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Mike Lee says he won't leave boxing until he can do it "without regrets." He begins his fight year on Thursday in Orange County at Fight Club OC. Photo: Courtesy Mike Lee Boxing

Mike Lee gets down to the business of boxing in 2017

SAN DIEGO, February 14, 2017 – Athletes don’t pursue boxing because it’s the easy path to fame or fortune. Most boxers are driven to escape tough times, whether poverty, crime, or a difficult family life. When there’s another option, why work so hard and risk so much? Undefeated light heavyweight Mike Lee is one of ...

Desert double: Berchelt beats Vargas; Miura stops Roman

INDIO, California, January 28, 2017 – Fans saw the first “Fight of the Year” candidate for 2017 Saturday at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio,  California. But it was the co-main event that provided the superior fireworks. In the main event, a determined Miguel “The Scorpion” Berchelt of Mexico battered Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas all over ...

Santa Cruz takes his title back from Frampton

SAN DIEGO, January 28, 2017 – People who assumed Las Vegas would give Leo Santa Cruz of Los Angeles a home field advantage for his rematch with Irish WBA featherweight champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton were proven dead wrong thanks to the throngs of boisterous Irish fans cheering on their hero. But their loyalty could only ...

Carl Frampton (left) and Leo Santa Cruz both say they've improved since their first fight and plan to prove it in Las Vegas on Saturday. Photo: Esther Lin, Showtime Boxing

Frampton vs. Santa Cruz 2: a rematch worth the repeat

SAN DIEGO, January 27, 2017 – It wasn’t long after fight fans heard “And the new” at the end of a competitive fight crowning Irish featherweight Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) the WBA featherweight champion with a majority decision victory over Leo Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KOs) of Los Angeles when talk began ...

Knockout lover’s delight: Vargas vs. Bechelt, Miura vs. Roman, HBO Saturday

SAN DIEGO, January 27, 2017 – Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas earned his WBC super featherweight title and defended it over the toughest total of 21 rounds in two fights any boxer has endured since Arturo Gatti. Fans hope Vargas (23-0-2, 17 KOs) will deliver his third straight Fight of the Year show against Mexican slugger ...

James DeGale and Badou Jack battle to a draw in Brooklyn

SAN DIEGO, January 14, 2017 – When boxing fans are treated to an action-packed fight between two worthy champions, it’s hard to see either of them lose. Thanks to the judges at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, we were spared a loss by either British boxing hopes IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale (23-1-1, 14 ...

Gervonta Davis showed he's a contender with a solid TKO win over Jose Pedraza of Puerto Rico. Photo: Showtime Boxing

Undercard results: Davis, Aleem, Serrano score impressive wins in Brooklyn

SAN DIEGO, January 14, 2016 – Showtime Boxing’s televised undercard fights at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn offered fans plenty of action and a look at some competitors they may not have known before. Undefeated prospect Gervonta Davis (17-0, 16 KOs) graduated to contender with a star-making performance Saturday, stopping veteran champion Jose Pedraza (22-2, ...

Puerto Rican boxing champions hope to please Brooklyn fans Saturday

SAN DIEGO, January 14, 2016 – Showtime and Showtime Extreme Boxing’s televised undercard fights at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn offers fans the chance to see Puerto Rico’s two champions put to the test, including a women’s bout that could steal the show. In the co-main event for the Jack vs. DeGale bout, Jose Pedraza ...

James DeGale (left) and Badou Jack put their belts on the line in Saturday's super middleweight unification bout. Photo: Premiere Boxing Champions

Super middleweight showdown: Jack vs. DeGale, Showtime, 10 pm ET

SAN DIEGO, January 14, 2017 – British boxing hopes IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale (23-1, 14 KOs) will continue the UK’s boxing renaissance at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in Saturday’s super middleweight unification bout against Swedish-born WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack (21-1-1, 12 KOs). The bout is the main event of Showtime’s ...

Unified Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and WBA Middleweight Champion, Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs pose on stage at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Photo: Ed Mulholland/K2 Promotions

Golovkin vs. Jacobs: Meeting of the middleweight minds (VIDEO)

SAN DIEGO, January 13, 2017 – Boxing fans love knockouts. With 35 consecutive knockouts and 61 total knockouts in 68 fights between them, the March 18 bout between unified middleweight champion Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin of Kazakhstan (36-0, 33 KOs) and WBA champion Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs of Brooklyn, New York (32-1, 29 KOs) at ...

