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  • Golovkin vs Lemieux in title fight Oct. 17 in New York

    July 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Rising star Gennady Golovkin will meet Canada's David Lemieux in a middleweight title unification fight Oct. 17 at Madison Square Garden, promoters announced Friday.Golovkin, who has stopped 30 opponents in winning all 33 of his fights, will face another power puncher in Lemieux, who is 34-2 with 31 knockouts, in a fight where both boxers will have titles on the line.

  • Column: Cancer turned out to be the biggest fight for Jacobs

    July 31, 2015

    His doctor first diagnosed it as a pinched nerve. Daniel Jacobs thought the pain running down his leg might be sciatica.''We were both wrong,'' Jacobs said.It was on a USO tour of the Middle East when the boxer first felt numbness in his leg. He ignored it at first, thinking it would go away.

  • Shumenov wins interim cruiserweight title

    July 26, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Beibut Shumenov scored a unanimous but unpopular decision over B.J. Flores to win the WBA interim cruiserweight title on Saturday night.The fight was the second at the 200-pound cruiserweight limit for Shumenov, who held the light heavyweight belt from 2010 to 2013 but moved up because of problems making weight.

  • Kovalev retains light heavyweight titles

    July 26, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Sergey Kovalev had little trouble taking care of business against an outmatched Nadjib Mohammedi.Now he can look forward to a homecoming bout in Moscow.Kovalev stopped Mohammedi in the third round Saturday night, retaining his light heavyweight titles in a fight that was a mismatch from the start.

  • Jean Pascal wins on Kovalev fight card

    July 25, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Former light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal overcame a slow start to beat Yuniesky Gonzalez by unanimous decision Saturday night to set up a possible rematch with Sergey Kovalev.Fighting on the same card as Kovalev, Pascal (30-3-1) won by a 96-94 margin in the 10-round bout on all three scorecards to hand Gonzalez (16-1) his first loss. The decision was loudly booed by the crowd at the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino, and met with disbelief by Gonzalez himself.

  • Golovkin, Lemieux to meet in 160-lb title unification bout

    July 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Gennady Golovkin will meet David Lemieux in a three-belt middleweight title unification bout Oct. 17 in New York.Golovkin's promoter, Tom Loeffler, announced the matchup Saturday after lengthy negotiations. The 160-pound champions will headline an HBO pay-per-view telecast at Madison Square Garden.

  • Kovalev, Pascal both return to the ring in Vegas

    July 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Sergey Kovalev beat the ageless Bernard Hopkins and stopped Jean Pascal before his hometown fans in Montreal.But the light heavyweight champion has never headlined a show in the boxing mecca of Las Vegas.That changes Saturday night when Kovalev puts his various 175-pound titles on the line against Nadjib Mohammedi in a fight that matches a power puncher against a nearly unknown challenger who is a heavy underdog.

  • 2-year doping ban upheld against British boxer Kid Galahad

    July 24, 2015

    LONDON (AP) British boxer Kid Galahad, also known as Abdul Barry Awad, dropped his appeal for a positive test for the steroid stanozolol, U.K. Anti-Doping said on Friday.The 25-year-old Galahad failed a doping test on Sept. 20, after he defeated Adeilson Dos Santos in Sheffield for the vacant IBF youth super bantamweight title.

  • Boxer Jermain Taylor enters plea to Arkansas battery charge

    July 16, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Boxer Jermain Taylor has pleaded innocent by reason of mental disease or defect to a charge that he assaulted a man at a rehabilitation center where Taylor was being treated.The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1e2ASmQ ) that Taylor entered the plea Thursday to the battery charge. Taylor is accused of hitting another resident at the rehabilitation center where he was being held after being charged with shooting and wounding his cousin and threatening a child with a gun.

  • 4-time world champion boxer Carl Froch retires aged 38

    July 14, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Four-time world champion Carl Froch retired from boxing on Tuesday after more than a year out of the ring.The 38-year-old super middleweight twice won the WBC title, as well as taking the WBA and IBF belts. He won 33 of his 35 fights, with 24 of those coming by knockout.

  • Thurman stops Collazo in 8th round

    July 12, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Keith Thurman defeated Luis Collazo by technical knockout in the eighth round of their welterweight fight on Saturday night.With a loud hometown crowd behind him, Thurman aggressively stalked Collazo during the first four rounds and landed a wide assortment of power punches to the head and body. Collazo was cut on the corner of his right eye in the sixth round, and Thurman opened up the cut with several power punches to the face in the seventh.

  • Chagaev floors Pianeta in 1st round to keep WBA title

    July 11, 2015

    MAGDEBURG, Germany (AP) Ruslan Chagaev of Uzbekistan defended his WBA heavyweight belt with a first-round technical knockout of Francesco Pianeta on Saturday.Chagaev dropped Pianeta with two left blows early in the first round, but the Italian-born German got up before the count. Chagaev pushed his advantage and left him on the canvas again with another two lefts, and referee Jean-Louis Legland had no option but to end the bout just before the bell.

  • Autopsy: Boxer Tony Ayala Jr. died of heroin overdose

    July 9, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) An autopsy has confirmed that boxer Tony Ayala Jr. died of a heroin overdose.The Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office revealed the cause of death Thursday. The report also cited an enlarged heart as another significant finding.San Antonio police had suspected a heroin overdose killed the 52-year-old former middleweight contender, whose body was found at his family's gym on May 12. Heroin and a syringe were found next to his body.

