• Linares relieves Crolla of WBA lightweight belt

    September 25, 2016

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) Jorge Linares defeated Anthony Crolla by unanimous decision at Manchester Arena on Saturday to take the WBA lightweight belt.Linares, the Tokyo-based Venezuelan, hurt a knuckle in his right hand in the sixth round but wasn't being hurt by Crolla, and finished stronger to earn his fourth world title.

  • Amateur boxer dies during charity event in NZ

    September 24, 2016

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) An amateur boxer has died after collapsing during a charity bout on Saturday according to police, who have not yet released the cause of death.Witnesses said 49-year-old Neville Knight slumped onto the ropes then fell to the canvas midway through his bout at the corporate fundraising event at Te Rapa, near Hamilton. Paramedics tried to resuscitate Knight but he could not be revived and died at the scene, police said.

  • Heavyweight title rematch between Fury, Klitschko called off

    September 23, 2016

    LONDON (AP) The rematch between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko for the world heavyweight title has been called off for a second time.Fury's management company, Hennessy Sports, said Friday that the British boxer has ''been declared medically unfit to fight'' and the Oct. 29 bout in Manchester ''will not be going ahead.''

  • Boxer Crawford guilty of 2 misdemeanors in body shop dispute

    September 21, 2016

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) World boxing champion Terence ''Bud'' Crawford has been found guilty of two misdemeanors stemming from an April disturbance at a body shop in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.Police say Crawford went to the shop and demanded his 1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The owner told Crawford the car wouldn't be returned until Crawford paid the ,350 he owed for a paint job.

  • Klitschko's manager says Tyson Fury will have doping test

    September 20, 2016

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) Wladimir Klitschko's manager says Tyson Fury will undergo a doping test before the two fighters meet in their heavyweight rematch next month.Bernd Boente says doping tests for both fighters are written into the contract for the Oct. 29 fight in Manchester and will be conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, based in Las Vegas.

  • Irish boxer Conlan signs with Top Rank after Olympic woes

    September 19, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Irish amateur champion boxer Michael Conlan has signed with Top Rank Promotions one month after his upset loss at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.Top Rank announced the signing Monday.Conlan won a bronze medal at the London Olympics and claimed the bantamweight world title in 2015, but he lost a decision to Russia's Vladimir Nikitin in the quarterfinals of the Rio Games.

  • Canelo Alvarez has broken thumb, won't fight again in 2016

    September 19, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Junior middleweight champion Saul ''Canelo'' Alvarez has a broken right thumb that will keep him out of the ring for the rest of the year.Golden Boy Promotions announced Alvarez's injury on Monday.Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) hurt his hand during the second round of his victory over England's Liam Smith on Saturday night in Arlington, Texas. A crowd of 51,240 watched the popular Mexican star's ninth-round stoppage of Smith.

  • Canelo Alvarez knocks out Liam Smith in 9th round

    September 18, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Canelo Alvarez knocked out Liam Smith and called out Gennady Golovkin.Alvarez stopped Smith in the ninth round Saturday night after dropping him in the previous two rounds, winning the WBO light middleweight championship before a record crowd of 51,240 at AT&T Stadium.

  • Golovkin hovers over Canelo-Smith fight in Texas

    September 16, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Liam Smith kept things respectful in the traditional stare down with Canelo Alvarez, ending it with a handshake in less than 10 seconds.How long their fight will last Saturday night is another question altogether.Smith (23-0-1) is defending his WBO junior middleweight title against the hard-hitting Alvarez, who is moving back to the 154-pound class where he has plenty of experience and never lost. But a third fighter's shadow hangs over this bout: Gennady Golovkin, the middleweight champion that some contend Alvarez is avoiding.

  • After 2nd gold, Shields says she's still undecided on future

    September 12, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Boxing star Claressa Shields says she's still weighing her options about whether to turn pro.The two-time Olympic gold medalist threw out the ceremonial first pitch Monday night when the Detroit Tigers hosted the Minnesota Twins. Shields, a Flint native, won her second gold at this year's Rio Olympics.

  • Gonzalez wins slugfest with Cuadras, becomes 4-weight champ

    September 11, 2016

    INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) Roman Gonzalez observed the raucous scene in the ring through swollen eyes. His battered ears absorbed the cheers from thousands of fans celebrating his arrival at the apex of Nicaragua's boxing history.Chocolatito had to put in 12 rounds of punishing work for his latest world title, which only made it all the sweeter.

  • World middleweight champ Golovkin stops Brook in 5th round

    September 11, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Jumping two weight classes to challenge Gennady Golovkin, Kell Brook's ambitious challenge wasn't given much hope.Despite that leap, a valiant Brook made it far tougher for the world middleweight champion than anticipated as they traded punches for four rounds in a thrilling, open contest Saturday night in London.

  • Chocolatito seeks record 4th belt in Forum bout with Cuadras

    September 9, 2016

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) Although Roman Gonzalez can become the first Nicaraguan boxer to win championship belts in four weight classes on Saturday night, that historic achievement is only one part of his motivation.The fighter best known as ''Chocolatito'' also feels that a win would avenge the late Alexis Arguello, his mentor and friend, who fell just short of that fourth world title in two epic losses to Aaron Pryor three decades ago.

  • Manny Pacquiao puts retirement on hold, takes on Vargas

    September 8, 2016

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) Manny Pacquiao is determined to fight on, even without Floyd Mayweather across the ring or HBO in his corner.Five months after the fight Pacquiao expected to be his finale, the Filipino senator stood opposite unheralded welterweight champion Jessie Vargas on Thursday and declared his excitement for yet another chapter in what's now a sprawling pugilistic story with a murky ending.

  • Brook thrives on fear as he steps up to challenge Golovkin

    September 8, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Moments after Gennady Golovkin's predictable insistence he wasn't scared of facing Kell Brook on Saturday, his British challenger betrayed his trepidation.''There is fear with me for this fight,'' Brook said Thursday. ''But that will make me sharp on the night. Having fear is healthy.''

  • Hall of Fame boxer Bobby Chacon dies at 64

    September 7, 2016

    LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) Hall of Fame boxer Bobby Chacon died Wednesday under hospice care for dementia. He was 64.Riverside County coroner's Sgt. Brent Seacrest said Chacon died at his home ''with his family present at his bedside.''Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005, the former WBC featherweight and super featherweight champion went 59-7-1 with 47 knockouts in a 16-year pro career. The Southern California native engaged in numerous memorable fights, including victories over rival Rafael ''Bazooka'' Limon, Cornelius Boza-Edwards, Danny Lopez and Ruben Olivares.

  • Fury rematch with Klitschko confirmed, awaits doping hearing

    September 7, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Tyson Fury's rescheduled heavyweight title rematch against Wladimir Klitschko will take place on Oct. 29 - if the British fighter is cleared by a doping panel before then.Fury beat Klitschko in November to claim the WBA, WBO and IBF titles. A rematch was originally scheduled for July 9 but was postponed after Fury said he sustained an ankle injury.

  • WBA champion Felix Sturm under criminal probe for doping

    September 7, 2016

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) German prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation against WBA super middleweight champion Felix Sturm because of doping.Cologne prosecutor Daniel Vollmert says Sturm is suspected of violating Germany's new anti-doping law and could face up to three years in prison if convicted.

  • Fury-Klitschko rematch set for Oct. 29 in Manchester

    September 7, 2016

    LONDON (AP) The heavyweight rematch between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko has been rescheduled for Oct. 29 at the Manchester Arena.Fury beat Klitschko in November to claim the WBA, WBO and IBF titles.A rematch was originally scheduled for July 9 but was postponed after Fury sustained an ankle injury.

  • Anthony Joshua to make 2nd defense of IBF title in November

    September 2, 2016

    LONDON (AP) British fighter Anthony Joshua says he will make the second defense of his IBF heavyweight title in November in the northern English city of Manchester.Joshua's challenger at the Manchester Arena on Nov. 26 will be announced at the end of September.

  • Mossely wins 1st French women's boxing gold on birthday

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Estelle Mossely skipped the birthday bash for a gold medal celebration.On her 24th birthday, Mossely gave herself the gift of gold, defeating China's Junhua Lin by split decision to win the lightweight final.''What a very beautiful present,'' she said.

  • Julio Cesar La Cruz wins Cuba's 1st light heavyweight gold

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Julio Cesar La Cruz saluted the small Cuban section that came to watch him box for gold, then kissed the stand before he stepped up to accept his medal.La Cruz had already bowed to fans on all four sides of the ring. His respect for the crowd didn't matter to fans as much as the defensive style of boxing that served up a ho-hum fight and got him about booed out of the arena.

  • Several unfit judges, referees knocked out of Olympic boxing

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The International Boxing Association removed an undisclosed number of referees and judges from the Olympics on Wednesday after determining they had not met the organization's standards of competence.AIBA declined to provide the judges' names or the fights in which they failed. The results of all bouts will stand, however.

  • No ban for boxer Povetkin in doping case

    August 17, 2016

    MEXICO CITY (AP) The WBC has decided not to ban Russian heavyweight title contender Alexander Povetkin after he tested positive for the banned substance meldonium, and has ordered him to fight Canada's Bermane Stiverne for an interim title.Povetkin was due to face WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder of the United States in May before it was revealed he had failed a drug test in the build-up.

  • Boxing association removes several Olympic judges and refs

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The International Boxing Association has removed an undisclosed number of referees and judges from the Olympics after determining they had not met the organization's standards of competence.AIBA announced the decision Wednesday, declining to disclose the judges' names or the bouts in which they failed.

  • Tyson Fury given doping suspension after positive test

    August 3, 2016

    LONDON (AP) World heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury was provisionally suspended in June after testing positive for a banned substance, Britain's anti-doping body said Wednesday.However, UKAD said in a statement that Fury and his cousin Hughie, a heavyweight boxer who was also suspended, have had their bans lifted ''pending full determination of the charges.''

  • Frampton tops Santa Cruz for WBA super featherweight title

    July 31, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Carl Frampton unanimously outpointed previously undefeated champion Leo Santa Cruz on Saturday night to take the WBA super featherweight title.Frampton, from Northern Ireland, improved to 23-0. Santa Cruz, from Mexico, dropped to 32-1-1.

  • Stevenson stops Williams in fourth round to retain title

    July 30, 2016

    QUEBEC CITY (AP) Adonis Stevenson stopped Thomas Williams Jr. in the fourth round Friday night to successfully defend his WBC light heavyweight title.Stevenson improved to 28-1, finishing off Williams (20-2) with a left at 2:54 of the fourth for his 23rd knockout.

  • Boxer Adrien Broner denied early release from Ohio jail

    July 29, 2016

    CINCINNATI (AP) Boxer Adrien Broner won't be released early from a 30-day jail sentence for contempt of court.A judge in Cincinnati on Thursday told the former WBA Super Lightweight champion that his celebrity wouldn't earn him leniency. The Hamilton County judge noted Broner was sentenced after showing up ''three hours late and drunk'' for his scheduled July 19 trial on felonious assault and aggravated robbery charges. Broner had said he was sick.

  • Crawford beats Postol in title unification fight

    July 24, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Terence Crawford was so sure of his victory Saturday night that he spent part of the final round with his hands at his side, taunting Viktor Postol.What he's not so sure of is that Manny Pacquiao will agree to his terms and fight him at 140 pounds in November.

  • Crawford-Postol winner could be in line for Pacquiao bout

    July 22, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) It's a fight few people will see, which says nothing about the talents of Terence Crawford and Viktor Postol.Both are 140-pound champions. Both have been in 28 pro fights and won every one of them.And both could be in line for a nice payday against Manny Pacquiao should they win Saturday night.

  • Muhammad Ali's old training camp sold to John Madden's son

    July 21, 2016

    DEER LAKE, Pa. (AP) The son of NFL Hall of Fame coach John Madden is buying Muhammad Ali's former training camp in Pennsylvania.The camp's longtime owner, martial arts instructor George Dillman, tells The Associated Press he has sold the rustic hilltop camp in Deer Lake to Mike Madden. He says the deal is closing Thursday.

  • Boxer Adrien Broner jailed for not showing up for Ohio trial

    July 20, 2016

    CINCINNATI (AP) Boxer Adrien Broner was sentenced to 30 days in jail for failing to show up for his scheduled trial on assault and robbery charges.A court official confirmed Wednesday that a Hamilton County judge in Cincinnati sentenced the former WBA Super Lightweight champion Tuesday after finding him in contempt of court. Broner showed up later Tuesday, telling the judge he had been sick. The judge said that wasn't an excuse.

  • Anti-estrogen drug found in Jones' system

    July 18, 2016

    The Nevada Athletic Commission on Monday suspended UFC interim champion Jon Jones indefinitely and confirmed the presence of banned substances in Jones' system, which led to him being taken off the UFC 200 card earlier this month.Jones had been scheduled to fight Daniel Cormier and earn an eight-figure payday for his troubles.

  • Wilder retains WBC heavyweight title, stopping Arreola

    July 16, 2016

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Despite fighting mostly one-armed for half the fight, Deontay Wilder remained in control in the ring before quickly heading to the hospital.Wilder retained his WBC heavyweight title with a technical knockout when Chris Arreola's corner stopped the fight after the eighth round Saturday night at Legacy Arena.

  • Felix Diaz unanimously outpoints Sammy Vasquez

    July 16, 2016

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Felix Diaz unanimously outpointed Sammy Vasquez on Saturday night in a super lightweight bout.The 10-round fight was initially announced as a majority draw, bringing boos from the Legacy Arena crowd. After a recount, Diaz (18-1) was ruled the winner, and Vasquez applauded him and pointed to Diaz when the final outcome was called out.

  • WBC heavyweight champion Wilder set to face Arreola

    July 15, 2016

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Deontay Wilder sported a three-piece suit, bow tie and shades to the pre-fight news conference. Chris Arreola wore T-shirt, jean shorts and a chip on his shoulder.The contrast in styles also emphasized their disparate situations. Wilder is a big favorite going into the fourth defense of his WBC heavyweight title Saturday night and third in his home state while Arreola is hoping to cash in on an unexpected opportunity. It's a fight that wasn't supposed to happen.

  • Golokvin to fight 'an animal' in Kell Brook in London

    July 14, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Gennady ''GGG'' Golovkin is already boxing's rising star. Welterweight champ Kell Brook hopes that jumping two weight classes will let him prove he's just as talented.''I want to test myself with the best fighters out there and Triple G is the best fighter out there,'' Brook said. ''I believe I am good enough to beat this guy.''

  • Pacquiao plans to return to the ring Nov. 5

    July 12, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Manny Pacquiao isn't ready to give up his night job just yet.Pacquiao, who said before his last fight in April that he would retire, now plans to return to the ring in November against an opponent who has yet to be selected.Promoter Bob Arum said Tuesday that Pacquiao got permission to take a break from his new duties as a senator in the Philippines to take another fight. It will be held Nov. 5, likely in Las Vegas.

  • Golovkin to fight welterweight champion Kell Brook in London

    July 8, 2016

    Gennady Golovkin was searching for someone to fight him for the middleweight title. Kell Brook was more than eager to step up for the challenge.Brook will move up two weight classes to face the fearsome Golovkin on Sept. 10 in a clash of unbeaten champions. The British fighter will have the hometown advantage at London's 02 Arena, but faces a formidable task against a fighter who is not only bigger but has stopped his last 22 opponents.

  • Gennady Golovkin closes in on deal to fight Chris Eubank Jr.

    June 30, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Gennady Golovkin is closing in on a deal to defend his three middleweight title belts against Britain's Chris Eubank Jr.Golovkin's promoter, Tom Loeffler, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the sides are ''working on finalizing details.''

  • Champion Golovkin closes in on deal to fight Chris Eubank Jr

    June 30, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Gennady Golovkin is closing in on a deal to defend his three middleweight title belts against Britain's Chris Eubank Jr.Golovkin's promoter, Tom Loeffler, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the sides are ''working on finalizing details.''

  • Thurman outpoints Porter to defend WBA welterweight belt

    June 26, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The last time CBS telecast a fight in prime time, Muhammad Ali was in the ring - 38 years ago.Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter did their best to ensure the wait won't be anywhere near so long for the next such boxing telecast.Thurman defended his WBA welterweight title Saturday night with a 12-round unanimous decision over Porter. The bout was fierce and packed with action from the beginning until the final bell.

  • Joshua knocks out Breazeale to defend IBF heavyweight title

    June 26, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Anthony Joshua defended his IBF heavyweight title by knocking out Dominic Breazeale in the seventh round Saturday, ending his American challenger's unbeaten record.It was only the second time in the 26-year-old Joshua's career than he has required more than three rounds to see off an opponent.

  • Sugar Ray and Hitman eager to see Thurman-Porter bout

    June 24, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) When Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns start talking up a fight as if they were in it during their prime, boxing fans listen.The two champions like what they've seen from Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter, who meet Saturday night at Brooklyn's Barclays Center for Thurman's WBA welterweight title.

  • Breazeale expected to give Joshua better fight than Martin

    June 24, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Dominic Breazeale isn't expected to freeze in the ring against IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua like Charles Martin did two months ago.Breazeale also isn't expected to last much longer on Saturday in London than Martin's two-round knockout.

  • Fury says he is injured, rematch vs Klitschko postponed

    June 24, 2016

    LONDON (AP) World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury was forced on Friday to postpone his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko after hurting his left ankle while training for the fight.Fury, who stunned the boxing world in November by ending Klitschko's decade-long reign as heavyweight champion, said in a video posted on his Instagram account that he sprained the ankle on a run 10 days ago. Doctors told Fury he needs to keep off the ankle for six-to-seven weeks.

