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Middleweight Shields repeats as Olympic boxing champion

Claressa Shields had Olympic gold around her neck and a secret keepsake in her warmup jacket pocket on Sunday. She reached in her pocket, pulled out her first gold from London and slipped the medal over her head. Two Olympics, two gold medals. She beamed as she held the medals ...

Aug 18, 2016

Boxing association removes several judges and referees from Olympics

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 ...

Olympic boxers dealing with cuts after loss of headgear

Aug 11, 2016

Olympic boxers dealing with cuts after loss of headgear

Olympic boxing is bloody again. Men are fighting without headgear for the first time in 36 years, making the sport debatably safer and undoubtedly more attractive to fans. But the most tangible consequence is gore: At least 10 boxers at the Rio Games have ...

Savon wins heavyweight opener against Okolie

Aug 9, 2016

Savon wins heavyweight opener against Okolie

There’s another Savon in the boxing tournament with the hope of fighting for Olympic gold. Erislandy Savon, the nephew of three-time Olympic gold medalist Felix Savon, opened with a unanimous decision victory in a heavyweight bout on Monday. Felix Savon won gold medals in ...

Aug 4, 2016

AIBA clears 11 Russian boxers for Rio competition

The International Boxing Assocation (AIBA) said Thursday that all 11 Russian boxers entered for the Rio Olympics should be allowed to compete. The AIBA said a day before the opening ceremony that a review of the cases of the nine men and two women ...

Murata captures gold in middleweight class

Aug 12, 2012

Murata captures gold in middleweight class

It came down to a fast-and-furious slugfest, but in the end Ryota Murata became the first Japanese in almost half a century to win an Olympic gold in men’s boxing. Second-seeded Murata beat No. 4 seed Brazilian Esquiva Falcao by a 14-13 margin in ...

Murata wins close decision, will fight for gold

Aug 12, 2012

Murata wins close decision, will fight for gold

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Boxer Ryota Murata demonstrated in 2011 that he can compete successfully on the world stage, placing runnerup as a middleweight at the world championships in Baku. A year later, Murata has a chance to become Japan’s first boxing gold medalist since the 1964 Tokyo ...

Middleweight Murata gunning for gold

Aug 8, 2012

Middleweight Murata gunning for gold

Having become the first Japanese boxer to win an Olympic medal since 1968, middleweight Ryota Murata said Monday he wants to end his country’s 48-year wait for a gold in the ring. The 26-year-old, who won silver at last year’s world championships, dug deep ...

Aug 7, 2012

Boxer Shimizu moves into semis

Japanese boxer Satoshi Shimizu secured the first Olympic boxing medal for his country in 44 years as he defeated Algeria’s Mohamed Amine Ouadahi in the quarterfinals of the men’s bantamweight class at the London Games on Sunday. Shimizu won a 17-15 decision after three ...

Jordanian boxer Almatbouli remembers humble roots

Aug 6, 2012

Jordanian boxer Almatbouli remembers humble roots

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You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more inspiring Olympic athlete right now than light-heavyweight boxer Ihab Almatbouli of Jordan. He understands this, and he won’t fade away into the sunset after falling to Cuba’s Julio La Cruz Peraza 25-8 in their round of 16 ...

Aug 4, 2012

Boxer Murata reaches last eight

Boxer Ryota Murata took a major step toward winning Japan’s first Olympic medal in 44 years in the middleweight class when he advanced to the quarterfinals Thursday at the London Games. The 26-year-old Murata defeated Algeria’s Rahou Abdelmalek 21-12 to set up a quarterfinal ...