Boxing

1:24 AM ET Mike CoppingerESPN Terence Crawford, ESPN’s No. 2 pound-for-pound boxer, could be preparing for a quantum leap in competition. A fight between the welterweight champion and former titleholder Shawn Porter was ordered by the WBO late Wednesday night. In the letter, sent to Crawford’s promoter, Top Rank chairman Bob Arum and Tom Brown,
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8:01 AM ET Nick Parkinson Close •Reports on boxing for ESPN.co.uk, as well as several national newspapers•Has been reporting on British boxing for over 15 years•Appears on BoxNation’s Boxing Matters show Frazer Clarke won gold for team England at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Getty Images Frazer Clarke will begin his attempt to win Olympic
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6:48 PM ET Mike CoppingerESPN Oscar De La Hoya’s comeback fight at 48 is now exactly that — a fight. The Hall of Fame boxer’s Sept. 11 return against former UFC champion Vitor Belfort, originally planned as a boxing exhibition, now will be a sanctioned fight, Triller Fight Club founder Ryan Kavanaugh told ESPN on
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8:36 AM ET Associated Press PARIS — The home of the French Open tennis championship will host boxing matches in September, 75 years after French great Marcel Cerdan fought and won there. The French Tennis Federation said Wednesday that French boxer Tony Yoka and other boxers will fight on Court Philippe-Chatrier at Roland Garros on
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11:00 AM ET Nick Parkinson Close •Reports on boxing for ESPN.co.uk, as well as several national newspapers•Has been reporting on British boxing for over 15 years•Appears on BoxNation’s Boxing Matters show Anthony Joshua will defend his WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight titles against Oleksandr Usyk in front of what is hoped will be a
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12:29 AM ET Mike CoppingerESPN SAN ANTONIO — Jermell Charlo, fighting hours away from his hometown of Houston, whipped his fans into a frenzy early on in Saturday night’s fight against Brian Castano, but after the controversial decision was announced — a split draw that prevented the crowning of an undisputed champion at 154 pounds
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3:05 PM ET Mike CoppingerESPN Joe Smith Jr. is lining up not just his first title defense, but a major fight in early 2021. The light heavyweight titleholder is in the process of finalizing a two-fight deal, sources told ESPN, that would see Smith fight mandatory challenger Umar Salamov in the fall, followed by a
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