Alvarez says his May 6 fight with Chavez Jr. will be 'the biggest in the history of Mexico'

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Mexico's two most popular boxers, Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., will fight May 6 in a pay-per-view bout in Las Vegas, it was announced Friday.

Junior-middleweight champion Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 knockouts) will meet current super-middleweight Chavez Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) at a catch-weight at 164.5 pounds. HBO will televise the nontitle...Read more

Hopkins loses final fight by TKO

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LOS ANGELES--The punches that Bernard Hopkins had ducked throughout his career and for a good portion of Saturday night finally did him in at age 51, closing his career in the veteran's farewell bout.

New York's Joe Smith Jr., throwing a heavy six-punch combination in a neutral corner, hurt Hopkins with a hard right, then used a hard left to ...Read more

'The Executioner's' swan song

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LOS ANGELES--The first pro fight for Bernard Hopkins, who'll turn 52 on Jan. 15, was a loss in 1988.

Hopkins was unsure if he'd ever box again. He had believed boxing was the best rehabilitation following a four-year prison term. The sport was his way to avoid the fast-money temptation of street life. That initial loss produced doubt, and for ...Read more

A potential Canelo Alvarez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. bout is the talk of a WBC convention

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- The World Boxing Council conventions bear a strong resemblance to baseball's winter meetings: Deals, rumors and opinions are easy to find.

Boxing's major power brokers have gathered here, huddling in meeting rooms, chatting over drinks or finding a quiet corner in the hotel lobby to share a valuable piece of information.

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Skepticism abounds after Conor McGregor obtains California boxing license

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Conor McGregor's ability to obtain a boxing license from the California State Athletic Commission this week may tweak his UFC bosses' noses and generate headlines.

But it's not going to get Floyd Mayweather Jr. into the ring.

At a Thursday boxing news conference in Los Angeles, two of the men who helped propel the unbeaten retired champion's ...Read more

Gennady Golovkin's promoter says talks to fight Daniel Jacobs have been 'positive'

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Gennady Golovkin's promoter said Monday that "talks are continuing" for a mandatory middleweight title fight against Daniel Jacobs and there's "a positive outlook" to striking a deal by early next month.

Tom Loeffler said he's planning a discussion this week with Jacobs' manager, Al Haymon, after an extended talk between the pair last week.

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Ward refuses to be downsized in win over Kovalev

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LAS VEGAS -- Andre Ward went from having no answers to solving all the riddles of Sergey Kovalev's power Saturday night, wresting away the Russian's three light-heavyweight belts by a narrow decision settled by the final round.

Judges Burt Clements, John McKaie and Glenn Trowbridge rewarded Ward's impressive recovery from a second-round ...Read more

Ward confronts a speed limit

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LAS VEGAS -- Strip down the light heavyweight championship fight on Saturday night to its essence and it comes down to one question.

What kind of fighter is Andre Ward at 32 years old?

This isn't meant as a slight toward Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs), the technically sound power puncher who will be defending his 175-pound title at T-Mobile ...Read more

Andre Ward determined to 'seize the moment' after weighing in for Sergey Kovalev

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LAS VEGAS -- Andre Ward stepped off the stage where he and Sergey Kovalev each weighed in at the light-heavyweight limit of 175 pounds Friday and was asked a question.

How long have you waited for that?

Ward, 32, the 2004 U.S. Olympic boxing champion from Oakland, Calif., who is seeking his second weight-class belt in his first pay-per-view ...Read more

Manny Pacquiao's future possibilities include talk of a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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LAS VEGAS -- Follow the money, yes. But follow the clues, too.

The strongest indication yet that Manny Pacquiao will get a second chance to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. came to life Saturday when Mayweather entered Thomas and Mack Center to take a ringside seat for Pacquiao's convincing unanimous-decision triumph over Jessie Vargas.

Mayweather (...Read more

Pacquiao beats Vargas by unanimous decision

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LAS VEGAS -- Manny Pacquiao looked up to fight and glanced at ringside, where he locked eyes with his guest and rival Floyd Mayweather Jr., smiling and waving at the unbeaten, retired champion with his right glove.

Pacquiao then proceeded to decisively beat a champion in Jessie Vargas who's 10 years younger with other attributes that Pacquiao ...Read more

Jessie Vargas is confident he'll beat Manny Pacquiao

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If Jessie Vargas' chin is as sensitive as the thin skin he showed this week in discussing his first title defense, his welterweight reign and his Saturday night main event fight against Manny Pacquiao will each be brief events.

Vargas, 27, won the vacant World Boxing Organization welterweight title against Sadam Ali in March.

"I have ...Read more

Despite age difference, Manny Pacquiao says he's ready to take on Jessie Vargas

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New welterweight champion Jessie Vargas is 10 years younger than Manny Pacquiao, is nearly five inches taller and has a four-inch reach advantage and is confident enough to predict an upset in their title fight Saturday.

"I see (me) coming out with a big victory in front of the entire world in spectacular fashion and (surprising) everyone," ...Read more

Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions unveils 2017 broadcast plans

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A day after Showtime formally announced seven fights featuring talent from boxing manager Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions, PBC unveiled plans for a 2017 schedule that features three prime-time cards each on Fox and NBC, 25 shows on Fox Sports 1 and more on ESPN, Spike TV and Bounce TV.

The organization "will continue its mission in 2017 of...Read more