  • Wladimir Klitschko to fight Tyson Fury in October

    July 7, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Promoters say unbeaten British boxer Tyson Fury will challenge Wladimir Klitschko for his world heavyweight titles in a bout in Germany in October.The 39-year-old Klitschko is the WBA, IBF and WBO champion and the encounter will be a record 28th heavyweight title bout for him.

  • Arum sues Haymon, Premier Boxing Champions over fights

    July 1, 2015

    Boxing promoter Bob Arum filed suit Wednesday against Al Haymon and his financial backers, claiming they are violating federal law by acting as illegal promoters and monopolizing fighters and venues for fights.The lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles mirrors an earlier one filed by Golden Boy Promotions, headed by former boxer Oscar De La Hoya. It asks for more than 0 million in damages from Haymon and the investment firm Waddell & Reed.

  • Gushiken at last happy as boxer after Hall of Fame induction

    July 1, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) It was a long fight for Yoko Gushiken to find life after boxing. Or rather, to find his life was all about boxing, after all.It took his induction last month into the International Boxing Hall of Fame - an honor only two other Japanese have received - to allow him to reconcile with who he truly is.

  • Tim Bradley survives weird finish, beats Vargas for WBO belt

    June 28, 2015

    CARSON, Calif. (AP) Timothy Bradley got rocked in the final minute and survived a confusing finish to beat Jessie Vargas by unanimous decision Saturday night, claiming the interim WBO welterweight title.Bradley (32-1-1) controlled most of his bout against the previously unbeaten Vargas, but the former two-division champion was hurt by a hard right that nearly knocked him down. The fight went on as Bradley recovered somewhat, but referee Pat Russell apparently stopped the fight 10 seconds early, thinking the 10-second warning was the bell to end the bout.

  • Tim Bradley ready for return against Vargas, trainer Morales

    June 25, 2015

    CARSON, Calif. (AP) When Timothy Bradley returns to the ring Saturday night, he's only taking on undefeated Jessie Vargas. He isn't there to pick a fight with Vargas' trainer, despite what he said during a video rant.Bradley (31-1-1) steps back into the StubHub Center ring looking to bounce back from a winless 2014 and to reclaim the vacant WBO welterweight title he lost a year ago in a rematch with Manny Pacquiao.

  • Barthelemy stays unbeaten with victory over DeMarco

    June 21, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Rances Barthelemy beat Antonio DeMarco by unanimous decision on Saturday.Barthelemy, a Cuban defector who lives in Las Vegas, won all 10 rounds on the judges' scorecards, although he was deducted one point by referee Kenny Bayless for a low blow in the ninth. Barthelemy (23-0) was fighting at the 140-pound super lightweight limit for the second time after previously winning the IBF super featherweight title.

  • Andre Ward beats Paul Smith in long-awaited return to ring

    June 21, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) As soon as Andre Ward found his stride following his lengthy layoff, the fight quickly came to an end.Ward made a triumphant return to the ring and delighted his home crowd when he stopped England's Paul Smith in the ninth round Saturday night in a nontitle fight.

  • Porter wins decision against Broner

    June 21, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Shawn Porter beat Adrien Broner in a unanimous decision on Saturday night in a key welterweight matchup.The judges scored the fight 114-112, 115-111 and 118-108 for Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs), who got off to a strong start and held on after Broner knocked him down in the final round. Broner (30-2, 22 KOs) had a point deducted late in the 11th round after multiple warnings for holding Porter down.

  • Andre Ward prepares for return to ring after legal dispute

    July 31, 2015

    HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) Andre Ward is never one to shy away from a fight.He just prefers the kind that takes place in the ring instead of a courtroom.That's why Ward is so happy that his 19-month layoff will finally come to an end on Saturday night when he takes on England's Paul Smith in a non-title fight in his hometown of Oakland.

  • Bowe, Mancini head Boxing Hall of Fame's class of 2015

    July 31, 2015

    CANASTOTA, N.Y. (AP) Riddick Bowe didn't know what to say. Ray ''Boom Boom'' Mancini had no such problem.Humbled by the moment, the two former champions were inducted Sunday into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.''I got my ring. I'm so happy,'' said Bowe, who beat undisputed champion Evander Holyfield to win the heavyweight boxing title in 1992. ''I'm finally in, and guess what, I don't know what to say.''

  • Wilder retains WBC heavyweight title with knockout of Molina

    July 31, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Deontay Wilder gave his Alabama fans what they expected in his first WBC heavyweight title defense: a knockout.It just came later than many expected, including Wilder.Wilder successfully defended his WBC heavyweight title with a ninth-round knockout of Eric Molina on Saturday night at Bartow Arena, a short drive from his hometown.

  • Walters easily outpoints Marriaga in featherweight bout

    July 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Nicholas Walters heard the crowd booing the lack of action and waiting for him to live up to his ''Axe Man'' nickname.Then again, he had not fought an opponent as tough as Miguel Marriaga until Saturday night's WBA featherweight fight in which he did enough to remain unbeaten with a unanimous decision.

  • Pedraza wins vacant IBF junior lightweight title

    July 31, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Jose Pedraza claimed the vacant IBF junior lightweight title with a unanimous decision over Andrey Klimov on Saturday night.Pedraza (20-0) controlled the action through much of the fight at Bartow Arena, ending the second and seventh rounds with a flurry of punches after backing Klimov (19-2) into the corner.

  • Lara wins in unanimous decision over Rodriguez

    July 31, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Erislandy Lara defended his WBA world super welterweight title with a unanimous 12-round decision over Delvin Rodriguez on Friday night.After another convincing win, Lara has his sights set on the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world.

