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Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez plans return to ring in 2018

When 2017 began, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez was an undefeated junior bantamweight world champion and largely considered the pound-for-pound king of boxing. As 2018 begins, Gonzalez is trying to salvage his career. Gonzalez lost his 115-pound world title, perfect record and pound-for-pound No. 1 status by highly controversial majority decision to Thailand’s Srisaket Sor Rungvisai on March 18 on the Gennady Golovkin-Daniel Jacobs undercard at Madison Square Garden in New York. Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez is planning his return to the ring in 2018. Al Bello/Getty Images Then came a clear-cut and brutal…

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Featherweight champ Oscar Valdez, Scott Quigg to fight March 10

Featherweight world titleholder Oscar Valdez and top contender Scott Quigg have a done deal for a potentially explosive fight. They will meet on March 10 (ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 10:30 p.m. ET) at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, Top Rank announced Tuesday. Quigg is a step up in opposition for Valdez, who will be making the fourth defense of his 126-pound belt. “Oscar Valdez has passed every in-ring test with flying colors, but the biggest test of his professional career will take place on March 10 against Scott Quigg,…

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Zolani Tete pulls out of title defense with calf injury

Bantamweight world titleholder Zolani Tete has suffered a calf injury, forcing him to postpone his mandatory defense against Omar Narvaez, promoter Frank Warren announced on Monday. Tete and Narvaez were supposed to meet in the main event of Warren’s card on Feb. 10 at the Copper Box Arena in London. “I’m hugely disappointed to have to postpone my fight with Omar Narvaez,” Tete said. “Unfortunately, I picked up a calf injury that has severely hindered my training and the only option was to postpone the fight. I train as hard…

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Scorecard — Claressa Shields retains her unified title; prospect Shohjahon Ergashev dominates

0:43 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. A roundup of the past week’s notable boxing results from around the world: Friday at Verona, New York Claressa Shields W10 Tori Nelson — Full recapRetains unified women’s super middleweight titleScores: 100-90 Shields (three times)Records: Shields (5-0, 2 KOs); Nelson (17-1-3, 2 KOs) Rafael’s remarks: Shields’ domination continued as she has yet to be challenged in her first…

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Tyson Fury backs Joseph Parker to defeat Anthony Joshua in heavyweight boxing fight

12:21 PM ET ESPN staff Tyson Fury has made a surprise prediction for the highly-anticipated heavyweight showdown between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker by backing the New Zealander to claim victory. It was announced Sunday that the two world titlists will meet at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on March 31 to unify their world titles. Joshua (20-0, 20KOs), who drew a capacity crowd to the Welsh venue for his bout with Carlos Takam in November, will be defending his WBA Super and IBF belts while Parker (24-0, 18KOs) will be putting…

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Joseph Parker this is the fight of my life against rattled and angry Anthony Joshua

Joseph Parker insists the next 10 weeks will be make or break for him before his heavyweight unification fight against a “rattled and angry” Anthony Joshua on March 31. Parker (24-0, 18 KOs), who hasn’t fought since September 2017, was en route to London before a deal was concluded, acknowledging he heard the news once he arrived and that the fight was “locked in and signed off.” “I think Joshua has been rattled [by it],” Parker told ESPN about the prefight talk. “I would just like to say this. It…

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Heavyweights Anthony Joshua, Joseph Parker to meet in unification bout March 31

The heavyweight division will move one step closer to an undisputed champion as two-belt titleholder Anthony Joshua and one-belt titlist Joseph Parker will meet to unify their world titles. A deal in the works for the past couple of months has been finalized and the two heavy hitters will meet on March 31 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, where Joshua drew a sold-out crowd of 78,000 for this last fight in October. With the announcement of Anthony Joshua-Joseph Parker, heavyweight boxing is tidying itself up and setting up the…

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Anthony Joshua-Joseph Parker fight could decide the heavyweight division future

Jan 14, 2018 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 With the announcement of Anthony Joshua-Joseph Parker, heavyweight boxing is tidying itself up and setting up the possibility of an undisputed champion. Cleaning up the world heavyweight titles and holding all four belts eluded the likes of Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, Riddick Bowe and Wladimir Klitschko. But in 2018, boxing could have its first WBC-WBA-IBF-WBO world heavyweight…

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Joseph Diaz Jr. to fight Victor Terrazas in Golden Boy Boxing feature bout

Featherweight contender Joseph Diaz Jr. will risk his position as a mandatory world title challenger by taking on former world titlist Victor Terrazas on Feb. 22. The scheduled 10-round fight, announced by Golden Boy Promotions on Friday, will take place at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, in Indio, California, and headline the 2018 debut of “Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN” (ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 11:30 p.m. ET). The 25-year-old Diaz (25-0, 13 KOs), a 2012 U.S. Olympian from South El Monte, California, is the mandatory challenger for 126-pound world titlist…

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Claressa Shields defeats Tori Nelson by unanimous decision at Turning Stone Casino

VERONA, N.Y. — Two-time Olympic boxing champion Claressa Shields scored a unanimous 10-round decision over Tori Nelson on Friday night at Turning Stone Casino to retain her women’s WBC and IBF super middleweight world titles. Each of the three judges scored the fight 100-90 for Shields (5-0, 2 KOs), of Flint, Michigan, who was nearly 20 years younger than her opponent. The 41-year-old Nelson (17-1-3, 1 KO), who won a middleweight world title in 2011 but had only fought twice since June 2015, lost for the first time in her…

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