Miguel Cotto (left) and James Kirkland pose at their Los Angeles news conference promoting their February 25th bout. Photo: Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, Communities Digital News

Miguel Cotto vs. James Kirkland: fighting for their legacy

LOS ANGELES, January 8, 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 36, that day is not too far away. Former junior middleweight champion James Kirkland of Austin, Texas would like to see several ...

Orlando Salido (left) and Francisco Vargas battled for 12 brutal rounds in June, to a majority draw. Photo: Tom Hogan, Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

Boxing’s Fight of the Year 2016: Vargas makes it dos with Salido

SAN DIEGO, January 1, 2017 – Boxing began 2016 with anticipation for several significant matchups: the Klitschko-Fury rematch, the Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin showdown, super flyweights Roman Gonzalez and Naoya Inoue, and Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev vs. Andre Ward (or Adonis Stevenson, we wouldn’t be picky). Only one of these came to pass, just six ...

Carl Frampton of Northern Ireland brought home the championship once held by his manager, Barry McGuigan after defeating Leo Santa Cruz. Photo: Amanda Westcott, Showtime Sports

Ringside Seat’s 2016 Fighter of the Year: Carl Frampton

SAN DIEGO, December 31, 2016 – In a year where there are several worthy candidates, choosing a Fighter of the Year for 2016 boils down to a judgment call defined by an informed but admittedly personal definition of excellence. The Ringside Seat shortlist this year features boxers in weight divisions at 140 pounds or below: ...

Joe Smith Jr. of Long Island is the new WBC light heavyweight champion, overcoming 14 to 1 odds and stopping Andrzej Fonfara Saturday in Chicago. Photo: Premier Boxing Champions

Boxing’s best of 2016: knockout, upset, comeback, rising star, trainer

SAN DIEGO, December 29, 2016 – As we look back in the Year in Boxing 2016, still colored by Mayweather vs. Pacquiao and the shifting promotional sands, boxing provided numerous individual achievements deserving of our acknowledgment, our attention and our applause. People love this sport because its athletes put everything on the line every single ...

Use every adjective you've got for "action fight" and it would barely scratch the surface. Photo: Tom Hogan, Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

HBO Boxing airs its Best Fights of 2016 this week

SAN DIEGO – December 26, 2016 – In the return of a holiday tradition for fight fans, HBO Boxing airs its best fights from 2016 for fans to enjoy again, or perhaps catch up with for the first time. Starting on Tuesday, December 27, and continuing for four consecutive nights, HBO will air six top ...

Bernard Hopkins is sent flying from the ring by right and left hooks delivered by Joe Smith Jr. Photo: Cynthia Saldana, Saldana Photography

Smith Jr. stops Father Time, ends Hopkins career with TKO win

INGLEWOOD, Calif., December 17, 2016 – Future Hall of Fame boxer Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (55-8-2, 32 KOs) entered the ring to the sounds of his own version of “My Way,” flanked by two hooded executioner’s ‘guards’ as he stepped into the ring. The Los Angeles crowd of 6,513 at The Forum greeted the Philadelphia ...

Jason Quigley celebrates an early Merry Christmas after a first round knockout Saturday in Los Angeles. Photo: Golden Boy Promotions Gayle Falkenthal

Jason Quigley scores quick knockout on Hopkins-Smith undercard Saturday

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – December 17, 2016 – Christmas came early for Irish transplant Jason Quigley (12-0, 10 KOs) of Donegal, Ireland. He came blazing out of the corner and got right to work with power punches against Jorge Melendez of Puerto Rico (28-8-1, 26 KOs). He landed several right hooks for his first knockdown. Melendez ...

Sullivan Barrera (left) avenged his loss earlier in the year to Andre Ward with a stunning seventh round knockout of Slava Shabranskyy Saturday. Photo: Ed Mulholland, HBO Latino

Bombs away; Barrera, Ellis, and Rios in KO wins at Fantasy Springs

INDIO, California, December 16, 2016 – Fans had to ask themselves what might have happened if the version of Cuban light heavyweight Sullivan Barrera who showed up Friday night at the Fantasy Springs Casino had showed up last March against Andre Ward. Barrera and Ukrainian Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (17-1, 14 KOs) delivered an all-action fight for ...