Boxing

NEW YORK — First came a half-hour of trash talk, cursing and ridiculous showmanship on Thursday night before 13,165 cheering fans at Barclays Center in Brooklyn as Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor roared through a profanity-filled, over-the-top commercial for their Aug. 26 junior middleweight megafight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Where: T-Mobile Arena,
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Lightweight Mikaela Mayer, a 2016 U.S. Olympian, has signed a promotional agreement and will turn pro with Top Rank, the company announced Friday. Mayer’s pro debut, a scheduled four-rounder at a contract weight of 132 pounds, will take place on Aug. 5 on the undercard of the ESPN card headlined by Vasyl Lomachenko’s junior lightweight
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David Benavidez will soon have the opportunity to become the youngest world titleholder in super middleweight division history. Benavidez, 20, has been ordered to face former world titleholder Anthony Dirrell for a vacant 168-pound title, and the sides are in talks with the fight likely to take place this fall, assuming they make a deal,
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Oleksandr Gvozdyk, a fast-rising light heavyweight contender coming off impressive back-to-back knockout wins against top opposition, will take on Craig Baker in his next outing, Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti told ESPN on Tuesday. Gvozdyk, a 30-year-old who is closing in on a mandatory world title shot, and Baker will square off in a
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5:30 PM 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 Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez did not recognise Billy Joe Saunders when the Briton got up and addressed him at a press conference on Monday. Alvarez
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12:27 PM 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 Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez expects a knockout when he challenges world middleweight No. 1 Gennady Golovkin on September 16. The Mexican meets Golovkin for his
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