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Carl "The Jackal" Frampton says the pandemic hasn't been such a bad thing for him leading to Saturday's bout with Darren Traynor in London. Photo: Queensbury Promotions trio of boxing cards

Trio of boxing cards serve up buffet of fights Saturday

SAN DIEGO, Calif., August 14, 2020 – From famine to feast, professional boxing returns with three cards Saturday with a little something for every fan. Two popular Belfast born and bred fighters kick off the day from York Hall in London on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Carl Frampton of Belfast (27-2, 15 KOs) faces Darren ...

Undisputed Women's welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus at the final press conference for the August 15 Matchroom Boxing card in Tulsa. Photo: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Cecelia Braekhus hopes

Boxing heats up in August: Cecilia Braekhus hopes to set record on Saturday

SAN DIEGO, Calif., August 13, 2020 – Name the boxer who has held the unified, undisputed division champion titles longest. If you named a man, you got it wrong. Cecelia Braekhus is the most decorated women’s professional boxer currently active. She puts her five titles on the line Saturday. Unified and undisputed welterweight champion Cecilia ...

Natasha Jonas (left) delivered a stunning challenge to super featherweight champion Terri Harper, who escaped with a draw. Photo: Matchroom Boxing trilogy time

Trilogy time? Terri Harper battles Natasha Jonas to a draw

SAN DIEGO, Calif., August 1, 2020 – Matchroom Boxing UK provided matinee boxing Friday for American fans from its idyllic outdoor Fight Camp compound on the grounds of the Matchroom Boxing main office in Brentwood, Essex. The action in the ring contrasted with the pastoral setting as Terri Harder of Denaby, England (10-0-1, 5 KOs) ...

Angelo Leo (left) started a little slow but turned up the heat throughout the 12 round super bantanweight fight with Tremaine Williams. Photo: Amanda Wescott, Showtime Boxing

Showtime and Matchroom Boxing return to action Saturday

SAN DIEGO, Calif., August 2, 2020 – Boxing fans wandering through the sports desert to find their fight oasis saw the return of boxing on two major platforms in the U.S. on Saturday. Showtime Boxing was the last to close down after its March 13 card from Hinckley, Minnesota when Brandun Lee stopped Camilo Prieto. ...

Vergil Ortiz Jr. gets his 16th win and 16th straight stoppage in seven rounds against a determined but overwhelmed Samuel Vargas. Photo: Tom Hogan, Golden Boy Boxing

Sweet 16: Vergil Ortiz Jr. gets 16th KO win over Samuel Vargas

SAN DIEGO, Calif., July 24, 2020 – Vergil Ortiz Jr. of Grand Prairie, Texas (16-0, 16 KOs) delivered something more impressive than a one-punch knockout over Samuel Vargas of Toronto via Colombia (31-6-2, 14 KOs). He took the durable, courageous Vargas into the seventh round with a diverse attack, working on different skills until finally ...

Oscar Valdez sets up a showdown with Miguel Berchelt with his 10th round TKO win over Jayson Velez. Photo: MIkey Williams, Top Rank Boxing

Valdez sets up showdown with Berchelt; Berlanga bangs out 14

SAN DIEGO, Calif., July 21, 2020 – After 42 days and 2,300 COVID-19 tests, Top Rank Boxing saved its best boxing card from The Bubble in Las Vegas for the final bout in its post-pandemic experiment. In the main event ambitious Oscar Valdez of Nogales, Mexico (28-0, 22 KOs) set up his expected showdown with ...

Felix Verdejo blasted Will Madera out in one round Thursday. Photo: Mikey Williams, Top Rank Boxing Felix Verdejo returns

Felix Verdejo returns to form with first round knockout

SAN DIEGO, Calif., July 17, 2020 – Thursday’s fight card broadcast from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas started with color commentator and former world champion Timothy Bradley Jr. taunting the disgraced Mark Yap for missing weight by eight pounds with a Frankenweenie burrito (hot dogs wrapped in a tortilla) and ended with a sensational ...

Mikaela Mayer delivered impressive offensive output on her way to a dominating decision victory over Helen Joseph. Photo: Mikey Williams, Top Rank Boxing

Top Rank, Mikaela Mayer make boxing history Tuesday

SAN DIEGO, Calif., July 14, 2020 – Top Rank Boxing and Mikaela Mayer wrote another chapter in its half-century of boxing history on Tuesday, with its first-ever women’s main event. The opportunity for Mikaela Mayer of Los Angeles (13-0, 5 KOs) and Helen Joseph of Lagos, Nigeria (17-5-2, 10 KOs) came at the expense of ...

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 ...