  • Povetkin's promoter aims for Wilder fight this year

    May 31, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The promoter for Russian heavyweight boxer Alexander Povetkin said Tuesday he wants the title fight against WBC champion Deontay Wilder rescheduled for later this year and that new testing proves Povetkin is clean.Wilder had been due to fight Povetkin, his mandatory challenger, on May 21 in Moscow before the Russian tested positive for meldonium, causing the WBC to postpone the fight indefinitely for an investigation.

  • 'Rocky' actor Bellew wins title, turns fantasy into reality

    May 29, 2016

    LIVERPOOL, England (AP) British boxer Tony Bellew turned a Hollywood fantasy into reality by becoming a world champion for the first time on Sunday.The 33-year-old Bellew recovered from being sent to the canvas in the first round by knocking out Ilunga Makabu in the third round to win the WBC cruiserweight title. Bellew lost two world title attempts at light-heavyweight, against Nathan Cleverly in 2011 and Adonis Stevenson in 2013.

  • Bellew knocks out Makabu to win WBC cruiserweight title

    May 29, 2016

    LIVERPOOL, England (AP) Tony Bellew knocked out Ilunga Makabu in the third round to win the WBC cruiserweight title on Sunday night.The 33-year-old Bellew lost two world title attempts at light-heavyweight, against Nathan Cleverly in 2011 and Adonis Stevenson in 2013, but made it third time lucky after stepping up to cruiserweight.

  • DC Commission to WBC: Lucian Bute failed doping test

    May 27, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Lucian Bute failed a doping test after his super middleweight title bout against Badou Jack, the World Boxing Council said it was notified by the D. C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission.The WBC said Thursday that the D.C. commission revealed it found the banned substance Ostarine.

  • DC Commission to WBC: Lucien Bute failed doping test

    May 26, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Lucien Bute failed a doping test after his super middleweight title bout against Badou Jack, the World Boxing Council said it was notified by the D. C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission.The WBC said Thursday that the D.C. commission revealed it found the banned substance Ostarine.

  • WBC champ Wilder can choose next opponent

    May 25, 2016

    Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder can choose his next opponent in defending his World Boxing Council title.Wilder was scheduled to fight mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin on May 21. But Povetkin failed a drug test, which showed the banned substance meldonium, and the bout was canceled.

  • Column: McGregor vs Mayweather, a freak show with precedent

    May 24, 2016

    The freak show that Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Connor McGregor are talking about will almost surely never happen, and for that anyone who would even consider opening their wallet to pay for it should be grateful.It's strictly fodder for online babble, no matter how much either man tries to convince people otherwise.

  • Lebedev stops Ramirez to unify WBA, IBF cruiserweight belts

    May 21, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Russia's Denis Lebedev stopped Argentina's Victor Emilio Ramirez in the second round to unify the WBA and IBF cruiserweight titles on Saturday.Lebedev, who came in as the WBA champion, moved well from the start and hit Ramirez with hard left uppercuts early in the second round, eventually knocking down the Argentine.

  • Dorticos beats Kalenga for WBA cruiserweight title

    May 20, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Yunier Dorticos of Cuba used unrelenting uppercuts and impressive accuracy to stop Youri Kalenga in the 10th round and take the vacant WBA interim cruiserweight title in Paris on Friday.Kalenga, who has made France his home since leaving the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was comprehensively out-boxed by the unbeaten quicker and clinical Miami-based Dorticos.

  • Boxer Jermain Taylor avoids prison time for 3 felony charges

    May 20, 2016

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor has avoided prison time on several felony charges stemming from three separate incidents in Arkansas, including firing a gun at a Martin Luther King Jr. parade.The boxer apologized for his actions during a court hearing Friday. He was also charged with shooting and wounding his cousin and punching a fellow patient at a rehabilitation clinic.

  • Alvarez vacates WBC title as fight with Golovkin nears

    May 18, 2016

    Canelo Alvarez insists he wants to make the biggest fight boxing has to offer.He just doesn't want to be pressured into it by an ''artificial deadline.''So, the popular Mexican champion vacated his WBC middleweight title Wednesday rather than be pressured into fighting Gennady Golovkin. The two champions had until Tuesday to negotiate the blockbuster fight, which many had pegged for Sept. 17 - possibly at AT&T Stadium near Dallas.

  • Alvarez vacates WBC title, still pursuing Golovkin fight

    May 18, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Canelo Alvarez vacated his WBC middleweight title Wednesday rather than be pressured into a deal to fight Gennady Golovkin, though Alvarez said in a statement he still wants to face the unified titleholder.The WBC had imposed a Tuesday deadline for making a fight between the two champions, and Alvarez did not want to negotiate terms for the biggest fight boxing has to offer under such a time constraint.

  • Wilder on Povetkin doping: Like coming to fight with a knife

    May 17, 2016

    Deontay Wilder was willing to risk his heavyweight title and unbeaten mark against a hometown hero in Moscow.What he wasn't as willing to risk was having his brains scrambled by the fists of a doped-up Russian fighter.''This is already a put your life on the line type of sport,'' Wilder said. ''This was like someone coming to a fight with a knife in their hands.''

  • Povetkin says he is clean after Wilder bout postponed

    May 16, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Russian heavyweight Alexander Povetkin denied taking meldonium Monday after a failed doping test caused his fight against WBC champion Deontay Wilder to be postponed.Povetkin tested positive for meldonium last month and the WBC ruled Sunday that his bout with Wilder, which had been scheduled for Saturday in Moscow, would be delayed for an investigation.

  • WBC postpones Wilder-Povetkin fight after failed drug test

    May 15, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder's title defense against Alexander Povetkin has been postponed by the WBC after the Russian challenger failed a drug test, and Wilder's promoter says it could be canceled altogether.The WBC says the May 21 fight in Moscow is off, pending an investigation, with no backup date.

  • Haskins beats Morales with confident title defense

    May 14, 2016

    CARDIFF, Wales (AP) Britain's Lee Haskins successfully defended his IBF world bantamweight title with a unanimous points victory over Mexico's Ivan Morales on Saturday.Haskins' superiority at Cardiff Ice Arena in the Welsh capital was reflected on the cards of the three judges, who scored it 119-108, 118-110, 118-110 In Haskins' favor.

  • Russian boxer Povetkin fails drug test ahead of Wilder fight

    May 13, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Alexander Povetkin's promoter says the Russian boxer has failed a drug test ahead of his WBC heavyweight title fight with reigning champion Deontay Wilder.Povetkin tested positive for meldonium, the same substance found in Maria Sharapova's sample at the Australian Open, promoter Andrei Ryabinsky told Russia's state Tass news agency on Friday.

  • Lucas Browne stripped of WBA heavyweight title, suspended

    May 13, 2016

    SYDNEY (AP) The World Boxing Association has stripped Australian Lucas Browne of his heavyweight title and suspended him for six months after his B sample on a doping test also returned a positive finding.Browne became Australia's first world heavyweight champion when he stopped Ruslan Chagaev of Uzbekistan in a 10th-round technical knockout on March 5 at Grozny in Chechnya, Russia.

  • Crawford and Postol to meet July 23 in title showdown

    May 10, 2016

    Terence Crawford and Viktor Postol, both unbeaten 140-pound champions, will meet in a title unification fight July 23 in Las Vegas.Promoter Bob Arum announced the bout at a news conference Tuesday in Los Angeles, where Postol played off the sound of his name by producing an oversized stamp with his image on it and Crawford said he would mail him back to his native Ukraine.

  • Boxing's next big fight could be a real knockout

    May 10, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The good news for boxing fans is the fight they really want to see may actually happen before they grow too old to enjoy it.Even better news is that it has nothing to do with Floyd Mayweather Jr., or newly elected Filipino senator Manny Pacquiao.

  • Canelo Alvarez stops Amir Khan in 6th round

    May 8, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Canelo Alvarez got on his knees to check on Amir Khan after knocking him unconscious with a big right hand in the sixth round of their title fight.Then he went over to check on some future business with fellow middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, who was watching ringside.

  • Crolla stops Barroso in successful defense of WBA title

    May 7, 2016

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) Anthony Crolla made a successful first defense of his WBA lightweight title, stopping Ismael Barroso in the seventh round Saturday night.The Manchester-born fighter threw a punishing body shot that crumpled the Venezuelan challenger to his knees.

  • Canelo tries to put Triple G talk aside in fight with Khan

    May 6, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Canelo Alvarez is fighting Amir Khan, though the chatter this week has mostly been about Gennady Golovkin.But if Alvarez has learned one thing while becoming Mexico's favorite fighter, it's that boxing is one sport where the opponent in front of you can be far more dangerous than any you might face in the future.

  • Boxing champ Crolla 'living the dream' after brutal attack

    May 6, 2016

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) He will be introduced as Anthony ''Million Dollar'' Crolla when he enters the ring for the first defense of his WBA lightweight title on Saturday. The British boxer has another label: ''The man that cheated death,'' he says with a gentle laugh.

  • Khan inspired by Leicester City as he meets Alvarez

    May 6, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Amir Khan chased big fights for years before finally winding up in a one against a fighter he freely admits is bigger and stronger than him.Khan wasn't going to let his chance get away, even if Canelo Alvarez is a heavy favorite when they meet in the ring Saturday night for a piece of the middleweight title.

  • After role in 'Creed,' Bellew to fight for world title

    May 5, 2016

    LIVERPOOL, England (AP) The last time British boxer Tony Bellew fought for a world title, it was in a Hollywood movie.Bellew played the role of world champion ''Pretty'' Ricky Conlan in ''Creed,'' the seventh installment in the ''Rocky'' series. Bellow, a tough-talking fighter from northern England, was contacted for the part by Warner Bros. in August 2014.

  • Oscar De La Hoya hits Trump where it hurts, says he cheats

    May 4, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Of all the things Donald Trump has been called on the campaign trail, this one might sting the most: golf cheat.Oscar De La Hoya says that's what he saw on the links when Trump joined up with his group at Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles two years ago. Trump, he said, cheated not once but twice in the space of two holes.

  • A year later, could Mayweather and Pacquiao do it again?

    May 2, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) They met a year ago this week in a fight that was the richest ever, even if it disappointed most of the millions who watched it.Now there are rumblings, however slight, that Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao might be persuaded to do it again.

  • Jack retains WBC title with majority draw against

    May 1, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Although Badou Jack didn't get the decisive victory he was looking for Saturday night, he's still planning on a unification bout with James DeGale next.Jack still holds his WBC super-middleweight belt after fighting to a majority draw against veteran Lucian Bute.

  • Jack retains WBC title with majority draw against Bute

    May 1, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Badou Jack retained his WBC super-middleweight title with a 12-round majority draw with Lucian Bute on Saturday night.Judge Stephen Rados scored the fight 117-111 for Jack, and Omar Minton and Glen Crocker both had it 114-114.Jack (20-1-2) had won four fights in a row heading into his second title defense.

  • Andre Berto stops Victor Ortiz in 4th round, avenging loss

    April 30, 2016

    CARSON, Calif. (AP) Andre Berto spent five years regretting his inability to land the punches that would have finished off Victor Ortiz during his first career defeat.With a second shot at his rival, Berto didn't miss.Berto stopped Ortiz with two knockdowns in the fourth round Saturday night, avenging his loss in the welterweight stars' first bout five years ago.

  • Victor Ortiz, Andre Berto get rematch 5 years after thriller

    April 29, 2016

    CARSON, Calif. (AP) Andre Berto's first meeting with Victor Ortiz was among the most thrilling fights in recent years, a back-and-forth brawl with multiple knockdowns and dramatic momentum swings over 12 crazy rounds.And neither fighter has really been the same since.

  • Bellew to fight Makabu for vacant WBC cruiserweight title

    April 29, 2016

    LIVERPOOL, England (AP) Tony Bellew will fight Ilunga Makabu for the vacant WBC cruiserweight title at Everton's Goodison Park stadium on May 29.Promoters announced the fight Friday.It will be a first world title fight for the Liverpool-born Bellew since moving up from light heavyweight.

  • Carl Frampton vs Leo Santa Cruz for WBA featherweight title

    April 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Undefeated Carl Frampton of Northern Ireland will fight Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title July 30 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.Cyclone promotions announced the bout Thursday.Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) dethroned WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg on Feb. 27 in Manchester, England, to unify the title at that weight.

  • Russian boxing champ Gradovich banned for doping

    April 28, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The Russian anti-doping agency says former world boxing champion Evgeny Gradovich has been banned for two years for breaking anti-doping rules.The agency did not elaborate.Gradovich's ban is backdated to June 30, 2015, a month after he lost his IBF featherweight title to Britain's Lee Selby, who still holds the belt.

  • Tyson Fury teases Wladimir Klitschko ahead of rematch

    April 27, 2016

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) Tyson Fury removed his T-shirt, turned to Wladimir Klitschko, pointed to his flabby belly and blurted out: ''Shame on you, you let a fat man beat you.''It was just one of the many lively moments in an expletive-laden, at-times-shocking news conference at the Manchester Arena on Wednesday between two fighters vying to become world heavyweight champion on July 9.

  • American heavyweight Breazeale to fight Joshua for IBF title

    April 25, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Undefeated American heavyweight Dominic Breazeale will challenge Anthony Joshua for his IBF title at London's O2 Arena on June 25.The 30-year-old former U.S. Olympic heavyweight was selected Monday as Joshua's opponent for his first title defense.

  • After latest knockout, Golovkin renews his chase of Canelo

    April 24, 2016

    INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) Saul Alvarez is under pressure that has nothing to do with his fight against Amir Khan in two weeks.Gennady Golovkin is determined to land his shot at Canelo, and he's still knocking down everybody in his path.After Golovkin earned his 22nd consecutive stoppage victory on Saturday, the middleweight champion and his camp renewed their campaign to get Alvarez in the ring with the Kazakh knockout machine for arguably the most anticipated matchup in boxing.

  • Golovkin stops Wade in 2nd round for 22nd straight KO win

    April 24, 2016

    INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) Less than six minutes after the opening bell, Gennady Golovkin left another contender for his middleweight belts crumpled on the canvas.Golovkin appears determined to keep on brutalizing overmatched opponents and racking up knockouts until no 160-pound fighters remain upright.

  • Champ Sergey Kovalev agrees to fight Isaac Chilemba next

    April 23, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Sergey Kovalev has found an opponent for a homecoming bout this summer to prepare him for his showdown with Andre Ward.The Russian light heavyweight champion has agreed to fight Isaac Chilemba on July 11 in Yekaterinburg, Russia.''This is not an easy fight for me,'' Kovalev said Saturday. ''If it was, Russian fans would say, `Hey, that's easy work. We're not going to watch it.' He's a tough fighter with a really uncomfortable style.''

  • Golovkin takes starring role again in title defense vs Wade

    April 22, 2016

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) Gennady Golovkin is still trying to land the marquee opponents and landmark fights that will catapult him to the top level of boxing stardom.The unbeaten middleweight champion's own name looks fantastic in lights these days, though.

  • Boxing champ Terence Crawford ticketed in body shop dispute

    April 22, 2016

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Police ticketed WBO junior welterweight champion Terence ''Bud'' Crawford on Friday on four misdemeanor charges following a disturbance at a body shop last week.Crawford turned himself in shortly after 6:30 a.m. He was released a short time later after being cited on charges of theft of services, criminal mischief, third-degree assault and trespassing.

  • Joshua to defend IBF heavyweight title on June 25 in London

    April 21, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Anthony Joshua will make the first defense of his IBF heavyweight title on June 25 in London.The British fighter says his challenger will be announced at a later date.Joshua knocked out Charles Martin in the second round earlier this month at London's O2 Arena to claim the title from the American. Joshua will return to the same venue for the defense.

  • Golovkin searching for stardom in a city of stars

    April 20, 2016

    He hangs out on the red carpet at the Emmys, throws the first pitch at Dodger Stadium.Gennady Golovkin doesn't just live in Los Angeles. He embraces it, from hobnobbing with the stars to standing on the mound at Chavez Ravine.On Saturday night he'll be the star in his adopted hometown, defending his middleweight titles at the Forum. It figures to be a box office smash, with promoters expecting a sellout from fans who seem to have as much affection with Triple G as he has with all things Southern California.

  • Boxer Terence Crawford accused of damaging lift at body shop

    April 19, 2016

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) WBO super lightweight champion Terence ''Bud'' Crawford has been accused of causing ,000 in damage to a hydraulic lift last week during a dispute with a body shop owner.According to a police report, Crawford showed up at Extreme Custom Fleet and Auto Spa on Thursday and demanded his 1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Owner Michael Nelson told Crawford that the car, which was on the lift, wouldn't be returned until Crawford paid the ,350 he owed for a paint job.

  • Blackwell says he will not return to ring after collapse

    April 19, 2016

    LONDON (AP) British boxer Nick Blackwell says he will retire from the sport after collapsing following his fight against Chris Eubank Jr. in March.The 25-year-old fighter dropped to the floor in the ring soon after his British middleweight title loss to Eubank on March 26, minutes after the bout had been stopped in the 10th round.

  • Errol Spence Jr. stops Chris Algieri in 5th round

    April 16, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Errol Spence Jr. did something Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan failed to do against Chris Algieri.Spence capped a dominating performance by stopping Algieri with 48 seconds remaining in the fifth round in a welterweight fight Saturday night at Barclays Center in the main event of the Premier Boxing Champions card.

  • Boxer Adrien Broner indicted on assault, robbery charges

    April 14, 2016

    CINCINNATI (AP) Boxer Adrien Broner was indicted Thursday on assault and robbery charges, the next step in prosecutors' case against the former WBA super lightweight champion.The charges arise from a lawsuit filed by a man who accuses Broner of pointing a handgun at him during a dispute over gambling in January and knocking him unconscious.

  • Russian boxer Mikhalkin loses European title over doping

    April 11, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Russian boxer Igor Mikhalkin has been stripped of the European Boxing Union's light heavyweight title after testing positive for the banned substance meldonium.EBU general secretary Enza Jacoponi tells The Associated Press that Mikhalkin tested positive during his win by unanimous decision against Patrick Bois in France last month.

