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17-year-old junior middleweight prospect David Kaminsky signs with Top Rank

In late 2016, Top Rank signed junior lightweight prospect Gabriel Flores Jr., who was 16 at the time and had to wait until he was 17 to legally box in the United States. He was the youngest fighter Top Rank had ever signed in its more than 50 years of promoting boxing. Now David Kaminsky is joining him as the second-youngest fighter Bob Arum’s company has ever signed. Top Rank announced on Wednesday that it has signed the 17-year-old junior middleweight prospect to a promotional contract. Kaminsky, a native of…

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Anthony Mundine KOs Browne to claim vacant WBO title

Anthony Mundine has kept alive his hopes of a fight against Jeff Horn with a second-round KO over former featherweight world title contender Tommy Browne in Sydney. Browne was the aggressor in the first round at the Star in Sydney, backing up the three-division major belt holder and tagging him with some shots. But 42-year-old Mundine started to find the range with his jab in the second round and stunned Browne with a right-and shot in the closing moments. He tagged him with several shots, before flooring him with a…

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Jamel Herring leaves longtime adviser Al Haymon for Top Rank

Lightweight Jamel Herring, who spent his career in the stable of adviser Al Haymon, has parted ways with the Premier Boxing Champions creator and agreed to a promotional contract with Top Rank. Herring said that the “deal was too good to pass up, with a minimum of three fights every year. I’ll always have love for my PBC family and will be grateful for everything they’ve done in the past. I just had to do what was best for myself and family.” Herring (16-2, 9 KOs), the captain of the…

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Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez plans return to ring in 2018

When 2017 began, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez was an undefeated junior bantamweight world champion and largely considered the pound-for-pound king of boxing. As 2018 begins, Gonzalez is trying to salvage his career. Gonzalez lost his 115-pound world title, perfect record and pound-for-pound No. 1 status by highly controversial majority decision to Thailand’s Srisaket Sor Rungvisai on March 18 on the Gennady Golovkin-Daniel Jacobs undercard at Madison Square Garden in New York. Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez is planning his return to the ring in 2018. Al Bello/Getty Images Then came a clear-cut and brutal…

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Featherweight champ Oscar Valdez, Scott Quigg to fight March 10

Featherweight world titleholder Oscar Valdez and top contender Scott Quigg have a done deal for a potentially explosive fight. They will meet on March 10 (ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 10:30 p.m. ET) at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, Top Rank announced Tuesday. Quigg is a step up in opposition for Valdez, who will be making the fourth defense of his 126-pound belt. “Oscar Valdez has passed every in-ring test with flying colors, but the biggest test of his professional career will take place on March 10 against Scott Quigg,…

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Zolani Tete pulls out of title defense with calf injury

Bantamweight world titleholder Zolani Tete has suffered a calf injury, forcing him to postpone his mandatory defense against Omar Narvaez, promoter Frank Warren announced on Monday. Tete and Narvaez were supposed to meet in the main event of Warren’s card on Feb. 10 at the Copper Box Arena in London. “I’m hugely disappointed to have to postpone my fight with Omar Narvaez,” Tete said. “Unfortunately, I picked up a calf injury that has severely hindered my training and the only option was to postpone the fight. I train as hard…

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Scorecard — Claressa Shields retains her unified title; prospect Shohjahon Ergashev dominates

0:43 Two-time Olympic champion Claressa Shields slowly breaks down Tori Nelson and takes her to the cards for an unanimous decision to retain her women’s WBC and IBF super middleweight world titles. A roundup of the past week’s notable boxing results from around the world: Friday at Verona, New York Claressa Shields W10 Tori Nelson — Full recapRetains unified women’s super middleweight titleScores: 100-90 Shields (three times)Records: Shields (5-0, 2 KOs); Nelson (17-1-3, 2 KOs) Rafael’s remarks: Shields’ domination continued as she has yet to be challenged in her first…

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Joseph Parker this is the fight of my life against rattled and angry Anthony Joshua

Joseph Parker insists the next 10 weeks will be make or break for him before his heavyweight unification fight against a “rattled and angry” Anthony Joshua on March 31. Parker (24-0, 18 KOs), who hasn’t fought since September 2017, was en route to London before a deal was concluded, acknowledging he heard the news once he arrived and that the fight was “locked in and signed off.” “I think Joshua has been rattled [by it],” Parker told ESPN about the prefight talk. “I would just like to say this. It…

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Heavyweights Anthony Joshua, Joseph Parker to meet in unification bout March 31

The heavyweight division will move one step closer to an undisputed champion as two-belt titleholder Anthony Joshua and one-belt titlist Joseph Parker will meet to unify their world titles. A deal in the works for the past couple of months has been finalized and the two heavy hitters will meet on March 31 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, where Joshua drew a sold-out crowd of 78,000 for this last fight in October. With the announcement of Anthony Joshua-Joseph Parker, heavyweight boxing is tidying itself up and setting up the…

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Anthony Joshua-Joseph Parker fight could decide the heavyweight division future

5:50 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 With the announcement of Anthony Joshua-Joseph Parker, heavyweight boxing is tidying itself up and setting up the possibility of an undisputed champion. Cleaning up the world heavyweight titles and holding all four belts eluded the likes of Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, Riddick Bowe and Wladimir Klitschko. But in 2018, boxing could have its first WBC-WBA-IBF-WBO world heavyweight…

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