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HBO Boxing’s Best lets fans relive favorite fights

SAN DIEGO, Calif., December 26, 2017 – Forget the family squabbles. It’s time to enjoy some real fights during the holiday season. In what’s become a traditional holiday treat for HBO Boxing fans, the network will present seven of  its standout fights from 2017 over four consecutive nights in late December, spotlighting some of the biggest ...

David Lemieux (left) and Billy Jo Saunders continued their war of words at Friday's weigh-in. Photo: Ed Mulholland, HBO Boxing

Christmas cracker in Quebec: Lemieux vs. Saunders, HBO Saturday

SAN DIEGO, Calif., December 15, 2017 – ‘Peace on earth, goodwill toward men’ rests in our thoughts during the holiday season. Unless you’re David Lemieux and Billy Jo Saunders. There is little love lost between these top middleweights, and they haven’t hid their feelings in the lead-up to their title fight on Saturday from Laval, ...

Orlando Salido (left) gave his all one more time in the ring, ending his career with a loss to Miguel Roman Saturday. Photo: Ed Mulholland, HBO Boxing

Roman sends Salido to retirement with TKO win; Ogawa, Vargas win

SAN DIEGO, Calif., December 10, 2017 – Fans of all-action boxing got their money’s worth at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas Saturday night. Veteran Mexican warrior Miguel “Mickey” Roman (58-12, 45 KOs) of Chihuahua took the place of the injured WBC super featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt on short notice, and gave ...

Vasyl Lomachenko made his case to stand on top of the pound for pound list Saturday with his victory over Guillermo Rigondeaux. Photo: Mikey Williams, Top Rank Boxing

Virtuoso at work: Vasyl Lomachenko dominates, Rigondeaux folds in first loss

SAN DIEGO, Calif., December 10, 2017 – Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko solved the riddle of Guillermo Rigondeaux, forcing the celebrated Cuban two-time Olympic gold medalist to quit after six rounds of a planned 12, handing Rigondeaux his first professional loss Saturday. This is the fourth straight opponent who has quit against Lomachenko. Rigondeaux (17-1, 11 KOs) ...

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, ...