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ESPN is reporting that WBC/IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev has a new opponent. Beterbiev will now face Adam Deines (19-1-1, 10 KOs) on September 25 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Original foe Meng Fanlong has visa problems.
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WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman confirmed to Sky Sports that Tyson Fury has “no restrictions” and can take on Anthony Joshua in 2021. WBC interim and diamond heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin is still tied up with Dillian Whyte due to a rematch clause.
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Former world champ Yoan Pablo Hernandez has vowed to continue even after his unexpected KO loss to Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson. “A defeat doesn’t matter. After a defeat you can go on,” he told MDR.

ESPN is reporting that WBC/IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev has a new opponent. Beterbiev will now face Adam Deines (19-1-1, 10 KOs) on September 25 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Original…
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Josh Taylor to defend Sept 29 on ESPN+

WBA/IBF junior welterweight world champion Josh Taylor will make his return to the ring from BT Sport Studio in London against IBF No 1 contender Apinun Khongsong on Saturday, Sept. 26, live on ESPN+ in the United States and BT Sport in the UK. This will be Taylor’s first fight since signing with MTK Global and Top Rank earlier this year.

Promoted by Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions and Top Rank, “The Tartan Tornado” will make his first appearance in the ring since his triumph in the World Boxing Super Series in London, where he defeated the previously unbeaten Regis Prograis to add the American’s WBA title to his own IBF version, while also claiming the WBSS trophy. Continue reading “Josh Taylor to defend Sept 29 on ESPN+”

WBA/IBF junior welterweight world champion Josh Taylor will make his return to the ring from BT Sport Studio in London against IBF No 1 contender Apinun Khongsong on Saturday, Sept.…
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Fenech: Horn will win against Tszyu

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Hall of Famer Jeff Fenech has predicted that former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn (20-2-1, 13 KOs) will defeat unbeaten IBF#6, WBO#9, WBC#12 light middleweight Tim Tszyu (15-0, 11 KOs) when they clash on Wednesday at the Bank Stadium at Townsville, Queensland, Australia.

“I see Jeff Horn winning and it could be by stoppage,” Fenech told the Daily Telegraph. “If he can beat Tim Tszyu to his punches like the punches he hit Michael Zerafa with, he’ll knock anybody out. Continue reading “Fenech: Horn will win against Tszyu”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Hall of Famer Jeff Fenech has predicted that former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn (20-2-1, 13 KOs) will defeat unbeaten IBF#6, WBO#9, WBC#12…
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Tim Tszyu: I am ready for Jeff Horn

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By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

IBF #6, WBO #9, WBC #12 light middleweight Tim Tszyu (15-0, 11 KOs) is confident he’ll defeat former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn (20-2-1, 13 KOs) on Wednesday at the Bank Stadium at Townsville that will be televised on Foxtel Main Event on Pay-Per-View in Australia and ESPN+ in the USA.

Tszyu said on Channel nine Sports Sunday, “I have prepared by being in the ring with plenty of good boxers including Manny Pacquiao. I have been tested in sparring and training in America so I know the level I am at. I know the opposition that I am facing and I’m 100% confident in my ability and my fitness. I can do ten rounds or twelve rounds. I am ready. Continue reading “Tim Tszyu: I am ready for Jeff Horn”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing IBF #6, WBO #9, WBC #12 light middleweight Tim Tszyu (15-0, 11 KOs) is confident he’ll defeat former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn…
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Interview: Vergil Ortiz Jr. and Vergil Ortiz Sr.

By Jeff Zimmerman

Fightnews.com® caught up with one of boxing’s top rising stars, Vergil Ortiz Jr. (16-0, 16 KOs) and his father/trainer Vergil Ortiz Sr. as Ortiz Jr was honored with a second mural in his hometown of Grand Prairie in as many weeks. We covered a lot of ground from his recent fight against Samuel Vargas during the pandemic, challenges of getting a title shot in the stacked welterweight division, the return of his promoter Oscar De La Hoya to the ring, Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr, the possibility of Errol Spence Jr vs. Terence Crawford, and a dream showdown with Spence Jr at AT&T Stadium (home of Dallas Cowboys) possibly down the road!

