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  • Freddie Roach says Ronda Rousey should steer clear of Holly Holm

    Freddie Roach says Ronda Rousey should steer clear of Holly Holm

    Famed boxing trainer Freddie Roach knows enough about fighting to form a qualified opinion about Ronda Rousey’s interest in a rematch against women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm. “If I was … Ronda, I’d stay away from the girl [Holm],” Roach said Wednesday at his Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood....

  • Former champions Abner Mares, Fernando Montiel to meet on CBS

    Former champions Abner Mares, Fernando Montiel to meet on CBS

    Southland fighter and former three-division world champion Abner Mares will return to the ring March 12 in the co-main event with the Keith Thurman-Shawn Porter welterweight title fight on CBS. Mares (29-2-1, 15 knockouts) will meet Mexico’s Fernando Montiel (54-5-2, 39 KOs), a 36-year-old former...

  • Al Haymon is spending to put boxing on TV, but do the numbers add up?

    Al Haymon is spending to put boxing on TV, but do the numbers add up?

    Al Haymon, the reclusive manager of boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., has aggressively been buying TV time to telecast fight cards as part of a daring strategy to revive the sport by tapping into a new, younger audience. So far, judging from California and Nevada athletic commission records, TV  ratings,...

  • Oscar De La Hoya is not expecting Alvarez-Khan bout to trigger more business with Al Haymon

    Oscar De La Hoya is not expecting Alvarez-Khan bout to trigger more business with Al Haymon

    Oscar De La Hoya said despite his ability to make the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez bout against Amir Khan on Tuesday, he’s not expecting similar smooth dealings with others in powerful boxing manager Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions stable. “I had nothing to do with Al Haymon for this fight,” De La...

  • 'Canelo' Alvarez agrees to surprise middleweight title fight against Amir Khan

    'Canelo' Alvarez agrees to surprise middleweight title fight against Amir Khan

    Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was said to be in negotiations with uninspiring opponents until Tuesday, when he announced he’ll fight England’s former junior-welterweight world champion Amir Khan on May 7. The HBO pay-per-view bout will be fought at a 155-pound catch-weight limit for the World Boxing Council...

  • Julian Ramirez remains unbeaten with decision victory at Belasco

    Julian Ramirez remains unbeaten with decision victory at Belasco

    Julian Ramirez missed weight, but not his punches. The unbeaten fighter from East Los Angeles lost a chance to win a minor World Boxing Council belt by weighing 1.4 pounds over the featherweight limit for Friday’s bout against San Diego’s Chris Martin at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles....

  • Unbeaten Julian Ramirez, headliner of the Belasco fight card, misses weight

    Unbeaten Julian Ramirez, headliner of the Belasco fight card, misses weight

    Golden Boy Promotions’ monthly card at the downtown Belasco Theater on Friday night is a sold-out show featuring some of the company’s top prospects. Julian Ramirez (15-0, eight knockouts) of East Los Angeles missed the featherweight limit of 126 pounds Thursday, coming in at 127.4 pounds, but...

  • MMA rankings: Conor McGregor calls all the shots in the featherweight division

    MMA rankings: Conor McGregor calls all the shots in the featherweight division

    Heavyweight Fabricio Werdum Cain Velasquez Stipe Miocic Junior Dos Santos Travis Browne Alistair Overeem Andrei Arlovski Ben Rothwell Josh Barnett Vitaly Minakov After a turbulent month in heavyweight MMA, it’s difficult to differentiate the top fighters in the division after the top two. Miocic,...

  • UFC's Anthony Johnson has a fighting demeanor, so deal with it

    UFC's Anthony Johnson has a fighting demeanor, so deal with it

    Nowhere in the rules of fighting does it say you have to be nice to people. So if Anthony Johnson carries some of the same nastiness reserved for the Ultimate Fighting Championship octagon to his everyday dealings with humans, what else should we expect? He’s a fighter. “If you’re a fighter, you’re...

  • UFC moves title-less Super Bowl card to Fox Sports 1

    UFC moves title-less Super Bowl card to Fox Sports 1

    The injuries of heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum and former champion Cain Velasquez have scrapped an anticipated rematch for Feb. 6 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas and prompted UFC leadership to move the planned pay-per-view card to Fox Sports 1, according to a television official. The new main event...

