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  1. Golden Boy signs unbeaten Teixeira

    Dan Rafael

    Undefeated Brazilian junior middleweight Patrick Teixeira has signed a promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions, the company announced on Monday. "Today is a very special day for my professional career," Teixeira said. "My dream was to sign...

    Blog | January 26, 2015
  2. Japanese prodigy Naoya Inoue dominates Omar Narvaez, wins junior ...

    Dan Rafael

    Only eight fights into his professional career, Japanese prodigy Naoya Inoue claimed his second world title Tuesday as he scored four knockdowns and blew away junior bantamweight titleholder Omar Narvaez in the second round.

    Story | Conversation | December 30, 2014
  3. Russell returns, but first loss still on mind

    Dan Rafael

    For the first 24 fights of his professional career, 2008 U.S. Olympian and 2011 ESPN.com prospect of the year Gary Russell Jr. was undermatched against a series of soft opponents with virtually no serious chance to beat him. So when he got a manda...

    Blog | December 20, 2014
  4. Vasyl Lomachenko hurts hand, wins every round against Chonlatarn ...

    Dan Rafael

    Featherweight titlist Vasyl Lomachenko, the brilliant two-time Ukranian Olympic gold medalist regarded by many as the best amateur fighter in boxing history, is making quite a name for himself as a professional. Lomachenko, who won a world title in...

    Story | Conversation | November 22, 2014
  5. Sadam Ali stops Luis Carlos Abregu in Round 9

    Dan Rafael

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Welterweight Sadam Ali, stepping up to face his first serious test as a professional, scored an impressive ninth-round knockout of contender Luis Carlos Abregu in the co-feature of the light heavyweight title unification fight ...

    Story | Conversation | November 08, 2014
  6. Basketball Pacquiao's second love

    Dan Rafael

    Manny Pacquiao loves boxing, but he also loves basketball, so much so that he is a player/coach in the professional Philippine Basketball Association. Even though Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) is training for his welterweight world title defense again...

    Blog | November 04, 2014
  7. Expect Caballero's 1st defense to be at home

    Dan Rafael

    As an up-and-coming fighter, Randy Caballero of Coachella, California, fought 18 of his first 20 professional bouts in the home comforts of Southern California, with most of those fights coming at the Fantasy Springs resort in Indio, where he develop...

    Blog | October 30, 2014
  8. Joshua takes another step up vs. Bakhtov

    Dan Rafael

    England's Anthony Joshua, the 2012 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist, will face what should be his toughest professional test so far when he tangles with Denis Bakhtov on Saturday at the O2 Arena in London. Not only will the 24-year-old Josh...

    Blog | October 10, 2014
  9. Timothy Bradley Jr.-Diego Chaves fight set for Dec. 13 in Las Veg...

    Dan Rafael

    Throughout his 10-year professional boxing career, Timothy Bradley Jr. has won world titles in two weight classes and faced a who's who of top opponents, so even though he is coming off his first defeat -- a time when many fighters would look for a soft t

    Story | Conversation | October 02, 2014
  10. Paul Smith goes for first title against Arthur Abraham

    Dan Rafael

    British super middleweight Paul Smith has been toiling on the fringes of contendership for many years but has never been able to get over the hump and win the big one. A professional fighter for 11 years, Smith gained some notoriety as a competitor...

    Story | Conversation | September 26, 2014
  11. 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
  12. Mayweather Promotions signs pair

    Dan Rafael

    Mayweather Promotions announced Friday that it has signed a pair of fighters -- Junior Benjamin and Kevin Newman II -- both of whom will make their professional debuts on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s rematch with Marcos Maidana on Sept. 13...

    Blog | September 06, 2014
  13. Bernard Hopkins-Sergey Kovalev bout set for Nov. 8 in Atlantic Ci...

    Dan Rafael

    Bernard Hopkins-Sergey Kovalev will take place Nov. 8 (HBO) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, co-promoters Main Events and Golden Boy Promotions announced Friday.

    Story | Conversation | August 22, 2014
  14. Judge dismisses Andre Ward's latest attempt to break contract wit...

    Dan Rafael

    Super middleweight champion Andre Ward was dealt yet another blow on Tuesday in his effort to break his promotional contract with Dan Goossen, who has promoted Ward for his entire 10-year professional career.

    Story | Conversation | August 21, 2014
  15. Rojas, Olympian Alonso sign with DiBella

    Dan Rafael

    A former world titleholder and a 2012 Olympian preparing for his professional debut are the latest fighters to sign with promoter Lou DiBella. DiBella announced Tuesday that he has signed former featherweight titlist Elio Rojas and Olympian Jonath...

    Blog | August 05, 2014
  16. Top Rank notes: Verdejo, Diaz, more

    Dan Rafael

    A few notes from the Top Rank stable: • Lightweight super prospect Felix Verdejo, a 2012 Puerto Rican Olympian, and one of boxing's fastest-rising prospects, figures to get his stiffest test as a professional on Aug. 16 when he headline...

    Blog | July 24, 2014