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PHOTOS: Clay Collard Keeps His Momentum Moving with Third Victory in Nearly Two Months

Clay Collard continues to impress (Photo: Mikey Williams)

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By Chris Robinson

Clay Collard continued his amazing run in the sport of boxing this past weekend, as the former UFC fighter improved to 5-0 on the year with a second-round TKO over Maurice Williams in Las Vegas.

Collard (9-2-3, 4 KOs) started the year with three wins over previously undefeated prospects and has since scored two more victories. One of those victories was on ESPN over highly-regarded David Kaminsky on June 18.

PHOTOS: Joe Smith Jr. Stops Eleider Alvarez in Round Nine

Joe Smith Jr. scored a big victory over Eleider Alvarez this past weekend (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

Joe “The Beast” Smith Jr. once again delivered an emphatic victory this past weekend in knocking out former champion Eleider Alvarez in the ninth round on Saturday night.

Smith (26-3, 21 KO’s) and Alvarez (25-2 13 KO’s) were fighting in a WBO light heavyweight world title eliminator.

PHOTOS: Isaac Dogboe Gets Back in the Win Column With Eighth Round Stoppage of Chris Avalos

Isaac Dogboe is back in the win column (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

Tuesday night was big for former WBO junior featherweight champion Isaac Dogboe.

Dogboe stopped Chris Avalos via eighth-round TKO inside of the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, NV, in a featherweight contest aired on ESPN. It was a workmanlike performance for the Accra, Ghana fighter, as he improves his record to 21-2 (15 KO’s) while Avalos falls to 27-8 (20 KO’s).

Giovanni Santillan on Antonio DeMarco Clash: ‘I Want to Show the World That I am an Elite Fighter’

Giovanni Santillan faces fromer champion Antonio DeMarco on Tuesday night (Photo: Thompson Boxing)

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By Chris Robinson

The sport of boxing has returned with live action, and for welterweight prospect Giovanni Santillan, Tuesday night marks by far the biggest test of his young career.

The 28-year old Santillan (25-0, 15 KO’s), who is co-promoted by Thompson Boxing and Top Rank, will face former world champion Antonio DeMarco (33-8-1, 24 KOs), on ESPN in a co-feature attraction. The main event will see bantamweight contender Joshua Greer Jr. (22-1-1, 12 KOs) face Mike Plania (23-1, 12 KOs), with the broadcast starting at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT.

VIDEOS: Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder II Post-Fight Reactions

Tyson Fury following his dominant victory over Deontay Wilder (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, February 22, Tyson Fury came through with perhaps his most brilliant performance to date in halting former champion Deontay Wilder in seven rounds.

The fight took place on a joint FOX/ESPN pay per view from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV, and was a rematch of Fury and Wilder’s first fight from December of 2918. In that contest, Wilder dropped Fury twice, as the two men fought to a split-draw.

PHOTOS: Tyson Fury Stops Deontay Wilder in Seven Rounds to Capture WBC Heavyweight Title

Tyson Fury defeated Deontay Wilder in convincing fashion on Saturday night (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury defeated Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder by seventh-round stoppage on Saturday night in Las Vegas in a big shocker. Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO’s) handled Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KO’s) very convincingly over seven one-sided rounds in a historic FOX/ESPN joint pay per view from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Fury and Wilder had fought to a draw in December of 2018, with Wilder registering two knockdowns, but the rematch was completely different. Fury set the tone of the fight early, took the fight to Wilder, and scored two knockdowns of his own before Wilder’s corner threw in the towel in the seventh.

VIDEO: Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury Nearly Come to Blows at Final Presser

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury face off on Saturday night

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, February 22, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and former lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will again meet inside of the squared circle.

Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KO’s) and Fury (29-0-1, 20 KO’s) will square off inside of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV, in a joint pay per view being distributed by FOX and ESPN. It’s perhaps the biggest fight of the year and one of the biggest heavyweight fights in years.

PHOTOS: Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury Make Their Grand Arrivals to Las Vegas

Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas on Tuesday afternoon (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and former lineal heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury made their grand arrivals Tuesday afternoon at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV, just days before their big pay per view rematch.

Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs) came in a red Ferrari, while Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs) arrived shortly after in a Rolls-Royce SUV. Each man was bombarded with fans and support ahead of one of the biggest heavyweight fights in years.

