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Heavyweights Anthony Joshua, Joseph Parker to meet in unification bout March 31

The heavyweight division will move one step closer to an undisputed champion as two-belt titleholder Anthony Joshua and one-belt titlist Joseph Parker will meet to unify their world titles. A deal in the works for the past couple of months has been finalized and the two heavy hitters will meet on March 31 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, where Joshua drew a sold-out crowd of 78,000 for this last fight in October. With the announcement of Anthony Joshua-Joseph Parker, heavyweight boxing is tidying itself up and setting up the…

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Anthony Joshua-Joseph Parker fight could decide the heavyweight division future

5:50 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 With the announcement of Anthony Joshua-Joseph Parker, heavyweight boxing is tidying itself up and setting up the possibility of an undisputed champion. Cleaning up the world heavyweight titles and holding all four belts eluded the likes of Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, Riddick Bowe and Wladimir Klitschko. But in 2018, boxing could have its first WBC-WBA-IBF-WBO world heavyweight…

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Joseph Diaz Jr. to fight Victor Terrazas in Golden Boy Boxing feature bout

Featherweight contender Joseph Diaz Jr. will risk his position as a mandatory world title challenger by taking on former world titlist Victor Terrazas on Feb. 22. The scheduled 10-round fight, announced by Golden Boy Promotions on Friday, will take place at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, in Indio, California, and headline the 2018 debut of “Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN” (ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 11:30 p.m. ET). The 25-year-old Diaz (25-0, 13 KOs), a 2012 U.S. Olympian from South El Monte, California, is the mandatory challenger for 126-pound world titlist…

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Claressa Shields defeats Tori Nelson by unanimous decision at Turning Stone Casino

VERONA, N.Y. — Two-time Olympic boxing champion Claressa Shields scored a unanimous 10-round decision over Tori Nelson on Friday night at Turning Stone Casino to retain her women’s WBC and IBF super middleweight world titles. Each of the three judges scored the fight 100-90 for Shields (5-0, 2 KOs), of Flint, Michigan, who was nearly 20 years younger than her opponent. The 41-year-old Nelson (17-1-3, 1 KO), who won a middleweight world title in 2011 but had only fought twice since June 2015, lost for the first time in her…

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Heavyweight titleholder Deontay Wilder is giving Luis “King Kong” Ortiz another chance

Heavyweight world titleholder Deontay Wilder is giving Luis “King Kong” Ortiz another chance. Wilder will defend his title against Ortiz on March 3 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, organizers announced Friday. Deontay Wilder will give Luis Ortiz another chance after their first bout was canceled due to Ortiz’ failed drug test. Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports The fight will come almost four months to the day that they were first supposed to meet — Nov. 4, also at Barclays Center — but Ortiz was dropped from the fight after he…

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Super middleweight fight between England’s Callum Smith and Germany’s Juergen Braehmer set for Feb. 24

The last of the four semifinal bouts in the two World Boxing Super Series tournaments has been scheduled. The super middleweight tournament semifinal between England’s Callum Smith and Germany’s Juergen Braehmer will take place Feb. 24 at the Arena Nürnberger Versicherung in Nuremburg, Germany, organizers announced Friday. “Smith vs. Braehmer — England vs. Germany — it’s a classic anyway, but this one pits youth vs. experience. Smith is eager to show the world he is the best while Braehmer is entering the last chance saloon,” promoter Kalle Sauerland, the chief…

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Robert Easter – ‘It’s time we unify these titles’

When it comes to the lightweight division, most of the conversation usually centers around world titleholders Mikey Garcia and Jorge Linares, their exploits and whether they will fight each other. They both say this summer is a good possibility if they get past their upcoming assignments. If the conversation is not about that wish-list fight, then there is usually a mention of junior lightweight world titleholder and pound-for-pound king Vasiliy Lomachenko and when he might move up in weight to join them at 135 pounds and go for a world…

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David Higgins – Joseph Parker on standby as issues remain with Anthony Joshua fight contract

Jan 12, 2018 Will KentESPN UK Joseph Parker’s promoter David Higgins has revealed to ESPN that a unification bout against Anthony Joshua is “very close” to being announced but negotiations might still go on into next week. Parker (24-0, 18 KOs), who hasn’t fought since his majority decision win over Hughie Fury in Sept. 2017, will be defending his WBO strap while also bidding to claim Joshua’s IBF and WBA belts. “The announcement won’t be today [Jan.12] as no contracts have been signed,” Higgins exclusively told ESPN. “There are a…

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Deontay Wilder found guilty on misdemeanor pot charge

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A municipal court judge has sentenced WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder to 60 hours of community service for misdemeanor marijuana possession. Judge Ricky McKinney found Wilder, 32, guilty Thursday and ordered him to perform the community service at a local YMCA. Wilder received a 30-day suspended sentence and two years of probation. Wilder was arrested in Tuscaloosa in June after police found marijuana in his Cadillac Escalade. He was initially stopped for a window tint violation. Officers searched the car after smelling marijuana and found a small…

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