Breaking down Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman: Who has the edge?
Saturday's welterweight title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman is one of the most anticipated bouts this year, but who has the edge once the bell rings? ESPN breaks down the strengths and weaknesses that could swing the fight.
Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman scout ... themselves
We asked anonymous trainers to break down Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman. Then we let the fighters respond.
Pacquiao says hoops is favorite hobby and compares game to Kidd
Remembering Whitaker: 'Sweet Pea' a master of the sweet science
Pernell Whitaker was one of the greatest boxers in history. Dan Rafael, Steve Kim and Mark Kriegel remember moments from Whitaker's career that made him stand out from the rest.
Whitaker was arguably the greatest lightweight ever
Whitaker, struck by car, dies at 55
Divisional rankings: Murata and Brant swap places at middleweight
Ryota Murata's victory over Rob Brant helped him climb up a few spots. But what other changes appear in ESPN's boxing divisional rankings? Dan Rafael reveals his new world standings and what's next for the fighters.
If Top Rank had its way the rematch between lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and world titlist Deontay Wilder would take place this fall, but because Wilder representatives have told Top Rank they have a commitment to Wilder first facing Luis Ortiz in a rematch, likely in November, the Fury fight wouldn’t take place until the first quarter of 2020, sources with knowledge of the conversations told ESPN. If Wilder is contractually obligated to an Ortiz rematch, which is unclear, or he simply wants to fight Ortiz again before a Fury sequel, Top Rank will arrange a fall fight for Fury, according to the sources.
A boxing weekend with something for everyone
Jamal James continued his winning streak. Ryota Murata returned to the top. There were prospects, upsets and disappointments in a weekend full of twists.
Lightweight up-and-comer Devin Haney (22-0, 14 KOs), 20, coming off a sensational knockout of Antonio Moran on May 25 and slated for a title eliminator against Zaur Abdulaev in September, is back in the gym getting ready. “My opportunity for a world title is right around the corner,” Haney said. “I took a well-deserved break that I hadn't taken since I began the sport. Now I'm recharged and ready to wreak havoc on the lightweight division. I'm looking forward to getting back in the ring. My time is coming and I will be 100 percent ready to show the everyone that I'm ready for a world title shot."
Stevenson KOs Guevara in thrilling homecoming
Rising featherweight star Shakur Stevenson retained his regional belt after a dominant showing against Alberto Guevara in his hometown of Newark, New Jersey.
Joshua Greer Jr., scored a narrow majority decision over Nikolai Potapov in an IBF bantamweight eliminator Saturday night at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Judge Mark Consentino had the fight a draw, 114-114 while Larry Layton (115-113) and Lindsey Page (116-112) both scored the bout for Greer. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank).
Vargas beats Kameda by unanimous decision
All three judges scored the fight 117-110 for WBC junior featherweight champion Rey Vargas, who now hopes to unify titles with Danny Roman.
Why Shakur Stevenson needs to put on a show in Newark
As talented as any young fighter Shakur Stevenson is getting close to a title shot, but despite the main event status, Mark Kriegel notes that Stevenson still has plenty of room to grow.
Stevenson returns to Newark to fulfill his destiny
Olympic medalist Shakur Stevenson returns home to Newark, NJ, on the cusp of a title shot and to fulfill a childhood dream of fighting in front of his hometown crowd. For more Top Rank Boxing, subscribe to ESPN+ https://plus.espn.com/
Stevenson compares his preparations to Mayweather
Shakur Stevenson: I'm a level above Teofimo Lopez
How Joshua Greer Jr. beat violence with violence
Ryota Murata shines in TKO of Rob Brant. Now what?
Is Ryota Murata back as a legit middleweight contender after his dominant performance against Rob Brant? What are his chances against the elite fighters in the division? What should they do next? Dan Rafael and Steve Kim weigh in.
Murata avenges loss, regains secondary title
Ryota Murata avenged a one-sided loss and regained his secondary middleweight world title with an explosive second-round knockout of Rob Brant on Friday at Edion Arena, in Osaka, Japan.
