Boxing

Lightweight titleholder Mikey Garcia has rejected an offer to unify belts with Jorge Linares early next year, Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez, who promotes Linares, told ESPN on Wednesday. Gomez said he, Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya and Linares were particularly disappointed because Garcia is the one who went on social media
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Unified women’s super middleweight world titleholder Claressa Shields will make her first defense against Tori Nelson, one of her mandatory challengers, on Jan. 12 at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. The fight, announced on Wednesday, will headline a “ShoBox: The New Generation” card on Showtime (10 p.m. ET/PT), the network said.
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NEW YORK — Former welterweight titleholder Shawn Porter maintained his position as a mandatory challenger for unified world titleholder Keith Thurman by grinding out a lopsided decision against Adrian Granados on Saturday night in a world title eliminator on the Deontay Wilder-Bermane Stiverne II undercard at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. All of Granados’ previous losses
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