From opponent to mentor: The bond between Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua
Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko were friends even before they met in the ring in 2017. That relationship helped Joshua cope with his loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. in June.
Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2 predictions: Who will win?
Andy Ruiz Jr. puts his three belts on the line Saturday in a rematch with Anthony Joshua. Who will win?
Bunce has 'never seen Joshua so focused' for a fight
Regaining heavyweight title not an easy task for Anthony Joshua
What does history tell us about Anthony Joshua's chances of regaining the heavyweight title?
If he stays retired, Floyd Mayweather tops way-too-early 2021 boxing HOF predictions
The International Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2020 was just named, and there are already a few locks for induction in 2021.
Ruiz on rematch with Joshua: 'I think he'll want me at a distance. He'll run a bit and use the jab'
Andy Ruiz Jr.'s trainer Manny Robles on his expectations for Anthony Joshua's approach and how he expects Ruiz to respond, plus his reasoning for why he feels Ruiz will have to finish the fight again to leave Saudi Arabia with a win. (Via Steve Kim)
There's more at stake in Ruiz-Joshua 2 than three world titles
The rematch between Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua is one of the most anticipated fights of the year, and it carries stakes that resonate well beyond what happens in the ring.
Joshua laughs off weight questions ahead of Ruiz rematch
Joshua: I took a loss for Wilder and Fury
Tszyu & Brubaker trade shots
Emanuel Navarrete vs. Francisco Horta on ESPN+: How to watch
Looking to watch the Emanuel Navarrete vs. Francisco Horta title fight on ESPN+ on Saturday? Here's how to do it.
The rematch between heavyweight world titlist Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz, who got knocked out in the seventh round at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Nov. 23, generated a live gate of $4,063,141.50 from 7,403 tickets sold, according to figures released Wednesday by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. There were 1,726 complimentary tickets given out, the commission said. Premier Boxing Champions does not release its pay-per-view figures but according to an industry source the Fox PPV generated approximately 225,000 buys.
Crawford ready to defend title at the Garden
The education of Terence Crawford
Terence Crawford was raised a fighter and found his way mostly due to his time in a ring, but it's his time as a father that has created a unique balance that challenges him each and every day.
Crawford stays loyal to his team
Terence "Bud" Crawford's three trainers have helped guide him to success, and their relationship resembles one of a family.
Jaime Munguia, who is moving up to middleweight to face Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan on Jan. 11, officially vacated his junior middleweight world title at the WBO convention in Tokyo on Thursday. With that expected move made, Patrick Teixeira, who edged Carlos Adames 116-111, 114-113 and 114-113 in a grueling fight to win the vacant interim title Saturday in Las Vegas, was elevated to the organization’s full 154-pound world titlist. He was also ordered to next face mandatory challenger Brian Castano.
Teofimo Lopez continues to prepare for his December 14 date against IBF lightweight champion, Richard Commey. His camp is in Flemington, New Jersey, and former two-time world champion, Joey Gamache has been brought in to help out.
'The TakeOver' has a plan: Teofimo Lopez is ready for stardom
Teofimo Lopez's biggest challenge hasn't been his opponent, but the scale. Lopez knows he can only make 135 pounds for a short while longer and wants to face Vasiliy Lomachenko before its too late.
If you loved watching Mayweather, Duran and Tyson, you'll love these rising stars
Boxing is overflowing with young and exciting talent, and some of the new faces remind us of great fighters from the past.
The tragedies that shaped Michael Conlan
If Michael Conlan's nationality is the only reason why you're cheering for him, you've missed out on what has truly shaped the man from Belfast.
Divisional rankings: Valdez makes good first impression at junior lightweight
Oscar Valdez cracked the 130-pound division top 10. Which other changes happened in ESPN's divisional rankings?
WBC lightweight champion, Devin Haney, is scheduled to face his mandatory challenger, Javier Fortuna. WBC president, Mauricio Sulaiman tells ESPN, "If no agreement is reached, the WBC will conduct a purse offer on December 13." Haney, who was elevated to being a WBC champion after Vasiliy Lomachenko was named a 'franchise champion' by the organization, made the first defense of his title back on November 9, as he out-pointed Alfredo Santiago over 12 rounds at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Rafael: Andres Gutierrez's 11-pound miss on the scale is an unforgivable mistake
Andres Gutierrez was 11 pounds over weight for his bout against Oscar Valdez, putting his career in jeopardy.
A deal for a featherweight title unification bout between Shakur Stevenson, who won a vacant belt by one-sided decision over Joet Gonzalez on Oct. 26, and fellow undefeated titlist Josh Warrington, who has made three defenses, is on track, Top Rank chairman Bob Arum, Stevenson's promoter, told ESPN on Tuesday. He has been in talks with Warrington promoter Frank Warren. "We're making good progress with Frank about doing it," Arum said, adding that if the deal is finalized the fight, which would air on an ESPN platform in the United States, likely would take place in April or May in Warrington's home country of England.
