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Benavidez’s barrage of punishment decisive vs. spirited Plant display, as he calls for Canelo clash

David Benavidez walks away from Caleb Plant after a 12-round WBC super middleweight fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 25, 2023 in Las Vegas,...

David Benavidez got what he wanted, a world-class opponent in former IBF world champion Caleb Plant – who posed questions aplenty for the 26-year-old. It required patience, especially with a trigger-happy referee, but he finished viciously in a commanding decision win before calling out undisputed super-middleweight champion Canelo Álvarez, who returns on May 6 vs. John Ryder. Continue reading “Benavidez’s barrage of punishment decisive vs. spirited Plant display, as he calls for Canelo clash”

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Marshall discusses tactical gamble backfiring vs. Shields, open to Crews Dezurn matchup at 168lbs

Savannah Marshall looks on ahead of the IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO World Middleweight Title fight between Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall on the...

Now-former WBO middleweight champion Savannah Marshall remains adamant she’ll avenge her loss to undisputed titlist Claressa Shields with different tactics a second time around, but the 31-year-old expressed a readiness to challenge Franchon Crews Dezurn for the undisputed belts at 168lbs as the Hartlepool native’s stock has risen despite a first pro defeat last October. Continue reading “Marshall discusses tactical gamble backfiring vs. Shields, open to Crews Dezurn matchup at 168lbs”

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Rip up the script: Rewind to Liam Smith’s stunning R4 TKO win vs. Chris Eubank Jr, what’s next?

Liam Smith is carried by their coaching team as they celebrate after defeating Chris Eubank Jr during the Middleweight fight between Chris Eubank Jr...

He told everyone that would listen. Yet you had to see to believe: Liam Smith becoming the first man to drop, and stop Chris Eubank Jr with a rather emphatic fourth-round TKO win during their PPV main event on January 21. Talk immediately turned to the latter’s rematch clause, a potential illegal elbow, weight complications and much more besides earlier this month. Continue reading “Rip up the script: Rewind to Liam Smith’s stunning R4 TKO win vs. Chris Eubank Jr, what’s next?”

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Eubank Jr insists he wants once-cancelled Golovkin matchup in 2023, provided he beats Smith

Chris Eubank Jr is pictured during a Chris Eubank Jr v Liam Smith Press Conference at The Landmark Hotel on November 29, 2022 in London, England.

His matchup against Liam Smith may be less than a month away now, but that hasn’t stopped former world title challenger Chris Eubank Jr from reiterating his desire to secure a Gennadiy Golovkin showdown in 2023 for the Kazakh’s middleweight world titles – while retaining an interest in rescheduling the Conor Benn matchup, despite the 26-year-old’s positive drugs test. Continue reading “Eubank Jr insists he wants once-cancelled Golovkin matchup in 2023, provided he beats Smith”

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Ryder boxes clever before Parker’s injury-enforced retirement, is now WBO interim 168lb champion

Zach Parker of Great Britain exchanges punches with John Ryder of Great Britain during the WBO International Super-Middleweight Title fight between...

John Ryder probed, picked his punches perfectly and is the WBO interim super-middleweight world champion – mandatory challenger for one of Canelo Alvarez’s undisputed titles – after Zach Parker retired before the start of R5 with a broken right-hand in their headliner. Prior, there were impressive KO wins for Hamzah Sheeraz and Dennis McCann among others. Continue reading “Ryder boxes clever before Parker’s injury-enforced retirement, is now WBO interim 168lb champion”

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Unification next? Bivol dismantles Zurdo to defend WBA LHW strap, then calls for Beterbiev clash

Dmitry Bivol celebrates his win in the WBA Light-Heavyweight World Title boxing match at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi on November 5, 2022.

