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Alvarez KOs Kovalev to claim WBO light heavyweight title

Nov 03, 2019 - 3:34 PM

Canelo Alvarez becomes just the fourth boxer in history to win a junior middleweight world title and one at light heavyweight, a spread of 21 pounds

POUND-FOR-POUND KING. Canelo Alvarez dominates in his first fight in the 175-pound division. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

WBC suspends Whyte's status as interim world heavyweight champion

Jul 31, 2019 - 8:07 PM

Dillian Whyte says he's 'disappointed with the rubbish' as the British boxer faces a potential career-ending ban after testing positive for banned substances

BIG BLOW. Britain's Dillian Whyte (left) Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Wilder announces Ortiz rematch

May 29, 2019 - 11:29 PM

Boxing fans may just have to wait a little longer for the much-anticipated unification bout between Deontay Wilder and rival Anthony Joshua

ROUND TWO. Expect another bruising encounter when Deontay Wilder defends his WBC heavyweight title against Luis Ortiz. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

WATCH: Joshua-Miller fight off after New York denies license

Apr 18, 2019 - 1:46 PM

Jarrell Miller plans to appeal the loss of his boxing license ahead of his June 1 bout against heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua

SHOCKED. Heavyweight boxer Jarrell Miller denies taking any banned substance. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

WBC green lights Wilder-Fury 'direct rematch'

Dec 08, 2018 - 10:17 AM

Due to 'tremendous popular demand,' the World Boxing Council sanctions a rematch between heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury

BIG HIT. Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury clash in one of the best heavyweight fights in a long time. Photo from Showtime Boxing

Wilder wants Fury rematch 'ASAP'

Dec 05, 2018 - 11:39 AM

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder refutes Tyson Fury's claim that he's ducking a rematch 'at all cost'

PART TWO. Deontay Wilder says a rematch with Tyson Fury is inevitable. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Wilder retains heavyweight crown after Fury thriller ends in draw

Dec 02, 2018 - 2:55 PM

American Deontay Wilder knocks down Tyson Fury twice but the British fighter manages to clear his head and survive the epic bout

BLOCKBUSTER BOUT. After a spectacular heavyweight showdown, both Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury  immediately call for a rematch. Photo from Showtime Boxing

Wilder vows to knock out Fury at heavyweight title weigh-in

Dec 01, 2018 - 11:57 AM

Former boxing champions expect Deontay Wilder's punching power to be too much for Tyson Fury

EXPLOSIVE. Deontay Wilder (left) and Tyson Fury face off in a highly anticipated collision of unbeaten heavyweights. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFP

Wilder, Fury ready to rumble in LA showdown

Nov 30, 2018 - 3:16 PM

American Deontay Wilder – who still gets mistaken for NBA superstar LeBron James – clashes with trash-talking British Tyson Fury in a showdown of undefeated heavyweight fighters

HIGH-STAKE BOUT. Deontay Wilder (right) aims to defend his WBC heavyweight crown for the eighth time against Tyson Fury. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFP

Brandon Vera to defend ONE heavyweight crown

Oct 26, 2018 - 10:39 AM

'The Truth' faces a tough challenger in Mauro 'The Hammer' Cerilli of Italy in the ONE: Conquest of Champions

TITLE DEFENSE. Mixed martial arts veteran Brandon Vera (right) holds a professional record of 15-7. Photo from ONE Championship

Beterbiev knocks out Johnson to keep light heavyweight crown

Oct 07, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Russia's Artur Beterbiev keeps his perfect record with 13 knockout wins in as many professional fights

EXPLOSIVE. Artur Beterbiev and Callum Jonhson trade punches during their IBF world light heavyweight title fight. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

Heavyweight champion Joshua stops Povetkin

Sep 23, 2018 - 9:58 AM

Britain's Anthony Joshua knocks out Alexander Povetkin to retain his world heavyweight titles

