All doping tests of Alvarez and Smith are negative
 
Andrew Karlov
Jan. 15, 2021, 1:15 p.m.

All doping tests of Saul Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs) and Callum Smith (27-1, 19 KOs) before and after the fight were negative. The boxing match took place on December 19 in San Antonio, Texas.

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Rakhimov with coronavirus, Diaz is looking for a new enemy
 
Andrew Karlov
Jan. 15, 2021, 3:19 a.m.

Shavkat Rakhimov (15-0, 12 KO) is infected with the coronavirus and will not be able to take part in the fight against IBF World Featherweight Champion Joseph Diaz Jr. (31-1, 15 KO), which will take place on February 13. The duel was to be one of the main events of the Golden Boy Promotions evening organized in Indio.

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Hearn on Joshua vs Fury: Wilder won't make us trouble
 
Andrew Karlov
Jan. 13, 2021, 8:25 p.m.

Eddie Hearn does not think Deontay Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) could interfere with plans for a unification fight in late spring or early summer for the four heavyweight belts between Anthony Joshua (24-1, 21 KOs) and  Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs).

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Kovalev vs Melikuziev is transferred to the United States
 
Andrew Karlov
Jan. 13, 2021, 12:28 p.m.

Bektemir Melikuziev's fight on January 30 on DAZN against former three-time light heavyweight champion Sergei Kovalev is changing its location, and now, instead of Moscow, it will be held in the USA, at the Fantasy Springs Casino arena in Indio, California.

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Joyce may face Makhmudov in April
 
Andrew Karlov
Jan. 13, 2021, 2:27 a.m.

European heavyweight champion Joe Joyce (12-0, 11 KOs) may have his next fight in April. The boxer's promoter Frank Warren said that Arslanbek Makhmudov (11-0, 11 KOs) is one of the possible rivals of the Briton.

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Herring vs Frampton is official for February 27
 
Andrew Karlov
Jan. 12, 2021, 8:06 p.m.

It is officially confirmed that on February 27 in London the former two-weight champion Carl Frampton (28-2, 16 KOs) will face the reigning WBO featherweight champion Jamel Herring (22-2, 10 KOs). The duel was planned first on December 19, then on January 16, but each time it was postponed.

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Reinoso: Golovkin performed poorly in the fight with Sheremeta
 
Andrew Karlov
Jan. 12, 2021, 10:09 a.m.

Eddie Reinoso, the coach of Saul Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs), unlike many fans and experts, was not particularly impressed by the form of Gennady Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs) in his victorious fight against Kamil Sheremeta (21-1, 5 KOs).

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Povetkin begins the stage of physical training
 
Andrew Karlov
Jan. 12, 2021, 12:11 a.m.

Alexander Povetkin (36-2-1, 25 KOs) started the stage of general physical training in Gelendzhik, Russia. This is the first stage of Sasha's preparation for a rematch against Dillian Whyte (27-2, 18 KOs).

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First UK boxing nights won't start until mid-February
 
Andrew Karlov
Jan. 11, 2021, 8:56 p.m.

The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) announced today that boxing nights in the UK will not be available until mid-February. The BBBofC recently decided to suspend boxing events for January due to an increase in coronavirus cases. It is not yet known if fans will be able to take part in the first February tournaments.

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Joshua - Fury winner to give up WBO belt right after fight?
 
Andrew Karlov
Jan. 11, 2021, noon

There has been a long debate about the future of the WBO heavyweight belt currently owned by Anthony Joshua (24-1, 21 KOs). The Briton would like to take with him the World Boxing Organization trophy in the unification fight with Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs), but Alexander Usyk (18-0, 13 KOs) stands in the way of such a scenario, demanding - as a mandatory contender for WBO title - immediate bout against AJ.

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