  • Olympic boxing body fires executive director

    July 31, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The International Boxing Association says it has fired executive director Ho Kim with immediate effect.AIBA did not specify in a statement its reason for dismissing the South Korean official.AIBA President C. K. Wu says he wants ''the world of boxing to move in the new direction and therefore I feel that new vision and leadership are paramount.''

  • Cotto knocks out Geale in 4th round, retains WBC title

    July 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Miguel Cotto didn't quite break into ''New York, New York'' after one of his most powerful showings in the city that never sleeps.He certainly could have after nearly putting Daniel Geale to sleep Saturday night in retaining the WBC middleweight title.

  • Guerrero knocked down, but wins split decision over Martinez

    July 31, 2015

    CARSON, Calif. (AP) Robert Guerrero rebounded from a fourth-round knockdown and won a split decision over Aron Martinez in a welterweight bout Saturday.The verdict for Guerrero (33-3-1) was booed by a portion of the crowd after the former four-division champion rallied in the second half of the 10-round bout to beat Martinez (19-4-1), a 20-to-1 underdog in some betting venues.

  • Cotto puts middleweight belt on line vs. Geale

    July 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) There might be as many questions to answer in Saturday night's WBC middleweight title fight as there will be punches thrown.Champion Miguel Cotto has had a year's layoff since taking the belt from Sergio Martinez. Will he be rusty?At 34, Cotto has done lots of hitting and been hit plenty, too. Is there anything left?

  • Brook retains IBF welterweight belt, Joshua wins again

    July 31, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Kell Brook won his second defense of the IBF welterweight belt to stay undefeated, while fellow British boxer Anthony Joshua enhanced his burgeoning reputation in the heavyweight division with a second-round stoppage of experienced American Kevin Johnson.

  • WBC champ Wilder not studying Molina - or taking him lightly

    July 31, 2015

    NORTHPORT, Ala. (AP) Deontay Wilder doesn't know a lot about his next opponent, but that's not a sign that he doesn't respect Eric Molina.The 29-year-old WBC heavyweight champion's first title defense comes on June 13 at UAB's Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, about an hour from his hometown of Tuscaloosa. Wilder spoke Thursday before a workout Thursday that was open to reporters at his gym just outside Tuscaloosa.

  • AP Was There: Muhammad Ali-Sonny Liston heavyweight rematch

    July 31, 2015

    EDITOR'S NOTE: On May 25, 1965, Muhammad Ali defeated Sonny Liston in the first round of a heavyweight bout that produced one of the strangest finishes in boxing history as well as one of sports' most iconic moments - photos of Ali hovering over Liston on the canvas, shouting at his opponent to get up.

  • England's James DeGale wins IBF super middleweight title

    July 31, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) James DeGale became the first British fighter to win an Olympic gold medal and a professional world title Saturday, unanimously outpointing Andre Dirrell at Boston University's Agganis Arena to take the vacant International Boxing Federation super middleweight title.

  • Russia's Drozd beats Janik to defend WBC cruiserweight title

    July 31, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) Russia's Grigory Drozd defended his WBC cruiserweight title for the first time Friday, defeating Poland's Lukasz Janik with a ninth-round technical knockout.Cheered on by a raucous and nationalist home crowd in the Russian capital, Drozd weakened Janik with a succession of body shots before knocking him down in the seventh round.

  • Opening event Monday for new version of Kronk Gym in Detroit

    July 31, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) An opening event is Monday for a new version of the former Detroit boxing gym of late Hall of Fame boxing trainer Emanuel Steward.The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/1IKULMJ ) the Kronk Gym will operate from a church basement on the city's west side. Details are posted on the gym's website.

  • Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin stops Monroe in 6th

    July 31, 2015

    INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) Gennady Golovkin's latest big drama show had a few extra twists and turns. The middleweight champion still finished it with his usual show-stopping flourish.Golovkin stopped Willie Monroe Jr. 45 seconds into the sixth round Saturday night, retaining the 160-pound belts with his 20th consecutive knockout victory.

  • Gennady Golovkin goes for 20th straight KO vs elusive Monroe

    July 31, 2015

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) Gennady Golovkin has thrown out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium, and he has been given a hero's welcome back home in Kazakhstan.He has claimed multiple middleweight belts, and he has brutally stopped all 19 opponents willing to face him over the last seven years.

  • Police suspect drug overdose in boxer Tony Ayala Jr.'s death

    July 31, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Heroin and a syringe were found next to the body of Tony Ayala Jr., San Antonio police disclosed Thursday in a report that says investigators suspect a drug overdose killed the troubled boxer.According to a newly released police report, the items were found on a desk next to Ayala's body, which was found face-down on the floor next to the desk and chair. Investigators said the syringe contained what appeared to be a narcotic and that a ball of heroin wrapped in tape was found on the desk with a cooker cap and a spoon.

  • Wilder's first title defense set with Molina in Alabama

    July 31, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Deontay Wilder is staying close to home for his first defense of the WBC heavyweight title.Wilder will fight Texan Eric Molina on June 13 at UAB's Bartow Arena, about an hour from his Tuscaloosa hometown. It will be the first title fight held in Alabama, a state that has produced past champions Evander Holyfield (Atmore) and Joe Louis (Lafayette).

  • Promoter: Unbeaten champ Golovkin has nearly sold out Forum

    July 31, 2015

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin's bout against Willie Monroe Jr. on Saturday has nearly sold out the Forum.Tom Loeffler, Golovkin's promoter, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the historic Inglewood arena's 12,600-seat configuration for boxing is approaching full capacity.

