Boxing

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 1, 2018) — The Sooner State will welcome home its favorite fighting son and one of boxing’s elite champions for a special edition of Top Rank on ESPN Saturday, June 30 at Chesapeake Energy Arena, home of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder. Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez will make the fourth defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) super middleweight title against the hard-hitting Roamer Alexis Angulo, while Oklahoma City’s Alex ‘El Cholo’ Saucedo continues his march to a 140-pound title shot against Lenny Zappavigna in a 10-round special attraction.

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GENERAL SANTOS CITY—An 11th world title.That will be Manny Pacquiao’s motivation as he started training for his July 15 fight with World Boxing Association welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse of Argentina at the Wild Card gym here.

After building enough stamina from his cardio workouts earlier in the week, Pacquiao reunited with long-time friends and trainers Buboy Fernandez and Raides “Nonoy” Neri and started slow, doing regular gym drills and plotting pre-fight strategies.

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WBO junior middleweight champion Sadam ‘World Kid’ Ali (26-1, 14 KOs) will be defending his title on May 12 against replacement opponent Jaime Munguia (28-0, 24 KOs) at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.

The 21-year-old Munguia, who comes from Mexico, will be stepping in to replace former WBO 154 pound champion Liam Smith as the opponent for the 29-year-old Ali’s first defense of his WBO title.

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British promoter Eddie Hearn says he wants to ink Jermall and Jermell Charlo to his Matchroom Boxing stable, and he says he’ll pay them a lot more than they’re getting right now. Hearn says the Charlo brothers currently don’t have a promoter, so he wants to sign them both.

Hearn currently has one American in his Matchroom stable in former IBF middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (33-2, 29 KOs), who is fighting this Saturday night on April 28 against Maciej Sulecki (26-0, 10 KOs) in a WBA 160 lb. title eliminator on HBO World Championship Boxing at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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The management for WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has made a big $50 million counter offer to IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing for a unification fight, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.

The $50 million is part of a 50% split of the revenue, which Team Wilder believe will be at least $100 million. If the Joshua-Wilder fight makes more than $100 million, then Joshua will make more than his $50 million.

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