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Parker: I'll beat whatever Joshua brings.

Joseph Parker warns Anthony Joshua that he can beat the Brit at his best as the pair aim to unify the WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight championships.

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Joshua and Parker keep it clean on first meeting.

Steve Bunce looks back on the first pre-fight press conference between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker, as the pair keep trash talking to a minimum.

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Joshua interested in Klitschko rematch.

Anthony Joshua spoke to Steve Bunce ahead of his unification fight against Joseph Parker about the prospect of a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko.

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Spence Jr. wants to be undisputed welterweight champion.

Errol Spence Jr. is willing to fight anyone who stands in his way of being the world champ ahead of his bout with Lamont Peterson.

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Welterweight world titleholder Errol Spence Jr. says he expects a fan-friendly fight when he meets Lamont Peterson on Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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Joshua: What's so difficult with this little kid?

Heavyweight world titleholder Anthony Joshua gives his thoughts on next opponent Joseph Parker, with a unification bout between the pair confirmed for March 31.

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The New York State Boxing Hall of Fame has announced its class of 2018, which will be inducted at the annual dinner April 29 at Russo's On the Bay in Howard Beach, New York. The 23-person class includes cruiserweight titlist Al Cole, light heavyweight titlist Lou Del Valle, junior welterweight titlist Jake Rodriguez, lightweight world title challenger Terrence Alli and heavyweight contender Joe Mesi. Posthumous inductees include featherweight champion Kid Chocolate, heavyweight champion James J. Corbett, lightweight champion Jack McAuliffe, junior welterweight titlist Billy Costello, light heavyweight champion Melio Bettina, middleweight contender Ralph “Tiger” Jones and heavyweight contender Charley Norkus. Living non-participants elected are Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Anderson, trainer/advisor Pete Brodsky, historian Herb Goldman, matchmaker Bobby Goodman, former judge and New York State Athletic Commission chairwoman Melvina Lathan and former NSYAC chairman and matchmaker Ron Scott Stevens. Posthumous non-participant inductees are ring announcer Johnnie Addie, matchmaker Johnny Bos, publicist Murray Goodman, writer/historian Bert Sugar and broadcaster Sam Taub. Boxers needed to be inactive for at least three years to be eligible and all inductees must have resided in New York for a significant portion of their boxing careers or during the prime of their career.

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Shields dominates to defend titles.

Two-time Olympic champion Claressa Shields slowly breaks down Tori Nelson and takes her to the cards for an unanimous decision to retain her women's WBC and IBF super middleweight world titles.

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Women’s unified super middleweight world titleholder Claressa Shields (5-0, 2 KOs) donated her fight-worn gloves to the International Boxing Hall of Fame following her first defense, a shutout decision against Tori Nelson on Friday night at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York, only about 15 minutes away from the HOF in Canastota. “Claressa Shields represented the USA and the sport of boxing so well when she made history at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games (by winning gold medal),” said HOF executive director Edward Brophy, who attended the fight. “We are thrilled that she is going to hand over the gloves from her title defense for display in the Hall and are excited to highlight one of today’s rising stars.” Shields said she was proud to donate them. “It is an incredible honor to have my gloves on display at the International Boxing Hall of Fame, where the greatest in the sport’s history have been honored,” she said. “As a two-time US Olympian, a unified world champion boxer, and a professional athlete representing all women in sports, I’m thrilled and humbled that fans the world over will be able to see my gloves when they visit Canastota.”

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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Junior welterweight Arnold Barboza Jr. (17-0, 6 KOs), 26, of Los Angeles, is about to take a step up in opposition level. Barboza is scheduled to face southpaw Mike Reed (23-1, 12 KOs), 25, of Waldorf, Maryland, in a 10-round fight that will take place on the undercard of the Top Rank ESPN show on March 10 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Reed, however, is coming off his first defeat. He was knocked out in the second round by Jose Ramirez in the main event of a Top Rank ESPN card on Nov. 11 in Ramirez’s hometown of Fresno, California. The March 10 card is due to be headlined by featherweight world titlist Oscar Valdez’s defense against former junior featherweight titleholder Scott Quigg.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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Hearn talks Parker, Wilder and Fury for Joshua.

Eddie Hearn reveals how he hopes 2018 will play out for Anthony Joshua with updates on super-fights against Joseph Parker, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.

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Khan: World titles motivation for Hearn deal.

Amir Khan explains why he's chosen to sign with Matchroom Boxing despite bad blood with Eddie Hearn in the past.

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Hearn: Barriers to Khan-Brook fight fading.

Promoter Eddie Hearn says he hopes to make super-fights for Amir Khan and hints at a possible matchup with fellow Brit Kell Brook.

