Boxing

Former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (33-3-1, 24 KOs) will be fighting this Sunday against Aaron Herrera (32-6-1, 21 KOs) in a 10 round fight in what Rios hopes will take him back to the top of the welterweight division. Rios-Herrera will be televised on Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 & Fox Deportes this Sunday on June 11 at The Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster, California. The start time for the Rios vs. Herrera is at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT.

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IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. (22-0, 19 KOs) says he’s hopeful that he can get Danny Garcia or Manny Pacquiao in his next fight. Spence says he wants to fight WBA/WBC welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman at the start of 2018, as long as he’s healed up from his elbow surgery that he recently had to repair a problem.

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Former IBF junior middleweight champion Jermall Charlo (25-0, 19 KOs) recently moved up to the 160 pound division, and he’s already the biggest threat to Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Danny Jacobs. Jermall is ranked No.2 by the World Boxing Council at 160, and he could soon by facing #1 WBC Jorge Sebastian Heiland in a WBC middleweight title eliminator on July 29 on the Adrien Broner vs. Mikey Garcia card. That’s next month.

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Earlier today, the news of the July 15 fight between IBO super middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr. and Arthur Abraham was officially announced. Eubank Jr. will be defending his International Boxing Federation 168-pound title against former 2 division world champion Abraham at the Wembley Arena in London, England. This is a fight that Abraham can win if he throws enough punches.

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Tony Bellew was hoping to get a title shot against one of the heavyweight champions Deontay Wilder or Joseph Parker, but it looks like he’s going to have to settle for a rematch with36-year-old David Haye. That fight is the 34-year-old Bellew’s best payday available to him, according to his promoter Eddie Hearn.

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The IBF won’t stand in Anthony Joshua’s way from fighting Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch, as long as he does it by December 2. Joshua is supposed to be defending his IBF heavyweight title against his mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev next if he wants to keep the belt. However, the International Boxing Federation has decided to let Joshua fight Wladimir in a rematch FIRST before he defends the IBF title against Pulev.

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IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. (22-0, 19 KOs) is targeting both WBA/WBC champion Keith “One Time” Thurman and WBO champion Manny Pacquiao in unification fights. Spence, 27, will be fighting in September in Dallas, Texas. Thurman is out of commission with an elbow injury, so there’s zero chance of him fighting Spence next. Pacquiao has a fight against Jeff Horn on July 2 against Jeff Horn in Brisbane. Australia. Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum isn’t going to put him back inside the ring so quickly against a dangerous puncher like Spence.

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Oscar De La Hoya is already predicting that his fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) will be knocking out middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) in their fight in 3 months on September 16 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is very ambitious of De La Hoya to pick Canelo by a knockout.

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Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) says he’s going to have fun inside the ring in his rematch with Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) in less than 2 weeks on June 17 on HBO PPV at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ward says he’s been working on some adjustments to make in the fight, and he says he’s got his legs back and he’s able to move more.

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Yesterday evening I was able to watch the Dmitry Kudryashov vs Olanrewaju Durodola rematch that took place in Russia. Kudryashov was a fighter I had kept an eye on as a prospect and possible contender, and this was his chance to revenge his knockout loss to Durodola that occurred two years ago.

As I watched the two knockout artists, I knew that, like the last fight, this one was not going to go the distance. After five rounds where both boxers had their chances to win, Kudryashov took control and viciously TKOed Durodola to win and become the #1 mandatory for the WBC Cruiserweight title.

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Undefeated #1 WBC Eleider Alvarez (23-0, 11 KOs) kept his number 1 mandatory spot with the World Boxing Council at light heavyweight a 12 round majority decision win over Jean Pascal (31-5-1, 18 KOs) on Saturday night in the co-feature bout on the undercard of the Adonis Stevenson vs. Andrzej Fonfara fight card at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.

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