Murata knocks down Brant midway through Round 2
Ryota Murata unleashes a flurry that sends Robert Brant to the canvas in Round 2. For more Top Rank Boxing, sign up here for ESPN+ https://plus.espn.com/.
Daniel Dubois won the vacant British heavyweight title with a dominant TKO victory over Nathan Gorman on Saturday at the O2 Arena in London. Dubois dropped Gorman with an over right hand to the head in Round 5. Gorman got up at the count of 10 but the referee waved the fight off 2:45 minutes into the round.
Ruiz's trainer breaks down epic upset of Joshua
Heralded two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez, who defected and signed with Top Rank in May, is penciled in to make his professional debut on the Top Rank Boxing on ESPN+ card headlined by former two-division titlist Carl Frampton’s featherweight bout against Emmanuel Dominguez on Aug. 10 at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, a source with knowledge of the plans told ESPN. Ramirez, 25, who lives in Gulfport, Florida, won the 2012 flyweight Olympic gold medal. In 2016 he won the bantamweight Olympic gold medal by narrowly outpointing Shakur Stevenson.
Fights to make before the end of 2019
So far, so good for the first part of 2019. But what other big fights can be made the rest of the year? Steve Kim has a list of bouts, their chances of being made and the fights that we will see instead.
A giant upset, must-see KOs and the top moments of '19 -- so far
It's halfway through an eventful year in boxing. There have been unforgettable moments, big fights, action-packed bouts, great knockouts -- and plenty more is on the way.
Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn hoped by now to have had a decision from former heavyweight titlist Anthony Joshua on where he wanted to have his contractually mandated fall rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr., who scored a monumental upset to take his belts by seventh-round knockout on June 1. The fight the decision was either to return to New York’s Madison Square Garden, site of the first fight, where Joshua made his American debut, or have it at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. However, Hearn told ESPN on Wednesday that the delay in a decision is because “we had a few late approaches (from other sites) that delayed things. Expect to decide this weekend. Still, U.K. and U.S. (are the) favorites.”
Junior featherweight world titleholder Emanuel Navarrete, who is slated to defend his belt Aug. 17 on the Top Rank Boxing on ESPN card at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, will face Phoenix-based Mexican Francisco De Vaca, a source with knowledge of the bout, which hasn't been announced yet, told ESPN on Wednesday. De Vaca, 24, signed with Top Rank late last year and will be taking a big step up in opposition. Mexico’s Navarrete, 24, will be making his second defense after outpointing Isaac Dogboe to win the title in December and then stopping him in the 12th round of their rematch in May.
When cruiserweight world titleholders Mairis Briedis and Yunier Dorticos meet to unify their two belts in the final of the World Boxing Super Series second-season tournament in November there will also be a third belt at stake. WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman told ESPN that his organization would also sanction the bout for its vacant 200-pound world title. The WBC had agreed to sanction the Briedis- Krzysztof Glowacki semifinal bout for its vacant belt but withdrew the sanction at the last minute because of various issues. “We expect that rules will be in order and things will be fully agreed to with plenty of time to avoid unfortunate problems as last time,” Sulaiman said.
Former middleweight world titlist Daniel Jacobs' next fight date and opponent will be announced in the coming weeks, most likely at super middleweight, manager Keith Connolly told ESPN on Tuesday night. "But Danny would be open to returning to middleweight in 2020 for big fights like (against world titleholder) Jermall Charlo or a Gennady Golovkin rematch," Connolly said. Jacobs is coming off a decision loss to Canelo Alvarez in a title unification fight on May 4.
Canelo considering Andrade for Sept. 14 clash
Unified middleweight world Champion Canelo Alvarez is considering a possible September clash with middleweight world titlist Demetrius Andrade.
The IBF on Tuesday ordered a purse bid for the fight between middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez and mandatory challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko and scheduled it for July 23 at noon ET at the IBF offices in Springfield, New Jersey. The IBF made the ruling after receiving notification from Derevyanchenko’s team that it is no longer willing to participate in negotiations – which had never commenced after being ordered to begin on May 15 and conclude June 15. Golden Boy, Alvarez’s promoter, has shown no interest in the bout, which likely would lead to Alvarez either giving up the belt or being stripped. He plans to fight Sept. 14 and could either defend his other title or move up to light heavyweight to challenge titlist Sergey Kovalev in a fight that is in discussions.
