Crawford, Khan need fight for different reasons
Terence Crawford and Amir Khan confirmed their fight in April on Tuesday morning in London, and it's a fight that both men need -- albeit for drastically different reasons.
Bunce: Khan the underdog but won't be easy for Crawford
Steve Bunce shares his thoughts on Amir Khan's upcoming fight with Terence Crawford and how he thinks the British boxer will fair against one of the best in boxing.
Crawford-Khan bout announced for April 20
Terence Crawford and Amir Khan will fight April 20, it was announced on Tuesday. The location has yet to be determined.
Crawford: My fighting style will cause Khan problems
- Broner on Pacquiao: 'He's been to sleep before'
- Crawford-Khan bout announced for April 20
- Bivol signs with Hearn, to defend title vs. Smith
- Selby moving up to lightweight for Feb. 23 bout
Klitschko rejects April comeback speculation
Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has dismissed speculation that he will make a comeback to the ring as "an early April fool's day joke".
Manny Pacquiao arrives in Las Vegas
Enjoy Manny Pacquiao while he's still fighting
Manny Pacquiao is 40 years old and still fighting at a high level. He faces Adrien Broner on Saturday and envisions more big matchups ahead.
Roach: Pacquiao wants Broner KO for Parkinson comments
Promoter Lou DiBella on Tuesday won the purse bid for the middleweight world title eliminator between his fighter, Sergiy Derevyanchenko (12-1, 10 KOs) and Jack Culcay (25-3, 13 KOs). DiBella bid $425,515 to beat the only other offer of $397,713 made by Culcay promoter Aegon Promotions. The winner of the fight will become the mandatory challenger for titlist Daniel Jacobs, who narrowly outpointed Derevyanchenko by split decision to win the vacant belt in October. Culcay is entitled to 65 percent of the winning bid ($276,584.75) and Derevyanchenko gets 35 percent ($148,930.25). DiBella told ESPN the fight would take place in March or April and probably will be on a Premier Boxing Champions card.
Khan targets Brook after 'one of the best' Crawford
Terence Crawford and Amir Khan will face off in a welterweight world title fight on April 20th in the first Top Rank on ESPN pay-per-view event. The fighters and Top Rank chairman Bob Arum are in London to announce the fight.
Plant dethrones Uzcategui in unanimous decision
Mandatory challenger Caleb Plant scored two knockdowns in an action-packed fight against Jose Uzcategui on Sunday night to win a 168-pound world title, fulfilling a lifelong dream and a promise he made to his daughter before she died two years ago.
Plant knocks down Uzcategui twice en route to win
The IBF on Monday scheduled a purse bid for the fight between featherweight titlist Josh Warrington (28-0, 6 KOs) and Kid Galahad (26-0, 15 KOs) for Jan. 24 at 12 p.m. ET at the sanctioning body’s offices in Springfield, N.J. The IBF ordered the camps to begin negotiations Jan. 7 but Friday it said it received written notice from Galahad promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing that their side was no longer willing to participate in talks and requested an immediate purse bid. So the IBF notified its registered promoters via email on Monday of the purse bid schedule. The Warrington and Galahad camps could still make a deal until 15 minutes before the bids are unsealed.
Crawford, Khan will announce April fight
Welterweight world titlist and pound-for-pound star Terence Crawford and former unified junior welterweight titleholder Amir Khan will appear at a news conference on Tuesday at a London hotel to announce they will meet this spring.
A booming, divided boxing business in 2019
The boxing industry is thriving, with broadcasting deals on new networks bringing fights to more people than ever. It's also incredibly divided and at a juncture where promotional politics are preventing fans from seeing the fights they actually want.
Per the California State Athletic Commission, purses for Sunday night’s PBC on FS1 card: Jose Uzcategui $280k, Caleb Plant $150k, Brandon Figueroa $10k, Moises Flores $20k, Guillermo Rigondeaux $25k, Giovanni Delgado $14,500, Ryan Karl $10k, Ahmed Elbiali $13k, Allan Green $10k, Kevin Watts $10k, Joey Spencer $2,500, Brandon Harder $3,600, Lindolfo Delgado $8k, Sergio Lopez $6k.
Top Rank has finalized a rematch between WBC junior lightweight champion, Miguel Berchelt (35-1, 31 KOs) and Francisco Vargas (25-1-2, 18 KOs) for March 23rd. Todd duBoef, the president of Top Rank told ESPN.com that the fight would take place at the Forum in Los Angeles and be televised by ESPN. Berchelt defeated Vargas in January of 2017, stopping him in 11 rounds, to capture this title.
New WBC weight-check rules target fighter health
The WBC on Tuesday unveiled a series of initiatives as it looks to step up its commitment to ensuring fighters safely make weight.