By Jeff Zimmerman Fightnews.com® caught up with one of boxing’s top rising stars, Vergil Ortiz Jr. (16-0, 16 KOs) and his father/trainer Vergil Ortiz Sr. as Ortiz Jr was honored…
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Kunkabayev, Kotochigov score early KOs

Former amateur star Kamshybek Kunkabayev seemed to be in tough for his pro debut, however, that didn’t turn out to be the case. In the main event of a boxing card on Sunday in Almaty, Kazakhstan, cruiserweight Kunkabayev (1-0, 1 KO) put Issa Akberbayev (20-2, 15 KOs) on the deck for the full ten count with a body shot in round two. Kunkabayev was a two-time amateur world championships silver medalist (2017 & 2019) before turning pro and he still plans to compete in the rescheduled Olympics next year.

In the co-feature, unbeaten WBC #14 lightweight contender Viktor Kotochigov (12-0, 5 KOs) stopped Andrei Isayeu (30-18, 9 KOs) with a body shot in round three. Isayeu beat the count and wanted to continue, but the ref waved it off.

Former amateur star Kamshybek Kunkabayev seemed to be in tough for his pro debut, however, that didn’t turn out to be the case. In the main event of a boxing…
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Hernandez shocks world rated Valladares

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“Upset Saturday” wrapped up with another stunner as strawweight Hugo “Chacal” Hernandez (16-5-1, 6 KOs) derailed WBC #2, WBO #4, IBF #5 rated Daniel “Cejitas” Valladares (22-2-1, 13 KOs) by ten round unanimous decision. Hernandez won by scores of 96-94, 97-93 and 98-92 at TV Azteca Studios in Mexico City.

“Upset Saturday” wrapped up with another stunner as strawweight Hugo “Chacal” Hernandez (16-5-1, 6 KOs) derailed WBC #2, WBO #4, IBF #5 rated Daniel “Cejitas” Valladares (22-2-1, 13 KOs) by…
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Porter takes aim at Spence-Garcia winner

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Two-time welterweight world champion “Showtime” Shawn Porter spoke after his one-sided unanimous decision over Sebastian Formella Saturday night in Los Angeles. As the bout was an IBF eliminator, it puts Porter in line for a rematch with the winner of the upcoming WBC/IBF welterweight title fight between champ Errol Spence Jr. and Danny Garcia.

“There’s no telling what they’ll see from me in a rematch,” said Porter. “I think both guys can also make adjustments. That’s what makes rematches so great, the fans have seen what both of you can do and they want to see who will make the right adjustments. I definitely think that I will be a little different against either guy.” Continue reading “Porter takes aim at Spence-Garcia winner”

Two-time welterweight world champion “Showtime” Shawn Porter spoke after his one-sided unanimous decision over Sebastian Formella Saturday night in Los Angeles. As the bout was an IBF eliminator, it puts…
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Smith: I wanted stop him in his tracks

Joe Smith Jr Victory
Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

With his impressive KO win over former champ Eleider Alvarez, Joe Smith Jr. earned a shot at the vacant WBO light heavyweight title formerly held by Canelo Alvarez. He will face the winner of a WBO eliminator between #1 rated Umar Salamov and #2 Maxim Vlasov.

“Coming into this camp, I knew I had to work on my boxing,” said Smith. “I wanted to be sharp, throw a lot of straight punches. I watched his fight with Kovalev, and Kovalev kind of set the way to beat him. So we watched that and worked off of it. I knew coming in today I had to box a little more because he’s got that great right hand. He caught me with it a couple times, but I can take a punch, too. Continue reading “Smith: I wanted stop him in his tracks”

With his impressive KO win over former champ Eleider Alvarez, Joe Smith Jr. earned a shot at the vacant WBO light heavyweight title formerly held by Canelo Alvarez. He will…
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Smith Jr. KOs Alvarez in WBO L/H eliminator

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In a WBO light heavyweight eliminator, Joe Smith Jr. (26-3, 21 KOs) scored a highlight reel ninth round knockout against former world champion Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (25-2, 13 KOs) on Saturday night inside “The Bubble” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Smith roughed up and outworked Alvarez all night. The end came in round nine when Smith laid out Alvarez with a huge right hand. Time was :26. At the time of the KO, Smith was up 80-72, 79-73, 79-73.