From Las Vegas to Bendigo: Jeff Horn's redemption begins now
Jeff Horn's inspiring journey from bullied schoolboy to welterweight champion of the world was one of the all-time classic underdog stories. However, since then his career has been on the slide and it's unclear whether or not his best is behind him.
Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn announced on Wednesday that he has signed heavyweight Martin Bakole (12-1, 9 KOs), a Congo native fighting out of Scotland, and that he will have his first fight of the deal against Ecuador’s Ytalo Perea on Aug. 2 at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool, England. Bakole’s lone defeat came by 10th-round TKO to contender Michael Hunter in October 2018. Bakole has won his only fight since, an eighth-round knockout of former title challenger Mariusz Wach on April 6.
Premier Boxing Champions on Tuesday announced the remainder of undercard bouts for the card on Aug. 3 (Fox) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, headlined by the heavyweight bout between Adam Kownacki and Chris Arreola. Among the bouts added to the show: 2008 Puerto Rican Olympic heavyweight Carlos Negron vs. Brian Howard in a 10-rounder, Curtis Stevens vs. Wale Omotoso in a junior middleweight 10-rounder and women’s featherweight world titleholder Heather Hardy taking on an opponent to be determined in an eight-round nontitle fight.
Middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez’s prospect of collecting all four belts to become the undisputed champion took a hit recently when the WBC stripped him and “elevated” him to its so-called “franchise champion” and now his IBF belt is in jeopardy because he has missed the window to seek an exception to a mandatory defense he was ordered to make against Sergiy Derevyanchenko. Negotiations, or some kind of deal, were due to be completed by June 15 but the camps haven’t even talked. If Alvarez vacates or is stripped Derevyanchenko would fight for the vacant title. The next leading contender in the IBF rankings is former champion Gennady Golovkin, who would be in the market for a fall foe if he doesn’t meet Alvarez for the third time.
Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz won an IBF purse bid on Tuesday for the right to promote a junior flyweight title eliminator between Cristian Araneta, 24, of the Philippines, and Augustin Gauto, 21, of Argentina. Lewkowicz, who promotes Araneta, won with a bid of $63,000 to beat the only other bid, which was $61,500 by Gauto promoter OR Promotions. Araneta is entitled to 60 percent of the winning bid ($37,800) and Gauto gets 40 percent ($25,200). Lewkowicz has 90 days to put the fight on but he said he would stage it Oct. 6 in Manila, Philippines. The winner will become the mandatory challenger for 108-pound world titlist Felix Alvarado.
During a weekend Q&A appearance in Bradford, England, lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury told the crowd that his rematch with titleholder Deontay Wilder was “confirmed and signed” and would take place on Feb. 22. However, promoter Top Rank told ESPN that was just one of the dates under consideration for the much-anticipated showdown, which will take place in the United States. Both fighters, however, are first planning fall interim bouts with Wilder slated to have a rematch with Luis Ortiz and Fury to face a foe to be determined.
Due to a broken toe, former secondary super middleweight titlist Rocky Fielding has withdrawn from a July 12 fight in his hometown of Liverpool, England, although the MTK Global card will still go on and stream in the Untied States on ESPN+. Fielding was due to face an opponent to be determined in his first bout since being stopped in the third round and losing his belt to Canelo Alvarez in December in New York. “Tried to rest it and work around it but impossible,” Fielding said of the injury.
Junior middleweight up-and-comer Serhii Bohachuk (14-0, 14 KOs) and Fernando Marin (16-3-3, 12 KOs), 31, of Mexico, will meet in the 10-round main event of the eight-bout Hollywood Fight Nights card on July 28 at the Avalon in Hollywood, California, Tom Loeffler of 360 Promotions announced on Monday. Bohachuk, 24, a Ukraine native fighting out of Los Angeles, is trained by Abel Sanchez and will be appearing on the series for sixth time of its eight cards. He’s coming off a fifth-round knockout of former world title challenger Freddy Hernandez on May 19.
