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Ryan Garcia: Can Only Become Greater Learning From Reynoso, Canelo

DALLAS—With five knockouts in as many fights with his current team, it’s safe to say that Ryan Garcia will never look back. The unbeaten lightweight saw his career soar to new heights, even amidst his...

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Joseph Diaz Eager To End 130-Pound Title Unification Drought

Joseph ‘JoJo’ Diaz was still in middle school at the time of the last title unification fight to have taken place in the junior lightweight division. Marco Antonio Barrera’s 12-round win over Robbie P...

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Demetrius Andrade-Liam Williams Middleweight Title Fight Re-Ordered By WBO

Demetrius Andrade is once again forced to entertain a backup plan for his next ring adventure. The undefeated two-division and reigning middleweight titlist has been ordered to enter negotiations for ...

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Kovalev vs. Melikuziev Officially Canceled After Failed Drug Test

As Sergey Kovalev attempts to clear his name, Bektemir Melikuziev is now left without a fight. The planned crossroads showdown between the two is longer in the works, with the entire Jan. 30 show now ...

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Rey Vargas Moves Up To Featherweight, Named WBC Mandatory Challenger To Gary Russell Jr.

The next fight in the career of long-reigning featherweight titlist Gary Russell Jr. could come against the division’s latest entrant. Rey Vargas has been named as the mandatory challenger to the Worl...

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Inoue, Dasmarinas Reach Terms For Mandatory Title Fight, Purse Bid Cancelled

Naoya Inoue's continued quest for bantamweight supremacy will now include a Hot and Spicy mandatory title defense. The undefeated three-division and reigning unified 118-pound titlist will next face P...

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Angelo Leo: Wasn't My Best Performance Last Fight, Fans Didn't Get To See Best Of Me Yet

Winning the title was never the end game for Angelo Leo. Defending it is a step in that direction, though more so an opportunity to show all the things he didn’t have the chance to offer in his last o...

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Haney: If Garcia Don't Want It, We'll Keep Going Down The Line To Teofimo or Fortuna

DALLAS—There isn’t much left for Devin Haney to do other than put his title up for grabs and accept the best challenge to come his way. The unbeaten 22-year old remains on the hunt for a planned April...

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Hopkins: Melikuziev's Team Confident He Would Have KO'd Sergey Kovalev

Bernard Hopkins was waiting for the next name to be mentioned after the team for Bektemir Melikuziev came to him with the first one on the list. The ambitious handlers behind the unbeaten Melikuziev i...

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Melikuziev Still Wants Kovalev Fight, Doesn't Care About Failed Test

For as much concern expressed over facing Sergey Kovalev this early into his career, fight night can’t come soon enough for Bektemir Melikuziev. Apparently, it’s the only way he can convince the masse...

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Adrien Broner, Michel Rivera In Advanced Talks For Feb. 13 Showtime Headliner

Adrien Broner’s intended comeback showcase could instead turn into a major crossroads bout. Rising lightweight prospect Michel ‘La Zarza’ Rivera has emerged as a leading candidate to next face the for...

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Joseph Diaz: More Motivating Knowing I'm Fighting For My Family, For My Newborn Kid

Joseph Diaz can barely remember the last year-end holiday season spent outside of a training camp. Preparation for a Feb. 13 junior lightweight title defense versus Shavkat Rakhimov will mark the four...

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Teofimo Lopez: My Body Is Ready To Move Up, One Or Two Fights Left At 135

Teofimo Lopez looks to enjoy another Fighter of the Year-worthy campaign in the year ahead. What he can’t envision happening 12 months from now is a scenario where his body still allows him to serve a...

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NSAC Approves Feb. 13, Feb. 20 Top Rank Shows To Take Place In Vegas

Top Rank isn’t quite yet ready to get the (he)ck out of Las Vegas. The first two shows of 2021 for the longtime promotional powerhouse will remain in its home base, with separate ESPN telecasts on Feb...

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Josh Warrington To Return Feb. 13; Xu Can Title Unification Bout Eyed For Springtime

Josh Warrington's 2021 campaign will include a showdown with Xu Can, just not in his very next fight. An announcement in the coming days from Matchroom Boxing will include the unbeaten IBF featherweig...

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Kovalev-Melikuziev Relocates From Moscow To Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California

Bektemir Melikuziev was prepared to hit the road for his biggest pro fight to date. That opportunity will now take place down the block. A major location change has come of the upcoming crossroads cla...

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Ward: I Am Cautiously Optimistic We're Gonna See Spence-Crawford In Late 2021

Andre Ward continues to serve as the voice of reason… as well as hold out hope for fight to be made between two of the premiere pound-for-pound entrants in the world today. Gone is another year where ...

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Zanfer Confirms Estrada-Chocolatito II On As Scheduled, Dismisses Rumors To Contrary

One of the most anticipated fights on the 2021 1st quarter schedule remains very much intact. Rumors have swirled of potential issues surrounding the 115-pound unification clash between Juan Francisco...

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Albert Bell Among Foes Under Consideration For Feb. 20 ESPN Date Versus Gabriel Flores Jr.

Albert Bell is ready to step up for what would be the biggest fight of his career to date. The unbeaten junior lightweight contender has raised his hand to next face Gabriel Flores Jr., who is suddenl...

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Shakur Stevenson Seeks To Block Herring-Frampton, Enforce WBO Mandatory Status

Shakur Stevenson is not interested in waiting any longer than legally required in his pursuit of a second divisional crown. The former featherweight titlist remains the number-one contender to the WBO...

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