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Heather Hardy and Ana Julaton to fight in boxing, MMA matches

Professional boxers and mixed martial artists Heather Hardy and Ana Julaton will square off twice in 2018, apparently in both sports. Bellator MMA announced on Tuesday the two will meet in a flyweight MMA fight at Bellator 194 on Feb. 16 inside Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. That bout will be the first of two meetings this year. The second will take place in a boxing ring, under the promotion of DiBella Entertainment and Orion Sports Management. Heather Hardy (right) will fight Ana Julaton in both MMA and boxing…

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Errol Spence ordered to make title defense against Carlos Ocampo

Welterweight world titleholder Errol Spence Jr. has designs on major fights, including a potential unification showdown with two-belt titlist Keith Thurman Jr. in the fall, but there will be other business first. Errol Spence Jr., who defended his welterweight title Saturday night against Lamont Peterson, has his sights set on a unification showdown with Keith Thurman later this year. Spence has been ordered to make his mandatory title defense against unbeaten, but virtually unknown, up-and-comer Carlos Ocampo. On Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Spence retained his…

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Re-launch of boxing reality series “The Contender” set for next fall

“The Contender” reality series is being resurrected. Premium cable network Epix will begin production in the spring on a 12-episode season of the boxing reality series set to begin airing in the fall, the network announced Monday. The series initially ran from 2005 to 2008 with the first season on NBC, followed by two on ESPN and a fourth on the now-defunct Versus. The series won’t be Epix’s first foray into boxing. It televised top-level world title fights from 2011 to 2013 but has had a renewed interest in the…

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Ryota Murata to defend his secondary 160-pound belt against Emanuele Felice Blandamura on April 15 in Japan

Ryota Murata’s first middleweight world title defense was announced on Monday but there are bigger plans for him should he emerge victorious. Murata will defend his secondary 160-pound belt against Emanuele Felice Blandamura on April 15 at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan, Murata co-promoter Teiken Promotions announced at a news conference on Monday in Tokyo. Murata (13-1, 10 KOs), a 2012 Olympic gold medalist and a major star in Japan, claimed the secondary belt — to unified world champion Gennady Golovkin’s top title – in Tokyo on Oct. 22…

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Welterweight titleholder Errol Spence Jr. says a showdown with fellow titlist Keith Thurman should happen this year

NEW YORK — As welterweight world titleholder Errol Spence Jr. took his seat for the news conference following his brutal and one-sided destruction of former two-division titlist Lamont Peterson just after Saturday night had turned into Sunday morning, he was presented with a question many in boxing are asking. Is Spence the best fighter in the world? Many think he just might be, but Spence is humble by boxing standards. He’s no loud mouth either. He thought for a moment and then answered. Errol Spence Jr.’s (left) dominating stoppage of…

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Errol Spence Jr. defeats Lamont Peterson by eighth-round TKO at Barclays Center

NEW YORK — Errol Spence Jr. could not be stopped. Already regarded by many as one of the best fighters in the world, Spence put on a sensational performance in a one-sided destruction of Lamont Peterson, stopping him in the eighth round to retain his welterweight world title for the first time Saturday night before 12,107 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Lightweight world titleholder Robert Easter Jr. needed all 12 rounds — and a little help from the judges — to defeat a game Javier Fortuna in a very entertaining…

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Robert Easter Jr. outpoints Javier Fortuna to retain lightweight title

NEW YORK — With the stakes greatly reduced, Robert Easter turned in a very shaky performance against Javier Fortuna and appeared lucky to escape with a split-decision victory on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Win or lose, Easter would have retained his lightweight world title on the Errol Spence Jr.-Lamont Peterson undercard because Fortuna failed to make weight at Friday’s weigh-in. Punch stats Punches Easter Fortuna Landed 130 120 Thrown 567 487 Percent 23% 25% — Courtesy of CompuBox Two judges scored the fight for Easter, 115-112 and…

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Anthony Joshua may never fight United States eyes Deontay Wilder Wembley Stadium

5:45 PM 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 LONDON — Anthony Joshua believes it is a possibility he could go his whole career without fighting in the United States. Britain’s best boxers have always tried to crack America after success on the home front and some — Lenox Lewis, Ricky Hatton and Amir Khan included — had multiple fights there. But WBA-IBF world heavyweight champion Joshua, who…

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Joseph Parker hopes defeating Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder will see him eclipse All Blacks

Jan 20, 2018 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 LONDON — Joseph Parker hopes beating Anthony Joshua and then Deontay Wilder will make him bigger than the All Blacks in New Zealand. Parker (24-0, 18 KOs), 26, became New Zealand’s first world heavyweight champion when he won the WBO belt in December 2016. He can unify three belts if he defeats WBA-IBF champion Joshua at the Principality Stadium…

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Javier Fortuna fails to make weight, ruled ineligible

Javier Fortuna, who has never boxed at a weight heavier than 133 pounds in his nine-year career, failed to make the 135-pound limit at the weigh-in on Friday for a lightweight world title challenge against Robert Easter Jr., and he is ineligible to win the belt. Fortuna agreed to pay Easter $10,000 from his purse and the fight will go on as planned on Saturday (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, but with greatly reduced stakes. Easter, who is making his third defense, will retain…

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