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Gennady Golovkin, Canelo Alvarez close to finalizing rematch

Slowly but surely, representatives for unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin and former champion Canelo Alvarez are getting closer to finalizing their rematch for May 5, both sides told ESPN. “We’re still in discussions and I talked to (Golden Boy Promotions president) Eric Gomez about 10 minutes ago trying to work out the deal. We are working on concessions on both sides,” Golovkin promoter Tom Loeffler told ESPN on Tuesday. “It clearly makes the most sense to do it on May 5 and that’s what we’re focused on.” May 5…

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Katie Taylor aims to silence Jessica McCaskill in first lightweight title defence

10:39 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 Katie Taylor aims to silence the social media taunts of Jessica McCaskill in a first defence of her world lightweight title on Wednesday. The Irish boxer turned professional a little over a year ago but raced to winning a world title in her last fight, a unanimous points win over Argentina’s Anahi Sanchez for the WBA belt on Oct….

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Kell Brook to make super-welterweight bow against Sergey Rabchenko

10:53 AM ET ESPN staff Kell Brook will make his debut at super-welterweight against Sergey Rabchenko at the FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield on March 3. Brook (36-2. 25KOs) is looking to become a two-weight world champion after losing his IBF welterweight title to Errol Spence at Bramall Lane earlier this year and has now decided to move up a weight class. “I can’t wait to get back in there and it’s going to be special returning to the arena,” said Brook. “The Spence defeat cut deep and it took me…

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Floyd Mayweather meets tigers, monkeys as world tour continues

11:10 AM ET ESPN staff Floyd Mayweather continues to make waves on social media as he has been brought face-to-face with monkeys and tigers during the latest leg of his luxury world tour. Mayweather, 40 who took his professional record to 50-0 by defeating Conor McGregor in August, is currently making the most of his return to retirement by enjoying some time away from the US. Mayweather recently concluded a tour of China — which he claimed he was being paid $3 million for — and made sure to keep…

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Vasiliy Lomachenko – It wasn’t supposed to be this easy for Vasiliy Lomachenko

A roundup of the past week’s notable boxing results from around the world: Saturday at New York Vasiliy Lomachenko TKO6 Guillermo Rigondeaux — Full RecapRetains a junior lightweight titleRecords: Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs); Rigondeaux (17-1, 11 KOs) Vasiliy Lomachenko’s dominating victory over Guillermo Rigondeaux is another example of what he does: snatch the heart and soul of his opponent and crushing it in front of their faces in a way we’ve never really seen another fighter do before. Rafael’s remarks: On paper, it was a fantasy fight between two of…

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Orlando Salido to retire at 37 after KO loss in slugfest

The ravages of a 21-year ring career filled with grueling fights finally became enough for former four-time, two-division world titleholder Orlando Salido. Salido, who won world titles at featherweight and junior lightweight and thrilled boxing fans with a series of epic slugfests over the years, announced his retirement from boxing on Saturday night. Salido had just suffered a ninth-round knockout loss to Mexican countryman Miguel “Mickey” Roman in yet another all-out slugfest at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. “As they say, father time is undefeated,” Salido said after the loss…

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Gary Corcoran following rich trail of Travellers in the ring

8:19 PM 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 Gary Corcoran aims to become the latest Traveller to win a world boxing title when he challenges Jeff Horn on Dec. 13. The 27-year-old, who lives in a caravan near Wembley Stadium in London, takes on local hero Horn for his WBO welterweight title at the Convention & Exhibition Centre in Brisbane, Australia. The Traveller communities have a rich…

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Joseph Parker reveals Anthony Joshua fight very close and could be in March

4:00 AM ET Will KentESPN UK Joseph Parker has stated negotiations to fight Anthony Joshua are “going good” and that the pair could meet in the ring as early as March 2018. Parker (24-0, 18 KOs), who is currently the WBO heavyweight world champion, beat Hughie Fury in his debut UK performance in September 2017 and the New Zealand boxer is keen to come back to unify against WBA and IBF belt holder Joshua. “I think the Joshua fight can go ahead early next year when both teams are locked…

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Joseph Parker reveals Anthony Joshua fight very close, could be in March

4:00 AM ET Will KentESPN UK Joseph Parker says negotiations to fight Anthony Joshua are “going good” and that the pair could meet in the ring as early as March. Parker (24-0, 18 KOs), who is currently the WBO world heavyweight champion, beat Hughie Fury in his debut U.K. performance in September, and the New Zealand boxer is keen to come back to face WBA and IBF belt holder Joshua. “I think the Joshua fight can go ahead early next year when both teams are locked in and happy,” Parker…

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Lee Selby claims unanimous victory over Eduardo Ramirez

5:12 PM 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 — Lee Selby ended a miserable 2017 on a high with a comfortable and classy points win over Eduardo Ramirez on Saturday. Selby (26-1, 9 KOs) made a fourth defence of his IBF world featherweight title by earning unanimous scores of 118-110, 119-109 and 116-112 over the previously unbeaten Ramirez at the Copper Box Arena in Stratford, east…

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