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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 ...

Manny Pacquiao’s return to the boxing ring Saturday under the radar

SAN DIEGO, November 4, 2016 – Seven months ago, on the brink of being elected a Senator in the Philippines, eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao declared to the boxing media in Las Vegas he was retired after his flashy, commanding victory over an outwitted Timothy Bradley Jr. None of us believed him for a second. It ...

Boxing fans are elated by today's announcement of several exciting matchups in the next few months from Showtime Sports. Graphic: Courtesy Showtime Sports

Showtime Boxing hands out treats to boxing fans in time for Halloween

SAN DIEGO, October 25, 2016 – Regular readers of this column must think the writer was kidnapped or on a long vacation. Although there have been some enjoyable regional bouts among aspiring competitors and a few exciting fights outside the United States, there hasn’t been much worth firing up the keyboard. Within the last 48 ...

Ageless Bernard Hopkins (left) and Joe Smith Jr. meet at The Forum in Los Angeles to announce their December 17 bout. Photo: Tom Hogan, HoganPhotos/Golden Boy Boxing

Bernard Hopkins makes farewell official with December bout (VIDEO)

SAN DIEGO, October 24, 2016 – He’s been called “The Executioner,” “B-Hop,” and now “The Alien” during his three decades in the ring. Whatever nickname he wears, Bernard Hopkins of Philadelphia can always call himself a champion and it won’t be long before he is in the Boxing Hall of Fame. Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs) ...

Around the boxing world: Parker, Cleverly, Braekhus win by stoppage

SAN DIEGO, October 1, 2016 – American boxing fans may get the impression it’s a dark month with no major bouts scheduled in the U.S. until November. But boxing is far from quiet if fans follow big bouts around the world. The weekend was full of action packed events. Starting in New Zealand, rising heavyweight ...

NFL 2016 Week 4 Preview and Bettor’s Guide

Thanks to the London Jaguars, Americans this Sunday are treated to four straight games and at least 12 straight hours of football rather than the traditional three games and nine hours.

America’s worst presidential debate until the next debate

LOS ANGELES, September 26, 2016 — While the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints were playing a thrilling Monday Night Football contest, the worst presidential debate in American political history was taking place. While the Louisiana Superdome was inspired by hero Steve Gleason on the tenth anniversary of football’s greatest blocked punt, politics brought ...

Boxing briefs: Linares wins, Fury bails out, Canelo vs Smith replay Saturday

SAN DIEGO, September 23, 2016 – The top headlines in boxing come from Great Britain this weekend. Jorge Linares of Venezuela (41-3, 27 KOs) won a unanimous decision to become the new lineal lightweight champion, taking the WBA title from Anthony “Million Dollar” Crolla (31-5-3, 13 KOs) at home in Manchester, England. It can be ...