Boxing

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 18, 2018) – There has been a lot of talk about future big-name opponents for WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata. For now, he's focused on the task at hand, Saturday's title defense against Rob "Bravo" Brant at MGM's Park Theater in Las Vegas.

In the co-feature, Maxim "Mad Max" Dadashev will defend the NABF super lightweight belt against former world champion Antonio DeMarco.

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WBA lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko will meet the media for an open workout on Tuesday, October 23 at 1 p.m. at the Boxing Laboratory in Oxnard, California (1451 Pacific Ave). Lomachenko, a three-weight world champion, will fight WBO champion Jose Pedraza in a unification bout on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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(Oct. 18, 2018) — One of the heaviest hitters in the light heavyweight division, Anthony Yarde, will play the role of headliner on Saturday when he defends the WBO Intercontinental title against Walter Gabriel Sequeira at the Brentwood Centre in Brentwood, England. Yarde-Sequeira highlights a stacked card of boxing that will stream live in the United States beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET 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.

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LAS VEGAS (Oct. 17, 2018) – Ryota Murata, one of Japan's most revered sporting heroes, is ready to make his debut as a Las Vegas headliner.

Murata (14-1, 11 KOs), a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, will defend his WBA middleweight title against Rob "Bravo" Brant (23-1, 16 KOs), Saturday at MGM's Park Theater. In the co-feature, Maxim "Mad Max" Dadashev (11-0, 10 KOs) will defend the NABF super lightweight belt in a 10-rounder versus former world champion Antonio DeMarco (33-6-1, 24 KOs).

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NEW YORK CITY (Oct. 17, 2018) - The Royal Storm is in a New York state of mind.

Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe will make the second defense of his WBO junior featherweight title against the hard-hitting Emanuel Navarrete as the co-feature to the previously announced Vasiliy Lomachenko-Jose Pedraza lightweight unification bout at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.

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OMAHA, Neb. (Oct. 13, 2018) — The crowd roared in anticipation and the native son, Terence “Bud” Crawford, delivered. Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs), following a contentious pre-fight buildup, defeated Jose Benavidez Jr. by 12th-round TKO to defend his WBO welterweight world title in front of 13,323 fans at the CHI Health Center Omaha.

Crawford improved to 12-0 in world title fights with one of his most emphatic knockouts. An uppercut knocked Benavidez down and a vicious follow-up combination ended things for good.

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Former two division world champion Andre Ward says Jose Benavidez Jr. put himself in position where he initiated a harsh reaction from WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford on Friday when he shoved the Nebraska native at their weigh-in for Saturday.

Crawford tried to punch Benavidez Jr. (27-0, 18 KOs) with a right hand that missed. The fighters were pulled apart before either of them could land anything, but it was a surprise that Crawford attempted to land a punch when pushed by Benavidez. Crawford showed that he was willing to take things to a different level.

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