Machado, Vargas to defend titles on same card
Junior lightweight world titleholder Alberto Machado faces Andrew Cancio and junior featherweight world titlist Rey Vargas will defend his title against Franklin Manzanilla on the same card Feb. 9.
If lightweight Teofimo Lopez (11-0, 9 KOs), the 2018 ESPN prospect of the year, comes through with no injuries against former world title challenger Diego Magdaleno on Feb. 2, he could return April 20 on the Terence Crawford-Amir Khan ESPN PPV undercard depending on where the fight takes place. If Crawford-Khan is in New York, Lopez, 21, likely will be on the pay-per-view but if the fight is in Las Vegas, the other possible location, Lopez will probably be on a different spring show, Top Rank told ESPN.
Ryohei Takahashi (16-3-1, 6 KOs), 28, of Japan, has received his visa and will challenger junior featherweight world titlist TJ Doheny on Friday night (DAZN) at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on the undercard of middleweight titlist Demetrius Andrade’s first defense against Artur Akavov, a source with knowledge of the situation told ESPN on Saturday. Ireland’s Doheny (20-0, 14 KOs), 32, who is based in Australia, signed a promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing earlier in the week and was immediately added to the card.
Vadim Kornilov, who manages light heavyweight world titlist Dmitry Bivol (15-0, 11 KOs), 27, of Russia, told ESPN on Thursday that they are nearing a decision on which broadcast platform the coveted free agent will sign with now that HBO, where he had been fighting, is out of boxing. Kornilov said they are “considering the direction of ESPN or DAZN at this time.” He said they did have “initial discussions” about a deal with Premier Boxing Champions, which has deals with Showtime and Fox, but it's no longer being considered.
Arum 'very optimistic' Crawford-Khan gets done
Welterweight titlist Terence Crawford and Amir Khan are on board and the paperwork is being finalized for a fight that would take place April 20, Top Rank's Bob Arum told ESPN.
Why Pacquiao feels right at home again
Manny Pacquaio is back in Los Angeles and Wild Card Gym with Freddie Roach where it all began.
Pacquiao reiterates he is focused on Broner
Manny Pacquiao worked out at the Wild Card Gym in front of media and said he is not looking past Adrien Broner.
This is 40: How Pacquiao has changed his approach
Manny Pacquiao insists his age is just a number and isn't changing much in his prep for Adrien Broner.
Laila Ali on how to keep New Year's resolutions
Just over a week into the new year, you may already have broken a few of your 2019 resolutions. Retired boxer and healthy lifestyle advocate Laila Ali wants to ensure you get back on track and shares what's on her vision board.
Flyweight world titlist Kosei Tanaka (12-0, 7 KOs), 23, a three-division titleholder, will make his first defense March 16 at the Gifu Memorial Center in his hometown of Gifu, Japan, against countryman and former unified junior flyweight titlist Ryoichi Taguchi (27-3-2, 12 KOs), 32. They appeared at a news conference to announce the fight on Thursday. Tanaka won the belt from Sho Kimura by majority decision in September in their fight of the year contender. Taguchi lost his belts by decision to Hekkie Budler in May and is moving up in weight.
The fight between secondary junior middleweight titlist Brian Castano (15-0, 11 KOs) and former titlist Erislandy Lara (25-3-2, 14 KOs) is ticketed for March 2 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and would headline a Showtime-televised card, multiple sources with knowledge of the discussions told ESPN on Wednesday night. Castano made his first defense by 12th-round knockout of Cedric Vitu on Vutu’s turf in France in March but hasn't fought since. Lara has been idle since April, when he lost a split decision to Jarrett Hurd in an action-packed title unification bout that was the 2018 ESPN.com fight of the year.
Divisional rankings: Caleb Plant on rise after title win
Caleb Plant's win over Jose Uzcategui earned him a super middleweight world title and pushed him into the top five in the latest super middleweight rankings, while other divisions were steady this week.
Junior lightweight world titlist Masayuki Ito (25-1-1, 13 KOs), of Japan, who dominated mandatory challenger Evgeny Chuprakov en route to a seventh-round knockout win Dec. 30 in Tokyo, likely will return to the United States, where he won a vacant belt in July, to make defense No. 2 against 2012 U.S. Olympian Jamel Herring (19-2, 10 KOs) in the spring, Top Rank’s Bob Arum told ESPN. “I’ll be talking to (Teiken Boxing promoter Akihiko) Honda next week about putting Ito on an ESPN card against Herring,” Arum said.
When Carl Frampton (26-2, 15 KOs) lost a hard-fought unanimous decision to IBF featherweight world titleholder Josh Warrington (28-0, 6 KOs) in their action-packed Dec. 22 battle in Manchester, England, Frampton also was stripped of his WBO interim title. “Upon Carl Frampton's loss to Josh Warrington, his recognition as WBO interim featherweight champion has been withdrawn. Further, Warrington will be ranked accordingly,” the WBO said in a statement given to ESPN on Tuesday.