  • Pacquiao says he's retiring, but it may not last

    April 10, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Like any good entertainer, Manny Pacquiao was good enough against Timothy Bradley to leave his fans wanting a little more.Whether they get it depends on how serious Pacquiao is about walking away from the sport he loves and the spotlight that will be hard to leave behind.

  • Manny Pacquiao unanimously outpoints Timothy Bradley

    April 10, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Manny Pacquiao may not be ready for retirement just quite yet.Pacquiao returned from the biggest loss of his career with a bang Saturday night, knocking down Timothy Bradley twice on his way to a unanimous 12-round decision in their welterweight showdown.

  • Joshua snatches IBF heavyweight belt off Martin in 2nd round

    April 9, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Chasing greatness, Anthony Joshua is in a hurry.In the second round of his 16th professional fight Saturday, Joshua overpowered Charles Martin after 92 seconds to seize the American's IBF heavyweight title in front of 20,000 home fans.With his 16th knockout win, Joshua became a unique champion: the first reigning gold medalist in Olympic boxing's top weight division of super-heavyweight to win the world heavyweight title.

  • Selby defends featherweight title; Benn wins pro debut

    April 9, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Lee Selby successfully defended his IBF featherweight title with a unanimous points victory over American contender Eric Hunter on Saturday.Selby (23-1, 8 KO) recovered from a second-round knockdown to emerge victorious in London's O2 Arena.

  • Pacquiao has familiar place and opponent for return to ring

    April 8, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) He returns to a familiar place, with an equally familiar opponent. Manny Pacquiao is taking no chances when he meets Timothy Bradley in what could be the last fight of his remarkable career.There's chatter in the background about a possible rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr., though that appears very unlikely. Their hugely hyped fight last May was a dud, and Mayweather has shown no interest - at least publicly - in changing his mind about retirement.

  • Troyanovsky stops Cuenca to defend light welterweight belts

    April 8, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Eduard Troyanovsky stayed unbeaten to retain his IBF and IBO light welterweight belts Friday in a rematch against former champion Cesar Rene Cuenca.The Russian sent Cuenca to the canvas twice before the Argentine's corner ended the fight in the seventh after their fighter took punishment against the ropes.

  • Pacquiao awaits familiar foe, venue in possible swan song

    April 8, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) He returns to a familiar place, with an equally familiar opponent. Manny Pacquiao is taking no chances when he meets Timothy Bradley in what could be the last fight of his remarkable career.There's chatter in the background about a possible rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr., though that appears very unlikely. Their hugely hyped fight last May was a dud, and Mayweather has shown no interest - at least publicly - in changing his mind about retirement.

  • Martin 1kg heavier than Joshua for heavyweight title fight

    April 8, 2016

    LONDON (AP) IBF champion Charles Martin was one kilogram heavier than Anthony Joshua at the weigh-in for their world heavyweight title fight, as the mutual respect between the undefeated fighters continued on Friday.Martin weighed in at 111 kilograms at the O2 Arena, where the fight will take place on Saturday.

  • Fury-Klitschko rematch set for July 9 in Manchester

    April 8, 2016

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) The uncle and trainer of world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury says a rematch against Wladimir Klitschko will take place in Manchester on July 9.Peter Fury posted details of the rematch on his Twitter account, saying an official announcement would be made later Friday.

  • Vegas dreams: Pacquiao awaits what could be his last fight

    April 7, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Manny Pacquiao was sitting on a couch, talking about his dreams.Good ones and bad, like the one he had a month before fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr.''I dreamed I lost the fight, but in my dream I also saw there was a problem,'' Pacquiao said. ''It happened exactly like my dream.''

  • Joshua says emotions could get to him in fight vs Martin

    April 7, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Home advantage was supposed to give Anthony Joshua an edge in his world heavyweight title fight against IBF champion Charles Martin on Saturday.Yet the British challenger said Thursday he may struggle to handle the emotions of fighting in front of 20,000 fans at the atmospheric O2 Arena in his home city of London.

  • Fast-tracked heavyweight Joshua ready to live up hype

    April 6, 2016

    Anthony Joshua was making strides in his fledgling professional boxing career when he was invited to Austria to spar with then-world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko for 10 days in the summer of 2014.Klitchsko liked what he saw.''I haven't seen an athlete as athletic, as big, as fast, as talented as Anthony,'' Klitschko said of the 6-foot-7 (2.01-meter) Joshua, who at that time had won his first seven professional fights. ''And if he's going to continue the way he is, developing himself, the future belongs to him.''

  • Pacquiao, Roach fondly recall 15 years at the Wild Card

    April 5, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Manny Pacquiao was all kinds of hungry when he first walked into the Wild Card Boxing Club 15 years ago. An undernourished and largely unknown 118-pound champion wanted to learn, to grow - to take on the world.When he walked out of the Wild Card for perhaps the final time this week, Pacquiao stepped onto an enormous bus with his glowering face plastered across its length. He took a four-hour drive to Las Vegas with his entourage of dozens, stopping only to buy mountains of snacks at a convenience store, on the way to a luxury suite and his pay-per-view fight against Timothy Bradley on Saturday.

  • Charles Martin goes to London to show title no fluke

    April 5, 2016

    The title Charles Martin won is lightly regarded, and so is the way he won it.The best evidence the heavyweight championship of the world doesn't mean as much is that Martin is among those claiming title to the throne.But champion he is, at least in the eyes of the IBF. Martin won his piece of the title - one taken from Tyson Fury - in bizarre fashion when Vyacheslav Glazkov hurt his knee and went down while throwing a punch in the third round of their January fight in New York.

  • Boxer Blackwell wakes from induced coma, speaking to family

    April 4, 2016

    LONDON (AP) British boxer Nick Blackwell woke from his induced coma a week after collapsing following a fight and he is speaking from his hospital bed, promoters said Monday.Hennessy Sports published a picture of Blackwell looking into the camera with his left fist seemingly clenched, surrounded by his brother and a friend.

  • Broner stops Theophane in 9th, leaving WBA belt vacant

    April 2, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Adrien Broner spent much of the time before his latest fight trading verbal barbs with Floyd Mayweather.Broner challenged Mayweather after defeating Ashley Theophane in a ninth-round technical knockout on Friday night.''Somebody that I look up to, someone that I admire took the chance to do an interview and talk bad about me,'' Broner said. ''I'm a man - Floyd has got to see me.''

  • Pacquiao says he may fight in Olympics if pros allowed

    April 1, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Manny Pacquiao says he's thinking about fighting for his country in the Olympics this summer if the boxing competition is open to professional fighters.His promoter, though, thinks the idea of any pro fighting in Rio - much less the eight-time world champion - is a terrible idea.

  • Adrien Broner misses weight, loses title; fight still on

    April 1, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Adrien Broner has been stripped of his WBA super lightweight title after failing to make weight for his fight Friday against Ashley Theophane.The fight will go on, and Theophane will claim the belt if he defeats Broner. If Broner wins, the title will stay vacant.

  • Broner insists 'no beef' between him and Mayweather

    March 30, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Adrien Broner isn't giving his next opponent much respect and won't discuss recently surfacing felony charges. His stance on Floyd Mayweather is harder to pin down.Two days before he defends his WBA super lightweight title against Ashley Theophane, Broner griped that Mayweather missed the press conference for a fight he helped organize, and mockingly referred to ''Hateweather Promotions.''

  • WBA champ Browne again says he's innocent of doping

    March 30, 2016

    PERTH, Australia (AP) WBA heavyweight boxing champion Lucas Browne again insisted that he's innocent of doping, saying on Wednesday that a urine and blood test he took six days before his fight against Ruslan Chagaev was negative.The Australian boxer tested positive for the banned steroid clenbuterol, which boosts one's metabolism and burns fat, after beating Chagaev in the 10th round of their fight in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya in Russia, on March 5.

  • Eubank Snr intervened to 'protect' stricken Blackwell

    March 29, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Chris Eubank Snr. said he instructed his son to stop targeting the face of Nick Blackwell to ''protect'' the stricken boxer from a heavier beating in a British middleweight title fight.Blackwell is in an induced coma in hospital after suffering bleeding to the brain, having collapsed soon after the end of Saturday's fight against Chris Eubank Jnr.

  • With Blackwell in coma, British boxing experiences deja vu

    March 28, 2016

    As Nick Blackwell lies in an induced coma in a London hospital following a brutal middleweight title fight, a heavy sense of deja vu is hanging over British boxing.In 1991, Michael Watson suffered a near-fatal brain injury in an all-British world title fight against Chris Eubank. Watson needed six operations to remove the blood clot that had formed on his brain, leaving him partially paralyzed.

  • British boxer Blackwell in coma after Eubank Jr. loss

    March 27, 2016

    LONDON (AP) British middleweight boxer Nick Blackwell remains in an induced coma following his defeat to Chris Eubank Jr. on Saturday.The 25-year-old fighter suffered bleeding on the brain after the fight was stopped in the 10th round. The stoppage came after a ringside doctor advised the referee that Blackwell was unable to see through his left eye.

  • Ward gets easy win over Barrera in light heavyweight debut

    March 27, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Andre Ward lost a point for a low blow in the eighth and later drew a warning for an accidental head butt.Not even that was enough to slow the former Olympic gold medalist's march toward a possible tight fight in his new division.

  • Brook stops Bizier in 2nd to keep IBF welterweight belt

    March 26, 2016

    SHEFFIELD, England (AP) Kell Brook kept his IBF welterweight title and remained unbeaten by stopping Canadian challenger Kevin Bizier in the second round on Saturday.Brook (36-0, 25 KO) started his first fight in 10 months with a barrage that bloodied the overmatched Bizier (25-3), then knocked him down twice in the second round, which was stopped 45 seconds from the end.

  • Title shot against Sergey Kovalev looming for Andre Ward

    March 25, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) It's seems a foregone conclusion that Andre Ward will get his long-anticipated shot at unified light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev later this year.That's been the buzz ever since Ward made the decision to abandon his WBA super middleweight crown and make the jump to the 175-pound division. Fans and writers have been talking about it online and in private circles for months.

  • Column: No Trump undercard carries a message with a punch

    March 24, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) He calls it his No Trump undercard partly because he's a boxing promoter and there's one last Manny Pacquiao fight that by most indications is in serious need of promotion.Bob Arum isn't about to apologize for that, just as he won't apologize for the underlying message he is delivering. If it costs him some pay-per-view buys from Donald Trump's fans on April 9, then so be it.

  • Look out, boxing: There's another Fury on the rise

    March 23, 2016

    Look out, boxing: There's another member of the Fury family on the rise in the volatile heavyweight division.Tyson Fury, an outspoken, loose-talking, brash Briton, shook up the sport in many ways by beating Wladimir Klitschko to win the WBA, IBF and WBO belts in November and end the Ukrainian's nine-year reign as king of the heavyweights.

  • Heavyweight champion Browne unsure if he can clear his name

    March 23, 2016

    PERTH, Australia (AP) WBA heavyweight boxing champion Lucas Browne says he's ''completely'' innocent of doping, but has no idea whether he will be able to clear his name.Browne tested positive to banned steroid clenbuterol, which boosts metabolism and burns fat, when he won his world title by beating Ruslan Chagaev in the 10th round of their fight in Grozny, Russia, on March 5.

  • WBA heavyweight champ Browne contests positive doping test

    March 22, 2016

    HYDE, England (AP) WBA heavyweight champion Lucas Browne says he will fight to clear his name after failing a drug test following his world title fight win over Ruslan Chagaev earlier this month.Browne became Australia's first heavyweight world champion when he stopped Chagaev in the 10th round of their fight in Grozny, Russia, on March 5.

  • WBA heavyweight champ Brown contests positive doping test

    March 22, 2016

    HYDE, England (AP) WBA heavyweight champion Lucas Browne says he will fight to clear his name after failing a drug test following his world title fight win over Ruslan Chagaev earlier this month.Browne became Australia's first heavyweight world champion when he stopped Chagaev in the 10th round of their fight in Grozny, Russia, on March 5.

  • Heavyweight Browne seeking legal advice amid doping reports

    March 21, 2016

    SYDNEY (AP) Heavyweight world champion Lucas Browne says he is seeking legal advice amid reports he failed a doping test around the time of his technical knockout win over Ruslan Chagaev for the WBA's regular title in Grozny, Russia on March 5.ESPN on Tuesday reported Browne's A-sample was positive to clenbuterol in a test conducted by the Las Vegas-based Voluntary Anti-Doping Association.

  • Braehmer beats Gutknecht on points again to retain WBA belt

    March 12, 2016

    NEUBRANDENBURG, Germany (AP) Juergen Braehmer defeated fellow German Eduard Gutknecht by unanimous decision for the second time to retain his WBA light heavyweight title on Saturday night.The judges awarded it 116-111, 116-111 and 118-110 in favor of the 37-year-old southpaw, who was clearly better in the earlier rounds and was then able to withstand a spirited fight-back from the challenger.

  • Provodnikov returns to ring June 11 against Molina

    March 11, 2016

    VERONA, N.Y. (AP) Former champion Ruslan Provodnikov returns to the ring June 11, taking on John Molina Jr. in a 12-round bout at the Turning Stone Resort Casino.Provodnikov, who has lost three of his last six fights, will try to build on a knockout win in his last bout in November against previously undefeated Jesus Alvarez Rodriguez. The 140-pound fight will be televised on Showtime.

  • Crolla to defend WBA lightweight title against Barosso

    March 11, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Britain's Anthony Crolla will fight Ismael Barosso of Venezuela in the first defense of his WBA lightweight title.Promoters announced Friday that the fight will be held in Crolla's hometown of Manchester on May 7.Crolla, who has a career record of 30-4-3, says: ''I am under no illusion that this is a tough task but there was no way I was not going to take the fight.''

  • Ex-boxing champ detained in Panama; cocaine suspected

    March 10, 2016

    PANAMA CITY (AP) Police in Panama say former boxing champion Celestino Caballero has been arrested with what authorities suspect is about 10 kilograms of cocaine.National Police director Omar Pinzon says the 39-year-old retired boxer was detained in a car Thursday on his way to his native province of Colon, 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of Panama City.

  • Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame to induct 11, including 1st woman

    March 8, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame will induct six boxers, including its first woman, plus two journalists and three trainers during an upcoming ceremony in Las Vegas.Hall founder Rich Marotta announced Tuesday that Christy Martin will be the first female, and former world champion Freddie Little will be the first native Nevada boxer inducted.

  • Browne stops Chagaev to win WBA heavyweight belt by TKO

    March 6, 2016

    GROZNY, Russia (AP) Lucas Browne became Australia's first world heavyweight boxing champion early Sunday, surprisingly beating WBA regular champion Ruslan Chagaev by technical knockout.The unbeaten Browne was knocked down in the sixth round but fought back to send Chagaev to the canvas with a big right in the 10th.

  • Browne stops Chagaev to win WBA heavyweight belt

    March 5, 2016

    GROZNY, Russia (AP) Australian boxer Lucas Browne won the regular WBA heavyweight title by beating defending champion Ruslan Chagaev by technical knockout early Sunday.The unbeaten Browne was knocked down in the sixth round but fought back to send Chagaev to the canvas with a big right in the 10th.

  • Crawford stops Lundy to retain WBO title

    February 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Terrence Crawford stood on the second rope, mouth open and tongue sticking out for the entire world to see.Simply, it was the picture of a man enjoying his success.''It's real satisfying,'' Crawford said after stopping Henry Lundy 2 minutes, 9 seconds into the fifth round to retain his WBO World Championship Super Lightweight title Saturday night.

  • Frampton tops Quigg by split decision for super-bantam belts

    February 27, 2016

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) Carl Frampton added Scott Quigg's WBA super-bantamweight belt to his IBF one by winning their unification fight by split decision on Saturday.Frampton, from Northern Ireland, was only a slight favorite against local fighter Quigg, and the fight between the unbeaten pair also played out closely over 12 mainly cagey rounds before a sellout crowd of 20,000.

  • Frampton, Quigg meet amid British boxing boom

    February 26, 2016

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) With British fighters holding 13 versions of world titles, two of those champions face off on Saturday in a matchup that has been in the making for years.Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton, unbeaten boxers holding the WBA and IBF belts, respectively, fight in Manchester to unify the super-bantamweight titles. It's only the third all-British unification fight in the last 23 years.

  • WBC rips AIBA over Olympic boxing; some pros are intrigued

    February 25, 2016

    The president of the World Boxing Council sharply criticized the International Boxing Association on Thursday for its intention to allow professional fighters to compete in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.The WBC's Mauricio Sulaiman said AIBA ''does not have a clue of what boxing means and represents.'' The head of pro boxing's most prominent governing body also predicted ''dangerous mismatches between experienced professional fighters and amateur boxers'' if the pros take AIBA's invitation.

  • Professional boxers could be cleared to compete in Olympics

    February 24, 2016

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) The world's best professional boxers could be eligible to compete in this year's Olympics under proposals put forward by the sport's world governing body.The International Boxing Association (AIBA) discussed a fast-track proposal to open Olympic tournaments to all boxers during its meetings in Manchester this week.

  • Former WWE announcer Jim Ross signs with CBS as boxing voice

    February 23, 2016

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Business is about to pick up for ''Good Ol' J.R.''Jim Ross, best known as a longtime play-by-play voice for World Wrestling Entertainment, has signed on to be a boxing announcer for CBS Sports. His debut will be March 12, the first of eight scheduled monthly events at the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center called ''Knockout Night at the D.'' It will be Ross' first regular broadcasting gig since he filled in on WWE broadcasts following Jerry Lawler's heart attack in 2012.

  • Keith Thurman injured in car accident, bout with Porter PPD

    February 22, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Keith Thurman's promoter says the unbeaten WBA welterweight champion has been injured in a car accident, forcing the postponement of his March 12 title bout against Shawn Porter.A new date for the much-anticipated matchup wasn't immediately announced Monday.

