Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson (L) and broadcaster Barry Tompkins share a laugh at the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame ceremony in 2013. On Tuesday, Tompkins and broadcast partner Steve Farhood were both elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame. The final 60 seconds of the middleweight title fight between Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Sugar Ray Leonard in Las Vegas on April 6, 1987, were riveting.
John Molina Jr. did not come close to making weight for his junior welterweight world title shot against unified champion Terence Crawford on Friday, and while the fight is still on, Molina cannot win the belts. Though Crawford was inside the 140-pound weight limit, weighing in at 139.6 pounds, Molina was dramatically overweight. He was 144 pounds and, given two hours to lose the excess four pounds, he returned to the scale and was 143.4 for the fight on Saturday (HBO, 9:35 p.m. ET/PT) at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska, Crawford's hometown. Crawford cannot lose the belts even if he loses the fight. Molina agreed to give up an undisclosed five-figure payment of his $400,000 purse to
Anthony Joshua has risen to the top of boxing's heavyweight division in serene fashion, with barely a clean punch landing on him in 17 straight professional wins. For the British fighter, the real work starts now. On Saturday, Joshua makes the second defense of his IBF title against a 34-year-old American with nothing to lose and a huge punch in his armory. Everyone is in agreement: Eric Molina is a credible challenger and Joshua's most dangerous fight to date. "We've specifically trained to land the knockout shot," Molina said Thursday. "There's nothing else we've worked on, other than landing that shot." That one big punch wobbled fellow American Deontay Wilder in Molina's only other world