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Habazin: Shields Doesn't Have Power; Just Constantly Punches

ATLANTIC CITY – Ivana Habazin credited Claressa Shields for her decisive victory Friday night. The Croatian contender didn’t make any excuses for her lopsided loss, either. She just wasn’t impressed b...

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Arum: Judge Who Had Hart Over Smith Should Be Banned

ATLANTIC CITY – Bob Arum has a close relationship with Jesse Hart, who has been promoted by Arum’s company throughout his pro career. Even Arum couldn’t believe one of the judges scored Hart the winne...

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Joe Smith Drops, Batters Jesse Hart For Solid Decision

By Keith Idec - ATLANTIC CITY – Joe Smith Jr. broke Bernard Hopkins’ Hart on Saturday night. For the second time in three years, the hard-hitting Long Island light heavyweight beat a favored Philadelp...

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Steven Nelson Breaks Down, Stops Cem Kilic in Eight

ATLANTIC CITY – Steven Nelson made the most of his biggest opportunity Saturday night. The Army veteran out-worked Cem Kilic and began beating him up to the point Kilic’s trainer, Buddy McGirt, had se...

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Garcia Gives Joseph Adorno Toughest Fight, 8-Round Draw

ATLANTIC CITY – Bob Arum’s matchmakers knew Hector Garcia would give Joseph Adorno much-needed rounds Saturday night. They didn’t realize just how rough those rounds would become for the unbeaten, 20-...

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Jesse Hart-Joe Smith Undercard Results From Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY – Corey Champion came to fight Saturday night. As tough as he was, Xander Zayas overpowered and out-classed him immediately in their four-round welterweight fight. Zayas, a 17-year-old h...

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Steven Nelson: Fight On ESPN 'Chance For World To See Me'

Steven Nelson mostly has fought on stablemate Terence Crawford’s undercards and off TV since he turned pro in March 2016. He is ready, Nelson believes, to capitalize on his opportunity Saturday night ...

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Joe Smith: Barrera's Not The Same; Hart Should've Stopped Him

NEW YORK – Joe Smith Jr. wasn’t impressed by Jesse Hart’s light heavyweight debut. Hart beat Sullivan Barrera by unanimous decision in their 10-rounder June 15 in Las Vegas, but Smith was surprised th...

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Claressa Shields Dominates Habazin, Now Three Division Champ

Claressa Shields Dominates Habazin, Now Three Division Champ

By Keith Idec - ATLANTIC CITY – About the only thing Claressa Shields didn’t do to Ivana Habazin on Friday night was knock her out. Shields essentially toyed with the out-classed Croatian contender fo...

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Jaron Ennis Drops Bakhtiyar Eyubov Twice, Stops Him in Four

ATLANTIC CITY – Jaron Ennis easily won another fight Friday night. Bakhtiyar Eyubov bravely tried his best to test the gifted Philadelphia welterweight, but the shorter, slower Eyubov was no match for...

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Cederroos Drops, Shocks Espinosa To Unify WBA, IBF Titles

ATLANTIC CITY – Elin Cederroos ruined Alicia Napoleon-Espinosa’s plan to fight Claressa Shields. The unknown, undefeated Swede knocked down Napoleon-Espinosa in the second round Friday night, which ac...

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Claressa Shields-Ivana Habazin - LIVE Results From Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY – Jacob Bonas initially looked like he would have a tough time Friday night with Christian Rivera. Rivera rocked Bonas with a right hand in the first round, but Bonas withstood that trou...

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Eyubov: It's Gonna Be Ennis' Hardest Fight; I'll Hunt Him Down

NEW YORK – Bakhtiyar Eyubov was one of the few welterweights in boxing willing to fight Jaron Ennis on Friday night for a reasonable amount of money. Eyubov believes he’ll justify that confidence by g...

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Jesse Hart-Joe Smith Weigh-In Results From Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY – Jesse Hart has expressed concern that he’ll fight with too much emotion when he faces Joe Smith Jr. on Saturday night. Hart wants revenge because Smith emphatically ended the career of...

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Hart: My Power's Not Being Taken Serious In Joe Smith Fight

Boxing bores Jesse Hart sometimes. The veteran light heavyweight knows it’s the safest, smartest path to victory for him. There are just times when Hart wants to go at it, even against a supposedly su...

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Habazin: Ali, Wolfe Would've Beat Shields' Ass; Braekhus Better

NEW YORK – Ivana Habazin doesn’t even consider Claressa Shields the best, pound-for-pound, among active female fighters, let alone the greatest women’s boxer of all time. That distinction, according t...

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Claressa Shields: Habazin's Soft; It’s Gonna Be 6 Rounds Or Less!

ATLANTIC CITY – Claressa Shields assured Ivana Habazin on Thursday that there’s nothing her upcoming opponent could say or do that’ll rattle her. The undefeated, undisputed middleweight champion promi...

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Jaron Ennis: This Is The Year Everyone Will See I'm An Elite Fighter

Jaron Ennis: This Is The Year Everyone Will See I'm An Elite Fighter

By Keith Idec - ATLANTIC CITY – Cameron Dunkin figured he’d have little trouble finding a ranked welterweight willing to fight Jaron Ennis on Friday night. Ennis’ promoter was afforded about twice as ...

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Shields-Habazin Weigh-In Goes Off Without Incident

ATLANTIC CITY – Other than typical trash talk, the Claressa Shields-Ivana Habazin weigh-in went off without incident Thursday. Shields, women’s boxing’s undisputed middleweight champion, officially we...

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Kownacki-Helenius Likely For March 7 At Barclays Center

Adam Kownacki hopes to challenge Deontay Wilder for the WBC heavyweight title one day at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. For now, the popular Polish contender will settle for facing a veteran heavyweight ...

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