Boxing

7:54 AM ET Nick Parkinson Close •Reports on boxing for ESPN.co.uk, as well as several national newspapers•Has been reporting on British boxing for over 15 years•Appears on BoxNation’s Boxing Matters show Oleksandr Usyk’s journey to his heavyweight title fight against unified champion Anthony Joshua in London on Sept. 25 has not been without success or
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2:16 PM ET Mike CoppingerESPN Stephen Fulton and Brandon Figueroa will put their respective 122-pound titles on the line when they meet Nov. 27 at Park MGM in Las Vegas, Premier Boxing Champions announced Thursday. The Showtime main event was set for Sept. 18 but was postponed after Figueroa tested positive for COVID-19. Murodjon Akhmadaliev,
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8:35 AM ET Associated Press LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The boundary between amateur and professional boxing blurred further Thursday with the International Boxing Association offering prize money of up to $100,000 for the first time at the historically amateur men’s world championships. AIBA said a total prize fund of $2.6 million was in place to award
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7:56 AM ET Terence Crawford is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, the current WBO welterweight titleholder and a former undisputed junior welterweight champion. However, he’s been critiqued for not facing the best fighters in the welterweight division. One of the issues is that most of the top 147-pounders are with a
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4:22 PM ET Mike CoppingerESPN Dillian Whyte, who has made a career out of taking on tough opposition, has another formidable opponent lined up. “The Body Snatcher” and Otto Wallin have agreed to terms for an Oct. 30 bout at the O2 Arena in London, sources tell ESPN. Whyte, ESPN’s No. 6 heavyweight, owns victories
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10:58 AM ET Mike CoppingerESPN Terence Crawford finally has the big fight he’s been looking for. Crawford, ESPN’s No. 2 pound-for-pound boxer, and Shawn Porter have struck a deal for a welterweight title fight on Nov. 20 at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay on ESPN+ pay-per-view, multiple sources tell ESPN, avoiding a purse bid scheduled for
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9:40 PM ET Mike CoppingerESPN Robson Conceicao has filed a complaint with the WBC following his unanimous-decision defeat to Oscar Valdez on Friday in Tucson, Arizona, his manager, Sergio Batarelli, told ESPN. Among the grievances: the officiating, the judging and the fact Valdez was allowed to retain his title despite testing positive for the banned
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6:03 PM ET Mike CoppingerESPN Former cruiserweight and heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield faces former UFC light heavyweight champ Vitor Belfort in an eight-round boxing match at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida (Triller Fight Club PPV, 7 p.m. ET). Holyfield (44-10-2, 29 KOs), of Atlanta, is 58 years old and hasn’t fought since
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Anthony Joshua has welcomed Tyson Fury’s declaration that he still wants to fight him next year. Hopes for Joshua-Fury — reportedly worth £200 million — fell apart when an arbitration hearing in the United States ruled that Deontay Wilder was owed a third fight with Fury. Both will instead fight different opponents over the next
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12:45 AM ET Mike CoppingerESPN Oscar Valdez dealt with a storm of controversy after the banned substance phentermine was found in his system. He was called a cheater by his fellow fighters. He drew the ire of fans who were angered that he was allowed to proceed with Friday night’s fight despite the Voluntary Anti-Doping
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5:34 PM ET Mike CoppingerESPN WBC junior lightweight world titlist Oscar Valdez defends his belt against Robson Conceicao on Friday (ESPN+, 10 p.m. ET, with undercard fights starting at 6:10 p.m. ET) in Tucson, Arizona. Valdez tested positive for the banned substance phentermine in August, but the Pascua Yaqui Tribe Athletic Commission allowed Valdez to
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8:22 PM ET Mike CoppingerESPN Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos have signed contracts for an undisputed lightweight title fight that will take place Oct. 4 at New York’s Hulu Theater at MSG, Triller COO Thorsten Meier told ESPN. The fight was set for Oct. 5 but Triller moved the fight to avoid competing with a
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Sep 8, 2021 Mike CoppingerESPN Mikey Garcia, a four-division champion, has agreed to terms for a fight with Spain’s Sandor Martin on Oct. 16, possibly in Texas, sources told ESPN on Wednesday. The bout will be contested at a catchweight of 145 pounds, sources said. Promoter Eddie Hearn was planning to stage the 115-pound championship
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