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Make no mistake – This is a real punishment for Canelo Alvarez

In the end, it all went just as expected. After Canelo Alvarez failed two drug tests in February for the banned performance-enhancing substance clenbuterol and his mega HBO PPV rematch with unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin on May 5 in Las Vegas was canceled, many wondered what kind punishment the Nevada State Athletic Commission would dole out, if any. When the positive drug tests first came to light, there were many who had not done their homework on the commission rules and figured Alvarez would skate with a slap…

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Canelo Alvarez to serve six-month suspension for failed drug tests

In a 5-0 vote by the Nevada State Athletic Commission at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Canelo Alvarez’s suspension for failing two drug tests was extended to six months, the lightest punishment typically given for his kind of infraction. Alvarez has been under temporary suspension since April 3. His much-anticipated rematch with unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin, scheduled for May 5 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, was canceled. If Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) defeats late substitute opponent Vanes Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs) on May 5 – in…

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Amir Khan insists Canelo Alvarez should be banned for life following failed drugs test

5:39 AM ET ESPN staff Amir Khan has called for former opponent Canelo Alvarez to be banned for life following his failed drug tests. Alvarez tested positive for clenbuterol back in February and his scheduled May 5 rematch against Gennady Golovkin has been cancelled due to the ongoing situation. Speaking to ESPN, Amir Khan stated he’s as popular as ever due to a reality television show appearance despite not boxing for nearly two years. However, despite the Mexican fighter since blaming contaminated meat in his home country for the failed…

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IBF says Gennady Golovkin could be stripped of belt if he fights Vanes Martirosyan

Unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin has said over and over that he wants to fight on May 5 despite the cancellation of his rematch with Canelo Alvarez, and the GGG team and HBO are proceeding as though he will face Vanes Martirosyan that night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. But if GGG does face Martirosyan, it likely will cost him one of his three major title belts. The fight is not yet signed, but Golovkin promoter Tom Loeffler and Don King, Martirosyan’s promoter, are close to finalizing…

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Amir Khan believes appearing on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here has helped his career ahead of Phil Lo Greco bout

10:13 AM 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 Amir Khan has been away a while but insists he is as popular as ever as he prepares to face Phil Lo Greco. Khan (31-4, 19 KOs) faces Canada’s Lo Greco in a non-title welterweight battle — the first live boxing event on the new ESPN+ subscription streaming service — after suffering a fourth career defeat when he stepped…

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The World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight final has been postponed due to an injury to Oleksandr Usyk

Unified cruiserweight world titleholder Oleksandr Usyk has informed World Boxing Super Series organizer Comosa AG that he has suffered a minor left elbow injury, forcing the tournament final against fellow unified titleholder Murat Gassiev to be postponed. Usyk, a southpaw, and Gassiev, who each hold two major 200-pound pound world titles, were scheduled to meet in the final of the eight-man tournament to determine the undisputed champion on May 11 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. But on Monday the World Boxing Super Series announced the fight has been postponed. Oleksandr Usyk,…

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The games going on between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder’s camps mean that fight won’t be next

The opening bell: Joshua-Wilder games In boxing, as in life, if something sounds too good to be true it probably is — and that’s why the prospect of seeing an undisputed heavyweight world championship fight between three-belt titlist Anthony Joshua and one-belt man Deontay Wilder next is so unlikely. The main reason is that, at least when it comes to actions instead of words, it seems like the Joshua camp is not actually serious about pursuing one of the biggest fights in the sport and easily the biggest fight in…

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Manny Pacquiao mum on future but distances self from Freddie Roach comments

On Friday, Manny Pacquiao announced in a news release related to his upcoming fight with secondary welterweight world titlist Lucas Matthysse that he would go into training camp for the first time since 2001 without legendary trainer Freddie Roach as part of his team. After 16 years and 34 fights together, Manny Pacquiao has fired trainer Freddie Roach. For his upcoming fight with Lucas Matthysse, Pacquiao will be trained by Restituto “Buboy” Fernandez and Raides “Nonoy” Neri. Since then, Pacquiao has been heavily criticized for apparently ending a fruitful 16-year,…

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Ryota Murata knocks out Emanuele Blandamura, retains secondary middleweight world title

Japanese star Ryota Murata easily retained his secondary middleweight world title with a one-sided eighth-round knockout of Emanuele Blandamura on Sunday on an international edition of Top Rank Boxing on ESPN at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan. Defending his 160-pound belt for the first time since knocking out Hassan N’Dam in the seventh round of their October rematch to claim the title, Murata had a similarly easy time with Blandamura. He pounded Blandamura throughout the fight, consistently backing him up with powerful right hands. “I feel like a lot…

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‘I’m looking forward to defending my title in front of my home fans’

Now that secondary middleweight world titlist Ryota Murata has put Hassan N’Dam behind him, he is ready for his first defense. Japan’s Murata lost a split decision to N’Dam for the vacant belt last May in a result that was so controversial it was a national scandal in Japan. An immediate rematch was ordered, and Murata did not leave it in the hands of the judges the second time around. He pounded N’Dam in a one-sided fight in October en route to a seventh-round stoppage when N’Dam’s corner threw in…

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