Two-division titlist Carl Frampton is back at home in Belfast, Northern Ireland with a pair of injured hands following his shutout decision against Tyler McCreary, whom he dropped twice with body shots in their 10-round junior lightweight bout Saturday in Las Vegas. Frampton believes he broke the same left hand that he broke in August that forced a fight later that week to be canceled. He also said he hurt his right hand. So, according to Top Rank, Frampton is headed to Manchester, England on Wednesday to see hand/wrist specialist Dr. Mick Hayton for an exam and diagnosis. Frampton is next supposed to challenge world titlist Jamel Herring but when depends on the health of his hands.
Here's a look at the completed Diriyah Arena in Saudi Arabia, where Andy Ruiz and Anthony Joshua engage in their rematch on Saturday. The IBF, WBO and WBA titles (which are currently held by Ruiz) are on the line. (Photo courtesy - Diriyah Season)
The officials are set for the rematch between unified heavyweight titlist Andy Ruiz Jr. and former titleholder Anthony Joshua, who meet on Saturday in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. The referee will be the vastly experienced Luis Pabon of Puerto Rico. The judges will be Glenn Feldman of the United States, Steve Grey of England and Benoit Russell of Canada. All have plenty of world title experience.
Welterweight Alexander Besputin outpointed Radzhab Butaev to win a vacant secondary world title Saturday in Monte Carlo and on Monday he was ordered to make his first defense against mandatory challenger Yordenis Ugas, whose first shot at a world title ended in a disputed split decision loss to Shawn Porter in March. The WBA ordered that the fight must take place by March 29 (120 days following Besputin’s title victory). The camps have until Jan. 2 to make a deal or a purse bid will be ordered.
Promoter Dmitriy Salita told ESPN on Tuesday that he has finalized a deal for his fighter, Brooklyn, New York-based Romanian cruiserweight Constantin Bejenaru, to challenge world titlist Arsen Goulamirian on Goulamirian's home turf in Marseille, France on Dec. 28. Bejenaru, 35, who has been featured on "ShoBox" and owns wins over Thabiso Mchunu, Stivens Bujaj and Alexey Zubov, will be in his first 12-rounder. Goulamirian, 32, will be back in action quickly after defending his belt for the first time by fourth-round knockout of Kane Watts on Nov. 15 in Paris.
Top Rank is putting together the undercard for its Jan. 11 ESPN card in Atlantic City, New Jersey, which is topped by light heavyweight Jesse Hart vs. Joe Smith Jr. The card will include former middleweight titlist Rob Brant in the co-feature. According to Top Rank, Brant will face an opponent to be named in a 10-rounder. He is coming off losing his secondary belt by second-round knockout to Ryota Murata in a July rematch. They are due to meet for a third time following Murata's Dec. 23 defense and Brant's bout. Also on the card will be welterweight Xander Zayas, the 17-year-old blue-chip prospect, who won his second pro fight by first-round KO on Saturday. Manager Peter Kahn told ESPN Zayas would face a foe to be named in a four-rounder.
Valdez stops Lopez in 7th to earn world title shot
Oscar Valdez survived a second-round knockdown and some shaky moments to stop Adam Lopez on Saturday.
Valdez sends Lopez flying into the ropes
Kriegel: Valdez didn't answer any questions in win vs. Lopez
Frampton wins big, Teixeira upsets Adames
Carl Frampton shined in his return, and Patrick Teixeira outpointed Carlos Adames on Saturday.
Frampton sends McCreary to one knee on body shot
Former cruiserweight world titlist Denis Lebedev (32-2, 23 KOs) announced his retirement in July but it didn’t last long. Lebedev, 40, of Russia, will return to the ring for his first fight in 13 months to face Thabiso Mchunu (21-5, 13 KOs), 31, of South Africa, in a 12-round regional title bout on Dec. 21 in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, the WBC announced. Lebedev had been slated to face world titlist Arsen Goulamirian in a mandatory bout but talks fell apart before he announced his retirement.
Does Deontay Wilder have the most powerful punch in boxing history?
Deontay Wilder didn't fight the best fight, but he landed the one punch that mattered to get to Tyson Fury.
Disabled ex-boxer thankful as condition improves
Magomed Abdusalamov is showing signs of emotion and engagement -- things doctors said could be impossible following his traumatic brain injury.
Rafael and Kim: Can Deontay Wilder always find that punch?
Deontay Wilder landed one devastating punch to put Luis Ortiz out. With a Tyson Fury rematch on the horizon, here's what Saturday's fight tells us about Wilder.
Wilder KO's Ortiz in 7th to retain heavyweight title
Deontay Wilder defended his heavyweight title for the 10th time with a seventh-round KO of Luis Ortiz.
Sports and entertainment world react to Wilder's one-punch KO of Ortiz
Deontay Wilder had spectators in awe of his knockout power in Round 7.
Wilder: 'I'm gonna knock Fury out like I did the first time'
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Check out boxing senior writer Dan Rafael's rankings within each division.
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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.