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2hDan Rafael

Santa Cruz outslugs Mares to stay unbeaten

In a fight-of-the-year candidate, Leo Santa Cruz won a hard-fought majority decision featherweight bout with Abner Mares in ESPN's Premier Boxing Champions main event at Staples Center.

Santa Cruz wins battle of L.A. (2:20)
Santa Cruz tags Mares (0:15)
Santa Cruz, Mares letting it fly (0:16)
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5hDan Rafael

Ceja KOs Ruiz, wins interim title

Julio Ceja got up from the canvas to win an interim junior featherweight title by stopping Hugo Ruiz in Round 5 on Saturday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Ceja returns the favor to Ruiz (0:38)
Ruiz knocks down Ceja with left hook (0:22)
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ESPN3 replay: Angulo stops Munoz

Watch as Alfredo "Perro" Angulo defeats Hector "The Hurricane" Munoz by KO in a one-sided super middleweight battle on Saturday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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2dBernardo Pilatti

Five keys for Leo Santa Cruz

Can Leo Santa Cruz remain unbeaten in Saturday's showdown against Abner Mares? Bernardo Pilatti highlights five keys to victory.

2dBernardo Pilatti

Five keys for Abner Mares

Can Abner Mares reclaim his status of old against Leo Santa Cruz on Saturday? Bernardo Pilatti highlights five keys to victory.


The Ropes - Santa Cruz-Mares Preview

Rafe Bartholomew and Brian Campbell return to break down all the chatter heading into boxing's prime fall season and analyze Saturday's Leo Santa Cruz-Abner Mares fight on ESPN.


Mayweather to Rousey: 'Big bank take little bank'

The verbal feud between boxer Floyd Mayweather and the UFC's Ronda Rousey continued into Thursday, when Mayweather issued a response to comments Rousey had directed at him a day earlier.

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1dDan Rafael

Broner, Allakhverdiev to fight for 140-pound title

Adrien Broner and Khabib Allakhverdiev, both coming off losses, are going to fight for a vacant junior welterweight world title on Oct. 3 -- unless Top Rank's protest is upheld.

Floyd Mayweather balls with Isaiah Thomas (2:00)
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ESPN3 replay: Andre Berto open workout

Watch as former two-time welterweight titlist Andre Berto prepares for his fight against pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather on Sept. 12 in Las Vegas.

Look ahead to Mares vs Santa Cruz (2:56)
3dMalik Smith, ESPN Stats & Information

Santa Cruz-Mares: Top stats to know

See how Leo Santa Santa Cruz is similar to Floyd Mayweather ahead of his fight against Abner Mares

ESPN Sport Science: Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares (2:35)
GGG, Lemieux in emoji faceoff (4:56)
Cotto and Alvarez join the Nation (5:53)
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3dDan Rafael

Notes: Kameda ending nearly 2-year layoff

Former flyweight titlist Daiki Kameda will return from a nearly two-year layoff to face Victor Ruiz in a bantamweight fight Sept. 6 in Texas.

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1dDan Rafael

Perez-Crolla rematch in Nov. at site of first bout

The rematch between lightweight titleholder Darleys Perez and Anthony Crolla, ordered after their controversial draw on July 18, will be Nov. 21 at Manchester Arena in England.

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4dDan Rafael

Jones Jr. bout postponed by weather concerns

Former long-time pound-for-pound king Roy Jones Jr., with an unusually busy schedule that called for two fights in two weeks and three in four weeks, won't be quite as busy as he planned.

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3dDan Rafael

Fonfara to face Cleverly with eye on Stevenson

Light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara will face former light heavyweight titleholder Nathan Cleverly on Oct. 16 at the UIC Pavilion, Premier Boxing Champions announced Wednesday.

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4dNick Parkinson

History against Cornish in Joshua battle

Unbeaten Gary Cornish faces Anthony Joshua in September, but the Scotsman knows history is not on his side when he steps in to the ring with the human wrecking ball, writes Nick Parkinson.

4dDan Rafael

Cotto-Canelo adds to Puerto Rico-Mexico rivalry

The showdown between Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez represents another chapter in the storied history of the Puerto Rico vs. Mexico rivalry, one of the best in boxing.

Cotto's coach promises Canelo knockout (1:18)


Todd Grisham @GrishamESPN

Thought tonight's fight was really good. But don't want/need to see a rematch. Santa Cruz would be even more decisive next time IMO

Santa Cruz defeats Mares by decision

Fight of the year? Unbeaten Leo Santa Cruz defeated Abner Mares by majority decision in an action-packed bout that will likely be in the mix for some accolades when 2015 comes to an end.


Dan Rafael @danrafaelespn

Santa Cruz may have won wide on 2 cards. No issue but many close rds. Those scores are misleading how tough and competitive the fight was.