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Boxer Jose Benavidez Jr. Shot In Arizona ... 'Expected to Live'

8/25/2016 9:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0825-Jose-Benavidez-Jr-GETTY-02Undefeated boxing prodigy Jose Benavidez Jr. -- who's 25-0 as a pro -- was shot while out on a walk in Arizona early Tuesday morning ... but we're told he's expected to survive. 

FYI, the 24-year-old Top Rank fighter is a rising star in the sport -- and recently chalked up a high profile victory over Francisco Santana on the undercard of the Crawford vs. Postol fight in Vegas. 

Sources tell us ... Benavidez was out walking one of his pets near his home in Phoenix when he was approached by an unknown man who pulled out a gun and shot him in the leg. 

The Phoenix PD confirms the shooting and says the victim was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

However, one source with knowledge of the situation tells us Jose's injuries pose a serious threat to his boxing career. 

So far, no arrests have been made. 

Story developing ... 

Boxer James Kirkland Arrested In Texas In Child Support Case

8/24/2016 9:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0824_james-kirkland_mug_wmBoxer James Kirkland -- a former WBO super welterweight champ -- was arrested in Austin, TX earlier this month in connection to a child support case ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

We've confirmed ... Kirkland was taken into custody by the Travis County Sheriff's Dept. on August 8th for contempt of court/non-payment. 

It's unclear how much Kirkland owes -- but according to reports, he made more than $1 MILLION for his May 2015 fight against Canelo Alvarez. He's also reportedly in early talks to fight Miguel Cotto later this year. 

Kirkland's bond was set at $15,160.25 -- which he paid. He has since been released from custody, 

We reached out to Kirkland's former trainer, Ann Wolfe, for more info -- stay tuned. 

Boxer Victor Ortiz Pleads Guilty In Country Concert Brawl ... Ducks Jail Time

8/21/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0816-victor-ortiz-tmzBoxing star Victor Ortiz pled guilty to a battery charge stemming from a fight at a Kenny Chesney concert last summer but he won't spend a minute behind bars ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

The former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant and his brother were arrested at the Rose Bowl in July 2015 after allegedly beating the crap out of a random concertgoer.

The victim says he was minding his own business when the Ortiz brothers came out of nowhere and knocked him down .... and then beat him until he was unconscious. Victor was charged with misdemeanor battery and assault.

On Tuesday, the 29-year-old boxer struck a plea deal with prosecutors in which he pled guilty to the battery charge -- and instead of jail, he got 3 years probation. 

He's also required to complete 60 days of community service, 52 anger management classes and was told to stay away from the victim. His brother got a similar plea deal.

But the victim's war on the Ortiz brothers ain't over yet -- he sued both of 'em over the attack and is demanding a bunch of cash. That case is ongoing. 

Adrien Broner I'M FREEEEEEE ... After 30 Days In Jail

8/17/2016 8:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0817-adrien-broner-tmz-02Boxing superstar Adrien Broner is BACK -- he's currently being released from jail after a 30 day stint ... TMZ Sports has confirmed. 

Broner was locked up back in July after pissing off a judge when he arrived to a hearing 3 HOURS LATE and appeared to be drunk or hungover. 

Broner had asked to be released early so he could train for an upcoming fight -- but the judge shot that down and told him he had to serve the entire 30 days. 

We're told he's about to be released  ... as long as he doesn't do anything stupid.

Stay tuned ...  

Wladimir Klitschko Fury's Trying to Screw Me In Rematch ... I'm Going to Court

8/17/2016 6:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Wladimir Klitschko says Tyson Fury is jerking his team around when it comes to their rematch -- and now he's forced to go to court to get the heavyweight champ to honor their contract. 

The two were originally supposed to fight in July -- but it was postponed when Fury got hurt. Now, they're expected to go at it in October ... but Klitschko says Fury is screwing things up. 

"Unfortunately, Team Fury is trying to change the terms of already signed contract multiple times and is going on endless," Klitschko said. 

"To protect my own rights, and eventually see the rematch, I'm forced to go to court."

No word on exactly what Fury is trying to change -- but clearly, Wlad is pissed. 

He better hurry up and resolve this thing ... Wlad is 40 and he ain't gettin' any younger. 

Muhammad Ali's Grandson Marshawn Lynch Consoled Me ... After Boxing Legend's Death

8/15/2016 4:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Muhammad Ali's football star grandson says a call from his sports idol helped raise his spirits in the wake of his grandfather's death ... and that idol is Marshawn Lynch

Biaggio Ali Walsh joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Monday on FS1) -- and opened up about his relationship with Beast Mode and why it's meant so much to him.

"After the passing, he texted me and was like, 'How are you holding up?' ... and I really appreciated that. Especially him being one of my biggest idols. I look up to that guy."

FYI, Biaggio is one of the top high school running backs in the county and recently announced he'll attend Cal after his senior season

You gotta watch the whole interview tonight -- Biaggio also explains why he thinks his brother, Nico, will follow his grandfather's footsteps in the boxing ring.

Kimbo Slice's Son I Wanna Bang Kylie Jenner ... And Tyga Can't Stop Me!

8/15/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Bad news for Tyga ... Kimbo Slice's son wants to nail his girlfriend -- and there ain't a damn thing he can do about it.

Check out this clip of Kevin "Baby Slice" Ferguson -- a freak of an MMA fighter who's making his pro debut at Bellator 160 on August 26th. 