  • Danny Garcia plans to prove himself in WBC bout against Robert Guerrero

    Danny Garcia plans to prove himself in WBC bout against Robert Guerrero

    Welterweight Danny Garcia has heard the analysis that he's a well-schooled, fundamental fighter who lacks charisma. He understands the critics who ask why the unbeaten fighter from Philadelphia has been assigned uninspired matches against aging and outclassed opponents. Saturday night on Fox from...

  • Fox latest network to stage PBC prime-time show, with Danny Garcia-Robert Guerrero

    Fox latest network to stage PBC prime-time show, with Danny Garcia-Robert Guerrero

    Already the primary destination for Ultimate Fighting Championship action, Fox is adding prime-time boxing to its fight programming Saturday with the Danny Garcia-Robert Guerrero welterweight title fight at Staples Center. Powerful boxing manager Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions announced a...

  • Boxing has helped Army veteran Sammy Vasquez work through PTSD

    Boxing has helped Army veteran Sammy Vasquez work through PTSD

    Undefeated welterweight Sammy Vasquez (20-0, 14 knockouts) and his Saturday night co-main event opponent Aron Martinez of Los Angeles are linked by their desire to win a boxing title one day. But Vasquez's cause is something more. "Mine is for America," Vasquez said. Not only does the Pennsylvania...

  • Hey, Golden Boy and HBO, make the Francisco Vargas-Orlando Salido fight happen

    Hey, Golden Boy and HBO, make the Francisco Vargas-Orlando Salido fight happen

    An opportunity is emerging to make a fight that would be certain entertainment. Now, all we need is for boxing’s power players not to blow it. A super-featherweight title defense by new champion Francisco Vargas of Mexico versus his countryman Orlando Salido is a can’t-fail slugfest. Vargas in...

  • Conor McGregor dominates stage at UFC 197 news conference

    Conor McGregor dominates stage at UFC 197 news conference

    As expected, Conor McGregor seized control of the UFC 197 news conference Wednesday in Las Vegas. The featherweight champion, seeking to become the first simultaneous two-belt champion when he fights Orange County-based Brazilian lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos on March 5 at MGM Grand, showed...

  • Mike Tyson will be a fighter in the new UFC video game

    Mike Tyson will be a fighter in the new UFC video game

    If Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey on the cover wasn’t enough to draw gamers to EA Sports’ new “UFC 2” video game, the addition of a new mixed martial arts “fighter” should clinch the deal. Legendary boxing knockout artist Mike Tyson makes his octagon debut in the game. The company responsible...

  • Dominic Breazeale discovers boxing's in his blood after mother's death

    Dominic Breazeale discovers boxing's in his blood after mother's death

    Southland heavyweight boxer Dominic Breazeale had plenty to deal with in the past month, preparing for a nationally televised Saturday night fight at Staples Center. Then his mother died and he opened boxes in her home, unearthing an identity Breazeale didn’t know he had. Breazeale, a 2012 U.S....

  • Leo Santa Cruz to defend featherweight belt Feb. 27 at Honda Center

    Leo Santa Cruz to defend featherweight belt Feb. 27 at Honda Center

    Featherweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz will return to fight in a major Southland venue Feb. 27. Santa Cruz (31-0-1, 17 knockouts), of Los Angeles, will face Spaniard Kiko Martinez (36-6, 26 KOs), a former super-bantamweight champion, at Honda Center. Martinez was defeated in his biggest fights,...

  • UFC's Dominick Cruz banking on mind games to help him take T.J. Dillashaw's belt

    UFC's Dominick Cruz banking on mind games to help him take T.J. Dillashaw's belt

    Whether or not he recaptures the Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight belt Sunday, San Diego’s Dominick Cruz should think long and hard about a career in motivational speaking. Cruz, who’ll fight champion T.J. Dillashaw on Sunday night in Boston on Fox Sports 1, has fought just once since...

  • Sudden rise nets title shot for Southland heavyweight Charles Martin

    Charles Martin is already talking about unifying all the belts of the heavyweight division, and while the first response may be to ask, “Who’s Charles Martin?” don’t laugh. A year ago, the unbeaten boxer from North Hollywood who trains in Big Bear was the ninth-ranked heavyweight, according to...

