I accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from my pals Kevin Iole and Dave "The Itsk" Itskowitch and I hereby challenge Wladimir Klitschko, Bernard Hopkins and Kelly Swanson!

18 years ago today (March 19, 2000) was my 1st day of work as a full-time boxing writer when I was at USA Today before going to ESPN in 2005. It’s been a life-changing experience. Who knew when I started what would happen, but I’ve dined with Don King; partied with Oscar De La Hoya; been yelled at, threatened, hugged and high-fived by Mike Tyson; been given the finger and hugged by Bob Arum; been screamed at and laughed with Conor McGregor; got a lift in Floyd Mayweather’s st...retch Escalade and watched as he pulled $60,000 in cash out of the glove box and also had him show me his check for $100 million after a fight; been in the presence of Muhammad Ali; hung out with George Foreman; had Joe Frazier sing to me in a press room; been kissed by Angelo Dundee; watched DVDs with Manny Pacquiao; spent hours at a bar chillin’ with Roberto Duran; had the great Emanuel Steward cook me dinner; had Anthony Joshua playfully throw a punch at me that almost caught me on the chin; had breakfast overlooking the River Thames with Bernard Hopkins; worked on SportsCenter with Marvin Hagler; covered 232 HBO cards and counting; covered fights at small clubs to big Las Vegas casinos, Yankee Stadium and Cowboys Stadium; made thousands of deadlines, missed a few too; written literally millions of words and probably seen as many punches; been splattered with blood (more than once); made hundreds of TV appearances and even more on the radio around the world; covered fights in 22 states, approximately 54 U.S. cities (including more than 100 trips to Las Vegas and New York apiece) and five countries (including in a bullring in Cancun and at Wembley Stadium in London with a crowd of 90k for the heavyweight championship); called fights on TV with Lennox Lewis and Sugar Ray Leonard; lived more than 1 year of my life at the MGM Grand; flown around 1 million miles; collected a lot of freakin’ posters and programs; seen a lot of wild and crazy shit -- and had the absolute time of my life!

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With Oscar Valdez sidelined with a broken jaw, #FramptonDonaire is now for an interim featherweight title. My story:

The fight between Carl Frampton and Nonito Donaire has been upgraded to a battle for the vacant interim featherweight title.

UFC's Dana White plans to expand into #boxing promotion and is said to be pursuing Anthony Joshua. My story:…/dana-white-interested-entering-boxing… #boxing #JoshuaParker

I was on radio in Omaha today talking about Terence Crawford. Have a listen:

Mike'l and ESPN's Dan Rafeal talk about Terence Crawford's next fight against Jeff Horn will be, the fight was signed

#LinaresLoma is a great matchup but it means so much more for #boxing. My column:

It's great for boxing that Jorge Linares and Vasiliy Lomachenko are set to fight May 12. It'll be even better for the sport if the lightweight title bout signals an end to the fighting between Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions.

Tickets for #LinaresLoma on May 12 at Madison qaure Garden go on sale at noon ET Friday. $506, 406, 306, 206, 106, 56 at MSG box office, Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster via phone (866-858-0008) & online at and #boxing

#LinaresLoma is official. My story on one the best fights that can be made:

Golden Boy and Top Rank have signed a deal for Jorge Linares to defend his 135-pound crown against Vasyl Lomachenko, who will move up from 130 pounds, on May 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

At his training camp on Tuesday, GGG accused Canelo of serial PED use. "Canelo is cheating." He also called Oscar De La Hoya dirty. My story:

Despite Gennady Golovkin saying Canelo Alvarez and his camp are "dirty" and "using drugs," he still plans to fight in the rematch on May 5.

Julian Williams-Nathaniel Gallimore eiminator added to April 7 Showtime card. My story:

Julian "J-Rock'' Williams, who won both of his 2017 fights, will take on Nataniel Gallimore in a world title elimination bout on April 7 in Las Vegas.

The divisional #boxing rankings are updated as they are each Tuesday!!

Featherweight world titlist Oscar Valdez and junior welterweights Mikey Garcia and Regis Prograis got closer to the top spot in their respective divisions with impressive victories this weekend.

The #boxing schedule has been fully updated as it is daily!! Lots of good fights upcoming!

Want to know what fights are on the horizon? Check out the boxing schedule for 2018.

160 titlist Billy Joe Saunders postpones defense vs. Martin Murray due to hand injury. My story:

Middleweight champ Billy Joe Saunders has injured his hand, leading to the postponement of his bout with Martin Murray.