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Dominican welterweight Carlos Adames signs multi-year promotional deal with Top Rank

About 18 months ago, welterweight Carlos Adames served as a sparring partner for 2017 ESPN.com fighter of the year Terence Crawford and made an impression on those who saw him. Since then, the 23-year-old Adames has continued to develop, and this week, Top Rank, which promotes Crawford, signed him to a multiyear promotional agreement. “Carlos is clearly a five-star, Division I [-level] recruit and a prospect who is ready to break out in the talent-filled welterweight division,” Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti said. “All of us at Top Rank,…

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Hugo Centeno Jr. injured, fight vs. Jermall Charlo postponed

Middleweight contender Hugo Centeno Jr. suffered a rib injury in training and his fight with Jermall Charlo for a vacant interim middleweight world title was postponed on Friday. Centeno and Charlo were scheduled to fight March 3 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, in the co-feature of a Showtime-televised tripleheader headlined by Deontay Wilder’s heavyweight title defense against Luis “King Kong” Ortiz. That card will now be a doubleheader, but because Centeno’s injury is not serious, the fight was rescheduled for April 21 at a site to be determined,…

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Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs. Juan Francisco Estrada headlines loaded ‘SuperFly’ card

Size does count but not always the way you might think, especially in boxing where bigger is not always better and smaller is frequently as good as it gets. Saturday’s “SuperFly 2” on HBO’s Boxing After Dark is a manifestation of this seemingly incongruous reality, a celebration of the sport’s lightest and most remarkable fighters. In the main event, Thailand’s Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, the star of “SuperFly 1,” defends the WBC junior bantamweight title against Mexico’s leading 115-pounder, Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada. Where: The Forum in Inglewood, CaliforniaWhen: SaturdayTV:…

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Tony Bellew reveals he was paid £100 to spar with David Haye

6:31 AM ET ESPN staff Tony Bellew has revealed that he was once paid £100 to spar with David Haye as the pair gear up for their highly-anticipated rematch on May 5. Bellew, 35, is currently preparing to face Haye for the second time in just over a year after he caused an upset by defeating the former heavyweight world champion — who was hampered by an Achilles injury — by 11th-round knockout in March 2017. The return bout was originally scheduled to take place on Dec. 17 but was…

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Joseph ‘JoJo’ Diaz Jr. knocks out Victor Terrazas

Undefeated Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. knocked out Victor Terrazas with a left to the body at 3:00 of the third round of a scheduled 10-round featherweight bout Thursday night at the Fantasy Springs Hotel Casino in Indio, California. Diaz, of Glendora, California, knocked down Terrazas, of Guadalajara, Mexico, twice in the opening round, first with a body shot and then with a left hook to the head. Terrazas, 35, beat the count both times and survived until the bell. Joseph Diaz Jr. twice knocked down Victor Terrazas in Round 1,…

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Joseph Diaz – ‘I will remind everyone why I deserve a world title shot’

Undefeated featherweight Joseph “JoJo” Diaz appears to be a victim of WBC titleholder Gary Russell Jr.’s inactivity. Diaz won a unanimous 12-round decision over previously undefeated Rafael “Big Bang” Rivera on Sept. 16, 2017, in the final eliminator and in October was named Russell Jr.’s mandatory challenger. Russell Jr. is a gifted boxer who won the title in March 2015 but has only fought twice since, most recently a seventh-round stoppage of Oscar Escandon in May 2017. Although Diaz’s title shot is supposed to take place no later than May…

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Olympic champion Katie Taylor continuing quest to unify titles

After 2012 Irish Olympic gold medalist Katie Taylor was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Olympics she turned pro with one goal – not only to win a world title but to unify belts. Taylor accomplished the first part of her goal in October when he she handily outpointed Anahi Esther Sanchez to win a vacant lightweight world title. Now it’s on to the next item on the to-do list. Olympic champion Katie Taylor, shown after a win in Brooklyn in July, will fight for another title against Victoria…

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Featherweight Genesis Servania gets promotional deal with Top Rank

Filipino featherweight Genesis Servania might have lost his world title shot to Oscar Valdez last fall, but he made a big enough impression in that action-packed battle to secure a promotional contract from Top Rank. Top Rank announced on Wednesday that it has signed the 26-year-old Servania (30-1, 13 KOs) to a multiyear promotional agreement. On Sept. 22, Servania, 29-0 at the time, challenged featherweight world titleholder Valdez in the main event of a Top Rank ESPN card in Tucson, Arizona, and gave Valdez the toughest fight of his career….

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Deontay Wilder on Luis Ortiz

Heavyweight contender Luis “King Kong” Ortiz was not in a talkative mood on Tuesday, but manager Jay Jimenez was in an argumentative one. They were part of a media conference call, along with heavyweight world titleholder Deontay Wilder and promoter Lou DiBella, to discuss the Wilder-Ortiz title fight, which is scheduled for March 3 (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. New York. While Wilder spoke his peace in a vociferous and entertaining manner as he answered question after question, as he usually does, Ortiz (28-0, 24 KOs)…

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‘Buddhist’ David Haye tells Tony Bellew ‘I love you’ ahead of rematch

8:44 AM ET Isaac RobinsonESPN Tony Bellew and David Haye are becoming something approaching a comedy duo as the Londoner professed to love the Liverpudlian at Wednesday’s press conference. The build-up to their first fight, which ended in an 11th-round stoppage win for Bellew, was marked by animosity and violence — but an intriguing dynamic has developed as Haye adopts a more relaxed approach to the verbal preludes to the rescheduled rematch. Anthony Joshua has a March 31 date with Joseph Parker for a heavyweight unification bout, but his promoter…

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