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Spence Jr. delivers dominant performance against Peterson.

Errol Spence Jr. improves to 23-0 after a one-sided fight against Lamont Peterson that is stopped before the eighth round begins.

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On Jan. 3, the IBF ordered former featherweight world titlist Billy Dib (43-4, 24 KOs), 32, of Australia, and former junior lightweight titlist Gervonta Davis (19-0, 18 KOs), 23, of Baltimore, to meet in a title eliminator to determine the mandatory challenger for junior lightweight titlist Kenichi Ogawa. With the Dib and Davis camps unable to make a deal the IBF on Friday ordered a Jan. 29 purse bid at its offices in Springfield, New Jersey. The sides could still reach a deal before the bid takes place. Promoters interested in bidding must submit a $5,000 nonrefundable participation fee. Dib, as the higher-ranked fighter in the IBF rankings, would receive 60 percent of the winning bid and Davis, stripped of the belt in August for failing to make weight, would receive 40 percent. It remains to be seen what will happen, however, with the belt because Ogawa faces being stripped in the wake of a positive drug test related to his controversial decision win against Tevin Farmer for the vacant belt on Dec. 9.

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Former junior middleweight world title challenger Yoshihiro Kamegai (27-4-2, 24 KOs), the Japanese brawler who dropped a one-sided decision to Miguel Cotto for a vacant title in August, was scheduled to have his next fight on Jan. 27 at The Forum in Inglewood, California, on the undercard of the Golden Boy Promotions’ HBO doubleheader featuring Lucas Matthysse against Tewa Kiram for a vacant welterweight belt and lightweight champion Jorge Linares defending against Mercito Gesta. However, Golden Boy told ESPN on Thursday that Kamegai suffered a shoulder injury and he is off the card. His opponent, Daquan Pauldo (16-1, 9 KOs), of Orlando, Florida, will remain on the show though Golden Boy is looking for an opponent. The non-televised bouts will be streamed live at RingTV.com beginning at 6 p.m. ET.

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A purse bid for the fight between Manuel Char, owner of a secondary heavyweight world title, and mandatory challenger Fres Oquendo was ordered by the WBA on Wednesday. If the sides don’t make a deal the purse bid will be held on Feb. 9 at the Hotel Dann Carlton in Medellin, Colombia. There is no minimum bid and the winning offer will be split 50-50 between the fighters. Promoters wishing to bid must submit a non-refundable fee of $15,000 and the bout should take place within 90 days of the purse bid. Anthony Joshua holds the top title but Charr (31-4, 17 KOs), 33, a Syria native fighting out of Germany, won the vacant second tier title by unanimous decision against Alexander Ustinov in Oberhausen, Germany on Nov. 25. Oquendo (37-8, 24 KOs), 44, of Chicago, has not boxed since losing a majority decision to Ruslan Chagaev for the same vacant title in July 2014. Injuries and other issues prevented him from fighting for the title again since but the WBA is obligated to give him a shot based on a federal court order after Oquendo won a lawsuit to enforce his rights.

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The Feb. 3 Top Rank ESPN card from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas is scheduled to air at 10:15 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes with two world title fights, Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez defending his super middleweight belt against Habib Ahmed in the main event and junior bantamweight titlist Jerwin Ancajas defending his crown against Israel Gonzalez in the co-feature. While those bouts and all of the preliminary bouts will also stream live on the ESPN App, there will be bonus televised coverage of some preliminary bouts on ESPNEWS beginning at 9 p.m. ET. That plan for that portion of the broadcast is to include bouts involving blue-chip lightweight prospect Teofimo Lopez Jr. (7-0, 6 KOs) and super middleweight contender Jesse Hart (22-1, 18 KOs) in his first bout since an action-packed decision loss to Ramirez on Sept. 22. Lopez is slated for an eight-rounder against John Delperdang (10-4, 9 KOs) and Hart is due to face Thomas Awimbono (25-7-1, 21 KOs) in a 10-round bout.

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Ukrainian middleweight contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko (11-0, 9 KOs), 30, who fights out of Brooklyn, New York, had been a late addition to Saturday’s Errol Spence Jr.-Lamont Peterson card at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where he was slated to face durable journeyman Dashon Johnson (22-22-3, 7 KOs) in an eight-rounder in preparation for a bigger fight in the spring, perhaps against former junior middleweight titlist Demetrius Andrade (25-0, 16 KOs). However, Derevyanchenko dropped off the card on Tuesday after coming down with a fever and flu-like symptoms, manager Keith Connolly told ESPN. The bout was supposed to be Derevyanchenko’s first since Aug. 25, when he stopped Tureano Johnson in the 12th round of a world title eliminator to become the mandatory challenger for one of the 160-pound belts held by unified world champion Gennady Golovkin. Connolly said Derevyanchenko would return soon, possibly on March 3 at Barclays Center on the Deontay Wilder-Luis Ortiz undercard.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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Parker: I'll beat whatever Joshua brings.