Former WBA middleweight world champion Rob “Bravo” Brant (26-2, 18 KOs) busted up Vitaliy Kopylenko (28-3, 16 KOs) over five rounds. The bout was halted after the fifth round by Kopylenko’s corner due to a closing left eye. Continue reading “Smith Jr. KOs Alvarez in WBO L/H eliminator”

In a WBO light heavyweight eliminator, Joe Smith Jr. (26-3, 21 KOs) scored a highlight reel ninth round knockout against former world champion Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (25-2, 13 KOs) on…
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Porter mauls Formella in IBF eliminator

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Photo: Sean Michael Ham/TGB Promotions

Two-time welterweight world champion “Showtime” Shawn Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs) beat up previously unbeaten Sebastian Formella (22-1, 10 KOs) over twelve rounds in a one-sided IBF title eliminator without fans in attendance at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Formella hung in gamely, but had no answer for Porter’s strength and workrate. Scores were 120-108 3x. The bout was also for the WBC silver title.

“He was a tough fighter,” said Porter. “After about six rounds my dad told me that he’s going to keep taking these punches, so I just needed to keep the pressure on him…I’m still here and I’m not going anywhere,” he added.

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Undefeated 6’6 super welterweight Sebastián “The Towering Inferno” Fundora (15-0-1, 10 KOs) scored an impressive sixth round TKO over Nathaniel Gallimore (21-5-1, 17 KOs). Fundora was in command all the way and referee Ray Corona stepped in to save Gallimore from further punishment. Time was 1:28.

“I give my performance a 10 out of 10,” said Fundora. “I did what I had to do tonight.”

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Two-time welterweight world champion “Showtime” Shawn Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs) beat up previously unbeaten Sebastian Formella (22-1, 10 KOs) over twelve rounds in a one-sided IBF title eliminator without fans…
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Povetkin talks about stunning win

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After brutally knocking out Dillian Whyte, newly crowned WBC interim heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin talked about his spectacular come-from-behind victory.

On being knocked down twice: “I didn’t feel that I would finish the fight like this. I was pretty confident in the 4th round that, even though I went down twice, it was OK. It wasn’t too much damage.”

On the knockout punch: “I was watching his fights and taking into account that he was missing uppercuts from the left and from the right. During my training, I was training on putting combinations around those shots.” Continue reading “Povetkin talks about stunning win”

After brutally knocking out Dillian Whyte, newly crowned WBC interim heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin talked about his spectacular come-from-behind victory. On being knocked down twice: “I didn’t feel that I…
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Pitters outpoints Sugden

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Shakan Pitters is the new British light heavyweight champion after defeating Chad Sugden by unanimous points decision on Saturday night in Redditch, England. All three judges’ had it for Pitters with wide scores of 118-111 (twice) and 119-110.

The fight was originally scheduled for March 28 but was delayed when the COVID-19 pandemic struck and the lockdown ensued.

Shakan Pitters is the new British light heavyweight champion after defeating Chad Sugden by unanimous points decision on Saturday night in Redditch, England. All three judges’ had it for Pitters…
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Povetkin KOs Whyte for WBC interim belt

Dillian Whyte Vs Alexander Povetkin, Wbc Diamond Belt Title Fight.

Photos: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

40-year-old former world champion Alexander Povetkin (36-2-1, 25 KOs) scored a spectacular and unexpected fifth round knockout to dethrone WBC interim heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte (27-2, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at Matchroom Fight Camp in Brentwood, Essex, England. Whyte dropped Povetkin twice in round four and the end seemed near. It was. But not what anyone expected. In round five, Povetkin connected with a massive left uppercut that knocked Whyte out cold. Time was :30. Povetkin won the WBC interim and diamond belts. Whyte was a -440 favorite.

