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Crawford crunches Avanesyan with R6 KO on his career night, but now the big fights must be made

Champion Terence Crawford is introduced prior to his welterweight title fight against David Avanesyan at CHI Health Center on December 10, 2022 in...

After a 13-month layoff, Terence Crawford shook off the ring rust against a competitive opponent in David Avanesyan – better than most expected – en route to a big KO finish. He discussed his free agency status afterwards and in 2023, the WBO welterweight champion must do all he can to secure the division’s most pressing fights before father time deems it too late. Continue reading “Crawford crunches Avanesyan with R6 KO on his career night, but now the big fights must be made”

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Rewind: Vergil Ortiz Jr’s R9 TKO win vs. Michael McKinson, a look at what’s perhaps next for both

Vergil Ortiz Jr. Stops Michael McKinson with TKO in the 9th round at their WBO International Welterweight fight at Dickies Arena on August 6, 2022 in...

The dust has settled and with a rare weekend lacking big boxing or UFC fights, I reflect in detail on Vergil Ortiz Jr’s R9 TKO win over crafty British southpaw Michael McKinson three weeks ago. Ortiz Jr ended his long-awaited return while maintaining his stoppage streak (19-0, 19 KOs), but what’s next for him and McKinson – who feels this display shows he belongs at world level? Continue reading “Rewind: Vergil Ortiz Jr’s R9 TKO win vs. Michael McKinson, a look at what’s perhaps next for both”

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Demolition job: Conor Benn batters Chris van Heerden with startling second-round TKO

Conor Benn punches Chris Van Heerden during the WBA Continental Welterweight Title fight between Conor Benn and Chris Van Heerden at AO Arena on...

An emotional, angry fighter? More like calculated with spiteful bite. Chris van Heerden experienced that first-hand as Conor Benn started aggressively and made the south African pay with some blistering punch combinations, scoring a second-round knockout in Manchester’s main event tonight to make the seventh defence of his WBA Continental welterweight belt. Continue reading “Demolition job: Conor Benn batters Chris van Heerden with startling second-round TKO”

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Eddie Hearn names Adrien Broner, Robert Guerrero as possible Conor Benn opponents

Conor Benn poses with their belt alongside Eddie Hearn, Boxing Promoter and Chairman of Matchroom after victory in the WBA Continental Welterweight...

Eddie Hearn, Conor Benn’s promoter, has named Adrien Broner and Robert Guerrero as potential opponents to face his unbeaten welterweight next in 2022 – while declaring his interest in an unlikely return for recently-retired former two-time champion Shawn Porter too.
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After decimating Liam Taylor, David Avanesyan eyes Yordenis Ugas title fight

David Avanesyan celebrates victory in the EBU European Welterweight Title fight between David Avanesyan and Liam Taylor at SSE Arena on October 02,...

Having made the fourth defence of his European welterweight title on Saturday, the 33-year-old Russian (28-3-1, 16 KOs) wants a return to world level after defeats by Lamont Peterson and Egidijus Kavaliauskas on his last two US visits in big bouts. His trainer Carl Greaves and manager Neil Marsh emphasised that belief, after his emphatic showing this past weekend. Continue reading “After decimating Liam Taylor, David Avanesyan eyes Yordenis Ugas title fight”

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Slow and steady: Conor Benn targeting Adrien Broner next, and it makes sense

Conor Benn celebrates victory after the WBA Continental Welterweight Title fight between Conor Benn and Adrian Granados at Emerald Headingley Stadium...

After a dominant points win over Adrian Granados last weekend, Conor Benn (19-0, 12 KOs) has reaffirmed his desire to face four-weight world champion Adrien Broner next and while many have been quick to criticise his messy decision victory in Leeds, the 24-year-old’s plan is clear. Continue reading “Slow and steady: Conor Benn targeting Adrien Broner next, and it makes sense”

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Vergil Ortiz Jr’s justified confidence needs to be championed, not rubbished

Vergil Ortiz Jr. Rejoices after knocking down Maurice Hooker for the WBO international welterweight championship at Dickies Arena on March 20, 2021...

In the toughest test of his career so far, Vergil Ortiz Jr came through unscathed last weekend with a seventh-round TKO victory against former light welterweight title-holder Maurice Hooker before calling out WBO champion Terence Crawford ringside. Still only 22-years-old with a perfect 17-0 record, his flaws are being scrutinised – rather than his willingness to fight the best.
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