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Hometown fight a dream for Brook.

Kell Brook opens up about fighting at home in Sheffield, England, in the stadium of his favorite soccer team.

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Former two-division world titleholder Orlando Salido, who likely will challenge junior lightweight titlist Vasyl Lomachenko this summer in a rematch of Salido's close 2014 decision win, first has to get through a tune-up fight on Saturday night (11 ET, beIN Sports Espanol) in his hometown of Ciudad Obregon, Mexico. But instead of Salido (43-13-4, 30 KOs), who is coming off an 11-month layoff, facing Thailand's Amphon Suriyo (18-2, 14 KOs) asplanned he will instead face last-minute replacement Aristedas Perez (30-9-2, 16 KOs), of Colombia, in the scheduled 10-rounder. Suriyo was dropped from the fight because of issues with his visa, Sean Gibbons, Salido's manager, told ESPN.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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Kell Brook vs. Errol Spence Jr.

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Welterweight titleholder Kell Brook made weight (146.7 pounds) on Friday for his anticipated matchup against Errol Spence Jr. in Sheffield, England on Saturday. "I went up to middleweight for the opportunity to fight Gennady Golovkin. Now you see me in great shape today (as a welterweight). And now I fighting the main contender on my weight class," said Brook after the weigh-in. He added that the winner will be the best in the division. "It's gonna be some much action in that fight it's going to be incredible. If I beat Spence, I'll be the No. 1 welterweight in the world." Photo provided by Showtime.

Andres Ferrari, ESPN Editor

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Welterweight contender Errol Spence Jr. made weight (146.5 pounds) on Friday for his showdown against world titlist Kell Brook. Spence was confident he'll get the victory Saturday night. "Definitely I can (beat him)," adding that fighting in Brook's hometown of Sheffield, England it is "nothing but motivation. At the end of the night (the fans) will cheer for me. But now is time to fight and see who is the best welterweight in the division." Spence predicted the fight will go his way. "KO or points, but we are going for the knockout." Photo provided by Showtime.

Andres Ferrari, ESPN Editor

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Groves vs. Chudinov

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Bunce: Groves will cruise past Chudinov.

ESPN boxing expert Steve Bunce believes George Groves will beat Fedor Chudinov for the WBA world super middle-weight title.

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Bunce: Yoka is the next big thing in boxing.

ESPN boxing expert Steve Bunce believes Olympic gold medalist Tony Yoka is going to be a future heavyweight champion.

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De La Hoya says Mayweather-McGregor fight 'bad for both sports.'

Oscar De La Hoya shares his perspective on why a megafight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor would be bad for MMA and boxing.

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Jemele questions De La Hoya's comments.

While Michael Smith completely agrees with Oscar De La Hoya's criticism of a potential boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, Jemele Hill wonders if he's only saying that because he's not involved.

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Kell Brook vs. Errol Spence Jr.

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Will Brook retain the IBF welterweight title?

Boxing expert Steve Bunce gives us his views on who will win the fight between Kell Brook and Errol Spence Jr.

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On this date: Ali KO's Liston in first minute.

On May 25, 1965, Muhammad Ali knocked out Sonny Liston in the first round of their second fight.

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Uzcategui DQ'd, punched by opponent's uncle.

Jose Uzcategui gets disqualified for a late punch that knocks Andre Dirrell to the canvas. Dirrell gets up and appears to make amends with Uzcategui; however, Dirrell's uncle, Leon Lawson, punches Uzcategui in the face.

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Butler sucker punches Grant.

After a decision loss on Nov. 29, 2001, heavyweight James Butler, his gloves already removed, sucker punched Richard Grant, when Grant though he was going for a handshake.

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Top Rank chairman Bob Arum told ESPN on Wednesday that if featherweight prospect Michael Conlan, the Irish Olympic star, wins his second pro fight on Friday night he will next fight July 2 on the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn card in Brisbane, Australia, where there are thousands of Irish, including several of Conlan's family members who moved there seven years ago. Also on the card, Arum said junior bantamweight world titlist Jerwin Ancajas (26-1-1, 17 KOs), of the Philippines, will make his mandatory defense against Japan's Teiru Kinoshita (25-1-1, 8 KOs), who challenged Zolani Tete for the same belt in 2014 and lost a unanimous decision.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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Kell Brook vs. Errol Spence Jr.

