Boxing

Feb 4, 2023 NEW YORK — Alycia Baumgardner was throwing slower punches toward the end, looking like she’d thrown every punch she had. And in some ways, perhaps she had. The three-belt junior lightweight titlist already had knocked down Elhem Mekhaled two times and come close to a third, and now, all Baumgardner needed to
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2:25 AM ET Michael Rothstein Close Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer Previously covered University of Michigan for ESPN.com and AnnArbor.com Also covered Notre Dame for Fort Wayne Journal Gazette Mike Coppinger NEW YORK — Amanda Serrano could only enjoy her decision victory over Erika Cruz for the undisputed featherweight title for about 30 seconds on
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12:07 AM ET NEW YORK — The blood seemed to be everywhere, consistently coming out of the top of Erika Cruz’s forehead, on her arm and getting on Amanda Serrano, too. Defense was almost non-existent Saturday night in this undisputed featherweight title fight at Hulu Theater, punches thrown for 10 rounds at a near constant
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Feb 3, 2023 Amanda Serrano puts her three featherweight world titles on the line against fellow champion Erika Cruz in a fight for the undisputed championship at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. Serrano (43-2-1, 30 KOs) has won world titles in seven different weight classes, but has never been undisputed.
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9:34 PM ET NEW YORK — Promoter Eddie Hearn’s attempt to get Ireland’s Katie Taylor her homecoming fight to take place at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland, might be getting some extra help from another Irish fighting legend. From Conor McGregor. McGregor, the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion, who along with Taylor are the
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12:49 AM ET Mike CoppingerESPN Emanuel Navarrete outlasted Liam Wilson in a back-and-forth slugfest on Friday night in Glendale, Arizona, to claim the vacant WBO junior lightweight title with a ninth-round TKO. Navarrete, who is from Mexico, was floored by the 8-1 underdog in Round 4 — the first knockdown of his career — but
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11:22 AM ET Katie Taylor’s homecoming fight slated for May. 20 will not be staged at Croke Park because of an on-going dispute over costs between promoters Matchroom and the 82,000 venue. Taylor previously said she wants to have her first fight in her home country, Ireland at a sold-out Croke Park. But the bout
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1:21 PM ET Mike CoppingerESPN Keyshawn Davis and Emmanuel Tagoe have struck a deal for a lightweight fight on April 8 in Newark, New Jersey, sources told ESPN on Wednesday. Davis, ESPN’s reigning Prospect of the Year, will step up in class for his first scheduled 10-rounder. The Olympic silver medalist fought three times in
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8:41 AM ET Mike CoppingerESPN When Emanuel Navarrete meets Liam Wilson on Friday in Glendale, Arizona, for the WBO’s vacant 130-pound championship (10 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN+), he’ll have the opportunity to join the storied lineage of Mexican boxers with titles in three divisions. Navarrete (36-1, 30 KOs) captured a title at 122 pounds when
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11:34 AM ET Associated Press GENEVA — Olympic gold medalist Wladimir Klitschko has joined Ukraine’s fight against IOC plans to let some Russians compete at the 2024 Paris Summer Games. The former heavyweight champion boxer suggested in a video message published Monday that sports leaders will be accomplices to the war if athletes from Russia
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6:47 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 LONDON, England — Artur Beterbiev maintained his 100% knockout record as a professional by stopping Anthony Yarde in eight thrilling rounds to defend his
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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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