  • WBC makes Danny Garcia-Robert Guerrero bout a world-title fight

    WBC makes Danny Garcia-Robert Guerrero bout a world-title fight

    The World Boxing Council has designated the Jan. 23 Danny Garcia-Robert Guerrero fight at Staples Center the bout for the world-title belt left vacant by retired Floyd Mayweather Jr. England’s Amir Khan was selected the mandatory challenger. The unbeaten Garcia (31-0, 18 knockouts) previously won...

  • Ronda Rousey won't fight until after UFC 200 in July, Dana White says

    Ronda Rousey won't fight until after UFC 200 in July, Dana White says

    Ronda Rousey won’t return to the octagon until after UFC 200 on July 9, Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White reported Tuesday. Rousey has requested an extension to complete filming that has been delayed for the movie“Roadhouse,” which has the former women’s bantamweight champion...

  • Passed-over Frankie Edgar to meet with UFC about Conor McGregor, future

    Passed-over Frankie Edgar to meet with UFC about Conor McGregor, future

    Frankie Edgar can recall when he was Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight champion, asking his bosses if he could fight to win a second belt at featherweight. “They wouldn’t allow me to do that,” Edgar said Friday. The rules are different now for Conor McGregor, the newly crowned featherweight...

  • Double-fisted UFC 197 in works, to feature McGregor vs. Dos Anjos and Holm vs. Tate

    Double-fisted UFC 197 in works, to feature McGregor vs. Dos Anjos and Holm vs. Tate

    Despite insistance from the Ultimate Fighting Championship bosses that the deals aren’t signed, UFC 197 in Las Vegas on March 5 is expected to be a double title-fight card of Conor McGregor vs. Rafael Dos Anjos and Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate. UFC President Dana White and Chairman Lorenzo Fertitta...

  • Ronda Rousey poses for photos in nothing but body paint

    Ronda Rousey poses for photos in nothing but body paint

    Ronda Rousey has returned to Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue, this time in body paint. The recently dethroned Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight champion posed in the black-and-white painting of a white tiger for the shoot, which will appear in next month’s swimsuit issue. The suit,...

  • Holly Holm will fight before Ronda Rousey rematch, UFC says

    Holly Holm will fight before Ronda Rousey rematch, UFC says

    Bantamweight champion Holly Holm will return to fight before July's planned rematch with Ronda Rousey, UFC President Dana White said Wednesday. White didn't elaborate beyond telling the crew of "UFC Tonight" on Fox Sports 1 that, "Holly Holm will fight before she fights Ronda again." It's believed...

  • Ronda Rousey, coming off a stunning loss, will host 'Saturday Night Live'

    Ronda Rousey, coming off a stunning loss, will host 'Saturday Night Live'

    Ronda Rousey's mainstream appeal hasn't been weakened by her upset loss in November. The mixed martial arts star will host NBC's "Saturday Night Live" on Jan. 23, the show announced Tuesday. The musical guest will be Selena Gomez. The previously unbeaten Rousey was stunned by a second-round knockout...

  • Ronda Rousey to host 'Saturday Night Live' on Jan. 23

    Ronda Rousey to host 'Saturday Night Live' on Jan. 23

    Ronda Rousey’s crossover appeal hasn’t been weakened by her upset loss in November. Rousey will host NBC's "Saturday Night Live" on Jan. 23, the show announced on its Facebook page Tuesday. The musical guest that night will be Selena Gomez. Venice’s previously unbeaten Rousey was stunned by a second-round...

  • New UFC deal for Holly Holm and 'possible' fight before a Ronda Rousey rematch

    New UFC deal for Holly Holm and 'possible' fight before a Ronda Rousey rematch

    Women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm has signed a multi-year contract extension with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, UFC President Dana White told The Times. Now, White is in the process of establishing when she’ll fight next. “I honestly don’t know what we’re going to do,” White told The...

  • Robbie Lawler's latest UFC thriller may send Carlos Condit to retirement

    Robbie Lawler's latest UFC thriller may send Carlos Condit to retirement

    Robbie Lawler was five minutes from the end of his time as Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight champion and answered with an effort that might send his game challenger Carlos Condit into retirement. “Tonight was kind of a do-or-die moment for my career,” Condit (30-9) said after judges...

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