Gennady Golovkin-Daniel Jacobs fight moved off Dec. 10, aiming for early 2017 date

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Negotiations for a Gennady Golovkin-Daniel Jacobs middleweight title fight remain active, but they won't be concluded in time to allow for a bout by Dec.10 as originally planned.

Golovkin promoter Tom Loeffler told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday that while a site and date will follow an agreement on financial terms, the bout appears headed to...Read more

Tyson Fury vacates his two heavyweight boxing belts after cocaine test

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England's Tyson Fury announced Wednesday he is vacating his two heavyweight belts in an effort to "fully focus on his medical treatment and recovery," according to a statement from his promoter.

The 28-year-old Fury (25-0, 18 knockouts) has unraveled since defeating former long-reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko in November.

Fury first cited...Read more

Golovkin makes counteroffer to Alvarez while negotiating Jacobs fight

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Gennady Golovkin's promoter, Tom Loeffler, could audition as a juggling act right now.

Loeffler, responding to an offer to fight Canelo Alvarez next September while trying to schedule Golovkin's next fight, provided updates on both situations Wednesday.

Loeffler said he has made a written, undisclosed counteroffer to fight Alvarez after Oscar ...Read more

Canelo Alvarez has a fractured right thumb; planned December fight is off

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Canelo Alvarez suffered a right-thumb fracture in the second-round punch he landed on Liam Smith's head Saturday, scrapping Alvarez's plans for a Dec. 10 fight.

A doctor who inspected Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 knockouts) Monday following his ninth-round knockout of Smith to win the World Boxing Organization junior-middleweight title found an avulsion...Read more

De La Hoya says he has made big offer to Golovkin for fight with Alvarez

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Canelo Alvarez and his promoter Oscar De La Hoya, riding the high of another knockout victory and a massive adoring crowd, worked to use that buzz to alter the tone of the rivalry with Gennady Golovkin.

Alvarez, 26, proclaimed himself the best fighter on the planet following his impressive ninth-round knockout of England's ...Read more

Even dreams are bigger in Texas after Canelo KO

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Canelo Alvarez polished himself for the clash that awaits, and felt so good about his ninth-round knockout that he spoke of being a finished product.

"I fear no one. I am the best fighter at this moment," Alvarez said Saturday night.

In front of a crowd of 51,420 at AT&T Stadium that exceeded both of Manny Pacquiao's 2010 ...Read more

Liam Smith has Canelo Alvarez facing British Revolution

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Canelo Alvarez's opponent may be anonymous to most in the U.S., but Liam Smith is part of something powerful overseas.

Call it boxing's United Kingdom invasion.

Smith, from Liverpool, is one of 14 current world champions from the U.K.

The group includes heavyweight champions Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, super-...Read more

Alvarez, facing Liam Smith, builds toward a big bout with Golovkin

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ARLINGTON Texas -- What Canelo Alvarez and Oscar De La Hoya left out in their previous machismo-packed statements about Gennady Golovkin and making the best fights possible was their focus on a vision.

"I had a plan for Canelo this year to have him fight in the biggest arena in the West Coast (Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena), the biggest stadium in ...Read more

Golovkin guns for his 17th consecutive middleweight title victory on Saturday

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The gap between Gennady Golovkin and his peers is revealed by the middleweight champion's string of 22 consecutive knockouts, a run of success rooted in gym work.

The Kazakhstan fighter's intense daily regimen, conducted in the high altitude of trainer Abel Sanchez's gym, includes 4,000 sit-ups, brutal chin-strengthening push-ups without the ...Read more

Senator Manny Pacquiao returns to the ring to face Jessie Vargas

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Manny Pacquiao knew when he hung up his gloves in April that his retirement wasn't for good.

"I 1/8felt3/8 lonely because when you think about the sport that you love, 1/8that3/8 you're no longer active in ... I 1/8thought3/8 over and over again that boxing still loves me," Pacquiao said.

