Alvarez drops Fielding four times in dominant win
Canelo Alvarez knocked down an overmatched Rocky Fielding four times and rolled to a third-round TKO win to capture a secondary super middleweight belt Saturday night.
Canelo punishes Fielding in TKO victory
Canelo Alvarez rolls to a third-round TKO win over Rocky Fielding to capture a secondary super middleweight belt on Saturday night.
Canelo a winner, and not only in the ring
Saturday's win wasn't Canelo Alvarez's most impressive, but it might have been the most significant, as he begins his $365 million deal with DAZN.
- Carl Frampton teetotal for third world title bid
- Farmer wins, retains junior lightweight title
- Hearn eyes Joshua-Wilder, Brook-Khan fights
- Canelo: Mayweather hurting boxing's credibility
Canelo: Our plan to hurt Fielding's body worked
New WBA "regular" super middleweight titlist Canelo Alvarez says Rocky Fielding made a mistake in trading shots with him.
Fielding vows to return after losing to Canelo
Super middleweight Rocky Fielding reflects on losing his title to Canelo Alvarez.
According to ESPN's Stats and Information team, Canelo Alvarez joins Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns as the only fighters in boxing history to win world titles at junior middleweight, middleweight and super middleweight.
Farmer wins, retains junior lightweight title
Tevin Farmer scored his third victory of the year with a one-sided, unanimous-decision victory over Francisco Fonseca on the Rocky Fielding-Canelo Alvarez undercard at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.
Canelo vs. Rocky
Our boxing team was in New York to bring you all the action from Canelo Alvarez's TKO victory over Rocky Fielding at Madison Square Garden.
Madison Square Garden lit up in the colors of the Mexican flag in honor of Canelo.
Is Canelo one of the top 10 Mexican boxers?
Unified middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez has accomplished a few things at the age of 28. But is he among the best in Mexican boxing history? Some fighters on that prestigious list share their opinion.
Unified heavyweight world titlist Anthony Joshua, left, actor Bruce Willis, center, and middleweight world titleholder Danny Jacobs, right, are at Madison Square Garden in New York City for the Canelo Alvarez vs. Rocky Fielding super middleweight title fight Saturday night. Photo by Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA.
The evolution that brought Canelo to Madison Square Garden
Canelo Alvarez will fight on the East Coast for the first time in 10 years. He will be at Madison Square Garden -- "The World's Most Famous Arena" -- on Saturday to take another step toward the apex of Mexican boxing.
Boxing's rich history at Madison Square Garden
Ahead of Canelo Alvarez vs. Rocky Fielding, Claudia Trejos recounts the long and deep history of boxing at Madison Square Garden.
Photos: The history of big fights at MSG
Willie Monroe's title shot versus WBC interim middleweight titleholder, Jermall Charlo, is in jeopardy as multiple sources have told ESPN.com that Monroe has tested positive for testosterone. This fight is scheduled to take place next Saturday night at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York. Monroe (23-3, 6 KOs) is enrolled in the WBC Clean Boxing Program which is administered under the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association. There is still no word on if Charlo (27-0, 21 KOs) will face someone else next week. VADA sent a letter (via email), dated on December 15, informing Monroe of an 'adverse analytical finding' on a urine sample that was collected on November 3. ESPN.com has contacted the WBC and the Premier Boxing Champions but have received no comment, as of this moment.
Light heavyweight world titlist Dmitry Bivol (15-0, 11 KOs), who retained his belt by lopsided decision over former champion Jean Pascal in the main event of the final edition of HBO’s “World Championship Boxing” on Nov. 24, is closing on a new broadcast deal, manager Vadim Kornilov told ESPN. “We should have a decision within a week and Bivol is planning to fight in March in the USA.” Bivol, 27, of Russia, who has made four title defenses, is a sought-after broadcast free agent with HBO’s exit from the boxing business.
Ramirez drops Skeete with haymaker in 2nd round
Diego Ramirez drops Bradley Skeete to the ground on a left-handed haymaker, as the referee calls the fight and Ramirez claims the vacant WBO title.
'Zurdo' rallies in 12th, edges Hart to retain title
Needing a big 12th round to keep his super middleweight title, Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez came through and eked out a close majority decision over Jesse Hart on Friday night.
Gilberto Ramirez shows toughness in majority win
With an injured left hand, Gilberto Ramirez manages to defeat Jesse Hart via majority decision on Friday night.
