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It’s on at last: Pacquiao-Mayweather fight official, May 2

SAN DIEGO, February 20, 2015 – In a hastily called news conference late Friday afternoon, executives from HBO and Showtime confirmed what has been rumored on and off for years: the much anticipated super fight between American undefeated welterweight Floyd Mayweather (47-0-0, 26 KOs) and eight division champion Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines (57-5-2, 38 ...

Gennady Golovkin (left) and Martin Murray pose after their weigh-in in Monte Carlo Friday. Photo: Naoki Fukuda

Golovkin vs. Murray in Monte Carlo boxing matinee, HBO Saturday

SAN DIEGO, February 20, 2015 – Boxing writers experience serious déjà vu reporting on middleweight champion Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin. It seems like we write the same previews of Golovkin’s bouts over and over. Like those who’ve come before him, Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) maintains he isn’t taking his next opponent, British middleweight Martin Murray ...

Brandon Rios roared past Mike Alvarado in Denver Saturday with a TKO win. Photo: Chris Farina, Top Rank

Rios takes the trilogy with TKO thrashing of Alvarado

SAN DIEGO, January 25, 2015 – Brandon Rios mowed down a lackluster, unprepared Mike Alvarado, making it a quick night in Denver with a third round TKO stoppage. Alvarado chose not to come out for round 4. The ringside physician advised referee Jay Nady that Alvarado’s vision was a problem, seeing double when he was ...

Mike Alvarado (left) and Brandon Rios enjoy themselves at Friday's boxing weigh-in. Photo: Ed Mulholland/HBO

Preview: Rios-Alvarado III completes trilogy, HBO Sat., 10 p.m. ET

SAN DIEGO, January 23, 2015 – For sheer boxing entertainment, no two fighters bring the action like Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado. Two guys, two fights, 19 rounds, over 3,000 punches between the pair. Not since Arturo Gatti tangled with Micky Ward has there been a more inevitable trilogy than Rios-Alvarado III. They have been ...

Wilder wins WBC heavyweight boxing title, first American in a decade

SAN DIEGO, January 17, 2015 – The early knockout victory everyone expected to see Saturday in Las Vegas between Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) and Bermane “B-Ware” Stiverne (24-2-1, 21 KOs) didn’t happen. Once the shock wore off from seeing the fight going to the judges, American fans thrilled to hear the words, ...

Preview: Heavyweights Stiverne and Wilder square off Saturday, Showtime 10 p.m. ET

SAN DIEGO, January 16, 2015 – Unlike Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, who can’t seem to find a way to get into the ring with each other, heavyweights Bermane “B-Ware” Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) and Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder can’t wait to get down to business to prove who’s the better boxer. The big men ...

Boxing briefs: Jay-Z, Pacquiao, Andre Ward, Golden Boy, Golovkin making news

SAN DIEGO, January 10, 2015 – Boxers brought the action from coast to coast to kick off the 2015 boxing season with Friday Night Fights in Brooklyn and California. The bigger headlines were outside the ring on shifts in at the business end of the sport with changes in promoters and fighter affiliations. Roc Nation ...

Miguel Cotto's dominant performance over Sergio Martinez was our Comeback of the Year. Photo: Chris Farina, Top Rank

Boxing’s best of 2014: knockout, upset, comeback, undercard, and rising star

SAN DIEGO, January 6, 2015 – Ringside Seat produced our list of 2014’s Top Fights and named our 2014 Fighter of the Year, American lightweight champion Terence Crawford. Before 2014 fades into history, select individual achievements that impressed us in the 12 months just ended deserve our applause. Boxers put it all on the line ...

Terence Crawford is the toast of Omaha, Nebraska and our 2014 Fighter of the Year. Photo: Chris Farina, Top Rank

Omaha’s Terence Crawford: our 2014 Fighter of the Year

SAN DIEGO, January 2, 2015 – Choosing a Fighter of the Year for 2014 was not as tough as in 2013 when a half dozen boxers made the short list. This year, it was a coin flip between two worthy candidates who rose above the rest. A half dozen boxers made my original short list. ...

It was a big year for Francisco "Chihuas" Rodriguez of Mexico, winner in our 2014 Fight of the Year. Photo: Courtesy BoxAzteca

Boxing’s top fights of 2014: Rodriguez and Takayama stand tallest

SAN DIEGO, January 1, 2015 – The past 12 months in boxing will be remembered just as much for the fights that didn’t happen as the ones that did. The action outside the ring continues to be dominated by the “will they or won’t they?” discussion about a superfight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. ...

