ESPN & Golden Boy Announce Global Multi-year Fight Series

ESPN and Golden Boy Promotions today announced a multi-year, international agreement for a series of fights to be televised live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. The first fight, from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, is March 23. Fighters on the card will be announced soon. “We are excited to announce this new agreement with Golden Boy Promotions, one of the world’s top promoters,” said Burke Magnus, executive vice president, programming and scheduling at ESPN. “ESPN and ESPN Deportes look forward to featuring a new series of exciting world-class matches, along with a deep and wide variety of studio and digital content, in this multi-year, exclusive live-fight package. In the first year of the…

Rousey Breaks Silence In New ESPN Interview

Since losing the UFC title to Holly Holm in November, Ronda Rousey virtually disappeared from the public eye to heal from her wounds, regroup and presumably plan for an upcoming rematch. On Tuesday, the now former champion speaks for the first time to ESPN The Magazine reporter Ramona Shelburne in her first formal interview in the aftermath of her loss. The full interview hits news stands on Tuesday. According to People Magazine, who was granted an excerpt of the interview, Rousey says she was “sad” about losing to Holm and provides details on the injuries she suffered during the match. Additionally Holm will stick to her pre-fight plan of taking time off away from he…

‘Chasing Tyson’ Gives Fresh Heavyweight Perspective

ESPN’s latest film 30 for 30: Chasing Tyson, directed by Steven Cantor, examines four-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield’s career from his heavyweight debut in 1988 until the rematch with Tyson in 1997 that culminated with the ear bite heard around the world. Despite the championship achievements, the prevailing message is Holyfield’s career would continue to be eclipsed by Mike Tyson’s knockout ferocity and excitement, despite winning once by decision and once by Tyson’s disqualification.   Longtime boxing fans are already familiar with the respective legacies of Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson. When Holyfield moved from cruiserweight to heavyweight, Tyson was ringside through it all. In turn, Holyfield was firmly planted ringside for all of Tyson’s…

Video/Photos: Leo Santa Cruz LA Media Workout

LA PUENTE, CA — On August 29th, Leo Santa Cruz steps into the ring with a foe that fans have long waited him to see, Abner Mares. In what is shaping up to be as “The Battle Of Los Angeles” two of Mexico’s biggest young stars look the silence the supremacy whispers once and for all. On Tuesday Santa Cruz, and his team, invited the media to the Who’s Next? Boxing Gym in La Puente to check out his conditioning and answer questions on the highly anticipated title bout. Turning his signature grin down considerably, Santa Cruz was all business as he discussed the upcoming bout, the “cherry picking” social media label and what he wants…

Photos/Quotes: Santa Cruz vs. Mares Press Conference

  LEO SANTA CRUZ “I want to thank all of the fans who are here and I appreciate the support. We always train 100 percent like we’re fighting for a championship.  “I think the fans are the ones who are going to win on August 29th. They are going to get a great fight out there. It’s going to be a war.  “I don’t care what he said about my competition. I’ve wanted to fight him for a long time, this going to be a great fight. “He likes to talk about different things. I’m not going to talk as much. I’m going to be prepared on August 29th and I’m going to be victorious.  …

Amir Mansour Def. Dawejko By Bloody UD

PHILADELPHIA — It didn’t deliver the knockout ending we expected but it was pretty darn fun to watch, in the first half. In front of a raucous crowd at Philadelphia’s 2300 Arena, Amir Mansour defeated Joey Dawejko by unanimous decision. Mansour, leaner than we’ve seen in the ring in recent years (dropping reportedly 20+ pounds), engaged early and moved well while Dawejko relied on power punching to carry him to victory. With accidental head butts drawing blood from both fighters in the early rounds (Mansour in round 2, Dawejko in round 3) the promise of action and fury transformed the brawl into a scrappy duel with select moments of action  for he remainder of the…

Smith/Theophane Post Wins On Special Edition Of FNF

Former junior middleweight champion Ishe Smith defeated Cecil McCalla by unanimous decision Thursday night at the Palms Resort. Judges final scores 98-92, 97-93 and 97-93. Making his first appearance since separating with long time trainer Eddie Mustafa Muhammad Smith found himself tested throughout the bout but ultimately won battle. Smith is now trained by Danny Smith (no relation), who was already working his corner along with Muhammad. In the co-feature, despite scoring a knockdown at the close Mahonri Montes found himself on on the wrong side of the decision. After going the distance, Ashley Theophane got the distance via a 10-round split decision.

Smith Takes Ring Tonight Without Muhammad

LAS VEGAS — When Ishe Smith defeated Cornelius Bundrage to capture the IBF super welterweight title in February of 2013, veteran trainer and former light heavyweight champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad was firmly at his side, celebrating the win of his young fighter. But when he steps in the ring tonight, the familiar face will be replaced by someone else. Smith and Muhammad appear to have been out of accord since September 2014 when Smith lost the title to Carlos Molina. Muhammad didn’t work Smith’s corner after becoming ill the night of the fight, suffering from severe dehydration and ultimately hospitalized for six days. In post-fight interviews, Smith called the absence a definite distraction since he…

[Video] KO Of The Year Candidate: Dennis v Cojanu

BETHLEHEM, PA — In the second of the two Boxcino heavyweight semi-final match-ups, Donovan Dennis brought the Ruckus when he knocked out competitor Razvan Cojanu. The 6’7, 260 Cojanu, who possessed as much agility and movement as a piece of plywood, walked right into the big left hand of Dennis during round two of action. The result is nothing short of a redwood tree falling down in the forest. Vine courtesy of @WotBoxing *****

Boxcino 2015 semi-final weights from Bethlehem, PA

    Boxcino 2015 semi-final weights from Bethlehem, PA Boxcino Jr Middleweights Boxcino Heavyweights Vito Gasparyan 153.9 – Brandon Adams 155.5 (Boxcino 2015 Jr. Middleweight semifinals) Stanyslav Skorokhod 153.8 – John Thompson 154.8 (Boxcino 2015 Jr. Middleweight semifinals)  Razvan Cojanu 255.7 – Donovan Dennis 224.2 (Boxcino 2015 Heavyweight semifinals) Lenroy Thomas 235.9 – Andrey Fedosov 220.3  (Boxcino 2015 Heavyweight semifinals)   Greg Jackson 147.4 – Curtis Morton 145.9 Ed “Tex” Fountain 239.4 – Jon Bolden 230 Eric Newell 266 – Brandon Spencer 298.8 Ricky Nuno 155 – Pat Kehoe 154.2 Mike Liberto 200.4 – Darnell Hayes 198.6   Promoter:  Banner Promotions Venue: Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem 1st Bell: 7 PM ET Television:  ESPN 2  9 PM ET…