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Gary Sykes discusses mental health and addiction struggles in retirement

Gary Sykes has found retirement harder than most boxers. Speaking to Bad Left Hook, the Dewsbury fighter explains his longest, hardest fight.

Rankings (September 13, 2021): Valdez, Nakatani hold with wins

Not much happening this week, with nothing more for the next two weeks.

Next for Valdez: Herring-Stevenson winner best, most logical option

There’s a clear fight to make, and it’s a unification that would definitely have people interested.

Predictions: Valdez-Conceicao and Nakatani-Acosta

Top Rank is back with two world title fights Friday on ESPN+.

Silva-Ortiz preview: Wrong place, wrong time

Triller’s Saturday co-feature missed several boats.

Rankings (September 6, 2021): Love, Taylor, Serrano, Santa Cruz, Tank, more

We’ve got a lot of movement considering very little happened in the ring over the last two weeks.

Predictions: Lara vs Warrington 2

Can Mauricio Lara beat Josh Warrington again, or will the Leeds man get revenge at home?

How much further will Jake Paul really want to go in boxing?

Jake Paul is 4-0 in boxing, but number four wasn’t as easy as the first three. How long does Paul really want to do this?

Predictions: Paul vs Woodley

Will Jake Paul make it 4-0, or does Tyron Woodley end the run Sunday?

Rankings (August 23, 2021): Ugas, Pacquiao, more

Yordenis Ugas made his biggest move yet at 147.

Ugas puts himself in dream position with win over Pacquiao

Errol Spence? Terence Crawford? Shawn Porter? Keith Thurman? EIMANTAS STANIONIS? Who could it be?

Should Manny Pacquiao retire?

Is it time for the 42-year-old legend to hang up the gloves?

Predictions: Pacquiao vs Ugas

Does Manny Pacquiao rack up his 63rd win, or can Yordenis Ugas possibly send an icon into retirement?

Rankings (Aug. 16, 2021): Franco, Ortiz, Casimero, Rigondeaux, more

Plenty of ranked fighters in action last weekend, but not a lot of movement for now.

BLH Investigates: How far did Rigondeaux go? 

A rigorous, scientific analysis of a performance for the ages.

Predictions: Rigondeaux-Casimero, Ortiz-Kavaliauskas, Franco-Moloney 3

We’ve got three noteworthy main events on Saturday night.

How good a fight is Pacquiao vs Ugas?

Errol Spence Jr is out, and Yordenis Ugas is in. So how good is the new Aug. 21 PPV main event?

Pacquiao-Spence and the 10 best fights of August

Will we be saying goodbye to an icon? Pacquiao-Spence headlines a month that features some good matchups, many of them somewhat quiet.

Rankings (August 9): Galahad, Hunter, more

No movement this week, but a few things to note.

Rankings (August 2): Wood crashes featherweight top 10, more

An upset and a retirement led to some notable shifts in the rankings.

Rankings (July 19, 2021): Charlo and Castano both have claim to top spot at 154

It’s the "Why not both?" of boxing.

Charlo and Castano need to rematch, no better fight for either man

No undisputed champ was crowned on Saturday, but the two who tried should run it back immediately.

Should Tank Davis fight Romero next? It’s on Mayweather Promotions

Two young Mayweather Promotions fighters could easily make a fight, but will they, and should they?

Predictions: Charlo vs Castano

Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano fight for all the marbles at 154 lbs on Saturday.

Finkel: Wilder will be ready for October date against Fury

The veteran manager says he’s as sure as he can be about the new date.

Rankings (July 12, 2021): JoJo Diaz, Zurdo, Estrada, more

We’ve got a new top 10 guy at 135 plus more.

Jake Paul vs Dana White: Just building buzz or taking a real stand about UFC fighter pay?

Maybe it’s just standard trash talk, but maybe there’s something more — even if by accident.

Boxing’s 10 best fights for July 2021

It’s a month without the volume we’ve seen recently, but some great fights on tap all the same.

Predictions: Zurdo-Barrera and Diaz-Fortuna

Golden Boy are back on DAZN Friday, and we’ve got picks for the top two fights on the show.

Will Canelo target Beterbiev if Plant negotiations fall through?

If Canelo can’t get the undisputed fight at 168, would the biggest challenge at 175 be in his sights?

Rankings (July 5, 2021): Colbert making move at 130, more

The unbeaten junior lightweight is trending up after another win.

Predictions: Colbert vs Nyambayar

Chris Colbert faces Tugstsogt Nyambayar in a bit of a sleeper main event on Showtime tomorrow night.