Promoter Eddie Hearn said he will exercise a match clause, so expect Povetkin-Whyte 2 later this year. Whyte’s loss removes one of the stumbling blocks for WBC champion Tyson Fury to fight WBA/IBF/WBO champ Anthony Joshua should they both emerge victorious from their upcoming fights.

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Photos: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing 40-year-old former world champion Alexander Povetkin (36-2-1, 25 KOs) scored a spectacular and unexpected fifth round knockout to dethrone WBC interim heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte (27-2,…
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Upset: Kingpin KOs Yoan Pablo Hernandez

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Former world title challenger Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (35-17-1, 19 KOs) spoiled the return of ex-IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (29-2, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Elbau Park Floating Stage in Magdeburg, Germany. The 40-year-old Kingpin was more aggressive than usual. He stalked Hernandez the whole fight, dropping YPH in round four and putting him on the deck for the count in round seven. Time was 2:00.

The 35-year-old Hernandez was returning as a heavyweight after a six-year layoff. Kingpin had lost five straight coming in. Continue reading “Upset: Kingpin KOs Yoan Pablo Hernandez”

Former world title challenger Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (35-17-1, 19 KOs) spoiled the return of ex-IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (29-2, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Elbau Park…
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Papin halts Fayfer in WBC eliminator

In a WBC cruiserweight eliminator, Aleksei Papin (12-1, 11 KOs) won by sixth round stoppage over Ruslan Fayfer (25-2, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Pyramide in Kazan, Russia. Papin dropped Fayfer in round six with a barrage of punches and the bout was waved off.

In a WBC cruiserweight eliminator, Aleksei Papin (12-1, 11 KOs) won by sixth round stoppage over Ruslan Fayfer (25-2, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Pyramide in Kazan, Russia.…
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Taylor defeats Persoon again, still undisputed

Katie Taylor Vs Delfine Persoon, Undisputed Lightweight Title Contest.
Photo: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

In a rematch, undisputed WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO female lightweight champion Katie Taylor (16-0, 6 KOs) took a hard-fought ten round unanimous decision over Delfine Persoon (44-3, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at Matchroom Fight Camp in Brentwood, Essex, England. Taylor won a controversial majority decision over Person 14 months ago, and this fight wasn’t any easier. Perssoon, who lost to an amateur in the Olympic qualifying, brought relentless pressure, but judges had Taylor ahead 98-93, 96-94, 96-94. Continue reading “Taylor defeats Persoon again, still undisputed”

In a rematch, undisputed WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO female lightweight champion Katie Taylor (16-0, 6 KOs) took a hard-fought ten round unanimous decision over Delfine Persoon (44-3, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at…
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WBO orders Navarrete-Villa clash

The WBO World Championship Committee has selected Ruben Villa as the first available contender in the featherweight division and ordered the commencement of negotiations with the team of Emanuel Navarrete for the vacant WBO featherweight championship. Navarrete was originally slated to face Jesse Magdaleno, but Magdaleno pulled out of talks citing dissatisfaction with the purse. Villa has a record of 18-0 with 5 KOs and is currently rated WBO #3.

The WBO World Championship Committee has selected Ruben Villa as the first available contender in the featherweight division and ordered the commencement of negotiations with the team of Emanuel Navarrete…
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Lara stops Quijada in 8 in Mexico

Super featherweight Maurico “Broncho” Lara (20-2, 14 KOs) of Mexico City stopped countryman and local favorite Jesus Quijada (16-7-2, 11 KOs) at 1:19 of round eight on Friday night. Lara becomes the first to stop Quijada as a professional. The scheduled ten rounder super took place at the Ballpark Restaurant in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.

