Boxing

Now that 2017 has come and gone — and the 2018 boxing calendar really doesn’t kick in for a couple of weeks more — here’s my view of the most significant stories and events of the past year. Canelo-GGG finally throw down In what was a terrific year for boxing with numerous significant and exciting
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Guillermo Rigondeaux has been stripped of his junior featherweight world title, even though he lost while challenging junior lightweight world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko on Dec. 9. Rigondeaux moved up two weight classes for the much-anticipated bout with Lomachenko in New York — the first professional boxing match between two-time Olympic gold medalists. Rigondeaux went into
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Compared to the other three major sanctioning organizations, the WBC does the best job of regularly providing status updates on each of its world titles and the mandatory situations in each division. WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman released a division-by-division breakdown on Tuesday. Here’s a look: Expectations are always high for fight fans, and the anticipation
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CALIFORNIA CITY, Calif. — Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is becoming a California marijuana entrepreneur. TheBlast.com reports that Tyson and partners on Dec. 20 broke ground on a plot for a cannabis resort in California City, a remote Mojave Desert town that’s about a 110-mile drive north of Los Angeles. Partner Robert Hickman tells the
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Kazuto Ioka, who won world titles in three weight divisions and was one of Japan’s best fighters in recent years, has announced his retirement from boxing. The 28-year-old Ioka (22-1, 13 KOs), who won world titles at flyweight, junior flyweight and unified two belts at strawweight during an eight-year pro career, announced his retirement at
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Anthony Joshua came into his fight with former longtime heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko as the owner of a belt, but with so many questions about how good he really was because he had such an easy road to the title. England’s Joshua had faced 18 relatively nonthreatening opponents and knocked them all out inside
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Jan 3, 2018 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 It was a bumper year for British and Irish boxing in 2017. Last year not only saw Anthony Joshua unify the heavyweight division against
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Japan’s Ryoichi Taguchi won a bloody, hard-fought unanimous decision against the Philippines’ Milan Melindo to unify two junior flyweight belts in the final world title bout of 2017 on Sunday at the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo. The 31-year-old Taguchi (27-2-2, 12 KOs), who was fighting in his hometown, retained his 108-pound world title for
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5:41 PM ET ESPN staff Controversial light welterweight Ohara Davies has been pulled from the Lawrence Okolie — Isaac Chamberlain undercard by Eddie Hearn after a series of tweets taunting Tommy Coyle. Davies (16-1, 13KOs) had been due to take on an unnamed opponent on the Feb. 3 card at London’s O2 Arena, and Davies
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Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Boxing promotional company and the WBC are teaming up for an eight-man single-elimination tournament in the welterweight division, the former heavyweight world champion and sanctioning organization have announced. The tournament, which is accepting applications from interested boxers through Jan. 12, will include three cards in 2018 at sites to be determined
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