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Kubrat Pulev the heavyweight contender nobody is talking about

[ad_1] As heavyweight world titleholder Deontay Wilder has been saying lately, "The heavyweight division is lit."Indeed, boxing's glamour division is as interesting and deep as it has been in years even if fight fans are not getting the biggest and best fights, at least not yet.Looking to watch the heavyweight fight between Kubrat Pulev and Bogdan Dinu on ESPN on Saturday? Here's how to do it.Former world titleholders Jessie Magdaleno
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Pound-for-pound rankings Spence makes a big jump

[ad_1] Who is the world's best fighter, regardless of weight class? Check out ESPN's latest top 10.Don't forget to check out Dan Rafael's divisional rankings, which are updated weekly.For a list of the current champions in all weight classes, click here.Note: Results are through March 21.THE PANEL: Dan Rafael, Timothy Bradley Jr., Teddy Atlas, Steve Kim, Bernardo Pilatti, Eric Raskin, Nick Parkinson, Nigel Collins, Charles Moynihan and Salvador RodriguezThe rankings
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Spence is too much for him to handle, but Garcia shows big heart

[ad_1] Opening Bell: Daring to be greatARLINGTON, Texas -- The boxing world was treated to something rare on Saturday night when welterweight world titleholder Errol Spence Jr. squared off with Mikey Garcia: a fight between undefeated, in-their-prime titleholders who both ranked among the elite pound-for-pound fighters in the world.In the end, it was Spence, the bigger, stronger man, who used his physical advantages not to mention his own underrated boxing
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Spence shines again; Pacquiao next?

[ad_1] 6:40 AM ETSteve KimESPN Errol Spence Jr. wasn't just bigger and stronger than Mikey Garcia, he was also better.Yeah, size matters in boxing -- but so do skills.In successfully defending his IBF welterweight title, Spence (25-0, 21 KOs) thoroughly outclassed the fundamentally gifted Garcia in every way. This wasn't just about hitting harder than Garcia -- who's best weight is 135 pounds -- Spence proved to be technically sound
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Spence dominates Garcia in landslide decision

[ad_1] ARLINGTON, Texas -- Welterweight world titleholder Errol Spence Jr. said a few days before his defense against Mikey Garcia that the fight would be one-sided in his favor. Oh, boy, was it ever.Spence pummeled the iron-chinned Garcia for the entire fight en route to a shutout decision as he retained his 147-pound belt for the third time before a hometown crowd of 47,525 on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium.In
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You don’t have to be Irish to root for Michael Conlan

[ad_1] 6:01 PM ETMark KriegelESPN BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Everybody wants to be Irish on St. Patrick's Day.Unless you're a fighter. Then you always want to be Irish.Looking to watch the St. Patrick's Day featherweight match between Michael Conlan and Ruben Garcia Hernandez on ESPN+ on Sunday? Here's how to do it.As Luis Collazo approaches his second full decade in the sport, the 37-year-old perennial underdog is looking to make
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Ringside Seat Pound-for-pound supremacy on the line as Spence and Garcia face off

[ad_1] ARLINGTON, TEXAS -- Mikey Garcia, having already won world titles in four weight divisions and universally regarded as one of boxing's best fighters in the world pound-for-pound, wanted more.Garcia wanted a title in a fifth weight division. He wanted a big seven-figure payday. And he wanted to test himself against another elite pound-for-pound fighter because he wants to leave a rich legacy in the sport and punch a ticket
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Why facing Mikey Garcia is a no-win situation for Errol Spence Jr.

[ad_1] 9:53 AM ETSteve KimESPN The bright lights of AT&T Stadium will shine as two of the world's best fighters square off on pay-per-view in a highly-anticipated bout. But take a closer look and you'll see that, in reality, Saturday's fight represents a no-win situation for Errol Spence Jr. this weekend against Mikey Garcia in Arlington, Texas."Definitely, I've thought about it," Spence told ESPN. "It's a win-win for him --
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Benavidez ready to leave positive test behind

[ad_1] 8:06 AM ETSteve KimESPN For David Benavidez, 2018 was a year he'd rather forget. From being one of the youngest world champions in all of boxing, he was then stripped of his WBC super middleweight title in September after testing positive for cocaine.For Benavidez, 22, it was as embarrassing as it was disgraceful, as he was suspended for six months by the WBC. Along with this, there was also
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How Mikey Garcia overhauled his training for the fight nobody thought he should take

[ad_1] 2:52 PM ETSteve KimESPN With a 39-0 career record, 30 knockouts, world championships in four weight classes and a happy family with three kids, Mikey Garcia could've played it safe.He could've chosen his spots carefully over the next few years, maintaining an undefeated record by picking off the right opponents as he continued to build up his legacy and his bank account.But that's not the way Garcia wanted to