxing world awaits Saturday’s rematch from Saudi Arabia between unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. of California (33-1, 22 KOs) and Anthony Joshua of Great Britain (22-1, 21 KOs) to see whether lightning can strike twice. But they’re asking the wrong question. What ...

Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua pose for a photo with HH Prince Khaled Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud ahead of their IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO heavyweight title fight on Saturday. Photo: Mark Robinson, Matchroom Boxing sportswashing

OPINION: Ruiz Joshua 2 sportswashing rocks the casbah

SAN DIEGO, Calif., December 4, 2019 – Dating to an event held in Azerbaijan in 2015, the Macmillan Dictionary’s crowdsourced open edition definition of the term ‘sportswashing’ is “when a corrupt or tyrannical regime uses sport to enhance its reputation.” Used in a sentence: “This weekend’s world heavyweight fight is a classic example of sportswashing ...

Deontay Wilder (left) walks away after his one punch knockout of Luis Ortiz Saturday. Photo: Ryan Hafey, Premier Boxing Champions WilderFury 2 Fight Week

Deontay Wilder unleashes the beast, scores knockout win over Luis Ortiz Jr.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, November 24, 2019 – WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder was losing on all three scorecards to challenger Luis “King Kong” Ortiz through seven rounds by scores of 58-56 and 59-55 twice. But it didn’t matter. Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs) unleashed a single right hand to the temple of ...

Rene Alvarado (right) dominated Andrew Cancio in their rematch to become the newest champion from Nicaragua, joining twin brother Felix. Photo: Tom Hogan, Hogan Photos / Golden Boy Boxing

Viva Nicaragua: Rene Alvarado takes title home with TKO win over Cancio

INDIO, Calif., November 23, 2019 – As famed countryman and former champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez and twin brother Felix cheered him on, Rene “Camelo” Alvarado of Nicaragua turned the tables on Andrew “El Chango” Cancio of Blythe, winning the WBA Super Featherweight title in a brutal seventh-round TKO win. “It’s a feeling very hard to ...

Andrew Cancio's confidence is a game changer for the WBA Super Featherweight champion going into his rematch with Rene Alvarado Saturday. Photo: Tom Hogan, Hogan Photos / Golden Boy Boxing Andrew Cancio returns

High desert hero Andrew Cancio returns to ring for Rene Alvarado rematch Saturday

INDIO, Calif., November 21, 2019 – WBA Super Featherweight champion Andrew Cancio shut down the doubters in June, proving his unexpected victory over Alberto Machado of Puerto Rico wasn’t a fluke. Cancio handed Machado an even more definitive loss with a third-round TKO. Andrew Cancio returns to the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California ...

Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz greet fans at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on their arrival this week. Photo: Ryan Hafey, Premier Boxing Champions

Uno mas: Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz do it again on Saturday

SAN DIEGO, Calif., November 20, 2019 – It’s heavyweight title fight week in Las Vegas, Nevada, an early Thanksgiving present for boxing fans. Fair warning, the main dish might be a little overcooked though still enjoyable. No one will argue the first heavyweight championship fight between Deontay Wilder of Tuscaloosa, Alabama (41-0-1, 40 KOs) and ...

KSI and Logan Paul pose after weighing in Friday for their bout tonight in Los Angeles on DAZN. Photo: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA KSI vs Logan Paul 2

Boxing fans: Should you watch KSI vs Logan Paul 2?

SAN DIEGO, Calif., November 9, 2019 – Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, two men make their professional boxing debut. It happens nearly every weekend among aspiring young champions. But it’s unusual when it takes place as the main event in front of a sold-out crowd at a major venue, with the ...

Canelo Alvarez lands the right hook that sealed his knockout win over Sergey Kovalev in the 11th round and his choice as 2019 Fighter of the Year. Photo: Lina Baker, Baker Photography

Canelo Alvarez makes history, scores knockout win over Sergey Kovalev

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, November 2, 2019 – Patience paid off for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Saturday in Las Vegas. After a lengthy delay waiting on the conclusion of a UFC fight in New York, and after boxing smart for 11 rounds, Alvarez delivered an impressive one-two knockout of Sergey Kovalev, first wobbling him with a left ...

Ryan Garcia delivered a flashy knockout win to the delight of his many fans on Saturday night - including his boss, Oscar De La Hoya. Photo: Tom Hogan, Hogan Photos / Golden Boy Boxing

Ryan Garcia scores, Seniesa Estrada roars, Blair Cobbs finds a way to win

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, November 2, 2019 – Ryan Garcia couldn’t have made promoter Oscar De La Hoya happier if he tried on Saturday, delivering an impressive first-round knockout win over Romero Duno of the Philippines (21-2, 16 KOs). Garcia 19-0, 16 KOs) remains undefeated and is now the WBC Silver and NABO Lightweight champion. “I ...

Evan Holyfield's pro debut was over in the blink of an eye thanks to a solid straight right. Photo: Tom Hogan, Hogan Photos / Golden Boy Boxing Evan Holyfield wins

Undercard results: Evan Holyfield wins pro debut in 16 seconds

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – November 2, 2019 – If you weren’t focused on the opening seconds of his professional debut, you might have missed super welterweight Evan Holyfield stepping into the ring and over his father’s footsteps. The 22-year-old training in Houston (1-0, 1 KO) delivered a stoppage win in 16 seconds over Nick Winstead ...

Canelo Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev are ready for their light heavyweight showdown on Saturday. Photo: Tom Hogan, Hogan Photos / Golden Boy Boxing Alvarez and Kovalev

Preview, prediction: Canelo Alvarez goes for record title against Sergey Kovalev

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, November 1, 2019 – Main Events CEO Kathy Duva said she knew the fight between her WBO Light Heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev and three-division champion Canelo Alvarez was going to happen back in July. The boxing world began hearing more about it in the weeks to follow, but an anticipated August date ...

Led by Ryan Garcia, fans will get a late Halloween treat with the Canelo vs Kovalev undercard. Photo: Tom Hogan, Hogan Photos / Golden Boy Boxing

Ryan Garcia headlines Canelo vs Kovalev undercard Saturday 

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, November 1, 2019 – After a rough summer full of spats outside the ring, lightweight “King” Ryan Garcia of Los Angeles (18-0, 15 KOs) is all smiles awaiting his fight inside the ring as the co-main event on Saturday on the Canelo Alvarez vs. Sergey Kovalev bout in Las Vegas.  Ryan Garcia: ...

Eyes on the prize: Canelo Alvarez shows off his latest tattoo in a lighthearted moment during his San Diego media workout. Photo: Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, Communities Digital News Canelo vs Kovalev

Happy camper: Canelo Alvarez relaxed ahead of Kovalev fight

SAN DIEGO, Calif., October 30, 2019 – Saul “Canelo” Alvarez arrived in Las Vegas Tuesday carrying the flag as boxing’s standard-bearer and biggest attraction in anticipation of his first fight and title attempt at light heavyweight against three-time division champion Sergey Kovalev of Russia. “I’m ready to make history,” said Alvarez. Just four years ago, ...

Shakur Stevenson scores a near shutout decision over Joet Gonzalez Saturday. Photo: Mikey Williams, Top Rank Boxing

Shakur Stevenson scores shutout win over Joet Gonzalez

SAN DIEGO, Calif., October 26, 2019 –Shakur Stevenson of New Jersey (13-0. 7 KOs) picked apart Joet Gonzalez of Los Angeles (23-1, 14 KOs) for 11 out of 12 rounds, winning the vacant WBO world featherweight title with ease on Saturday in Reno, Nevada. The anticipated grudge match between the pair was expected to be ...