KNOCKOUT. Russia's Alexander Povetkin falls backwards as Britain's Anthony Joshua throws a punch to knock him to the canvas in the 7th round during their boxing world heavyweight title fight. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Alvarez stuns Kovalev in 7th to seize WBO light heavyweight title

Aug 05, 2018 - 12:41 PM

The Colombian lands a devastating right hook to send the Russian to the canvas for the 3rd and final time

UPSET. Eleider Alvarez keeps his record spotless with an upset of Sergey Kovalev for the WBO light heavyweight belt. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Whyte beats heavyweight rival Parker on points

Jul 29, 2018 - 10:36 AM

British boxer Dillian Whyte survives former Kiwi champion Joseph Parker's late onslaught

ON TARGET. Dillian Whyte deals Joseph Parker his second straight defeat to boost his own bid for a world title fight. Photo from WBO

Former heavyweight champion Fury wins comeback fight

Jun 10, 2018 - 10:09 AM

The Briton returns to the ring after suffering from drug, alcohol and mental health issues

COMEBACK. Britain's Tyson Fury (left) exchanges blows with Albania's Sefer Seferi during their heavyweight contest at the Manchester Arena. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Ex-champ Tyson Fury to make boxing comeback in June

Apr 13, 2018 - 2:05 PM

'I can't wait to get in there and prove I am the best, even after all this time out,' says Fury

COMEBACK. Former British heavyweight world boxing champion Tyson Fury, (left), with promoter Frank Warren, speaks during a press conference to announce Fury's comeback, in central London on April 12, 2018. Photo by Ben Stansall /AFP

Anthony Joshua eager to face Deontay Wilder in heavyweight unification bout

Apr 11, 2018 - 3:28 PM

Joshua owns the WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles, while Wilder holds the WBC crown

The week in photos: March 31-April 6, 2018

Apr 07, 2018 - 3:18 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Children look out of the window of a bus upon their arrival at the Abu al-Zindeen checkpoint near the northern Syrian town of al-Bab after Jaish al-Islam fighters and their families from the former rebel bastion's main town of Douma were evacuated from the last rebel-held pocket in Eastern Ghouta on April 3, 2018.Russia-backed regime forces have retaken control of 95 percent of Eastern Ghouta since February 18 through a combination of a deadly air and ground assault and evacuation deals. / AFP PHOTO / Nazeer al-Khatib

Deontay Wilder 'will come to UK' to fight Anthony Joshua, insists manager

Apr 04, 2018 - 2:57 PM

Wilder's co-manager says: 'We are really glad that Anthony Joshua said for the first time 'I will fight Deontay next...' and we believe he is a man of his word. Deontay accepts the challenge.'

HUNGRY. In this file photo taken on March 03, 2018, heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder of the US fights contender Luis Ortiz of Cuba (out of frame) during their WBC heavyweight title fight in New York.  Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Joshua goes the distance before beating Parker in world heavyweight clash

Apr 01, 2018 - 1:05 PM

The victory sees IBF and WBA champion Anthony Joshua add Joseph Parker's WBO belt to his collection

UNDEFEATED. Anthony Joshua keeps his record spotless with a unanimous decision win over Joseph Parker. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Anthony Joshua, Joseph Parker move closer to heavyweight title unity

Mar 30, 2018 - 12:22 PM

Only one will come out with a spotless record between the two undefeated fighters

Joseph Parker (left) and Anthony Joshua (right) will lock horns on March 31 for the world heavyweight title unification boxing bout. Photos from Geoff Caddick/AFP

Heavyweight Anthony Joshua has eyes only for opponent Joseph Parker

Mar 28, 2018 - 12:12 PM

Joshua says, 'it's 1,000 percent one fight at a time... My future stops on Saturday. One fight at a time. All this talk about Wilder. I'm looking at Parker, he's a champion for a reason'