The IBF has made a major change in the rules that govern its purse bids that went into effect with the start of the new year. The split of the money if a fight went to a purse bit had been 75 percent of the winning offer to the titleholder and 25 percent to the mandatory challenger. Now the titleholder is entitled to 65 percent and the challenger 35 percent. A vacant title fight remains 50-50. Also, in the event of a titleholder versus a mandatory challenger who is No. 3 or below in the IBF rankings the split remains 85-15 in favor of the titleholder. In another change, the IBF reserves the right to alter the split if requested and it’s approved by a majority vote of the board of directors.
Doheny's 1st title defense to come vs. Takahashi
TJ Doheny's first defense of his junior featherweight title will come Friday against Ryohei Takahashi.
Dan Rafael's wish list for boxing in 2019
The new year is here, so what does Dan Rafael hope to see in 2019? Plenty of good fights, including the long-discussed Anthony Joshua vs. Deontay Wilder heavyweight bout.
Boxing fights we want to see in 2019
There is already a full slate of fights on the boxing schedule for 2019, but just how many of them are the ones fans are truly yearning for? Steve Kim lists the ones he'd like to see.
Flyweight titlist Moruti Mthalane (37-2, 25 KOs), 36, of South Africa, who retained his belt for the first time by 10th-round TKO of Masahiro Sakamoto on Dec. 31 in Macau, was ordered Monday by the IBF to make his mandatory defense vs. Masayuki Kuroda (30-7-3, 16 KOs), 32, of Japan. They have until Feb. 6 to make a deal or a purse bid will be scheduled. “We’ll kick start those talks shortly and see where it leads us,” Mthalane adviser Mike Altamura told ESPN. “We’ll discuss our options as a team but we’re open to seeing what possibility there is to stage the bout in South Africa. Alternatively, we’re open to defending in Japan if Kuroda’s team presents the right package.”
When British rivals James DeGale, a former two-time super middleweight world titlist, and former title challenger Chris Eubank Jr. meet in a Feb. 23 grudge match at the O2 Arena in London, the fight will headline the first card of Premier Boxing Champions’ new deal with ITV, which will air the event on pay-per-view in the U.K. While no American broadcast details were announced, PBC spokesman Tim Smith told ESPN, “The fight will be shown in the U.S. but the network hasn’t been determined yet.” That likely means either Showtime or Fox/FS1, which have deals with PBC.
Hurd-Lara the Fight of the Year, plus other 2018 superlatives
The junior middleweight world title unification fight back in April was a grinding, grueling, hard-fought classic. Dan Rafael reflects back on that 2018 highlight and picks his KO and Round of the Year.
Bob Arum tells Steve Kim that Terence Crawford will return to the ring on April 20. His opponent has not yet been named.
Junior featherweight world titleholder TJ Doheny has signed a promotional contract with Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn and was added on Monday to his card on Jan. 18 (DAZN) at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. Doheny (20-0, 14 KOs), 32, who is from Ireland and fights out of Australia, will face an opponent to be named. The opponent is supposed to be Ryohei Takahashi (16-3-1, 6 KOs), 28, of Japan, as long as his visa paperwork is finalized. Doheny claimed a 122-pound world title in upset fashion when he traveled to Tokyo and won a unanimous decision against Ryosuke Iwasa on Aug. 16. Hearn said if Doheny wins on Jan. 18 it would likely propel him into a spring unification fight with Daniel Roman (26-2-1, 10 KOs), who is co-promoted by Hearn and fights on DAZN. Doheny took the deal with Hearn but had been offered a deal to move up on weight class and challenge featherweight titlist Leo Santa Cruz on Feb. 16.
Teofimo Lopez Jr. named ESPN 2018 prospect of the year
Teofimo Lopez Jr. not only has enormous talent and potential thanks to his power, speed and work ethic, but he also has an uncommon sense of showmanship, poise and charisma that makes him a must-see fighter in 2019.
Winner of Jack-Browne may not want immediate title shot against Bivol
Money, not the title shot against champion Dmitry Bivol, will be the deciding factor for the next fights after Badou Jack and Marcus Browne face off on January 19.
As IBF welterweight champion, Errol Spence (24-0, 21 KOs), and Mikey Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) prepare for their March 16th pay-per-view bout in Arlington, Texas, they will be undergoing drug testing under VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association), which has earned a reputation as having the most stringent and complete drug testing protocols. Both Spence and Garcia turned in their paperwork a few days ago and will now undergo random testing leading into the fight. It was requested by TGB Promotions that VADA not announce this publicly.
