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Dereck Chisora signs on with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing

Heavyweight contender Dereck Chisora has signed a promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, Hearn announced on Wednesday. The 33-year-old Chisora (26-7, 18 KOs), of England, is due to challenge European heavyweight champion Agit Kabayel (16-0, 12 KOs), 24, of Germany, on a date to be determined in November in a bid to regain that title. Chisora, however, will warm up for the assignment with his first fight with Matchroom Boxing on Sept. 30. He will face an opponent to be determined in a six-round bout on the undercard of…

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James DeGale vows to return to the ring in December

James DeGale wants to return to the ring in December after recovering from the shoulder injury that forced him to miss out on the World Boxing Super Series. The super-middleweight edition of the eight-fighter competition began on Saturday when Callum Smith defeated Erik Skoglund, and DeGale’s rivals George Groves and Chris Eubank Jnr will also have their quarter-finals in the coming month. IBF champion DeGale remains widely thought of as the world’s leading super-middleweight but, since drawing with Badou Jack in January, has undergone surgery on a torn rotator cuff…

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Officials ready to discuss Gennady Golovkin-Canelo Alvarez rematch

The representatives for unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez plan to begin discussions this week for a rematch, both camps told ESPN on Tuesday. After nearly two years of public desire to see the fight, Golovkin and Alvarez finally met in the year’s most important bout on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and they went to battle for 12 hard rounds. It was a thrilling fight that was ruled a split draw, though most thought Golovkin deserved the decision. Talk of an immediate…

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Former heavyweight contender David Bey killed in construction accident

CAMDEN, N.J. — A former heavyweight boxer who was defeated by Larry Holmes died in a construction accident last Thursday. David Bey, of Philadelphia, was struck by a piece of metal and killed while working on a mixed-use real estate development project in Camden, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. He was 60. A representative from his union, Local 179 of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters, said Bey was a second-generation pile driver who had worked 37 years in the trade. “David was a gentleman at all…

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Ex-boxer Magomed Abdusalamov’s lawyer wants New York to improve combat sports safety

NEW YORK — When his lawyer introduced Magomed Abdusalamov at a news conference outside of Madison Square Garden on Monday, he said the former heavyweight contender had made a “miraculous recovery” from the tragic turn his life took at MSG nearly four years ago. The Abdusalamov family’s attorney characterized the $22 million settlement — a record for New York — as “the state taking responsibility for its actions and paying an appropriate amount for the damages caused.” Former heavyweight boxer Magomed Abdusalamov and his young family confront profound challenges each…

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Deontay Wilder to fight King Kong Luis Ortiz in November

Heavyweight titleholder Deontay Wilder, who has been seeking a dangerous opponent, will get one. Wilder will take on the much-avoided “King Kong” Luis Ortiz on Nov. 4 (Showtime) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Lou DiBella, who is promoting the card, has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday in New York to make a formal announcement. Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs), 31, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, will be making his sixth title defense and fighting for the first time since retaining his belt by fifth-round knockout of Gerald Washington on Feb….

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Boxing- Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin draw causes refunds in Las Vegas sportsbooks

Large bets for as much as $500,000 showed up on Gennady Golovkin at Las Vegas sportsbooks in the final hours before Saturday’s title fight against Canelo Alvarez. They would all have to be refunded, after a controversial decision left both bettors and bookmakers disappointed and confused. Heading into the decision, oddsmakers believed Golovkin had won the fight. International sportsbooks had Golovkin as high as a -500 favorite when live betting on the bout closed. But when the decision was announced, judge Adalaide Byrd had seen things differently. She had Alvarez…

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Canelo-GGG – Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez gave fans the fight they wanted

LAS VEGAS — In 1981, all-time greats Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns, two of the most accomplished, popular and exciting fighters of their time, battled for welterweight supremacy in a classic fight that is still talked about to this day. The highly anticipated confrontation at Caesars Palace is a major part of the Hall of Fame legacy of both men. It was a very competitive fight that ended with Leonard stopping a spent Hearns as he sagged against the ropes in the 14th round to unify 147-pound titles back…

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Bad judging is still a problem boxing can’t afford

LAS VEGAS — We were supposed to get a winner and a loser Saturday night. Punch stats Punches Alvarez Golovkin Landed 218 169 Thrown 703 505 Percent 31 33 — Courtesy of CompuBox That’s the way big-time sports are supposed to work. There’s a coldhearted beauty in that steel scoreboard sitting at the end of the field or hanging above the court or the ice. It doesn’t have any feelings or emotions or biases or visual impairments. You get exactly what you deserve at the end of the day. But…

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Billy Joe Saunders not waiting on Gennady Golovkin for next WBO title defence

7:01 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 LONDON — Billy Joe Saunders will fight in December even if it is not against Gennady Golovkin in a world middleweight title unification fight. The English boxer defended his WBO belt — the only title not in Golovkin’s possession — with a unanimous points win over American Willie Monroe Jr at the Copper Box Arena in London Saturday. After…

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