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Deontay Wilder: Im a Hall of Famer Right Now - I'm a King

LOS ANGELES—When Deontay Wilder won the WBC title in 2015, it was the first time an American heavyweight held a title from one of the major sanctioning bodies since the Brooklyn-Born Shannon Briggs he...

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Inside The Relationship Between Errol Spence and The Porters

LOS ANGELES—One of the story angles that’s been discussed ahead of the Errol Spence Jr. versus Shawn Porter fight on Fox pay per view this Saturday is that both fighters and camps are familiar with on...

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Spence-Porter To Earn $2 million Each; Benavidez-Dirrell $1M

Errol Spence Jr. and Shawn Porter will each earn $2 million for their fight Saturday night at the Staples Center, a California State Athletic Commission official who reviewed the contracts each fighte...

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David Benavidez: My Goal is To Be The Best of My Generation

David Benavidez has lofty goals heading into his fight with Andre Dirrell on Sept. 28 as the co-featured fight to the Errol Spence Jr-Shawn Porter brawl. He wants to steal the show, win the WBC super ...

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Porter on Spence: I Respect and Admire His Dominance

Errol Spence Jr. has the ingredients to be a great fighter, but Shawn Porter wants to pump the brakes on his adversary’s ascending career. “I respect and admire his dominance. Both of us are supposed ...

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Spence: Shawn Porter Will Be Tough Test For Me in Classic Fight

Shawn Porter has a propensity for being a rough and rugged fighter and bringing a tough fight in the pocket to his opponents. Errol Spence, his opponent Saturday night at Staples Center, is an aggress...

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Golovkin Looks To Banks For Rhythm, Movement and Timing

LOS ANGELES—Gennadiy Golovkin and Johnathon Banks will walk into their IBF middleweight title bout Oct. 5 against Sergiy Derevyanchenko as a unit for just the second time. Their first camp for the St...

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David Benavidez Wasn't "Trying To Kill" Porter in Sparring

Shawn Porter and David Benavidez had a 10-round sparring session together to prepare for their respective bouts as headliner and co-headliner on Sept. 28 for FOX’s pay-per-view card from the Staples C...

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Jose Benavidez's Leg Will Be 80% At Best, Father Says

José Benavidez Jr. had to pull out of his August fight against Luis Collazo after suffering a left leg injury. In August 2016, Benavidez Jr. was shot in the right leg, just above the knee and the bull...

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Jaron Ennis To Serve as Co-Feature For Showtime’s Shields Fight

Jaron Ennis is wasting no time getting back into the ring with hopes of extending his streak of 13 straight knockouts. Ennis (23-0, 21 KOs) will return to the squared circle on Oct. 5 against Demian D...

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Freddie Roach is High on Narek Abgaryan, His Newest Fighter

Slick. Crafty. Clever — kind of like Willie Pep. Those are just some of the words and phrases Freddie Roach uses to describe Narek Abgaryan, the newest fighter that is training under his tutelage. Ab...

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Canelo on Ryan Garcia: 'If He's Happy, That Keeps Me Happy'

Canelo Alvarez showed outward signs of support to Golden Boy stablemate and co-training partner Ryan Garcia on social media throughout the last week as the touted prospect went on a Twitter tirade exp...

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Canelo Alvarez After Selfie With Kovalev: He's "One of The Best"

Canelo Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev will square off and throw fists at each other come Nov. 2, but there is plenty of mutual admiration between the two foes until the first bell rings. On Wednesday, Kov...

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Canelo To Return at 160, But Not vs. GGG: 'We're Finished'

Canelo Alvarez’s quest in adding a light heavyweight crown and becoming a four-division champion could be short lived in the 175-pound division. Alvarez said Wednesday be plans to drop the 15 pounds h...

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Inside Ryan Garcia and Golden Boy's Tumultuous Weekend

Romero Duno wore a T-shirt following his win against Ivan Delgado on Saturday that said “Ryan Garcia, Next, Stop Running.” The message from the Filipino fighter was clear. He was growing tired of the ...

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De La Hoya: Munguia Was Best Option After Canelo To Rep Date

Jaime Munguia will be fighting Saturday on a date that’s been entirely reserved for Canelo Alvarez ever since Alvarez first became a stateside sensation. Since 2010, Alvarez has fought seven times on ...

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Sparrow Arrested Over April Gun Incident, Ryan Garcia Fight Off

The fight between Ryan Garcia and Avery Sparrow has been suddenly canceled because Sparrow was arrested Friday mere hours before his scheduled weigh-in, Russell Peltz, Sparrow’s promoter, told BoxingS...

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Navarrete's Promoter Very Open To Make Leo Santa Cruz Bout

Zanfer Promotions head Fernando Beltran is enjoying a hot streak right now presiding over a stable highlighted by Juan Francisco Estrada, Jaime Munguia, Miguel Berchelt, Luis Nery, José Uzcátegui and ...

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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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