"So, why 1/8should3/8 I stop my boxing career? So, I ...Read more

Boxing and MMA have their differences, but they push each other to be better

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LOS ANGELES -- Theirs can be a begrudging relationship -- a familial bond -- but the rival sports also have an interest in accentuating the divide.

What boxing and mixed martial arts cannot deny, however, is that each has pushed the other to improve.

Spike TV, which televises both the Bellator MMA circuit and Al Haymon's Premier Boxing ...Read more

Claressa Shields defends Olympic boxing title, first US boxer to win back-to-back golds

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- American Claressa Shields made history Sunday afternoon, becoming the first U.S. boxer to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals, defeating the Netherland's Nouchka Fontijn in the women's middleweight (75 kg).

This is gold medal story of survival, escaping from poverty and a difficult childhood, bouncing between 11 homes by the ...Read more

American Shakur Stevenson falls in Olympic bantamweight boxing final, takes silver

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Cuba's Robeisy Ramirez won a split-decision victory over Shakur Stevenson in the Olympic bantamweight boxing final Saturday, denying the U.S. its first men's gold medal in the sport since 2004.

Ramirez, 22, danced into the half-full arena wearing a big smile and gesticulating to the crowd. The 19-year-old Stevenson, meanwhile,...Read more

Jeff Seidel: Claressa Shields goes for gold Sunday

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Claressa Shields was relaxed and having fun.

She danced through the ring, putting on a show, head weaving, feet bopping, her hands a blur, firing like powerful pistons -- wham, wham, wham.

And afterward, it dawned on her. She forgot to do the Ali Shuffle.

"I didn't do it?" she asked reporters after beating Kazakhstan's ...Read more

Boxing gives Claressa Shields the confidence to also conquer life

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In the ring, Claressa Shields is as direct and imposing as a punch to the jaw, something she wielded with uncommon regularity Wednesday in a unanimous-decision victory over Russian Iaroslava Iakushina in a Rio Olympics middleweight quarterfinal.

The win guarantees her at least a bronze medal, to go with the gold she won as a teenager four years...Read more

Controversial decisions lead to suspension of boxing judges

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- After Russian fighters were awarded victories in a pair of controversial decisions at the Rio Olympics, boxing's ruling federation has expelled a number of judges and referees it determined were not performing "at the level expected."

The International Boxing Association, known as AIBA, did not disclose the number of officials...Read more

Mikaela Mayer falls one win short of a boxing medal

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- American Mikaela Mayer lost her women's lightweight quarterfinal Monday at the Riocenter boxing pavilion, falling to hard-punching Russian Anastasiia Beliakova.

Two judges scored the fight 39-37 for the Russian while the third judge ruled it a draw.

Beliakova controlled the bout from the opening bell, fighting off her front ...Read more

Recovering Deontay Wilder vents about WBC's delay of Alexander Povetkin doping decision

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Deontay Wilder is aware of the finger-wagging by Olympic swimmers scolding their peers linked to doping.

The world heavyweight champion wants to take it a step further with his potential next opponent, Alexander Povetkin, and punch him in the face.

"There you go. Now we're talking," Wilder said Thursday as he continues to recover and ...Read more

Pacquiao finalizing details for November comeback bout against Vargas

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Manny Pacquiao's choice of Jessie Vargas as a comeback opponent in November isn't so much about the belt or the purse he'll gain.

It is mostly about keeping Pacquiao in position to stage a possible rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2017.

"If Mayweather wants to return, Manny is ready, assuming he beats Vargas," Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum...Read more

Hernandez ends US boxing's medal drought with some help from a friend

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Nico Hernandez earned the U.S. its first medal in men's boxing in eight years Wednesday, although what color medal he gets might not be determined until Sunday.

Hernandez assured himself of no worse than a bronze with a unanimous decision over Ecuador's Carlos Quipo in a light-flyweight quarterfinal. But he didn't do it alone....Read more