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San Diego scorcher: Navarrete defends title, Santillan gets hometown win Friday

SAN DIEGO, Calif., October 15, 2021 – After a break of 28 years, Top Rank Boxing returned to San Diego on Friday for its first boxing event since Oscar De La Hoya fought here in his fourth fight in 1993. It was (nearly) worth the wait. Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete successfully defended his WBO featherweight title against ...

Emanuel Navarrete (L) and Joet Gonzalez pose during the weigh-in prior to their WBO World Featherweight championship fight at Omni San Diego Hotel Thursday. Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images

Ali, Norton, De La Hoya, and now Navarrete bring boxing to San Diego Friday

SAN DIEGO, Calif., October 14, 2021 – After a break of 28 years, boxing promoter Top Rank brings championship boxing back to San Diego on Friday, October 15, at Pechanga Arena. Popular Mexican champion Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete will defend his WBO featherweight title against another popular young boxer, Joet Gonzalez of Los Angeles. The event will ...

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder didn't get any closer than this at Friday's weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for their upcoming Fox Sports PBC pay-per-view fight in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Frank Micelotta/Fox Sports/PictureGroup Fury Wilder 3 preview

Fury Wilder 3 preview: Which big man will win Saturday?

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, October 8, 2021 – It’s a long time since a heavyweight prizefight drew the world’s attention to Las Vegas. It’s been precisely 593 days. It will be 594 days on Saturday when WBC World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury of Great Britain stands across the ring from former WBC World Heavyweight champion Deontay ...

Anthony Joshua and Oleksander Usyk weigh In ahead of their World Heavyweight Title clash Saturdayt at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. Photo: Ian Walton Matchroom Boxing. Joshua vs Usyk

Joshua vs Usyk hit the heavyweight dance floor, DAZN Saturday

SAN DIEGO, Calif., September 24, 2021 – After Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk both scored relatively easy victories in their respective fights to close out 2020, Usyk remained the WBO mandatory challenger to unified champion Joshua. At the time, Usyk and his manager Alexander Krassyuk said they would insist on the fight being made. At ...

DWTS Season 30 features the US edition's first same sex pair, JoJo Siwa and Jenna Johnson. Photo: ABC

DWTS Season 30 Brings Back the Ballroom and the Stunt Casting

SAN DIEGO, Calif., September 20, 2021 – It seems much longer than one year since ‘Dancing With The Stars’ pulled off its pandemic year production with a polarizing new host in Tyra Banks and the cast of assorted reality TV stars, athletes, singers and of course a Bachelor/Bachelorette testing the limits of their challenges. Good/bad ...

Oscar Valdez successfully defended his WBC super featherweight title in a difficult fight with Robson Conceicao in Tucson. Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Image

Oscar Valdez defends title but feels the heat in Tucson

SAN DIEGO, Calif., September 10, 2021 – Oscar Valdez felt the support of 4,545 adopted hometown fans in Tucson, Arizona, and it helped take some of the weight off his shoulders coming into his first WBC World Super Featherweight title defense Friday. Valdez (30-0, 23 KOs) delivered the win, but it wasn’t the flashy show ...

Oscar Valdez (L) and Robson Conceição (R) face-off during the weigh in for the WBC super featherweight championship on September 9, 2021 in Tucson, Arizona. Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images Valdez vs Conceicao

Valdez vs Conceicao: Friday Night Fights preview – ESPN+

SAN DIEGO, Calif., September 9, 2021 – Oscar Valdez, a Mexican native now living in Southern California (29-0, 23 KOs), delivered the first “Fight of the Year” for 2021 with a brilliant performance blending high-level craft and high-powered punching to stop a brave but outgunned Miguel Berchelt of Mexico (37-2, 33 KOs) with an exclamation ...

Yordenis Ugas used distance, a double jab and a right that couldn't miss to defeat Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on Saturday, August 21. Photo: Ryan Hafey, Premier Boxing Champions

History lesson: Yordenis Ugas defeats Manny Pacquiao Saturday 

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, August 21, 2021 – The only calm person as the opening bell sounded at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Saturday was 42-year-old Manny Pacquiao. At the end of 12 hard rounds, Pacquiao accepted his defeat by late replacement Yordenis Ugas of Cuba with equal grace. Yordenis Ugas of Santiago de Cuba ...

