Jesus Soto-Karass ready for Round 2 after first epic with Japan's Yoshihiro Kamegai

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Jesus Soto-Karass produced one of the best moments of Monday's news conference to promote the Sept. 10 super-flyweight title fight between champion Carlos Cuadras of Mexico and Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez, who some consider the world's best pound-for-pound fighter.

"I'll leave the ring hot for you guys," Soto-Karass said. ...Read more

Crawford tops Postol to unify titles

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LAS VEGAS -- The many facial expressions of Terence Crawford said it all Saturday as the unbeaten junior-welterweight added a second belt to his collection.

Crawford, flashing a deadly and vicious look of wanting to hurt his opponent, knocked Viktor Postol down twice in the fifth round en route to a convincing victory and showcase of skill at ...Read more

For street-wise fighter, this is right up his alley

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LAS VEGAS -- Terence Crawford found himself in a rare position Thursday night. After accidentally leaving his MGM Grand hotel room key too close to his cellphone, the key stopped working.

Crawford, without any identification, was locked out.

The crisis ultimately was resolved without Crawford's needing to point the front-desk staff to the ...Read more

Manny Pacquiao's fight date will be Nov. 5, promoter says

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LOS ANGELES -- Manny Pacquiao's return to the ring is being planned for Nov. 5 in Las Vegas, the fighter's promoter said Monday.

Bob Arum said a possible Oct. 29 date has been ruled out after discussions with both site representatives and Pacquiao, who recently began the first of a six-year term in the Philippines Senate.

MGM Grand, Mandalay ...Read more

Manny Pacquiao tells promoter Bob Arum he's willing to unretire for a fall bout

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Manny Pacquiao has said he's prepared to unretire and fight again in the fall, just in time to increase interest in one of his promoter's pay-per-view fights.

Pacquiao, 37, was elected to the Philippines Senate in May, less than three weeks after defeating Timothy Bradley and declaring he would stop fighting in order to fulfill a life of public...Read more

Floyd Mayweather Jr.: 'For the right price, I may come back'

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NEW YORK -- There's a code to decipher when Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaks.

Though his words may be heartfelt at that instant, his position is subject to change based on any event in the boxing world or even the break of a new day.

It's been more than eight months since Mayweather, 38, announced he would retire with a 49-0 record after a 2015 ...Read more

Thurman beats Porter on points, retains WBA welterweight crown

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NEW YORK -- Keith Thurman can throw a heavy right hand, but what's made him an unbeaten world champion is instinct.

So when he encountered a rabid Shawn Porter pursuing him heavily, pressing him to the ropes, throwing damaging punches to the body and head, Thurman reacted with calculation.

And by employing sufficient defense, positioning ...Read more

Boxing program helps Parkinson's patients roll with the punches

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Four boxers kick, stretch and punch their way across the exercise room, eyes intent. Each jabs and steps. Each moves confidently. Each has Parkinson's disease.

"No slacking," yells Sarrisa Curry, moving across the room to check posture and adjust positions. "And please don't fall."

Curry began offering the Rock Steady Boxing program, which has...Read more

Muhammad Ali and ex-Chiefs coach Hank Stram had a unique bond

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Shortly after returning from Zaire and his "Rumble in the Jungle" knockout of George Foreman in 1974, Muhammad Ali flew to Kansas City for an exhibition at Kemper Arena.

Ali, who died June 3, always knew how to seize a scene, and this was no exception.

And not just because he called out the "one-horse town" for failing to fill "this little ...Read more

Jury finds Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez has to pay former promoter $8.5 million

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A Miami jury Monday returned a verdict requiring Saul "Canelo" Alvarez to pay $8.5 million to a former promoter he was aligned with before joining Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions in 2009.

A spokesman for Golden Boy said afterward that Alvarez will immediately appeal the verdict, which supported the contention by Miami-based Felix "Tuto...Read more

That time Muhammad Ali recited an impromptu poem at a Maryland basketball event

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Muhammad Ali fought twice in Maryland toward the end of his legendary career, both times as the defending heavyweight champion at the Capital Centre in Landover, Md.

Before the first bout, against Jimmy Young in April of 1976, Ali and his entourage shared a hotel with the Maryland basketball team and its annual post-season banquet.

Russ Potts,...Read more

Kings assistant coach Nancy Lieberman mourns Muhammad Ali's death

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Nancy Lieberman was like a lot of other people Friday night. She didn't sleep much. The Kings assistant coach and basketball Hall of Famer was grieving the loss of her decades-long friend Muhammad Ali, who died of complications from Parkinson's disease.

Lieberman had been anticipating the worst. When she learned of Ali's ...Read more

Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder wants Muhammad Ali's legacy 'to live on through me'

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Deontay Wilder won the World Boxing Council heavyweight belt on Muhammad Ali's 73rd birthday last year, so the magnitude of the three-time champion's death Friday night was not lost on the unbeaten Alabama fighter.

"It's definitely a sad day for boxing and all the fans throughout the world," Wilder said Saturday. "Ali, as a fighter and a man ...Read more

Boxing world, and the world at large, react to Muhammad Ali's passing

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The enormity of Muhammad Ali's death reverberated Saturday in the significance felt by the millions he touched, especially those in the fight game.

Manny Pacquiao said his decision to pursue a life in public service as a senator in the Philippines after winning a record eight division belts was influenced by Ali's embrace of mankind.

Unbeaten ...Read more

Underestimating Muhammad Ali was the mistake of a lifetime, George Foreman says

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In one prominent photo that George Foreman keeps in his office at home in Texas shows him knocked to the canvas by Muhammad Ali in their famed "Rumble in the Jungle" fight in Zaire in 1974.

The photo, Foreman says, is a testament to overconfidence, the danger of not remaining humble and, finally, to the greatness of Foreman's delayed but strong...Read more

Ali's 'Thrilla in Manila' stands the test of time

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The bright morning sun typically symbolizes the birth of a new day, the start of something potentially magnificent.

In October 1975, after Muhammad Ali closed his historic trilogy with Joe Frazier in a superior battle that some rank as boxing's ultimate prizefight, co-promoter Bob Arum recalls exiting the Araneta Coliseum to burning heat.

"...Read more

Muhammad Ali's exile years in Chicago: 'Learning about life'

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During his years exiled from the boxing ring, dethroned heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali found refuge on the South Side of Chicago.

Stripped of his boxing title after refusing to fight in the Vietnam War, Ali immersed himself in Islam, his newfound religion. And as the country that once hailed him as "The Greatest" cast him aside, the South ...Read more

Ali biographer says of late champ: 'Unbelievable force of love'

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Muhammad Ali the brash, larger-than-life prizefighter from Louisville turned civil rights icon, was a study in contrasts, as flawed as he was fascinating, though the Chicago author who has spent the last three years researching Ali's unauthorized biography believes that duality may have helped forge him as symbol.

Ali, who died late Friday at ...Read more

Ali helped make Sharks coach Pete DeBoer's prom night unforgettable

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Sharks coach Pete DeBoer was 17 years old and just graduating high school when by an unusual set of circumstances, he got a chance to meet Muhammad Ali and receive a gift from the former heavyweight champion that he keeps to this day.

DeBoer was at his prom, in a tuxedo, and hanging around the lobby of the Royal Connaught ...Read more

Remembering Muhammad Ali's trip to help heal Lexington

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- October 1994 was one of Lexington's darkest chapters.

An 18-year-old unarmed black man named Tony Sullivan was killed by a white Lexington police officer. The officer, Sgt. Phil Vogel, said his gun fired by accident. He was not indicted or criminally charged, and Sullivan's death sparked public protest and raised tensions ...Read more