Imperial Valley revitalized after Andy Ruiz's surprise win

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IMPERIAL, Calif. -- Ringed into the southeast corner of California by mountain ranges, deserts, Baja California and the Colorado River, the Imperial Valley has historically been regarded a little like California's appendix: mostly quiet and forgotten until it flares up to cause a hell of a pain.

Unemployment here is the worst in the Golden ...Read more

Baltimore boxing champ Franchon Crews-Dezurn begins 'another chapter' with promoter Oscar De La Hoya

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BALTIMORE -- The future is continuing to look bright for Baltimore boxer Franchon Crews-Dezurn.

Crews-Dezurn is the reigning World Boxing Council super middleweight champion. She stopped Kayla Williams on Thursday night in the fifth round of a non-title bout at the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J., improving to 5-1 and winning her ...Read more

One punch at a time for transgender boxer's fight to compete

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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

Andy Ruiz Jr.'s victory a breakthrough moment for trainer Manny Robles

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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

Andy Ruiz Jr.'s massive upset over Anthony Joshua jolts boxing's heavyweight division

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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

Ruiz stuns world with power to his people

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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

Joshua bout could carry a lot of weight

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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

Andy Ruiz carries his Mexican heritage into the ring against Anthony Joshua

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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

Manny Pacquiao tells Keith Thurman he'll retire on his own terms as boxers verbally spar

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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

Hawaii primed to pack punches after boxing officials meet with Honolulu mayor

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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

Dominic Breazeale knows this could be his last shot at a heavyweight belt

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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

WBC board supports proposal for five judges at major title fights

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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

Canelo Alvarez won't fight Gennady Golovkin? Champ wants to 'fight for a title'

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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

Mexican star grinds out unanimous win over bigger Jacobs

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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

James adds to '40 Days' series begins with a star pairing of Canelo Alvarez and LeBron James

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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

Gennady Golovkin splits with longtime trainer Abel Sanchez

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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

Fight night at Garden ends on a low note

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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


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