  • Injured Manny Pacquiao returns to the Philippines

    July 31, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) Manny Pacquiao returned home to the Philippines on Wednesday nursing his right shoulder after surgery and weighing up whether to retire or push for a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr.Pacquiao, wearing a black shoulder brace and arm sling, said his immediate priorities were recuperating from surgery and his duties as congressman and family man. He said he injured his shoulder during training for the May 2 fight which Mayweather won on a unanimous decision.

  • Injured Pacquiao returns to Philippines

    July 31, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) Manny Pacquiao returned home to the Philippines on Wednesday nursing his right shoulder after surgery and weighing up whether to retire or push for a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr.Pacquiao, wearing a black shoulder brace and arm sling, said his immediate priorities were recuperating from surgery and his duties as congressman and family man. He said he suffered the shoulder injury during training for the May 2 fight which Mayweather won on a unanimous decision.

  • Injured Pacquiao returns a hero to Philippines

    July 31, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) Manny Pacquiao has returned home to the Philippines nursing the wound from surgery on his right shoulder and still a hero to his Filipino fans despite his loss Floyd Mayweather Jr.Pacquiao says he will focus on recovering from the shoulder injury and his duties as congressman and family man while considering a rematch or retirement. He has said he suffered the shoulder injury during training for the May 2 fight.

  • Tony Ayala Jr., boxer who served 2 prison terms, dead at 52

    July 31, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Tony Ayala Jr., a rising star in boxing before a 1983 rape conviction that led to the first of two long prison terms, died Tuesday at a family-owned gym in his hometown of San Antonio. He was 52.Bexar County medical examiner records indicate Ayala died the gym where he was trying to build a career as a trainer. There was no immediate cause of death.

  • Mayweather-Pacquiao sets PPV mark with 4.4 million buys

    July 31, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao proved a box office smash, even if their welterweight title fight didn't live up to the hype.The May 2 fight obliterated the pay-per-view record, with 4.4 million buys generating more than 0 million in revenue. With a live gate of nearly million and other revenue, the bout grossed more than 0 million and likely made Mayweather more than 0 million.

  • Russian boxer in coma after incident in Berlin subway

    July 31, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) Russian heavyweight boxer Denis Boytsov has been placed in an artificial coma after being found with serious head injuries in a Berlin subway tunnel.Boytsov, who has a 36-1 record, was found lying in the tunnel between two subway stations in the upmarket Charlottenburg district of western Berlin on May 3.

  • Boxing loss could be Pacquiao's political win

    July 31, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) Manny Pacquiao lost his biggest fight in the ring, but that won't stop him from plotting a bigger comeback - in the political arena that is.In a country where elections are also entertainment and political programs secondary, candidates often win because of star power and money.

  • Canelo Alvarez knocks out James Kirkland in 3rd round

    July 31, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) On the night that Saul ''Canelo'' Alvarez knocked out James Kirkland, the Mexican star spent almost as much time almost as much time talking about Miguel Cotto as he did his opponent.Alvarez knocked out Kirkland with a sweeping right at 2:19 of the third round in their 154-pound fight Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.

  • Undefeated Figueroa unanimously outpoints Burns

    July 31, 2015

    HIDALGO, Texas (AP) Undefeated Omar Figueroa unanimously outpointed Scotland's Ricky Burns on Saturday in a super lightweight fight on the Premier Boxing Champions on CBS card at State Farm Arena.In front of a raucous hometown crowd, Figueroa improved to 25-0-1. He received winning scores of 116-110 from two judges and 117-109 from the other.

  • Chudinov defeats Sturm by split decision for WBA belt

    July 31, 2015

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) Fedor Chudinov of Russia defeated former middleweight champion Felix Sturm of Germany by split decision for the vacant WBA super middleweight title on Saturday.Judges Robert Hoyle and Victor Simons gave it to Chudinov by 118-110 and 116-112 respectively, while Juan Manuel Garcia Reyes awarded it 116-112 to Sturm, despite him rarely troubling the undefeated Russian but for a brief flurry in the sixth and seventh rounds.

  • Canelo, Kirkland promise action in their Houston showdown

    July 31, 2015

    Although Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s showdown with Manny Pacquiao last week probably didn't convert many new fans to boxing, the sport has much more to offer after that unsatisfying meeting between its two biggest stars.Saul ''Canelo'' Alvarez and James Kirkland get the first chance to put on a show.

  • British boxer Carl Froch loses WBA belt through inactivity

    July 31, 2015

    MARBELLA, Panama (AP) British boxer Carl Froch has been stripped of his WBA super-middleweight belt because of a failure to defend his title since last May.The WBA says Fedor Chudinov and Felix Sturm will fight for the vacant title on May 9 in Germany.

  • Mayweather to Showtime: Pacquiao a 'sore loser' and 'coward'

    July 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Floyd Mayweather said in an upcoming interview with Showtime that at this moment he's not interested in a rematch with Manny Pacquiao ''because he's a sore loser and he's a coward.''The interview was recorded late Tuesday night and will air Saturday night after the network's replay of boxing's richest fight, which Mayweather won by decision last weekend in Las Vegas to stay undefeated.

  • Manny Pacquiao has shoulder surgery

    July 31, 2015

    Manny Pacquiao underwent surgery on his injured right shoulder Wednesday following his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in boxing's richest fight ever.Pacquiao spokesman Fred Sternburg quoted the fighter's surgeon, Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic clinic in Los Angeles, as saying he could not be ''more pleased with the results'' and fully expects Pacquiao to be back in the ring.