Gennady Golovkin and his team celebrate his victory at Madison Square Garden Saturday. Photo: Will Hart, HBO

HBO Boxing presents its top fights of 2014 December 27 – 30

SAN DIEGO – December 26, 2014 – Most other TV networks have Rudolph or Charlie Brown. HBO? It’s got PacMan, Dr. Steelhammer, and Triple G. Because what says ho ho ho more than a good KO? In what has become its holiday programming tradition, HBO will replay the best boxing aired on its network in ...

Boxing recap: Joyeux noël for Stevenson in KO win Friday

SAN DIEGO, December 19, 2014 – Canadian light heavyweight Adonis “Superman” Stevenson scored the knockout win his Québécois fans expected to see, but it took him five rounds to get to it. Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) showed Dmitry Sukhotskiy (22-3, 16 KOs) a lot more respect than he merited, perhaps still feeling the still of ...

Boxing preview: Stevenson vs. Sukhotsky, Showtime 9 p.m.

SAN DIEGO, December 18, 2014 – Last year about this time, most boxing writers were penciling in Canadian light heavyweight Adonis “Superman” Stevenson as their 2013 Fighter of the Year, including me. This year, we are left with a Christmas season throw away bout on Friday, December 19 via Showtime from Quebec City between Stevenson ...

Timothy Bradley (right) could only get a draw from the judges against Diego Chaves. Photo: Chris Farina, Top Rank

Judges ruin results for Bradley, Herrera; Lee scores title with TKO win

SAN DIEGO, December 13, 2014 – Head butts threatened to become a major factor in the bout between Timothy Bradley (31-1-1, 12 KOs) and Diego Chaves (23-2-1, 19 KOs). There were three in the second round alone. But the judges did the real damage, scoring the fight between the pair as a draw. Burt Clements ...

Amir Khan (left) made his case in Las Vegas against Devon Alexander. Photo: Esther Lin, Showtime

Khan, Thurman, Mares, Charlo get wins for early Xmas presents

SAN DIEGO, December 13, 2014 – British welterweight Amir Khan put himself in position to be Floyd Mayweather’s next opponent with a surprisingly dominating performance over Devon Alexander in front of 7,768 fans at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. How dominant? Judges scored it this way: John McKay 118-110, Glen Feldman 119-109, and Jerry ...

Amir Khan (left) and Devon Alexander are going for the Money (as in Mayweather) Saturday night. Photo: Esther Lin, Showtime

Boxing preview: Khan vs. Alexander for the Money, Showtime 9 p.m. ET

SAN DIEGO, December 13, 2014 – The boxing schedule is racing toward 2015, with boxers trying to get in one more bout to set themselves up for a happy new year in 2015. It sets up fans for plenty of action to choose from. But just like with a good looking holiday buffet, don’t hold ...

Respect outside the ring, war when the bell sounds: Timothy Bradley (left) and Diego Chaves shake hands after Friday's weigh-in. Photo: Will Hart, HBO

Boxing preview: Bradley vs. Chaves, Lee vs. Korobov, HBO 10 p.m. ET

SAN DIEGO, December 13, 2014 – Fight fans often complain when there are competing events on the calendar such as tonight’s cards on HBO and Showtime. They want to catch every second. This is what picture in picture TVs were invented for, fight freaks. Sweet Science Santa doesn’t like to hear good boys and girls ...

Boxing results: Tarver, Trout, Escandon, Gausha win on ESPN

SAN DIEGO, December 11, 2014 – Fight fans got a few lumps of coal along with the gifts in their boxing stockings Thursday on a special edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights at the Pechanga Casino in Temecula, California. If you were watching, console yourself with these thoughts: it was far better than overeating at ...

Austin Trout (right) hopes to launch himself into bouts against bigger names in 2015 tonight on ESPN2. Photo: Courtesy Goossen Promotions

December boxing schedule brings fans holiday cheer

SAN DIEGO, December 11, 2014 – Mere days are left in this boxing year but don’t pick your Fight/Fighter/Round of the Year just yet. Between battling holiday crowds and fighting to get to the Christmas buffet line, there are several events worth your time and attention starting tonight. ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes broadcast a tribute ...

David Lemieux (left) and Gabriel Rosado trade shots in Brooklyn Saturday. Photo: Tom Hogan, Hoganphotos

Brooklyn brawl: Lemieux gets TKO over Rosado; GGG got next?

SAN DIEGO, December 6, 2014 – Brooklyn played host to a solid tripleheader at the Barclay Center, with the outcome of the main event dangling the bait in front of fans of a competitive challenger for middleweight monster Gennady Golovkin. Lemieux (33-2, 31 KOs) made an impressive American debut with a tenth round TKO victory ...