April 15: WBA Middleweight Champion Ryota Murata to Defend Title Against Emanuele Blandamura

It’s breakfast with the middleweights on Sunday, April 15, as Ryota Murata makes the first defense of his World Boxing Association (WBA) middleweight title against Italian challenger Emanuele ‘Sioux’ Blandamura at Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan. This special, international edition of Top Rank on ESPN will air live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes and stream on the ESPN App at 8 a.m. ET, with a same-day replay scheduled for 11 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

ESPN+ Announces New Exclusive Boxing Programming Headlined by Crawford vs. Horn on June 9

The monthly live ESPN+ events start Saturday, June 9 with a world championship bout showcasing pound-for-pound superstar Terence “Bud” Crawford as he seeks to win a world title in a third weight class when he challenges welterweight world champion Jeff “The Hornet” Horn at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.  ESPN+ will also exclusively stream six international Top Rank on ESPN cards per year, giving subscribers access to some of the sport’s best international fights. The first international live event to stream on ESPN+ will be Saturday, April 21, when former unified junior welterweight world champion Amir Khan faces Phil Lo Greco in a welterweight battle, live from Liverpool, England.

Should Canelo Do Year-Round Drug Testing?

Yesterday in Los Angeles, California Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez along with Golden Boy Promotions held a press conference to discuss Alvarez’s future regarding his rematch with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. In the press conference, it was announced that Alvarez would be withdrawing from his May 5th date with Golovkin.

Anthony Joshua Wins Unanimous Decision over Joseph Parker

In front of a crowd of nearly 80,000 fans at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales British superstar Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) further cemented himself as the top heavyweight in the world winning a wide unanimous decision over New Zealand’s Joseph Parker (24-1, 18 KOs). Joshua now holds three of the four major titles (WBA, IBF and WBO) in the heavyweight division. 

Jeff Horn-Terence Crawford Will Take Place On June 9

The return of pound-for-pound superstar and former two-division champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs)has been pushed back to June 9. The Nebraska native was set to make his welterweight debut against Australia’s Jeff Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs) on April 14. An injury to Crawford’s right hand has postponed the bout. Along with the date of the fight being changed, the location has changed as well. Horn-Crawford will now be held at the MGM Grand instead of the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.