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Tony Bellew leaves the ring for the quiet life as plain Anthony | Kevin Mitchell

After Oleksandr Usyk brought his 34-fight career to an end in Manchester, the Liverpool boxer is aiming to ‘lead a normal life’Tony Bellew, beaten but not bowed by one of the best fighters in the world, Oleksandr Usyk, is determined to seek peace and q…

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Why is Floyd Mayweather so bored?

The American boxing legend conquered his profession and piled up more money than he’ll ever be able to spend, but a sense of purpose in retirement has proven far more elusiveAll told it could have been worse for Floyd Mayweather.On Wednesday, the five-…

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Brilliant Oleksandr Usyk brings down the curtain on Tony Bellew

• Bellew stopped in eighth round by Ukrainian in his final fight• ‘He’s a great big champion and I lost to a fine man’If we never hear the Z-Cars theme in a British ring again, we will nevertheless have the stirring memories of the fighter who brought …

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Tony Bellew v Oleksandr Usyk: boxing world title fight – live!

Updates from the cruiserweight contest at Manchester ArenaEmail Niall your thoughts or tweet @niallmcveigh 10.44pm GMT And now it’s Oleksandr ‘The Cat’ Usyk, who enters to ‘Sweet Dreams’, mixed with what I have to presume is Ukrainian rock. He gives th…

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Tony Bellew defiant as he prepares for final bow against Oleksandr Usyk

The Liverpudlian is hoping to go out on a high against the feared 15-0 Ukrainian at the Manchester ArenaTony Bellew reaches for a farewell victory on Saturday night, against the feared Oleksandr Usyk, that only his close associates give him a realistic…

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‘I was told this was impossible’: the long fight to get women’s boxing on TV

A lack of broadcast coverage has left female fighters underexposed and underpaid. But the Olympics and talented athletes have changed the status quoWhen Heather Hardy and Shelly Vincent met in the ring in New York City’s Madison Square Garden last mont…

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‘Blindsided’ Floyd Mayweather backs out of Nasukawa fight claiming ambush

Boxer says promoter misrepresented scale of December fightMayweather appeared at press conference announcing eventFloyd Mayweather appears to have backed out of a planned New Year’s Eve fight with Japanese kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa less than thr…

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There seems to be no saving Floyd Mayweather from his own ego | Kevin Mitchell

Five-weight former world champion has agreed to take on a 20-year-old Japanese kickboxer in what is the latest of the bored American’s money-making stuntsEvaluating the absurd in boxing is like trying to break open a coconut with a feather: intriguing …

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Amateur boxing plays Russian roulette with choice of Rakhimov as president | Sean Ingle

IOC left with a big decision after a candidate described as ‘one of Uzbekistan’s leading criminals’ is elected to lead AibaAnyone who has ever stepped into a boxing ring knows it is generally not a good idea to drop both hands below your waist, stick y…

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‘I can do it all’: Floyd Mayweather to fight kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa – video

Floyd Mayweather has said he is ready for any challenge as he prepares to fight 20-year-old Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on New Years Eve in Japan -without being able to specify what format or rules the fight will follow.In a shock move, the Ame…

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Floyd Mayweather to fight Japanese kickboxing sensation on New Year’s Eve

Boxer set to join Rizin FF, an MMA company based in JapanMayweather, 41, to fight Tenshin Nasukawa on 31 DecemberContracted weight and rules to be decided in coming weeksFloyd Mayweather has revealed that he is aligning with the Rizin Fighting Federati…

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Gafur Rakhimov elected president of Aiba despite IOC criticisms

Controversial figure beat Serik Konakbayev on Saturday’s voteIOC critical and yet to confirm boxing for 2020 OlympicsAn Uzbek businessman who denies accusations from the US Treasury that he is one of Uzbekistan’s leading criminals with links to the glo…

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Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora announce December rematch

Fight to take place on 22 December in LondonWhyte won the original bout in 2016British heavyweights Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora will hold a rematch in London on 22 December, it was announced on Thursday.The duo will go head-to-head at The O2 in a h…

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Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora announce December rematch

Fight to take place on 22 December in LondonWhyte won the original bout in 2016British heavyweights Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora will hold a rematch in London on 22 December, it was announced on Thursday.The duo will go head-to-head at The O2 in a h…

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Serik Konakbayev wins fight to stand in battle for amateur boxing’s future

• Cas rules Kazakh can take on Rakhimov for Aiba presidency• Former boxer says election will be ‘toughest fight of my life’The fight for the future of amateur boxing will be a two-way tussle after the court of arbitration for sport ruled that Serik Kon…

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Tyson Fury: I ‘gave up on life’ during depression and absence from boxing

• Fury opens up about mental health and addiction issues• 30-year-old says his faith helped him return to the ringTyson Fury has opened up about his experience with depression, saying he “gave up on life” in 2016 while dealing with mental health issues…

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Hearn right to mourn HBO’s boxing exit but the TV battle is intensifying | Kevin Mitchell

Matchroom managing director sees dangers for the sport while Kid Galahad’s rise continues and Ireland’s Michael Conlan attracts an unlikely comparisonEddie Hearn has always been someone who can read a trend, a trait he learned from his astute father, B…

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Hughie Fury steps in to fight Kubrat Pulev but cousin Tyson stays off limits

• Fight in Bulgaria this month will be IBF heavyweight eliminator• Dereck Chisora signs management deal with David HayeThe fairytale of the fighting Fury cousins could have been scripted to order: two Gypsy boys battling their way to the top of the hea…

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‘We’re fighting’: Floyd Mayweather says Khabib Nurmagomedov bout will happen

UFC star and former boxing champion eye lucrative boutRussian MMA star is suspended after UFC 229 fiascoFormer world boxing champion Floyd Mayweather says a fight with mixed martial arts star Khabib Nurmagomedov is “happening”.Both Mayweather (50-0) an…

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Canelo Álvarez signs richest contract in sport history, worth $365m

Boxer agrees 11-fight contract with streaming service DAZNMexican fighter faces Britain’s Rocky Fielding on 15 DecemberCanelo Álvarez has signed the largest contract in the history of sport, agreeing a five-year, 11-fight deal worth at least $365m with…