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Errol Spence Jr. defeats Lamont Peterson by eighth-round TKO at Barclays Center

NEW YORK — Errol Spence Jr. could not be stopped. Already regarded by many as one of the best fighters in the world, Spence put on a sensational performance in a one-sided destruction of Lamont Peterson, stopping him in the eighth round to retain his welterweight world title for the first time on Saturday night before 12,107 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Lightweight world titleholder Robert Easter Jr. needed all 12 rounds — and a little help from the judges — to defeat a game Javier Fortuna in a very…

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Robert Easter Jr. outpoints Javier Fortuna to retain lightweight title

NEW YORK — With the stakes greatly reduced, Robert Easter turned in a very shaky performance against Javier Fortuna and appeared lucky to escape with a split-decision victory on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Win or lose, Easter would have retained his lightweight world title on the Errol Spence Jr.-Lamont Peterson undercard because Fortuna failed to make weight at Friday’s weigh-in. Punch stats Punches Easter Fortuna Landed 130 120 Thrown 567 487 Percent 23% 25% — Courtesy of CompuBox Two judges scored the fight for Easter, 115-112 and…

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Anthony Joshua may never fight United States eyes Deontay Wilder Wembley Stadium

5:45 PM 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 LONDON — Anthony Joshua believes it is a possibility he could go his whole career without fighting in the United States. Britain’s best boxers have always tried to crack America after success on the home front and some — Lenox Lewis, Ricky Hatton and Amir Khan included — had multiple fights there. But WBA-IBF world heavyweight champion Joshua, who…

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Javier Fortuna fails to make weight, ruled ineligible

Javier Fortuna, who has never boxed at a weight heavier than 133 pounds in his nine-year career, failed to make the 135-pound limit at the weigh-in on Friday for a lightweight world title challenge against Robert Easter Jr., and he is ineligible to win the belt. Fortuna agreed to pay Easter $10,000 from his purse and the fight will go on as planned on Saturday (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, but with greatly reduced stakes. Easter, who is making his third defense, will retain…

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Kell Brook will have Amir Khan on his mind during ring return

Kell Brook will have domestic rival Amir Khan on his mind when he returns to the ring for the first time since his Bramall Lane heartbreak at the Sheffield Arena in March. Brook lost his IBF welterweight title to American Errol Spence last year and has now moved up in weight to face his former sparring partner Sergei Rabchenko. A prospective big-money bout with Khan moved closer earlier this month when the former Olympic silver medallist — who has not fought since May 2016 — signed terms with Brook’s promoter…

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Mikey Garcia will now fight Sergey Lipinets on March 10 in San Antonio’s Freeman Coliseum

Mikey Garcia’s opportunity to win a world title in a fourth weight division has a new date and venue. Garcia, a reigning lightweight world titleholder, was scheduled to challenge junior welterweight world titlist Sergey Lipinets on Feb. 10 in a Showtime-televised main event at the Alamodome in San Antonio, but the card was postponed on Wednesday because Lipinets had suffered a minor hand injury in training. On Friday, the bout was rescheduled. It will still headline a Showtime card but it will take place on March 10. And while the…

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Errol Spence Jr. – Fight with Lamont Peterson ‘a measuring stick to see where I’m at’

1:59 PM ET Ben ArledgeESPN.com Close Editor for ESPN Fantasy and ESPN Chalk Previously with ESPN The Magazine Joined ESPN in 2012 Graduate of Colgate University Welterweight world titleholder Errol Spence Jr. knows what’s on the line. “If I lose, I’m going backwards, not towards my goal and my lifelong dream, winning more titles and unifying the belts,” Spence says in the week leading up to his Showtime welterweight title bout at Barclays Center in Brooklyn this weekend. “No one wants to fight me now. If I lose, that gives…

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Donnie Nietes, Juan Carlos Reveco round out ‘Superfly 2’ tripleheader

Tom Loeffler of 360 Promotions and HBO rounded out the “Superfly 2” tripleheader on Thursday. They didn’t add a fight in the super flyweight division but, hey, close enough. They dipped one division lower — just 3 pounds, from 115 to 112 — and added Donnie Nietes, the world’s No. 1 flyweight, in a mandatory title defense against former world titleholder Juan Carlos Reveco to the “Boxing After Dark” card on Feb. 24 (HBO, 9:30 p.m. ET/PT) at The Forum in Inglewood, California. “That’s the best fight we could make…

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Revealed tests show IBF junior lightweight champion Kenichi Ogawa tested positive for synthetic testosterone

Kenichi Ogawa, who controversially outpointed Tevin Farmer to win a vacant junior lightweight world title on Dec. 9 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, probably won’t get to keep the 130-pound belt for long. In a urine test conducted a few days before the fight — but whose results were not returned until after the fight — Ogawa was positive for two forms of androstanediol (synthetic testosterone) and he was suspended on Thursday at the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s first meeting of 2018, the first time details of his positive…

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Junior lightweight champion Miguel Berchelt looking for an opponent

Junior lightweight world titlist Miguel Berchelt will still defend his belt on Feb. 10 at the Oasis Arena in his hometown of Cancun, Mexico, but he will not face Cristian Mijares as originally scheduled. Berchelt has no new opponent yet, but he attended a news conference on Wednesday to discuss the situation. “I’m confident that the fans are going to have the show that they deserve — a world championship fight and, unfortunately, it will not be against Cristian Mijares, who withdrew at the last minute,” Berchelt said. “But we…

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