Boxing

Commentator/trainer Teddy Atlas agrees with the decision the judges handed down in giving Tony Harrison (28-2, 21 KOs) a 12 round unanimous decision win over rising star WBC junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo (31-0, 15 KOs) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Atlas is the first to admit that his comments on the outcome of the Charlo vs. Harrison fight won’t be favorable with the boxing public, as many of them thought Jermell deserved the victory.

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• Josh Warrington 125.5 lbs vs. Carl Frampton 125.75 lbs
(Warrington's IBF Featherweight world title - 12 Rounds)

• Michael Conlan 125.75 lbs vs. Jason Cunningham 124.5 lbs
(Vacant WBO Intercontinental Featherweight title - 10 Rounds)

• Mark Heffron 158 lbs vs. Liam Williams 159.75 lbs
(Vacant British Middleweight title - 12 Rounds)

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MANCHESTER, England (Dec. 22, 2018) — Michael "Mick" Conlan rolled into Manchester Arena for his fifth and final bout of 2018 intent on climbing up the world rankings. The Belfast native, two-time Irish Olympian, and one of the sport's top prospects graduated to contender status Saturday evening, defeating former two-division Commonwealth champion Jason Cunningham via 10-round unanimous decision to snag the vacant WBO Intercontinental featherweight title on the Josh Warrington-Carl Frampton undercard.

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Interim WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo (28-0, 21 KOs) looked unimpressive in beating 35-year-old 2008 Russian Olympian Matt Korobov (28-2, 14 KOs) by a controversial 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night on PBC on FOX at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The scores were out of whack from the fight that took place tonight.

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Lennox Lewis thinks WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury should face each other in an immediate rematch, since IBF/WBA/WBO champion Anthony Joshua doesn’t want any part of fighting them. Lewis says that Joshua is “happy being protected” in his fights inthe UK, and he doesn’t want to come over to the U.S to take a tough fight.

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The winner of this Saturday’s fight between Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora won’t necessarily be penciled in by Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn for IBF/IBO/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s next title defense on April 13 at Wembley Stadium. According to Hearn, the Whyte-Chisora winner is the third option for Joshua’s next fight in April, behind the following choices: 1. Deontay Wilder and 2. Tyson Fury.

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MANCHESTER, England (Dec. 19, 2018) — Carl "The Jackal" Frampton (26-1, 15 KOs) is a former two-division world champion, while Josh Warrington (27-0, 6 KOs) is the undefeated IBF featherweight world champion looking to add a marquee name to his record.

Warrington, the newly minted champion from Leeds, England, will make the first defense of his title against Frampton on Saturday from Manchester Arena. In one of the co-features, former two-time Irish Olympian Michael "Mick" Conlan (9-0, 6 KOs) will battle veteran southpaw Jason Cunningham (24-5, 6 KOs) in a 10-rounder for the WBO Intercontinental featherweight title.

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Saul Canelo will be fighting twice in 2019 and looking to unify the middleweight division, according to sources from ESPN. Canelo (51-1-2, 35 KOs) wants to win all four of the world titles in the 160 lb weight class in 2019, starting with the IBF belt held by Daniel Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs) on May 4 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The venue has already been booked ahead of time by Golden Boy Promotions for Alvarez.

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Former four division world champion Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner is badly in need of a victory next month in his fight against Manny Pacquiao on January 19 on SHOWTIME pay-per-view at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. At one time Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs) was considered one of the best fighters in boxing, but nowadays wins for him have become a rare thing. The hand speed and power advantage that Pacquiao is going to enjoy in this fight is going to make it hard for Broner to win this fight.

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Dereck Chisora says he’s going to make sure he doesn’t find himself on the receiving end of another controversial decision in his rematch against Dillian Whyte (24-1, 17 KOs) by knocking him out this Saturday night on December 22 at the O2 Arena in London, England. Chisora (29-8, 21 KOs) lost a controversial 12 round split decision to Whyte two years ago in December 2016 in London in a fight that the boxing world saw Dereck winning.

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Anthony Joshua is saying once again that he’ll give Deontay Wilder a flat fee to face him on April 13 in a heavyweight unification fight at Wembley Stadium in London, England. Joshua says he’s willing to give WBC heavyweight champion Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) a guarantee of twice his highest pure with incentives if he faces him next April. Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs) says states that he’s going to get his hands on Wilder’s World Boxing Council title one way or another. Just how he’s going to do that without Wilder losing to someone else is the big question.

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(Dec. 14, 2018) — After heavyweight sensation Daniel Dubois pulled out of Saturday’s main event with the flu, top welterweight contender Bradley Skeete was elevated to main event status.

Skeete will take on southpaw Diego Ramirez in a 10-rounder for the vacant WBO International title Saturday from the Brentwood Centre in Brentwood, England.

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