Joseph Parker warns Anthony Joshua that he can beat the Brit at his best as the pair aim to unify the WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight championships.

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The purse bid scheduled to take place on Tuesday for the junior welterweight world title elimination bout between Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk (17-0, 10 KOs), 24, a Russia native fighting out Miami, Oklahoma, and Anthony Yigit (21-0-1, 7 KOs), 26, of Sweden, was canceled when Baranchyk co-promoter Lou DiBella and Yigit promoter Team Sauerland made a deal. IBF president Daryl Peoples sent all registered promoters a letter notifying them that the deal had been reached and the purse bid was canceled. Yigit and Baranchyk are due to meet March 9, possibly in Miami, Oklahoma. The winner of the fight will become the mandatory challenger for the 140-pound belt currently held by Sergey Lipinets. The card is expected to be televised on Showtime and also include the vacant interim junior welterweight world title bout between former world titleholder Viktor Postol (29-1, 12 KOs) and Regis Prograis (20-0, 17 KOs).

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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Joshua, Parker keep it clean on first meeting.

Steve Bunce looks back on the first prefight news conference between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker, as the pair keep trash talking to a minimum.

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Joshua interested in Klitschko rematch.

Anthony Joshua spoke to Steve Bunce ahead of his unification fight against Joseph Parker about the prospect of a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko.

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The best of Top Rank in 2017.

Top Rank Boxing featured a multitude of exciting bouts in 2017 and promises to include even more action in 2018.

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Spence Jr. wants to be undisputed welterweight champion.

Errol Spence Jr. is willing to fight anyone who stands in his way of being the world champ ahead of his bout with Lamont Peterson.

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Welterweight world titleholder Errol Spence Jr. says he expects a fan-friendly fight when he meets Lamont Peterson on Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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Former lightweight world title challenger Sharif Bogere (30-1, 20 KOs), 29, a Uganda native fighting out of Las Vegas, will headline a Mayweather Promotions card at Sam’s Town in Las Vegas on Jan. 27. Bogere will face Arturo Santos (19-8, 5 KOs), in a scheduled 10-round bout. Bogere is 7-0 with a no contest since a decision loss to Richar Abril for a vacant world title in 2013. Santos has lost two fights in a row by decision and is 1-5 in his last six bouts. “‘The Lion’ has made his return and I do not plan on slowing down,” Bogere said. “Prior to my last fight I was working on getting my body back in good health, and my last fight was a great tune up to prepare me for tougher opponents. I have a great team who pushes me. I am still training and sparring with some really tough guys, my balance and timing has improved. Now I am focused on getting stronger and gaining more IQ.”

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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Joshua vs. Parker

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Joshua: What's so difficult with this little kid?

Heavyweight world titleholder Anthony Joshua gives his thoughts on next opponent Joseph Parker, with a unification bout between the pair confirmed for March 31.

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The New York State Boxing Hall of Fame has announced its class of 2018, which will be inducted at the annual dinner April 29 at Russo's On the Bay in Howard Beach, New York. The 23-person class includes cruiserweight titlist Al Cole, light heavyweight titlist Lou Del Valle, junior welterweight titlist Jake Rodriguez, lightweight world title challenger Terrence Alli and heavyweight contender Joe Mesi. Posthumous inductees include featherweight champion Kid Chocolate, heavyweight champion James J. Corbett, lightweight champion Jack McAuliffe, junior welterweight titlist Billy Costello, light heavyweight champion Melio Bettina, middleweight contender Ralph “Tiger” Jones and heavyweight contender Charley Norkus. Living non-participants elected are Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Anderson, trainer/advisor Pete Brodsky, historian Herb Goldman, matchmaker Bobby Goodman, former judge and New York State Athletic Commission chairwoman Melvina Lathan and former NSYAC chairman and matchmaker Ron Scott Stevens. Posthumous non-participant inductees are ring announcer Johnnie Addie, matchmaker Johnny Bos, publicist Murray Goodman, writer/historian Bert Sugar and broadcaster Sam Taub. Boxers needed to be inactive for at least three years to be eligible and all inductees must have resided in New York for a significant portion of their boxing careers or during the prime of their career.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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Khan: World titles motivation for Hearn deal.

Amir Khan explains why he's chosen to sign with Matchroom Boxing despite bad blood with Eddie Hearn in the past.

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Hearn: Barriers to Khan-Brook fight fading.

Promoter Eddie Hearn says he hopes to make super-fights for Amir Khan and hints at a possible matchup with fellow Brit Kell Brook.

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