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Amateur boxing’s president set to be forced out amid financial turmoil

• Allegations of financial irregularities at world governing body Aiba
• Motion of no confidence passed against its president, Wu Ching-kuo

The president of amateur boxing’s governing body, Aiba, is set to be ousted from his position with instability and financial turmoil growing at the organisation.

Wu Ching-kuo will be asked to step down after 13 members voted to pass a motion of no confidence in the president with a further two abstaining from voting at a meeting of executive committee members in Moscow on Monday. There will also be an extraordinary congress in the coming months where Wu will be asked to explain alleged financial irregularities at the organisation, concerns first raised by individuals speaking to the Guardian.

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Amateur boxing’s president set to be forced out amid financial turmoil

• Allegations of financial irregularities at world governing body Aiba
• Motion of no confidence passed against its president, Wu Ching-kuo

The president of amateur boxing’s governing body, Aiba, is set to be ousted from his position with instability and financial turmoil growing at the organisation.

Wu Ching-kuo will be asked to step down after 13 members voted to pass a motion of no confidence in the president with a further two abstaining from voting at a meeting of executive committee members in Moscow on Monday. There will also be an extraordinary congress in the coming months where Wu will be asked to explain alleged financial irregularities at the organisation, concerns first raised by individuals speaking to the Guardian.

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Mayweather accuses McGregor of racism and uses homophobic slur

  • Boxer calls McGregor a ‘faggot’ in event at Wembley Arena
  • McGregor faces racism accusations for comments made this week

Floyd Mayweather attacked Conor McGregor with a homophobic slur and accused the UFC fighter of racism in the final leg of a promotional tour that has descended into an ugly war of words.

The UFC lightweight champion was again forced to defend himself against allegations of racism as Mayweather rounded on him at a heated press call in front of 10,000 fans at Wembley Arena.

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Fight like a girl: the female boxers of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Photographer Hugh Kinsella Cunningham met four of DRC’s 22 female boxers and spoke to them about their personal journeys in a patriarchal society

Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is a city that lives and breathes sport. Militia violence in the countryside and the corruption of the political system seem distant problems when ducking errant footballs and dodging boxers sparring in the roads of “Kin La Belle”.

It is a largely patriarchal country, with women responsible for domestic work and absent from most positions of power. DRC has also been riven by years of bloodshed, with widespread sexual assault with rape frequently used as an instrument of terrorism and war.

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Mayweather and McGregor stick to script as media tour kicks off in LA

  • Mayweather, McGregor faced off publicly for first time in Los Angeles
  • Irishman predicts: ‘I’m going to knock him out inside of four rounds’

Everything went according to script. Conor McGregor trashed, taunted and belittled Floyd Mayweather and hinted he may use his mixed martial arts skills to knock him out.

Mayweather clapped back while simultaneously inflating the notion their fight would be a real contest with an uncertain outcome.

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‘Dance for me, boy’: Mayweather and McGregor feud at NSFW press event

Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor met face to face on Tuesday for the first time, at least publicly, as they kicked off a four-city, three-country international press tour to drum up interest in their 12-round super welterweight matchup on 26 August at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Both men lived up – or down, depending on your perspective – to their reputations as two of the most profane, outspoken trash-talkers in all of sports. Yet their collective showmanship, a side course in most contexts, is as essential an ingredient as ever as they promote an event that’s not expected to offer much in the way of authentic competition.

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Jeff Horn’s win over Manny Pacquiao vindicated by WBO review of fight

Five independent judges give Australian victory after re-scoring fightUS-bound Horn says vindication comes at good timeJeff Horn has received confirmation, if it were needed, that his welterweight world title win over Manny Pacquiao was legitimate afte…

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Manny Pacquiao asks WBO to review world title defeat to Jeff Horn

  • Filipino says he has responsibility to uphold sportsmanship and truth
  • Calls to scrutinise refereeing and judging after controversial points decision

Manny Pacquiao has asked the World Boxing Organisation to act on a request by Philippine sports officials for a review of his welterweight world title loss to Jeff Horn, saying he didn’t want to see the boxing industry “dying because of unfair decision and officiating”.

Related: Jeff Horn: from underdog to millionaire poster boy for sport in need of a wholesome hero | Russell Jackson

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Manny Pacquiao asks WBO to review world title defeat to Jeff Horn

  • Filipino says he has responsibility to uphold sportsmanship and truth
  • Calls to scrutinise refereeing and judging after controversial points decision

Manny Pacquiao has asked the World Boxing Organisation to act on a request by Philippine sports officials for a review of his welterweight world title loss to Jeff Horn, saying he didn’t want to see the boxing industry “dying because of unfair decision and officiating”.

