Boxing

OAKLAND, Calif (Sept. 28, 2018) — Jose Uzcategui, the IBF super middleweight world champion, moved up to light heavyweight for a non-title bout while he awaits his first title defense. He took care of business and won a clear unanimous decision against Ezequiel Maderna on Friday evening at the Oracle Arena. Scores were 100-90, 100-90, and 98-92.

Next up for Uzcategui is a return to 168 pounds, where he will defend his world title.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 27, 2018) – The “Red River Rivalry” is coming to Russell Westbrook’s house.

Dallas native Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker will make the first defense of his WBO junior welterweight world title on Friday, Nov. 16 against No. 1 contender and Oklahoma City product Alex “El Cholo” Saucedo at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, home of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Oleksandr Usyk says the reason he agreed to fight former WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew was so that he could get a title shot against IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, who is signed with the same promoter Eddie Hearn. Usyk recently signed with Hearn as well, so all three of them are with Hearn as part of his Matchroom Boxing stable.

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NEW YORK CITY (Sept. 25, 2018) – Vasiliy Lomachenko is ready to take another bite out of the Big Apple. Lomachenko, the pound-for-pound superstar and WBA lightweight world champion, will look to unify world titles for the first time as a professional when he clashes with WBO champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 9 p.m. ET, live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. This marks Lomachenko’s fourth main event appearance at a Madison Square Garden venue.

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Manny Pacquao-Floyd Mayweather 2 this year? Forget it.

A few days following their chance meeting in Tokyo where both announced their agreement to face each other anew this coming December in a repeat of their 2015 showdown, the Filipino legend and his American undefeated counterpart appeared to have changed their minds.

Pacquiao, early this week, has been quoted by Spin.PH as saying, he first want to have a tune up match before that planned rematch.

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Anthony Joshua says he’ll still fight Deontay Wilder if he loses to Tyson Fury on December 1. Joshua says Wilder is too big of a name for him to ignore him just because of a loss to the 6’9″ Fury (27-0, 19 KOs). Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) will still be a huge name for Joshua to fight even if he loses to Fury.

Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs) doesn’t have a lot of options for big fights in the heavyweight division right now. Beyond Wilder, Dillian Whyte, Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk, there’s not much for Joshua to fight in the division. The division is barren of big names now that Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin have both been beaten by Joshua. There’s no going backwards for Joshua with those fighters.

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Last Saturday I watched one hell of a fight between two of the most influential fighters of our time: Saul Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin. There is no doubt about it, that fight was a classic.

Before the fight I was expecting and along with me many others all the animosity, and the bad blood to surface in the ring and it did big time.There was no knock downs because the two fighters are both too hard and too tough to get down with one punch. It would have taken a monstrous shot for one of them to go down.

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Dereck Chisora made Dillian Whye an absurd offer of 5 million for a fight on December 22. The two heavyweights are trying to negotiate a rematch for Sky Box Office PPV. Whyte (24-1, 17 KOs) beat Chisora by a 12 round split decision close to two years ago in December 2016.

It’s unknown if the 34-year-old Chisora has the £5m to give Whyte. Chisora wants to send Whyte into retirement. It would be a tough pill for Whyte to swallow if he loses the December 22 fight to Chisora because he’ll miss out on a rematch with Anthony Joshua on April 13.

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WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez has reportedly tested positive for a banned substance benzoylecgonin, which an ingredient in the illegal drug cocaine. WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman broke the news about Benavidez’s positive test on Tuesday.

The positive test came from a urine sample collected on August 27 according to ESPN. Benavidez has the option of having his B-sample tested.

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EL PASO, Texas (Sept. 17, 2018) – WBC super featherweight world champion Miguel 'El Alacrán" Berchelt and Miguel "Mickey" Roman went face-to-face on the arena floor of the Don Haskins Center, site of their Nov. 3 showdown that will, once and for all, settle this simmering grudge match.

Berchelt (34-1, 30 KOs), from, Cancun, Mexico, is the 26-year-old champion looking to make his fourth successful title defense. Roman (60-12, 47 KOs), from Juarez, Mexico, is a 32-year-old who will be making his third attempt at a world title.

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LAS VEGAS (Sept. 17, 2018) — Japanese superstar Ryota Murata is taking his talents halfway around the world.

Tickets for Murata’s WBA middleweight world title defense against Rob “Bravo” Brant on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Park Theater at Park MGM go on sale TODAY at 10 a.m. PST. The event is promoted by Top Rank, in association with Teiken Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions.

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