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Golden opportunity for Lomachenko and Rigondeaux Saturday

SAN DIEGO, Calif., December 8, 2017 – Two of the finest technicians in boxing meet on hallowed ground at Madison Square Garden Saturday, making history as they battle to determine possible pound for pound supremacy. Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine (via California) and Guillermo Rigondeaux of Cuba (via Florida) appear on ESPN and worldwide Saturday, with ...

(L to R) Saturday's all-action Las Vegas card: Jaime Munguia, Denis Shafikov, Francisco Vargas, Tevin Farmer, Orlando Salido, Miguel Roman, Kenichi Ogawa, Stephen Smith, Rene Alvarado, Paul Valenzuela. Photo: Zanfer Promotions

Warriors bring la guerra to Las Vegas Saturday, HBO Boxing

SAN DIEGO, Calif., December 8, 2017 – Two very different boxing cards will take place on Saturday night in the United States. One features two of the finest technicians in boxing at Madison Square Garden, fighting for pound for pound supremacy. It’s a fight for fans who value craft. But for boxing fans with an ...

Sadam Ali (right) won the WBO junior middleweight championship title from veteran Miguel Cotto Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Photo: Ed Mulholland, HBO Boxing

The torch passes: Sadam Ali ends Miguel Cotto’s career with a loss

SAN DIEGO, Calif., December 2, 2017 – A boxing legend made his way to the ring in Madison Square Garden Saturday for the final time with only the music of the crowd’s cheers to accompany him. Miguel Cotto’s legacy is undeniable, the only male boxer from Puerto Rico to win titles in four weight divisions. ...

Four division world champion Miguel Cotto takes a curtain call at Madison Square Garden Saturday. Photo: Tom Hogan, Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

Miguel Cotto’s curtain call at the Mecca of Boxing Saturday

SAN DIEGO, Calif., December 1, 2017 – Four-division champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico is a sure bet for the Boxing Hall of Fame after he decides to hang up the gloves. At age 37, that day is here. Cotto (41-5, 33 KOs) fights what he says will be the last bout of his career ...

New York state of mind; boxing heroes win for hometown fans

SAN DIEGO, Calif., November 11, 2017 – Although Daniel Jacobs lost to middleweight powerhouse Gennady Golovkin at Madison Square Garden in March, his stock rose with boxing fans for the tremendous effort and skill he demonstrated in a razor-thin decision. The 6,921 fans in the house warmly welcomed the former WBA middleweight champion back to ...

Deontay Wilder

Waiting for Deontay Wilder to fulfill his boxing potential Saturday

SAN DIEGO, Calif., November 3, 2017 – Boxing fans are growing tired of waiting for Deontay Wilder. Boxing writers are growing tired of writing about waiting for Wilder. They are eager to see the American WBC heavyweight champion carry the legacy of great American heavyweights of the past, including the fellow Alabama native whose moniker ...

Anthony Joshua (left) won a tenth round decision, but Carlos Takam (right) won a moral victory by demonstrating determination Saturday. Photo: Esther Lin, Showtime Boxing

Joshua retains titles against a tough Takam by TKO in tenth

SAN DIEGO, Calif., October 28, 2017 – Although there wasn’t much doubt about British heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua winning a lopsided decision against Carlos Takam of France Saturday night in Cardiff, Wales, an overly hasty referee stoppage by Phil Edwards at 1:34 of the tenth round detracted from the outcome. “I have no interest with ...

Anthony Joshua not resting on his boxing laurels, returns to the ring Saturday

SAN DIEGO, Calif., October 27, 2017 – Six months ago, British heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua staked his claim to boxing star status in front of 90,000 screaming fans at London’s Wembley Stadium. His 11th round TKO of Wladmir Klitschko after getting up off the canvas still stands up as the 2017 Fight of the Year ...

Ring results: Gassiev and Machado score big KOs; Burnett, Andrade, Braekhus win

SAN DIEGO, Calif., October 22, 2017 – If you weren’t excited before about the cruiserweight competition in the 2017 World Boxing Super Series, you haven’t been paying attention. Now is the time to start. Murat Gassiev of Russia (25-0, 18 KOs) propelled himself into the semi-finals with an impressive third round knockout over former IBF ...

Boxing around the clock, around the world this weekend

SAN DIEGO, Calif., October 21, 2017 – Boxing is truly an international sport, with national rivalries and regional flavor adding to the sport’s attraction for many fans. This weekend’s top fights make the case nicely, with action starting in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Stokke, Norway, then moving to the East Coast with action in New ...

Hurd, Charlo, Lara retain their belts in Brooklyn

SAN DIEGO, October 14, 2017 – On a very busy night in sports across the U.S. with college football, baseball playoffs, hockey, and soccer in full swing, fans who chose to take in boxing action from Brooklyn on the Showtime tripleheader boxing card did not go away disappointed. Three titles were at stake in three ...

Santa Cruz, Mares set the table for a rematch in 2018

SAN DIEGO, October 14, 2017 – Much as everyone expected, WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz and four-time world champion Abner Mares won solid victories against overmatched but game opponents to set up a 2018 rematch of their 2015 Fight of the Year. Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 18 KOs) took it to fellow Southern Californian Chris ...

Three fights, three junior middleweight titles on the line Saturday

SAN DIEGO, October 13, 2017 – Rivals in the often overlooked junior middleweight division will do what they can to stake their claim to top ten rankings on a Showtime tripleheader from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday. Three titles will be at stake in three solid matchups. WBA world champion Erislandy Lara (24-2-2, ...

Day at the beach: Santa Cruz, Mares headline Saturday at StubHub

SAN DIEGO, October 13, 2017 – WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz won the respect of the boxing world when he won a narrow decision in 2015 over Abner Mares in a legitimate Fight of the Year nominee in front of a packed Los Angeles Forum full of screaming fans. Santa Cruz went on to ...

Boxing briefs: Don’t blame Deontay, WBSS update, Kronk Gym destroyed

SAN DIEGO, October 8, 2017 – Just like the weather, boxing falls into its own seasons. While there is boxing somewhere on the planet 24/7/365, in the highest pro ranks boxing peaks in May, and in September. It’s not only because of big fight cards around the Mexican celebrations around Cinco de Mayo and Mexican ...

Jorge Linares (left) overcame a strong comeback effort by Luke Campbell to retain his lineal lightweight title in Los Angeles. Photo: Ed Mulholland, HBO Boxing

Worldwide boxing wrapup: Linares, Dorticos, Parker notch wins

SAN DIEGO, Calif., September 23, 2017 – Lineal lightweight champion Jorge Linares of Venezuela (43-3, 27 KOs) successfully defended his title against Luke Campbell of Great Britain (17-2, 14 KOs) by majority decision in Los Angeles Saturday. Scores were 115-112, 114-113 for Linares; 115-113 for Campbell. From the opening bell, the hand speed and power ...

Ramirez, Valdez hang onto titles; Conlan scores highlight reel KO

SAN DIEGO, Calif., September 23, 2017 – Two time Mexican Olympian and WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (23-0, 19 KOs) now living in Tucson gave his home town fans something to cheer in an action packed title defense, coming out with a unanimous decision against previously undefeated challenger Genesis Servania (29-1, 12 KOs) of the ...

Forum hosts lightweight scrap: Linares vs. Campbell, HBO Boxing

SAN DIEGO, Calif., September 22, 2017 – The middleweight megafight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin captured the boxing world’s attention last week. Fans and experts alike are still talking about it. HBO Boxing will air a replay of the middleweight fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin on Saturday starting at 10 p.m. ET/ ...