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Carlos Takam (right) relied on his conditioning and experience to dominate Jerry Forrest. Photo: Mikey Williams, Top Rank Boxing heavy duty boxing

Heavy duty boxing: Carlos Takam too experienced for Jerry Forrest

SAN DIEGO, Calif., July 9, 2020 – Heavyweights got the Thursday night spotlight as boxing in The Bubble enters its second month. Veteran Carlos Takam of Cameroon, now living in Las Vegas (39-4-1, 28 KOs) made his experience and his fitness work for him in a victory by decision over Jerry Forrest of Newport News, ...

Jose Zepeda (right) found a home for his uppercut against Kendo Castaneda. Photo: Mikey Williams, Top Rank Boxing Lopez upsets Vences

All action Tuesday boxing: Zepeda wins, Lopez upsets Vences

SAN DIEGO, Calif., July 7, 2020 – Headliner Jose Zepeda came off his narrow decision loss to Jose Ramirez with a skilled victory over Kendo Castaneda, making his case for another bid at a title in the super lightweight division. Scores were 98-92 X 2 and 97-93. Zepeda of La Puente (31-2, 25 KOs) commanded ...

Jose Pedraza pressed the action and overwhelmed Mikkel LesPierre Thursday. Photo: Mikey Williams, Top Rank Boxing

Boxing recap: Jose Pedraza picks off Mikkel LesPierre with ease

SAN DIEGO, Calif., July 2, 2020 – Former two-division champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza of Puerto Rico enjoyed his delayed gratification Thursday night with a dominant win over with Mikkel LesPierre of Brooklyn. Jose Pedraza and Mikkel LesPierre were originally scheduled to be the first main event for Top Rank Boxing and ESPN in the pandemic ...

Alex Saucedo (left) continues his comeback toward a title fight with a busy night in The Bubble against Sonny Fredrickson. Photo: Mikey Williams, Top Rank Boxing.

Midwest matchup: Alex Saucedo stays busy in decision win Tuesday

SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 30, 2020 – Alex Saucedo of Oklahoma City (29-1, 19 KOs) needed all ten rounds for the first time in his career, dealing a defeat to Sonny Fredrickson of Toledo (21-3, 14 KOs) by unanimous decision. Scores were 100-90, 99-91, and 98-92. Saucedo hopes to work his way back from a ...

Jason Moloney will go home to Australia with a victory over Leonardo Baez - making it one out of two for the Moloney Brothers. Photo: Mikey Williams, Top Rank Boxing Jason Moloney scores

Jason Moloney scores TKO win over Leonardo Baez in Las Vegas

SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 25, 2020 – Jason Moloney ensured the trip to America for the Moloney Brothers didn’t send them both back home to Australia empty-handed. Moloney (21-1, 18 KOs) battled a tough but outclassed Leonardo Baez of Mexicali (18-3, 9 KOs), eventually dealing enough damage to force a stoppage after seven rounds. As ...

Joshua Franco stayed patient and determined, taking out Andrew Moloney to win the WBA World Super Flyweight World Championship. Photo: Mikey Williams, Top Rank Boxing Professor Joshua Franco

And the new: Joshua Franco schools Andrew Moloney to win first world title

SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 23, 2020 – As professional boxing starts its third week of action in the U.S. in the pandemic era, fans saw their first title defense in Tuesday’s main event from The Bubble at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Joshua “The Professor” Franco of San Antonio, Texas (16-1-2, 8 KOs) ...

Gabriel Flores Jr. got off to an early start with a second round knockdown, and cruised to a ten round decision victory. Photo: MIkey Williams, Top Rank Boxing

Thursday night fights: Gabriel Flores Jr. cruises to a win

SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 18, 2020 – Despite the cancellation of the original main event due to a positive COVID-19 test, Thursday’s edition of Top Rank on ESPN delivered enough action to keep fight fans entertained. Gabriel Flores Jr. of Stockton, California (18-0, 6 KOs) dropped veteran Josec Ruiz of Miami, Florida (21-3-3, 14 KOs) ...

