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

Gennady Golovkin-Daniel Jacobs fight moved off Dec. 10, aiming for early 2017 date

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Negotiations for a Gennady Golovkin-Daniel Jacobs middleweight title fight remain active, but they won't be concluded in time to allow for a bout by Dec.10 as originally planned.

Golovkin promoter Tom Loeffler told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday that while a site and date will follow an agreement on financial terms, the bout appears headed to...Read more

Tyson Fury vacates his two heavyweight boxing belts after cocaine test

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England's Tyson Fury announced Wednesday he is vacating his two heavyweight belts in an effort to "fully focus on his medical treatment and recovery," according to a statement from his promoter.

The 28-year-old Fury (25-0, 18 knockouts) has unraveled since defeating former long-reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko in November.

Fury first cited...Read more

Golovkin makes counteroffer to Alvarez while negotiating Jacobs fight

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Gennady Golovkin's promoter, Tom Loeffler, could audition as a juggling act right now.

Loeffler, responding to an offer to fight Canelo Alvarez next September while trying to schedule Golovkin's next fight, provided updates on both situations Wednesday.

Loeffler said he has made a written, undisclosed counteroffer to fight Alvarez after Oscar ...Read more

Canelo Alvarez has a fractured right thumb; planned December fight is off

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Canelo Alvarez suffered a right-thumb fracture in the second-round punch he landed on Liam Smith's head Saturday, scrapping Alvarez's plans for a Dec. 10 fight.

A doctor who inspected Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 knockouts) Monday following his ninth-round knockout of Smith to win the World Boxing Organization junior-middleweight title found an avulsion...Read more

De La Hoya says he has made big offer to Golovkin for fight with Alvarez

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Canelo Alvarez and his promoter Oscar De La Hoya, riding the high of another knockout victory and a massive adoring crowd, worked to use that buzz to alter the tone of the rivalry with Gennady Golovkin.

Alvarez, 26, proclaimed himself the best fighter on the planet following his impressive ninth-round knockout of England's ...Read more

Even dreams are bigger in Texas after Canelo KO

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Canelo Alvarez polished himself for the clash that awaits, and felt so good about his ninth-round knockout that he spoke of being a finished product.

"I fear no one. I am the best fighter at this moment," Alvarez said Saturday night.

In front of a crowd of 51,420 at AT&T Stadium that exceeded both of Manny Pacquiao's 2010 ...Read more

Liam Smith has Canelo Alvarez facing British Revolution

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Canelo Alvarez's opponent may be anonymous to most in the U.S., but Liam Smith is part of something powerful overseas.

Call it boxing's United Kingdom invasion.

Smith, from Liverpool, is one of 14 current world champions from the U.K.

The group includes heavyweight champions Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, super-...Read more

Alvarez, facing Liam Smith, builds toward a big bout with Golovkin

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ARLINGTON Texas -- What Canelo Alvarez and Oscar De La Hoya left out in their previous machismo-packed statements about Gennady Golovkin and making the best fights possible was their focus on a vision.

"I had a plan for Canelo this year to have him fight in the biggest arena in the West Coast (Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena), the biggest stadium in ...Read more