Santa Cruz gets it done in slugfest against Mares

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LOS ANGELES -- If this was the anointment, make Leo Santa Cruz the king of boxing in Los Angeles.

Producing a knack for landing the defining punches in a classic slugfest against fellow Southern California product Abner Mares on Saturday night, Santa Cruz won a majority decision.

Judges Jesse Reyes (117-111), Max DeLuca (114-114) and Steve ...Read more

Shane Mosley, 43, knocks out Ricardo Mayorga, 41, in the sixth round

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- The elderly former champions fought at times like the young champions they used to be.

That Shane Mosley, 43, and Ricardo Mayorga, 41, decided to have a rematch of their bout from seven years ago was questionable in the first place.

But fight they did Saturday night at the Forum in front of an enthusiastic crowd that ...Read more

Andre Berto working hard to reach 'destiny' against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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Andre Berto knows what everyone's thinking and has heard how Floyd Mayweather Jr. seems to be going through the motions in preparing for their Sept. 12 fight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Former welterweight champion Berto (30-3, 23 knockouts) is a 40/1 underdog at Nevada sports books, few believing he'll be able to land punches on the cagey, ...Read more

Mosley faces Mayorga in fight for the aged

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LOS ANGELES -- Train wreck, the boxing promotion.

Saturday's pay-per-view bout between elderly ex-champions Shane Mosley and Ricardo Mayorga at the Forum is a fight that probably shouldn't have been made in the first place.

Mosley, now 43, beat Mayorga, 41, by knockout in the 12th round when they fought in 2008 at Carson.

Mayorga (31-8-1), a ...Read more

Boxer Abner Mares seeks to make a difference in ring and in inner city

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Ten years ago this summer, the sounds of police helicopter blades roared above Hawaiian Gardens. Armed men trampled the asphalt, shouting on the barricaded street looking for a cop killer as residents took cover.

Abner Mares knew the gang member with devil horns tattooed on his forehead who'd pulled the trigger. "Sepy" lived across the street. ...Read more

Mayweather calls Berto bout his 'last fight'

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LAS VEGAS -- Floyd Mayweather Jr. has told those closest to him that he finds the idea of a restful retirement appealing.

But anyone who knows the unbeaten Mayweather's thirst for money and competition realizes that opposing forces will be at play soon after his expected Sept. 12 victory over massive underdog Andre Berto.

"This is my last ...Read more

Berto, touting his speed and power, will face undefeated champ Mayweather.

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The way Andre Berto figures it, he's been tested for a deeper purpose.

There was the mandatory layoff after a positive drug test, which was later overturned. Then there was the shoulder injury that resulted in a loss, followed by fear that his career was over.

Now, two years later, Berto, 31, has a Sept. 12 date with Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0...Read more

Floyd Mayweather Jr. to fight Andre Berto on Sept. 12

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Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s attempt to match late heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano's 49-0 record at retirement will come against former welterweight world champion Andre Berto Sept. 12 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Mayweather (48-0, 26 knockouts) announced on social media Tuesday that he'll fight Berto (30-3, 23 KOs) on Showtime pay-per-view.

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Mayweather's next fight won't be against Amir Khan, won't be on CBS

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. has ruled out fighting England's Amir Khan next, and it's now looking like his Sept. 12 bout will be televised on Showtime pay-per-view, not CBS.

A boxing official involved in negotiations but not authorized to discuss details publicly told The Los Angeles Times on Saturday that it's "90 percent" likely that Mayweather (48-...Read more

Women's Boxing Hall of Fame inducts Ali, 7 others

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Women such as Terri Moss have heard it all: Women don't belong in boxing. Women can't box.

But that didn't stop Moss from beginning her professional boxing career at 36 years old.

"We just have a love for the sport and we want to be fighters. More than anything, we just want to be fighters," Moss said. "Not because it'...Read more