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Vasiliy Lomachenko made quick work of Anthony Crolla Friday in Los Angeles. Photo: Mikey Williams, Top Rank Boxing

Vasiliy Lomachenko dazzles and dances through Crolla in four rounds Friday

San Diego, Calif., April 12, 2019 – Ten thousand fans spent their Friday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to see the world’s best pound for pound boxers put on a show the equal of “La La Land.” Unified lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko of Ukraine (13-1, 10 KOs) danced right through Anthony Crolla ...

Claressa Shields and Christina Hammer face-off at Friday's weigh-in, with boxer Andre Dirrell playing the role of T-Rex, Shields' nickname. Photo: Stephanie Trapp, Showtime Boxing Shields vs Hammer

Collision of champions: Shields vs Hammer headline Showtime Boxing

San Diego, Calif., April 12, 2019 – One year ago in Detroit, WBA/WBC/IBF women’s middleweight champion Claressa “T-Rex” Shields of Flint, Michigan, and WBO women’s champion Christina “Lady” Hammer of Germany both defended their titles with ease, setting up an unprecedented women’s super fight to unify the division. It’s taken until now to make it ...

Don't deny yourself the pleasure of watching Vasiliy Lomachenko at work on Friday. Photo: Mikey Williams, Top Rank Lomachenko vs Crolla

Lomachenko vs Crolla leads LA boxing lineup on Friday, ESPN+

San Diego, Calif., April 11, 2019 – A jam-packed spring 2019 boxing schedule gets rolling on Friday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Fittingly, the first main event of the season features one of the world’s best pound for pound talents in action, Vasiliy Lomachenko of Ukraine (12-1, 9 KOs). Lomachenko puts up his ...

Ryan Garcia put on a flashy performance in two rounds for his loyal high desert fans. Photo: Lina Baker

Boxing firepower on display in the desert: Ryan Garcia wins in two rounds

INDIO, Calif., March 30, 2019  –  Junior lightweight Ryan Garcia didn’t disappoint the many local fans who packed the Fantasy Springs Casino Resort, even though they only saw him in action for six minutes. With his stablemate and mentor Canelo Alvarez watching from ringside, Garcia (18-0, 15 KOs) blasted Jose Lopez of Puerto Rico (20-4-1, ...

Boxing Preview: Garcia vs Lopez on DAZN card heats up the desert Saturday

INDIO, Calif., March 29, 2019 – Junior lightweight Ryan Garcia of Victorville, California, burst onto the boxing scene in 2016, dazzling fans equally with his flashy knockouts and his Instagram star charisma. Then Garcia’s trajectory seemed to stall as he moved up in opposition with two decision wins in 2018. Whether the cause was all ...

Mikey Garcia learns the truth about Errol Spence Jr. after 12 round shutout

SAN DIEGO, Calif. March 16, 2019 – In front of 47,525 fans at the AT&T Stadium in Arlignton, Texas, IBF welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (25-0, 21 KOs), dealt four division champion Mikey Garcia (39-1, 30 KOs) his first loss in a dominating unanimous decision. Scores were 120-107, and 120-108 X 2. “The ...

With Roberto Duran holding the IBF belt, Errol Spence Jr. and Mikey Garcia wave to the packed crowd at Friday's weigh-in. Photo: Frank Micelotta, Fox

Mikey Garcia takes a risk against Errol Spence Jr. Saturday, Fox PPV, 9 pm ET

SAN DIEGO, Calif. March 15, 2019 – Boxing fans love a true 50-50 fight more than anything, and they’ve got one teed up on Saturday between welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. and junior welterweight titleholder Mikey Garcia moving up to the challenge in a battle of undefeated champions. The fight airs on Fox ...

All business: Gennady Golovkin officially announced a three-year, six fight deal and a promotional contract for his own company with streaming service DAZN Monday in Los Angeles. Photo: Lina Baker, SeeYouRingside Photography DAZN Gennady Golovkin

Getting down to business: DAZN and Gennady Golovkin make it official

LOS ANGELES, Calif., March 11, 2019 – News had broken early on boxing’s big announcement Monday. Nevertheless, DAZN executive chairman John Skipper made it official at a Los Angeles news conference. Middleweight star Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan is now under contract for a three-year, six fight deal. In addition, and the linchpin for Golovkin’s future, ...

Dmitry Bivol (left) dominated Joe Smith Jr. in a display of boxing skills. Photo: Ed Mulholland, Matchroom Boxing Dmitry Bivol dominates

Dmitry Bivol dominates a dangerous Joe Smith Jr. Saturday

SAN DIEGO, Calif., March 9, 2019 – A tenth round scare made things interesting, but after 12 full rounds, Dmitry Bivol’s impressive skills didn’t let Joe Smith Jr. turn the tide in the fight despite a few scary moments. Bivol (16-0, 11 KOs) won a unanimous decision over the tough New Yorker Smith Jr.(24-3, 20 ...

