Boxing

12:50 AM ET Vergil Ortiz Jr. looked across the ring on Saturday night and saw one of boxing’s bureaucratic speed bumps. In order for Ortiz to inch closer to a crack at a legitimate boxing championship, he had to first defeat Michael McKinson, who was modestly ranked by a couple of the sport’s sanctioning bodies.
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7:07 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 Michael Conlan responded to his first professional boxing defeat by scoring three knockdowns on his way to a dominant points win over Miguel Marriaga
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12:01 AM ET Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia — Former boxing world champion Johnny Famechon has died in Melbourne after a lengthy illness. He was 77. The Sport Australia Hall of Fame announced Famechon’s death in a statement on Thursday. Famechon was struck by a car while jogging in 1991 in Sydney, which caused him to
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11:22 AM ET Mike CoppingerESPN Former heavyweight titleholder Joseph Parker and the undefeated Joe Joyce have agreed to a deal for a fight that will take place in the U.K. on Sept. 24, sources told ESPN. BT Sport Box Office will televise the fight in the U.K., sources said. Despite an announcement for Parker-Joyce at
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11:01 PM ET Mike CoppingerESPN Jose Ramirez will wait a little bit longer for the opportunity to regain his WBC junior welterweight title. He scrapped plans for a vacant title fight against Jose Zepeda that was ordered by the WBC because of a conflict with his wedding in October, a spokesperson for Ramirez said in
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