PHOTOS: Terence Crawford Media Workout Ahead of Egis Kavaliauskas Fight

Terence Crawford faces Egis Kavaliauskas this weekend (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

This weekend, one of boxing’s top fighters, WBO welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford, returns to the ring, where he will defend his title vs. unbeaten #1 contender Egis “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas. The fight will take place from Madison Square Garden on Saturday evening and air on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET.

Crawford (35-0, 26 KOs) is looking for a third defense of his welterweight crown against Kavaliauskas (21-0-1, 17 KOs), but it’s admittedly not the fight that he prefers at the moment. Crawford is looking for unification matches, and the biggest names possible at this point.

PHOTOS: Oscar Valdez Rises From the Canvas to Stop Adam Lopez in Seven

Oscar Valdez overcame adversity on his way to defeating Adam Lopez on Saturday night (Photo; Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Nov. 30, former WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez rose in weight for a much harder-than-expected duel with once-beaten prospect Adam Lopez.  The fight was aired on the ESPN + app, from the Chelsea inside of the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, with Valdez rising in weight for his first official fight in the junior lightweight division.

Valdez (27-0, 21 KO’s) was originally scheduled to face off with Andres Gutierrez, but the fight fell through after Gutierrez weighed in at 141 pounds on Friday, 11 pounds over the contracted super featherweight limit of 130 pounds where the fight was to take place. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum was livid, kicking Gutierrez and his team out of the hotel even, as they looked for a replacement.

PHOTOS: Teofimo Lopez Overcomes Stiff Test from Masayoshi Nakatani

Teofimo Lopez scored another victory on Friday (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Friday night, July 19, unbeaten lightweight contender Teofimo Lopez earned a possible title shot by defeating the very tough Masayoshi Nakatani over 12 rounds. The action took place on ESPN + from The Theater at the MGM National Harbor, in Oxon Hill, MD, with Lopez emerging victorious despite a very game foe in his face.

Lopez (14-0, 11 KO’s) had been on a big knockout streak as of late, raising eyebrows along the way, but he was forced to go past the seventh round for the first time in his career.

PHOTOS: Tyson Fury Destroys Thomas Schwarz in Las Vegas

Tyson Fury was too much for Thomas Schwarz on Saturday night (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV, the man who calls himself the “lineal” heavyweight champion of the world, Tyson Fury, easily dispatched of previously-undefeated Thomas Schwarz in the second round.

Fury (28-0-1, 20 KO’s) was a different class from Schwarz (24-1, 16 KO’s) and he proved this early on by dominating the action and staying elusive. A sharp counter shot from Fury put a bloody Schwarz down in round two and the end was near. Fury unloaded a series of punches moments later and the fight was halted.

PHOTOS: Masayuki Ito vs. Jamel Herring Official Weigh-in Results

Masayuki Ito faces Jamel Herring later tonight (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

Later tonight, from the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida, WBO junior lightweight champion Masayuki Ito will defend his title vs. twice-beaten contender Jamel Herring. The Ito vs. Herring fight is an interesting matchup in style and the winner will have a plethora of options moving forward against possibly the likes of lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, WBC junior lightweight champion Miguel Berchelt, and others.

On Friday afternoon, Ito (25-1-1, 13 KO’s) weighed 129.4 lbs. compared to Herring (19-2, 10 KO’s), who hit the scale at 129.6 lbs. Each man appears to have put themselves through a rigorous training camp to be in such pristine shape. Everything will go down tomorrow night on ESPN.

PHOTOS: Terence Crawford Defends WBO Welterweight Title With Sixth Round TKO Over Amir Khan

Terence Crawford defeated Amir Khan on Saturday night (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, April 20, WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford successfully defended his title for a second time with a sixth round TKO over former champion Amir Khan. The fight, which took place on ESPN pay per view from Madison Square Garden in New York, may not have ended how Crawford wanted or expected, but his perfect record and lofty goals are still intact.

Crawford dropped Khan in the first round and had a commanding lead midway through. In frame six, an accidental low blow from Crawford put Khan down, with the British star and his corner electing not to continue, granting the champion with a TKO victory.

PHOTOS: Teofimo Lopez’s ‘Takeover’ Continues With Seventh Round Knockout Of Diego Magdaleno

Teofimo Lopez stopped Diego Magdaleno in brutal fashion on Saturday (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, rising prospect-turned-contender Teofimo Lopez reminded everyone why he’s one of the emerging forces of the lightweight division with a brutal seventh round knockout over former two-time title challenger Diego Magdaleno.

