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Garcia knocks out Rios with one punch.

Danny Garcia sends Brandon Rios to the canvas in the ninth round with a strong right hand. Rios gets up before the count of 10, but the referee stops the fight.

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Teiken Promotions on Monday added two more world title bouts to the card headlined by secondary middleweight titlist Ryota Murata’s defense against Emanuele Felice Blandamura on April 15 at Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan. Daigo Higa (15-0, 15 KOs), of Japan, who demolished Moises Fuentes in the first round two weeks ago, will defend his flyweight belt for the third time by facing Nicaragua’s Cristopher Rosales (26-3, 17 KOs). Also, Japan’s Ken Shiro (12-0, 6 KOs) will defend his junior flyweight title for the third time in a rematch with mandatory challenger and former titlist Ganigan Lopez (28-7, 17 KOs), of Mexico, whom Shiro won the belt from by majority decision last May.

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The purse bid for the fight between junior lightweight world titleholder Alberto Machado, of Puerto Rico, and mandatory challenger Rafael Mensah, of Ghana, which was originally scheduled for Feb. 19, has been postponed until March 2 at the WBA offices in Panama City, Panama. The minimum bid is $120,000 with 75 percent of the winning offer going to Machado (19-0, 16 KOs), who will be making his first title defense, and 25 percent to the unknown Mensah (31-0, 23 KOs), though Golden Boy Promotions, Machado’s promoter, and Don King, who represents Mensah, could still make a deal before the purse bid.

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Garcia knocks out Rios with one punch.

Danny Garcia sends Brandon Rios to the canvas in the ninth round with a strong right hand. Rios gets up before the count of 10, but the referee stops the fight.

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Beltran wins lightweight title with UD victory over Moses.

Ray Beltran picks up the pace in the later rounds against Paulus Moses and claims a vacant lightweight world title.

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Beltran gives his all against Moses for a world title fight.

Joe Tessitore, Timothy Bradley and Mark Kriegel break down why Ray Beltran staying busy against Paulus Moses helped him escape with a victory.

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Long-faded former welterweight and junior middleweight world titleholder Ricardo Mayorga, who got knocked out in high-profile fights by Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley and Miguel Cotto, continues to fight way past his prime. Mayorga (32-10-1, 26 KOs), 44, of Nicaragua, who is coming off a ninth-round knockout loss to Andrey Sirotkin in November in Russia, is slated to fight Rodolfo Gomez Jr. (12-4-1, 8 KOs), 28, in a 10-round super middleweight bout at the Laredo Energy Arena in Gomez’s hometown of Laredo, Texas on April 7. The fight, announced Friday, is the main event of the first card being put on by the newly founded Lone Star Boxing Promotions.

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Happy Valentine's Day, from Chris Eubank Sr.

Chris Eubank Sr. delivers his own unique Valentine's Day poem for all the lovers out there…

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Junior welterweight contender Antonio Orozco (26-0, 17 KOs), who twice missed weight for televised fights in the past year and hasn’t fought since last April, is returning but in an untelevised undercard bout. He’ll fight an eight-rounder at 140 pounds – if he makes it – against an opponent to be determined on March 16 on Golden Boy’s first “LA Fight Club” card of the year at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles. Golden Boy announced the card on Wednesday with the main event being Seniesa Estrada (11-0, 2 KOs) against Sonia Osorio (8-5-1, 1 KO) in an eight-round women’s bout. Lightweight Oscar Duarte (12-0-1, 8 KOs) and junior lightweight Jousce Gonzalez (6-0, 6 KOs) will fight six-rounders on the telecast against opponents to be announced.

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England’s Hughie Fury, the cousin of former heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury, is getting back into the ring for the first time since losing a decision challenging heavyweight world titleholder Joseph Parker on Sept. 23 in Manchester, England. Fury (20-1, 10 KOs), 23, will challenge British champion Sam Sexton on May 12 at Macron Stadium’s Premier Suite in Bolton, England, Hennessy Sports announced on Tuesday. The fight will be televised on free-to-air Channel 5 in the United Kingdom. Sexton (24-3, 9 KOs), 33, will be making his first defense since winning the vacant title against Gary Cornish in October.

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On This Date: Douglas KOs Tyson.

Check out Buster Douglas' 10th-round knockout of Mike Tyson in their heavyweight title fight in Tokyo on this date in 1990, which is considered one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.

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Wilder's blueprint for Parker to beat Joshua.

WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder believes Joseph Parker will have to knock Anthony Joshua out if he is to be victorious.

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Oscar De La Hoya, the Golden Boy promoter and owner of The Ring magazine, the 96-year “bible of boxing,” announced Monday that Stefan Friedman, a former journalist and one of his closest advisers, has been named publisher of the print and online publication. Friedman, a longtime public relations executive, will fill the vacant position immediately and take a step back from his duties with Golden Boy. “As a longtime fan and ardent supporter of boxing, I am humbled to be the next publisher of the legendary Ring magazine and entrusted with leading the publication's business,” Friedman said. De La Hoya bought the magazine in 2007.

