Boxing

8:28 AM ET Saudi Arabia will host the world heavyweight boxing title-unification fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua in August, promoter Eddie Hearn said Tuesday. Joshua holds the IBF, WBO, WBA and IBO titles, while fellow Briton Fury is the WBC belt holder. “Aug. 7, Aug. 14, I think it’s a very bad secret
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8:07 PM ET Billy Joe Saunders had successful surgery to repair a fractured right orbital bone suffered in a loss to Canelo Alvarez, his promoter said Monday. According to a Matchroom Boxing spokesman, Saunders fractured his eye socket in three different places in last Saturday’s super middleweight unification bout at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
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8:31 AM ET Lightweight undisputed champion Katie Taylor regained the No. 1 spot in ESPN’s pound-for-pound rankings with an impressive unanimous decision victory over Natasha Jonas on May 1. Taylor, a previous No. 1, was leapfrogged by Claressa Shields, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and now two-division undisputed champion, back in March, after Shields dominated
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12:16 AM ET ARLINGTON, Texas — Canelo Alvarez could feel it coming. In the eighth round at AT&T Stadium on Saturday night, the Mexican champion egged on a record-breaking crowd as he pelted Billy Joe Saunders in their super middleweight unification fight. Alvarez inflicted enough damage to enhance his legacy, winning the fight after it
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4:54 PM ET ARLINGTON, Texas — There was no drama on the scales ahead of Saturday’s super middleweight title fight between Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders. Alvarez and Saunders each weighed in under the division’s 168-pound limit. Alvarez, the WBA and WBC champion, stepped on the scale at 167.4 pounds. Sanders, the WBO titlist,
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4:17 PM ET ARLINGTON, Texas — Canelo Alvarez hasn’t closed the door on facing his biggest rival one more time. On Thursday, Alvarez indicated he wasn’t opposed to facing Gennadiy Golovkin for a third fight after Alvarez finishes the current task of unifying the super middleweight division. “The truth is, I’m open for anything,” Alvarez
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5:44 PM ET Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A grand jury on Thursday indicted Puerto Rican boxer Felix Verdejo in the killing of a 27-year-old pregnant woman, a case potentially eligible for the death penalty. The indictment was announced as dozens of people — some bearing flowers, balloons or small gifts — attended
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4:09 PM ET ARLINGTON, Texas — Even the first official event for Saturday’s super middleweight unification fight between Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders wasn’t immune to controversy. Saunders did not show for a press event and arrival photos on Tuesday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. His father, Tom, told ESPN that Saunders was
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5:45 AM ET Nick Parkinson Close •Reports on boxing for ESPN.co.uk, as well as several national newspapers•Has been reporting on British boxing for over 15 years•Appears on BoxNation’s Boxing Matters show Billy Joe Saunders is hoping Saturday’s fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez does not end in controversy after learning there will not be a British
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7:52 AM ET Former heavyweight world titleholder Andy Ruiz Jr. and Joseph Parker got up from the canvas to score impressive victories over Chris Arreola and Dereck Chisora, respectively, on Saturday. But are they the best heavyweights after champions Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua? Canelo Alvarez, who owns the WBC and WBA super middleweight titles,
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4:45 PM ET MIAMI — Former NFL star receiver Chad Johnson is planning to trade in his cleats for boxing gloves next month. Johnson has agreed to fight in an exhibition bout on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Logan Paul on June 6 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, Mayweather’s promotion
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