There was less fanfare this time around, in a different continent against another fearsome Mexican champion. WBA light-heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol got the job done all the same in his 10th world title defence and ultimately eased to a wide UD victory (118-110, 117-111, 117-111) over Gilberto Ramirez, inflicting the 31-year-old’s first professional defeat before calling for the much-anticipated unification bout against compatriot Artur Beterbiev in 2023.
Continue reading “Unification next? Bivol dismantles Zurdo to defend WBA LHW strap, then calls for Beterbiev clash”

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John Ryder vs. Zach Parker media day: Who said what, ahead of November 26’s main event?

John Ryder celebrates victory following the super-middleweight fight between Daniel Jacobs and John Ryder at Alexandra Palace on February 12, 2022 in...

Another compelling domestic duel. This one arrives November 26 as John Ryder looks to build on his split decision win over Daniel Jacobs, presenting an acid test for the unbeaten Zach Parker. Who said what, ahead of next month’s WBO interim super-middleweight title clash? Continue reading “John Ryder vs. Zach Parker media day: Who said what, ahead of November 26’s main event?”

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Chris Eubank Jr vs. Conor Benn cancelled: Common sense prevails in dark week for British boxing

Chris Eubank Jr. Trains during a Media Workout at The Now Building on October 05, 2022 in London, England.

After the Daily Mail’s Riath Al-Samarrai broke an exclusive story Wednesday morning uncovering Conor Benn’s positive drugs test for clomifene – something both sides reportedly knew for a few weeks – tonight’s heavily anticipated fight card was eventually cancelled altogether Thursday after a manic 30-hour sequence which again has undermined the sport.
Continue reading “Chris Eubank Jr vs. Conor Benn cancelled: Common sense prevails in dark week for British boxing”

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Canelo ends Golovkin trilogy with UD win to retain his 168lb titles as expected, but underwhelms

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, right, throws a punch against Gennadiy "GGG" Golovkin, in the tenth round of a super middleweight title...

Roy Jones Jr didn’t bother watching. Shawn Porter declared Canelo’s stock has now fallen. Oscar de la Hoya, whose Golden Boy Promotions firm was responsible for the first two instalments, used much stronger language altogether. ESPN said GGG’s legacy was secured – despite another chastening defeat – while Bleacher Report called the undisputed 168lb champion the sport’s king once again. So after Saturday night, which is closest to the truth? Continue reading “Canelo ends Golovkin trilogy with UD win to retain his 168lb titles as expected, but underwhelms”

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History revisited: Canelo’s R12 MD win over Golovkin, in previewing this weekend’s trilogy bout

Canelo Alvarez punches Gennady Golovkin during their WBC/WBA middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on September 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

As the legendary pair finish their preparations before doing battle in their long-awaited trilogy clash for Canelo Álvarez’s undisputed super-middleweight titles on Saturday night, I take a look back at their rematch four years ago this month (Sept. 15th) – with controversy aplenty about the decision for the second time in twelve months… How will things be different a third time? Continue reading “History revisited: Canelo’s R12 MD win over Golovkin, in previewing this weekend’s trilogy bout”

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Golovkin earns R9 TKO win vs. Murata, but some serious questions remain unanswered

Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan celebrate after defeating Ryota Murata of Japan during their IBF & WBA Middleweight title bout on April 09, 2022 in...

A day after his 40th birthday, the legendary middleweight made history against Japan’s Ryota Murata by becoming only the second boxer to unify world titles at that age. However, the first few rounds proved far from straightforward and foreshadowed what could likely happen in a proposed Canelo Álvarez trilogy this September, a familiar fiery matchup he so badly craves. Continue reading “Golovkin earns R9 TKO win vs. Murata, but some serious questions remain unanswered”

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Eubank Jr scores four knockdowns, eases past Williams with wide decision victory

Chris Eubank Jr knocks down Liam Williams in the middleweight contest at the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff. Picture date: Saturday February 5, 2022.

After an impressive start, it was an underwhelming finish as world title hopeful Chris Eubank Jr scored three knockdowns in the first four rounds, en route to retaining his #1 WBA middleweight ranking with a comfortable decision win (116-109, 116-109, 116-108) against Liam Williams. Continue reading “Eubank Jr scores four knockdowns, eases past Williams with wide decision victory”