  • Mayweather's manager named in 0 million antitrust suit

    July 31, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Oscar de la Hoya's boxing promotion company is suing Floyd Mayweather's manager and investors for 0 million, alleging they're trying to illegally monopolize U.S. championship fighting.Golden Boy Promotions filed the federal antitrust and unfair competition suit Wednesday in Los Angeles.

  • Floyd Mayweather's ex-girlfriend sues boxer for defamation

    July 31, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The mother of three of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s children sued the undefeated boxing champion for defamation over his recent comments about her and a 2010 domestic violence attack in Las Vegas.Josie Harris filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, days after her ex-boyfriend defeated Manny Pacquiao in a highly anticipated bout.

  • Uchiyama defends WBA super featherweight crown

    July 31, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Japanese boxer Takashi Uchiyama beat Thai challenger Jomthong Chuwatana on a technical knockout in the second round to defend his WBA super featherweight title on Wednesday.Uchiyama improved to 23-0 with one draw and 19 wins by knockout. It was the 10th defense of the title he first won in January 2010. Jomthong fell to 9-1.

  • Suit filed against Pacquiao for not disclosing injury

    July 31, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Manny Pacquiao and his handlers have been hit with a lawsuit asking for damages for anyone who paid to watch his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. because he failed to disclose his shoulder was injured.The suit was filed Tuesday in federal court in Las Vegas on behalf of two plaintiffs, identified as Staphane Vanel and Kami Rahbaran.

  • Column: Pacquiao injury another hit for boxing

    July 31, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The people who paid .95 to watch at home had no clue.Neither did those spending ,000 or more for a ringside seat Saturday night in Las Vegas.And, surely, the bettor who wagered 0,000 at the MGM Grand sports book on Manny Pacquiao to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. wasn't in the loop.

  • Pacquiao could face disciplinary action for shoulder

    July 31, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Manny Pacquiao could face disciplinary action from Nevada boxing officials for failing to disclose a shoulder injury before his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.Nevada Athletic Commission chairman Francisco Aguilar said Monday that the state attorney general's office will look at why Pacquiao checked ''no'' a day before the fight on a commission questionnaire asking if he had a shoulder injury.

  • Cable, pay-per-view problems leave viewers fighting mad

    July 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) For some boxing fans, the big fight Saturday night turned out to be between them and their cable companies.Strong pay-per-view demand for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight in Las Vegas caused problems for cable and satellite systems, especially when people tried to order at the last second, which delayed the start of the fight. It's another sting to the reputation of an industry that's already beset with criticism over poor service and competition from streaming video providers.

  • Mayweather takes his 0 million check and runs

    July 31, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The check was for 0 million, a payday so mind boggling that Floyd Mayweather Jr. couldn't help but show it to a few reporters when the night was done.''No pictures, though,'' Mayweather said, sliding the check out of an envelope. ''Don't want any pictures of it.''

  • INSIDE MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO: Bieber, Kimmel, no KO-style

    July 31, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Some of the sights and sounds seen by AP journalists covering the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao megafight in Las Vegas:---NO KO? FANS SPLIT ON MAYWEATHER'S STYLEOn one hand, Floyd Mayweather is undefeated at 48-0. On the other hand, he didn't knock out Manny Pacquiao or do much more than repeatedly stuff Pacquiao's attacks.

  • Pacquiao says shoulder injury limited him in Mayweather loss

    July 31, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Manny Pacquiao said a right shoulder injury prevented him from fighting at his best in his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr.Nevada officials also denied Pacquiao's request to take an anti-inflammatory shot in his dressing room before the fight Saturday night. The chairman of the Nevada Athletic Commission said the ruling was Pacquiao's fault for not mentioning his injury sooner.

  • The Latest: Mayweather's dad says fighter done after 1 more

    July 31, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) 11:25 p.m. (2:25 a.m.)The stage is set up inside the ring for the post-fight news conference, but Floyd Mayweather Sr. is holding court near the ring apron - and he isn't holding back about his son's future.''He ain't got nothing left to prove,'' Mayweather said after the dominant unanimous-decision win over Manny Pacquiao.

  • Sadness, disappointment in Philippines after Pacquiao defeat

    July 31, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) Sadness and disappointment gripped Filipinos after Manny Pacquiao's defeat in his much-anticipated fight against American Floyd Mayweather Jr. but they still considered the boxing icon a national hero.Gymnasiums and other public venues where the 12-round fight was shown for free on Sunday lunchtime local time. The venues were quickly vacated soon after it was announced Pacquiao lost by unanimous decision.

  • The Latest: Judges agree on 10 rounds in Mayweather win

    July 31, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) 10:18 p.m. (1:18 a.m.)Opinions about the fight varied around Twitter and the Internet, but the decision was fairly uniform at ringside. The judges agreed on 10 of the 12 rounds, disagreeing only on the ninth and 10th rounds.Judge Dave Moretti gave both to Mayweather and scored it 118-110, while judges Burt Clements and Glenn Feldman gave both to Pacquiao and saw it 116-112.

  • The Latest: Mayweather beats Pacquiao in unanimous decision

    July 31, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) 10:04 p.m. (1:04 a.m.)Manny Pacquiao doesn't agree with the judges.''I thought I caught him many more times than he caught me,'' Pacquiao said. ''I was never hurt. I was very surprised at the scores. I hit him more times than he hit me.''