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Ukrainian middleweight contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko (11-0, 9 KOs), 30, who fights out of Brooklyn, New York, has been added to the Errol Spence Jr.-Lamont Peterson card on Jan. 20 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Derevyanchenko will take on an opponent to be determined in first ring appearance since Aug. 25, when he stopped Tureano Johnson in the 12th round of a world title eliminator to become the mandatory challenger for one of the 160-pound belts held by unified world champion Gennady Golovkin. With a fight against former junior middleweight titlist Demetrius Andrade (25-0, 16 KOs), who moved up to middleweight in October, possible for this spring, Derevyanchenko’s team wanted him to get in another fight to avoid going into a significant match rusty from such a long layoff.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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The Top Rank ESPN card on March 17 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, which is headlined by the Jose Ramirez-Amir Imam vacant junior welterweight title fight, will also include a slew of prospects besides Irish featherweight Michael Conlan (5-0, 4 KOs), the big draw of the St. Patrick’s Day card. In addition, the show will include red-hot lightweight up-and-comer Teofimo Lopez Jr. (7-0, 6 KOs) against Will Madera (11-0-1, 5 KOs); the return of Puerto Rican lightweight Felix Verdejo (23-0, 15 KOs) aiming to get back on track after a 13-month layoff against Antonio Lozada Jr. (37-2, 31 KOs); junior lightweight Christopher Diaz (22-0, 14 KOs), who was so impressive in the same arena Dec. 9 when he blasted out Bryant Cruz in three rounds on the Vasiliy Lomachenko-Guillermo Rigondeaux card, taking on Miguel Beltran Jr. (32-6, 21 KOs); and featherweight Jean Carlos Rivera (13-0, 8 KOs) against Jose Haro (14-1-1, 8 KOs), who will be boxing for the first time since his tragic victory against Daniel Franco in June in which Franco suffered brain damage and nearly died.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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The vacant interim light heavyweight title bout between Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (23-0, 11 KOs), 33, of Montreal, and Ukrainian contender Oleksandr Gvozdyk (14-0, 12 KOs), 30, is headed for a purse bid on Friday at the WBC offices in Mexico City. The camps have not even bothered to negotiate, which is no surprise given that Alvarez is with adviser Al Haymon and Gvozdyk is with bitter rival Top Rank. Alvarez, who has been the longtime mandatory challenger to world champion Adonis Stevenson, stepped aside (yet again), this time so Stevenson can first face former titlist Badou Jack. The winner of that fight is obligated to face the Alvarez-Gvozdyk winner. Alvarez and Gvozdyk camps could still make a deal before the purse bid takes place even though it’s unlikely. Alvarez is entitled to 60 percent of the winning bid and Gvozdyk 40 percent. Should Top Rank win the bid the fight would land on an ESPN card as soon as March.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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Junior lightweight up-and-comers Andy Vences (20-0, 12 KOs), 26, of San Jose, California, and Erick De Leon (17-0, 10 KOs), 25, of Detroit, are slated to meet in a 10-round fight on the March 10 Top Rank ESPN card at the StubHub Center in California. Other fighters ticketed to box on the card include junior welterweight Alex Saucedo (26-0, 16 KOs), 23, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; middleweight Esquiva Falcao (19-0, 13 KOs), 28, of Brazil, in what is supposed to be his final tune-up fight before challenging Ryota Murata for his world title this summer in an ESPN main event; and 2016 U.S. Olympian Mikaela Mayer (3-0, 2 KOs), 27, of Los Angeles in a lightweight fight. The main event will feature Oscar Valdez defending his featherweight world title against former junior featherweight world titleholder Scott Quigg. That bout is in the process of being finalized.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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Brian Castano (14-0, 10 KOs) will defend his secondary junior middleweight world title against former European champion Cedric Vitu (46-2, 19 KOs) on March 10 in Paris, Ringstar Sports promoter Richard Schaefer, who promotes both fighters, told ESPN on Tuesday. Castano, 28, of Argentina, was elevated from an interim titlist to a secondary titlist last year while Erislandy Lara remains the main titleholder. Castano will be on enemy turf against Vitu, 32, of France, the former European champion. The WBA had ordered Lara and Castano to meet in the mandatory bout but they were subsequently both allowed to fight other bouts first, so Castano will take on Vitu and Lara (25-2-2, 14 KOs) is likely to meet fellow world titleholder Jarrett Hurd (21-0, 15 KOs) on Showtime in the spring. Schaefer said the March 10 card will include an appearance by middleweight prospect Money Powel IV (5-0, 3 KOs), 19, of Fort Mitchell, Alabama.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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Junior lightweight up-and-comers Andy Vences (20-0, 12 KOs), 26, of San Jose, California, and Erick De Leon (17-0, 10 KOs), 25, of Detroit, are slated to meet in a 10-round fight on the March 10 Top Rank ESPN card at the StubHub Center in California. Other fighters ticketed to box on the card include junior welterweight Alex Saucedo (26-0, 16 KOs), 23, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; middleweight Esquiva Falcao (19-0, 13 KOs), 28, of Brazil, in what is supposed to be his final tune-up fight before challenging Ryota Murata for his world title this summer in an ESPN main event; and 2016 U.S. Olympian Mikaela Mayer (3-0, 2 KOs), 27, of Los Angeles in a lightweight fight. The main event will feature Oscar Valdez defending his featherweight world title against former junior featherweight world titleholder Scott Quigg. That bout is in the process of being finalized.