STARE DOWN. Britain's Anthony Joshua (left) and New Zealand's Joseph Parker face off posing during a press conference in London on March 27, 2018 ahead of their world heavyweight title unification boxing bout. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Canadian boxer dies 10 months after fight left him in a coma

Mar 23, 2018 - 12:20 PM

The 39-year-old boxer David Whittom from Quebec was knocked out in the 10th and final round of his May 27, 2017 fight against Gary Kopas for the Canadian light heavyweight title

LAST BOUT. This was David Whittom last fight which sent hin into coma. From David Whittom's Facebook account

Brit boxer Joshua tells heavyweight American rival Wilder to 'stop the fantasy'

Mar 22, 2018 - 6:46 PM

Should such a bout between British boxer Joshua, the IBF and WBA title-holder, and American rival Wilder, the WBC champion, take place it could be one of the richest in history

CHAMP. In this file photo Britain's Anthony Joshua, WBA, IBF and IBO world heavyweight boxing champion, attends a press conference in central London to promote his March 31 world heavyweight unification bout against New Zealand's Joseph Parker, WBO world heavyweight champion, to be fought in Cardiff. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

British boxer dies hours after winning fight

Feb 27, 2018 - 6:41 PM

Scott Westgarth dies hours after his victory over Dec Spellman says British Boxing Board of Control

LAST. This was the last post of the Facebook page of British boxer Scott Westgarth.

British boxer Tyson Fury vows to 'be myself' upon ring return

Nov 29, 2017 - 1:49 PM

The British boxer has been out of action for two years, with a failed drugs test in June 2016 blocking his comeback to professional boxing

Charr ends Germany's 85-year wait for a boxing world heavyweight champion

Nov 27, 2017 - 12:53 PM

The Beirut-born Manuel Charr is Germany's first world heavyweight champion since Max Schmeling reigned from 1930-1932

CHAMP. Germany's Manuel Charr (center) raises his fist as Russia's Alexander Ustinov is on his knees during the eighth round of their WBA world heavyweight boxing title bout on November 25, 2017 in Oberhausen, western Germany. Photo by Guido Kirchner/dpa/AFP

Muhammad Ali's 'fight doctor' Ferdie Pacheco dead at age 89

Nov 17, 2017 - 11:45 PM

Pacheco, who earned a medical degree from the University of Miami, met Ali in the early 1960s at Miami's Fifth Street Gym when the future icon was known as Cassius Clay and working with legendary trainer Angelo Dundee

THE GREATEST. Heavyweight world boxing champion Muhammad Ali is seen during a training session on April 23, 1976 in Washington before his heavyweight world championship fight against Jimmy Young on April 30, 1976 in Landover, Maryland. Ali met Dr. Ferdie Pacheco in the 1960s when he was still called Cassius Clay. AFP PHOTO / CONSOLIDATED NEWS PICTURES /

Ex-champ Mike Tyson barred from entering Chile

Nov 10, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Chilean police explain it has the power to 'prohibit the entry into the country of any foreigner who has negative records and/or convictions in their country of origin'

BARRED. A handout picture realesed on November 9, 2017 by Chile's Investigation Police showing US former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson escorted by Chile's Investigations Police members at Santiago de Chile airport. Tyson was detained at the airport for violating Chilean immigration laws and he will be deported to the United States. AFP

Joshua taunts heavyweight boxing rivals on Twitter

Nov 10, 2017 - 4:31 PM

Anthony Joshua, the IBF and WBA heavyweight king, sends tweets to WBO champion Joseph Parker and WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder, as well as taunts fellow Briton Tyson Fury, who has not fought since November 2015

CHAMP. In this file photo, Cameroon-born Carlos Takam (left) recoils from a straight right from Britain's Anthony Joshua during their world heavyweight title fight at The Principality Stadium in Cardiff on October 28, 2017. Joshua stopped Takam in 10th round to retain his championship belts. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Wilder willing to fight Joshua in UK for a heavyweight boxing mega-fight