It was one-sided junior welterweight contest between Arnold Barboza and Manuel Lopez, as Barboza (20-0, 7 KOs) dominated from the very beginning and won every round (100-90 on all three judges scorecards) by consistently beating Lopez (14-3, 7 KOs) to the punch all night. Lopez, if anything, showed his toughness in going the distance, but he was simply out-classed. After the fight Barboza expressed interest in facing WBC 140 pound champion, Jose Ramirez.
Bantamweight Joshua Greer (19-1-1, 11 KOs) continued his impressive rise up the ratings at the America Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, as he scored a 7th round TKO of Daniel Lozano (15-5, 11 KOs). The flashy native of Chicago was simply too fast and slick for Lozano throughout the night. He out-boxed Lozano early on and then buzzed him the 5th round with a right hand and in the 7th after Lozano was knocked down with a three-punch combination at the end of the round, his corner waved off the fight before the 8th.
Mikaela Mayer (9-0, 4 KOs) remained undefeated by dominating the game, Calixta Salgado (17-11-3, 12 KOs) over eight rounds. She set the table early on by attacking the body and then Mayer landed hard right hands over the top that stunned Salgado in the later rounds. Overall, it was a solid effort from the former U.S. Olympian. All three judges had Mayer winning by the score of 80-72.
The youngest boxer ever signed by Top Rank, lightweight, Gabriel Flores (11-0, 5 KOs) remained undefeated by easily out-pointing Edward Kakembo (10-6, 2 KOs) over six rounds. Flores, who weighed 132.5 pounds for this fight, scored knockdowns in the 1st and 6th rounds. Flores,18, turned pro in 2017 and has notched six victories in 2018 as he continues his development.
Jamel Herring (19-2, 10 KOs) notched another victory by scoring an eight round decision over veteran journeyman, Adeilson Dos Santos (19-6, 15 KOs) at the America Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Herring, who weighed 132 pounds for this contest, floored Dos Santos in the first and second rounds and then cruised to victory.
Pound-for-pound rankings: Lomachenko still No. 1; Usyk makes a move
Another fight, another victory for Vasiliy Lomachenko. And after winning the World Boxing Super Series, cruiserweight unified champion Oleksandr Usyk climbed one spot. Who completes the top 10?
Middleweight world titlist Demetrius Andrade (26-0, 16 KOs), 30, of Providence, Rhode Island, will make his first defense against Artur Akavov (19-2, 8 KOs), 33, of Russia, on Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn’s Jan. 18 card (DAZN) at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, multiple sources with knowledge of the deal told ESPN on Friday. The deal, according to the sources, has been agreed to and was being put to paper with the fight likely to be announced Saturday. Andrade won a vacant belt by shutout decision over Walter Kautondokwa on Oct. 20. Akavov has won three fights in a row since losing a world title fight by competitive decision to Billy Joe Saunders in December 2016. Saunders was supposed to fight Andrade on Oct. 20 but gave up the belt rather than be stripped because of a positive test for a performance-enhancing drug.
Stephen A.: De La Hoya challenging Dana White was 'childish'
Stephen A. Smith explains why Oscar De La Hoya was in the wrong for challenging Dana White to a boxing match.
Dana White on De La Hoya: He's a liar and an idiot
Dana White calls out Oscar De La Hoya after he made comments that UFC athletes are complaining about the money they make.
Joshua calls out Wilder, Fury: I mean business
Anthony Joshua responded to Deontay Wilder's claim that Joshua did not want to fight him and also called out Tyson Fury in an impassioned appearance on ESPN's First Take.
Anthony Joshua: 'I'm willing to fight Deontay Wilder'
Canelo: Mayweather hurting boxing's credibility
Canelo Alvarez wants a Floyd Mayweather rematch, but first he is ready to step into the ring against super middleweight titlist Rocky Fielding on Saturday in New York.
ESPN+ will provide live coverage of Masayuki Ito's (24-1-1, 12 KOs) first defense of his WBO junior lightweight title against Evgeny Chuprakov (20-0, 10 KOs) from Japan on December 30. The broadcast will start at 4 a.m. ET. Also on this telecast will be the WBC junior flyweight title bout between Ken Shiro (14-0, 8 KOs) and Saul "Baby" Juarez (24-8-2, 13 KOs) and the match-up between Tauma Inoue (12-0, 3 KOs) and Petch Sor Chitpattana (48-0, 33 KOs) for the interim WBC bantamweight belt.
The Boxing Beat: Dan Rafael talks to super middleweight title contender Jesse Hart and junior lightweight world titleholder Tevin Farmer.
Despite rumors, the WBSS seems to be on its way to the semifinals. Richard Shaefer, that represents bantamweight participant Nonito Donaire in the tournament, told ESPN that the World Boxing Super Series I “well-funded and they are as excited as they were on day one about moving forward. As a matter of fact, the conversations are on-going, that hopefully within the next few weeks we'll come out with the schedule and the locations and the dates for the semi-finals and there are already conversations going on as to where the three finals will be hosted.”