  • Mayweather wins decision in richest fight ever

    July 31, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The pressure of a 0 million payday never got to Floyd Mayweather Jr., even if the richest fight ever wasn't the best.Using his reach and his jab Saturday night, Mayweather frustrated Manny Pacquiao, piling up enough points to win a unanimous decision in their welterweight title bout. Mayweather remained unbeaten in 48 fights, cementing his legacy as the best of his generation.

  • The Latest: Mayweather defeats Pacquiao in decision

    July 31, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) 9:50 p.m. (12:50 a.m.)Floyd Mayweather Jr. won a unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night, using his usual skill to remain unbeaten in the most anticipated fight in recent years.Mayweather (48-0) won comfortably on all three judges' scorecards in his long-awaited showdown with Pacquiao (57-6-2). Despite boos from a pro-Pacquiao crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Mayweather counterpunched and jabbed his way to another win.

  • The Latest: Mayweather-Pacquiao ends, fighters await scores

    July 31, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) 9:46 p.m. (12:46 a.m.) Round 12Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao hug in the center of the ring before the final round of the most anticipated fight in years. Then they shove each other away and go back to work. Pacquiao continues to storm forward, but Mayweather shows off athleticism with one last fleet-footed display. Both fighters raise their gloves at the bell, and Mayweather jumps on the ring ropes.

  • The Latest: Mayweather-Pacquiao in a big of a stalemate

    July 31, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) 9:46 p.m. (12:46 a.m.) Round 12Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao hug in the center of the ring before the final round of the most anticipated fight in years. Then they shove each other away and go back to work. Pacquiao continues to storm forward, but Mayweather shows off athleticism with one last fleet-footed display. Both fighters raise their gloves at the bell, and Mayweather jumps on the ring ropes.

  • The Latest: Mayweather-Pacquiao close going into late rounds

    July 31, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) 9:38 p.m. (12:38 a.m.) Round 10Another round of stalking by Manny Pacquiao and superb defense from Floyd Mayweather Jr., who lands just enough jabs and counterpunches to keep the Filipino congressman frustrated. Neither fighter lands anything huge in an even round.

  • The Latest: Mayweather holds lead with accurate punching

    July 31, 2015

    9:30 p.m. (12:30 a.m.) Round 8Floyd Mayweather Jr. continues to use his jab to keep Pacquiao uncertain. Pacquiao opens up, jumps in and throws big shots at Mayweather, connecting with two big left hands. Mayweather jabs and counterpunches. They trade glares after an exchange at the bell.

  • The Latest: Mayweather becomes the aggressor, builds lead

    July 31, 2015

    9:26 p.m. (12:26 a.m. EDT) Round 7Floyd Mayweather Jr. becomes the pursuer to open the round, stalking Manny Pacquiao back to the ropes. Mayweather uses a double jab and a right hand to keep Pacquiao guessing. Pacquiao lunges forward to throw combinations, but Mayweather is already gone.

  • The Latest: Pacquiao on the attack, but Mayweather leads

    July 31, 2015

    9:22 p.m. (12:22 a.m. EDT) Round 6Manny Pacquiao wears a look of fury to open the round, and he chases Floyd Mayweather Jr. to the ropes repeatedly with superior energy and aggression. Pacquiao unloads with combinations that bring the crowd to its feet, but Mayweather stares back with a cold-eyed look and mouths, `Nope, nope.'

  • The Latest: Pacquiao takes his first round, still trails

    July 31, 2015

    9:18 p.m. (12:18 a.m.) Round 5The crowd is still buzzing from Manny Pacquiao's enormous left hand in the fourth round, but Mayweather shows veteran calm and wins the early exchanges. Pacquiao is stalking and looking for openings, but finding none this round in the defensive virtuoso.

  • The Latest: Mayweather countering efficiently, leads after 3

    July 31, 2015

    9:10 p.m. (12:10 a.m. EDT) Round 3Floyd Mayweather Jr. delivers a borderline low blow, and Manny Pacquiao reacts angrily. Pacquiao loads up for a few big punches, but still has trouble finding the most elusive boxer of his generation. Big shots late get the crowd on its feet.

  • The Latest: Both fighters aggressive early

    July 31, 2015

    9:06 p.m. (12:06 a.m. EDT) Round 2Manny Pacquiao gets Floyd Mayweather Jr. on the ropes, but the unbeaten pound-for-pound king slips away repeatedly or wraps up Pacquiao in close. Pacquiao's shots are mostly missing, and Mayweather gets more aggressive later in the round. Pacquiao lands a late left.

  • The Latest: Ring walks begin

    July 31, 2015

    8:54 p.m. (11:54 p.m. EDT)The ring walks have finished, and they were predictably nuts.Manny Pacquiao smiled broadly as he walked to a song he sang himself. In his entourage was an unsmiling Jimmy Kimmel, dressed to look something like pop star Justin Bieber, a frequent member of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s entourage.

  • The Latest: Late money comes in heavy on Mayweather

    July 31, 2015

    8:36 p.m. (11:36 p.m.)The late money coming into the Vegas sportsbooks has been mostly on Floyd Mayweather Jr., and the odds have surged to -240 for Mayweather and +200 for Pacquiao.---8:30 p.m. (11:30 p.m.)The fighters are ready, and the arena is packed. But Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao are waiting in their dressing rooms for a few extra minutes because HBO and Showtime have such a backlog of requests to buy the fight.

