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Takayama claims vacant WBO minimumweight crown

Katsunari Takayama captured the vacant WBO minimumweight title on Saturday by defeating fellow Japanese Riku Kano by unanimous decision. The title was the sixth of the 33-year-old Takayama’s career. Kano, ...

Shibata retains IBF light flyweight title

Naoko Shibata defended her IBF light flyweight title on Saturday for the fifth time, defeating second-ranked Maria Salinas by a 2-0 decision. The fight was a rematch with the Mexican, ...

Aug 4, 2016

Boxing legend Pacquiao to make November comeback

Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring later this year to fight World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Jessie Vargas, the Filipino boxing star’s manager said on Wednesday. “Retirement doesn’t suit Manny right now,” Michael Koncz told the Los Angeles Times. “It is amazing what ...

Ioka knocks out Lara to defend title

Jul 20, 2016

Ioka knocks out Lara to defend title

Kazuto Ioka, the WBA flyweight champion, knocked out sixth-ranked Keyvin Lara in the 11th round to successfully defend his belt for the third time in a world title doubleheader on Wednesday. Ioka, who last year in April became the fastest boxer in the world ...

Wilder overcomes injuries to retain WBC title

Jul 17, 2016

Wilder overcomes injuries to retain WBC title

Despite fighting mostly one-armed for half the bout, 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 ...

Jul 3, 2016

Pros enter Olympic boxing qualifying tournament

A former IBF flyweight champion from Thailand and a French-Cameroonian middleweight contender are the most prominent professional boxers attempting to win berths in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics during the final qualifying tournament. The International Boxing Association (AIBA) announced the entrants Saturday for the ...

Jun 25, 2016

Fury postpones rematch with Klitschko due to ankle injury

Tyson Fury on Friday postponed his world heavyweight rematch with Wladimir Klitschko after failing to recover from an ankle injury. The British boxer was due to face Klitschko in Manchester, England, on July 9 with the WBA, WBO and IBO belts, that he won ...

Jun 14, 2016

Fujioka, Ikeyama retain WBO titles

Bantamweight Naoko Fujioka and minimumweight Nao Ikeyama each defended her WBO title on Monday. The 40-year-old Fujioka, who captured her third different weight class when she won the bantamweight crown last year, defeated countrywoman Shindo Go in a unanimous decision in their 10-round title ...

Ali's passing takes Brown, Abdul-Jabbar down memory lane

Jun 11, 2016

Ali's passing takes Brown, Abdul-Jabbar down memory lane

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jim Brown both got the call on June 4, which was strangely appropriate, along with simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming. On one hand, someone they revered was gone. On the other, someone they watched suffer for years would hurt no more. “He ...

Final bell tolls for The Greatest

Jun 11, 2016

Final bell tolls for The Greatest

The Greatest was laid to rest in his hometown Friday after an all-day send-off that was a lot like Muhammad Ali himself — serious at times, but also exuberant, bracingly political, and funny. Ali made one final journey through the city he adored via ...