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Sergey Kovalev – ‘I’m ready to be a world champion again’

Flash back to late 2016 and Sergey Kovalev was on top of the mountain. The man known as “Krusher” owned three light heavyweight world title belts and an undefeated record. He was near the top of most pound-for-pound lists, was knocking almost everyone out and carried an aura of invincibility. Where: The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New YorkWhen: SaturdayTV: HBO (10 p.m. ET/PT) Now, one year later, Kovalev is in a much different place. He is coming off two losses in a row to the now-retired Andre Ward, though…

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Dillian Whyte slams Tony Bellew as ‘a heavyweight who hides’

10:03 AM ET Isaac RobinsonESPN London heavyweight Dillian Whyte has slammed domestic rival Tony Bellew over the Liverpudlian’s refusal to meet him instead of David Haye. Former world champion Haye (28-3, 26 KOs) was forced to withdraw from a scheduled rematch with Bellew (29-2-1, 19 KOs) on Dec. 17 because of injury and Whyte (22-1, 16 KOs) has been frustrated in his attempts to step in at late notice. Whyte told ESPN: “You can’t say you’re a heavyweight but you don’t want to fight any of the top 10 heavyweights….

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‘Fat mess’ Tyson Fury shows off dance moves during training

9:03 AM ET ESPN staff Tyson Fury continues to make waves on Instagram after the former heavyweight world champion posted a video showing off his dance moves. Fury, who has not fought since his sensational victory over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, has been using social media to document his return to fitness as he prepares for a competitive return to the ring in 2018. While many of Fury’s recent videos have shown the 29-year-old hard at work training, his latest post displays his sense of humour as he dances on…

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Joseph Parker lowers demands to try to make fight with Anthony Joshua

Heavyweight world titleholder Joseph Parker and his team said they still hope to finalize a unification fight against two-belt titleholder Anthony Joshua and claim they have reduced their demands in an effort to get a deal done. At a news conference on Wednesday in Parker’s home country of New Zealand, Duco Events promoter David Higgins laid out the particulars of what they are seeking for what would be one of the most significant fights in the division. “The deal must be open book revenue share,” Higgins said. “In good faith…

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George Groves to fight Chris Eubank Jr. in England in a World Boxing Super Series tournament semifinal

Super middleweight world titleholder George Groves and British countryman Chris Eubank Jr. have a date and location for their semifinal fight in the World Boxing Super Series tournament. Groves and Eubank will square off on Feb. 17 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, a source with direct knowledge of the plans told ESPN on Tuesday. World Boxing Super Series officials have been mum on the particulars but have said they would make the official announcement of the site and location of the fight on Thursday. Groves (27-3, 20 KOs),…

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Dejan Zlaticanin to face Hevinson Herrera on Dec. 14 in New York

Former lightweight world titleholder Dejan Zlaticanin, who lost his belt earlier this year, is on the comeback trail. Zlaticanin is scheduled to face journeyman Hevinson Herrera in an eight-round fight at a contract weight of 139 pounds in the co-feature of promoter Lou DiBella’s “Broadway Boxing” card on Dec. 14 at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York. Zlaticanin (22-1, 15 KOs), a 33-year-old southpaw, became the first world titleholder from Montenegro when he knocked out Franklin Mamani in the third round to win a vacant 135-pound world…

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Antoine Douglas to fight Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan Dec. 16

Middleweight Antoine Douglas, having recently signed a co-promotional agreement with Golden Boy Promotions, will have the first fight of the deal against Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan on Dec. 16, Golden Boy president Eric Gomez told ESPN on Tuesday. The scheduled 10-round bout will take place on HBO (10 p.m. ET/PT) at the Place Bell in Laval, Quebec. It will be the co-feature alongside English middleweight world titleholder Billy Joe Saunders taking on former titleholder and mandatory challenger David Lemieux, the hometown draw from Montreal. “We’re very excited to work with Antoine…

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ESPN.com’s division-by-division rankings – junior middleweight

Who is the best fighter regardless of weight class? See ESPN’s P4P rankings. Click here Check out my rankings within each division by clicking on the links below. If there is a lineal champion in the weight class he is ranked No. 1. For a list of the current champions in all weight classes, click here. Note: Results through Nov. 20. In an effort to provide the most up-to-date rankings, ESPN.com’s division-by-division boxing rankings will be updated every Tuesday. More Divisional Rankings Heavyweight – Cruiserweight – Light heavyweight – Super…

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Denis Shafikov to face Rene Alvarado in junior lightweight bout Dec. 9

Denis Shafikov has come up short each time he has boxed for a lightweight world title, losing decisions to Miguel Vazquez in 2014, Rances Barthelemy in 2015 and Robert Easter Jr. on June 30. So Shafikov has decided to move down in weight to junior lightweight and will take on Rene Alvarado in a 10-round bout that has been added to the card headlined by the vacant interim junior lightweight bout between Orlando Salido and Miguel “Mickey” Roman on Dec. 9 (HBO, 10:20 p.m. ET/PT) at Mandalay Bay in Las…

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Injured David Haye withdraws from rematch with Tony Bellew

Former heavyweight titleholder David Haye is injured again, forcing him to withdraw from his much-anticipated rematch with Tony Bellew on Monday, Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn announced. David Haye has a long history of postponements and injuries. Here, ESPN looks back at his career where he has frequently had the misfortune of injury troubles. Haye and Bellew were due to square off again in an all-British showdown on Dec. 17 at the O2 Arena in London. However, Haye tore his left biceps training for the fight and had surgery to…

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