Dmitry Bivol and Joe Smith Jr. pose for photographers at their weigh-in Friday. Photo: Matchroom Boxing

Bivol and Smith Jr. meet at the light heavyweight crossroads Saturday

SAN DIEGO, Calif., March 8, 2019 – Fans look to the light heavyweight division in 2019 to deliver plenty of entertaining, competitive fights. Next up is a crossroads fight featuring the fifth title defense for WBA titleholder Dmitry Bivol of Russia (15-0, 11 KOs) against power punching Joe Smith Jr. of Long Island, New York ...

Chris Eubank Jr. (left) had the best fight of his career against a tough but worn out James DeGale. Photo: Showtime Boxing

British boxing blitzkrieg: Joyce stops Stiverne, Eubank Jr. decks DeGale

SAN DIEGO, Calif., February 23, 2019 – In two rough and tumble fights at the O2 Arena in London, British fan favorites Chris Eubank Jr. and Joe Joyce prevailed, and hope their efforts Saturday proved they’re worthy of title fight opportunities in their respective divisions. Chris Eubank Jr. pummels James DeGale in biggest career win ...

Leo Santa Cruz shouldn't hit any speed bumps in his fight Saturday in Los Angeles. Pnoto: Andy Samuelson, Premier Boxing Champions

Santa Cruz control: Santa Cruz staying busy Saturday against Rivera

SAN DIEGO, Calif., February 15, 2019 – Leo Santa Cruz (35-1-1, 19 KOs) should send his Los Angeles fans home happy on Saturday as he makes the third defense of his WBA world featherweight title. Santa Cruz faces a last minute replacement in Rafael “Big Bang” Rivera of Mexico (26-2-2, 17 KOs), stepping in for ...

Andrew Cancio dropped Alberto Machado with three successive body shots to score a fourth round knockout win. Photo: Lina Baker, SeeYouRingside Photography

High drama in the desert: Cancio knocks out Machado for WBA title

INDIO, Calif., February 9, 2019 – If there was ever a crowd who could will a challenger to become a champion, it was Andrew Cancio’s hometown fans at the Fantasy Springs Casino from nearby Blythe, California, along with his co-workers from Southern California Gas Company where Cancio works a full-time job repairing gas lines. Their ...

Alberto Machado and Andrew Cancio fight for Machado's WBC junior bantamweight title Saturday. Photo: Tom Hogan, Hogan Photos / Golden Boy Boxing

Super featherweights Machado, Cancio in high desert showdown Saturday

INDIO, Calif., February 12, 2019 – Champions, contenders and prospects all hope their hard work will pay off Saturday night at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. Fans can watch their attempts on the DAZN live stream starting at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. In the main event, WBA super featherweight world champion Alberto ...

Andrew Cancio says the time is right for him to win a world title on Saturday against Alberto Machado. Photo: Tom Hogan, Hogan Photos / Golden Boy Boxing

Andrew Cancio confident he’ll make his mark in boxing

SAN DIEGO, Calif., February 7, 2019 – If hard work were the only requirement for success in professional boxing, there is no doubt Andrew Cancio of Ventura, California would be a world champion. Cancio, age 30, shoulders a demanding full-time job repairing gas lines for Southern California Gas Company while also training in the ring ...

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Sixteen important things we learned from Super Bowl LIII

LOS ANGELES: The New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in the lowest scoring Super Bowl of all time. Since only 16 points were scored in Super Bowl LIII (53), here are 16 takeaways from the game.  1.) People who know nothing about football considered this game boring. This was a chess masterpiece by ...

Sergey Kovalev regained the WBO light heavyweight title from Eleider Alvarez is perhaps the best performance of his career. Photo: Mikey Williams, Top Rank Boxing

Boxing smarter, Sergey Kovalev regains his title from Eleider Alvarez

SAN DIEGO, Calif., February 2, 2019 – Light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev of Russia made his fortune as “The Krusher,” the fearsome knockout artist. On Saturday, Kovalev (33-2-1, 28 KOs) regained the WBO title he lost to Eleider Alvarez of Columbia (24-1, 12 KOs) by boxing smarter in their anticipated rematch in Frisco, Texas. Judges scores were ...

Oscar Valdez (right) delivered a winning performance in his return to the ring Saturday. Photo: Mikey Williams, Top Rank Boxing

Valdez, Commey get it done in short order Saturday

SAN DIEGO, Calif., February 2, 2019 – Featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (25-0, 20 KOs) was admittedly not at his best after being out of the ring nearly a year, but he dispatched opponent Carmine Tommosone of Italy (19-1, 5 KOs) with ease in six rounds to retain his WBO world featherweight title in his fifth ...