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Joshua vs. Wilder next? Don't get your hopes up

Unified heavyweight world titlist Anthony Joshua scored an exciting seventh-round KO of Alexander Povetkin and kept alive the prospect of an undisputed championship fight with Deontay Wilder. Just don't count on that fight being next, writes Dan Rafael.

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What's next for Joshua?

Tom Hamilton and Steve Bunce discuss Anthony Joshua seventh-round knockout and his next outing in April.


What we learned from Joshua's KO of Povetkin

Here are some thoughts of what we learned from world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua's seventh round win over Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, and what lies ahead.




Joshua knocks out Povetkin in 7th to retain titles

Anthony Joshua has retained his WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles with a seventh-round stoppage of Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium.

Joshua's instincts told him to finish Povetkin

Anthony Joshua breaks down his seventh-round knockout victory against Alexander Povetkin and the lack of punishment he took in the fight.


Joshua keeps his eyes on date with destiny -- and Wilder

Unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua took care of business at Wembley before immediately setting his sights on his next outing there in April, and landing the opponent everyone wants: Deontay Wilder.



Joshua, promoter want deal made with Wilder before Dec. 1

After he dispatched Alexander Povetkin inside seven rounds on Saturday, unified heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua's team gave Deontay Wilder a deadline to agree terms to face him on April 13 at Wembley Stadium.

Fury: Heavyweight Joshua will never fight me

Tyson Fury has said that Anthony Joshua is avoiding him after the WBA, WBO and IBF champion declared that Deontay Wilder is his "No. 1" next opponent.

Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury

Rafael calls Wilder-Fury the next best thing to Joshua-Wilder

Dan Rafael discusses the upcoming heavyweight bout between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.


Wilder confirms Fury fight

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder announces he will fight Tyson Fury.


Froch: Fans just want to see Wilder fight Joshua

Former super-middlewight world champion Carl Froch says that Anthony Joshua is dominating in a weak era for heavyweight boxing.




Post-fight reax


Undercard results

Campbell earns title fight; Okolie wins U.K. belt

Luke Campbell got revenge over Yvan Mendy to set up a WBC title fight while Lawrence Okolie won the British cruiserweight crown.

Luke Campbell defeated Yvan Mendy by unanimous decision in a rematch of his split decision loss to Mendy (40-5-1, 19 KOs) three years ago. With the victory on the Anthony Joshua-Alexander Povetkin undercard, Campbell (19-2, 15 KOs), becomes the mandatory challenger to face Mikey Garcia for his lightweight WBC world title. All three judges scored the fight for Campbell 119-109, 118-111 and 116-112.

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I got a copy of the letter VADA sent to the camps about secondary heavyweight titlist Manuel Charr testing positive for two banned steroids ahead of his defense next week against Fred Oquendo. Fight is canceled.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer5d ago


De La Hoya: Canelo could fight again Dec. 15

Fresh off his narrow majority decision win to claim the middleweight world title from Gennady Golovkin, Canelo Alvarez wants to fight once more this year, promoter Oscar De La Hoya told ESPN, and could be back in the ring as soon as Dec. 15.

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De La Hoya wags finger at 'haters' in open letter

Oscar De La Hoya expressed pride and annoyance about some of the reaction in the wake of Canelo Alvarez's win over Gennady Golovkin and addressed it in what he called "An Open Letter to Fight Fans."

Pound-for-pound rankings: Canelo makes the top 3

An impressive victory over Gennady Golovkin to win the middleweight championship propelled Canelo Alvarez into the ESPN pound-for-pound rankings. Where does GGG rank?


A behind-the-scenes at the Canelo-GGG rematch in Las Vegas

It was supposed to settle the score after a controversial ending a year ago left Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin disputing who should have won the fight. After another 12 rounds, we have a champion, but many still argue over who should have really won




Divisional rankings: Canelo now the top middleweight

After his win over Gennady Golovkin in their rematch, Canelo Alvarez takes over the No. 1 spot at 160 pounds. But what other changes appear in ESPN's boxing divisional rankings? Dan Rafael reveals his new standings and what's next for the fighters.

De La Hoya wags finger at 'haters' in open letter

Oscar De La Hoya expressed pride and annoyance about some of the reaction in the wake of Canelo Alvarez's win over Gennady Golovkin and addressed it in what he called "An Open Letter to Fight Fans."

Atlas calls Canelo's win 'a robbery'

Stephen A. Smith and Teddy Atlas get emotional after Canelo Alvarez defeats Gennady Golovkin.


Joshua vs, Povetkin

Anthony Joshua calm, collected here in London at the York Hall as he does his public workout at the place where he had some of his earliest amateur fights.

