Boxing

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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Gennady Golovkin ‘ready’ for unification fight

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IBF & WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin has said he’s “ready” for a unification fight against England’s Billy Joe Saunders. Saunders won the WBO version of the middleweight title against Andy Lee in December 2015, defeating the Irishman by majority decision. In October 2015, Golovkin beat David Lemieux in an eighth-round stoppage to add the IBF middleweight title to his ...

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Exclusive – Floyd Mayweather Jr: ‘I make seven figures a month…I won’t come out of retirement for anyone’

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Floyd Mayweather Junior has called time on his illustrious career in the ring indefinitely, telling talkSPORT that after 20 years at the top it is ‘time for the next generation to take over’. The 38-year-old American ensured his unbeaten legacy remains intact by beating compatriot Andre Berto in Las Vegas in his final ever fight in September – in turn equalling former heavyweight great ...

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Exclusive – Tyson Fury claims his potential bout with Deontay Wilder will be ‘the biggest fight in 100 years’

Tyson Fury of Britain (R) challeges Deontay Wilder of the US (C) after Wilder defeated Artur Szpilka of Poland in their WBC Heavyweight Championship bout at Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, New York, on January 16, 2016.  Wilder knocked out Szpilka in the ninth round.  / AFP / AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT STFDON EMMERT STF/AFP/Getty Images

Tyson Fury says a potential fight with Deontay Wilder will be ‘the biggest fight in over 100 years’. The current heavyweight champion of the world – the holder of the WBO, WBA and IBO belts – will have to face Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch later this year first. But Fury’s meeting with the unbeaten Wilder is only a matter of time. The 27-year-old self-proclaimed ...

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