  • Sturm beats Chudinov on points in rematch for WBA title

    February 20, 2016

    OBERHAUSEN, Germany (AP) Felix Sturm of Germany defeated the previously unbeaten Fedor Chudinov of Russia by majority decision in their rematch to reclaim his WBA super middleweight title on Saturday.The 37-year-old Sturm became the first German fighter to become a world titleholder for the fifth time.

  • Joshua plays down hype ahead of heavyweight title fight

    February 19, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Anthony Joshua has the Olympic gold medal, the enviable physique, a growing aura and the perfect professional record.There's only one thing missing for the Briton to cap his impressive journey to the top of the boxing world: A heavyweight belt.

  • Australian boxer retires after being told he risks blindness

    February 18, 2016

    SYDNEY (AP) The Samoan-born Australian heavyweight boxer Alex Leapai has announced his retirement after being told he risked blindness if he continued to fight.Leapai was best-known for his 2014 fight against former world champion Wladimir Klitschko, when he was knocked out in the fifth round by the Ukraine boxer.

  • Nike drops Manny Pacquiao in wake of anti-gay statements

    February 17, 2016

    Manny Pacquiao's latest disparaging comments about gays have cost him a contract with Nike.It may not be the only endorsement Pacquiao loses, even as he and promoter Bob Arum scramble to contain the damage done by a television interview in the Philippines in which the boxer said gay people ''are worse than animals.''

  • Martin to defend IBF heavyweight title against Joshua

    February 14, 2016

    LONDON (AP) American boxer Charles Martin will defend his IBF heavyweight title against Britain's Anthony Joshua in London on April 9.The fight was announced on Sunday by Joshua's promoters.The IBF belt was vacated by Tyson Fury last year and was taken by Martin when he beat Vyacheslav Glazkov in New York last month.

  • WBC middleweight champ Alvarez to fight Khan on May 7

    February 2, 2016

    LONDON (AP) WBC middleweight champion Saul Alvarez will defend his title against British boxer Amir Khan, who is jumping two weight divisions for the fight in Las Vegas on May 7.Golden Boy Boxing announced the fight on Tuesday. It will be at a catchweight of 155 pounds.

  • Ex-heavyweight champ Bruno wants boxing comeback at age 54

    February 1, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Former world heavyweight champion Frank Bruno wants to make a return to competitive boxing at the age of 54.Bruno was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2003, an illness he says has left him feeling ''suicidal.'' He has been involuntarily committed to psychiatric care on three occasions.

  • Pascal gets re-education from Roach ahead of Kovalev rematch

    January 29, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Jean Pascal was a fighter in need of a reboot.The former light heavyweight champion had been stopped for the first time in his career by Sergey Kovalev in March, and he squeaked out a debatable decision over less-heralded Yunieski Gonzalez four months later.

  • Tyson Fury avoids punishment for controversial comments

    January 27, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Tyson Fury was reminded of the responsibilities that come with being world heavyweight champion when he met with British boxing officials this week to discuss remarks he made about homosexuals and abortion that caused a backlash in Britain.

  • Danny Garcia outpoints Guerrero, wins WBC welterweight title

    January 23, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Danny Garcia needed several rounds to figure out how to handle Robert Guerrero. He still had plenty of time left to claim his first welterweight title in style.Garcia won the vacant WBC 147-pound belt Saturday night with a resourceful performance in a unanimous-decision victory over Guerrero.

  • Thurman, Porter finalize welterweight title bout March 12

    January 23, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter have been waiting to fight each other since their long-gone days as amateur boxers and occasional sparring partners. When the welterweight stars finally get in the ring March 12, they'll be under a prime-time network spotlight.

  • Undefeated Garcia on quest for welterweight championship

    January 20, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Danny Garcia is as much a brand as he is a boxer in the Philadelphia neighborhood where he trains. His DSG initials - the interlocking S for Swift represents his style - are stamped on a gym, a car wash, a body shop and a barbershop. Much like in the movies, there are plans for a barbershop spinoff, this one a beauty shop across the street.

  • Manny Pacquiao insists he'll retire after Bradley rematch

    January 19, 2016

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) With a beatific politician's smile on his face, Manny Pacquiao calmly insisted he'll step out of a boxing ring for the final time on April 9 after his third fight with Timothy Bradley.After all, the eight-division champion has a senatorial campaign to plan and a loving family to please. The 37-year-old Filipino phenomenon quietly claims the spring is a good time to take his last punch.

  • Arum: Pacquiao undercard will be all-Hispanic reply to Trump

    January 19, 2016

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) Boxing promoter Bob Arum plans to make a statement against Donald Trump with an all-Hispanic undercard on his next big pay-per-view show.Arum said Tuesday that he will feature all Hispanic fighters on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao's third meeting with Timothy Bradley on April 9 in Las Vegas.

  • Wilder retains WBC heavyweight crown with KO of Szpilka

    January 17, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) One fight over, Deontay Wilder nearly landed in another scrum with a furious heavyweight party crasher.With Tyson Fury plotting a post-fight melee from ringside, Wilder retained his WBC heavyweight championship with a violent knockout of Artur Szpilka in the ninth round Saturday night at the Barclays Center.

  • Charlies Martin wins vacant IBF heavyweight championship

    January 16, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Charles Martin remained undefeated and won the vacant IBF world heavyweight championship in an underwhelming bout against injured Vyacheslav Glazkov on Saturday night at the Barclays Center.Martin (23-0-1) was crowned the champ once the fight was stopped at 1:50 the third round because Glazkov fell twice and hurt his right knee.

  • Haye puts away De Mori quickly in first fight in 3 1/2 years

    January 16, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye's first fight in 3 1/2 years lasted barely two minutes when he knocked out Mark de Mori at the 02 Arena on Saturday.Haye, returning from a career-threatening shoulder injury at his heaviest ever, finished off De Mori with combinations to the head, just 2 minutes, 11 seconds into the scheduled 10-rounder.

  • Wilder defends title as heavyweight division heats up

    January 14, 2016

    The heavyweight division is starting to get more interesting after years of domination by the Klitschko brothers and little in the way of worthy challengers.Tyson Fury ended Wladimir Klitschko's decade run as champion in November with an upset win that breathed some new life in the division. There are also a number of upcoming young heavyweights who may one day make their marks as champions.

  • De Carolis beats Feigenbutz by 11th-round TKO for WBA belt

    January 9, 2016

    OFFENBURG, Germany (AP) Giovanni De Carolis of Italy stopped Vincent Feigenbutz in the 11th round of their rematch to claim the vacant WBA super middleweight title on Saturday.De Carolis, who was the busier fighter throughout, rocked the German with a huge right and pinned him against the ropes with a flurry of punches before referee Gustavo Padilla stopped the bout 32 seconds into the round.

  • Manny Pacquiao to return April 9 against Bradley

    December 30, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring April 9 for the first time since losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr., and it will be against a familiar foe.Promoter Bob Arum said Wednesday that Pacquiao will fight Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for a third time in his first bout since losing a decision to Mayweather in the richest fight ever. Pacquiao reinjured a shoulder in that fight and was ineffective against Mayweather in dropping the unanimous decision.

  • Michigan boxer dies after collapsing during pro debut

    December 23, 2015

    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) An Ohio boxing official says a Michigan-based fighter has died days after he collapsed and lost consciousness during his professional debut.The boxer has been identified as 19-year-old Hamzah Ajahmi, of Dearborn. Ohio Athletic Commission executive director Bernie Profato says Ajahmi died Tuesday at a Youngstown hospital after undergoing brain surgery following Saturday's fight.

  • The 2016 Boxing Hall of Fame class

    December 16, 2015

    CANASTOTA, N.Y. (AP) A look at the nine people to be inducted in 2016 into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum:---MODERN CATEGORY:HECTOR ''MACHO'' CAMACHO: Born May 24, 1962 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. A decorated amateur, Camacho sported a 96-4 record before turning pro in 1980. ... captured WBC title in 1983 with a fifth-round KO over Rafael Limon. ... added a second title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Jose Luis Ramirez in 1985 for WBC lightweight belt. ... made successful title defenses against Edwin Rosario and Cornelius Boza-Edwards. ...became a three-division champ with a 12-round split decision win over Ray Mancini for the WBO junior welterweight title in 1989. ... after defenses over Vinny Paz and Tony Baltazar, lost and regained the belt in two 1991 bouts decided by decision with Greg Haugen. ... retired in 2010 with a record of 79-6-3 (38 KOs). ... holds wins over Roberto Duran (twice), Sugar Ray Leonard, Freddie Roach and Howard Davis Jr. ... also fought Julio Cesar Chavez, Felix Trinidad and Oscar De La Hoya, dropping 12-round decisions. ... died Nov. 24, 2012 in Bayamon at age 50.

  • Hector 'Macho' Camacho elected to Boxing Hall of Fame

    December 16, 2015

    CANASTOTA, N.Y. (AP) In his heyday in the ring, there was nobody quite like Hector Camacho. Now, three years after his untimely death, the ''Macho'' man has reached the pinnacle of his sport.Camacho, who overcame the mean streets of Spanish Harlem to become a three-division champion, was among a group of nine inductees announced Wednesday for enshrinement in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

  • Boxing's Larry Holmes, long underrated, now cast in bronze

    December 11, 2015

    Boxing great Larry Holmes grew up in the small Pennsylvania city of Easton and never left, despite a long, lucrative career that took him to the pinnacle of his sport. Too much temptation in New York or Las Vegas, he says - Easton kept the former heavyweight champ out of trouble.

  • 2nd man arrested in connection to death of ex-boxing champ

    December 10, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Authorities say a second man has been arrested in connection to the death of a former boxing champion.News media outlets report that Quantavis Robinson was arrested Thursday in the shooting death of 40-year-old O'Neil Bell last month. Last week, 18-year-old Tycorion Davis was arrested.

  • Tyson Fury called to face British Boxing Board of Control

    December 10, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Tyson Fury has been summoned by the British Boxing Board of Control in the new year following controversial comments by the new world heavyweight champion.Fury's remarks about homosexuals and abortion, some of which were investigated by British police, were published in a newspaper interview before his victory over Wladimir Klitschko in a heavyweight title fight on Nov. 28, and repeated on radio this week. He also said a woman's place was in the kitchen.

  • Wilder to defend heavyweight crown against Szpilka

    December 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Unbeaten Deontay Wilder will defend his piece of the heavyweight title when he meets Poland's Artur Szpilka on Jan. 16 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.Wilder, who won a bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics, will be making the third defense of his WBC title in a scheduled 12-round bout that will be broadcast on Showtime. Wilder, an Alabama native, is 35-0 with 34 knockouts. Szpilka is 20-1 with 15 KOs.

  • IBF confirms its heavyweight belt stripped from Fury

    December 9, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (AP) The IBF stripped British boxer Tyson Fury of its world heavyweight belt because he was breaking rules by meeting Wladimir Klitchsko in a rematch in his next fight.Fury was supposed to meet the IBF's No. 1 contender, Vyacheslav Glazkov, in a mandatory defense, but couldn't because he was contractually obligated to meet Klitschko.

  • Boxing champ Tyson Fury reported for 'hate crime' to police

    December 8, 2015

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury was the subject of a police investigation on Tuesday the following the outspoken boxer's comments about homosexuality, amid media reports he has been stripped of his IBF title.Greater Manchester Police said they have received a report of a ''hate crime'' regarding Fury's comments, which were published in a newspaper interview before his victory over Wladimir Klitschko in a heavyweight title fight on Nov. 28.

  • WBA middleweight champ Jacobs stops Quillin in 1st round

    December 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) WBA middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs stopped previously undefeated challenger Peter Quillin at 1:25 of the first round in an all-Brooklyn bout Saturday night at Barclays Center.Jacobs improved to 31-1 with his 28th knockout.Jacobs landed a straight right to Quillin's temple a minute into the fight and followed with a flurry of punches while his opponent was against the ropes. Quillin (32-1-1) stumbled forward and referee Harvey Dock stopped the fight.

  • Wladimir Klitschko set for rematch with Tyson Fury

    December 2, 2015

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) Wladimir Klitschko has invoked a contract clause calling for a rematch with Tyson Fury in an attempt to regain the heavyweight title he lost to the British fighter.Fury took away Klitschko's four titles in a stunning unanimous decision in Duesseldorf on Saturday night, ending the Ukrainian's 9 1/2-year reign as champion.

  • Boxer Jermain Taylor changes plea to guilty in 3 incidents

    December 1, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor struck a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty Tuesday to more than a half-dozen charges stemming from three separate incidents over the past year, including him shooting and wounding his cousin and firing a gun at a Martin Luther King Jr. parade.

  • One-of-a-kind Fury won't change after heavyweight title win

    November 30, 2015

    BOLTON, England (AP) Being heavyweight champion of the world hasn't changed Tyson Fury much, at least judging by the maverick boxer's journey back to Britain after beating Wladimir Klitschko.No private jets for British sport's new big thing. His near-12-hour journey from Germany involved being driven by his pregnant wife to the Netherlands, followed by a ferry over to England.

  • Fury calls Klitschko camp 'cheats,' feared he'd be drugged

    November 30, 2015

    BOLTON, England (AP) Tyson Fury accused Wladimir Klitschko's camp of being ''cheats,'' saying Monday that he refused to accept any water after beating the Ukrainian in their world heavyweight title fight for fear of being drugged.''I had good information off good resources not to touch anything in the changing rooms because they might try and drug you,'' Fury said on his return to Britain following his shock victory over Klitschko in Duesseldorf on Saturday.

  • Fury accuses Klitschko camp of trying to drug him

    November 30, 2015

    BOLTON, England (AP) Tyson Fury has accused Wladimir Klitschko's camp of being ''cheats'' and says he refused to accept any water after beating the Ukrainian in Saturday's world heavyweight title fight for fear of being drugged.Fury says ''I went home dehydrated before I even touched anything, I was so frightened of being drug-tested and failing the drugs test.''

  • After beating Klitschko, Fury wants to be 'great champion'

    November 29, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) He threatened to walk away from boxing if he lost to Wladimir Klitschko, or even if he won. Now the always unpredictable Tyson Fury says he intends to be a great heavyweight champion.''I hope to have many more defenses of these titles in future,'' Fury said after outpointing the Ukrainian Saturday night and taking his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts in a huge boxing upset. ''If I could be half as good a champion as Wladimir Klitschko, I'd be very, very happy.''

  • Tyson Fury ends Wladimir Klitschko's heavyweight reign

    November 28, 2015

    DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) Tyson Fury defeated Wladimir Klitschko by unanimous decision Saturday to end the Ukrainian's 9 1/2-year reign as heavyweight champion and fulfill his father's prophesy from the day he was born.Born three months early and weighing just one pound (.45 kg), Fury wasn't given much chance to live, but John Fury told doctors it was his destiny to live and become heavyweight champion of the world. He named the second of his six sons Tyson, after Mike Tyson.

  • Klitschko-Fury fight is on after soft canvas issue resolved

    November 28, 2015

    DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) Tyson Fury has withdrawn a complaint about the canvas being too soft for Saturday's world heavyweight title fight against Wladimir Klitschko, meaning the bout will go ahead as planned.Fury's agent, Asif Vali, said organizers had agreed to remove a layer of foam to make the canvas firmer.

  • Fury could pull out of Klitschko fight due to state of ring

    November 28, 2015

    DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) Tyson Fury is threatening to pull out of his world heavyweight title fight against Wladimir Klitschko because the canvas in the ring is too soft.''They need to change it. If they don't change, then we have a problem,'' Asif Vali, Fury's agent, told The Associated Press hours before Saturday night's fight at a 55,000-seat soccer stadium in Duesseldorf.

  • Fury slightly heavier than Klitschko ahead of title bout

    November 27, 2015

    ESSEN, Germany (AP) No antics, no singing, no goading, and no boastful declarations.Tyson Fury's respectful demeanor at the weigh-in for his much-anticipated heavyweight bout against Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday suggested he was now concentrating solely on the task at hand.

  • Fury slightly heavier than Klitschko ahead of bout

    November 27, 2015

    ESSEN, Germany (AP) Tyson Fury will hold a slight weight advantage over Wladimir Klitschko when he takes on the Ukrainian for his heavyweight titles in Duesseldorf on Saturday night.The undefeated British fighter (24 wins, 18 KOs) weighed in at 112 kilograms (247 pounds), while Klitschko came in at 111.5 kilos (246 pounds) on Friday.

  • Klitschko out to silence Fury, prolong heavyweight reign

    November 26, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) Tyson Fury's promise to end Wladimir Klitschko's long heavyweight reign in Duesseldorf on Saturday is nothing the defending champion hasn't heard before.Unbeaten in 22 fights since April 2004, when he lost by TKO to Lamon Brewster in Las Vegas, Klitschko has heard a succession of challengers talk up their chances before he answered them in the ring.

  • Lara successfully defends WBA super-welterweight title

    November 25, 2015

    HIALEAH, Fla. (AP) Cuba's Erislandy Lara successfully defended his World Boxing Association super-welterweight title Wednesday night, stopping former welterweight champion Jan Zaveck in the third round.Utilizing quicker punching skills, Lara (22-2-2, 13 knockouts) outclassed Zaveck, from Slovenia, at Hialeah Park and Casino.

  • Atlanta police: Ex-boxing champion O'Neil Bell fatally shot

    November 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Police say a former boxing champion has been shot to death during a robbery in Atlanta.Atlanta Police Sgt. Warren Pickard says 40-year-old O'Neil Bell was gunned down Wednesday morning. Pickard says Bell and another person were shot while getting off a bus before two suspects robbed them. Bell was pronounced dead at the scene in southwest Atlanta.