Tom Hamilton, Senior Writer6d ago

Alexander Povetkin goes through his open workout ahead of Saturday's mega fight against Anthony Joshua at Wembley. He hasn't yet smiled and his shadow punching and pad work is brief in the ring...

Tom Hamilton, Senior Writer6d ago


Boxing history is filled with great trilogies. Will Canelo and GGG be added to the list?

Was the Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin rematch good enough to do it one more time? Nigel Collins remembers some of the best trilogies in boxing.

GGG 'absolutely' wants third fight with Canelo


Canelo took a big step forward

Whether you agree with Saturday's decision, thought Gennady Golovkin won or scored the rematch as another draw, there's no denying that Canelo Alvarez showed why he's elite, winning with style-altering aggression.


This is the letter VADA sent to David Benavidez and the WBC about his positive cocaine test on Tuesday.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer6d ago

Mayweather-Pacquiao II

Mayweather: Pacquiao rematch coming this year

Floyd Mayweather says a rematch of his much-hyped 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao is in the works for this year, posting a video of him jawing with Pacquiao and saying he is eyeing a December fight.

Mayweather-Pacquiao II? We saw it once and it was no good

Another Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight would be like when your favorite '80s band heads out on tour to play the old hits: a nice diversion and a decent night out with your pals, but in the end it doesn't mean much, writes Dan Rafael.

Mayweather: Pacquiao will be 'easy work' in December

Floyd Mayweather says he'll be back in December to fight Manny Pacquiao in a rematch of their 2015 superfight.




Canelo wasn't the only winner on Saturday

Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin delivered another great fight in the ring on Saturday night, but it was once again Floyd Mayweather who stole the headlines.

Rafael: The world isn't asking for a Mayweather-Pacquiao 2


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Canelo def. GGG

Canelo takes razor-thin decision over Golovkin

It went the distance again, but this time Canelo Alvarez came out on top, defeating Gennady Golovkin in a very close majority decision in their middleweight title bout Saturday night.

Stephen A. 'respectfully disagrees' with decision

Stephen A. Smith said Gennady Golovkin utilized his jab well and should've earned a close win by decision.



Atlas calls Canelo's win 'a robbery'

Stephen A. Smith and Teddy Atlas get emotional after Canelo Alvarez defeats Gennady Golovkin.


Ward: 'No question' Canelo won the fight

Former boxer Andre Ward explains why Canelo Alvarez dominated the fight momentum which led to his victory over Gennady Golovkin.


Canelo beats GGG

Atlas: GGG won the fight

Teddy Atlas breaks down what Gennady Golovkin did well as the larger fighter and how he should have come away victorious.


Punch Zone for Canelo-GGG II

Andres Ferrari, ESPN Editor9d ago


Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin punch stats.

Andres Ferrari, ESPN Editor9d ago




Undercard results

Munguia stops Cook; Lemieux smokes O'Sullivan

Jaime Munguia retained his junior middleweight world title for the second time by defeating Brandon Cook by KO in Round 3, and David Lemieux stopped Gary O'Sullivan to earn a world title shot.


How Mayweather vs. Pacquiao 2015 came to be

Max Kellerman traces the origins of Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao from 2007 to the ring in 2015.


Top Rank on ESPN

Ramirez defeats Orozco in 'wildly entertaining' fight

Timothy Bradley compliments Jose Ramirez for being patient and poised in defeat of Antonio Orozco to retain his WBC junior welterweight title.


GGG-Canelo II

The Summit Gym in Big Bear, a home away from home for GGG, trainer

Boxing's combination of Gennady Golovkin, Abel Sanchez and this quiet town in the San Bernardino Mountains has become one of the sport's greatest success stories. And the story of how the combination even came to be is pretty great itself.


The inside story of clenbuterol on a Mexican ranch

Canelo Álvarez, who faces rival Gennady Golovkin on Sept. 15, is perhaps the most famous athlete to claim clenbuterol-tainted beef caused a positive drug test. Convenient excuse? We talk to a rancher about the part he plays in the process.

Clenbuterol and the business of cattle doping

Learn about the history and usage of Clenbuterol in cattle and the effects it can have on professional athletes.


Canelo says not knowing beef risks 'my mistake'

In an interview with ESPN, Canelo Alvarez denied using any drugs to enhance his performance but said it was "my mistake" for not knowing more about the risks of eating meat in his native Mexico, which he asserts caused two positive tests for clenbuterol.

GGG-Canelo II

Oficial weigh-in

There's a mariachi band in the concourse entertaining fans who can't find a seat for today's Canelo-GGG weigh-in.

Arash Markazi, ESPN Senior Writer11d ago

They might have been able to fill T-Mobile Arena for the weigh-in. Many fans are watching in the concourse.

Arash Markazi, ESPN Senior Writer11d ago

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