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Murat Gassiev Ends Two-Year Wait Saturday With Heavyweight Debut

The last time we saw Murat Gassiev under the limelight, he was attempting to become a cruiserweight kingpin against Oleksandr Usyk in the World Boxing Super Series final. Everything has seemingly gone...

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Eddie Hearn Looks To Implement UFC Model With One Champ Per Division By 2021

One month after beating Evander Holyfield in 1992, an undefeated Riddick Bowe, who was then an IBF and WBA champion as well, stripped himself of the WBC strap before the sanctioning body could do so b...

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Gervonta Davis: Gamboa Fight Wasn't My Best Performance, It Was Bad For My Fans

Days away from the biggest fight of his career against Leo Santa Cruz on Oct. 31 on Showtime pay per view, Gervonta Davis is having a mea culpa about his most recent match. Davis (23-0, 22 KOs) scored...

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Gervonta Davis' Weight Issues Have Been Blown Out Of Proportion, Ellerbe Says

As the boxing public waits for the clash between Gervonta Davis and Leo Santa Cruz on Halloween, the conversation has quickly shifted to Tank’s weight. Floyd Mayweather Jr., Davis' promoter, said his ...

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Never Leaving Las Vegas? Gervonta Davis Finds Training Focus In Sin City

Gervonta Davis has established a newfound focus in perhaps one of the world’s most distracting locales ahead of his Oct. 31 Showtime pay-per-view (9 p.m. ET / $74.99) junior lightweight fight against ...

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Khabib Nurmagomedov: You Have To Take Risks Like Tyson Fury To Become A Legend

“No risk it, no biscuit” — it’s a phrase famously expressed by the offensive-oriented coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Bruce Arians. "If you don't reach for greatness, you'll be average for the rest...

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Lomachenko: Lopez's Size, Reach Made It Difficult To Get To Him - Wants Rematch

Vasiliy Lomachenko was somewhat at a loss for words describing what had just transpired soon after he lost a unanimous decision to Teofimo Lopez last week in Las Vegas. Days after the fight had finish...

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Shakur Stevenson On Future Star Status: "I Feel Like I’m That Dude"

Shakur Stevenson has only been a professional since 2017, but he’s already won a world title at 126 and he’s eyeing another one soon at 130. The 23-year-old Stevenson (14-0, 8 KOs) is confident that h...

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De La Hoya: I'm Not Ducking Anyone During Comeback, I’m Already Down 20 Pounds

Hall of Fame fighter Oscar De La Hoya maintains that he’s serious about making a comeback as a fighter after officially making the announcement in August. The six-division champion De La Hoya (39-6, 3...

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Dana White: Zuffa Boxing Fights To Be Announced Soon, Pandemic Was Blessing

UFC president Dana White’s on-again, off-again venture into boxing is all systems go once more. White is currently in Yas Island in Abu Dhabi promoting Saturday’s UFC 254 showdown between Khabib Nurma...

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Errol Spence Wants Canelo Alvarez At 160 In Cowboys’ Stadium

Erroll Spence Jr. is planning some lofty goals for himself as he embarks on piecing his career back together. The WBC and IBF welterweight champion Spence Jr. is next scheduled to step into the ring a...

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De La Hoya: I Forgive Dana White - He Might Be Having Issues, Problems In Life

The back and forth verbal battle between Golden Boy Promotions head Oscar De La Hoya and UFC president Dana White has made headlines for years on end. White has never pulled back any punches on De La ...

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Lomachenko Undergoes Right Shoulder Surgery, Had Shot Before Lopez Fight To Alleviate Pain

Vasiliy Lomachenko's second career loss Saturday night to the hands of Teofimo Lopez has caused both emotional and physical pain. Lomachenko underwent right shoulder surgery Monday to repair his labru...

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Eddie Hearn: Deontay Wilder Has Vanished From Earth; Maybe He Wants To Retire

Matchroom Boxing head Eddie Hearn knows all too well about enforcing heavyweight championship rematches. Last year, Anthony Joshua shockingly lost to Andy Ruiz via stoppage in June, but Hearn and comp...

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Devin Haney: I Want Lomachenko Fight, So Does He - But Not His Team

Although Devin Haney and Vasiliy Lomachenko both have unfinished business ahead of them by way of separate opponents, the 21-year-old Haney is still looking forward to testing himself against one of t...

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WBC Prez: Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder Trilogy Still On - As Of Now

The long-awaited trilogy between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder has been stalled several times during the pandemic, and it now appears the WBC heavyweight champion Fury is counting out the fight altoge...

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Devin Haney: Yuriorkis Gamboa Is The Toughest Test Of My Career

WBC lightweight titlist Devin Haney is adamant that his 25th career bout will be his hardest one to date against Yuriorkis Gamboa, a fighter who’s old enough to be his father. The 21-year-old Haney wi...

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Lomachenko: Lopez Jr. Is Excellent Puncher, Has High Boxing IQ

Teofimo Lopez Jr. has expressed that he doesn’t respect Vasiliy Lomachenko or believe in his “hype train.” Although Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KOs) is a bit bothered by the recent rash of trash talk Lopez J...

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Ryan Garcia Named World's 12th Most Marketable Athlete; Joshua No. 31, Fury No. 32

Ryan Garcia’s ceiling outside of the ring is arguably as high as the one inside of it. SportsPro has released its rankings for “The World’s 50 Most Marketable Athletes” and the 22-year-old undefeated ...

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Lomachenko: Lopez Talks Too Much - If You Insult Me, Prepare For Pain

Vasiliy Lomachenko has so far conceded the bout in regard to the back-and-forth banter required to promote his fight against Teofimo Lopez Jr. Ahead of their lightweight unification match Oct. 17 from...

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