Brian Castaño (L) and Jermell Charlo fought to a split draw in San Antonio Saturday. Photo: Amanda Wescott, Showtime

Letdown: Brian Castaño deserves the win, gets draw with Jermell Charlo

SAN DIEGO, Calif., July 17, 2021  – A disappointing draw marred a terrific fight Saturday in San Antonio between Jermell Charlo and Brian Castaño. What else is new? Will Castaño get the rematch he deserves? For now, both men go home with their championship belts after judges in San Antonio scored the entertaining battle a ...

You mad, bro? Jermell Charlo feels underappreciated for his accomplishments, and hopes to change this on Saturday. Photo: Leo Wilson Jr., Premier Boxing Champions Charlo vs Castaño

Charlo vs Castaño: You mad, bro? Showtime Boxing Saturday 

SAN DIEGO, Calif., July 16, 2021  – Boxing’s rebound year from the pandemic serves up another division unification bout in Charlo vs Castaño on Saturday from San Antonio. It’s the best bout in the Showtime and Premier Boxing Champions summer lineup. The Showtime Boxing broadcast begins at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT. Boxing will slow ...

Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez delivered for his Los Angeles fans with a TKo win over Sullivan Barrera. Photo: Lina Baker, Lina Baker Photography Zurdo Ramirez

Crowd pleasers: Zurdo Ramirez, JoJo Diaz, Seniesa Estrada win for LA fans Friday

LOS ANGELES, Calif., July 9, 2021 – Local favorites gave enthusiastic Southern California boxing fans the wins they wanted to see and made their case for bigger challenges and paydays in the future. In the main event, former WBO World Super Middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo:” Ramirez of Mexico (42–0. 28 KOs) reminded fans what made ...

Gilberto Ramirez (left) and Sullivan Barrera weigh in for their Friday fight in Los Angeles. Photo: Golden Boy Promotions Ramirez vs Barrerra

Return of Zurdo: Ramirez vs Barrera on the pitch Friday, DAZN

LOS ANGELES, Calif., July 8, 2021 –When boxing fans last heard from former WBO World Super Middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo:” Ramirez, the undefeated Mexican southpaw (41-0. 27 KOs) had stalled in the division and hit an impasse with his promoter Top Rank. It was a disappointing development in a once-promising career. Ramirez now looks toward ...

Gervonta Davis won his first fight at super lightweight in 11 rounds over Mario Barrios in Atlanta Saturday. Photo: Amanda Wescott, Showtime Boxing

Bigger man: Gervonta Davis wins first super lightweight fight in 11

SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 26, 2021  – Gervonta “Tank” Davis of Baltimore (25-0, 24 KOs) made a successful debut in the super lightweight division, defeating Mario Barrios of San Antonio, Texas (26-1, 17 KOs) with an 11th round TKO win. Davis said he made it tough on himself going up two weight divisions. “I definitely ...

Vasiliy Lomachenko manhandled Masayoshi Nakatani for nine rounds, handing him the first stoppage loss of his career. Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images Lomachenko beats

Mas no mas: Lomachenko beats Nakatani in nine rounds 

SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 26, 2021  – The pound for pound great version of Vasiliy Lomachenko of Ukraine (14-2, 11 KOs) came back as if nothing had gotten in his way over the last year, demoralizing  Masayoshi Nakatani of Japan (19-2, 13 KOs) as he has so many other opponents in his impressive career. Lomachenko ...

Lomachenko vs Nakatani, Boxing, Sport

Lomachenko vs Nakatani: Red pill or blue pill? Saturday, ESPN+

SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 25, 2021  – Boxing purists still believe in Vasiliy Lomachenko and hope he will prove them right in his return to the ring Saturday. Eight months after his shocking defeat at the hands of upstart Teofimo Lopez Jr., pound for pound great Lomachenko (14-2, 10 KOs) hopes to reset and return ...

Veteran Gabriel Rosado surprised Bektimir Melikuziev with perfect timing to land a counterpunch Knockout of the Year win. Photo: Sye Williams/Golden Boy/Getty Images) King Gabe Rosado

King Gabe Rosado crowns career with KO win over Bektimir Melikuziev

San Diego, Calif., June 19, 2021 – Veteran ‘King’ Gabe Rosado delivered a magnificent Knockout of the Year candidate in his upset victory over super middleweight prospect Bektimir Melikuziev of Uzbekistan to steal the show in El Paso Saturday. After Rosado’s narrow split decision loss in his last fight against Daniel Jacobs, the victory was ...