Gabriel Flores Jr. (left) and Josec Ruiz can seize the moment Thursday as they take over the main event on ESPN due to a positive COVID-19 test. Photo: Mikey Williams, Top Rank Boxing

Bubble bummer: Pedraza vs LesPierre bout off due to positive COVID-19 test

SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 18, 2020 – Tonight’s main event between Jose Pedraza and Mikkel LesPierre on Top Rank’s ESPN boxing series was canceled when LesPierre’s manager, Jose Taveras, tested positive for COVID-19 earlier Thursday. As a result of the positive test, LesPierre and anyone in contact with Taveras is also barred from participating. The ...

Tuesday night fight upset: Michael Plania catches Joshua Greer napping

SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 16, 2020 – Boxing starts its second week of action with Tuesday night fights from The Bubble in Las Vegas. Boxing Twitter is working its way back into shape, and so are the fighters whether ambitious prospects or determined journeymen. Sure, you could grouse about the matchups, but please. Boxing is ...

Joshua Greer and Michael Plania will come out from behind the masks to tangle on Tuesday. Photo: Mikey Williams, Top Rank Boxing Tuesday night fights

Tuesday night fights: Greer vs Plania, ESPN

SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 15, 2020 – Bantamweight contender Joshua “Don’t Blink” Greer Jr. takes the stage on Tuesday as Top Rank on ESPN’s summer schedule resumes with a trio of shows this week starting on Tuesday from “The Bubble” at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. The action gets started at 8 p.m. ...

Jessie Magdaleno (left) controlled the action with two knockdowns before devolving into a messy DQ over Yenifel Vicente. Photo: Mikey Williams, Top Rank Boxing boxing results magdaleno

Boxing results: Magdaleno and friends heat things up

SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 11, 2020 – Call Tuesday night’s first card a feeling out event. By Thursday night, the new venue at the MGM Grand Hotel now called “The Bubble” was warmed up and delivered all the action boxing fans have been craving in four fights. What the participants lacked in experience, they made ...

Jessie Magdaleno and Yenifel Vicente engage in a socially distanced face off at Wednesday's weigh-in. Photo: Mikey Williams, Top Rank Boxing

Boxing bangers set for action Thursday on ESPN

SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 11, 2020 – Boxing fans were thrilled to see their favorite sport return in the U.S. earlier this week, watching a card led by rising star Shakur Stevenson and a host of prospects blowing out their opponents. Cards will continue on Tuesday and Thursday nights in June with the action ramping ...

Boxing is back Vegas style on Tuesday night courtesy of Top Rank Boxing. Photo: Mikey Williams, Top Rank Boxing

Boxing is back in business Tuesday in Las Vegas, ESPN

SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 9, 2020 – Olympic silver medalist and rising star Shakur Stevenson of New Jersey (13-0, 7 KOs) gets the honor he didn’t get in the Games. He will carry the flag for professional boxing’s formal return to action in the U.S. on Tuesday night. Stevenson faces Puerto Rican contender Felix “La ...

Olympic Games teammates Mikaela Mayer and Shakur Stevenson get the call to bring boxing back on June 9 in the U.S. Photo: M. Mayer/Twitter

Shakur Stevenson tapped to bring boxing back June 9

SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 2, 2020 – It seems a lifetime ago when shooting star Shakur Stevenson of New Jersey (13-0, 7 KOs) picked apart Joet Gonzalez of Los Angeles (23-1, 14 KOs) in what was supposed to be a competitive fight, winning the vacant WBO world featherweight title with ease in late October. Now ...

The next best thing to boxing action is talking about it. Read about boxing's best podcasts in our review. Photo: Pixabay

Boxing’s best podcasts entertain during the pandemic sports drought

SAN DIEGO, Calif., May 14, 2020 – There is only one thing boxing fans love more than watching the action in the ring: talking about it. Fortunately for fans, conversation provides a refuge since the coronavirus pandemic put a halt to live boxing worldwide. The plethora of boxing podcasts provides the next best form of ...

Juan Manuel Marquez delivered one of boxing's most shocking knockouts of Manny Pacquiao in 2012. Photo: Ed Mulholland, HBO

Cinco de Mayo boxing fix with five classic Mexican fights Tuesday on ESPN

SAN DIEGO, Calif., May 5, 2020 – Boxing fans are missing more than a margarita today on Cinco de Mayo. They are missing their traditional “Mexican Style” all-action card, a boxing tradition bringing fans to Las Vegas for a weekend of fun and viewers to their televisions. Cinco de Mayo isn’t a particularly big Mexican ...