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 -- 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
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
- Imperial Valley revitalized after Andy Ruiz's surprise win
- Andy Ruiz Jr.'s victory a breakthrough moment for trainer Manny Robles
- Andy Ruiz carries his Mexican heritage into the ring against Anthony Joshua
- Ruiz stuns world with power to his people
- Mexican star grinds out unanimous win over bigger Jacobs