  • Mayweather-Pacquiao prizefight delayed amid high TV demand

    July 31, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The most anticipated boxing fight in years was delayed because of high pay-per-view demand causing problems for cable and satellite systems.Jim Lampley, the main telecaster for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao showdown in Las Vegas told viewers Saturday night that ''electronic overload'' caused cable and satellite operators to ask for a delay.

  • The Latest: Start of fight held for pay-per-view problems

    July 31, 2015

    8:30 p.m. (11:30 p.m.)The fighters are ready, and the arena is packed. But Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao are waiting in their dressing rooms for a few extra minutes because HBO and Showtime have such a backlog of requests to buy the fight.The broadcasters elected to delay the main event for a few minutes to take in more orders for the .95 pay-per-view. The crush of requests for the fight, which is expected to shatter every pay-per-view record in combat sports, has slowed down the cable and satellite providers who get the fight to fans.

  • The Latest: Start of fight held because of cable problems

    July 31, 2015

    8:25 p.m. (11:25 p.m. EDT)The sellout crowd is ready for the main event a half-decade in the making, and Manny Pacquiao's crew is in the ring, wearing formal white shirts and waving a big Filipino flag.However, because many customers trying to order the pay-per-view telecast were having problems, organizers said they were going to slow things down before bringing Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. to the ring.

  • Philippines at a standstill for Pacquiao fight

    July 31, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) Millions of Filipinos pack public gymnasiums, movie houses, restaurants and homes of relatives and friends with pay-per-view to cheer on their boxing hero Manny Pacquiao from halfway across the world in his fight against American Floyd Mayweather.

  • Lomachenko, Santa Cruz control Mayweather-Pacquiao undercard

    July 31, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Vasyl Lomachenko defended his WBO featherweight title with style Saturday night, stopping Gamalier Rodriguez in the ninth round on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s fight with Manny Pacquiao.Leo Santa Cruz also pounded out a one-sided victory over Jose Cayetano in his featherweight debut while celebrities and wealthy boxing fans filed into the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the most anticipated main event in several years.

  • The Latest: Brady accomplishes the double, fight and Derby

    July 31, 2015

    8:02 p.m. (11:02 p.m.)Tom Brady did the double. The New England Patriots' four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback showed up at the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight after taking in the Kentucky Derby earlier in the day.---7:53 p.m. (10:53 p.m. EDT)

  • The Latest: Some viewers having trouble seeing telecast

    July 31, 2015

    7:53 p.m. (10:53 p.m. EDT)Tantalizingly close to perhaps the most anticipated sporting event of the year, many cable and satellite customers are complaining they can't watch the fight.Scores of angry tweets directed at various television providers complained of problems ordering or watching the Floyd Mayweather- Manny Pacquiao fight on Saturday night. Some users said when they tried to order, the fight wasn't available. Others complained of picture problems or an inability to tune to the pay-per-view channel.

  • The Latest: Some folks at the fight watching NBA

    July 31, 2015

    7:45 p.m. (10:45 p.m. EDT)Leo Santa Cruz's undercard fight with Jose Cayetano was not exactly compelling, but it didn't really matter to true sports fans enjoying everything that Super Saturday had to offer, thanks to modern technology.Looking around the now-packed stands in the MGM Grand Garden arena, you could see dozens of people staring intently at their phones and reacting whenever a big shot is made in the Los Angeles Clippers' seventh game against the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs.

  • The Latest: 1 undercard fight left, featuring huge underdog

    July 31, 2015

    7:15 p.m. (10:15 p.m. EDT)Just one fight left on the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao undercard: Leo Santa Cruz's bantamweight debut against unheralded Jose Cayetano.Santa Cruz, a Los Angeles-area fighter and a staple on major undercards for years, is a huge favorite against Cayetano, who acknowledged it in the fighters' news conference. But give Cayetano points for moxie: He walked to the ring to the theme song from ''Rocky,'' every boxing underdog's clarion call.

  • The Latest: Lomachenko knocks out Rodriguez on undercard

    July 31, 2015

    7:04 p.m. (10:04 p.m. EDT)Vasyl Lomachenko got the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view card started with style in a one-sided thrashing of Puerto Rico's Gamalier Rodriguez, winning in a ninth-round stoppage.Rodriguez went down in the seventh round and again in the ninth, unable to contend with Lomachenko's hand speed and overall skill. Rodriguez tried to survive with several low blows, but was docked two points by referee Robert Byrd, who waved off the fight when Rodriguez stayed down on one knee deep into the count in the ninth round.

  • The Latest: Lomachenko putting on a boxing lesson

    July 31, 2015

    6:53 p.m. (9:53 p.m. EDT)Vasyl Lomachenko was a wise choice by Top Rank for the first bout of the pay-per-view undercard for any boxing novices tuning in to the show.The two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist is teaching a master class in artful boxing against Gamalier Rodriguez, battering the Puerto Rican challenger around the ring with elegant footwork and brutal combinations.

  • The Latest: Celebrities arriving for Mayweather-Pacquiao

    July 31, 2015

    6:33 p.m. (9:33 p.m.)The crowd was mostly slow to get to its seats for the pay-per-view undercard portion of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s bout with Manny Pacquiao, but the red carpet was hopping.Early-arriving celebrities included Denzel Washington, Jake Gyllenhaal, Don Cheadle, Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller, Allison Janney, Diane Kruger, Joshua Jackson, Ben Schwartz, director Antoine Fuqua and a long list of boxing luminaries from Mike Tyson to Ruslan Provodnikov.