  • David Haye announces comeback with bout against Mark de Mori

    November 24, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Former heavyweight champion David Haye is going to return to boxing with a bout against Mark de Mori of Australia at London's O2 arena next year.Haye will take on the 33-year-old De Mori on Jan. 16, his first fight since beating fellow Briton Dereck Chisora in 2012.

  • Triple G and Canelo could be boxing's next big thing

    November 22, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Canelo Alvarez hadn't even had time to celebrate his win over Miguel Cotto when the subject of Gennady Golovkin came up.Golovkin was watching at ringside, and had to like what he heard.''With all due respect, if he wants to fight right now I'll put the gloves on and fight him,'' Alvarez said.

  • Bob Foster, former light heavyweight champion, dies at 76

    November 22, 2015

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) Bob Foster, the former light heavyweight champion who fought Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali and went on to become a sheriff's deputy, died Saturday. He was 76.New Mexico state Rep. Antonio Maestas said in a statement that Foster died at Presbyterian hospital in Albuquerque with wife Rose and his family at his side.

  • Bob Foster, former light heavyweight champion, dies at 77

    November 22, 2015

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) Bob Foster, the former light heavyweight champion who fought Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali and went on to become a sheriff's deputy, died Saturday. He was 77.New Mexico state Rep. Antonio Maestas said in a statement that Foster died at Presbyterian hospital in Albuquerque with wife Rose and his family at his side.

  • Alvarez takes middleweight title over Cotto

    November 22, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Canelo Alvarez made a case for himself as boxing's next star Saturday night, landing the bigger punches to take a unanimous decision over Miguel Cotto and win a piece of the middleweight title.Alvarez took the fight to Cotto from the opening bell, winning rounds with big right hands and uppercuts. Cotto tried to box and had his moments, but Alvarez was clearly ahead as the crowd stood on its feet as both fighters traded punches in the final rounds.

  • Cotto vs Alvarez in big middleweight fight in Las Vegas

    November 20, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The grand plan for Canelo Alvarez is to win Saturday night, then set up his pay-per-view franchise on the same Mexican holiday weekends that Floyd Mayweather Jr. always made his millions.The plan for Miguel Cotto isn't nearly as ambitious, though it could be almost as lucrative. After reinventing himself with famed trainer Freddie Roach, Cotto will be in the mix for even more big money fights should he upset Alvarez in their 155-pound fight.

  • Fury ready to shake up boxing world by beating Klitschko

    November 20, 2015

    BOLTON, England (AP) As Tyson Fury prowled the practice ring, stopping regularly for some shadow-boxing and imagining Wladimir Klitschko on the end of his punches, his father looked on with pride.''They wrote him off, saying he wouldn't live,'' said John Fury, recalling the day - 27 years ago - when the second of his six sons was born three months early, weighing just one pound (.45 kg).

  • Column: Cotto and Alvarez in fight that may be worth price

    November 18, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The sting from Mayweather-Pacquiao is still there, which makes anyone who spent 0 to watch that overhyped snoozer think twice about wasting their money on boxing again.Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez aren't to blame, but it does force them to have to work harder to sell their own fight. They get in the ring Saturday night for what is expected to be the biggest pay-per-view fight since 4.4 million households bought into the hype in May for Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.

  • Cotto loses 160-pound title in advance of fight with Alvarez

    November 17, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Miguel Cotto has lost his piece of the middleweight title even before his fight Saturday night with Canelo Alvarez.The WBC said Tuesday it has stripped Cotto of the title for not agreeing to the organization's rules, which reportedly included paying a sanctioning fee to the organization in return for the WBC title being at stake in the middleweight showdown.

  • FBI joins hunt for belts stolen from Boxing Hall of Fame

    November 11, 2015

    CANASTOTA, N.Y. (AP) The FBI has joined the search for six world championship belts stolen from the International Boxing Hall of Fame in central New York.Canastota Police Chief James Zophy says the FBI's Antiquities Bureau is helping village police with the investigation into last Thursday's early morning break-in at the museum located 20 miles east of Syracuse.

  • Bradley stops Rios in 9th round of title bout

    November 7, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Timothy Bradley won a fight he needed badly Saturday night, stopping Brandon Rios in the ninth round to stake his claim for a title in a welterweight division that is wide open following Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s retirement.Bradley (33-1-1) dominated from the opening bell against a sluggish Rios (33-3-1), using his speed and superior boxing skills to win round after round before suddenly dropping Rios with a left hook to the body in the ninth round. Rios got up at the count of eight but offered no resistance to Bradley when the fight resumed and quickly went down under another flurry of punches at 2:49 of the round.

  • Bradley and Rios meet in crossroads welterweight fight

    November 6, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Timothy Bradley has a new trainer known more lately for talking about fighters than watching over them. Brandon Rios has a new resolve not to let his career slip away from him.They meet Saturday night for a piece of the welterweight title in a crossroads fight with a lot at stake for each fighter.

  • Andre Ward pulls out of scheduled Nov. 21 fight in Las Vegas

    November 4, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Two-time world champion Andre Ward pulled out of his scheduled Nov. 21 fight on Wednesday because of inflammation and pain in his right knee.Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) was set to make his 175-pound debut on the Mandalay Bay Events Center pay-per-view card headlined by a middleweight title fight between Miguel Cotto and Saul ''Canelo'' Alvarez. Ward's opponent hadn't been determined, although 38-year-old Alexander Brand of Colombia was the most likely candidate.

  • Lebedev beats Kayode to retain WBA cruiserweight belt

    November 4, 2015

    KAZAN, Russia (AP) Russia's Denis Lebedev retained his WBA cruiserweight title Wednesday with a win by stoppage over previously undefeated Nigerian Lateef Kayode.Lebedev was in control throughout the fight and knocked down Kayode three times before the referee stopped the fight in the eighth round with the Nigerian taking punishment against the ropes.

  • Andre Ward set to make 175-pound debut Nov. 21

    October 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Two-time world champion Andre Ward will make his 175-pound debut Nov. 21 in Vas Vegas on a card featuring the middleweight world title fight between Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez.Roc Nation Sports said Thursday that Ward signed an exclusive multi-fight agreement with HBO that will open with the fight at The Mandalay Bay Events Center against an opponent to be determined.

  • Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. buys .5 million Bugatti

    October 27, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Floyd Mayweather Jr. isn't one to rest in retirement, not when there are .5 million sports cars to buy.The Las Vegas boxer posed with his latest purchase, a 2015 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, in a photo posted to his Instagram account Monday. Mayweather brought Obi Okeke who co-owns Fusion Luxury Motors in Chatsworth, California with him to Miami to put the deal together.

  • Crawford stops Jean in 10th, keeps junior welterweight belt

    October 25, 2015

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Terence ''Bud'' Crawford did his part to merit a fight with Manny Pacquiao, stopping Dierry Jean in the 10th round to retain the WBO junior welterweight title Saturday night.The unbeaten Crawford knocked down Jean in the first and ninth rounds and then used a flurry of punches to cause him to buckle into the ropes at the 2:30 mark, prompting referee Tony Weeks to end the fight before 11,020 at the CenturyLink Center.

  • Muhammad Ali tweets support, unity for Louisville in scandal

    October 22, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Muhammad Ali has tweeted support for the University of Louisville and basketball coach Rick Pitino despite a scandal in which an escort alleged in a book that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

  • Family propels Jajaira Gonzalez into Olympic boxing trials

    October 22, 2015

    AZUSA, Calif. (AP) Neighborhood kids flow into the Azusa Youth Boxing Club moments after the door opens on a weekday afternoon. The timeworn joint barely contains the tiny tornado of action on an otherwise sleepy residential street.The cramped, sweltering gym's spotted mirrors reflect the plywood floors, rusted metal lockers and duct-taped heavy bags surrounding the compact ring where exuberant kids learn how to fight.

  • Golovkin stops Lemieux in 8th round for middleweight title

    October 18, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) No big drama this time for Gennady Golovkin. Just a lot of big punches as he dominated his middleweight title fight with David Lemieux.Golovkin battered Lemieux around the ring Saturday night on the big stage at Madison Square Garden, landing punch after punch before the referee mercifully stepped in and stopped the fight in the eighth round. He remained unbeaten in 34 fights, and stopped his opponent for the 21st straight time.

  • Golovkin steps up while looking to be boxing's next star

    October 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Floyd Mayweather Jr. is retired, or so he says, and boxing is in search of a new star.Gennady Golovkin wants that role, making his coming-out party Saturday night against David Lemieux at Madison Square Garden even more important for both him and the sport.

  • Kell Brook pulls out of title defense with rib injury

    October 16, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Kell Brook has pulled out of his IBF welterweight title defense against Argentina's Diego Chavez.The British fighter picked up a rib injury in sparring on Thursday, ahead of the scheduled Oct. 24 fight.Promoter Eddie Hearn says ''it's always a bitter blow when an injury causes a fight to be postponed, especially so close to the event.''

  • Big Drama Show as Golovkin eyes breakout fight at Garden

    October 14, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) If all goes according to plan for Gennady Golovkin on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, he'll knock out David Lemieux, become a pay-per-view draw, and get a lot of people a lot more interested in boxing again.Just another Big Drama Show, starring arguably the most feared fighter in the game.

  • Manny Pacquiao says shoulder 80-90 percent healed

    October 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Manny Pacquiao said Monday that his surgically repaired shoulder is 80-90 percent healed and he expects to resume training in November or December, with a return to the ring in March.Pacquiao acknowledged that Amir Khan was a possible opponent, but added no determination had been made.

  • Heavyweight champ Klitschko on schedule for November return

    October 7, 2015

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) Wladimir Klitschko is on schedule in his recovery from an injured left calf, and the heavyweight champion says he will be ready to defend his title belts against Tyson Fury next month.Klitschko will begin training in less than two weeks at his usual camp in the Austrian Alps, the champ said Wednesday while taking a brief break from rehabilitation in California.

  • Correction: Ali Tribute story

    October 4, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) In a story Oct. 1 about a tribute to Muhammad Ali, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Larry Holmes beat Ali in 1978. The story should have said that Holmes beat Ali in 1980.A corrected version of the story is below:Muhammad Ali honored in his Kentucky hometown

  • DeGale to defend IBF super middleweight belt against Bute

    October 4, 2015

    LONDON (AP) James DeGale will make the first defense of his IBF world super middleweight title against former champion Lucian Bute in the challenger's home country of Canada on Nov. 28.DeGale became the first British boxer to add a world professional title to an Olympic gold medal by beating Andre Dirrell in Boston in May.

  • Lucas Matthysse looks for his next KO in showcase vs Postol

    October 2, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Lucas Matthysse fought his way out of Argentine club shows and into North America's biggest rings over the past decade, building a reputation among smart boxing fans as an unmissable brawler with a dramatic flair.Matthysse seems long overdue to wear a world title belt for the first time in his ascendant career. The fighter known as La Maquina can do it Saturday night when he meets Viktor Postol in the famed outdoor ring in Carson, California.

  • Klitschko's title defense vs Fury rescheduled for Nov. 28

    October 2, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) Wladimir Klitschko's postponed heavyweight title defense against Tyson Fury has been rescheduled for Nov. 28 at the same Duesseldorf venue.The Ukrainian had been scheduled to defend his IBF, WBO and WBA belts against the British fighter on Oct. 24, but the bout was called off after Klitschko tore a tendon in his left calf in training.

  • Muhammad Ali honored in his Kentucky hometown

    October 1, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Muhammad Ali won another round of love and appreciation for his achievements as a fighter in and out of the ring. He even got the hardware to prove it.The latest celebration of the three-time world heavyweight champion and self-proclaimed ''Greatest Of All Time'' featured former champions and Larry Holmes and George Foreman, two notable opponents who gladly came to honor Ali as Sports Illustrated named its Sportsman Legacy Award after him Thursday night in his Kentucky hometown.

  • Column: Ali, Frazier and the cost of the Thrilla in Manilla

    September 30, 2015

    It was, Muhammad Ali would later say, the closest thing to death he had ever known.He and Joe Frazier had gone 14 brutal rounds in stifling heat of a Philippines morning before Frazier's trainer Eddie Futch mercifully signaled things to an end, his fighter blind and battered and feeling pretty close to death himself.

  • Wilder stops Duhaupas in 11th to defend heavyweight title

    September 27, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Deontay Wilder kept landing punches, and Johann Duhaupas kept standing there.Wilder dominated his WBC heavyweight title defense against Duhaupas on Saturday night, landing 326 punches to only 98 by Duhaupas. But it took a flurry of nine consecutive head shots early in the 11th round before the referee stopped the fight, giving Wilder (35-0) his 34th career knockout.

  • Heavyweight Breazeale remains unbeaten on Wilder undercard

    September 26, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Heavyweight Dominic Breazeale withstood a strong effort from undersized Fred Kassi to post a 10-round unanimous decision Saturday night and remain undefeated.Breazeale (16-0), a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic boxing team, won easily on all three scorecards, even though Kassi was the aggressor for much of the first half of the fight.

  • WBC heavyweight champ Wilder set to meet Frenchman Duhaupas

    September 25, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Deontay Wilder brought heavyweight boxing to his home state and now he's helping take it to primetime.The unbeaten WBC heavyweight champion's grander ambition beyond Saturday night's title defense against Frenchman Johann Duhaupas is to lift the once-pre-eminent division back to prominence. He's hoping this is a step in that direction.

  • Klitschko pulls out of Tyson Fury bout with calf injury

    September 25, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) Wladimir Klitschko pulled out of his heavyweight title defense against Tyson Fury on Friday because of a torn tendon in his left calf.The Ukrainian was scheduled to defend his IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA belts against the British fighter in Duesseldorf on Oct. 24.

  • Alvarez, Chilemba to box for shot at champ Stevenson

    September 24, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Eleider Alvarez will face Isaac Chilemba in an elimination bout to become the top light heavyweight contender in the World Boxing Council, promoter Yvon Michel announced Thursday.Alvarez (18-0), a Colombian living in Montreal, is ranked second by the WBC, while Chilemba (24-2-2), of Malawi, is the top contender. The winner becomes mandatory challenger to champion Adonis Stevenson of Montreal.

  • Holy Smokes! Batman & Joker crash Klitschko news conference

    September 23, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Wladimir Klitschko probably never thought he would come up against Batman and the Joker.Yet that was the bizarre scene that unfolded Wednesday at a news conference in London to promote his heavyweight title defense against Britain's Tyson Fury.

  • Wilder defends piece of heavyweight title in network fight

    September 22, 2015

    Deontay Wilder's plan for world domination of the heavyweight division is, at the moment, centered in Alabama.Not exactly the bright lights of Las Vegas, though that will likely change soon. Still, Wilder isn't going to apologize for taking two fights in Birmingham to give fans in his home state a chance to see him defend his piece of the heavyweight title.

  • Boxer Jermain Taylor released from jail after judge OKs bail

    September 21, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Boxer Jermain Taylor has been released from jail after a judge set bail and gave him permission to travel to Florida for a training camp.Taylor had been jailed pending the results of a mental evaluation. Taylor faces charges in three cases, including one accusing him of shooting and wounding his cousin last year. He has pleaded not guilty in all three.

  • Timothy Bradley announces Nov. 7 bout with Brandon Rios

    September 16, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Floyd Mayweather Jr. insists he is retired. Manny Pacquiao faces a long road back from shoulder surgery.There is a vacancy on top of the welterweight division this week, and Timothy Bradley is probably the most worthy candidate to fill it.

  • South Africa boxer dies after being knocked out in R1

    September 16, 2015

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) A South African boxer has died after being knocked out in the first round of a bout.The sports ministry said on Wednesday that Mzwanele Kompolo died in the hospital in the town of Frere in the Eastern Cape province.Kompolo, who the ministry described as an ''up and coming'' fighter, lost by TKO in the first round against Siphenathi Qampi.

  • Pacquiao is OK with no rematch with Mayweather

    September 16, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) Manny Pacquiao doubts he will have a rematch with Floyd Mayweather because the American says he's retiring. And besides, boxing is not his priority these days.Mayweather beat Pacquiao in boxing's richest fight in May, and after he defeated Andre Berto last week for the 49th win of his undefeated career, he said he will retire.

  • Give Money May his due after a perfect 19 years in the ring

    September 13, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Floyd Mayweather Jr. went out just as expected - on top and leaving boxing fans yearning for more.Andre Berto wasn't expected to give him much trouble, and he didn't. Mayweather served notice in the opening minute of his fight with Berto that it would be an easy night and it was, with Mayweather winning all 12 rounds on one ringside scorecard.

  • Mayweather decisions Berto in last fight to remain unbeaten

    September 13, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) His career winding down to its final seconds, Floyd Mayweather Jr. took a victory lap around the ring, his fist raised in triumph.After 19 years of perfection in the ring, he deserved one final bow.Mayweather capped a remarkable career with a typical Mayweather fight Saturday night, using his defensive wizardry to frustrate Andre Berto on his way to a decision so lopsided one judge gave him every round.

  • Statue honoring former heavyweight champ Frazier unveiled

    September 13, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) A statue honoring former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier was unveiled Saturday.The 12-foot, 1,200-pound bronze sculpture, designed by artist Stephen Layne, depicts Frazier throwing a left hook that floored Muhammad Ali in the 15th round of their championship bout on March 8, 1971, at Madison Square Garden.

  • Jack beats Groves in title fight

    September 12, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Badou Jack put George Groves down in the first round Saturday night on his way to winning a 12-round split decision to retain his super middleweight title.Jack and Groves put on a spirited fight that was still in doubt when it went to the judges' scorecards. One judge favored Jack 116-111, and another had it 115-112 in favor of the champion, while the third judge favored Groves 114-113.

  • Peter Quillin stops Australia's Michael Zerafa in 5th

    September 12, 2015

    LEDYARD, Conn. (AP) Peter Quillin stopped Australia's Michael Zerafa with a roundhouse right at 1:06 of the fifth round of their super middleweight bout Saturday.Zerafa left the ring on a stretcher and was taken to Backus Hospital in Norwich for observation. Zerafa contacted Quillin by cellphone to let him know that he was feeling fine and resting comfortably.

