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Make no mistake: This is a real punishment for Canelo

The six-month suspension will be a legitimate hit for Canelo Alvarez because he will miss out on an eight-figure payday on May 5. But he will still make that kind of cash when he returns this fall against Gennady Golovkin, says Dan Rafael.

Kellerman: GGG-Canelo is 'grudge match now.'

Max Kellerman says with Canelo Alverez being suspended six months, his fight against Gennady Golovkin will be more than an exciting rematch.


Khan vs. Lo Greco


Lo Greco takes a dig at Khan ahead of fight

The fireworks between Amir Khan and Phil Lo Greco may have stayed in the box during the final press conference ahead of the pair's Saturday night bout, but Lo Greco could not resist a dig at his British rival.

Khan's career has been full of thrills and spills, but it's not over yet

It's nice to see the sparkle back in Amir Khan's eyes, replacing the disturbing blank look he had the last time he was in a boxing ring after a fight. But, ahead of his return on Saturday, there's still work to be done, writes Steve Bunce.

Why Amir Khan will always be a box office draw.

Steve Bunce explains why British boxing fans will always be excited by an Amir Khan fight, no matter who he's fighting.



Canelo suspended

NSAC: Canelo to serve 6-month suspension

Boxer Canelo Alvarez will serve a six-month suspension for failing two drug tests.

Okamoto: Suspension doesn't eliminate Alvarez-GGG fight.

Brett Okamoto explains that despite being suspended for six months, Canelo Alvarez could still fight Gennady Golovkin this year.


Canelo Alvarez

Bob Bennett: 'Boxers are responsible for what they ingest.'

Bob Bennett, executive director of the Nevada State Athletics Commission, said the NSAC was following protocol with the suspension of Canelo Alvarez.


Abel Sanchez: This puts a little more pressure on Canelo.

Gennady Golovkin's trainer, Abel Sanchez, reacts to Canelo Alvarez's suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.


Carl Frampton vs. Nonito Donaire

Frampton: Donaire 'the best fighter that I will have ever fought'

Former featherweight titlist Carl Frampton has a lot of respect for Nonito Donaire. Frampton also knows a victory against the former fighter of the year on Saturday will earn him another title opportunity.

Frampton to hit Donaire with improved stamina

Carl Frampton faded in the later rounds of his points victory over Horacio Garcia, but he believes his stamina is much improved ahead of his bout with Nonito Donaire.

Gennady Golovkin

Golovkin-Martirosyan bout finalized for May 5

With Canelo Alvarez facing a likely suspension for two failed drug tests, Gennady Golovkin has finalized plans to face Vanes Martirosyan on May 5.

IBF to GGG: Risk your belt if you fight Vanes

A source told ESPN that the IBF has informed Gennady Golovkin's camp through a letter that it won't approve a potential bout against Vanes Martirosyan and would likely strip Golovkin of the belt if the fight takes place.



Matthysse: Pacquiao fight 'a dream come true'

Defending welterweight world titlist Lucas Matthysee admitted he is honored to fight a legendary fighter in Manny Pacquiao.

Lucas Matthysse plans to knock Manny Pacquiao out.

Lucas Matthysse is set to defend his World Boxing Association welterweight title against Manny Pacquiao on July 14.



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Ghana boxing enjoys resurgence in interest

After a long period of disinterest, boxing in Ghana is enjoying something of a resurgence, according to boxing great Azumah Nelson.

Jessie Magdaleno: 'I'm going to knock [Dogboe] his head off.'

Magdaleno (25-0, 18 KOs), a 26-year-old southpaw from Las Vegas, will face off against Isaac Dogboe of Ghana on April 28th.



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Murata KO's Blandamura in one-sided defense

Defending his 160-pound belt for the first time, Ryota Murata had an easy time in knocking out Emanuele Blandamura in the eighth round.

Murata defends title with 11th career KO.

Ryota Murata knocks out Emanuele Blandamura with a right hand in the eighth round to retain his WBA belt in Yokohama, Japan.


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Watch as WBA "regular" middleweight titleholder Ryota Murata stops Emanuele Felice Blandamura in Yokohama, Japan.


Pacquiao cuts ties with longtime trainer Roach

After 16 years and 34 fights together, Manny Pacquiao has fired trainer Freddie Roach. For his upcoming fight with Lucas Matthysse, Pacquiao will be trained by Restituto "Buboy" Fernandez and Raides "Nonoy" Neri.

Freddie Roach's long list of achievements.

With his career achievements, coach Freddie Roach will be hard to replace.


Manny Pacquiao-Freddie Roach partnership timeline.

Manny Pacquiao cutting ties to Freddie Roach marks the end of one of boxing's most successful boxer-trainer partnerships.


Gennady Golovkin

GGG promoter on May 5: 'Nothing is finalized'

Gennady Golovkin is still without a replacement fight or a venue following the cancellation of his May 5 bout against Canelo Alvarez.

O'Sullivan declines to fight GGG on May 5

Gary "Spike" O'Sullivan had been the leading candidate to fight Gennady Golovkin, but it remains to be seen whether Golovkin will go forward with a fight on May 5.

