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De La Hoya Interested in Making Vergil Ortiz vs. Terence Crawford Title Fight

Welterweight contender Vergil Ortiz Jr., the explosive 2019 prospect of the year, has been moving up the ladder at quick pace and his promoter, Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya, believes he is ready to...

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De La Hoya Has Designs On Fighting Golovkin in Comeback Fight. Seriously.

As Oscar De La Hoya, who has not fought since 2008, continues training and planning to come out of retirement there has been much discussion about who might serve as the Golden Boy’s comeback opponent...

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De La Hoya Plans To Stage Garcia-Campbell On Cancun Beach or Near Aztec Pyramids

Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya is planning an exotic location to host his company’s next event, which is scheduled to be headlined by rising lightweight star Ryan Garcia taking on Luke Cam...

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CSAC Releases $80K Purse To Flores Following Review of KO Loss To Luis Ortiz

The California State Athletic Commission on Monday released heavyweight Alexander Flores’ $80,000 purse after initially withholding it for possible lack of effort in a first-round knockout loss to for...

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Caleb Plant Hoped To Face Canelo in December - But Deal Didn’t Work Out

When Canelo Alvarez was looking for an opponent to fight this past May on Cinco de Mayo weekend, before the coronavirus pandemic shut down the sports world for several months, super middleweight world...

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Arum Stands By Crawford Comments, Disinterested in Promoting His Fights

Arum Stands By Crawford Comments, Disinterested in Promoting His Fights

By Dan Rafael - Top Rank chairman Bob Arum has taken heat for the comments he recently made about losing money on welterweight world titlist Terence Crawford fights and how Crawford, in his view, need...

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Juan Domingo Roldan, Who Challenged Hagler and Hearns, Dies at 63

Former three-time middleweight world title challenger Juan Domingo Roldan, the powerful and rugged Argentinean, died from Covid-19 on Wednesday in his hometown of San Francisco, Argentina. He was 63....

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Michael Hunter Wants Filip Hrgovic But Has Three-Fight Plan in Works While Waiting

Heavyweight contender Michael Hunter has rarely heard a name opponent voice a desire to fight him, so he was quite pleased when fast-rising Filip Hrgovic did just that. Hrgovic had just polished off v...

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Joe Smith vs. Maxim Vlasov Ordered For Vacant WBO Light Heavyweight Title

Light heavyweight contenders Joe Smith Jr. and Maxim Vlasov on Tuesday were ordered to meet for the vacant WBO world title. The WBO sent a letter to Star Boxing promoter Joe DeGuardia, Smith’s co-prom...

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Oubaali Out of Donaire Fight Because He Has COVID-19, Says Adviser

Nordine Oubaali has dropped out of a bantamweight world title defense against mandatory challenger and four-division champion Nonito Donaire because he is ill with Covid-19, not because he had issues ...

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Ike Quartey Wants Rematch if De La Hoya Comes Back: 'Vengeance is Sole Motivation'

As Oscar De La Hoya, the International Boxing Hall of Famer, trains for a possible comeback he said he was serious about in August, it remains to be seen just who he might fight if his return becomes ...

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Canelo vs. Callum Smith: Hearn Confirms Talks Ongoing For December on DAZN

Canelo Alvarez, just a few days removed from settling a breach of contract lawsuit with DAZN that brought to an end his exclusive association with the sports streaming service, the Mexican superstar c...

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Wilder Taking Fury To Mediation in Attempt To Force a Third Fight

Former heavyweight world titlist Deontay Wilder is taking world champion Tyson Fury to mediation in an effort to force what Wilder’s team believes is his contractual right to a third fight with Fury n...

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Tureano Johnson Reflects on Terrible Cut vs. Jaime Munguia, Desire For Rematch

There certainly have been some gruesome ring injuries over the years. A couple of that might come to mind are the horrendous cuts around the left eye of Vitali Klitschko in his heavyweight world title...

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Canelo is a Free Agent. So Now What?

Canelo is a Free Agent. So Now What?

By Dan Rafael - Superstar Canelo Alvarez, regarded by many as boxing’s No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter, has won belts in four divisions from junior middleweight to light heavyweight, and says he is will...

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Sources: As De La Hoya Trains For Comeback, Maidana Emerges as Possible Opponent

The latest signal that Oscar De La Hoya is indeed serious about making a return to the ring after 12 years in retirement is that his team has begun to talk about possible opponents, and it could be fo...

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Arum, NSAC's Bennett Take Issue With Wilder's Accusations Regarding Fury Rematch

The video former heavyweight world titlist Deontay Wilder posted this week on social media and other comments he has made in interviews has caused quite a stir and caught the eye of Top Rank’s Bob Aru...

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Herring vs. Frampton Could Move To January To Assure U.S. Broadcast

The fight between junior lightweight world titlist Jamel Herring and former two-division titlist Carl Frampton, which is penciled in for Dec. 19 in the United Kingdom, could move into January to ensur...

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Arum Expects Berchelt vs. Valdez To Be Fight of The Year Candidate

Top Rank chairman Bob Arum was just a couple of days removed from having promoted the highly significant fight between Teofimo Lopez and Vasiliy Lomachenko, which Lopez won by unanimous decision to un...

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Mayweather Olympic Gear Up For Auction - But He Claims It Was Stolen

Eight pieces of gear used by legend Floyd Mayweather during his run to a bronze medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics are up for auction but with Mayweather claiming the goods were stolen from him years ...

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