1. Andre Ward's Retirement Opens an Era of Opportunity for Boxing's Top Stars

    For so many years, it was so easy. Love him or loathe him, Floyd Mayweather Jr. laid consensus claim to at least one title for the bulk of his unbeaten, career-defining run between 2009 and 2015: best pound-for-pound fighter in the world...

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  2. A Rematch Is the Only Option for Canelo and Golovkin After Hard-Fought Draw

    Three weeks after the Money circus left town, it was the fight to save "real" boxing. And for nearly every one of 36 minutes, it delivered...

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  3. The Question: Was Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor Stopped Early?

    It's become the Zapruder film of the combat sports crowd. And depending on which side of the Floyd Mayweather Jr./Conor McGregor debate you find yourself, chances are your impressions of their Saturday night fight's climax are a bit different...

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  4. Paulie, Canelo, Golovkin: Crossover Fights for Conor McGregor to Consider

    Conor McGregor had the most lucrative boxing debut of all time. It's safe to say he has more opportunities than any 0-1 fighter coming off a TKO loss...

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  5. Explaining Conor McGregor's 'I Turned Him into a Mexican' Comments

    It was a promotion chock-full of offensive moments. And from the instant publicity-tour microphones went live in Los Angeles to the end of the final fight-week presser in Las Vegas, neither Floyd Mayweather Jr...

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  6. Floyd Mayweather's Fire Returns to TKO Conor McGregor in Compelling Final Fight

    The fans. The media. The other assembled experts. Nearly everyone who'd entered the T-Mobile Arena with an open mind Saturday night seemed to share a similar viewpoint as they headed back into the Las Vegas desert...

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  7. Conor McGregor Is Floyd Mayweather's Perfect Final Opponent

    Floyd Mayweather Jr. has spent the better part of two decades atop the boxing mountain, winning titles and consensus acclaim as the best in five weight classes while ascending to the sport's rarest air—a 49-0 record...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 2 months ago 57,230 reads 0 comments

  8. Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor: Top Storylines as Showdown Looms

    Perhaps you've heard about it. There's this boxer, Floyd Mayweather Jr., and this mixed martial arts star, Conor McGregor, and they don't seem to like each other all that much...

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  9. What If the Impossible Happens: What If Conor McGregor KO's Floyd Mayweather?

    The Mount Rushmore of upsets. Regardless of your generation or sport of choice, the top candidates for chiseled-granite immortality can probably be plucked from a similar crop of wannabes...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 2 months ago 29,114 reads 0 comments

  10. Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor: Inside the Numbers Around Megafight

    The best boxer of his generation. The most recognizable mixed martial artist in the world. An international publicity tour with enough vitriol, insensitivity and contrived, microphone-friendly ...

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  11. Chill, McGregor Fans: 8-Ounce Gloves Give Him No Extra Advantage vs. Mayweather

    It was the permission slip heard 'round the world. When the Nevada Athletic Commission approved an appeal from the Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor camps Wednesday that'll ...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 2 months ago 52,083 reads 0 comments

  12. Andre Ward's Status as Boxing's Best Is Secure with 2nd Win over Sergey Kovalev

    Andre Ward told us all it was coming. He insisted across several press conferences and media sessions ahead of Saturday night's rematch with Sergey Kovalev that it would be he, and not the burly Russian, who'd end the fight via knockout...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 4 months ago 47,365 reads 0 comments

  13. Mayweather vs. McGregor: Head-to-Toe Breakdown of Both Fighters

    No, it's not a misprint. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is fighting Conor McGregor. The man formerly known as Pretty Boy will emerge from a hiatus to surpass Rocky Marciano and extend his pristine professional boxing record to 50-0...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 4 months ago 67,661 reads 0 comments

  14. Anthony Joshua Is Boxing's Biggest Attraction After Win over Wladimir Klitschko

    Anthony Joshua might have been OK with an easier ascension. But as he stood swollen-faced in a Wembley Stadium ring on Saturday night, the 27-year-old could scarcely have taken a more memorable trip to boxing's most sought-after galaxy...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 6 months ago 41,767 reads 0 comments

  15. Deontay Wilder Has a Master Plan to Unify the Heavyweight Titles in 2017

    Deontay Wilder has a fight this weekend. But he's also got far bigger things on his agenda than 6'6" Gerald Washington. The WBC champion defends his share of the heavyweight division against the organization's No...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 8 months ago 5,484 reads 0 comments

  16. Ranking the Best Opponents for Adrien Broner's Next Fight

    Adrien Broner's career is back from the brink. But it was by no means free of peril. The Cincinnati-reared Problem returned from a stripped title and a jail stint to eke out a ...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 8 months ago 13,798 reads 0 comments

  17. A Great Rivalry Is Born: Carl Frampton vs. Leo Santa Cruz III Must Be Made

    There were still six rounds to go Saturday night. But the fighters, the handlers, the fans and the Showtime broadcast crew knew what was up...

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  18. Leo Santa Cruz Motivated to Force a Rubber Match with Carl Frampton

    The sweat was still glistening. The bruises were still forming. And the echo of ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 9 months ago 2,595 reads 0 comments

  19. Keith Thurman vs. Danny Garcia on CBS Is a Tiny Step Toward Curing Boxing's Ills

    Hey, did you hear the news? There’s going to be a major championship boxing match on prime-time network television...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 9 months ago 9,346 reads 0 comments

  20. How Badou Jack Bounced Back to Become the Other Face of Mayweather Promotions

    Go ahead and accept a round of applause. Because if—even as Badou Jack reeled from the onslaught of one Derek Edwards—you still viewed him as a potential elite in the ...

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  21. Wladimir Klitschko Sees His Past Self When Looking at Anthony Joshua

    Stop us if you've heard this one before. A mammoth heavyweight boxer parlays Olympic gold into a quick professional championship and sets his sights on long-term domination of the sport's most glamorous division...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 10 months ago 2,679 reads 9 comments

  22. Ranking Bernard Hopkins' Greatest Fights

    Bernard Hopkins will turn 52 years old in January. But he’s got some things to do first. Topping that list is a Saturday night business trip to suburban Los Angeles, where he’ll meet 20-something Joe Smith Jr...

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  23. Vasyl Lomachenko Leaves No Doubt over Elite Status in Dominant TKO Victory

    It was the sort of performance that challenges vocabularies and perceptions. Because it's not enough to simply say Vasyl Lomachenko beat Nicholas Walters...

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  24. Lomachenko vs. Walters: Odds and Round-by-Round Predictions for Saturday's Fight

    He's got to be the best seven-fight pro on the planet; maybe ever. And now Vasyl Lomachenko has a big fight to match his status...

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  25. Dear Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev, Please Don't Make Us Wait for a Rematch

    Hey, guys. Welcome to the day after. I know you're tired and sore, so I'll try to type quietly. First things first, congratulations to you both...

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