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What Pedraza’s and Ramirez’s dominant performances mean, and digging into boxing’s replay issues

[ad_1] 12:38 AM ETSteve KimBen BabyCloseESPN Staff WriterESPN Staff Writer Previously a college football writer for The Dallas Morning News University of North Texas graduateThursday night's Top Rank card was about seeing if two fighters could respond from recent losses and show they could be true contenders.The evening started with Robeisy Ramirez, a two-time Olympic gold medalist who suffered a stunning upset in his professional debut against Adan Gonzales in
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From Tyson Fury’s ascension to Ryan Garcia’s promise

[ad_1] Boxing is back, and it seems that the wheels are in motion for some of the biggest names in the sport to return to action in the near future.After months without boxing amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the appetite for big fights and entertaining moments is voracious.But let's not forget the incredible moments in boxing that we've been privileged to experience in the first half of 2020. From Tyson
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Camps for Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder target Dec. 19 as potential fight date

[ad_1] 1:21 PM ETSteve KimESPN One of the proposed dates for the third fight in the trilogy between WBC heavyweight titlist and lineal champion Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder is Dec. 19, Top Rank president Todd duBoef said."Us, and the Fury and Wilder camps are targeting that as one of the potential dates," duBoef said.A potential site for the fight could be Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Top Rank chief
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Alex Saucedo continues progress, Josue Vargas succeeds despite ‘Bubble’ complications

[ad_1] 1:10 AM ETSteve KimESPN In soundly defeating Sonny Fredrickson over 10 rounds, Alex Saucedo showed that he has made progress under the direction of trainer Pedro Neme, but he's still a work in progress.Under previous trainer Abel Sanchez, Saucedo had the well-earned reputation of being a fan-friendly, hard-hitting slugger. The problem was that Saucedo paid the price for the type of damage he took against Lenny Zappavigna (in an
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Alex Saucedo wins by unanimous decision over Sonny Fredrickson

[ad_1] 11:42 PM ETSteve KimESPN Alex Saucedo scored a hard-earned junior welterweight victory over Sonny Fredrickson in the main event of Top Rank's card Tuesday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.Saucedo set a quick pace from the start and constantly let both hands go, throwing 301 more punches than Fredrickson over the duration of the bout. Saucedo landed 146 more punches than his opponent and won by a
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Lightweight titlist Vasiliy Lomachenko to fight Teofimo Lopez, promoter Bob Arum says

[ad_1] ESPN's top pound-for-pound fighter has a new date to face one of boxing's rising stars.Lightweight titlist Vasiliy Lomachenko is scheduled to face Teofimo Lopez in a unification bout on Sept. 19, Top Rank chief Bob Arum told ESPN's Mark Kriegel.Lomachenko, who holds the WBO and WBA lightweight belts, was initially scheduled to face Lopez, who holds the IBF belt, on May 30 at Madison Square Garden. But that fight
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Josue Vargas loses teeth, wins fight

[ad_1] 5:27 PM ETSteve KimESPN Junior welterweight hopeful Josue Vargas enjoyed a solid night's work in a dominant, unanimous decision victory over Salvador Briceno in the co-main event of a Top Rank boxing card at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas on Tuesday.Although the scores were wide (99-91, 100-90 and 100-90), Vargas (17-1, 9 KOs) had to work hard against Briceno (17-6, 11 KOs), who despite taking a
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How the Blackfeet Nation Boxing Club is fighting to save the lives of Native American women

[ad_1] Donna Kipp is a fighter for the Blackfeet Nation Boxing Club. Her father, Frank, owns the club. Kipp was a bronze medalist at the 2015 Junior Olympic Nationals. Watch "Blackfeet Boxing: Not Invisible" on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.In 2003, one year after I was born, my dad, Frank Kipp, founded and opened the Blackfeet Nation Boxing Club on the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, Montana. I grew
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After COVID-19-related postponement, Pedraza and LesPierre back in the spotlight

[ad_1] 8:31 AM ETSteve KimESPN As the calendar turns to July, fights are set to continue inside "The Bubble" at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. In the lead-up to the Fourth of July holiday weekend, shows on Tuesday and Thursday each feature main events with potential world title ramifications. It might be bigger news that both of these cards, for the most part, have stayed intact.That in
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Twice an underdog, Adan Gonzales believes he can beat Robeisy Ramirez again

[ad_1] Jun 28, 2020Steve KimESPN When Adan Gonzales signed on to face two-time Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez in Ramirez's professional debut, he really had no idea who Ramirez was, or what he was up against.While Ramirez had a decorated amateur background, most notably defeating Shakur Stevenson in the bantamweight finals of the Olympic boxing tournament in 2016, to Gonzales, Ramirez just represented another payday."I'm a single father -- I've