Lopez (12-0, 10 KO’s) delivered a pair of left hooks in the aforementioned seventh that put the courageous Magdaleno (31-3, 13 KO’s) down and out, as the referee didn’t need to bother to count.

PHOTOS: Sergey Kovalev Decisions Eleider Alvarez to Regain WBO Title And Calls For Unification Fights

Sergey Kovalev gained revenge vs. Eleider Alvarez on Saturday night (Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, inside of The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, TX, Sergey Kovalev gained a level of revenge vs. Eleider Alvarez, winning a clear unanimous decision over 12 rounds to recapture the WBO light heavyweight title. The bout aired on the ESPN+ streaming app as the boxing world saw Kovalev, 35, become a three-time champion at 175 pounds. Scores were 120-108 and 116-112 twice.

Alvarez (24-1, 12 KOs) was coming off of a thrilling seventh round knockout over Kovalev just six months prior, a fight in which he rocked and dropped the Russian three times before finishing the contest. But, to the credit of Kovalev (33-3-1, 28 KO’s), he was able to turn the rematch in his favor and box his way towards victory.

Bob Arum, Oscar Valdez, and Teofimo Lopez Set to Invade Frisco, TX on Wednesday 1/9

WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez with Top Rank CEO Bob Arum (Photo: Mikey Williams)

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By Chris Robinson

This Wednesday, from the Tostitos Championship Plaza at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, TX, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum will be joined by two of his company’s best fighters in WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez and undefeated lightweight prospect-turned-contender Teofimo Lopez. Valdez and Lopez will be participating in an open media workout ahead of their Feb. 2 fights at the Ford Center at The Star.

Valdez (24-0, 19 KOs) is coming off of his brutal brawl this past March with former champion Scott Quigg, in which he emerged victorious, and he will be looking to make the fifth defense of his title against fellow unbeaten Carmine “Mr. Wolf” Tomassone (19-0, 5 KOs). Lopez (11-0, 9 KOs), named 2018 Prospect of the Year by ESPN.com, ESPN Deportes, Sports Illustrated, and Yahoo Sports, will take on former world title challenger Diego Magdaleno (31-2, 13 KOs) in a 10-round showdown.

PHOTOS: Miguel Berchelt Stops a Brave Miguel Roman In the Ninth After Three Knockdowns

Miguel Berchelt was too much for Miguel Roman on Saturday night (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Nov. 3, inside of the Don Haskins Convention Center in El Paso, TX, WBC junior lightweight champion Miguel Berchelt delivered a brutal beating on worthy but outgunned contender Miguel “Mickey” Roman for a fourth successful defense of his title. Berchelt (34-1, 30 KO’s) scored three knockdowns along the way, two in the sixth, and one three rounds later, before the contest was stopped in round nine.

The all-Mexican showdown, aired on the ESPN + streaming app, delivered as expected, but was a bit more one-sided than one may have liked. Roman (60-13, 47 KO’s) was valiant in the face of such a savage attack, and perhaps the fight could have been stopped a few rounds earlier.

A Look Back in PHOTOS: Terence Crawford Overcomes a Game Jose Benavidez Jr.

Terence Crawford (R) and Jose Benavidez Jr. went at it this past Saturday night (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

There was a lot to take in during my visit to Omaha, NE this past weekend. In the main event inside of the CHI Health Center, we witnessed one of the sport’s top fighters, WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford, overcome a spirited effort from Jose Benavidez Jr. before stopping him in the 12th round on ESPN’s airwaves.

Crawford (34-0, 25 KO’s) had some tough moments during the first half of the fight against Benavidez (27-0, 18 KO’s), but he stay composed and changed the momentum of the fight following round six. Crawford began to counter Benavidez much easier, and a big uppercut from the 31-year old champion registered the fight’s only knockdown in the 12th. Crawford jumped on Benavidez moments later, hammering him accurate shots, and the fight was waived off.

Go to Our YOUTUBE for All-Acess Coverage During Terence Crawford vs. Jose Benavidez Jr. Fight Week

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By Chris Robinson

If the theatrics of this fight week have been any indication, boxing fans are in for a treat later tonight when WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford meets undefeated former interim champion Jose Benavidez Jr. inside of the CHI Health Center in Omaha, NE. Simply click the photo above to be taken to our YouTube page to check out videos of Friday’s weigh-in and Thursday’s final press conference, both of which were full of drama.

Crawford (33-0, 24 KO’s) vs. Benavidez (27-0, 18 KO’s) goes down later tonight on ESPN.