Boxing

11:23 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 Brad Foster has said a sterile venue without fans will not stop him producing an exciting display in the first professional boxing event in
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11:52 PM ET Steve KimESPN Former two-time world champion Jose Pedraza was in excellent form on Thursday as he dominated Mikkel LesPierre, dropping his opponent twice in the 144-pound catchweight bout in the main event of a Top Rank card in Las Vegas. The scorecards read 100-88, 99-89 and 99-89 in favor of Pedraza (27-3),
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1:41 PM ET Steve KimESPN Heavyweight Carlos Takam will face Jerry Forrest in a 10-round heavyweight fight in the main event of a Top Rank on ESPN card on July 9 at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. Takam replaces Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller, who was scheduled to face Forrest before being pulled
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9:24 PM ET Steve KimESPN The WBC has ordered a fight between Luke Campbell and Ryan Garcia for the organization’s interim lightweight title. This opportunity became available after the WBC’s top-rated lightweight, Javier Fortuna, opted to face Jorge Linares on Aug. 28. Campbell and Garcia are ranked second and third by the WBC, respectively. “I’m
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Jul 2, 2020 Steve KimESPN After losing his WBA junior bantamweight crown to Joshua Franco on June 23 in a hard-fought battle, Andrew Moloney is going to get a rematch, he announced Thursday. “I’m extremely excited to announce that I will be having a rematch with Joshua Franco,” Moloney said in a post on Twitter.
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1:21 PM ET Steve KimESPN One of the proposed dates for the third fight in the trilogy between WBC heavyweight titlist and lineal champion Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder is Dec. 19, Top Rank president Todd duBoef said. “Us, and the Fury and Wilder camps are targeting that as one of the potential dates,” duBoef
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10:53 PM ET ESPN’s top pound-for-pound fighter has a new date to face one of boxing’s rising stars. Lightweight titlist Vasiliy Lomachenko is scheduled to face Teofimo Lopez in a unification bout on Sept. 19, Top Rank chief Bob Arum told ESPN’s Mark Kriegel. Lomachenko, who holds the WBO and WBA lightweight belts, was initially
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12:15 PM ET Steve KimESPN Highly regarded welterweight Vergil Ortiz will face veteran Samuel Vargas on July 24 in Golden Boy’s first fight card since the coronavirus pandemic put a halt to boxing events across the world in mid-March. The card will take place at the Fantasy Springs Casino Resort in Indio, California. “We’re just
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9:20 PM ET Three days after failing a drug test and having his July 9 fight against Jerry Forrest canceled, Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller made his first public comments about the failure, pushing back against the allegations. “I have never, ever willingly taken a steroid for performance-enhancing purposes,” Miller told Fight Network. “Did I take
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12:23 PM ET Steve KimESPN Three-time world champion Jorge Linares (47-5, 29 KOs) will face Javier Fortuna (35-2-1, 24 KOs) on Aug. 28 at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, California. After Linares dispatched Carlos Morales in four rounds on Feb. 14, a showdown with the undefeated Ryan Garcia was heavily bandied about
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5:07 PM ET Steve KimESPN WBC flyweight champion Julio Cesar Martinez will be defending his title against top-rated McWilliams Arroyo on Aug. 15 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Women’s welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus will also fight Jessica McCaskill on this card. The 25-year-old Martinez (16-1-1, 12 KOs) is an aggressive, hard-hitting fighter who won the vacant title
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