Boxing

8:10 AM ET Mark KriegelESPN In the 29 years that Artur Beterbiev has been boxing, he has suffered just a single cut of any significance: a serpent-shaped gash, about 3 inches long, that squiggled upward from his brow toward his hairline. As there’s little fatty tissue on the forehead — actually, I’m not sure Beterbiev
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11:41 AM ET Mike CoppingerESPN Vergil Ortiz Jr. and Eimantas Stanionis will meet in a rescheduled welterweight bout on April 29 in Texas, sources told ESPN on Thursday. The 147-pound matchup was set for March 18 but postponed after Stanionis underwent an emergency appendectomy in his native Lithuania earlier this month. Oritz’s promoter, Golden Boy,
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7:01 AM ET Super middleweight Shadasia Green has become the second female boxer and fourth fighter overall to sign with Jake Paul’s Most Valuable Promotions. Green’s first fight promoted by MVP will be Feb. 4 on the undercard of the undisputed featherweight title bout between Amanda Serrano and Erika Cruz at Hulu Theater in New
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11:15 AM 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 Having been threatened by guns and knives growing up, Anthony Yarde insists he has no fear or anxiety going into Saturday’s world light heavyweight
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8:09 AM ET ESPN News Services A woman has filed a lawsuit accusing former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson of raping her sometime in the early 1990s after she met him at a nightclub in Albany, New York. The legal action was filed under New York’s Adult Survivors Act, which gives sexual assault victims a
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2:37 PM ET Mike CoppingerESPN Former heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and Jermaine Franklin are in the process of finalizing a deal for a fight on April 1 at the O2 Arena in London, sources told ESPN. Terms have been verbally agreed but there are no signed contracts yet, sources said, who added that there are
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5:08 AM ET Floyd Mayweather Jr. will take on Geordie Shore star and former MMA fighter Aaron Chalmers in an exhibition fight at the O2 Arena in London on Feb. 25. A knee injury meant that Mayweather’s original opponent, Muay Thai fighter Liam Harrison, had to withdraw from the bout. Chalmers, who stars in Geordie
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7:17 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 Liam Smith settled his differences with Chris Eubank Jr. in emphatic fashion, stopping his English middleweight rival in four rounds on Saturday. Smith floored
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2:45 PM ET Mike CoppingerESPN Joe Joyce and Zhilei Zhang are closing in on a deal for a fight on April 15 in London, sources confirmed to ESPN. The heavyweight bout will be televised on BT Sport in the United Kingdom rather than PPV, sources said. Joyce, ESPN’s No. 6 heavyweight, scored a career-best win
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Jan 18, 2023 Mike CoppingerESPN Edgar Berlanga and Top Rank have mutually agreed to part ways after months of talks that failed to resolve key issues, Team Berlanga and the promotional company told ESPN. Both sides have signed the separation agreement. Berlanga (20-0, 16 KOs) is now a promotional free agent. The 25-year-old native of
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Jan 18, 2023 Mike CoppingerESPN Stephen Fulton and Naoya Inoue have agreed to terms for a unified 122-pound title fight in the spring in Japan, sources told ESPN on Wednesday. The fight for Fulton’s WBC and WBO junior featherweights titles is being targeted for May, sources said, though a date has not been set. The
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5:00 AM ET Chris Eubank Jr. and Liam Smith have apologised for their comments in a news conference which descended into ugly scenes on Thursday ahead of their middleweight bout on Saturday. Eubank was subjected to anti-gay comments while Smith was subjected to taunts about social class. When the organisers tried to halt the chaos
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Jan 18, 2023 Mike CoppingerESPN Mark Magsayo and Brandon Figueroa are in the process of finalizing a deal for a March 4 featherweight bout in the U.S., sources told ESPN on Wednesday. The PBC on Showtime bout would feature two of ESPN’s top 10 boxers at 126 pounds (Magsayo is No. 6 while Figueroa is
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5:49 PM ET Mike CoppingerESPN Former super middleweight titleholders David Benavidez and Caleb Plant will meet in a long-awaited fight on March 25 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, sources told ESPN on Wednesday. The 168-pound bout will be a PBC on Showtime PPV. Benavidez (26-0, 23 KOs) and Plant (22-1, 13
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