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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

Billy Walsh has US boxing team fighting its way back to prominence

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Boxing wasn't invented in the U.S. But it may have been perfected there.

No country has won more world titles than the U.S., home to 13 current professional champions. Nor does any country have more Olympic boxing medals than the 111 won by the U.S.

But that second number hasn't changed in eight years, which is where Billy ...Read more

Manny Pacquiao manager: Jessie Vargas will be the Nov. 5 opponent

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Manny Pacquiao's manager said Wednesday that the record eight-division world champion has decided he'll fight World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Jessie Vargas next.

Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, tweeted this week that he had an Aug. 10 meeting arranged with the 37-year-old Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 knockouts) to discuss his next fight,...Read more

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