Related: Jeff Horn: from underdog to millionaire poster boy for sport in need of a wholesome hero | Russell Jackson

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Jeff Horn: from underdog to millionaire poster boy for sport in need of a wholesome hero | Russell Jackson

The humble Australian’s life was transformed overnight, even though the classic warning signs of an upset against Manny Pacquiao were there from the start

Jeff Horn woke on Monday unable to see a thing from his swollen, bruised right eye, but having vanquished Manny Pacquiao in one of Australian sport’s greatest underdog victories, boxing’s unlikeliest world champion will now watch his life’s fortunes transform dramatically. The former Brisbane schoolteacher, who had only twice boxed for prize purses of five-figure proportions, is now the millionaire poster boy for a sport craving a wholesome hero.

Horn has quickly and predictably been dubbed the Australian Rocky. Though his actual nickname, The Hornet, alludes glancingly to the world of superhero fiction, his famous victory in front of an Australian record boxing crowd at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday surprised even his most ardent admirers – the people who knew of the thousands of hours of punishing training sessions, and the years of relentless physical and financial toil required just to get Horn into the ring for his one big shot.

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Jeff Horn beats Manny Pacquiao in one of boxing’s greatest upsets

  • Horn wins unanimous decision in WBO welterweight world title fight
  • Horn open to Pacquiao rematch and challenges Floyd Mayweather

Jeff Horn won a bloody and brutal fight in Brisbane, scoring a unanimous decision victory over Manny Pacquiao on Sunday. In front of a packed hometown crowd at Suncorp Stadium, Horn punched his ticket to boxing’s big time with an incredible performance to claim Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight championship.

The three judges scored the closely-fought bout 117-111, 115-113, 115-113 in Horn’s favour. Horn immediately called out Floyd Mayweather Jr. after the fight and declared himself “no joke” to the legions of boxing experts across the world who gave him no chance and mocked his credentials.

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Manny Pacquiao v Jeff Horn: WBO welterweight world title fight – live!

  • Live updates from the big fight at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane
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4.15am BST

Today is the biggest boxing event ever hosted in Australia, held before a huge crowd at Suncorp Stadium. Manny Pacquiao is a heavy favorite over Horn at -600.

But we’ve already seen an upset on the undercard by an Australian fighter over a name boxer. In the first bout of the day, David Toussaint beat Shane Mosley, Jr., in a split decision.

4.09am BST

Welcome to The Guardian liveblog for today’s Manny Pacquiao v Jeff Horn fight for the WBO welterweight world title.

We’re about to open Round 5 (of 12) in the third, and final, undercard bout before the main event. Jerwin Ancajas is defending his IBF World Junior Bantamweight Championship against Teiru Kinoshita — and blood is currently filling the right eye of Kinoshita.

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Manny Pacquiao should retire if Jeff Horn wins, says Freddie Roach

  • Filipino to meet unheralded Australian in world title fight this weekend
  • ‘We have to win this fight, it’s crucial,’ says trainer before bout in Brisbane

Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach says he will encourage his famous charge to retire if he loses to unheralded Australian Jeff Horn in Sunday’s world title fight in Brisbane.

Roach said the 11-time world champion had hoped to raise his profile with this weekend’s WBO welterweight title bout in a bid to earn a re-match with Floyd Mayweather.

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Golovkin and Álvarez start the hard sell for middleweight title defence in Vegas

• Kazakh champion undefeated in 37 bouts, 33 of them by knockout
• Both fighters dismissive of Mayweather ‘business’ at same venue

In the somewhat incongruous surrounds of the ballroom of a central London hotel on a blistering summer’s afternoon Canelo Álvarez and Gennady Golovkin made their first scheduled public appearance in support of a long-anticipated Las Vegas meeting for the world middleweight title on 16 September. These were the opening skirmishes of a fight scarcely less important than the main event: for the attention and pay-per-view pounds of fans also being beguiled by the meeting between the Irish UFC fighter Conor McGregor and the freshly un-retired Floyd Mayweather, which takes place tat the same venue, the T-Mobile Arena, hree weeks earlier.

Golovkin, who brings to the fight an unblemished record of 37 professional wins, 33 of them by knock-out, insisted the Mayweather fight is a mere sideshow. “That’s not a fight, it’s business,” the champion said. “I think people understand. Do they want a true fight, a boxing fight? That’s mine with Canelo. Or a big show, maybe a funny show, a circus show? Conor is no boxer. If you want to watch a show, watch that one. If you want to watch boxing, watch mine.”

