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Men’s boxing to do away with headguards at Rio Olympic Games

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Male boxers will not wear protective headgear at the Olympics Games for the first time since 1984. Following its move to allow professional boxers to compete in Rio, the International Boxing Association has proposed to unanimously end the use of headguards for all of their elite men’s competitions. The AIBA adopted the change for amateur fighters three years ago and ...

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Black Bombers impress in warm up tournament in Benin

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President of the Ghana Amateur Boxing Federation, Gideon Quartey, believes the Black Bombers have gained valuable experience from their 3 day preparatory tournament in Benin. The tournament which featured Benin and Gabon is expected to give Ghana’s boxers the needed exposure as they head into the Rio 2016 qualifiers in Cameroon which starts in the second week of March. Four ...

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Amir Khan admits he’s the ‘underdog’ against Canelo Alvarez

Khan will have to jump two weight divisions in order to face the Mexican for the WBC middleweight title
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As Amir Khan began the long build-up for the first superfight of his career our ambassador for Anglo-Islam relations and his catholic opponent received an olive branch for peace between their two religions. Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, Mexico’s world middleweight champion, and Khan took delivery of that token from Britain’s former heavyweight champion David Haye. The first media event of many ...

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Olympic professional plan ‘preposterous’ – Lennox Lewis

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The plan to bring professional boxers into the Olympics is “preposterous”, says former world heavyweight champion and Olympic gold medallist Lennox Lewis. Lewis was victorious at the Seoul Olympics, representing Canada, before turning professional as a Briton. “I know they are doing it for other sports but I don’t think it works with boxing,” he told the BBC’s Sportsweek. “I ...

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#SOTNGhana: Boxing gym to be commissioned at Korle-Gonno- Pres. Mahama

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President John Dramani Mahama says a new boxing gym and sports complex will be built by Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) at Korle-Gonno this year. The area is very close to Bukom, where Ghana’s boxing talents have been groomed over the years, but for many decades has lacked a facility to give budding boxers the best training for ...

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Black Bombers arrive in Benin for 2-day tourney

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Ghana’s national amateur boxing team, the Black Bombers, have arrived in Benin for a two-day tournament as part of preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games. The tournament will also feature hosts Benin and Gabon and for the Bombers, the tournament serves as a test of their capabilities ahead of the Olympic Games qualifying tournament in Cameroon in March. President of ...

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Professional boxers could compete at 2016 Olympic Games

Britain's Anthony Joshua won gold at London 2012 as an amateur before turning professional (Image credit: Getty Images)

Professional boxers could compete at the Rio Olympics under new plans from the sport’s governing body. AIBA president Dr Ching-Kuo Wu wants to abolish current rules which stop any fighter with 15 or more paid bouts from competing at the Games. His proposal needs to be approved by the AIBA’s executive committee, but Wu said: “We want something to change ...

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Manny Pacquiao in trouble over gay remarks

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Philippine boxer-turned-politician Manny Pacquiao has sparked controversy for calling homosexuals “worse than animals” in a television interview. His comments drew ire from gay Filipino celebrities and a rights group, as well as heated discussion online. Mr Pacquiao, who positions himself as a conservative Christian politician, is currently running for a senate seat in the country’s May elections. The largely Catholic ...

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Black Bombers seek clarification from NSA over money demands

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President of the Ghana Amateur Boxing Federation Gideon Quartey has confirmed that they will seek clarification on monies they have been requested to pay by the National Sports Authority in an emergency meeting today. He made the revelation after the Federation was requested by the NSA to pay an amount of GHC 1000 to enable them secure camping space at ...

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Anthony Joshua to be offered IBF world title eliminator

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Anthony Joshua is set to be offered an IBF world title eliminator against Carlos Takam. The unbeaten 26-year-old has swiftly risen through the heavyweight rankings with 15 straight victories and could soon secure a shot at the IBF belt, which is currently held by Charles Martin. Erkan Teper is higher in the organisation’s standings, but the German has tested positive ...

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