Heavyweight contender Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (23-0-1, 20 KOs), 30, and interim titlist Trevor Bryan (20-0, 14 KOs), 29, are in talks to meet Jan. 18 (DAZN) at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. Greg Cohen, who co-promotes Miller with Dmitry Salita, told ESPN he's negotiating with Bryan promoter Don King for the fight, which would appear on Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn’s DAZN card. Miller’s last four fights have been on Hearn cards. Miller would be fighting for third time in four months if he fights on the card that is also expected to include middleweight world titlist Demetrius Andrade’s first defense. “We absolutely are trying to make the fight,” Cohen said. “It’s the interim champion against the highest-rated contender and they’re both from New York. It’s a natural.” Bryan claimed a vacant interim title by fourth-round knockout of B.J. Flores on Aug. 11.
Mayweather wants the bout in Russia, claims Khabib's father
Khabib Nurmagomedov's father confirmed a fight against Floyd Mayweather is among their plans in the near future.
Hollywood Horn! Jeff's story to be told in feature film
Australian boxer Jeff Horn's inspirational story is set to be brought to the big screen with Sydney-based film company Unbreakable Films preparing to begin production in mid-2019.
Sources are telling ESPN.com that Rob Brant (24-1, 16 KOs) will be making the first defense of his WBA "regular" middleweight title against Khasan Baysangurov (17-0, 7 KOs) on February 15. Brant, 28, captured this title by defeating Ryoto Murata over 12 one-sided rounds on October 20. This card -- which will be broadcast on ESPN -- could take place from Brant's home state of Minnesota.
Buster Douglas recounts the biggest upset in boxing history
James "Buster" Douglas is quick to point out he's not just a one-hit wonder. But Douglas will always be most remembered for what took place in Tokyo against Mike Tyson in 1990.
Buster Douglas: I wasn't impressed with the success Mike Tyson was having
When Douglas knocked out Tyson, he was fighting for more than just a win.
The road to Tyson-Douglas
The ESPN Films 30 for 30 presentation of "42 to 1" maps out the events leading up to Buster Douglas' historic upset of Mike Tyson in 1990.
As chairman of the IBF’s championship committee, Lindsey Tucker was one of the most significant figures in boxing behind the scenes when it came to sorting out IBF world title bouts and eliminators. A few weeks ago he resigned his position for undisclosed reasons. On Tuesday, IBF president Daryl Peoples appointed longtime IBF member Carlos Ortiz Jr. to replace Tucker. Ortiz has been a member of the IBF for 10 years and is also licensed as a ringside judge by the New York State Athletic Commission. He has judged more than 400 professional bouts including numerous world title bouts.
The first ShoBox telecast of 2019 has been set for January 11, undefeated lightweight prospect, Devin Haney (20-0, 13 KOs), will face Xolisani Ndongeni (25-0, 13 KOs) in a 10-round bout. Also featherweight, Ruben Villa (14-0, 5 KOs) takes on Carlos Vidal (14-0, 13 KOs) in a scheduled eight-round contest. There will be a third bout on this telecast on Showtime, that has yet to be finalized.
Dreaming of Lomachenko vs. Garcia? It's fantasy
After his victory on Saturday night, Vasiliy Lomachenko once again called for a lightweight unification fight with Mikey Garcia. But here's the cold reality: It's not happening anytime soon, if ever.
Khan, Brook should fight now or part ways
Is it time for the long-awaited showdown between former world titleholders Amir Khan and Kell Brook? It's now or never, writes Steve Kim.
Junior welterweight world titleholder Jose Ramirez (23-0, 16 KOs), 26, of Fresno, California, will make his second defense in the main event of a Top Rank Boxing on ESPN card on Feb. 10 -- a Sunday night -- Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti told ESPN on Tuesday. The site is not set yet but the aim is to have the fight in Fresno, where is a popular ticket seller, Moretti said. Ramirez won a vacant 140-pound title by lopsided decision over Amir Imam in March in New York and made his first defense in an action-packed but lopsided decision win against Antonio Orozco on Sept. 14 in Fresno.
