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Ryan Martin Recalls Past Regressions, Looks Forward To Future

Ryan Martin is ready to resume his career after undergoing a roundabout rebuild. Since last November, his life has been a dark and turbulent ride. First, he suffered his first career defeat when he wa...

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De La Hoya: GGG Has To 'Earn His Spot' To Get Canelo Trilogy!

Golden Boy Promotions might be putting the final touches on Canelo Alvarez’s next contract, widely believed to be a light heavyweight showdown against Sergey Kovalev. But one Canelo counterpart who’ll...

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Juan Francisco Estrada vs. Kal Yafai in Play For December 14

The junior bantamweight division is looking to identify a unified champion. A fight between WBC and The Ring Magazine champion Juan Francisco Estrada and WBA titlist Khalid Yafai is being negotiated f...

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Oscar De La Hoya: Canelo Alvarez 'Very Close To Signing a Deal'

Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs) has made it clear in recent months that he wants to move up two divisions and fight the WBO light heavyweight champion Kovalev (34-3-1, 29 KOs). While he was promoting his fig...

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Shakur Stevenson-Joet Gonzalez Strike Deal, Avoid Purse Bid

Top Rank and Golden Boy agreed to a deal Friday and avoided a purse bid for the WBO-ordered featherweight fight between Shakur Stevenson and Joet Gonzalez, multiple sources aware of the agreement told...

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Tureano Johnson To Fight Magomed Madiev in WBA Eliminator

Tureano Johnson went from preparing for his next fight to helping his people fight for their lives as Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas. Johnson, who was born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas and r...

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Xu-Robles, Ellis-Gomez Added To Cancio-Alvarado Card, 11/23

Golden Boy is stuffing the undercard of its Nov. 23 show with another WBA title fight, set to take place the weekend before Thanksgiving. The event will be headlined by 130-pound WBA champion Andrew ...

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Azat Hovhannisyan KOs Franklin Manzanilla in WBA Eliminator

LOS ANGELES—Azat Hovhannisyan is one step closer to another world title opportunity. The hard-punching and crowd-pleasing Armenian contender defeated Franklin Manzanilla in a one-sided washing via fo...

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Alex Saucedo vs. Rod Salka Added To Berchelt-Sosa Card, Nov. 2

Alex Saucedo is ready to return to the ring nearly one year after his first career loss. Saucedo (28-1, 18 KOs) will take on Rod Salka (24-5, 4 KOs) in an eight-round fight on Nov. 2, Saucedo’s manag...

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Azat Hovhannisyan: 'I have a lot riding on the line' vs. Manzanilla

Azat Hovhannisyan and Franklin Manzanilla will walk into the ring Thursday looking to further separate themselves from the pack in the junior featherweight division. The hard-punching, 122-pound cont...

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Nikoloz Sekhniashvili Inks Promotional Pact With Top Rank

Top Rank has tapped into the overseas market to sign a new prospect to its promotional stable. Bob Arum’s company has reached a pact with up-and-coming Georgian middleweight Nikoloz Sekhniashvili (4-0...

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Julian Williams on Hurd's Withdrawal: Smart Move if You Ask Me!

The rematch between Julian Williams and Jarrett Hurd, originally slated but never officially announced for Dec. 14, is now off of the table. BoxingScene.com’s Keith Idec reported earlier Wednesday tha...

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Miguel Berchelt to defend WBC title vs. Jason Sosa on Nov. 2 in LA

After holding the first ever boxing fight card at the venerable Banc of California Stadium in August, Top Rank is returning back to the Los Angeles market in November with an ESPN show at the “Ward Gr...

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Oscar Valdez Has Date For 130 Debut As Berchelt, Herring Loom

Earlier this month, Oscar Valdez vacated his WBO featherweight title because it was time to move on from the 126-pound division, a weight class he’d been fighting at his entire career. Valdez (26-0, 2...

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Ferdinand Kerobyan Drops Evangelista Four Times, Wins Via TKO

Ferdinand Kerobyan wanted to make a ferocious comeback after dealing with an adversity-laden loss in March. He emphatically made his return as the main event of the Golden Boy Promotions card Friday i...

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Ferdinand Kerobyan Seeks Statement Win As Golden Boy Headliner

Ferdinand Kerobyan had to throw his entire game plan out of the window 13 seconds into his last fight against Blair Cobbs in March. In a battle between unbeaten prospects, the 21-year-old Kerobyan wa...

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Anthony Dirrell Will Be Looking For The KO With David Benavidez

Anthony Dirrell is currently the proud owner of the WBC super middleweight championship. But he didn’t necessarily take it away from the previous owner. The heralded green belt fell in his lap after D...

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Blair Cobbs : I Believe I Am The Best In The World!

Blair Cobbs strut into the squared circle last Thursday night bringing back shades of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and let off a roaring “Whooo!” as if he were Ric Flair. But then the WWE show stopped as...

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McGirt: Kovalev Proved Critics Wrong, He's Ready For Canelo!

Sergey Kovalev survived a serious scare Saturday against Anthony Yarde. In the eighth round of their fight, the Brit was manhandling the Russian and seemed moments away from securing a stunning upset....

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Juan Francisco Estrada Drops, Stops Dewayne Beamon in Ninth

Centro de Usos Multiples, Hermosillo - In his first defense of the WBC super flyweight world championship, Juan Francisco Estrada (40-3, 27 KOs) broke down and stopped Dewayne Beamon (16-2-1, 11 KOs) ...

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