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BOXING & MMA

Gennady Golovkin agrees to fight Dominic Wade at the Forum this spring

Unbeaten two-belt middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s pursuit of a 22nd consecutive knockout will take place April 23 at the Forum in Inglewood against unbeaten Dominic Wade. Wade (18-0, 12 knockouts) was designated Golovkin’s mandatory challenger by the International Boxing Federation following...

  • Former Southland boxer Jamie Kavanagh escapes Ireland weigh-in shooting

    Former Southland boxer Jamie Kavanagh escapes Ireland weigh-in shooting

    Former Southland-trained boxer Jamie Kavanagh escaped safely Friday when gunmen fired assault weapons at a weigh-in in Dublin, Ireland, killing one person, before the lightweight’s planned Saturday bout. “Anyone asking I’m OK!” was posted on Kavanagh’s Twitter account. “Thanks you for asking. I...

  • Unbeaten fighters Randy Caballero and Frankie Gomez make weight for Indio card

    Unbeaten fighters Randy Caballero and Frankie Gomez make weight for Indio card

    Southland fighters Randy Caballero and Frankie Gomez both stepped on the scale Thursday and met their respective weight limits. For both, that may be the most difficult part of their upcoming fights. Their bouts are Friday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, but now the hard work is...

  • Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman to meet again for UFC middleweight title

    Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman to meet again for UFC middleweight title

    New Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champion Luke Rockhold will have to duplicate his belt-winning feat to hang onto the hardware. UFC President Dana White told Fox Sports 1 Wednesday that Rockhold and former champion Chris Weidman will have a rematch in June at UFC 199. Rockhold (15-2)...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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,...

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