Boxing

11:52 PM ET Super middleweight world titlist Caleb Plant’s dream since he was a child was to have a world title fight in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. He not only realized it on Saturday night, but won in dominating and emphatic fashion. Plant beat down game mandatory challenger Vincent Feigenbutz for the entire fight
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11:55 AM ET Welterweight Vergil Ortiz Jr., the heavy hitting 2019 ESPN prospect of the year, will make his 2020 debut against battle-tested veteran Samuel Vargas on March 28, Golden Boy Promotions announced on Saturday. The scheduled 12-round bout, which had been agreed to for the past couple of weeks but is now signed, will
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12:59 AM ET Steve KimESPN ANAHEIM, Calif. — In an eye-opening performance, Ryan Garcia stopped Francisco Fonseca in the first round of their lightweight bout with a blazing counter left hook that left his foe flat on the canvas Friday night at the Honda Center. Referee Raul Caiz Sr. counted out Fonseca at 1 minute,
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2:38 PM ET The New York State Athletic Commission, which initially issued a surprisingly heavy punishment to welterweight Ivan Redkach for biting former two-division world titleholder Danny Garcia during their title elimination bout on Jan. 26 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, has dramatically reduced his punishment. Initially the New York commission announced that it had
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2:27 PM ET Unified light heavyweight world champion Artur Beterbiev, boxing’s only current titleholder with a perfect knockout percentage, will make a mandatory defense against Meng Fanlong on March 28, Top Rank announced on Friday. The fight will headline a Top Rank Boxing on ESPN card (ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 10 p.m. ET with preliminary
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11:05 PM ET Popular 1990s Samoan heavyweight contender Jimmy Thunder died on Wednesday in his hometown of Auckland, New Zealand, due to complications from a brain tumor. He was 54. Thunder, who was born Ti’a James Senio Peau and went by Jimmy Peau before adopting his boxing stage name, had recently undergone surgery in Auckland
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7:09 PM ET Steve KimESPN The California State Athletic Commission says it has determined the contents of a squeezable bottle in Jermell Charlo’s corner during his 11th-round knockout of Tony Harrison in December to be water and that no rules were broken. The CSAC, in a statement released to ESPN on Thursday, said it came
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1:29 PM ET Top Rank on Thursday made the Naoya Inoue-John Riel Casimero bantamweight title unification fight official, as well as the site, broadcast platform and key undercard bouts. The fight will take place April 25 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and it will headline a three-fight main card on ESPN+
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4:54 PM ET Middleweight world titlist Gennadiy Golovkin’s mandatory defense against Kamil Szeremeta remains unsettled and likely will move into at least April, Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn told ESPN on Wednesday. Initially, the plan was for Golovkin to defend against Szeremeta on Feb. 29, probably at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, but that was backed
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10:54 AM ET Featherweight world titleholder Josh Warrington has signed with Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing after parting ways with Hearn rival Frank Warren of Queensberry Promotions. Warren said in a statement issued on Wednesday that they had ended their relationship at the conclusion of his Warrington’s promotional agreement. “I am happy to say that
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Editor’s note: This story was originally published to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Mike Tyson-James “Buster” Douglas fight. Although 25 years have passed since James “Buster” Douglas’ absolutely shocking, 10th-round knockout of heretofore indestructible Mike Tyson on Feb. 11, 1990 at the Tokyo Dome, it still resonates all these years later with those who
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3:53 PM ET Artis Mack, the older brother of undisputed women’s middleweight and unified junior middleweight world champion Claressa Shields, reached a plea deal on Monday in the shocking weigh-in attack on James Ali Bashir, the trainer of a Shields’ opponent. Mack, 28, pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor aggravated assault in the 67th
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