Nov 08, 2017 - 9:34 PM

American Wilder, 32, defended his WBC title with a first-round knockout of Bermane Stiverne last weekend and now wants a crack at Joshua's WBA and IBF belts

WBC CHAMP. Deontay Wilder celebrates after knocking down Bermane Stiverne in the first round during their rematch for Wilder's WBC heavyweight title at the Barclays Center on November 4, 2017 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Heavyweight champ Joshua to defend against Pulev

Sep 05, 2017 - 7:47 PM

Anthony Joshua will meet Kubrat Pulev on October 28 in Cardiff Wales

RISING STAR. Anthony Joshua will face the dangerous Bulgarian before setting his sights on the United States. File photo by Sean Dempsey/EPA

Brandon Vera doesn’t want to be the last Filipino heavyweight champion

Dec 02, 2016 - 3:51 PM

Let’s find another heavyweight who could also be a world champion says Brandon Vera

READY. Brandon Vera (R) will defend his ONE Championship heavyweight title for the first time at ONE's 'Age of Domination' fight card. He is seen here with Bibiano Fernandes, ONE bantamweight champion during a press conference. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Britain's Joshua to defend heavyweight title against Molina

Nov 02, 2016 - 10:32 AM

Anthony Joshua will defend his International Boxing Federation IBF world heavyweight title against Eric Molina in Manchester on December 10

TITLE DEFENSE. British boxer Anthony Joshua will defend his IBF world heavyweight title against American Eric Molina. Photo by BEN STANSALL / AFP

Tyson Fury vacates heavyweight title to focus on 'recovery'

Oct 13, 2016 - 12:52 PM

Tyson Fury has admitted to taking cocaine to deal with depression and was set to be stripped for cancelling two rematches with Wladimir Klitschko

VACATED. "I won the titles in the ring and I believe that they should be lost in the ring, but I'm unable to defend at this time," said Tyson Fury. File photo by Patrik Stollarz/AFP

Heavyweight champ Tyson Fury retires in profane tweet, immediately unretires

Oct 04, 2016 - 12:55 AM

Tyson Fury has not remained quiet amid reports that he tested positive for cocaine during an out of competition test

'TYSON MONTANA' RETURNS. The heavyweight champ has done virtually everything since winning the title - except for fight. File photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Boxer Tyson Fury makes light of cocaine reports in tweet

Oct 02, 2016 - 1:30 PM

ESPN reported Fury tested positive after providing a urine sample to Las Vegas based Voluntary Anti Doping Association VADA in Lancaster England on September 22

MAKING LIGHT OF IT. Tyson Fury posts a tweet that makes light of cocaine reports about him. OLI SCARFF / AFP

Boxing: Joshua to defend IBF title in November

Sep 03, 2016 - 12:54 PM

The undefeated 26 year old s next challenger is to be announced by the end of September

TITLE DEFENSE. British boxer Anthony Joshua will defend his IBF heavyweight title in November. File Photo by BEN STANSALL / AFP

Heavyweight champ Tyson Fury plays ring card boy for cousin's fight

Mar 27, 2016 - 8:49 AM

Fury puts the ring card girls to shame strutting his goods in between rounds at his cousin Hughie s fight

RING CARD CHAMP. Tyson Fury is the undisputed heavyweight champion of ring card girls. File photo by Andy Rain/EPA

Wilder KOs Szpilka, trades tough talk with Fury

Jan 17, 2016 - 4:17 PM

Deontay Wilder keeps his World Boxing Council heavyweight title and sets the stage for a potential shot at an undisputed title later this year against Tyson Fury

KO. Deontay Wilder (L) punches Artur Szpilka during their WBC Heavyweight Championship bout at Barclays Center in Brooklyn borough of New York City. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFP

Boxing: Controversial champ Fury to attend BBC award show

Dec 19, 2015 - 2:01 PM

Tyson Fury is in the running to win the Sports Personality of the Year award despite a petition calling for his removal from the nominees due to controversial comments

