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Men's boxing to abandon headgear at Rio Games

Mar 2, 2016

Men's boxing to abandon headgear at Rio Games

For the first time in more than 30 years, male boxers won’t be wearing protective headgear at the Olympics. The International Boxing Association, known as AIBA, adopted the change for amateur fighters three years ago, and the decision was widely considered a formality for ...

Feb 23, 2016

Boxer Thurman hurts neck in car accident; fight postponed

Keith Thurman’s promoter said 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. Promoter Lou DiBella said Thurman’s ...

Feb 18, 2016

Ioka aims for title-unification fight

WBA flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka said Thursday he’s been thinking of fighting a title-unification bout. Ioka, who won his second title defense on New Year’s Eve, resumed his gym work on Feb. 1 and is planning to make his next defense as early as ...

Feb 18, 2016

Nike cuts ties with boxer Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao’s comments disparaging gays have cost him his contract with apparel giant Nike. The company issued a release Wednesday saying it has dropped the Filipino boxer after he was quoted as saying gay people “are worse than animals.” Nike called Pacquiao’s comments “abhorrent” ...

Unbeaten Uchiyama aims to break Gushiken's record

Feb 12, 2016

Unbeaten Uchiyama aims to break Gushiken's record

Eleven-time WBA flyweight titleholder Takashi Uchiyama vowed Friday to surpass Yoko Gushiken’s record of 13 title defenses. Uchiyama, who twice defended his championship last year by technical knockout, announced his goal when he received his 2015 Japan’s Boxer of the Year award. Gushiken’s mark ...

Feb 4, 2016

Heavyweight champ Fury contemplates retirement

World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is struggling for motivation and could quit boxing, the controversial fighter told the BBC on Thursday. The 27-year-old Briton, who stunned Vladimir Klitschko to claim the world heavyweight crown with a points win in Germany in November, may even ...

Feb 2, 2016

Bruno denied boxing license

Former world heavyweight champion Frank Bruno’s unexpected bid for a return to boxing was dashed on Monday after he was told his application for a license would be declined. Bruno, who has not fought since being knocked out by Mike Tyson in 1996, had ...

Jan 30, 2016

Murata earns second-round knockout win

London Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata maintained his perfect record as the WBC fifth-ranked middleweight knocked out Guston Alejandro Vega in a non-title bout on Saturday. Murata, 30, floored his Argentine opponent in the second round, improving to 9-0 with six knockouts to take ...

Jan 19, 2016

Yamanaka to defend bantamweight title in March

Shinsuke Yamanaka will attempt the 10th defense of his WBC bantamweight title on March 4 as part of a doubleheader with WBC light flyweight champ Yu Kimura, their gym announced Tuesday. The event at Shimazu Arena Kyoto will see the 33-year-old Yamanaka, who has ...

Wilder retains WBC heavyweight crown with KO of Szpilka

Jan 17, 2016

Wilder retains WBC heavyweight crown with KO of Szpilka

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 ...

1976 Olympic champ Davis dies at 59

Jan 2, 2016

1976 Olympic champ Davis dies at 59

Olympic champion boxer Howard Davis Jr., who won the 1976 gold medal and was named over teammate Sugar Ray Leonard as the most outstanding fighter in the Montreal Games, has died of cancer, his wife said Friday. Davis, 59, died Wednesday at his Plantation ...