HBO’s final boxing telecast, Saturday night’s “Boxing After Dark” tripleheader of mismatches, including two women’s bouts, from the StubHub Center in Carson, California, went out with perhaps the lowest viewership in the history of the once-great series. The main event, undisputed women’s welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus’s near-shutout of Aleksandra Magdziak-Lopes, averaged a miniscule 276,000 viewers and peaked at 347,000, according to Nielsen Media Research. The main event even got clobbered by the opening two fights on the card, though they were also poorly viewed. The co-feature, Juan Francisco Estrada’s one-sided seventh-round stoppage of Victor Mendez in a junior featherweight fight, averaged 300,000 viewers (326,000 peak). The opener, unified women’s middleweight titlist Claressa Shields averaged 339,000 viewers (379,000 peak).
Divisional rankings: Navarrete makes big jump at 122 pounds
Emanuel Navarrete's impressive victory over Isaac Dogboe earned him the No. 3 spot at junior featherweight. But what other changes appear in ESPN's boxing rankings? Dan Rafael reveals his new standings and what's next for the fighters.
Lomachenko decisions Pedraza to unify titles
Vasiliy Lomachenko was in control throughout Saturday, as he beat Jose Pedraza by unanimous decision in their lightweight world title unification bout.
Lomachenko outboxes Pedraza
Vasiliy Lomachenko scores two knockdowns in the 11th round and dominates Jose Pedraza to unify two lightweight world titles.
Lomachenko eyes unification bout vs. Mikey Garcia
Vasiliy Lomachenko speaks after defeating Jose Pedraza by decision and expresses his desire to unify the lightweight belts.
Junior welterweight Gary Antuanne Russell (7-0, 7 KOs), 22, a 2016 U.S. Olympian, and bantamweight Gary Antonio Russell (12-0, 10 KOs), 25, both of Capitol Heights, Maryland – and both the younger brothers of featherweight world titlist Gary Russell Jr. – were due to fight separate opponents on the Dec. 22 Premier Boxing Champions on Fox card at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, but both have withdrawn from their bouts due to personal reasons. Interim middleweight titlist Jermall Charlo will defend his belt against Willie Monroe Jr. in the main event and Jermell Charlo will defend his junior middleweight world title against Tony Harrison in the co-feature.
Promoter Bob Arum is bullish on the future of lightweight prospect, 21 year old, Teofimo Lopez (11-0, 9 KO), who made quite the statement by crushing Mason Menard in one round on Saturday night. Moving forward into 2019, Arum says, "We're going to step him up, the plan is for him to go in early February and then just keep moving him. I think by the second half of the year, testing him with Jose Pedraza would be really interesting." Pedraza, this past weekend went the distance in losing to Vasiliy Lomachenko in their lightweight unification bout.
Brian Castano (15-0, 11 KOs), 29, of Argentina, will defend his secondary junior middleweight belt against former longtime titleholder Erislandy Lara (25-3-2, 14 KOs), 35, a Cuban defector fighting out of Houston, in early 2019 on a Premier Boxing Champions card to be determined, Lara manager Luis DeCubas Jr. told ESPN on Monday. “We made a deal for the fight and we’re waiting on the exact details on when and where the fight will occur but it will be in the first quarter of next year,” DeCubas said. Castano made his first defense by 12th-round knockout of Cedric Vitu on Vutu’s turf in France in March but has not fought since. Lara has not boxed since April when he lost a split decision in a title unification fight a leading fight of the year candidate to Jarrett Hurd.
Diego Pacheco, a 17-year-old middleweight prospect and eight-time amateur national champion from Los Angeles, will make his professional debut in a four-rounder against an opponent to be determined on Zanfer Promotions’ Dec. 22 card in Tijuana, Mexico, manager Tim VanNewhouse told ESPN. The 6-foot-4 Pacheco has been sparring with super middleweight world titlist Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez in preparation for his rematch with Jesse Hart on Friday. Although Pacheco signed with promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, VanNewhouse said he will also fight on some Zanfer cards due to their good relationship and the busy scheduled Pacheco intends to keep. It is also part of the effort to promote Pacheco in the U.S. and Mexico.
KO of the year? Lopez does the Heisman after one-punch KO
Teofimo Lopez knocks out Mason Menard with a brutal right hand then dons a Kyler Murray jersey and does the Heisman pose.
Lopez after Menard KO: 'The takeover has begun'
Teofimo Lopez says he "wanted to test" Mason Menard early in the first round and expects to be wearing a world champion belt in 2019.
Teofimo Lopez celebrated his KO victory in Round 1 over Mason Menard with a back flip. Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank.
- Carl Frampton teetotal for third world title bid
- Farmer wins, retains junior lightweight title
- Hearn eyes Joshua-Wilder, Brook-Khan fights
- Canelo: Mayweather hurting boxing's credibility
- Sources: Wilder-Fury generates 325K PPV buys
- Rigondeaux to fight in January after 1-year break
- Top Rank: Lomachenko's return set for April 12
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