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  1. Santa Cruz defends belt against Ruiz

    Dan Rafael

    For about the past year-plus, junior featherweight titlist Leo Santa Cruz has professed to wanting to unify belts and to fight the best. He has mentioned a desire to face the likes of unified champion Guillermo Rigondeaux, titleholders Carl Frampton ...

    Blog | January 14, 2015
  2. Robert Stieglitz, Felix Sturm to meet Nov. 8 at Porsche Arena in ...

    Dan Rafael

    Robert Stieglitz and Felix Sturm, two of Germany's best and most popular fighters of the past decade, are finally set to meet in a long-awaited showdown.

    Story | Conversation | September 24, 2014
  3. Mickey Bey looks to rebound from a forgettable 2013

    Dan Rafael

    Lightweight Mickey Bey's 2013 was about as bad as it gets, but he has the opportunity to make 2014 the best of his nine-year professional career. He has promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr. to thank for securing him a shot at world titleholder Miguel Vazq...

    Story | Conversation | September 10, 2014
  4. Will Porter fight Thurman after Brook?

    Dan Rafael

    Welterweight titlist Shawn Porter has a tough assignment in mandatory challenger Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KOs) of England on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. But if Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs) prevails, one of the best fights that co...

    Blog | August 12, 2014
  5. Amnat Ruenroeng to defend flyweight title against McWilliams Arro...

    Dan Rafael

    Puerto Rican flyweight contender McWilliams Arroyo's mandatory shot at world titleholder Amnat Ruenroeng will come Sept. 14 at the Liptapanlop Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

    Story | Conversation | July 22, 2014
  6. Persistence has carried Erislandy Lara to the top

    Dan Rafael

    Erislandy Lara is nothing if not persistent. It's one of the reasons that despite long odds -- massive odds, really -- he has risen to become one the best fighters in boxing, even if he's not exactly a household name. But he could inch closer toward ...

    Story | Conversation | July 10, 2014
  7. Dan Rafael's top 20 pound-for-pound fighters

    Dan Rafael

    We have an expert panel that votes on ESPN.com's pound-for-pound top 10, of which I am one member. It's a way for us to reach some sort of consensus on the best fighters in the world, regardless of weight class. But since we began using this metho...

    Story | Conversation | July 04, 2014
  8. De La Hoya looks back on career

    Dan Rafael

    Oscar De La Hoya, who won 10 world titles in a then-record six weight classes, was one of the best fighters of his time and the most popular fighter of his day. On Sunday, he will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, N...

    Blog | June 04, 2014
  9. Gennady Golovkin will make title defense against Daniel Geale

    Dan Rafael

    Middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin will take on perhaps the best opponent of his career when he makes his 11th defense against former unified titleholder Daniel Geale on July 26.

    Story | Conversation | June 03, 2014
  10. De La Hoya, Schaefer speak out on Golden Boy rift

    Dan Rafael

    Golden Boy Promotions founder Oscar De La Hoya and CEO Richard Schaefer went public during the build-up to the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Marcos Maidana fight in Las Vegas their current rift.

    Story | Conversation | May 03, 2014
  11. Matthysse looks to get back on track

    Dan Rafael

    In 2012 and for most of 2013, junior welterweight slugger Lucas "The Machine" Matthysse was all but untouchable against a series of good opponents. Many viewed him as the best 140-pound fighter in the world and he was the favorite when he squared ...

    Blog | April 24, 2014
  12. Tony Weeks referee for Floyd Mayweather against Marcos Maidana

    Dan Rafael

    Tony Weeks appointed referee for Floyd Mayweather Jr. against Marcos Maidana

    Story | Conversation | April 24, 2014
  13. Jessie Vargas takes title away from Khabib Allakhverdiev

    Dan Rafael

    Jessie Vargas of Las Vegas certainly didn't have his best night but he was good enough in the eyes of the judges to outpoint Russian southpaw Khabib Allakhverdiev to win a junior welterweight world title on Saturday.

    Story | Conversation | April 12, 2014
  14. Scorecard: Giovani Segura stops Felipe Salguero in slugfest

    Dan Rafael

    In an early contender for fight of the year, former junior flyweight champion Giovani Segura did what he does best -- engage in a brawl, and emerge from the battle with his hand raised.

    Story | Conversation | April 07, 2014
  15. Japan's Ioka worth watching

    Dan Rafael

    One of boxing's best fighters, but a guy unknown to most American fight fans, is going for a world title in a third weight division in just his 15th pro fight. Even in this era of watered-down titles, that is still pretty impressive if he pulls it...

    Blog | March 29, 2014
  16. Chavez-GGG getting closer

    Dan Rafael

    Promoters Top Rank and K2 Promotions are getting closer to making what could be one of the best fights of the year: a super middleweight showdown between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin, who would move up to 168 p...

    Blog | March 21, 2014