Boxing

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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(JUNE 28, 2018) — Michael “Mick” Conlan will make his long-awaited homecoming on Saturday when he headlines a card from The SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Conlan (7-0, 5 KOs) will face former world title challenger Adeilson Dos Santos (19-4, 15 KOs) in a scheduled 10-rounder, which will be streamed live and exclusively in the United States on ESPN+, the recently launched multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company's Direct-to-Consumer & International segment in conjunction with ESPN.

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Oklahoma City (June 28, 2018) – The fighters sat on a podium atop the floor where the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder play, discussing Saturday's ESPN-televised card (9 p.m. ET) at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The biggest card to hit The Sooner State in years will feature a local product, Oklahoma City native Alex "El Cholo" Saucedo (27-0, 17 KOs) against Lenny Zappavigna (37-3, 27 KOs) in 10-round junior welterweight bout. The ESPN main event will see WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez (37-0, 25 KOs) defending his title against Alexis Angulo (23-0, 20 KOs).

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (June 27, 2018) — Heavyweight contender Bryant “B.Y.” Jennings was born and bred in Philadelphia, but on Saturday, August 18, he aims to bring some of that Philly firepower to the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

Jennings (23-2, 13 KOs) will face off against Alexander “Sascha” Dimitrenko (41-3, 26 KOs) for the WBO International heavyweight title in the 12-round main event at the Ocean Resort Casino’s Ovation Hall. This will be the first boxing event at the Ocean Resort Casino, a state-of-the-art resort property set to open tomorrow, June 28.

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Deontay Wilder says Anthony Joshua never wanted to fight him, and that’s he’s a “coward” for not facing him in a unification fight. Wilder says Joshua wasted three months by taking up a fight against him, but then failing to take it. After the negotiations with Wilder fell apart this week, Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) will be defending against his WBA mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin next in September.

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