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  1. Kirkland eyes possible big-name return

    Dan Rafael

    One of the more common questions I get these days from #FightFreaks in the non-Mayweather/non-Pacquiao category is: "What's up with James Kirkland?" Kirkland, of course, is the wildly aggressive and wildly entertaining junior middleweight power pu...

    Blog | July 24, 2014
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Cotto-Martinez: Worth the weight

    Dan Rafael

    It's just one pound, but anytime in boxing when there is a big-time world title fight contested at a catch weight, it stirs discussion. And that is the case with middleweight champion Sergio Martinez and former three-division titleholder Miguel Co...

    Blog | June 04, 2014
  5. Keith Thurman faces Julio Diaz in 'stay-busy fight'

    Dan Rafael

    Interim welterweight beltholder Keith Thurman is not about to sit around waiting for a big fight. Enter former two-time lightweight titlist Julio Diaz who's willing to step up and test Thurman's patience.

    Story | Conversation | April 24, 2014
  6. Martinez-Cotto is the right fight at the right time

    Dan Rafael

    Sergio Martinez's June 7 middleweight title defense against Miguel Cotto not only features plenty of star power and historical implications, it's simply one of the biggest fights that could be made in 2014.

    Story | Conversation | February 20, 2014
  7. Floyd Mayweather Jr. voted Sugar Ray Robinson Fighter of the Year...

    Dan Rafael

    Pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr., who dominated both of his world title fights in two different weight divisions in 2013, was voted winner of the Sugar Ray Robinson Fighter of the Year award on Tuesday.

    Story | Conversation | January 28, 2014
  8. Austin Trout says he's ready to rumble with Erislandy Lara, not r...

    Dan Rafael

    Austin Trout is champing at the bit to get back in the ring, and he didn't pick a patsy for his first fight since April. Saturday's test against Erislandy Lara figures to be one of Trout's toughest yet, but he says he won't run from it.

    Story | Conversation | December 06, 2013
  9. Referee Earl Morton dies of cancer at 58

    Dan Rafael

    Earl Morton, who refereed more than a dozen world title fights during his 24-year career died Friday after a battle with cancer.

    Story | Conversation | September 22, 2013
  10. Matthysse-Garcia adds excitement to Mayweather-Alvarez

    Dan Rafael

    LAS VEGAS -- To hard-core boxing fans junior welterweight slugger Lucas Matthysse of Argentina is a dream fighter. He takes on all comers, fights in an aggressive, crowd-pleasing style and usually knocks guys out -- hard. Although still not known to ...

    Story | Conversation | September 11, 2013
  11. Sergio says he's on board for GGG

    Dan Rafael

    After Gennady Golovkin's sick one-punch knockout of Matthew Macklin on a left hook to the body to retain his middleweight belt for the eighth time on Saturday night, much of the postfight news conference discussion centered on who GGG might fight nex...

    Blog | July 03, 2013
  12. Angulo-Lara a battle of styles

    Dan Rafael

    Which do you like? A fighter with excellent power, constant aggression and a brawling style, or somebody with smooth technical skills and speed who practices the art of the sweet science? Whichever it is, you'll have somebody to be interested in w...

    Blog | June 06, 2013
  13. Erislandy Lara-Alfredo Angulo, Sakio Bika-Marco Antonio Periban a...

    Dan Rafael

    Fights between junior middleweight contenders Erislandy Lara and Alfredo Angulo and super middleweight contenders Sakio Bika and Marco Antonio Periban have been added to round out a Showtime-televised tripleheader on June 8.

    Story | Conversation | April 04, 2013
  14. Golovkin ready to take on Ishida

    Dan Rafael

    Middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin, usually with a smile on his face, loves to fight and wants to stay as busy as possible. He hopes to fight at least four times this year and got his 2013 off to a blazing start with a good old-fashioned beatd...

    Blog | March 27, 2013
  15. Cintron making a comeback

    Dan Rafael

    When last seen in a boxing ring, former welterweight titlist Kermit Cintron was getting the stuffing beaten out of him by Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in a junior middleweight world title fight in November 2011. Alvarez dominated the entire fight, droppe...

    Blog | March 15, 2013
  16. Gennady Golovkin's 7th title defense scheduled for March 30

    Dan Rafael

    Middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin will return to make his seventh title defense on March 30 in Monte Carlo, Monaco, according to K2 promoter Tom Loeffler.

    Story | Conversation | January 31, 2013