  • Putin gives Roy Jones Jr. Russian citizenship

    September 12, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) Vladimir Putin has given Russian citizenship to former world heavyweight boxing champion Roy Jones Jr.A decree published on the Kremlin's website in the Russian president's name Saturday said the American, a four-weight champion once regarded by many as the world's best boxer, had been given Russian nationality.

  • Stevenson stops Karpency in 3rd round to retain WBC title

    September 11, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Canada's Adonis Stevenson successfully defended his WBC light-heavyweight title for the sixth time, stopping American Tommy Karpency in the third round Friday night.Stevenson (27-1-0) wobbled Karpency (25-5-1) with a left to the chin at the end of the second. The challenger got up, with some difficulty, and was saved by the bell.

  • Dillon Carman stops 51-year-old Donovan Ruddock in 3rd round

    September 11, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Canadian heavyweight champion Dillon Carman stopped 51-year-old Donovan ''Razor'' Ruddock in the third round Friday night.The 29-year-old Carman (9-2) floored Ruddock (40-6-1) in the corner with two rights to the head and then clubbed the former world contender to the canvas again after the standing-eight count.

  • Mayweather insists Berto is last fight of perfect career

    September 11, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Floyd Mayweather Jr. insists this is it, though he may be one of only a few who really seem to believe it.Nineteen years and 48 fights haven't taken a big toll on Mayweather, but he's not taking any chances. He has seen what taking too many punches did to his uncle, Roger, and is determined to leave boxing with his brain fully intact.

  • Some memorable moments in the career of Money May

    September 10, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The clock is ticking on Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s career. He claims his fight Saturday night with huge underdog Andre Berto will be his last, and he will leave boxing undefeated and very rich.Mayweather hasn't always been pretty to watch, though that didn't stop 4.6 million people from buying his fight with Manny Pacquiao. A defensive wizard, he fights just enough to win, even if it leaves boxing fans wanting more.

  • Mayweather, USADA dispute report of IV doping

    September 10, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Floyd Mayweather Jr. insists he did nothing wrong in taking an IV solution to rehydrate after the weigh-in for his fight against Manny Pacquiao.Doping officials on Thursday also backed Mayweather, saying he disclosed the infusion to them before taking it and that it contained no prohibited substances.

  • Mayweather decides to send the jet for his daughter

    September 8, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Floyd Mayweather Jr. found himself with a problem as he headed to work Tuesday to try and sell skeptical fans on what he insists will be his last fight.It wasn't with Andre Berto, his hand-picked opponent Saturday night for the 49th fight of his long career. It's hard to find anyone - much less Mayweather - who thinks Berto is going to give Mayweather many problems in his final fight.

  • Shannon Briggs stops Mike Marrone in 2nd round

    September 6, 2015

    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs knocked out Mike Marrone in the second round Saturday night.The 43-year-old Briggs (56-6-1, 52 KOs) has eight straight victories since returning to the ring in April 2014 after a four-year absence. He outclassed Marrone (21-6) from the opening seconds of the scheduled 10-round bout at Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena.

  • Braehmer TKOs Konrad in 8th to keep WBA light-heavy belt

    September 5, 2015

    DRESDEN, Germany (AP) Juergen Braehmer defeated fellow German Konni Konrad by an eighth-round technical knockout to retain his WBA light heavyweight title in a one-sided bout on Saturday.''I wanted to show there was a big difference between Konni and me,'' Braehmer said of his former training partner. ''I wanted to show the best of myself.''

  • Sugar Shane Mosley stops Mayorga in 6th round of rematch

    August 30, 2015

    INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) Sugar Shane Mosley stopped Ricardo Mayorga late in the sixth round Saturday night, winning a rematch between the veteran fighters.The 43-year-old Mosley (48-9-1, 40 KOs) floored Mayorga with a body shot at 2:59 of the sixth round after largely controlling an uneventful bout at the historic Forum.

  • Leo Santa Cruz beats Abner Mares by majority decision

    August 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) With his hometown crowd going crazy and Abner Mares charging right at him from the opening bell, Leo Santa Cruz really wanted to brawl.Santa Cruz survived and thrived when he returned to the skill that made him the unofficial king of L.A. boxing.

  • Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares meet to decide SoCal supremacy

    August 28, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) No championship belt is at stake when Leo Santa Cruz steps into the Staples Center ring to take on Abner Mares.Both featherweights realize that the winner will only be the unofficial king of L.A. boxing, and that's an ample reward.Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KOs) risks his unbeaten record against Mares (29-1-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night in a tantalizing featherweight matchup between two fighters with numerous similarities. Both were born in Mexico and grew up in the Los Angeles area, and they occasionally sparred in training as they built their parallel careers to world-class levels over the past decade.

  • Cotto-Alvarez bout is on for Nov. 21 after tough negotiation

    August 24, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) If Miguel Cotto's fight with Saul ''Canelo'' Alvarez is anywhere near as difficult as the negotiations to get them in the ring together, boxing fans are in for a treat this fall.After months of strenuous posturing and painstaking discussions, Cotto and Alvarez appeared together in Hollywood on Monday to formally announce their WBC middleweight title bout, set for Nov. 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

  • Cotto-Alvarez bout is on after years of tough negotiations

    August 24, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) If Miguel Cotto's fight with Saul ''Canelo'' Alvarez is anywhere near as difficult as the negotiations to get them in the ring together, boxing fans are in for a treat this fall.After months of strenuous posturing and painstaking discussions, Cotto and Alvarez appeared together in Hollywood on Monday to formally announce their WBC middleweight title bout, set for Nov. 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

  • Antics of Terence Crawford's trainer riles foe's connections

    August 24, 2015

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Dierry Jean couldn't find his passport, so he wasn't able to travel from Canada to appear at Monday's news conference announcing his October fight against unbeaten WBO junior welterweight champion Terence ''Bud'' Crawford.But Jean's image made it to Nebraska. Crawford co-manager and trainer Bryan McIntyre held up a poster of the fighter, scribbled over his face and laid the poster on the floor.

  • Golovkin-Lemieux title unification fight is close to sellout

    August 20, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Three years ago, Gennady Golovkin was largely unknown outside hard-core boxing circles. In two months, he'll take on David Lemieux in an HBO pay-per-view fight for their four combined middleweight title belts at a sold-out Madison Square Garden.

  • Crawford will defend junior welterweight title against Jean

    August 20, 2015

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Terence ''Bud'' Crawford will make his first defense of his WBO junior welterweight title against No. 2 contender Dierry Jean of Canada on Oct. 24 in Omaha.Top Rank announced the matchup on Thursday.Crawford is 26-0 with 18 knockouts and also holds the WBO lightweight title. He won the vacant WBO junior welterweight championship in April with a sixth-round technical knockout of Thomas Dulorme in Arlington, Texas.

  • WBC champion Deontay Wilder set to face Johann Duhaupas

    August 20, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will fight Frenchman Johann Duhaupas in the first prime-time heavyweight title bout televised by NBC in 20 years.The Sept. 26 fight, previously reported by multiple media outlets, was officially announced Thursday at a news conference at Legacy Arena. It will be part of the Premier Boxing Champions series.

  • Heavyweight Deontay Wilder set to fight again in Alabama

    August 17, 2015

    WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is set to fight again in his home state.Jody McCormack, interim CEO of the Alabama Athletic Association, said Monday that Wilder's team has filed paperwork to fight Sept. 26 in the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.

  • Bute stops DiLuisa in 4th round in return to ring

    August 15, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Former world champion Lucian Bute of Montreal emerged from a 19-month ring absence to stop European light heavyweight champion Andrea Di Luisa in the fourth round Saturday night.Bute (32-2, 25 knockouts) knocked down Di Luisa (17-3) with three left hooks in the fourth. After an eight count, he charged in for another flurry of punches before the Italian's trainer threw in the towel and referee Steve St. Germain stopped the bout.

  • Antonio Tarver fights to draw with Steve Cunningham

    August 15, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Five-time world champion Antonio Tarver fought to a 12-round draw with former cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham in a lackluster heavyweight contender bout Friday night at the Prudential Center.Judge John McKaie scored the fight 115-113 in favor of Cunningham (28-7-1), with Cunningham getting the last two rounds. Judge Robin Taylor had it 115-114 in favor of the 46-year-old Tarver (31-6-1, 22 KOs) and referee John Steward had it even at 114-114, causing the draw. Taylor and Stewart had Tarver winning the final four rounds.

  • Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez finalize Nov. 21 bout in Vegas

    August 13, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Miguel Cotto and Saul ''Canelo'' Alvarez agreed Thursday to fight Nov. 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.The fighters' camps have spent several months negotiating the HBO pay-per-view bout, which will be among the year's biggest events in boxing. The fight also is the latest chapter in the long-running rivalry between boxers from Puerto Rico and Mexico.

  • Daughter has new heart, and fighter has new hope

    August 11, 2015

    It's been a few months now, time that in the Cunningham household is best measured by the decreasing number of visits 9-year-old Kennedy Cunningham makes to the doctor.This summer Kennedy began to grow again, and her father delights in taking her to the gym, where she likes to hit the heavy bag while he trains for one of the biggest fights of his career.

  • Column: Keep the .95 and pass on this Mayweather fight

    August 5, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) So, this is it for Floyd Mayweather Jr., or so they say.Step up now because it's your last chance to see Money May in the ring. Buy those ringside tickets or find 75 bucks somewhere that you didn't spend on Ronda Rousey to watch Mayweather and Andre Berto dance about from the comfort of your own living room.

  • Mayweather announces Sept. 12 fight with Andre Berto

    August 4, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Floyd Mayweather Jr. will return to the ring for the first time since boxing's richest fight ever, facing Andre Berto on Sept. 12 in what he has said will be his final fight.The welterweight title bout doesn't figure to be nearly as lucrative as Mayweather's May 2 fight with Manny Pacquiao that earned him a reported 0 million. But it will still be sold on pay-per-view, even though Mayweather will be an overwhelming favorite to win for the 49th time in as many fights as a pro.

  • Undefeated Garcia stops Malignaggi in 9th round

    August 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Danny Garcia and Paulie Malignaggi were both looking to the future - with vastly different visions.Garcia stopped Malignaggi in the ninth round of their welterweight fight Saturday night at Barclays Center to remain undefeated.Garcia improved to 31-0 with his 18th knockout. Malignaggi dropped to 33-7.

  • Golovkin vs Lemieux in title fight Oct. 17 in New York

    July 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Rising star Gennady Golovkin will meet Canada's David Lemieux in a middleweight title unification fight Oct. 17 at Madison Square Garden, promoters announced Friday.Golovkin, who has stopped 30 opponents in winning all 33 of his fights, will face another power puncher in Lemieux, who is 34-2 with 31 knockouts, in a fight where both boxers will have titles on the line.

  • Column: Cancer turned out to be the biggest fight for Jacobs

    July 31, 2015

    His doctor first diagnosed it as a pinched nerve. Daniel Jacobs thought the pain running down his leg might be sciatica.''We were both wrong,'' Jacobs said.It was on a USO tour of the Middle East when the boxer first felt numbness in his leg. He ignored it at first, thinking it would go away.

  • Shumenov wins interim cruiserweight title

    July 26, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Beibut Shumenov scored a unanimous but unpopular decision over B.J. Flores to win the WBA interim cruiserweight title on Saturday night.The fight was the second at the 200-pound cruiserweight limit for Shumenov, who held the light heavyweight belt from 2010 to 2013 but moved up because of problems making weight.

  • Kovalev retains light heavyweight titles

    July 26, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Sergey Kovalev had little trouble taking care of business against an outmatched Nadjib Mohammedi.Now he can look forward to a homecoming bout in Moscow.Kovalev stopped Mohammedi in the third round Saturday night, retaining his light heavyweight titles in a fight that was a mismatch from the start.

  • Jean Pascal wins on Kovalev fight card

    July 25, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Former light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal overcame a slow start to beat Yuniesky Gonzalez by unanimous decision Saturday night to set up a possible rematch with Sergey Kovalev.Fighting on the same card as Kovalev, Pascal (30-3-1) won by a 96-94 margin in the 10-round bout on all three scorecards to hand Gonzalez (16-1) his first loss. The decision was loudly booed by the crowd at the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino, and met with disbelief by Gonzalez himself.

  • Golovkin, Lemieux to meet in 160-lb title unification bout

    July 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Gennady Golovkin will meet David Lemieux in a three-belt middleweight title unification bout Oct. 17 in New York.Golovkin's promoter, Tom Loeffler, announced the matchup Saturday after lengthy negotiations. The 160-pound champions will headline an HBO pay-per-view telecast at Madison Square Garden.

  • Kovalev, Pascal both return to the ring in Vegas

    July 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Sergey Kovalev beat the ageless Bernard Hopkins and stopped Jean Pascal before his hometown fans in Montreal.But the light heavyweight champion has never headlined a show in the boxing mecca of Las Vegas.That changes Saturday night when Kovalev puts his various 175-pound titles on the line against Nadjib Mohammedi in a fight that matches a power puncher against a nearly unknown challenger who is a heavy underdog.

  • 2-year doping ban upheld against British boxer Kid Galahad

    July 24, 2015

    LONDON (AP) British boxer Kid Galahad, also known as Abdul Barry Awad, dropped his appeal for a positive test for the steroid stanozolol, U.K. Anti-Doping said on Friday.The 25-year-old Galahad failed a doping test on Sept. 20, after he defeated Adeilson Dos Santos in Sheffield for the vacant IBF youth super bantamweight title.

  • Boxer Jermain Taylor enters plea to Arkansas battery charge

    July 16, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Boxer Jermain Taylor has pleaded innocent by reason of mental disease or defect to a charge that he assaulted a man at a rehabilitation center where Taylor was being treated.The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports ( ) that Taylor entered the plea Thursday to the battery charge. Taylor is accused of hitting another resident at the rehabilitation center where he was being held after being charged with shooting and wounding his cousin and threatening a child with a gun.

  • 4-time world champion boxer Carl Froch retires aged 38

    July 14, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Four-time world champion Carl Froch retired from boxing on Tuesday after more than a year out of the ring.The 38-year-old super middleweight twice won the WBC title, as well as taking the WBA and IBF belts. He won 33 of his 35 fights, with 24 of those coming by knockout.

  • Thurman stops Collazo in 8th round

    July 12, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Keith Thurman defeated Luis Collazo by technical knockout in the eighth round of their welterweight fight on Saturday night.With a loud hometown crowd behind him, Thurman aggressively stalked Collazo during the first four rounds and landed a wide assortment of power punches to the head and body. Collazo was cut on the corner of his right eye in the sixth round, and Thurman opened up the cut with several power punches to the face in the seventh.

  • Chagaev floors Pianeta in 1st round to keep WBA title

    July 11, 2015

    MAGDEBURG, Germany (AP) Ruslan Chagaev of Uzbekistan defended his WBA heavyweight belt with a first-round technical knockout of Francesco Pianeta on Saturday.Chagaev dropped Pianeta with two left blows early in the first round, but the Italian-born German got up before the count. Chagaev pushed his advantage and left him on the canvas again with another two lefts, and referee Jean-Louis Legland had no option but to end the bout just before the bell.

  • Autopsy: Boxer Tony Ayala Jr. died of heroin overdose

    July 9, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) An autopsy has confirmed that boxer Tony Ayala Jr. died of a heroin overdose.The Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office revealed the cause of death Thursday. The report also cited an enlarged heart as another significant finding.San Antonio police had suspected a heroin overdose killed the 52-year-old former middleweight contender, whose body was found at his family's gym on May 12. Heroin and a syringe were found next to his body.

  • Wladimir Klitschko to fight Tyson Fury in October

    July 7, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Promoters say unbeaten British boxer Tyson Fury will challenge Wladimir Klitschko for his world heavyweight titles in a bout in Germany in October.The 39-year-old Klitschko is the WBA, IBF and WBO champion and the encounter will be a record 28th heavyweight title bout for him.

  • Arum sues Haymon, Premier Boxing Champions over fights

    July 1, 2015

    Boxing promoter Bob Arum filed suit Wednesday against Al Haymon and his financial backers, claiming they are violating federal law by acting as illegal promoters and monopolizing fighters and venues for fights.The lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles mirrors an earlier one filed by Golden Boy Promotions, headed by former boxer Oscar De La Hoya. It asks for more than 0 million in damages from Haymon and the investment firm Waddell & Reed.

  • Gushiken at last happy as boxer after Hall of Fame induction

    July 1, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) It was a long fight for Yoko Gushiken to find life after boxing. Or rather, to find his life was all about boxing, after all.It took his induction last month into the International Boxing Hall of Fame - an honor only two other Japanese have received - to allow him to reconcile with who he truly is.

  • Tim Bradley survives weird finish, beats Vargas for WBO belt

    June 28, 2015

    CARSON, Calif. (AP) Timothy Bradley got rocked in the final minute and survived a confusing finish to beat Jessie Vargas by unanimous decision Saturday night, claiming the interim WBO welterweight title.Bradley (32-1-1) controlled most of his bout against the previously unbeaten Vargas, but the former two-division champion was hurt by a hard right that nearly knocked him down. The fight went on as Bradley recovered somewhat, but referee Pat Russell apparently stopped the fight 10 seconds early, thinking the 10-second warning was the bell to end the bout.

  • Tim Bradley ready for return against Vargas, trainer Morales

    June 25, 2015

    CARSON, Calif. (AP) When Timothy Bradley returns to the ring Saturday night, he's only taking on undefeated Jessie Vargas. He isn't there to pick a fight with Vargas' trainer, despite what he said during a video rant.Bradley (31-1-1) steps back into the StubHub Center ring looking to bounce back from a winless 2014 and to reclaim the vacant WBO welterweight title he lost a year ago in a rematch with Manny Pacquiao.