  • Early fights have huge announcing crew, but few fans

    July 31, 2015

    6:14 p.m. (9:14 p.m.)The Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao card has just seven fights, but the joint promotion somehow managed to employ four ring announcers.HBO and Showtime each wanted their respective signature voices on the shared broadcast, so Jimmy Lennon Jr. and Michael Buffer are sharing duties, with each introducing one main-event fighter. While Lennon and Buffer preserved their pipes for the big show, two other veteran ring announcers took care of the non-televised undercard bouts.

  • Undercards about to start as sun goes down in Las Vegas

    July 31, 2015

    6 p.m. (9 p.m. EDT)The sun is going down on the Las Vegas Strip, and the first fans have filed into the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s bout with Manny Pacquiao.The casino has been buzzing with activity since morning, and the well-heeled boxing fans lucky enough to get a ticket are starting to fill up the stands. Thousands of people without tickets are milling around the entrances to the arena, hoping to glimpse anything interesting around boxing's biggest fight in several years.

  • McIlroy needs to rush; ticket prices fall; Pacquiao eats

    July 31, 2015

    WIN OR GO TO THE FIGHTRory McIlroy is bringing an extra set of clothes to the Match Play Championship on Saturday in case he wins both his matches, only it has nothing to do with his appearance.He can't afford to waste any time if he wants to get to the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight.

  • Could there be a rematch of Mayweather-Pacquiao? Not so fast

    July 31, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The ink was barely dry on the contracts signed by Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao when the question first came up.What's to prevent the two best fighters in the world from doing it again?Plenty, though the amount of money put on a draw in this city's legal sports books is proof that conspiracy theorists are alive and well in boxing. A draw would almost guarantee a rematch in any other big fight, though this one would be far more complicated.

  • Filipino baker makes life-sized cake of Pacquiao

    July 31, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) Fans of Manny Pacquiao have a new way of showing how much they love the boxing superstar - by eating him.Or a life-size replica cake at least.Zach Yonzon, his wife Aila, and six of his staff helped finish the 167 cm. (66-in.) chocolate cake on Saturday after working 24 hours at The Bunny Baker cafe in suburban Quezon City.

  • What will Mayweather and Pacquiao do the day of the fight?

    July 31, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Manny Pacquiao will get up sometime late Saturday morning in his hotel suite and eat some steamed rice and chicken, washed down with water that his aides make sure is room temperature or warmer.Floyd Mayweather Jr. will have breakfast at his mini-mansion on the Southern Highlands golf course, then go over in his mind once again how the biggest fight of his life might play out.

  • Column: Mayweather-Pacquiao nothing more than an epic scam

    July 31, 2015

    We've been told this is one of the greatest sporting events of all time.Maybe five to 10 years ago, but not now.Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao is a matchup of two fighters past their prime looking to make one last massive score, assuming 3 million or so takers come along for the ride at a hundred bucks a pop on pay-per-view.

  • Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao make weight for megafight

    July 31, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao weighed in below the welterweight limit Friday before a packed arena of screaming, singing fans anticipating the landmark bout.One day before Mayweather and Pacquiao finally meet in the richest event in boxing history, they took the stage in an MGM Grand arena filled with 11,500 fans enjoying the public's best chance to see the fighters in person.

  • Just what kind of fight will Mayweather-Pacquiao be?

    July 31, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Five years in the making, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao meet Saturday night in the richest - and arguably most overhyped - fight in the history of the sport.Their styles have been analyzed endlessly and their minds dissected as much as possible. And it still remains anyone's guess just what kind of fight this will be.

  • Filipinos urged to turn off appliances during Pacquiao fight

    July 31, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) An officer at a Philippine electric company has urged customers to turn off major appliances to help prevent outages that have recently plagued his province so people can watch the much-awaited fight between Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.

  • Richest fight ever is also a gold mine for Vegas bookies

    July 31, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Days before the fight, one Manny Pacquiao believer had already put 0,000 on his man in the MGM Grand sports book.Now, book operator Jay Rood is working hard to balance the action.''Hopefully by this evening we'll have taken a million-dollar bet on Mayweather,'' Rood said Thursday. ''We're trying to get that hooked up now.''

  • Vasyl Lomachenko steps into boxing spotlight before May-Pac

    July 31, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Nearly 13 years ago, a little-known champion from a boxing outpost got the chance to fight on one of the biggest pay-per-view shows of this century, and he stepped into worldwide stardom with a dynamic performance.Manny Pacquiao did it on the undercard of Lennox Lewis' victory over Mike Tyson, and Vasyl Lomachenko is thrilled to have the same opportunity before Pacquiao takes on Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Saturday night.

  • Inside Mayweather-Pacquiao: Fight reminds Foreman of Rumble

    July 31, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) George Foreman was in a few big fights in his time, including one he'd rather forget against Muhammad Ali.He sees some similarities to the 1974 Rumble in the Jungle when he thinks about Floyd Mayweather Jr. taking an unbeaten mark into the ring against Manny Pacquiao.

  • Roach confident in referee Bayless, 3 judges for big fight

    July 31, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The third man in the ring on Saturday night has been in more big fights than Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao put together.The three judges for the richest bout in boxing history also have made hundreds of big decisions during lengthy careers at ringside.

  • Will fight live up to hype? History provides a clue

    July 31, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) It's the richest fight ever, with staggering paydays and ticket prices to match. For one night, at least, boxing will be back center stage, with the world waiting to see what unfolds.The big question is this: Can Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao deliver the fight this kind of hype deserves?