Former world champions Adrien Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs) and Jessie Vargas (28-2-1, 10 KOs) fought in what was to be a grueling twelve round majority draw at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Top Rank live boxing makes its debut on ESPN+ when former unified 140-pound champion, Amir ‘King’ Khan, returns to the ring against Phil ‘The Italian Sensation’ Lo Greco on Saturday, April 21 in a 12-round welterweight bout at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.
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.
On a night where VASILIY ‘Hi-Tech’ LOMACHENKO will challenge WBA and Ring Magazine lightweight champion JORGE ‘El Niño de Oro’ LINARES for division supremacy, a slew of prospects and contenders will look to steal the show May 12 at Madison Square Garden.
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.
In an exciting fight between Erislandy Lara (25-3-2, 14 KO's) and Jarrett Hurd (22-0-0, 15 KO's) a new unified champion has been crowned. Jarrett Hurd edges the very slick and game Erislandy Lara via split decision from the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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.
The highly anticipated rematch between Unified Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez is officially off.
Golden Boy Promotions CEO and former six-division world champion Hall-of-Famer Oscar De La Hoya announced yesterday via his social media that Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) will make his return to the ring against Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs)
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.
On Wednesday it was reported to the Las Vegas Review-Journal that MGM Resorts International would be offering refunds for fans that have already purchased tickets to attend the Canelo-Golovkin rematch at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Undefeated, two-time world champion Demetrius Andrade (25-0, 16 KOs) is ready and available for a showdown with unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, should Canelo Alvarez not be cleared by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on April 10th for his May 5th rematch with Golovkin.
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.