  • Barthelemy stays unbeaten with victory over DeMarco

    June 21, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Rances Barthelemy beat Antonio DeMarco by unanimous decision on Saturday.Barthelemy, a Cuban defector who lives in Las Vegas, won all 10 rounds on the judges' scorecards, although he was deducted one point by referee Kenny Bayless for a low blow in the ninth. Barthelemy (23-0) was fighting at the 140-pound super lightweight limit for the second time after previously winning the IBF super featherweight title.

  • Andre Ward beats Paul Smith in long-awaited return to ring

    June 21, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) As soon as Andre Ward found his stride following his lengthy layoff, the fight quickly came to an end.Ward made a triumphant return to the ring and delighted his home crowd when he stopped England's Paul Smith in the ninth round Saturday night in a nontitle fight.

  • Porter wins decision against Broner

    June 21, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Shawn Porter beat Adrien Broner in a unanimous decision on Saturday night in a key welterweight matchup.The judges scored the fight 114-112, 115-111 and 118-108 for Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs), who got off to a strong start and held on after Broner knocked him down in the final round. Broner (30-2, 22 KOs) had a point deducted late in the 11th round after multiple warnings for holding Porter down.

  • Andre Ward prepares for return to ring after legal dispute

    September 30, 2016

    HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) Andre Ward is never one to shy away from a fight.He just prefers the kind that takes place in the ring instead of a courtroom.That's why Ward is so happy that his 19-month layoff will finally come to an end on Saturday night when he takes on England's Paul Smith in a non-title fight in his hometown of Oakland.

  • Bowe, Mancini head Boxing Hall of Fame's class of 2015

    September 30, 2016

    CANASTOTA, N.Y. (AP) Riddick Bowe didn't know what to say. Ray ''Boom Boom'' Mancini had no such problem.Humbled by the moment, the two former champions were inducted Sunday into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.''I got my ring. I'm so happy,'' said Bowe, who beat undisputed champion Evander Holyfield to win the heavyweight boxing title in 1992. ''I'm finally in, and guess what, I don't know what to say.''

  • Wilder retains WBC heavyweight title with knockout of Molina

    September 30, 2016

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Deontay Wilder gave his Alabama fans what they expected in his first WBC heavyweight title defense: a knockout.It just came later than many expected, including Wilder.Wilder successfully defended his WBC heavyweight title with a ninth-round knockout of Eric Molina on Saturday night at Bartow Arena, a short drive from his hometown.

  • Walters easily outpoints Marriaga in featherweight bout

    September 30, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Nicholas Walters heard the crowd booing the lack of action and waiting for him to live up to his ''Axe Man'' nickname.Then again, he had not fought an opponent as tough as Miguel Marriaga until Saturday night's WBA featherweight fight in which he did enough to remain unbeaten with a unanimous decision.

  • Pedraza wins vacant IBF junior lightweight title

    September 30, 2016

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Jose Pedraza claimed the vacant IBF junior lightweight title with a unanimous decision over Andrey Klimov on Saturday night.Pedraza (20-0) controlled the action through much of the fight at Bartow Arena, ending the second and seventh rounds with a flurry of punches after backing Klimov (19-2) into the corner.

  • Lara wins in unanimous decision over Rodriguez

    September 30, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Erislandy Lara defended his WBA world super welterweight title with a unanimous 12-round decision over Delvin Rodriguez on Friday night.After another convincing win, Lara has his sights set on the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world.

  • Olympic boxing body fires executive director

    September 30, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The International Boxing Association says it has fired executive director Ho Kim with immediate effect.AIBA did not specify in a statement its reason for dismissing the South Korean official.AIBA President C. K. Wu says he wants ''the world of boxing to move in the new direction and therefore I feel that new vision and leadership are paramount.''

  • Cotto knocks out Geale in 4th round, retains WBC title

    September 30, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Miguel Cotto didn't quite break into ''New York, New York'' after one of his most powerful showings in the city that never sleeps.He certainly could have after nearly putting Daniel Geale to sleep Saturday night in retaining the WBC middleweight title.

  • Guerrero knocked down, but wins split decision over Martinez

    September 30, 2016

    CARSON, Calif. (AP) Robert Guerrero rebounded from a fourth-round knockdown and won a split decision over Aron Martinez in a welterweight bout Saturday.The verdict for Guerrero (33-3-1) was booed by a portion of the crowd after the former four-division champion rallied in the second half of the 10-round bout to beat Martinez (19-4-1), a 20-to-1 underdog in some betting venues.

  • Cotto puts middleweight belt on line vs. Geale

    September 30, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) There might be as many questions to answer in Saturday night's WBC middleweight title fight as there will be punches thrown.Champion Miguel Cotto has had a year's layoff since taking the belt from Sergio Martinez. Will he be rusty?At 34, Cotto has done lots of hitting and been hit plenty, too. Is there anything left?

  • Brook retains IBF welterweight belt, Joshua wins again

    September 30, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Kell Brook won his second defense of the IBF welterweight belt to stay undefeated, while fellow British boxer Anthony Joshua enhanced his burgeoning reputation in the heavyweight division with a second-round stoppage of experienced American Kevin Johnson.

  • WBC champ Wilder not studying Molina - or taking him lightly

    September 30, 2016

    NORTHPORT, Ala. (AP) Deontay Wilder doesn't know a lot about his next opponent, but that's not a sign that he doesn't respect Eric Molina.The 29-year-old WBC heavyweight champion's first title defense comes on June 13 at UAB's Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, about an hour from his hometown of Tuscaloosa. Wilder spoke Thursday before a workout Thursday that was open to reporters at his gym just outside Tuscaloosa.

  • AP Was There: Muhammad Ali-Sonny Liston heavyweight rematch

    September 30, 2016

    EDITOR'S NOTE: On May 25, 1965, Muhammad Ali defeated Sonny Liston in the first round of a heavyweight bout that produced one of the strangest finishes in boxing history as well as one of sports' most iconic moments - photos of Ali hovering over Liston on the canvas, shouting at his opponent to get up.

  • England's James DeGale wins IBF super middleweight title

    September 30, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) James DeGale became the first British fighter to win an Olympic gold medal and a professional world title Saturday, unanimously outpointing Andre Dirrell at Boston University's Agganis Arena to take the vacant International Boxing Federation super middleweight title.

  • Russia's Drozd beats Janik to defend WBC cruiserweight title

    September 30, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Russia's Grigory Drozd defended his WBC cruiserweight title for the first time Friday, defeating Poland's Lukasz Janik with a ninth-round technical knockout.Cheered on by a raucous and nationalist home crowd in the Russian capital, Drozd weakened Janik with a succession of body shots before knocking him down in the seventh round.

  • Opening event Monday for new version of Kronk Gym in Detroit

    September 30, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) An opening event is Monday for a new version of the former Detroit boxing gym of late Hall of Fame boxing trainer Emanuel Steward.The Detroit Free Press reports ( ) the Kronk Gym will operate from a church basement on the city's west side. Details are posted on the gym's website.

  • Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin stops Monroe in 6th

    September 30, 2016

    INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) Gennady Golovkin's latest big drama show had a few extra twists and turns. The middleweight champion still finished it with his usual show-stopping flourish.Golovkin stopped Willie Monroe Jr. 45 seconds into the sixth round Saturday night, retaining the 160-pound belts with his 20th consecutive knockout victory.

  • Gennady Golovkin goes for 20th straight KO vs elusive Monroe

    September 30, 2016

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) Gennady Golovkin has thrown out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium, and he has been given a hero's welcome back home in Kazakhstan.He has claimed multiple middleweight belts, and he has brutally stopped all 19 opponents willing to face him over the last seven years.

  • Police suspect drug overdose in boxer Tony Ayala Jr.'s death

    September 30, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Heroin and a syringe were found next to the body of Tony Ayala Jr., San Antonio police disclosed Thursday in a report that says investigators suspect a drug overdose killed the troubled boxer.According to a newly released police report, the items were found on a desk next to Ayala's body, which was found face-down on the floor next to the desk and chair. Investigators said the syringe contained what appeared to be a narcotic and that a ball of heroin wrapped in tape was found on the desk with a cooker cap and a spoon.

  • Wilder's first title defense set with Molina in Alabama

    September 30, 2016

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Deontay Wilder is staying close to home for his first defense of the WBC heavyweight title.Wilder will fight Texan Eric Molina on June 13 at UAB's Bartow Arena, about an hour from his Tuscaloosa hometown. It will be the first title fight held in Alabama, a state that has produced past champions Evander Holyfield (Atmore) and Joe Louis (Lafayette).

  • Promoter: Unbeaten champ Golovkin has nearly sold out Forum

    September 30, 2016

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin's bout against Willie Monroe Jr. on Saturday has nearly sold out the Forum.Tom Loeffler, Golovkin's promoter, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the historic Inglewood arena's 12,600-seat configuration for boxing is approaching full capacity.

  • Injured Manny Pacquiao returns to the Philippines

    September 30, 2016

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) Manny Pacquiao returned home to the Philippines on Wednesday nursing his right shoulder after surgery and weighing up whether to retire or push for a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr.Pacquiao, wearing a black shoulder brace and arm sling, said his immediate priorities were recuperating from surgery and his duties as congressman and family man. He said he injured his shoulder during training for the May 2 fight which Mayweather won on a unanimous decision.

  • Injured Pacquiao returns to Philippines

    September 30, 2016

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) Manny Pacquiao returned home to the Philippines on Wednesday nursing his right shoulder after surgery and weighing up whether to retire or push for a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr.Pacquiao, wearing a black shoulder brace and arm sling, said his immediate priorities were recuperating from surgery and his duties as congressman and family man. He said he suffered the shoulder injury during training for the May 2 fight which Mayweather won on a unanimous decision.

  • Injured Pacquiao returns a hero to Philippines

    September 30, 2016

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) Manny Pacquiao has returned home to the Philippines nursing the wound from surgery on his right shoulder and still a hero to his Filipino fans despite his loss Floyd Mayweather Jr.Pacquiao says he will focus on recovering from the shoulder injury and his duties as congressman and family man while considering a rematch or retirement. He has said he suffered the shoulder injury during training for the May 2 fight.

  • Tony Ayala Jr., boxer who served 2 prison terms, dead at 52

    September 30, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Tony Ayala Jr., a rising star in boxing before a 1983 rape conviction that led to the first of two long prison terms, died Tuesday at a family-owned gym in his hometown of San Antonio. He was 52.Bexar County medical examiner records indicate Ayala died the gym where he was trying to build a career as a trainer. There was no immediate cause of death.

  • Mayweather-Pacquiao sets PPV mark with 4.4 million buys

    September 30, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao proved a box office smash, even if their welterweight title fight didn't live up to the hype.The May 2 fight obliterated the pay-per-view record, with 4.4 million buys generating more than 0 million in revenue. With a live gate of nearly million and other revenue, the bout grossed more than 0 million and likely made Mayweather more than 0 million.

  • Russian boxer in coma after incident in Berlin subway

    September 30, 2016

    BERLIN (AP) Russian heavyweight boxer Denis Boytsov has been placed in an artificial coma after being found with serious head injuries in a Berlin subway tunnel.Boytsov, who has a 36-1 record, was found lying in the tunnel between two subway stations in the upmarket Charlottenburg district of western Berlin on May 3.

  • Boxing loss could be Pacquiao's political win

    September 30, 2016

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) Manny Pacquiao lost his biggest fight in the ring, but that won't stop him from plotting a bigger comeback - in the political arena that is.In a country where elections are also entertainment and political programs secondary, candidates often win because of star power and money.

  • Canelo Alvarez knocks out James Kirkland in 3rd round

    September 30, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) On the night that Saul ''Canelo'' Alvarez knocked out James Kirkland, the Mexican star spent almost as much time almost as much time talking about Miguel Cotto as he did his opponent.Alvarez knocked out Kirkland with a sweeping right at 2:19 of the third round in their 154-pound fight Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.

  • Undefeated Figueroa unanimously outpoints Burns

    September 30, 2016

    HIDALGO, Texas (AP) Undefeated Omar Figueroa unanimously outpointed Scotland's Ricky Burns on Saturday in a super lightweight fight on the Premier Boxing Champions on CBS card at State Farm Arena.In front of a raucous hometown crowd, Figueroa improved to 25-0-1. He received winning scores of 116-110 from two judges and 117-109 from the other.

  • Chudinov defeats Sturm by split decision for WBA belt

    September 30, 2016

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) Fedor Chudinov of Russia defeated former middleweight champion Felix Sturm of Germany by split decision for the vacant WBA super middleweight title on Saturday.Judges Robert Hoyle and Victor Simons gave it to Chudinov by 118-110 and 116-112 respectively, while Juan Manuel Garcia Reyes awarded it 116-112 to Sturm, despite him rarely troubling the undefeated Russian but for a brief flurry in the sixth and seventh rounds.

  • Canelo, Kirkland promise action in their Houston showdown

    September 30, 2016

    Although Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s showdown with Manny Pacquiao last week probably didn't convert many new fans to boxing, the sport has much more to offer after that unsatisfying meeting between its two biggest stars.Saul ''Canelo'' Alvarez and James Kirkland get the first chance to put on a show.

  • British boxer Carl Froch loses WBA belt through inactivity

    September 30, 2016

    MARBELLA, Panama (AP) British boxer Carl Froch has been stripped of his WBA super-middleweight belt because of a failure to defend his title since last May.The WBA says Fedor Chudinov and Felix Sturm will fight for the vacant title on May 9 in Germany.

  • Mayweather to Showtime: Pacquiao a 'sore loser' and 'coward'

    September 30, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Floyd Mayweather said in an upcoming interview with Showtime that at this moment he's not interested in a rematch with Manny Pacquiao ''because he's a sore loser and he's a coward.''The interview was recorded late Tuesday night and will air Saturday night after the network's replay of boxing's richest fight, which Mayweather won by decision last weekend in Las Vegas to stay undefeated.

  • Manny Pacquiao has shoulder surgery

    September 30, 2016

    Manny Pacquiao underwent surgery on his injured right shoulder Wednesday following his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in boxing's richest fight ever.Pacquiao spokesman Fred Sternburg quoted the fighter's surgeon, Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic clinic in Los Angeles, as saying he could not be ''more pleased with the results'' and fully expects Pacquiao to be back in the ring.

  • Mayweather's manager named in 0 million antitrust suit

    September 30, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Oscar de la Hoya's boxing promotion company is suing Floyd Mayweather's manager and investors for 0 million, alleging they're trying to illegally monopolize U.S. championship fighting.Golden Boy Promotions filed the federal antitrust and unfair competition suit Wednesday in Los Angeles.

  • Floyd Mayweather's ex-girlfriend sues boxer for defamation

    September 30, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The mother of three of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s children sued the undefeated boxing champion for defamation over his recent comments about her and a 2010 domestic violence attack in Las Vegas.Josie Harris filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, days after her ex-boyfriend defeated Manny Pacquiao in a highly anticipated bout.

  • Uchiyama defends WBA super featherweight crown

    September 30, 2016

    TOKYO (AP) Japanese boxer Takashi Uchiyama beat Thai challenger Jomthong Chuwatana on a technical knockout in the second round to defend his WBA super featherweight title on Wednesday.Uchiyama improved to 23-0 with one draw and 19 wins by knockout. It was the 10th defense of the title he first won in January 2010. Jomthong fell to 9-1.

  • Suit filed against Pacquiao for not disclosing injury

    September 30, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Manny Pacquiao and his handlers have been hit with a lawsuit asking for damages for anyone who paid to watch his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. because he failed to disclose his shoulder was injured.The suit was filed Tuesday in federal court in Las Vegas on behalf of two plaintiffs, identified as Staphane Vanel and Kami Rahbaran.

  • Column: Pacquiao injury another hit for boxing

    September 30, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The people who paid .95 to watch at home had no clue.Neither did those spending ,000 or more for a ringside seat Saturday night in Las Vegas.And, surely, the bettor who wagered 0,000 at the MGM Grand sports book on Manny Pacquiao to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. wasn't in the loop.

  • Pacquiao could face disciplinary action for shoulder

    September 30, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Manny Pacquiao could face disciplinary action from Nevada boxing officials for failing to disclose a shoulder injury before his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.Nevada Athletic Commission chairman Francisco Aguilar said Monday that the state attorney general's office will look at why Pacquiao checked ''no'' a day before the fight on a commission questionnaire asking if he had a shoulder injury.

  • Cable, pay-per-view problems leave viewers fighting mad

    September 30, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) For some boxing fans, the big fight Saturday night turned out to be between them and their cable companies.Strong pay-per-view demand for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight in Las Vegas caused problems for cable and satellite systems, especially when people tried to order at the last second, which delayed the start of the fight. It's another sting to the reputation of an industry that's already beset with criticism over poor service and competition from streaming video providers.

  • Mayweather takes his 0 million check and runs

    September 30, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The check was for 0 million, a payday so mind boggling that Floyd Mayweather Jr. couldn't help but show it to a few reporters when the night was done.''No pictures, though,'' Mayweather said, sliding the check out of an envelope. ''Don't want any pictures of it.''

  • INSIDE MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO: Bieber, Kimmel, no KO-style

    September 30, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Some of the sights and sounds seen by AP journalists covering the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao megafight in Las Vegas:---NO KO? FANS SPLIT ON MAYWEATHER'S STYLEOn one hand, Floyd Mayweather is undefeated at 48-0. On the other hand, he didn't knock out Manny Pacquiao or do much more than repeatedly stuff Pacquiao's attacks.

  • Pacquiao says shoulder injury limited him in Mayweather loss

    September 30, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Manny Pacquiao said a right shoulder injury prevented him from fighting at his best in his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr.Nevada officials also denied Pacquiao's request to take an anti-inflammatory shot in his dressing room before the fight Saturday night. The chairman of the Nevada Athletic Commission said the ruling was Pacquiao's fault for not mentioning his injury sooner.

