Boxing

FRESNO, Calif. (July 4, 2018) – The homecoming is almost here. WBC super lightweight champion Jose Ramirez will make the first defense of his title against Danny O'Connor on Saturday at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, a short drive from Ramirez's hometown of Avenal.

Ramirez-O'Connor and the 10-round welterweight showdown between Egidijus Kavaliauskas and Juan Carlos Abreu will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET.

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COARESGOLD, Calif. (July 5, 2018) - The dream has been realized. Now, it's time for Jose Ramirez to get down to business.

Ramirez (22-0, 16 KOs), from Avenal, California, will make the first defense of his WBC super lightweight world title against Danny O'Connor (30-3, 11 KOs) on Saturday in front of a projected sold-out crowd at the Save Mart Center in Fresno. It's the building Ramirez packed several times on his journey to a world title.

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James DeGale vacated his IBF super middleweight title on Wednesday in a move that many boxing fans believe was a way for him to avoid having to defend against a very dangerous IBF mandatory Jose Uzcategui (27-2, 23 KOs). DeGale (24-2-1, 14 KOs) is coming off of a controversial 12 round unanimous decision win over IBF champion Caleb Truax last April in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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A name that has gone under the boxing radar for a good number of months is that of Dominic ‘Trouble’ Breazeale (19-1, 17 KOs): a fighter that in 2016 was on the tongues of a lot heavyweight boxing fans as the next challenger and potential threat to the IBF champion ‘AJ’ Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs).

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Michael Conlan has opened up on “one of the best weekends of my life” after receiving staggering support at Belfast’s SSE Arena on Saturday night.

The unbeaten former world amateur champion returned to his home city to take on former world title challenger Adeilson Dos Santos and the welcome he received – his ring walk sound-tracked by Irish folk song ‘Grace’ – was quite unique.

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It’s looking like Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller won’ be taking the IBF heavyweight title eliminator against Kubrat Pulev after all, which puts Hughie Fury as the next possible option for the Bulgarian to fight. Hughie (21-1, 11 KOs) is ranked #5 by the International Boxing Federation. He’s the next option for the 37-year-old Pulev to fight if Miller (21-0-1, 18 KOs) decides he doesn’t want it.

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Manny Pacquiao is gunning for one of four world titles at stake against WBA champion Lucas Matthysse in the "Fight of Champions" roadshow that promises to electrify the Axiata Arena on July 15 from start to finish.

Playing the unlikely role as challenger in an inspired bid to win an unprecedented 11th world title, the only eight-weight division boxing champion Pacquiao (59-7-2, 36 KOs), is training to dethrone the dangerous Matthysse of Argentina (39-4, 36 KOs).

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Now that the fight between AJ and Wilder is not the next one but potentially next year let’s look at the options available. Using a basis of 2 fights a year I will speculate as to what could happen and the impacts on each of the fighters career over the potential next 3 fights if they avoid each other.

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Please be advised that all information from tonight’s Gilberto Ramirez vs. Alexis Angulo and Alex Saucedo vs. Lenny Zappavigna world championship event— results, quotes, scorecards, and photos — will be available on the Top Rank website at the following link: http://www.toprank.com/ all-events/ramirezokc/

Ramirez vs. Angulo, Saucedo vs. Zappavigna and Robson Conceicao vs. Gavino Guaman will be broadcast exclusively on ESPN beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

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Unbeaten fringe contender Callum Johnson (17-0, 12 KOs) believes he hits every bit as hard as IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev (12-0, 12 KOs) and he intends on proving it on October 6 when he challenges the two-time Russian Olympian at a still to be determined venue. The 32-year-old Johnson is getting the fight against Beterbiev because the higher rated contenders opted not to take the fight with him due to the danger that he brings.

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