SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Boxer Patricio Manuel was walking alone in his East Los Angeles neighborhood a few weeks ago after a training run when a police officer approached him and asked what he was doing.
As a black man, Manuel, 33, was used to extra scrutiny from the police. As a black transgender man, the first to compete in a professional ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Andy Ruiz Jr.'s historic triumph over Anthony Joshua seemed like a dream to Ruiz's trainer, Manny Robles, until he was asked to reflect on how it happened.
Then, the tears flowed.
For as stunning as Ruiz's seventh-round stoppage of previously unbeaten, three-belt heavyweight champion Joshua was to become the first heavyweight ...Read more
NEW YORK -- From the second he sent an Instagram message to Anthony Joshua's promoter pushing to be the replacement opponent, Andy Ruiz Jr. has been making this up as he goes.
So, when his shocking seventh-round technical knockout of England's three-belt champion Saturday at Madison Square Garden suddenly made him an inspiration as the first ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Andy Ruiz Jr., a replacement opponent from the gritty border farming city of Imperial, Calif., pulled off the biggest heavyweight upset of his generation Saturday night, ruining the U.S. debut of England's three-belt heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua by seventh-round technical knockout.
Ruiz (33-1, 22 knockouts) became the first ...Read more
NEW YORK -- By itself, Anthony Joshua's U.S. debut heightens the revival of boxing's heavyweight division.
Even as the madness of posturing over money by Joshua and potential foes Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury deservedly rankles followers, Joshua expresses patience with the process.
"The heavyweight division is going to be spoken about now, ...Read more
NEW YORK CITY -- Andy Ruiz Jr. understands the symbolism of fighting near the Statue of Liberty.
The once-beaten heavyweight from the U.S.-Mexico border town of Imperial, east of San Diego, could become the first fighter of Mexican descent to be heavyweight champion when he meets unbeaten champ Anthony Joshua of England (22-0, 21 knockouts) on ...Read more
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Manny Pacquiao heard Keith Thurman's bold claim. The unbeaten champion predicted that the result of their July 20 bout would usher Pacquiao into retirement.
Pacquiao, 40, replied Wednesday with his own assertion: that he'd handle his exit strategy on his own terms.
"He's saying things before we fight, but I will send a...Read more
HONOLULU -- Beyond its international reputation as a vacation destination, Hawaii this week asserted its interest in becoming a regular stop for combat sports dates.
In a meeting with World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman and North American Boxing Federation officials who conducted their annual convention here, Honolulu Mayor Kirk ...Read more
It's all about embracing teachable moments with Dominic Breazeale, the Southland-based heavyweight who's journeyed to New York for a title fight Saturday against unbeaten Deontay Wilder.
Breazeale (20-1, 18 knockouts), a 33-year-old from Eastvale, Calif., has absorbed the humbling lessons of a 2016 title loss in England to current three-belt ...Read more
HONOLULU -- The World Boxing Council Board of Governors on Wednesday supported a proposal to assign five judges to future major title fights.
Though the suggestion from the worldwide panel to add two more judges would need to be instituted by state and national commissions, who likely would work to gather input from fight promoters, the ...Read more
LAS VEGAS -- In his backstage exhalation, Canelo Alvarez spread his arms back wide on a couch, surrounded by championship belts on each side of him, content that the boxing world is his.
"That's the wonderful thing about being the man," said someone who would know, Alvarez's promoter, Oscar De La Hoya.
Alvarez's unanimous-decision victory in ...Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Canelo Alvarez sought to out-box a boxer. He did that, and in the end, he also conquered a significant size disadvantage.
Alvarez added a third middleweight belt to his collection Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena by defeating Daniel Jacobs by scores of 115-113, 115-113 and 116-112.
In taking Jacobs' International Boxing Federation...Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Pairing Canelo Alvarez and LeBron James for the creation of the DAZN docuseries "40 Days" has raised the profile of the new streaming service and established a formula for content that company officials are bullish on.
"They've done a great production. They're doing a tremendous job," the champion boxer from Mexico said this week ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- As Gennady Golovkin transitions to a new platform for his fights and prepares for the June 8 resumption of his career, the former long-reigning middleweight champion is parting with his longtime trainer, Abel Sanchez.
Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 knockouts) made the announcement he termed a "major decision" Wednesday in a statement ...Read more
NEW YORK -- An accidental low blow by Terence Crawford rendered Amir Khan unable to continue in their welterweight title fight Saturday night before 14,091 at Madison Square Garden.
As Khan was writhing in pain from the sixth-round blow, his trainer, Virgil Hunter, said Khan could no longer fight, making Crawford the winner by technical ...Read more
If you ask Amir Khan what he considers the most important U.S. fights involving Englishmen, he is quick to put himself right in the middle of that conversation.
Lennox Lewis' knockout of Mike Tyson, Ricky Hatton packing MGM Grand against Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao and Khan's own 2011 fight of the year against Marcos Maidana, along ...Read more
LOS ANGELES--Vasiliy Lomachenko acted bored by the assignment of his mandatory challenger Anthony Crolla, so he responded by thrilling his fans in an all-action showcase of his power punching prowess.
The three-division champion from Ukraine overwhelmed Crolla with blistering blows Friday night at Staples Center, battering him with damage that ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- The enthusiasm Vasiliy Lomachenko has brought to boxing in establishing himself as a rare talent vanished at the mention of England's Anthony Crolla, his Friday night opponent at Staples Center.
"He is my mandatory. I don't have a choice," Lomachenko said. "I need to fight him to keep my (World Boxing Association lightweight) ...Read more
Unbeaten super-featherweight champion Gervonta Davis will participate in a homecoming title defense of his World Boxing Association belt near Baltimore in July, an official with knowledge of the situation told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday.
Davis (21-0, 20 knockouts) made short work of Mexico's Hugo Ruiz on Feb. 9 at Dignity Health Sports ...Read more
- Fight night at Garden ends on a low note
- Canelo Alvarez won't fight Gennady Golovkin? Champ wants to 'fight for a title'
- Mexican star grinds out unanimous win over bigger Jacobs
- Vasiliy Lomachenko defeats Anthony Crolla with fourth-round knockout
- Andy Ruiz carries his Mexican heritage into the ring against Anthony Joshua