Boxing

Anthony Joshua says challenger Andy Ruiz Jr. is on the same threat level to him as WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs) insists that Ruiz Jr. (32-1, 21 KOs) is right up there with those two guys.

Joshua has tried to let the fans know during his news conferences that Ruiz Jr. isn’t being overlooked. However, Joshua is going a little too far with his praise of Ruiz Jr. by putting him in the same class as Wilder in terms of him being a threat.

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Callum Smith wants to do a job on his much smaller challenger Hassan N’Dam this Saturday night to ensure that he keeps alive his hopes of a big money fight against Saul Canelo Alvarez. Smith (25-0, 18 KOs) is defending his WBA Super World super middleweight title against the 35-year-old former WBA 160-pound champion N’Dam (37-3, 21 KOs), who has been picked out from the middleweight division specifically for this fight. Smith’s promoter wants Smith to win and look good.

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The Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman hype is real and it's drawing a lot of strong opinions from fans and boxing professionals alike. Among them is Terence Crawford, who says that he wants WBA Super World welterweight champ Keith Thurman to beat Manny Pacquiao in their upcoming fight on July 20, and proceeds to say that he wants Thurman to move on to bigger fights.

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LAS VEGAS (May 29, 2019) — Jesse "Hollywood" Hart and Sullivan Barrera understand high stakes and are coming to Las Vegas, intent on cashing in with a potential world title shot on the line. Hart and Barrera will square off in a 10-round light heavyweight bout Saturday, June 15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Hart-Barrera will serve as the co-feature to lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury’s title defense against unbeaten German challenger Tom Schwarz.

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(May 28, 2019) — One of Wales’ premier talents, Jay Harris is ready to take the next step. The unbeaten Harris will battle former world title challenger Angel Moreno in a 12-rounder for the vacant European flyweight title Saturday from Vale Sports Arena in Cardiff, Wales.

Harris-Moreno will headline an #MTKFightNight card on ESPN+ — the leading multi-sport streaming service — Saturday, June 1, beginning at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT.

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After the megabout between Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman was announced last week, views that our fighting senator could beat the American seems to be gaining popularity.

The main reason for perceptions or predictions that Pacquiao could beat Thurman’s is the American’s so-so performance against Josesito Lopez in January. In that fight, Thurman was on the verge of getting dropped in the seventh round. Also, Thurman may have been expected to stop the game Lopez.

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (May 24, 2019) — Robeisy Ramirez, the former Cuban amateur prodigy who captured Olympic gold in 2012 and 2016, has signed a multi-year contract with Top Rank and will make his long-awaited professional debut later this year.

The 25-year-old Ramirez left the Cuban national team last year while attending a training camp in Mexico, ultimately defecting from his homeland.

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (May 25, 2019) — U.S. Marine Corps veteran Jamel "Semper Fi" Herring completed his Hollywood story, upsetting WBO junior lightweight world champion Masayuki "The Judge" Ito via unanimous decision Saturday evening in front of a sold-out crowd of 2,912 at Osceola Heritage Park.

Herring (20-2, 10 KOs), who prevailed by scores of 116-112 and 118-110 2x, accomplished the dream on Memorial Day weekend in front of a host of active and reserve U.S. Marines.

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