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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...

  • Anthony Johnson makes quick work of Ryan Bader on Fox

    Anthony Johnson makes quick work of Ryan Bader on Fox

    In recent years, Anthony Johnson has terrorized the UFC light heavyweight division with his incredible knockout power. Saturday night on Fox, he was matched with fellow top contender Ryan Bader in what was thought to be a solid test moving toward another title shot. It proved to be not much of...

  • 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....

  • 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....

  • Manny Pacquiao says fight with Timothy Bradley Jr. will be last one of his career

    Manny Pacquiao says fight with Timothy Bradley Jr. will be last one of his career

    Manny Pacquiao let it be known Tuesday that his interest in boxing has been surpassed by his push to become president of the Philippines. "I started boxing because I wanted to help my mother," Pacquiao told reporters in Beverly Hills at a news conference to promote his third fight against welterweight...

  • 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,...

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