The IBF strawweight title vacated last week by South Africa’s DeeJay Kriel in order to move up in weight will be filled by the winner of a fight between the Philippines’ Sammy Salva, who was slated to challenge Kriel on Aug. 24, and countryman Padro Taduran. Sean Gibbons of MP Promotions, Salva’s promoter, told ESPN that both boxers have accepted the fight – a rare all-Filipino world title bout -- and that Salva (17-0, 10 KOs), 22, and Taduran (13-2, 10 KOs), 22, will meet for the vacant 105-pound belt on Sept. 7 in Taguig City in the Philippines.
Andrade and Charlo in position to face off to see who steps forward
Demetrius Andrade and Jermall Charlo both won on Saturday and called for bigger fights. The unbeaten middleweights could generate the necessary buzz by looking each other's way.
Andrade calls out Canelo, GGG after easy win
Demetrius Andrade retained his 160-pound belt in a triumphant homecoming Saturday night as he knocked Maciej Sulecki down in the first round and rolled to a unanimous decision to stay on track for a potential fight with Canelo Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin.
Joseph Parker stops Alex Leapai, wants heavyweight unified titlist Andy Ruiz Jr. next
Former heavyweight world titlist Joseph Parker dominated Alex Leapai in a TKO victory on Saturday. Next? Parker would love to give unified titleholder Andy Ruiz Jr. a rematch.
Manny Pacquiao continues to prepare for his July 20 bout against Keith Thurman at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California.
Commey floors Beltran 4 times, gets TKO in 8th
Lightweight titlist Richard Commey dominated Ray Beltran on Friday night, scoring four knockdowns in an eighth-round TKO win. A showdown with Teofimo Lopez could be next.
Commey scores two knockdowns in 1st round
Garcia willing to fight Lomachenko at the right weight
'He's the people's champion': Inside Andy Ruiz Jr.'s new title-winner life
A month after he shocked the world with an all-time upset win over Anthony Joshua, Ruiz is navigating a maze of media, talk shows and parades.
Rafael: WBC's franchise title just doesn't make sense
The WBC stripped Canelo Alvarez, then made him franchise champion. Dan Rafael doesn't agree with the decision and attempts to make sense out of the madness.
Remembering Tyson-Holyfield II: The Bite Fight
Does Usyk deserve a title opportunity against Ruiz?
Former cruiserweight undisputed champion Oleksandr Usyk is now the mandatory challenger for unified heavyweight world titlist Andy Ruiz Jr. Is that a good move? What are his chances against the best the division has to offer?
Lomachenko ready to conquer the MMA world?
Richard Wright discovers Joe Louis' dynamite
The author of 'Native Son' was strongly influenced by the boxer's success.
Fury, Wilder building heavyweight rematch into bigger blockbuster
Tyson Fury put on a masterful performance Saturday to raise his profile with fans and generate excitement for a second fight with Deontay Wilder. Both men have more work to do, but so far, so good.
Can Tyson Fury be a major crossover star in America?
Tyson Fury made quick work of Tom Schwarz with a second-round knockout. So what's next? Is he the most versatile heavyweight in the world? And how far does he have to go to become a crossover star?
Fury still lineal champion with TKO of Schwarz
Tyson Fury needed just two rounds to put away Tom Schwarz, dropping the challenger late in the second round before scoring a TKO to retain his lineal heavyweight title Saturday night.
Fury screams 'Bring 'em all on' after KO victory
Want to know what fights are on the horizon? Check out the boxing schedule for 2018.
Who is the world's best fighter regardless of weight class? Check out ESPN's latest top 10.
Check out boxing senior writer Dan Rafael's rankings within each division.
All boxing champions and titleholders for the four major organization.
The junior middleweight battle between Jarrett Hurd and Erislandy Lara was a memorable world title unification battle and the fight of the year.
Remembering Muhammad Ali, one the greatest athletes to ever live.