Should GGG fight on May 5? What's next for Hurd, DeGale?

With no opponent yet signed, no undercard announced and only 27 days left, Dan Rafael believes the best course of action for Gennady Golovkin is to forget about a fight on May 5. He also shares what could be in the future for Jarrett Hurd, James DeGale.

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Vargas TKOs Salka; Cancio beats Sharibayev

Former titleholder Francisco Vargas continued his comeback Thursday night with a TKO of Rod Salka in the sixth round of a scheduled 10-rounder.

Vargas TKOs Salka in sixth round.

Francisco "El Bandido" Vargas defeats Rod Salka via sixth-round TKO to continue his push toward a run at another world title.



Tyson Fury

Fury's career was 'done and dusted' - father

Tyson Fury's father John Fury has admitted he did not expect his son to ever return to the ring following on from his personal struggles.

What does Fury's return mean for Joshua and company?

Former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is back, but what does this mean for Fury himself, titlists Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder and the rest of the heavyweight division?

Joshua responds to Fury comeback

Anthony Joshua has laid down the gauntlet for Tyson Fury following his British rival's comeback announcement.

Tyson Fury

Fury rips into heavyweight champions.


Fury: Ali's comeback only had two warm up fights.


Floyd Mayweather

Mayweather in the cage? Not crazy at all

After nearly 20 years of covering Floyd Mayweather's career, Dan Rafael has learned his lesson. Never underestimate the best boxer of his generation. That's why he believes a fight against Conor McGregor in MMA could be a license to print money.

Is there any interest in seeing Mayweather in MMA?

The Sportsnation crew debates whether they would want to watch Floyd Mayweather in an MMA match.


Stephen A. sees Mayweather vs. McGregor coming to life.

Stephen A. Smith is becoming more convinced that there is an octagon in Floyd Mayweather's future after the drama surrounding UFC 223.


Floyd Mayweather

Mayweather: If I fight again, it will be for UFC

Undefeated boxing star Floyd Mayweather said Saturday night that if he were to fight again, it would be in the Octagon for the UFC.

Floyd says if he returns, it'll be in UFC.

Floyd Mayweather says that if he ends his retirement, it would be at 145 pounds in the UFC. When asked if Conor McGregor would be in the running, Mayweather says, "McGregor has other things to deal with."


Divisional Rankings

Rankings: DeGale, Hurd make statements in their divisions

James DeGale is now the No. 3 super middleweight and Jarrett Hurd took over at 154 pounds. But what other changes have been made in ESPN's boxing divisional rankings? Dan Rafael reveals his new world standings and what's next for the fighters.

A new golden age of British middleweights?

Steve Bunce explains why he believes that we're about to encounter another golden age of British middleweight fighters.


National Siblings Day

The fighting Gary Russells approach boxing in a family way

Three brothers -- all named Gary -- are on the same card, with dad in their corner.

Featherweight world titleholder Gary Russell Jr. responded to Joseph "JoJo" Diaz, who's been calling him out recently. Russell Jr. had a message for "JoJo" and his promoters, Oscar De La Hoya and Bernard Hopkins.

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Diaz tells Russell to 'sign the contract.'

With Gary Russell Jr. responding to JoJo Diaz Jr. calling out the WBC featherweight champion, Diaz says there are active negotiations for a potential May 5 date for the fight.


Heavyweight division

Why Joshua won't fight Wilder next.

Steve Bunce explains why Anthony Joshua won't fight against Deontay Wilder next but believes Alexander Povetkin is a more likely opponent.


Joshua: We do all hard work while Wilder is yapping.

Anthony Joshua says his team are working hard to fight Deontay Wilder in the UK, and the IBF, WBA and WBO title holder believes he will become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.



Horn-Crawford bout to air exclusively on ESPN+

The June 9 welterweight title fight between Jeff Horn and Terence Crawford will air on ESPN's new ESPN+ subscription streaming service.


Floyd Mayweather

White 'pretty confident' Mayweather fights in UFC.

UFC president Dana White says Floyd Mayweather "knows the money's right" and that's why he's entertaining the idea of fighting inside the Octagon.


How would an MMA trainer prepare Floyd Mayweather?

Takedowns. Kicks. An acrobatic Bruce Buffer intro. Floyd Mayweather will see many new things if he fights in the UFC. How would our panel of MMA trainers try to prepare him for that in six months? Do any think he'll go through with it?

Woodley: Floyd wants to strategize MMA training.

Tyron Woodley tells Brett Okamoto that Floyd Mayweather reached out to him to train MMA and discusses the dynamics of their relationship.


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Jarrett Hurd defeats Erislandy Lara

Hurd's split-decision win over Lara unifies titles

Jarrett Hurd beat Erislandy Lara by split decision on Saturday night to unify junior middleweight world titles at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Caleb Truax vs. James DeGale

DeGale takes title back with win over Truax

Dealing with a horrendous cut over his right eye from the third round on, James DeGale reclaimed his 168-pound world title with a unanimous decision victory over Caleb Truax in the rematch Saturday night.

Julian Williams vs. Nathaniel Gallimore

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