Coming soon: Boxing to return in early June

May 21, 2020

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum announced that he'll host two different fight cards in a span of three days beginning on June 9.
Coming soon: Boxing to return in early June

Nevada officials mull return of boxing in Las Vegas

Boxing could be back on in Las Vegas in June, with the Nevada State Athletic Commission to consider bout applications at a May 27 meeting. The commissioners will also consider an application from Dana White's mixed martial arts Ultimate Fighting Championship to hold bouts in Vegas on May 30 and June 6. Approval of the applications will depend on whether the commission decides it can remove or modify the restrictions it imposed after Nevada governor Steve Sisolak closed the state, including all casinos, in March.
Nevada officials mull return of boxing in Las Vegas

Lace them up: Boxing set for June 9 return in Las Vegas

Promoter Bob Arum said Thursday he plans to stage a card of five fights on June 9 at the MGM Grand, the first of a series of fights over the next two months at the Las Vegas hotel. A second fight card will be held two nights later, with ESPN televising both cards, kicking off twice weekly shows at the hotel in June and July. No fans will be allowed, and Arum said fighters and everyone else will be tested at least twice during fight week for the new coronavirus.
Lace them up: Boxing set for June 9 return in Las Vegas

Pulev says he would not step aside for Joshua-Fury fight

May 20, 2020

The 39-year-old Bulgarian was scheduled to meet Joshua on June 20 but the fight was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak with promoter Eddie Hearn floating the idea for the two Brits' unification bout in the event of a long postponement. Joshua has also said that a blockbuster fight with Fury, who is set to meet Deontay Wilder in a rematch later this year following a seventh round stoppage win in February, was needed to determine a single dominant figure in the division.
Pulev says he would not step aside for Joshua-Fury fight

Remembering the time Ali wasn't 'The Greatest'

May 19, 2020

As part of the 1980 Olympic boycott, the Carter administration sent Muhammad Ali to Africa. It was "the most bizarre diplomatic mission in U.S. history."
Remembering the time Ali wasn't 'The Greatest'

Remembering the time Ali wasn't The Greatest

As part of the 1980 Olympic boycott, the Carter administration sent Muhammad Ali to Africa. It was "the most bizarre diplomatic mission in U.S. history."
Remembering the time Ali wasn't The Greatest

Fury plans to emulate Klitschko's longevity

Tyson Fury has set his sights on emulating Wladimir Klitschko's sustained dominance as the British fighter warned he can remain a world champion until he retires. Klitschko was the undisputed world champion for over four years until Fury earned a shock win against the Ukrainian in 2015. Fury was unable to defend those titles amid mental health problems, but he has bounced back impressively.
Fury plans to emulate Klitschko's longevity

Boxing-Hearn planning to organise fights in his own back garden

May 16, 2020

Heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn is planning to organise fights in his own back garden when professional boxing returns in July from the COVID-19 lockdown. Hearn's mansion home and headquarters in Brentwood, to the north-east of London, has extensive grounds and he told Saturday's Daily Mail he envisaged fight nights on four consecutive weekends behind closed doors.
Boxing-Hearn planning to organise fights in his own back garden

On this day: Born May 17, 1956: Sugar Ray Leonard, American boxer

Leonard, who turns 64 on Sunday, won six world titles in five weight divisions but his career was as much about who he fought and how he fought them as what he won. As the 1970s ended, the iconic heavyweight era of Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and Joe Frazier was over and Leonard was moving to centre stage along with three other men, whose careers would all be defined by their rivalry. Leonard, Roberto Duran, Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns fought each other nine times between 1980 and 1989 in the welterweight or middleweight divisions.
On this day: Born May 17, 1956: Sugar Ray Leonard, American boxer

Sport-On this day: Born May 17, 1956: Sugar Ray Leonard, American boxer

Boxers are often remembered for epic one-off fights or career-defining rivalries but few faced as many truly brilliant rivals as Sugar Ray Leonard or beat them with enough regularity to be considered peerless in a time of greats. Leonard, who turns 64 on Sunday, won six world titles in five weight divisions but his career was as much about who he fought and how he fought them as what he won. As the 1970s ended, the iconic heavyweight era of Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and Joe Frazier was over and Leonard was moving to centre stage along with three other men, whose careers would all be defined by their rivalry.
Sport-On this day: Born May 17, 1956: Sugar Ray Leonard, American boxer