Boxing

After four and half years out of the ring, former two division world champion Marcos Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) is returning to boxing, and he’s targeting fights against Floyd Mayweather Jr., Saul Canelo Alvarez, Manny Pacquiao, and Amir Khan. We still don’t know if Maidana is seriously interested in coming back. If he was serious, he should have at least gotten in shape before he called out the aforementioned fighters.

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Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner (33-3-1-, 24 KOs) isn’t worried in the least about Manny Pacquiao’s superior hand speed ahead of their fight on January 19 on SHOWTIME PPV at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Broner, 29, says his timing will neutralize Pacquiao’s speed advantage on the night. Further, Broner isn’t worried about trying to match Pacquiao’s famous high volume work rate.

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Dillian Whyte doesn’t rate unified cruiserweight champion Oleksander Usyk as a big enough name for him to be worthy of fighting, if he can’t get the match he wants against IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on April 13 at Wembley Stadium in London, UK. As far as Whyte (25-1, 18 KOs) is concerned, there are only five fighters in the heavyweight division that are worth him fighting, and Usyk isn’t one of them due to him not being well known enough for him to fight him.

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Tenshin Nasukawa says he learned how “truly great” Floyd Mayweather is after their match up.

Leading up to their exhibition boxing match on Rizin’s New Year’s Eve event, Tenshin Nasukawa felt that Floyd Mayweather may have been underestimating his skills. The young Japanese star didn’t have any professional boxing experience, but going undefeated and delivering all those savage knockouts in kickboxing made him feel like he’d at least perform better than others have done in there.

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WBA Super World featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz will be making a voluntary defense against struggling fringe contender Miguel Flores (23-2, 11 KOs) on February 16. This is not a great defense for Santa Cruz, as he’s facing an opponent in 26-year-old Flores that has lost two out of his last three fights. It’s not too common for champions to defend against guys with a 1-2 record in their last three fights like Flores.

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VERONA, N.Y. (Jan. 3, 2019) — Shakur Stevenson, the 21-year-old wunderkind who captured a silver medal for the United States at the 2016 Rio Olympics, will begin his 2019 campaign with his toughest professional bout to date.

Stevenson (9-0, 5 KOs) will battle Jessie Cris Rosales in a 10-rounder for the IBF Intercontinental and WBC Continental Americas featherweight belts on Friday, Jan. 18 at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.

Stevenson-Rosales will serve as the co-feature to the Bryant Jennings-Oscar Rivas heavyweight main event, both of which will stream live beginning at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN+ — the new multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer & International segment in conjunction with ESPN. The undercard, including the highly anticipated pro debut of former Indian amateur standout Vikas “The Indian Tank” Krishan, will also stream live on ESPN+ beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM), tickets, priced at $79, $62, and $45, are available at the Turning Stone Resort Box Office by calling 315-361-7469 or online at Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com).

“I am ready to fight the best featherweights in the world. 2019 is going to be a year to remember for me,” Stevenson said. “Rosales is a tough opponent, but he’s going to be no match for my speed and power.”

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(Jan. 3, 2019) — Top Rank is proud to announce it has signed two of the East Coast’s brightest amateur stars — Puerto Rican-born super bantamweight Jeremy “Magic Hands” Adorno and South Philadelphia-born heavyweight Sonny Conto — to multi-year contracts.

Conto and Adorno will make their professional debuts in four-round bouts Friday, Feb. 8 at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia on the “Philly Special” card promoted by Michelle Rosado’s Raging Babe. Adorno, who currently lives in Allentown, Pa., is the younger brother of Joseph “Blessed Hands” Adorno, one of the sport’s top prospects.

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