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Ukrainian light heavyweight Vyacheslav Shabranskyy hopes to end his year with a statement performance on Friday night. Photo: Tom Hogan, Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

Bright boxing future no fantasy to Shabranskyy

INDIO, California, December 15, 2016 –Ukrainian light heavyweight Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (17-0, 14 KOs) first got the attention of American fans in December 2015 with an entertaining majority decision victory over Yunieski Gonzalez of Cuba. Fans gave both boxers a standing ovation at the end of 10 rounds. Since then, Shabranskyy has scored two third round ...

Terence Crawford (right) took John Molina Jr. apart with ease in December. Felix Diaz will present a greater challenge Saturday. Photo: Mikey Williams, Top Rank Boxing

Terence Crawford cruises to victory over John Molina in Omaha

SAN DIEGO, December 10, 2016 – Terence “Bud” Crawford has singlehandedly developed a boxing fan base in the Midwest, filling the Century Link Arena in Omaha, Nebraska for the third time including supporter Warren Buffett on Saturday night. Fans expected a victory by their hometown hero, and they got exactly what they came for. After ...

Abner Mares (right) fought a smart, disciplined fight to beat Jesus Cuellar Saturday. Photo: Stephanie Trapp, Showtime Boxing

Big men on campus: Mares wins 4th title, Charlo calls out Canelo at USC Saturday

SAN DIEGO, December 10, 2016 – Three-time world champion Abner Mares knew he needed to deliver the best fight of his career after a loss and a year-plus layoff Saturday night in Los Angeles. Otherwise, he’d risk falling out of the top tier of a competitive featherweight division. In front of a lively crowd of ...

Crawford vs. Molina still on in Omaha, HBO Boxing Saturday

SAN DIEGO, December 10, 2016 – Terence “Bud” Crawford planned on entertaining his hometown Omaha fans once more time before the end of 2016, courtesy a bout with veteran opponent John Molina Jr. of California on Saturday. But the fight found itself on shaky ground Friday after Molina failed to make weight. It wasn’t even ...

Lomachenko impresses, makes Walters say ‘no mas’ Saturday

LAS VEGAS, Nev., November 26, 2016 – One week ago, Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev made their case for the top spot on boxing’s “pound for pound” best list. Saturday night, Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine showed up the both of them in his own bid for consideration. In retaining his WBO world junior lightweight title, ...

Vasyl Lomachenko (left) and Nicholas Walters fight for Lomachenko's junior lightweight title in Las Vegas Saturday. Photo: Top Rank Boxing

Lomachenko and Walters promise tasty boxing Saturday, HBO

SAN DIEGO, November 25, 2016 – The boxing world’s attention fixed on last week’s high stakes bout between light heavyweight pound for pound boxer Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward. Coupled with the Thanksgiving weekend, it leaves a terrific bout in Las Vegas this Saturday at risk of being forgotten. Fans shouldn’t miss this junior lightweight ...

Andre Ward (left) won a narrow decision over Sergey Kovalev in Las Vegas Saturday. Photo: David Spagnolo, Main Events

And the new: Ward wins narrow decision over Kovalev

LAS VEGAS, November 19, 2016 – It was a fight boxing sorely needed and delivered on every level, right up to its questionable decision. In the most significant fight of 2016 and the best matchup in boxing, light heavyweights Andre Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and Sergey Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) battled through 12 competitive rounds. ...

The stage is set for Saturday's super fight in Las Vegas between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev. Who will win it? Photo: Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, Communities Digital News

Fight blueprint, predictions for Kovalev vs. Ward

LAS VEGAS, November 18, 2016 – With the weigh-in completed and final formalities out of the way, all that’s left for light heavyweights Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) and Andre Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) is to get in the ring at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday. Both fighters weighed in at the ...

Kovalev vs Ward: Watch fight weigh-in live, 5:30 p.m. ET

LAS VEGAS, November 18, 2016 – Light heavyweights Sergey Kovalev of Russia (30-0-1, 26 KOs) and Andre Ward of the United States (30-0, 15 KOs) have one required goal Friday: stepping onto a scale in front of their fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and weighing less than the light heavyweight ...

Kovalev and Ward approach first PPV and biggest test Saturday

LAS VEGAS, November 17, 2016 – In the weeks leading to Saturday’s light heavyweight pay-per-view bout between pound for pound contenders Sergey Kovalev of Russia (30-0-1, 26 KOs) and Andre Ward of the United States (30-0, 15 KOs), the fighters and their camps have sparred with each other and revealed their approach and mindset bit ...

Watch live: Kovalev vs Ward final news conference live, 4 p.m. ET

LAS VEGAS, November 17, 2016 – In the last news conference before their meeting in the ring at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Saturday, light heavyweights Sergey Kovalev of Russia (30-0-1, 26 KOs) and Andre Ward of the United States (30-0, 15 KOs), will talk with the boxing news media today at 4 p.m. ...

Dull heavyweight decision doesn’t help Luis Ortiz in Monte Carlo

SAN DIEGO, November 12, 2016 – The silver lining to the stinker of a fight between heavyweight Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (26-0, 22 KOs) and American Malik Scott (38-3-1, 13 KOs) of Philadelphia is this: Ortiz will have more opponents lining up to try and take him out. The anticipated showcase for the hard hitting ...

Luis Ortiz (left) and Malik Scott face off at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo. Photo: Lawrence Lustig, Matchroom Boxing

Heavyweight boxing shuffle: Ortiz vs. Scott, HBO Saturday

SAN DIEGO, November 12, 2016 – The heavyweight division was thrown into disarray over a month ago when lineal champion Tyson Fury was stripped of his titles for failing to defend them, a situation due to Fury’s apparent mental health issues and drug abuse. Now the rest of the serious contenders are part of a ...

Manny Pacquiao proves he’s still a champion with solid victory over Vargas

SAN DIEGO, November 5, 2016 – A full house of 16,132 fans at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas saw a refreshed, renewed Manny Pacquiao looking a decade younger than his calendar age thoroughly dominate opponent Jessie Vargas, scoring an early knockdown on the way to a definitive 12-round unanimous decision. Pacquiao wins ...

Undercard results from Las Vegas: Valdez, Magdaleno, Shiming win

SAN DIEGO, November 5, 2016 – Saturday’s undercard bouts in Las Vegas offered one title changing hands, a rising star, and one of Asia’s most popular athletes all winning in convincing fashion at the Thomas & Mack Center. Oscar Valdez (21-0, 18 KOs) of Mexico had another strong outing, showing why so many boxing fans ...