Boxing

by Mariquita Pangilinan
If the 4th of July is the only month that works for Manny Pacquiao, Errol Spence Jr. is more than willing to accommodate him.

The 29-year-old Spence, a native of nearby DeSoto, Texas, would love to return to that venue for a showdown with Pacquiao. As was the case with Garcia, the 5-feet-10 Spence would own a four-inch height advantage over Pacquiao and would out-weigh his smaller opponent by a sizeable sum once they enter the ring.

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NEW YORK CITY (March 17, 2019) — For the third consecutive year, Irish sensation Michael "Mick" Conlan fought at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on St. Patrick's Day. And for the third consecutive year, the rowdy Irish faithful left the building happy.

Conlan (11-0, 6 KOs) defeated Ruben Garcia Hernandez by 10-round unanimous decision (100-90 3x) to retain his WBO Intercontinental featherweight strap in front of 3,712 fans.

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(March 17, 2019) —Former two-division world champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton and Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions have signed a multi-fight promotional pact with Top Rank in what is the latest collaboration between Top Rank, MTK Global and Queensberry Promotions.

Frampton, who will campaign as a featherweight, will bring one of the biggest names in one of boxing’s deepest divisions to ESPN platforms in the United States.

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NEW YORK CITY (March 15, 2019) – For the third consecutive year, Michael "Mick" Conlan is ready to crash the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden for a St. Patrick's Day extravaganza.

Conlan (10-0, 7 KOs) will defend his WBO Intercontinental featherweight strap against Ruben Garcia Hernandez (24-3-2, 10 KOs) on Sunday in a 10-rounder in the special attraction.

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(March 14, 2019) — Xander Zayas, born in Puerto Rico and fighting for USA Boxing as one of the world’s top amateurs, has signed a multi-year professional contract with Top Rank.

At only 16 years old, Zayas is the youngest fighter ever to sign a pro contract with Top Rank. An 11-time Puerto Rican and U.S. national champion, Zayas will make his pro debut as a welterweight in September.

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Unbeaten lightweight contender Devin Haney (21-0 13 KO) met with Matchroom Boxing USA/DAZN promoter Eddie Hearn on Friday to discuss a promotional deal with the company. There’s no word yet whether Hearn will be able to sign the young 20-year-old Haney, but if he does add him to his growing promotional company, he would be adding a very talented fighter that could make waves in boxing in the future.

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This weekend, Mikey Garcia will be moving up two weight divisions to take on the IBF Welterweight World Champion Errol Spence Junior, a man considered by many as the most feared at the 147 pound division. Is this a business move for Mikey or is he cut from the same cloth as the old generation of boxers who are just there to fight.

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