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Alfred Kotey, Former World Champion & Olympian, Dies at 52

Former bantamweight world titleholder Alfred Kotey died of an undisclosed illness in the Bronx, New York, on Tuesday. He was 52. Kotey, who was born in Bukom, Ghana, on June 3, 1968, represented his c...

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Gvozdyk Speaks on Retirement, Beterbiev Loss, Stevenson Win, Teddy Atlas

Gvozdyk Speaks on Retirement, Beterbiev Loss, Stevenson Win, Teddy Atlas

By Dan Rafael - There was no news conference, no statement issued by promoter Top Rank and not so much as a tweet or Instagram post from the fighter. Instead, there were only brief comments from manag...

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Team Dalakian Denies Plans For Unification With Julio Cesar Martinez

Recent reports of an impending deal for a flyweight title unification fight between Julio Cesar Martinez and Artem Dalakian is news to Team Dalakian. Philippe Fondu, the agent who represents Ukraine’s...

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Andrew Cancio vs. Cesar Alan Valenzuela - July 16, Top Rank Card in Las Vegas

Former junior lightweight world titlist Andrew Cancio has a new opponent for his July 16 return to the ring for the first time since losing his belt to Rene Alvarado in November. Cancio will take on C...

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Kell Brook: Once I Beat Crawford, He Can Have a Rematch!

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum hopes to have welterweight world titlist Terence Crawford back in the ring in September or October and recently named four potential opponents in fellow titleholder Manny Pa...

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Michael Seals Reacts To Jesse Hart: I'm Ready, I'm F--king Bringing It!

Michael Seals has an answer for fellow light heavyweight contender Jesse Hart’s recent call out for a fight between them: Bring it on. “Out of nowhere he’s just saying my name,” Seals told BoxingScene...

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Cancio Excited For Fresh Start With Top Rank, Goossen, Wants Big Names at 130

Former junior lightweight world titlist Andrew Cancio has a new promoter, a new trainer and a new outlook as he aims for a fresh start after losing his belt by seventh-round knockout in November to Re...

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Hooker: I'd Fight Regis Prograis at 145, I Know I Can Beat Him!

Maurice Hooker still wants to fight fellow former junior welterweight world titlist Regis Prograis, but said he simply cannot do it at the 143-pound weight limit they had agreed to before their fight ...

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Sparrow Agrees To Face Abraham Nova in June 25 ESPN Co-Feature

Abraham Nova has a new opponent in Avery Sparrow for his co-feature on the Top Rank Boxing on ESPN card on June 25 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas -- assuming that the paperwork is completed....

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Jesse Hart Has Hand Surgery, Takes Aim at Michael Seals Clash

Five months after light heavyweight contender Jesse Hart suffered a torn tendon and ligament damage in his right hand he was finally able to have surgery to repair the injury on Friday. On Jan. 11, Ha...

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Toka Kahn Clary Pulls Out of ESPN Co-Feature Against Abraham Nova

Junior lightweight Toka Kahn Clary has pulled out of his fight with unbeaten up-and-comer Abraham Nova. Kahn Clary was scheduled to fight Nova in 10-round bout at a contract weight of 132 pounds insid...

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Arum Explains How "The Bubble" Will Work at Upcoming Top Rank Events

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is confident that his staff and the Nevada State Athletic Commission have prepared properly for the return of major boxing to the United States for the first time since the ...

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Abraham Nova vs. Toka Kahn Clary Planned By Top Rank For June 25 Card

While Top Rank has made its first two cards on June 9 and June 11 official as it returns to doing live boxing events without crowds because of the coronavirus pandemic, the company is also busy puttin...

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Hall of Famer Curtis Cokes, First Dallas Champion, Dies at Age 82

Former welterweight world champion Curtis Cokes, the first fighter from Dallas to win a world title and who would go on to become an International Boxing Hall of Famer, died of heart failure on Friday...

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Abner Mares Targets Joseph Diaz, Ryan Garcia: They Know I Bring a Good Name

Abner Mares Targets Joseph Diaz, Ryan Garcia: They Know I Bring a Good Name

By Dan Rafael - Former three-division world titlist Abner Mares has been out of the ring for two years, mainly due to injury, but he is anxious to fight again later this year and aiming for significan...

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Abner Mares Splits With Garcia, Training For Comeback With Robles

When former three-division world titlist Abner Mares returns to the ring later this year he will have a new head trainer in Manny Robles. Mares has parted ways with Robert Garcia and is now being trai...

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Joseph Diaz's Plans: Beat Farmer Again, Then 'Huge' Fight With Mares

Joseph Diaz's Plans: Beat Farmer Again, Then 'Huge' Fight With Mares

By Dan Rafael - Junior lightweight world titlist Joseph Diaz Jr. knows he is obligated to give former titlist Tevin Farmer a rematch even though he much prefers a showdown with three-division titlist ...

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Arum Eager To Be Ringside When Top Rank Cards Begin June 9 in Las Vegas

Promoter Bob Arum is ready for boxing to resume. He is ready to head home to Las Vegas, ready to re-open the doors of his Top Rank office building and ready to take his seat at ringside after spending...

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Magdaleno, Pedraza Fights in Works For Top Rank Cards in June

Fights involving former world titleholders Jessie Magdaleno and Jose Pedraza are on tap for June cards that Top Rank is in the process of putting together as it plans to bring boxing back with no spec...

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Golden Boy Aims For July 4 Return, Would Consider Canelo Fight Behind Closed Doors

Golden Boy Aims For July 4 Return, Would Consider Canelo Fight Behind Closed Doors

By Dan Rafael - Boxing promoters are busy making plans for bringing fights back this summer with most realizing that, at least initially, they will have to take place without spectators -- or the reve...

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