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Former UFC fighter Tim Hague dies aged 34 after knockout in boxing fight

  • Canadian fighter was taken to hospital after fight on Friday night
  • Hague had suffered eight knockouts during his MMA career

The former UFC fighter Tim Hague has died following a knockout in a boxing fight. He was 34. Hague was taken to hospital on Friday after he was knocked out by Adam Braidwood during their fight in Edmonton but died on Sunday.

“It is with incredible sadness, sorrow and heartbreak to report that Tim has passed away today,” Hague’s sister, Jackie Neil, said in a statement on Sunday. “He was surrounded by family, listening to his favourite songs. We will miss him so greatly.”

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Andre Ward says he is pound-for-pound No1 after stopping Sergey Kovalev

• American wins rematch in eighth round after a controversial stoppage
• ‘Hopefully, against a great fighter like Sergey Kovalev, we’ll get our credit’

Andre Ward proclaimed himself the pound-for-pound the world No1 after stopping Sergey Kovalev in their rematch to retain his unified light heavyweight world championship.

An eighth-round win in Las Vegas via a controversial technical knockout took Ward to 32 wins from 32 in his career and the 33-year-old then set his sights on climbing the weight classes. He told HBO: “Let me ask you the question: Can I get on the pound-for-pound list now? At the top?

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Sergey Kovalev out for revenge against Andre Ward in hostile rematch

• Russian lost controversial unanimous decision in first fight against Ward
• Kovalev has hired new strength coach in attempt to regain lost titles

Sergey Kovalev is convinced he did enough to defeat Andre Ward when they met for the unified light heavyweight championship in the autumn but this time he is determined to sprint through the tape.

The Russian nicknamed Krusher dumped Ward to the canvas early on and dominated the first half of their November fight but he faded just enough to allow the Olympic champion from Oakland to escape with a narrow, controversial unanimous decision. All three judges scored it 114-113 for Ward.

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José Mourinho and Mike Tyson are the heavyweights of counterpunching | Barney Ronay

The Manchester United manager’s tactics mirror those of boxing’s former world champion: get your retaliation in first

Mike Tyson has an interesting new book out called Iron Ambition. In it he talks about his violent childhood, explores his relationship with his late coach, the great Cus D’Amato, and kicks the whole thing off with a passage about wandering around his old Brooklyn neighbourhood, marvelling at the gentrification, tourists and, above all, the sight of people taking selfies all over the place.

Like many other grouchy middle-aged men Mike hasn’t, you sense, fully engaged with the selfie craze. “Imagine trying to do that with the people I was hanging out with in Times Square,” he writes. “‘Hey man, let’s take a selfie!’ Motherfuckers would start beating on you and leave you in a coma in the street.” We can never go back, of course. But in many ways, happier, wiser times.

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José Mourinho and Mike Tyson are the heavyweights of counterpunching | Barney Ronay

The Manchester United manager’s tactics mirror those of boxing’s former world champion: get your retaliation in first

Mike Tyson has an interesting new book out called Iron Ambition. In it he talks about his violent childhood, explores his relationship with his late coach, the great Cus D’Amato, and kicks the whole thing off with a passage about wandering around his old Brooklyn neighbourhood, marvelling at the gentrification, tourists and, above all, the sight of people taking selfies all over the place.

Like many other grouchy middle-aged men Mike hasn’t, you sense, fully engaged with the selfie craze. “Imagine trying to do that with the people I was hanging out with in Times Square,” he writes. “‘Hey man, let’s take a selfie!’ Motherfuckers would start beating on you and leave you in a coma in the street.” We can never go back, of course. But in many ways, happier, wiser times.

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Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight agreed for 26 August

  • Mayweather and McGregor confirm news with messages on social media
  • Fight scheduled for 12 rounds at 154lb limit with 10-ounce gloves
  • NAC approves promoter’s request for 26 August fight at T-Mobile Arena

The long-touted fight between UFC star Conor McGregor and the former five-division boxing champion Floyd Mayweather is set for 26 August at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The two fighters confirmed the news with posts to social media. On Instagram, Mayweather said: “It’s official!”. McGregor was similarly to the point: “THE FIGHT IS ON,” he wrote on Twitter. As a barb, the 28-year-old Irishman added a picture of Mayweather’s father, Floyd Sr, a presumed joke at the expense of his 40-year-old rival’s age.

THE FIGHT IS ON. pic.twitter.com/KhW0u3jRft

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