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Lamont Roach, Orlando Cruz fight to draw after referee’s controversial ruling

An apparent mistake by referee Luis Pabon probably cost Lamont Roach Jr. a decision victory over Orlando Cruz on Thursday in a bout that was ruled a 10-round draw. The fight headlined a Golden Boy on ESPN card at the Coliseo De Puerto Rico in San Juan. It was a close, uneventful bout between junior lightweight counterpunchers until the ninth round, when Roach, 22, connected with a left hook to Cruz’s head. Cruz, 39, staggered and then fell to the floor. It appeared to be a clean knockdown, but Pabon…

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Light heavyweight titlist Sergey Kovalev to defend his belt against Eleider Alvarez

Light heavyweight world titleholder Sergey Kovalev and contender Marcus Browne were poised to meet this summer in a fight that had been agreed to but was not yet signed — and now it won’t be signed. After Browne’s legal issues recently came to light in a report in the New York Daily News — he faces two misdemeanor domestic violence charges — Main Events CEO Kathy Duva, Kovalev’s promoter, quickly went to plan B and got a deal done in short order with an even more highly regarded contender, Eleider…

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Fireworks remain in the box between Amir Khan and Phil Lo Greco

Phil Lo Greco could not resist taking one final dig at Amir Khan as they met in their final press conference ahead of their fight on Saturday night at Liverpool’s Echo Arena. Things quickly kicked off last time that the pair met in front of the media, with Khan (31-4, 19 KOs) throwing water over Lo Greco after the Canadian fighter made references to his private life, dubbing him ‘Khandashian’ on social media. However, things were a lot more restrained this time around, with Lo Greco first to step up…

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Kenichi Ogawa suspended by NSAC and stripped of junior lightweight title for failed drug test in Decemeber

Japan’s Kenichi Ogawa will be stripped of his junior lightweight world title by the IBF and was suspended for six months by the Nevada State Athletic Commission at its monthly meeting on Wednesday for failing a pre-fight drug test in December. In his first fight in the United States, Ogawa controversially outpointed Tevin Farmer by split decision to win a vacant 130-pound world title in an HBO-televised bout on Dec. 9 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. But in a urine test conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association on Dec….

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Make no mistake – This is a real punishment for Canelo Alvarez

In the end, it all went just as expected. After Canelo Alvarez failed two drug tests in February for the banned performance-enhancing substance clenbuterol and his mega HBO PPV rematch with unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin on May 5 in Las Vegas was canceled, many wondered what kind punishment the Nevada State Athletic Commission would dole out, if any. When the positive drug tests first came to light, there were many who had not done their homework on the commission rules and figured Alvarez would skate with a slap…

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Gennady Golovkin to face Vanes Martirosyan May 5 at StubHub Center in Carson, California

From the moment unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin’s rematch with Canelo Alvarez was canceled on April 3, he vigorously and repeatedly maintained that he still wanted to fight on May 5 even though it meant a significant reduction in his purse. Getting the logistics worked out was complicated and difficult, but GGG will get his wish. Instead of facing Alvarez on HBO PPV at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in one of the year’s biggest boxing events, Golovkin will instead attempt to tie Bernard Hopkins’ division record of 20…

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IBF says Gennady Golovkin could be stripped of belt if he fights Vanes Martirosyan

Unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin has said over and over that he wants to fight on May 5 despite the cancellation of his rematch with Canelo Alvarez, and the GGG team and HBO are proceeding as though he will face Vanes Martirosyan that night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. But if GGG does face Martirosyan, it likely will cost him one of his three major title belts. The fight is not yet signed, but Golovkin promoter Tom Loeffler and Don King, Martirosyan’s promoter, are close to finalizing…

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Boxer Mikey Garcia has vacated his junior welterweight title and intends to defend his lightweight belt

In a surprising about-face, Mikey Garcia has vacated his junior welterweight world title and plans to instead defend his lightweight belt. On March 10 in San Antonio, Garcia won a unanimous decision against Sergey Lipinets to take a 140-pound world title. With the victory, Garcia also became a four-division titleholder and only the third fighter in boxing history — along with legends Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez — to win world titles at junior lightweight, lightweight and junior welterweight. Garcia previously won a featherweight title. Garcia also holds a…

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Amir Khan believes appearing on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here has helped his career ahead of Phil Lo Greco bout

10:13 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 Amir Khan has been away a while but insists he is as popular as ever as he prepares to face Phil Lo Greco. Khan (31-4, 19 KOs) faces Canada’s Lo Greco in a non-title welterweight battle — the first live boxing event on the new ESPN+ subscription streaming service — after suffering a fourth career defeat when he stepped…

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The World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight final has been postponed due to an injury to Oleksandr Usyk

Unified cruiserweight world titleholder Oleksandr Usyk has informed World Boxing Super Series organizer Comosa AG that he has suffered a minor left elbow injury, forcing the tournament final against fellow unified titleholder Murat Gassiev to be postponed. Usyk, a southpaw, and Gassiev, who each hold two major 200-pound pound world titles, were scheduled to meet in the final of the eight-man tournament to determine the undisputed champion on May 11 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. But on Monday the World Boxing Super Series announced the fight has been postponed. Oleksandr Usyk,…

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