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  1. Ramirez: 'I want to be a superstar'

    Dan Rafael

    The next Mexican boxing superstar very well could be super middleweight Gilberto Ramirez, a charismatic 23-year-old puncher who has looked very good in recent fights. Ramirez (30-0, 24 KOs) has scored four impressive knockouts in a row against sol...

    Blog | January 22, 2015
  2. Lara's focus is on Smith

    Dan Rafael

    The last time he was in the ring, junior middleweight titlist Erislandy Lara lost a split decision to former titleholder Canelo Alvarez in a Showtime PPV main event in July. Lara (19-2-2, 12 KOs), whose 154-pound world title was not at stake again...

    Blog | December 09, 2014
  3. Boxing promoter Dan Goossen dies of liver cancer at 64

    Dan Rafael

    Boxing promoter Dan Goossen dies of liver cancer at 64

    Story | Conversation | September 29, 2014
  4. Kirkland makes another bad decision

    Dan Rafael

    If you're a fan of the greatest baseball movie of all time, "Bull Durham," you know all about how Kevin Costner's character, minor league journeyman catcher Crash Davis, was assigned to the Durham Bulls to serve as a mentor to hot-shot pitching prosp...

    Blog | September 23, 2014
  5. Martinez close to decision on future

    Dan Rafael

    LAS VEGAS -- Former middleweight champion Sergio Martinez is in town and at the MGM Grand to enjoy the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Marcos Maidana rematch Saturday night before heading off to take care of serious business. Martinez will fly to New York to...

    Blog | September 13, 2014
  6. StubHub Center 'perfect fit' for Porter-Brook

    Dan Rafael

    Unless a promoter is being paid a site fee for a fight -- typically by a casino -- the promoter usually will look to hold the card in a venue where he can sell the most tickets and, thus, maximize revenue. That's why, for example, Miguel Cotto fig...

    Blog | July 31, 2014
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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