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Deontay Wilder to defend heavyweight title against Luis ‘King Kong’ Ortiz

Heavyweight world titleholder Deontay Wilder has heard all the critics and he is oh, so tired of them. They are the ones who say that he has avoided tough opponents during his nearly three-year title reign. Indeed, he has not exactly fought murder’s row, notching defenses against Eric Molina, Johann Duhaupas, Artur Szpilka, a long-faded Chris Arreola and Gerald Washington. But he did sign to fight top contender Alexander Povetkin and was headed to his home country of Russia to fight him last year when the fight was canceled after…

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World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight quarterfinal between Yunier Dorticos and Dmitry Kudryashov has fight of the year potential

When the World Boxing Super Series brackets for the eight-man, single-elimination tournaments in the cruiserweight and super middleweight divisions were unveiled in July, one bout more than any stood out as a potential fight of the year candidate on paper. It was the cruiserweight quarterfinal bout between world titleholder Yunier “The KO Doctor” Dorticos and “The Russian Hammer” Dmitry Kudryashov, a pair of knockout artists with crowd-pleasing styles. They meet in the first WBSS bout to take place in the United States on Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio….

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Dereck Chisora signs on with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing

Heavyweight contender Dereck Chisora has signed a promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, Hearn announced Wednesday. The 33-year-old Chisora (26-7, 18 KOs), of England, is due to challenge European heavyweight champion Agit Kabayel (16-0, 12 KOs), 24, of Germany, on a date to be determined in November in a bid to regain that title. Chisora, however, will warm up for the assignment with his first fight with Matchroom Boxing on Sept. 30. He will face an opponent to be determined in a six-round bout on the undercard of the…

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Jesse Hart hopes to win super middleweight world title for his father, Eugene ‘Cyclone’ Hart

Through the years Philadelphia has produced numerous top boxers and played host to countless memorable fights, but the 1970s were something of a golden age — especially for middleweights. One of the top middleweight contenders at the time was Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, a Philly native known for a great left hook and a willingness to fight anyone. TV lineup for the Top Rank Boxing card on Friday (ESPN/WatchESPN, 10:30 p.m. ET; WatchESPN prelims, 7:30 p.m. ET) at the Tuscon Arena in Tuscon, Ariz.: • Featherweights: Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs)…

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Tyson, Hughie Fury doping investigation delayed by tribunal ruling

LONDON — Britain’s anti-doping agency says its dispute with former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and his cousin Hughie is being delayed while a tribunal weighs an application made by the boxers to exclude certain evidence. The cousins were charged in June 2016 with breaching anti-doping rules and provisionally suspended by UK Anti-Doping. They challenged the findings, and the suspensions were lifted. Tyson Fury has not fought since beating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 to win the WBA, IBF and WBO belts. He is currently without a boxing license after…

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Jake LaMotta, boxer who was subject of ‘Raging Bull,’ dies at age 95

Jake LaMotta, former middleweight champion and subject of the 1980 movie “Raging Bull,” has died at the age of 95. LaMotta died because of complications from pneumonia and was in a nursing home in Miami, his wife, Denise Baker, told ABC. LaMotta’s wife said the family is in the planning stages of his memorial and funeral. “He was a great man, sensitive and had eyes that danced right up to the end. I love him, God rest his soul,” Baker told ABC. “And he never went down!” Known for his…

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Joseph Parker eyes UK as second home after Hughie Fury showdown

5:30 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 Joseph Parker hopes Saturday’s WBO world heavyweight title defence leads to a return trip to the UK. The New Zealand boxer makes a second defence of his belt against England’s Hughie Fury at the Manchester Arena on Saturday and victory will keep Parker in the mix for a bigger fight down the line in what is an exciting time…

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James DeGale vows to return to the ring in December

James DeGale wants to return to the ring in December after recovering from the shoulder injury that forced him to miss out on the World Boxing Super Series. The super-middleweight edition of the eight-fighter competition began on Saturday when Callum Smith defeated Erik Skoglund, and DeGale’s rivals George Groves and Chris Eubank Jnr will also have their quarter-finals in the coming month. IBF champion DeGale remains widely thought of as the world’s leading super-middleweight but, since drawing with Badou Jack in January, has undergone surgery on a torn rotator cuff…

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David Haye and Tony Bellew set for rematch in London

8:27 AM ET ESPN staff David Haye looks set to get the rematch he craves after fellow Briton Tony Bellow appeared to accept his challenge on social media. Haye called out Bellew on social media Tuesday insisting that “teams have finally agreed ALL terms” after months of negotiating, but added: “Will Bellew put pen to paper?” Bellew, who defeated Haye when the pair met in March, responded on twitter Wednesday stating: “I OBLIGE YOU”. Bellew (29-2-1, 19 KOs) moved up from cruiserweight to take on Haye (28-3, 26 KOs) and…

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Luke Campbell confident ahead of Jorge Linares WBA world title fight

8:10 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 Luke Campbell insists Saturday’s world title shot against Jorge Linares has not come too soon for him. After moving his training camp from Florida to Los Angeles as Hurricane Irma closed in on Florida earlier this month, Campbell feels ready for the WBA world lightweight champion, who he meets at the Forum in Inglewood, California. It will be Campbell’s…

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