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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Golden Boy Promotions on Monday announced the nontelevised undercard bouts for its HBO doubleheader – Lucas Matthysse facing Tewa Kiram for a vacant welterweight belt and lightweight champion Jorge Linares defending against Mercito Gesta -- on Jan. 27 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Japanese brawler Yoshihiro Kamegai (27-4-2, 24 KOs), one fight removed from a decision loss to Miguel Cotto for a vacant junior middleweight world title in August, meets Orlando, Florida’s Daquan Pauldo (16-1, 9 KOs) in a 10-rounder. Also, Argentina’s Marcelino Lopez (33-21, 18 KOs) faces an opponent to be named in a 10-round junior welterweight bout; Armenian welterweight Ferdinand Kerobyan (7-0, 4 KOs) faces a foe to be named in a six-rounder; Tenochtitlan Nava (7-0, 1 KO), of Los Angeles, will face Las Vegas' Francisco Esparza (6-0-1, 2 KOs) in an eight-round featherweight bout; Filipino lightweight Romero Duno (15-1, 13 KOs) will meet Yardley Armenta (21-9, 12 KOs), of Sacramento, California, in an eight-rounder; and Dallas featherweight Javier Martinez (4-0, 3 KOs) will face a foe to be named in a six-rounder. The nontelevised bout will stream live at RingTV.com beginning at 6 p.m. ET.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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Junior welterweights Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk (17-0, 10 KOs), 24, a Russia native fighting out Miami, Oklahoma, and Anthony Yigit (21-0-1, 7 KOs), 26, of Sweden, are headed to a purse bid after failed negotiations for a world title eliminator that will put the winner in the mandatory position to challenge for the 140-pound belt held by Sergey Lipinets, though Lipinets first defends against the favored Mikey Garcia on Feb. 10. Because the camps said they were unable to reach a deal, the IBF on Friday ordered a purse bid to be held at its offices in Springfield, New Jersey on Jan. 16, 2018 at noon ET. Bids must be submitted by 11:45 a.m. The sides could still make a deal up until that moment. The promoter who bids the most money will gain promotional rights to the bout.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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The dates for the Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN series are set for the first half of the year although the exact locations and bouts are not set. The second season of the Golden Boy series will kick off on Feb. 22. Additional cards will be televised on March 9, March 22, March 24, March 31, April 13, April 19, May 4, May 17 and June 8. All of the cards will be televised on ESPN2 and in Spanish on ESPN Deportes except for March 24, which will have its English language telecast on ESPN.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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Reports have swirled that the rematch between interim super middleweight world titlist Andre Dirrell (26-2, 16 KOs) and Jose Uzcategui (26-2, 22 KOs) will take place on March 3 on Showtime on the undercard of the heavyweight title bout being finalized between Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. However, Showtime Sports executive vice president and general manager Stephen Espinoza told ESPN on Thursday that it was news to him. “March 3 doesn't currently include Dirrell-Uzcategui, and no one has suggested it to me yet,” he said. “But it's a good fight, and if asked, we would be interested and we'd like to put it somewhere on Showtime.” Dirrell and Uzcategui were ordered to meet in a rematch after the controversial end of their bout on May 20, when Dirrell won the vacant interim belt when Uzcategui was disqualified for hitting him virtually simultaneously with the bell ending the eighth round and knocking him out. Referee Bill Clancy disqualified Uzcategui, who was then assaulted by Leon Lawson Jr., Dirrell’s uncle and trainer.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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England’s Terry Flanagan (33-0, 13 KOs), 28, who vacated his lightweight world title in October in order to move up in weight, and Maurice Hooker (23-0-3, 16 KOs), 28, of Dallas, are penciled in to meet for a vacant junior welterweight world title – one of the belts vacated by Terence Crawford – on April 14 in London, Dino Duva of Roc Nation Sports, Hooker’s promoter, told ESPN on Thursday. Duva said he and Frank Warren, who promotes Flanagan, have agreed to terms on the fight, which they have been negotiating for the past month or so. Duva said he has received a contract for the fight that he is reviewing it.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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Super middleweight contender Jesse Hart (22-1, 18 KOs) is on the comeback trail. Hart, 28, of Philadelphia, who got knocked down and suffered his first defeat by unanimous decision challenging world titleholder Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez in an action-packed brawl on Sept. 22 in Tucson, Arizona, will make his return on Feb. 3. Hart will face an opponent to be determined in a scheduled 10-round bout on the Top Rank ESPN card headlined by Ramirez’s title defense against Habib Ahmed at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Hart’s bout is not slated to air on the main ESPN telecast but his bout, along with the entire card, will stream live on the ESPN App.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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White looking to get into boxing.

Dana White tells SportsCenter that he has a meeting with Floyd Mayweather's camp and the UFC is open to anything in regards to boxing.

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