Super featherweight Maurico “Broncho” Lara (20-2, 14 KOs) of Mexico City stopped countryman and local favorite Jesus Quijada (16-7-2, 11 KOs) at 1:19 of round eight on Friday night. Lara…
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Mini Aragon dominates Baby Juarez

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Former world title challenger Axel “El Mini” Aragon Vega (14-3-1, 8 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over two-time world title challenger Saul “Baby” Juarez (25-12-2, 13 KOs) in a light flyweight battle for the WBA Fedecentro title on Friday night in a studio setting at the Osceola Heritage Park Events Center in Kissimmee, Florida. Aragon was much the harder puncher and rocked the slower Juarez early and often. Juarez did better in the second half of the fight after Aragon slowed down, but in the end it was 98-92, 100-90, 100-90. Continue reading “Mini Aragon dominates Baby Juarez”

Former world title challenger Axel “El Mini” Aragon Vega (14-3-1, 8 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over two-time world title challenger Saul “Baby” Juarez (25-12-2, 13 KOs) in…
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Porter, Formella make weight

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Shawn Porter 146.6 vs. Sebastian Formella 146
(WBC silver title and IBF welterweight title eliminator

Joey Spencer 155.8 vs. Shawn West 154.6
Sebastián Fundora 153.2 vs. Nathaniel Gallimore 152.6
Liván Navarro 147.8 vs. Justin Deloach 149.9
Justin Pauldo 136.6 vs. Josec Ruiz 136.6
Edward Ortiz 163.4 vs. Antonio Todd 161

Venue: Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles
Promoter: TGB Promotions
TV: FOX, FS1

Shawn Porter 146.6 vs. Sebastian Formella 146 (WBC silver title and IBF welterweight title eliminator Joey Spencer 155.8 vs. Shawn West 154.6 Sebastián Fundora 153.2 vs. Nathaniel Gallimore 152.6 Liván…
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Sergio Martinez, 45, wins in comeback fight

Former WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez returned to the ring for the first time in six years on Friday night in Torrelavega, Spain. Martinez (52-2-2, 29 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Jose Miguel Fandino (15-7, 8 KOs). 45-year-old Sergio pressed the action and dropped Fandino in round six with a barrage of punches. Martinez continued to batter Fandino for the rest of the round. In round seven, Martinez floored Fandino with a body shot to end it.

In his previous fight against Miguel Cotto back in 2014, Martinez, suffered a bad knee injury, but he said after all this time off he feels really good. Continue reading “Sergio Martinez, 45, wins in comeback fight”

Former WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez returned to the ring for the first time in six years on Friday night in Torrelavega, Spain. Martinez (52-2-2, 29 KOs) scored a…
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Alvarez, Smith make weight

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Eleider Alvarez 174.6 vs. Joe Smith Jr. 174.9
(WBO Light Heavyweight eliminator)

Rob Brant 161.1 vs. Vitaliy Kopylenko 159.5
Julian Rodriguez 141.5 vs. Anthony Laureano 145.9
(Junior Welterweight — 10 Rounds)
Clay Collard 159.8 vs. Maurice Williams 158.2
Duke Ragan 125.5 vs. Luis Alvarado 126.8
Robert Rodriguez 119.7 vs. Abel Soriano 119.8
Adrian Valdovinos 137.2 vs. Israel Mercado 136.6
Wendy Toussaint 154.4 vs. Isiah Jones 157.2

Venue: “The Bubble,” MGM Grand, Las Vegas
Promoter Top Rank
TV: ESPN+

Eleider Alvarez 174.6 vs. Joe Smith Jr. 174.9 (WBO Light Heavyweight eliminator) Rob Brant 161.1 vs. Vitaliy Kopylenko 159.5 Julian Rodriguez 141.5 vs. Anthony Laureano 145.9 (Junior Welterweight — 10…
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ESPN picks up Horn-Tszyu clash

Former welterweight world champion and Manny Pacquiao conqueror Jeff “The Hornet” Horn will face Tim Tszyu in a 10-round junior middleweight bout Wednesday, Aug. 26, at Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville, Australia. A socially distanced crowd of more than 16,000 fans are expected for Horn-Tszyu, which will headline a special edition of Breakfast and Boxing exclusively on ESPN+ (5 a.m. ET/2 a.m. PT). Continue reading “ESPN picks up Horn-Tszyu clash”

Former welterweight world champion and Manny Pacquiao conqueror Jeff “The Hornet” Horn will face Tim Tszyu in a 10-round junior middleweight bout Wednesday, Aug. 26, at Queensland Country Bank Stadium…
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