CONTROVERSIAL. Tyson Fury will attend BBC's Sports Personality of the Year award show. File Photo by Rolf Vennenbernd/EPA

Boxing: Joshua wins British heavyweight title with 15th knockout

Dec 13, 2015 - 11:45 AM

Anthony Joshua 26 takes his record to 15 knockouts from 15 fights since turning pro after winning 2012 Olympic gold in London

CHAMPION. Anthony Joshua (R) knocks out Dillian Whyte to take the British heavyweight title on December 12, 2015. Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP

Heavyweight champ Tyson Fury faces police scrutiny over homophobic comments

Dec 09, 2015 - 10:59 AM

The newly crowned heavyweight champion has attracted controversy after likening homosexuality to pedophilia

CONTROVERSIAL. Over 105,000 people have signed a petition calling for Tyson Fury's removal from the shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. Photo by Rolf Vennenbernd/EPA

New heavyweight champ Tyson Fury prefers simple travel to jetsetting

Dec 02, 2015 - 2:18 PM

Tyson Fury stayed true to his Irish traveller roots with a 20 hour journey home by car and ferry after his shock win over Wladimir Klitschko

NEW CHAMP. Tyson Fury isn't changing his humble lifestyle overnight despite winning the heavyweight title. Photo by Rolf Vennenbernd/EPA

Tyson Fury vows to be 'most charismatic' heavyweight champ since Ali

Nov 29, 2015 - 2:28 PM

This is that start of a new era Tyson Fury said after upsetting Wladimir Klitschko for the heavyweight championship

AND THE NEW. Tyson Fury's entertaining tactics extended into the ring, as he held his hands behind his back against Wladimir Klitschko several times to mock him. Photo by Rolf Vennenbernd/EPA

WATCH: Tyson Fury sings 'I Don't Want to Miss a Thing' after winning heavyweight title

Nov 29, 2015 - 8:09 AM

Tyson Fury s rendition of I Don t Want to Miss a Thing was one of the most unusual moments in heavyweight boxing history

KARAOKE KING. Tyson Fury made Wladimir Klitschko uncomfortable with more than just his punches. Photo by Rolf Vennenbernd/EPA

Tyson Fury shocks Wladimir Klitschko to win heavyweight title

Nov 29, 2015 - 7:39 AM

Wladimir Klitschko s 9 year reign atop the heavyweight division is over as England s Tyson Fury wins a unanimous decision in Germany

AND THE NEW. British giant Tyson Fury (R) told everyone who would listen that he'd defeat Wladimir Klitschko (L). He made believers out of the detractors in Germany with a unanimous decision win. Photo by Patrik Stollarz/AFP

'Batman' Fury must prove he's no joker against heavyweight champ Klitschko

Nov 27, 2015 - 1:43 PM

Tyson Fury will have to back up his taunts against Wladimir Klitschko the heavyweight champion who hasn t lost in 11 years

BIG TALK. Tyson Fury (R) has called havyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko every name under the sun, but none of that talk will matter when the bell rings. Photo by Andy Rain/EPA

ONE FC: Chi Lewis Parry calls out Brandon Vera

Feb 25, 2015 - 11:05 AM

If you’re still in the game for glory and not just the money then accept the fight It’s that simple

CHALLENGE. Chi Lewis Parry sends an open invitation to Brandon Vera to face him inside the octagon. Parry photo from his Facebook page. Vera photo by Paolo Seen/Rappler

Johnson upsets Gustafsson to get UFC title shot

Jan 25, 2015 - 3:11 PM

Johnson improves his professional record to 19 4 and is now riding high on a 9 bout winning streak since his submission loss to Vitor Belfort in January 2012

Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson (L) defeats Alexander 'The Mauler' Gustafsson in their UFC light heavyweight bout. Photo by JESSICA GOW/EPA