  • The Latest: Mayweather's dad says fighter done after 1 more

    September 30, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) 11:25 p.m. (2:25 a.m.)The stage is set up inside the ring for the post-fight news conference, but Floyd Mayweather Sr. is holding court near the ring apron - and he isn't holding back about his son's future.''He ain't got nothing left to prove,'' Mayweather said after the dominant unanimous-decision win over Manny Pacquiao.

  • Sadness, disappointment in Philippines after Pacquiao defeat

    September 30, 2016

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) Sadness and disappointment gripped Filipinos after Manny Pacquiao's defeat in his much-anticipated fight against American Floyd Mayweather Jr. but they still considered the boxing icon a national hero.Gymnasiums and other public venues where the 12-round fight was shown for free on Sunday lunchtime local time. The venues were quickly vacated soon after it was announced Pacquiao lost by unanimous decision.

  • The Latest: Judges agree on 10 rounds in Mayweather win

    September 30, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) 10:18 p.m. (1:18 a.m.)Opinions about the fight varied around Twitter and the Internet, but the decision was fairly uniform at ringside. The judges agreed on 10 of the 12 rounds, disagreeing only on the ninth and 10th rounds.Judge Dave Moretti gave both to Mayweather and scored it 118-110, while judges Burt Clements and Glenn Feldman gave both to Pacquiao and saw it 116-112.

  • The Latest: Mayweather beats Pacquiao in unanimous decision

    September 30, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) 10:04 p.m. (1:04 a.m.)Manny Pacquiao doesn't agree with the judges.''I thought I caught him many more times than he caught me,'' Pacquiao said. ''I was never hurt. I was very surprised at the scores. I hit him more times than he hit me.''

  • Mayweather wins decision in richest fight ever

    September 30, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The pressure of a 0 million payday never got to Floyd Mayweather Jr., even if the richest fight ever wasn't the best.Using his reach and his jab Saturday night, Mayweather frustrated Manny Pacquiao, piling up enough points to win a unanimous decision in their welterweight title bout. Mayweather remained unbeaten in 48 fights, cementing his legacy as the best of his generation.

  • The Latest: Mayweather defeats Pacquiao in decision

    September 30, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) 9:50 p.m. (12:50 a.m.)Floyd Mayweather Jr. won a unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night, using his usual skill to remain unbeaten in the most anticipated fight in recent years.Mayweather (48-0) won comfortably on all three judges' scorecards in his long-awaited showdown with Pacquiao (57-6-2). Despite boos from a pro-Pacquiao crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Mayweather counterpunched and jabbed his way to another win.

  • The Latest: Mayweather-Pacquiao ends, fighters await scores

    September 30, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) 9:46 p.m. (12:46 a.m.) Round 12Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao hug in the center of the ring before the final round of the most anticipated fight in years. Then they shove each other away and go back to work. Pacquiao continues to storm forward, but Mayweather shows off athleticism with one last fleet-footed display. Both fighters raise their gloves at the bell, and Mayweather jumps on the ring ropes.

  • The Latest: Mayweather-Pacquiao in a big of a stalemate

    September 30, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) 9:46 p.m. (12:46 a.m.) Round 12Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao hug in the center of the ring before the final round of the most anticipated fight in years. Then they shove each other away and go back to work. Pacquiao continues to storm forward, but Mayweather shows off athleticism with one last fleet-footed display. Both fighters raise their gloves at the bell, and Mayweather jumps on the ring ropes.

  • The Latest: Mayweather-Pacquiao close going into late rounds

    September 30, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) 9:38 p.m. (12:38 a.m.) Round 10Another round of stalking by Manny Pacquiao and superb defense from Floyd Mayweather Jr., who lands just enough jabs and counterpunches to keep the Filipino congressman frustrated. Neither fighter lands anything huge in an even round.

  • The Latest: Mayweather holds lead with accurate punching

    September 30, 2016

    9:30 p.m. (12:30 a.m.) Round 8Floyd Mayweather Jr. continues to use his jab to keep Pacquiao uncertain. Pacquiao opens up, jumps in and throws big shots at Mayweather, connecting with two big left hands. Mayweather jabs and counterpunches. They trade glares after an exchange at the bell.

  • The Latest: Mayweather becomes the aggressor, builds lead

    September 30, 2016

    9:26 p.m. (12:26 a.m. EDT) Round 7Floyd Mayweather Jr. becomes the pursuer to open the round, stalking Manny Pacquiao back to the ropes. Mayweather uses a double jab and a right hand to keep Pacquiao guessing. Pacquiao lunges forward to throw combinations, but Mayweather is already gone.

  • The Latest: Pacquiao on the attack, but Mayweather leads

    September 30, 2016

    9:22 p.m. (12:22 a.m. EDT) Round 6Manny Pacquiao wears a look of fury to open the round, and he chases Floyd Mayweather Jr. to the ropes repeatedly with superior energy and aggression. Pacquiao unloads with combinations that bring the crowd to its feet, but Mayweather stares back with a cold-eyed look and mouths, `Nope, nope.'

  • The Latest: Pacquiao takes his first round, still trails

    September 30, 2016

    9:18 p.m. (12:18 a.m.) Round 5The crowd is still buzzing from Manny Pacquiao's enormous left hand in the fourth round, but Mayweather shows veteran calm and wins the early exchanges. Pacquiao is stalking and looking for openings, but finding none this round in the defensive virtuoso.

  • The Latest: Mayweather countering efficiently, leads after 3

    September 30, 2016

    9:10 p.m. (12:10 a.m. EDT) Round 3Floyd Mayweather Jr. delivers a borderline low blow, and Manny Pacquiao reacts angrily. Pacquiao loads up for a few big punches, but still has trouble finding the most elusive boxer of his generation. Big shots late get the crowd on its feet.

  • The Latest: Both fighters aggressive early

    September 30, 2016

    9:06 p.m. (12:06 a.m. EDT) Round 2Manny Pacquiao gets Floyd Mayweather Jr. on the ropes, but the unbeaten pound-for-pound king slips away repeatedly or wraps up Pacquiao in close. Pacquiao's shots are mostly missing, and Mayweather gets more aggressive later in the round. Pacquiao lands a late left.

  • The Latest: Ring walks begin

    September 30, 2016

    8:54 p.m. (11:54 p.m. EDT)The ring walks have finished, and they were predictably nuts.Manny Pacquiao smiled broadly as he walked to a song he sang himself. In his entourage was an unsmiling Jimmy Kimmel, dressed to look something like pop star Justin Bieber, a frequent member of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s entourage.

  • The Latest: Late money comes in heavy on Mayweather

    September 30, 2016

    8:36 p.m. (11:36 p.m.)The late money coming into the Vegas sportsbooks has been mostly on Floyd Mayweather Jr., and the odds have surged to -240 for Mayweather and +200 for Pacquiao.---8:30 p.m. (11:30 p.m.)The fighters are ready, and the arena is packed. But Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao are waiting in their dressing rooms for a few extra minutes because HBO and Showtime have such a backlog of requests to buy the fight.

  • Mayweather-Pacquiao prizefight delayed amid high TV demand

    September 30, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The most anticipated boxing fight in years was delayed because of high pay-per-view demand causing problems for cable and satellite systems.Jim Lampley, the main telecaster for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao showdown in Las Vegas told viewers Saturday night that ''electronic overload'' caused cable and satellite operators to ask for a delay.

  • The Latest: Start of fight held for pay-per-view problems

    September 30, 2016

    8:30 p.m. (11:30 p.m.)The fighters are ready, and the arena is packed. But Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao are waiting in their dressing rooms for a few extra minutes because HBO and Showtime have such a backlog of requests to buy the fight.The broadcasters elected to delay the main event for a few minutes to take in more orders for the .95 pay-per-view. The crush of requests for the fight, which is expected to shatter every pay-per-view record in combat sports, has slowed down the cable and satellite providers who get the fight to fans.

  • The Latest: Start of fight held because of cable problems

    September 30, 2016

    8:25 p.m. (11:25 p.m. EDT)The sellout crowd is ready for the main event a half-decade in the making, and Manny Pacquiao's crew is in the ring, wearing formal white shirts and waving a big Filipino flag.However, because many customers trying to order the pay-per-view telecast were having problems, organizers said they were going to slow things down before bringing Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. to the ring.

  • Philippines at a standstill for Pacquiao fight

    September 30, 2016

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) Millions of Filipinos pack public gymnasiums, movie houses, restaurants and homes of relatives and friends with pay-per-view to cheer on their boxing hero Manny Pacquiao from halfway across the world in his fight against American Floyd Mayweather.

  • Lomachenko, Santa Cruz control Mayweather-Pacquiao undercard

    September 30, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Vasyl Lomachenko defended his WBO featherweight title with style Saturday night, stopping Gamalier Rodriguez in the ninth round on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s fight with Manny Pacquiao.Leo Santa Cruz also pounded out a one-sided victory over Jose Cayetano in his featherweight debut while celebrities and wealthy boxing fans filed into the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the most anticipated main event in several years.

  • The Latest: Brady accomplishes the double, fight and Derby

    September 30, 2016

    8:02 p.m. (11:02 p.m.)Tom Brady did the double. The New England Patriots' four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback showed up at the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight after taking in the Kentucky Derby earlier in the day.---7:53 p.m. (10:53 p.m. EDT)

  • The Latest: Some viewers having trouble seeing telecast

    September 30, 2016

    7:53 p.m. (10:53 p.m. EDT)Tantalizingly close to perhaps the most anticipated sporting event of the year, many cable and satellite customers are complaining they can't watch the fight.Scores of angry tweets directed at various television providers complained of problems ordering or watching the Floyd Mayweather- Manny Pacquiao fight on Saturday night. Some users said when they tried to order, the fight wasn't available. Others complained of picture problems or an inability to tune to the pay-per-view channel.

  • The Latest: Some folks at the fight watching NBA

    September 30, 2016

    7:45 p.m. (10:45 p.m. EDT)Leo Santa Cruz's undercard fight with Jose Cayetano was not exactly compelling, but it didn't really matter to true sports fans enjoying everything that Super Saturday had to offer, thanks to modern technology.Looking around the now-packed stands in the MGM Grand Garden arena, you could see dozens of people staring intently at their phones and reacting whenever a big shot is made in the Los Angeles Clippers' seventh game against the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs.

  • The Latest: 1 undercard fight left, featuring huge underdog

    September 30, 2016

    7:15 p.m. (10:15 p.m. EDT)Just one fight left on the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao undercard: Leo Santa Cruz's bantamweight debut against unheralded Jose Cayetano.Santa Cruz, a Los Angeles-area fighter and a staple on major undercards for years, is a huge favorite against Cayetano, who acknowledged it in the fighters' news conference. But give Cayetano points for moxie: He walked to the ring to the theme song from ''Rocky,'' every boxing underdog's clarion call.

  • The Latest: Lomachenko knocks out Rodriguez on undercard

    September 30, 2016

    7:04 p.m. (10:04 p.m. EDT)Vasyl Lomachenko got the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view card started with style in a one-sided thrashing of Puerto Rico's Gamalier Rodriguez, winning in a ninth-round stoppage.Rodriguez went down in the seventh round and again in the ninth, unable to contend with Lomachenko's hand speed and overall skill. Rodriguez tried to survive with several low blows, but was docked two points by referee Robert Byrd, who waved off the fight when Rodriguez stayed down on one knee deep into the count in the ninth round.

  • The Latest: Lomachenko putting on a boxing lesson

    September 30, 2016

    6:53 p.m. (9:53 p.m. EDT)Vasyl Lomachenko was a wise choice by Top Rank for the first bout of the pay-per-view undercard for any boxing novices tuning in to the show.The two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist is teaching a master class in artful boxing against Gamalier Rodriguez, battering the Puerto Rican challenger around the ring with elegant footwork and brutal combinations.

  • The Latest: Celebrities arriving for Mayweather-Pacquiao

    September 30, 2016

    6:33 p.m. (9:33 p.m.)The crowd was mostly slow to get to its seats for the pay-per-view undercard portion of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s bout with Manny Pacquiao, but the red carpet was hopping.Early-arriving celebrities included Denzel Washington, Jake Gyllenhaal, Don Cheadle, Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller, Allison Janney, Diane Kruger, Joshua Jackson, Ben Schwartz, director Antoine Fuqua and a long list of boxing luminaries from Mike Tyson to Ruslan Provodnikov.

  • Early fights have huge announcing crew, but few fans

    September 30, 2016

    6:14 p.m. (9:14 p.m.)The Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao card has just seven fights, but the joint promotion somehow managed to employ four ring announcers.HBO and Showtime each wanted their respective signature voices on the shared broadcast, so Jimmy Lennon Jr. and Michael Buffer are sharing duties, with each introducing one main-event fighter. While Lennon and Buffer preserved their pipes for the big show, two other veteran ring announcers took care of the non-televised undercard bouts.

  • Undercards about to start as sun goes down in Las Vegas

    September 30, 2016

    6 p.m. (9 p.m. EDT)The sun is going down on the Las Vegas Strip, and the first fans have filed into the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s bout with Manny Pacquiao.The casino has been buzzing with activity since morning, and the well-heeled boxing fans lucky enough to get a ticket are starting to fill up the stands. Thousands of people without tickets are milling around the entrances to the arena, hoping to glimpse anything interesting around boxing's biggest fight in several years.

  • McIlroy needs to rush; ticket prices fall; Pacquiao eats

    September 30, 2016

    WIN OR GO TO THE FIGHTRory McIlroy is bringing an extra set of clothes to the Match Play Championship on Saturday in case he wins both his matches, only it has nothing to do with his appearance.He can't afford to waste any time if he wants to get to the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight.

  • Could there be a rematch of Mayweather-Pacquiao? Not so fast

    September 30, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The ink was barely dry on the contracts signed by Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao when the question first came up.What's to prevent the two best fighters in the world from doing it again?Plenty, though the amount of money put on a draw in this city's legal sports books is proof that conspiracy theorists are alive and well in boxing. A draw would almost guarantee a rematch in any other big fight, though this one would be far more complicated.

  • Filipino baker makes life-sized cake of Pacquiao

    September 30, 2016

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) Fans of Manny Pacquiao have a new way of showing how much they love the boxing superstar - by eating him.Or a life-size replica cake at least.Zach Yonzon, his wife Aila, and six of his staff helped finish the 167 cm. (66-in.) chocolate cake on Saturday after working 24 hours at The Bunny Baker cafe in suburban Quezon City.

  • What will Mayweather and Pacquiao do the day of the fight?

    September 30, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Manny Pacquiao will get up sometime late Saturday morning in his hotel suite and eat some steamed rice and chicken, washed down with water that his aides make sure is room temperature or warmer.Floyd Mayweather Jr. will have breakfast at his mini-mansion on the Southern Highlands golf course, then go over in his mind once again how the biggest fight of his life might play out.

  • Column: Mayweather-Pacquiao nothing more than an epic scam

    September 30, 2016

    We've been told this is one of the greatest sporting events of all time.Maybe five to 10 years ago, but not now.Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao is a matchup of two fighters past their prime looking to make one last massive score, assuming 3 million or so takers come along for the ride at a hundred bucks a pop on pay-per-view.

  • Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao make weight for megafight

    September 30, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao weighed in below the welterweight limit Friday before a packed arena of screaming, singing fans anticipating the landmark bout.One day before Mayweather and Pacquiao finally meet in the richest event in boxing history, they took the stage in an MGM Grand arena filled with 11,500 fans enjoying the public's best chance to see the fighters in person.

  • Just what kind of fight will Mayweather-Pacquiao be?

    September 30, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Five years in the making, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao meet Saturday night in the richest - and arguably most overhyped - fight in the history of the sport.Their styles have been analyzed endlessly and their minds dissected as much as possible. And it still remains anyone's guess just what kind of fight this will be.

  • Filipinos urged to turn off appliances during Pacquiao fight

    September 30, 2016

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) An officer at a Philippine electric company has urged customers to turn off major appliances to help prevent outages that have recently plagued his province so people can watch the much-awaited fight between Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.

  • Richest fight ever is also a gold mine for Vegas bookies

    September 30, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Days before the fight, one Manny Pacquiao believer had already put 0,000 on his man in the MGM Grand sports book.Now, book operator Jay Rood is working hard to balance the action.''Hopefully by this evening we'll have taken a million-dollar bet on Mayweather,'' Rood said Thursday. ''We're trying to get that hooked up now.''

  • Vasyl Lomachenko steps into boxing spotlight before May-Pac

    September 30, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Nearly 13 years ago, a little-known champion from a boxing outpost got the chance to fight on one of the biggest pay-per-view shows of this century, and he stepped into worldwide stardom with a dynamic performance.Manny Pacquiao did it on the undercard of Lennox Lewis' victory over Mike Tyson, and Vasyl Lomachenko is thrilled to have the same opportunity before Pacquiao takes on Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Saturday night.

  • Inside Mayweather-Pacquiao: Fight reminds Foreman of Rumble

    September 30, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) George Foreman was in a few big fights in his time, including one he'd rather forget against Muhammad Ali.He sees some similarities to the 1974 Rumble in the Jungle when he thinks about Floyd Mayweather Jr. taking an unbeaten mark into the ring against Manny Pacquiao.

  • Roach confident in referee Bayless, 3 judges for big fight

    September 30, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The third man in the ring on Saturday night has been in more big fights than Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao put together.The three judges for the richest bout in boxing history also have made hundreds of big decisions during lengthy careers at ringside.

  • Will fight live up to hype? History provides a clue

    September 30, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) It's the richest fight ever, with staggering paydays and ticket prices to match. For one night, at least, boxing will be back center stage, with the world waiting to see what unfolds.The big question is this: Can Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao deliver the fight this kind of hype deserves?