Yankees’ Nestor Cortes to play for Team USA in World Baseball Classic

Nestor Cortes’ emergence as one of the better pitchers in baseball has landed him a spot among USA’s best. The Yankees left-hander will represent Team USA in next spring’s World Baseball Classic, MLB announced Tuesday on Twitter. Cortes joins a rotation that only has two other commitments in Cardinals veteran right-hander Adam Wainwright, who was also announced Tuesday, and Diamondbacks right-hander Merrill Kelly. Mets first baseman Pete Alonso is also committed to the roster along with stars Mookie Betts, Mike Trout, Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado. The 2023 WBC will begin pool play March 8 and hold its championship on March 21, meaning...
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Shakur Stevenson targeting George Kambosos for next fight

By Allan Fox: Shakur Stevenson believes his next opponent could be former unified lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr rather than Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz or William Zepeda. Ideally, Stevenson (19-0, 9 KOs) would prefer to fight #2 WBC-ranked Pitbull Cruz, or if not him, #3 Zepeda (27-0, 23 KOs)....
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Cortes and Wainwright are 'All In' for Team USA

While the Team USA lineup looks stacked for when the World Baseball Classic begins in March, there are still some question marks around who would make its rotation. On Tuesday, two of those spots were filled as Team USA announced that Yankees lefty Nestor Cortes and Cardinals veteran Adam Wainwright were committing to the team.
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Prograis on Taylor: ‘He Hasn’t Gotten Better … I Might Stop Him’

Regis Prograis is convinced he is a much improved fighter from the version he was in 2019. He can’t say the same for longtime nemesis Josh Taylor. Prograis, the newly crowned WBC 140-pound titlist from New Orleans, thinks Scotland’s Taylor, the WBO titlist, has plateaued as a fighter, saying he has not seen any tangible improvement from the Scotsman since their highly competitive junior welterweight unification bout three years ago in the finals of the World Boxing Super Series tournament. Two judges scored it for Taylor (117-112, 115-113), while one had it a draw (114-114).
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Juan Francisco Estrada vs. Roman Gonzalez 3 odds, betting trends, predictions, expert picks for 2022 boxing trilogy

Two game-changing fighters are ready to complete their rivalry following a historic second fight. Juan Francisco Estrada defends The Ring super-flyweight title against Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez on December 3. Also on the line will be the vacant WBC super-flyweight title. The fight takes place inside Arizona's Desert Diamond Arena. The...

Sandy Ryan: World title hopeful 'trying to perfect performances' after latest win

Sandy Ryan says she is still "trying to perfect performances" as she prepares for a looming world title bout. The 29-year-old kept hold of her WBC international light-middleweight belt when she dominated Anahi Sanchez in her win at Wembley Arena on Saturday. A fifth win in six bouts since turning...
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Fight Picks: Juan Francisco Estrada vs. Roman Gonzalez 3

On Saturday, Ring junior bantamweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada will face former pound-for-pound king and longtime rival Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez for the vacant WBC title at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. ​The eagerly anticipated showdown will be broadcast on DAZN, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/ 7...
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Jake Paul: Tommy Fury is a Novice, Way Easier Fight Than Anderson Silva

Youtube star turned boxer, Jake Paul (6-0, 4 KOs), is hoping the third time is the charm when it comes to finalizing a fight with light heavyweight prospect Tommy Fury (8-0, 4 KOs). In December of 2021, they were scheduled to collide on Showtime Pay-Per-View. Fury would withdraw from the...
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Denys Berinchyk Eager To Topple Yvan Mendy on Fury-Chisora Card

A few days go until it is Tyson Fury time again, when the Gypsy King will rock up at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to take on his old rival Derek Chisora for the WBC world heavyweight championship. There is heavyweight action at the double, because the WBA champion, the hulking...
Boxing Scene's Television Pick of The Week - November 30

Pick It: World Champion Juan Francisco Estrada vs. TBRB #1 Roman Gonzalez (Saturday, DAZN/PPV, 8:00 PM EST) Anytime this match is happening, it’s the pick of the week. Chapter three or chapter eleven…they’re both true and both just as worthy of salivating. Saturday in Arizona, we’ve got one of the most significant fights of this generation as a pair of future Hall of Famers, tied at one apiece, lock horns for the third time. It’s 32-year old Juan Francisco Estrada (43-3, 28 KO) versus 35-year old Roman Gonzalez (51-3, 41 KO), one more time and likely for the last time.

Boxing ref admits he gave Manny Pacquiao a dirty win in 2000, opponent responds

Manny Pacquiao is a hero in his native Philippines, but he also apparently enjoyed some cooking there early in his boxing career. Carlos Padilla, a Filipino referee who worked a WBC international super bantamweight championship match between Pacquiao and challenger Nedal Hussein in 2000, admitted he cheated to help Pacquiao get the win. The fight was held in Antipolo, Philippines.

Mahmoud Charr Vs. Lucas Brown Slated For December Event In Dubai

Mahmoud “Manuel” Charr (33-4) and Lucas Browne (31-3) will be seen in action against each other on December 17 in Dubai. Iconic Promotions Dubai will promote the event. Browne, 43, has risen to the mark after his loss to former rugby player Paul Gallen in 2021. He has since then gone on to clinch two wins, including a stoppage of Junior Fa in his last fight.