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Rau’shee Warren-McJoe Arroyo bout added to Adrien Broner-Mikey Garcia card

Former bantamweight world titleholder Rau’shee Warren and former junior bantamweight titlist McJoe Arroyo will square off in a junior bantamweight title elimination bout on July 29. The fight, announced on Thursday, has been added to the undercard of the Adrien Broner-Mikey Garcia junior welterweight showdown that takes places a week from Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Rau’shee Warren, left, will face McJoe Arroyo in a junior bantamweight title elimination bout on July 29 in Brooklyn, New York. Jon Durr/Getty Images Warren-Arroyo will not be part of the Showtime…

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Richard Commey signs with DiBella Entertainment, eyes title elimination bout at lightweight

The IBF has ordered two world title elimination fights to produce mandatory challengers for its belts at lightweight and junior lightweight. On Thursday, it ordered Alejandro Luna and Richard Commey, the leading available contenders according to the organization’s rankings, to meet for the right to become the mandatory challenger for the 135-pound world title held by Robert Easter Jr. Richard Commey, right, has been ordered to face fellow lightweight Alejandro Luna in a title elimination bout, with an eye on a possible rematch with Robert Easter Jr., left, to whom…

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Bakhtiyar Eyubov, Sonny Fredrickson to put unbeaten records on line against each other

Junior welterweight prospects Bakhtiyar Eyubov and Sonny Fredrickson will put their unbeaten records on the line against each other, promoter Dmitry Salita announced on Wednesday. They will meet in a scheduled 10-round fight on Aug. 4 at the MGM Grand Detroit in the co-feature of the previously announced women’s super middleweight world title fight between two-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (3-0, 1 KO) and titleholder Nikki Adler (16-0, 9 KOs). They meet for Adler’s world title as well as a vacant belt. The card on Showtime’s “ShoBox: The…

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Canelo Alvarez has returned to San Diego to train for bout with Gennady Golovkin

Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez has returned to his training base of San Diego to open camp for his highly anticipated showdown with unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin. Alvarez, training for the eighth fight in a row in San Diego, will face Golovkin on Sept. 16 (HBO PPV, 8 p.m. ET) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in one of the year’s biggest fights. Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs), whom some still consider the lineal middleweight champion even though he left the weight division for his past two fights —…

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Light heavyweight contender Joe Smith Jr. has surgery to repair broken jaw

Light heavyweight contender Joe Smith Jr., who fought valiantly with a broken jaw for eight-plus rounds in a 10-round decision loss to Sullivan Barrera on Saturday night, underwent surgery Tuesday to repair the injury. Star Boxing promoter Joe DeGuardia told ESPN that the jaw had a “clean break” but that it was in a different area than where Smith suffered a broken jaw in his only other defeat, a fourth-round knockout to Eddie Caminero in 2010. Smith had the surgery at Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, New York,…

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Scheduled July 29 fight between Artur Beterbiev, Enrico Koelling called off

Whether you believe the story from light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev or promoter Yvon Michel, one thing they can agree on is that the fighter’s world title elimination fight against Enrico Koelling will not happen as planned. Russian-born and Montreal-based Beterbiev (11-0, 11 KOs), one of boxing’s most devastating punchers, and Germany’s Koelling (23-1, 6 KOs), 27, were scheduled to fight for the right to become one of unified world titleholder Andre Ward’s mandatory challengers on the Adrien Broner-Mikey Garcia undercard on July 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New…

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Boxing in Great Britain still enjoying success, and its future looks bright

6:37 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 Despite fewer world champions than at the start of 2017, British boxing’s boom is showing no signs of relenting. Great Britain started the year with 13 world champions. It now has 10; of those, Anthony Joshua and James DeGale are No. 1 in their respective divisions (according to ESPN’s divisional rankings) and there are big fights scheduled or in…

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Carlos Ocampo and Konstantin Ponomarev to square off in a welterweight title elimination bout

Unbeaten welterweight contenders Carlos Ocampo and Konstantin Ponomarev will square off in a title elimination fight for the right to challenge for a world title with the terms of their fight laid out at a purse bid on Tuesday. Carl Moretti, vice president of Top Rank, which promotes Ponomarev, was the only bidder present at the IBF headquarters in Springfield, New Jersey, and offered $30,150. Zanfer Promotions, which represents Ocampo, did not bid. The fighters will split the winning offer, meaning each man would be due a purse of $15,075….

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Joe Smith Jr. to undergo surgery for broken jaw from loss to Sullivan Barrera

Light heavyweight contender Joe Smith Jr. is headed for surgery later this week after he suffered a broken jaw in his 10-round decision loss to Sullivan Barrera on Saturday night in one of the HBO-televised bouts at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Smith (23-2, 19 KOs) scored a first-round knockdown with a powerful left hand against Barrera (20-1, 14 KOs) but showed virtually nothing for the rest of the fight, which he lost by scores of 97-92, 97-92 and 96-93 on the undercard of the junior lightweight world title fight…

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Robert Guerrero announces retirement after 16-year career

Welterweight Robert Guerrero, who won world titles in two weight classes and fought some of the biggest names in boxing during his 16-year professional career, announced his retirement from the ring on Monday. “First, I want to thank God for allowing me to have a wonderful career,” Guerrero, 34, said in a statement. “I’m a kid from a small town in Gilroy, California, who made it to the mountaintop of the boxing world. When I was a young kid growing up, I always believed in myself, but never in my…

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