Baby Slice says he's planning a pretty awesome tribute to his father at the fight -- which will culminate with a knockout in Kimbo's honor. 

But the best part of the clip ... when we asked him if he digs any of the Kardashians -- and he basically sent out a warning to Kylie Jenner's boyfriend.

Danny Trejo 'I Was Boxing Champ Of Every Prison I Was In'

8/11/2016 2:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Hollywood badass Danny Trejo -- aka Machete -- was a real-life ass-kicker behind bars ... telling TMZ Sports he was a champion boxer of every prison he was in ... "and I was in all of 'em."

Trejo's story is legendary ... after going in and out of California prisons growing up, he got a job as a boxing trainer on an Eric Roberts movie ... which launched an incredible movie career of his own. 

We got Trejo out in L.A. Wednesday night -- and he told us what it was like to fight in prison ... and it's just as rough as you'd think it would be.

Trejo also raves about Floyd Mayweather -- saying whether you love him or hate him, you have to respect him as one of the ALL-TIME GREATS. 

Check out the video ... this dude is pretty awesome.

Sergey Kovalev I Want Putin In My Corner ... For Andre Ward Fight!

8/9/2016 8:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Forget Beyonce or Justin Bieber ... there's only one huge star Sergey Kovalev wants by his side as he enters the ring to fight Andre Ward -- Russian President Vladimir Putin

The Russian boxing superstar is all set for a championship superfight with Ward on Nov. 19th on HBO PPV -- it's definitely one of the biggest fights of the year!! 

So, when we saw Kovalev in L.A. Monday, he told us he's laser focused on making President Putin proud. 

In fact, Kovalev even looked into the camera and recorded a message for Vlad. 

No word if Putin will actually make it out to the fight -- but he is a HUGE boxing fan. So, maybe there's a chance???

Muhammad Ali Temporary Gravestone at Burial Site

8/8/2016 7:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0808-muhammad-ali-grave-site-SPLASH-01So many people are flocking to the gravesite where Muhammad Ali is buried, the cemetery has put up a temporary headstone to help guide fans to the right spot ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

The headstone is a basic look -- the boxer's name etched in black stone. 

Cemetery staffers say the stone will be replaced with a permanent one -- which is currently being made. 

In the meantime, we're told there has been a "steady stream of fans" visiting the cemetery -- and to keep them from aimlessly wandering the grounds, the staff put down the temporary stone.

Ali died back in June -- no word on when the permanent stone will be completed. 

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Sergey Kovalev I Fight To Honor Boxer Who Died By My Hands

8/6/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Light heavyweight boxing champ Sergey Kovalev says he's driven to be a champion by the memory of Roman Simakov ... the man who died 3 days after fighting Sergey back in 2011.

We talked to Kovalev about Conor McGregor revealing he's been seriously disturbed by the fact he trained MMA fighter Charlie Ward for a match where the opposing fighter ended up dead.

That's when Kovalev opened up to us ... saying after Simakov slipped into a coma and died three days following their 2011 fight, he immediately decided to dedicate the rest of his career to his memory.

"I will be champion for me and him ... this helped me and still helps me to fight."

You gotta check out the clip -- Sergey says there's one thing he wishes and thinks about every time he steps into the ring.

"I hope he's proud of me."

Ex-Boxing Champ Charles Martin I Almost Bled to Death in L.A. Shooting

8/4/2016 4:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0804-charles-martin-getty-03Former heavyweight champion Charles Martin was shot in the forearm earlier this week, and is laid up in the hospital ... TMZ Sports has learned.

A passenger in Martin's car told LAPD officers they were in downtown L.A. around 5 AM Tuesday when 2 men approached the vehicle and got into an argument with the boxer. According to the police report ... the men started shooting, but missed and fled. Martin got in his car and chased the alleged shooters, but crashed into a utility pole.

Police say that's when the suspects returned and opened fire again. This time, Martin took a bullet to his forearm, and the suspects fled again, this time in a car.

Officers responded and transported Martin to the hospital.

We reached out to Martin and he says the officers saved his life -- he was losing a lot of blood when they arrived at the scene. Martin says he doesn't know the suspects, and has no idea why they had beef with him.

One big difference in Martin's version of the story is he says he was trying to get away from the gunmen -- not chasing them -- when he crashed.

The former IBF heavyweight -- who lost the belt earlier this year -- adds he was worried the shooters were coming back to finish the job. He says he jumped in the bed of a parked pickup truck when he "looked down, and saw a pool of blood. I said to myself, 'I gotta get outta here. I'm gonna die. I'm gonna bleed to death.'"

"I have to pay respect to the cops. They saved my life."

Police haven't found the suspects.

Roy Jones Jr. I'm Glad My Kid Picked Hoops ... Boxing's Too Dangerous

8/4/2016 3:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Roy Jones Jr. says he's super stoked his kid is an elite athlete ... and even happier it's not in boxing ... 'cause according to Roy the sweet science is too dangerous and cutthroat for his boy. 

Roy and his kid, Roy III, came on "TMZ Sports" (Thursday at 8:30 PM PT on FS1) when the guys asked why RIII -- who's a high school hoops star ... didn't pick up the boxing gloves like his old man.

Roy answers ... and we gotta say ... it's a pretty good one.

BTW -- stick around for some AWESOME father/son smack talk when we ask who'd win in a one-on-one game.

Watch the full interview tonight on FS1.

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