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Joshua prepares for Parker title fight.

Heavyweight world titleholder Anthony Joshua undergoes training to fight fellow titlist Joseph Parker.

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With production soon to begin on “The Contender” reality series reboot -- 12 hour-long episodes on Epix in late August or early September -- the show is filling its cast. It will include 16 middleweights, two trainers (one for each team of fighters) and a host. One role is close to being set as Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach is in the process of finalizing a deal to join the cast, multiple sources told ESPN on Friday. The show will film in Southern California, making it logistically easy for Roach, whose Wild Card Boxing Club is located in Hollywood. “The Contender” initially ran from 2005 to 2008 with the first season on NBC, followed by two on ESPN and a fourth on the now-defunct Versus.

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Former strawweight world titlist Byron Rojas (24-3-3, 10 KOs), 27, of Nicaragua, who lost his belt to Knockout CP Freshmart (16-0, 7 KOs), 27, of Thailand, by unanimous decision in Thailand in June 2016, will get another shot at the 105 pound belt after the WBA installed him as the mandatory challenger on Friday. CP Freshmart has an optional defense scheduled against Toto Landero (10-1-2, 2 KOs), 22, of the Philippines, on March 6 in Thailand. The winner of that fight is obligated to make his next defense against Rojas. The sides will have have 30 days to make a deal or a purse bid will be ordered.

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The fight between light heavyweight world champion Adonis Stevenson (29-1, 24 KOs), of Montreal, and former two-division titlist Badou Jack (21-1-3, 13 KOs), of Las Vegas, on May 19 on Showtime now has a set venue. Stevenson’s ninth title defense will take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, promoter Yvon Michel told ESPN on Thursday. While the fight always was being planned to take place in Canada there had been talk that sites in Quebec City and Toronto were also possible. The fight will be Stevenson’s second in a row and 13th overall at the Bell Centre, which is where he won the title by first-round knockout of Chad Dawson in 2013.

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Blue chip lightweight prospect Teofimo Lopez Jr. (8-0, 6 KOs) overcame a bad cut caused by an accidental head butt to dominate Juan Pablo Sanchez in a near-shutout six-round decision on Saturday’s Top Rank ESPN card, but the cut, which required three stitches, will keep him from his next assignment March 17 on the Jose Ramirez-Amir Imam card at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. Teofimo Lopez Sr., the fighter’s father and trainer, told ESPN that his son could have boxed March 17 but he decided to hold him back to give the eye more time to heal. Instead, Lopez Jr. will likely return on a bigger card April 14, when the plan is for Terence Crawford to move up welterweight to challenge world titlist Jeff Horn in the Madison Square Garden main arena.

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When former middleweight titlist Daniel Jacobs headlines an HBO card on April 28 at Barclays Center in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York, probably against Poland’s Maciej Sulecki, heavyweight contender Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (20-0-1, 18 KOs), 29, also from Brooklyn, will appear in the co-feature, his second fight in a row on a Jacobs undercard. Miller’s probable opponent will be Johann Duhaupas (37-4, 24 KOs), a former world title challenger from France, multiple sources told ESPN on Tuesday. Duhaupas, 37, gave titlist Deontay Wilder a decent fight in an 11th-round knockout loss in 2015 and owns wins over secondary titlist Manuel Charr and Robert Helenius. He has won three fights in a row by knockout.

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Heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr. (29-1, 19 KOs), idle since losing a majority decision to Joseph Parker for a vacant world title in December 2016 in Parker’s hometown of Auckland, New Zealand, is scheduled to return. He's due to face Devin Vargas (20-4, 8 KOs) in an eight-rounder March 10 on the undercard of featherweight world titlist Oscar Valdez’s defense against Scott Quigg at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, according to Top Rank. Vargas has won two fights in a row since losing three consecutive fights and retiring in 2014. While Ruiz-Vargas won’t be part of the ESPN telecast, the fight, along with all of the bouts, will stream live on the ESPN App.

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Former middleweight titlist Daniel Jacobs (33-2, 29 KOs), slated for the second fight of his HBO contract April 28 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, is close to a deal to face Poland’s Maciej Sulecki (26-0, 10 KOs) multiple sources told ESPN. There was talk of Jacobs facing Spike O’Sullivan or ex-titlist Andy Lee until Sulecki emerged as the top candidate for a fight that could be closed this week. Sulecki dropped to junior middleweight for his three 2017 fights, including a decision against former secondary titlist Jack Culcay in October, but he’d return to middleweight for Jacobs.

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Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez vs. Habib Ahmed

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Ramirez stops Ahmed, retains belt.

Gilberto Ramirez dominates Habib Ahmed and wins via TKO after the referee stops the fight in the sixth round. Ramirez retains his super middleweight title.

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Ancajas KOs Gonzalez in 10th round.

Jerwin Ancajas lands a huge left jab to the forehead of Israel Gonzalez, sending him to the floor. The referee called the fight in the 10th round and Ancajas retained his junior bantamweight title.

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