Boxing

After a nearly two-year layoff, former junior featherweight world champion Jonathan “Salomon King” Guzman’s comeback begins Saturday, Oct. 30 in an eight-round showdown against Carlos Jackson at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.

Guzman-Jackson, a strong contender to steal the New York City spotlight, headlines a stacked undercard (ESPN+, 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT) before hometown kid Josue “The Prodigy” Vargas’ step-up test against Jose “Chon” Zepeda in the 10-round junior welterweight main event (ESPN+ 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).

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Undisputed junior welterweight world champion Josh Taylor's title defense against top contender Jack Catterall — originally scheduled for Dec. 18 at The OVO Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland — has been postponed to Saturday, Feb. 26 at the same venue due to a knee injury Taylor suffered in training.

Ticket and undercard information will be announced at a later date. The bout will be televised live in the UK on Sky Sports and streaming exclusively on ESPN+ in the U.S.

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Longtime heavyweight contender Oscar “Kaboom” Rivas hopes unbeaten knockout artist Ryan Rozicki is not a bridge too far.

Rivas and Rozicki will clash this Friday, Oct. 22 at L’Olympia in Montreal, a 12-round showdown to crown the inaugural WBC Bridgerweight world champion (weight limit: 224 pounds). Rivas has fought as high as 251½ pounds, while Rozicki has spent the entirety of his five-year pro career as a cruiserweight.

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Ryan Garcia is promising to return to the ring better in 2022 when he comes back from his hand injury that caused the cancelation of his November 27th fight against Joseph ‘Jo-Jo’ Diaz Jr. on DAZN.

Garcia, 23, was supposed to be getting surgery on Monday, but it’s unclear if he did.

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Emanuel "Vaquero" Navarrete and Joet Gonzalez engaged in a border war for the ages.

Navarrete (35-1, 29 KOs) retained his WBO featherweight world title with a bloody unanimous decision (118-110 and 116-112 2x) over Joet Gonzalez (24-2, 14 KOs) on Friday evening at Pechanga Arena San Diego. It was the second successful title defense for Navarrete, who moved up to the featherweight ranks last year after defending his junior featherweight crown five times.

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Devin Haney will be fighting on December 3rd on DAZN, possibly against Joseph ‘Jojo’ Diaz Jr. or Viktor Postol.

Haney’s promoter Eddie Hearn will try and put the fight together with former IBF super featherweight champion Diaz Jr. (32-1, 15 KOs), who needs an opponent after his battle with Ryan Garcia fell through. Ryan suffered a hand injury during training camp.

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Mexico’s young general hopes to make it 20 for 20 in his toughest test to date. David “El General” Cuellar (19-0, 12 KOs) will make the first defense of his WBC Youth Silver 115-pound title in a 10-round main event against former world champion Moises Fuentes this Saturday, Oct. 16 at Oasis Arena in Cancun, Mexico.

Cuellar-Fuentes headlines a bill streaming live and exclusively in the United States on ESPN+ starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

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WBC/IBF unified light heavyweight world champion Artur Beterbiev moved to Montreal nearly a decade ago to embark on his professional journey following a pair of Olympic berths for his native Russia. Sixteen fights into his career, he will return to his adopted hometown for the first time as a world champion.

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