Haney, Villa cruise in unanimous decision wins
Lightweight Devin Haney and featherweight Ruben Villa dominated their fights against previously undefeated fighters Friday night at StageWorks in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Bunce's British boxing preview of 2019
Will the great fallen champions from 2018 return, will one of the unbeaten prospects become a genuine star or will Britain's giant heavyweights continue to dominate boxing in 2019?
The 2019 Boxing Preview
Mayweather stops Nasukawa in exhibition
Floyd Mayweather dusted off the boxing gloves to deliver a masterclass in an exhibition match and stopped Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in the first round on New Year's Eve.
Mayweather-Nasukawa a laughable event
If you call watching Floyd Mayweather annihilate a 20-year-old non-boxer in a little over two minutes entertainment, congratulations, you were probably entertained. The rest of us? Meh, writes Dan Rafael.
Photos: Mayweather vs. Nasukawa
Floyd Mayweather's KO victory over kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa in a boxing exhibition in Japan was as easy as it was effective. Here's how it happened.
Back at Freddie Roach's Wild Card gym in Los Angeles, Manny Pacquiao gets ready for his fight against Adrien Broner on Jan. 19 in Las Vegas. (Video by Steve Kim)
Manny Pacquiao shows speed and power during a training session at Wild Card gym in Los Angeles, California on New Year's Eve. (Video by Steve Kim)
Ito knocks out Chuprakov to retain title
Masayuki Ito retained his junior lightweight title with a knockout of Evgeny Chuprakov.
Ito the busier fighter in TKO win
Inoue defeats Chitpattana for WBC interim bantamweight title
Bunce's British boxing review of 2018
From Anthony Joshua's stadium-fillers to Tyson Fury and a 'December to remember', Steve Bunce looks back on a quite astonishing year for British fighters.
Steve Bunce's top fights of 2018
Joshua Britain's No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in 2018
Unified heavyweight world titlist Anthony Joshua may have taken some flak in 2018 for the fights he did not have, but he remains ESPN's British No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter for the year.
Prospects Stevenson, Krishan on Jan. 18 card
Featherweight Shakur Stevenson will take on Jessie Cris Rosales, while heavyweight Bryant Jennings faces Oscar Rivas in the feature bouts of a Top Rank on ESPN+ card on Jan. 18.
Teddy Atlas: Harrison's victory over Charlo well deserved
Many view Tony Harrison's victory over Jermell Charlo for a junior middleweight world title as a controversial decision. Teddy Atlas explains why he believes it was the right call.
Judging the judges: A decision that cost Jermell Charlo his title
Tony Harrison got an absolute gift decision just in time for Christmas against Jermell Charlo, writes Dan Rafael, who also reviews Josh Warrington's impressive performance and Dillian Whyte's KO victory.
Tony Harrison upsets Jermell Charlo, wins world title
Tony Harrison pulled a major upset to win a junior middleweight world title by controversially outpointing Jermell Charlo on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Whyte: I have more respect for Chisora than AJ
Whyte called out the IBF-WBA-WBO champion Anthony Joshua after knocking out Dereck Chisora at London's O2 Arena.
Jermall Charlo retains interim belt in decision win
Jermall Charlo got off to a slow start but kept his composure to win a unanimous decision over late replacement Matt Korobov on Saturday night in Brooklyn.
Warrington outpoints Frampton to defend title
Josh Warrington's intense pressure and energy earned a unanimous points victory over Carl Frampton in a first defense of his IBF world featherweight title on Saturday.
Warrington dominates Frampton
Warrington wants big fights -- in the U.S.
Josh Warrington declared his intent to fight in the U.S. in 2019 after his victory over Carl Frampton on Saturday. And he has his eye on fellow titleholders Leo Santa Cruz and Oscar Valdez.
Usyk named ESPN 2018 fighter of the year
Oleksandr Usyk had a fantastic year during which he made more history, becoming the undisputed cruiserweight champion, the first in that division in the four-belt era.
- Broner on Pacquiao: 'He's been to sleep before'
- Crawford-Khan bout announced for April 20
- Bivol signs with Hearn, to defend title vs. Smith
- Selby moving up to lightweight for Feb. 23 bout
- Brant to defend 160-lb belt vs. Baysangurov
- Berchelt-Vargas rematch taking place March 23
- Wilder-Fury set for rematch in U.S. - Warren
Want to know what fights are on the horizon? Check out the boxing schedule for 2018.
Who is the world's best fighter regardless of weight class? Check out ESPN's latest top 10.
Check out boxing senior writer Dan Rafael's rankings within each division.
All boxing champions and titleholders for the four major organization.
The junior middleweight battle between Jarrett Hurd and Erislandy Lara was a memorable world title unification battle and the fight of the year.
Remembering Muhammad Ali, one the greatest athletes to ever live.