Featherweight Michael Conlan might only be preparing for a six-rounder in his fourth professional fight, but the two-time Irish Olympian had much bigger things on his mind on Wednesday. Conlan will face Argentina’s Luis Fernando Molina on Saturday (ESPN/ESPN Deportes, 9 p.m. ET) at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York in the
Junior featherweight world titleholder Guillermo Rigondeaux has never had an easy time getting fights. One of the reasons is because he is the ultimate high-risk, low-reward opponent. Few can legitimately compete with his skills and he doesn’t bring big money to the table, so getting bigger names in his weight class, or even one division
8:00 AM ET Isaac RobinsonESPN There are boxing match-ups for the purists and then there is Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux. It may be — technically, at least — the greatest fight in the sport’s history. The term ‘casual’ is overused when appraising the commitment of boxing fans but it’s both sad and true; ask
11:27 AM ET Nick Parkinson Close •Reports on boxing for ESPN.co.uk, as well as several national newspapers•Has been reporting on British boxing for over 15 years•Appears on BoxNation’s Boxing Matters show Tony Bellew and David Haye’s rescheduled rematch will take place at London’s O2 Arena on May 5. The British heavyweight rivals had been due
Mexican legend Erik Morales, heavyweight superstar Vitali Klitschko and defensive master Ronald “Winky” Wright were elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility, in balloting results announced on Tuesday. The three, elected in the modern boxer category, will be enshrined among boxing immortals during the 29th annual induction ceremonies
The World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight semifinal between world titleholders Murat Gassiev and Yunier Dorticos will take place Feb. 3 at the Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi, Russia, organizers announced on Tuesday. The talk after both fighters retained their 200-pound world titles in the quarterfinals was that their semifinal would take place either in Dorticos’
NEW YORK — Newly crowned junior middleweight world titleholder Sadam Ali was born and bred in Brooklyn, yet when he entered the ring to challenge Miguel Cotto on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, he might as well have been fighting in enemy territory. Puerto Rican legend Cotto, as he had been for his previous
Heavyweight contender Luis “King Kong” Ortiz, who was cleared last week by the WBC for his recent failed drug test but remains suspended by the WBA, will return to the ring on Friday night. Ortiz, added to the show on Monday, will face journeyman Daniel Martz in a scheduled 10-round bout on the Premier Boxing
A roundup of the past week’s notable boxing results from around the world: Saturday at New York Sadam Ali W12 Miguel Cotto — Full RecapWins a junior middleweight titleScores: 116-112, 115-113 (twice)Records: Ali (26-1, 14 KOs); Cotto (41-6, 33 KOs) Rafael’s remarks: Last December, it was the legendary Bernard Hopkins who hand-picked Joe Smith Jr.
NEW YORK — Miguel Cotto, who began boxing as an 11-year-old to lose weight, said farewell on Saturday night, closing out a glorious 17-year career, but not how most expected. Instead of an easy win over big underdog Sadam Ali, Cotto was nowhere near his best in what he said would be his final fight.