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Divisional Rankings

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HBO and Showtime both had world title cards Saturday night that, for a change, didn't conflict. HBO, with the later start time of 10:15 p.m. ET/PT, averaged 961,000 viewers for the live airing of junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford's dominant win against Felix Diaz, according to Nielsen Media Research. That's the biggest viewership for any premium cable fight so far this year. It peaked at 1.036 million viewers. The average viewership was a 19 percent increase from Crawford's last HBO fight in December when his domination of John Molina Jr. averaged 806,000 viewers. The Ray Beltran-Jonathan Maicelo lightweight eliminator in the co-feature averaged 687,000 viewers (723,000 peak). On Showtime, which began at 6 p.m. ET, the Gary Russell-Oscar Escandon featherweight title fight main event averaged 481,000 viewers (517,000 peak). The Andre Dirrell-Jose Uzcategui interim super middleweight title bout co-feature averaged 354,000 viewers (459,000 peak). The Rances Barthelemy-Kiryl Relikh junior welterweight title eliminator averaged 267,000 viewers (295,000 peak). The opener, a brief tape delay of junior lightweight titlist Gervonta Davis' defense against Liam Walsh from London, averaged 228,000 viewers (253,000 peak).

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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It should come as no surprise but on Tuesday the Shannon Briggs-Fres Oquendo fight for a vacant secondary heavyweight world title was officially cancelled, as was the entire card. The show was scheduled to take place on June 3 at the Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, but canceled because Briggs tested positive for dramatically increased levels of testosterone in a random urine test conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association on May 14. Briggs' test result was ruled "atypical" when his testosterone to epitestosterone ratio was 7.89 to 1, which far exceeded the allowable threshold of 4 to 1 under World Anti-Doping Agency standards.

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Uzcategui DQ'd, punched by opponent's uncle.

Jose Uzcategui gets disqualified for a late punch that knocks Andre Dirrell to the canvas. Dirrell gets up and appears to make amends with Uzcategui; however, Dirrell's uncle, Leon Lawson, punches Uzcategui in the face.

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Andre Dirrell-Jose Uzcategui

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Uzcategui DQ'd, punched by opponent's uncle.

Jose Uzcategui gets disqualified for a late punch that knocks Andre Dirrell to the canvas. Dirrell gets up and appears to make amends with Uzcategui; however, Dirrell's uncle, Leon Lawson, punches Uzcategui in the face.

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Kell Brook-Errol Spence Jr.

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Leon Lawson Jr.

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Police looking for answers in shocking post-fight punch.

Dan Rafael reports the latest on the fallout of Andre Dirrell's uncle punching Jose Uzcategui after the fight had concluded.

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Mayweather says if he fights, '90 percent chance' it's vs. McGregor.

Floyd Mayweather talks about the chances of him fighting Conor McGregor and who would be the "A side" in the mega-money deal.

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Gary Russell Jr.-Oscar Escandon

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Russell Jr. dominates Escandon.

Gary Russell Jr. puts on a show for the hometown crowd and beats Oscar Escandon with a seventh-round knockout victory.

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Gervonta Davis vs. Liam Walsh

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Davis stops Walsh in third round.

Floyd Mayweather protégé Gervonta Davis improves to 18-0 with a third-round TKO win over Liam Walsh in London.

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Agreement between White and Haymon will be next challenge.

Brett Okamoto thinks that despite Conor McGregor coming to terms on a fight, Dana White speaking to Floyd Mayweather's side will be another challenge.

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The Nevada State Athletic Commission set the officials for the Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev unified light heavyweight world title rematch at its monthly meeting on Friday. The referee will be Tony Weeks and judges will be Dave Moretti, Steve Weisfeld and Glenn Feldman. The rematch will take place June 17 (HBO PPV) at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Ward won a razor-close and controversial decision and three title belts from Kovalev in November at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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De La Hoya wins via decision.

Diego De La Hoya, the first cousin of Oscar De La Hoya, improves to 18-0 with a unanimous decision victory over Erik Ruiz.

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Joshua wants Fury fight.

Anthony Joshua has admitted that he wants to fight Tyson Fury to setting their feud of who is the better fighter.

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Stephen A.: Mayweather firm on nine-figure payday.

Stephen A. Smith shares Floyd Mayweather's approach to finalizing a deal to fight Conor McGregor.

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