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Mark Story: Muhammad Ali, the most famous Kentuckian, gets the Ken Burns treatment

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Just as it has to be daunting for a contemporary author to choose to write about Abraham Lincoln, so must it be for documentary filmmakers to select Muhammad Ali as a subject.

When it comes to the two most famous Kentucky natives, is there anything left to say?

In the case of Ali — who died in 2016 at age 74 — you will ...Read more

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Donald Trump to call Evander Holyfield fight with Vitor Belfort

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Don’t call it a comeback.

When former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield enters the ring to fight Vitor Belfort this weekend, the tag team of Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr. will be sitting ringside. ESPN fight reporter Mike Coppinger said Tuesday that event organizers told him the ink is dry on a deal that will have the two Trumps ...Read more

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Boxing great Oscar De La Hoya hospitalized with COVID-19, comeback postponed

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Boxer Oscar De La Hoya, who was set to return to the ring after 13 years next week, has been hospitalized with the coronavirus, he said Friday.

The formerly retired boxing champion announced his diagnosis in a series of tweets and videos from his hospital bed in Los Angeles, saying he tested positive despite being vaccinated and taking care of ...Read more

Dylan Hernández: Reality hit Manny Pacquiao after bruising loss, and he handled it with dignity

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LAS VEGAS — An assembly line of mediocre opponents kept alive the fantasy in recent years, but reality became inescapable for Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night.

He was old.

What was made obvious in a unanimous-decision loss to Yordenis Ugas crushed the 42-year-old Pacquiao, his heartbreak betrayed by the shakiness of his voice. The majority ...Read more

Dylan Hernandez: This is why tonight must be Manny Pacquiao's final fight

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LAS VEGAS — The familiar voice came from somewhere off-camera, with Manny Pacquiao’s longtime publicist offering a playful rebuttal to a line I’ve recycled several times in recent years.

“Boxing isn’t dead!” Fred Sternberg shouted.

Well, I replied, it will be when his most famous client retires.

Pacquiao was on my computer screen ...Read more

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Tyron Woodley is already talking multiple fights against Jake Paul, who says not so fast

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LOS ANGELES — Confidence oozed from Tyron Woodley as he shared a stage with Jake Paul on Tuesday afternoon to announce their Aug. 29 cruiserweight fight in Cleveland.

"I saw a man who doesn't really have fight left in him," Paul said, beating the MMA fighter to the punch. "I saw a man who's been defeated multiple times now and will be ...Read more

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Nevada won't punish fighters who test positive for marijuana

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The Nevada State Athletic Commission will no longer punish fighters who test positive for cannabis.

The unanimous decision, reached Wednesday, will impact boxers and mixed martial artist fighters alike in the state, which frequently hosts high-profile bouts, ESPN reports.

“We should always be at the forefront of these issues,” NSAC ...Read more

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Gervonta Davis risks jumping two weight classes to face Mario Barrios as he pursues boxing greatness

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BALTIMORE — Sugar Ray Robinson is still considered the greatest pound-for-pound fighter of all time by many boxing historians.

Robinson was nigh unbeatable at welterweight (147 pounds) and middleweight (160 pounds), losing just once in his first 131 professional fights. On June 25, 1952, he challenged Joey Maxim for the light heavyweight (175...Read more