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Standing tall: heavyweights Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury face off in Los Angeles on Monday. Photo: Mikey Williams, Top Rank Boxing Wilder Fury 2

Wilder Fury 2: Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury take the gloves off

LOS ANGELES, Calif., January 13, 2020 – WBC World Heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder of the U.S. and “Gypsy King” Tyson Fury of Great Britain left no doubt where they stand in their single joint news conference on Monday in Los Angeles. After a lengthy faceoff where the two had an animated conversation, they sat ...

Claressa Shields (left) had surprisingly little trouble with Ivana Habazin, becoming a three division champion in just ten fights. Photo: Stephanie Trapp, Trapp Fotos / Showtime Claressa Shields win

Claressa Shields win makes boxing history Friday in Atlantic City

SAN DIEGO, Calif., January 10, 2020  – The twice delayed, long-anticipated super welterweight title fight between current unified middleweight women’s champion Claressa Shields of Flint, Michigan (10-0. 2 KOs) and Ivana Habazin of Croatia (20-4, 7 KOs) turned out to be a one-sided coronation of the fighter many believe is the queen of the sport ...

2020 NFL Playoffs, National Football League, Playoffs

2020 Divisional Playoffs Preview and Bettor’s Guide: 100 years of the NFL

LOS ANGELES: The 100th anniversary of the National Football League (NFL) brought a fantastic start to the playoffs. My birthday is January 9th, and the best present a leathered could ask for is great football when it matters most. Three of the four Wildcard games were thrillers, and the last game was an ugly affair ...

Xander Zayas has already established himself as one of boxing's top prospects after just a handful of fights. Photo: Mikey Williams, Top Rank Boxing

Boxing’s prospects look to prosper in 2020

SAN DIEGO, Calif., January 10, 2020 – Ten days into the year, boxing media and fans are gleeful over the potential for 2020 to be one of the sport’s most exciting years. Long-awaited matchups, showdowns, unification fights, and big signings are in play. The year should also provide a platform for a wealth of talented ...

Canelo Alvarez lands the right hook that sealed his knockout win over Sergey Kovalev in the 11th round and his choice as 2019 Fighter of the Year. Photo: Lina Baker, Baker Photography

2019 Fighter of the Year: Canelo Alvarez

SAN DIEGO, Calif., January 3, 2020 – The past 12 months ended up being a good year for boxing, and a great year for several terrific candidates vying as 2019 Fighter of the Year. Our criteria focuses on athletic performance, but also on the individual’s influence over the sport of boxing as a whole. For ...

At 118 pounds, Naoya "The Monster" Inoue may be the most feared opponent in boxing today. Photo: World Boxing Super Series 2019 Fight of the Year

2019 Fight of the Year: Naoya Inoue vs Nonito Donaire

SAN DIEGO, Calif., January 2, 2020 – From super flyweight to welterweight to heavyweight, 2019 proved to be a year full of outstanding fights for boxing fans to enjoy. It was easy to find outstanding choices for our 2019 Fight of the Year shortlist. We have narrowed the finalists down to three. Daniel Roman vs ...

Deontay Wilder said he deserves to be recognized as the hardest puncher in boxing history. Photo: Ryan Hafey, Premier Boxing Champions 2019 Knockout of the Year

2019 Knockout of The Year: Deontay Wilder

SAN DIEGO, Calif., January 1, 2020 – There’s no single moment in all professional sports which rivals a spectacular, fight-ending knockout for sheer excitement. At least, not in our opinion … as long as the person on the canvas gets up safely and in good health to fight another day. Our Knockout of the Year ...

Jamel Herring wins our Comeback of the Year Award for 2019. Photo: Mikey Williams, Top Rank Boxing 2019 boxing awards

2019 Boxing Awards: Upset, Prospect, Comeback, Trainer

SAN DIEGO, Calif., December 31, 2019 – Every year in boxing brings us super fights, big-money deals, and head-scratching distractions. Our devotion is rewarded with the moments and significant accomplishments inside the ring we’ll remember and mark for posterity with our 2019 boxing awards. Most athletes in boxing won’t make a fraction as much money ...

Gervonta Davis scored three knockdowns but got a rougher challenge than expected from Yuriorkis Gamboa Saturday. Photo: Amanda Wescott, Showtime Boxing Gervonta Davis wins

Gervonta Davis wins tough outing against Yuriorkis Gamboa

SAN DIEGO, Calif., December 28, 2019 – Gervonta “Tank” Davis had to work far harder to win the WBA World Lightweight title in his fight against Yuriorkis Gamboa than anyone expected. Davis of Baltimore (23-0, 22 KOs) scored a 12th round TKO win over a gutsy, game Gamboa (30-3, 18 KOs), but the performance produced ...

Boxing returns to Atlanta on Saturday to end 2019. L to R: Jose Uzcategui, Jean Pascal, Gervonta Davis, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Badou Jack, Lionell Thompson. Photo: Amanda Wescott, Showtime Boxing Davis vs Gamboa

Boxing’s back in Atlanta: Davis vs Gamboa, Pascal vs Jack

SAN DIEGO, Calif., December 27, 2019 – The WBA World Lightweight title fight between Gervonta “Tank” Davis of Baltimore (22-0, 21 KOs) and Yuriorkis Gamboa of Miami via Cuba (30-2, 18 KOs) hit one last stumbling block called the scale on Friday. Moving up to fight at lightweight for the first time, Davis missed weight ...

Jermell Charlo got his revenge and got his title back from Tony Harrison on Saturday. Photo: Cynthia Saldana, Saldana Photography

Jermell Charlo regains title in comeback KO win over Tony Harrison

ONTARIO, Calif., December 21, 2019 – Jermell Charlo of Houston (33-1,17 KOs) settled his score with the man who took away his title and his undefeated record last December, Tony “Super Bad” Harrison of Detroit (28-3, 21 KOs), regaining the WBC Super Welterweight championship with an 11th round TKO win on Saturday. “I got the ...

The trash talk never let up, through Friday's weigh-in at the Toyota Arena in Ontario. Photo: Leo Wilson, Premier Boxing Champions Harrison vs Charlo 2

Holiday heat: Harrison vs Charlo 2 revives fierce rivalry in rematch

ONTARIO, Calif., December 20, 2019 – Former WBC Super Welterweight champion Jermell Charlo of Houston (32-1,16 KOs) has a score to settle with the man who took away his title and his undefeated record last December. Tony “Super Bad” Harrison of Detroit (28-2, 21 KOs). If the pair trade as many punches in the ring ...

Daniel Jacobs and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. are scheduled to meet in the ring Friday in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA Jacobs vs Chavez Jr

Night and day: Jacobs vs Chavez Jr. fight Friday (maybe)  

UPDATE, Friday, December 20: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. After five rounds of a seemingly competitive fight, Chavez Jr. quit in the corner. Reports vary as to the reason as there was no single straight answer. A broken nose impeding Chavez Jr.’s  breathing, or a broken right hand? ...