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Timothy Bradley-Ruslan Provodnikov brawl tops a strong field for Fight of the Year

Boxing Gloves

For many years, boxing promoters and television executives, egged on by risk-averse managers, forgot about the customer. They put on fights that weren't designed to entertain fans so much as they were to position themselves better for the next big payday.

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Boxing's 25 most powerful people of 2013

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Where did Floyd Mayweather end up on the list of the 25 most influential people in boxing?

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Vitali Klitschko: Heavyweight champion swaps boxing for politics

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World heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has given up his WBC title and says he is unlikely to fight again because he is focusing on politics.

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Agbeko loses world title bid

WBA and WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux retained his titles with a 12-round, unanimous decision over former two-time bantamweight champ Joseph Agbeko at Boardwalk Hall's Adrian Phillips Ballroom last Saturday night.

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Ghana Sports Minister wishes Joseph Agbeko well

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In his usual strong showing of support and solidarity for Ghanaian sportsmen and women, the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah has sent a goodwill message to former bantamweight titleholder Joseph King Kong Agbeko.

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Agbeko in top shape for Rigondeaux fight

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On Saturday when Ghana’s Joseph Agbeko mounts the ring against American opponent Guillermo Rigondeaux in New Jersey, USA, there will be more than the WBO and WBA super-bantamweight titles at stake.

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Azumah Nelson: GBA must support boxing development

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Former WBC Super Featherweight Champion Azumah Nelson says the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) must give priority to technical development to help halt the decline of the sport.

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Manny Pacquiao beats Brandon Rios in unanimous decision

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Manny Pacquiao defeated Brandon Rios by unanimous decision on Sunday in a victory the Philippine lawmaker dedicated to the victims and survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.

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Redemption time for Pacquiao?

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The road to redemption started this week for both Filipino boxing great Manny Pacquiao and American Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios protagonists in a 12-round rumble on Sunday in Macau in their efforts to erase the stigma of separate defeats they suffered in their previous fights.

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Tyson returns Holyfield’s ear?

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No hard feelings: Evander Holyfied accepts the parcelled — bitten-off ear from Mike Tyson. No hard feelings: Evander Holyfied accepts the parcelled — bitten-off ear from Mike Tyson.

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Sai, others to fight in CBC bouts

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Five Ghanaian boxers have been pencilled to bring honours to the country when they go into battle for various titles under the Commonwealth Boxing Council (CBC) sanctioned bouts between next month and next year.

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David Haye advised to retire after major shoulder surgery

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Former world heavyweight champion David Haye has been advised to retire after major shoulder surgery.

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WBO orders champion Ricky Burns to fight Terence Crawford

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Plans for a February rematch between WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns and Raymundo Beltran look to be off after the governing body ordered Burns to make a mandatory defence.

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Scott Quigg to defend world title against Argentine Silva

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Bury's Scott Quigg will defend his WBA super-bantamweight title against Argentina's Diego Silva at the Manchester Arena on 23 November.

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Amir Khan 'shook up but unhurt' after car crash

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Former world champion Amir Khan was left shaken but uninjured following a car crash in San Francisco, California.

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Chisora quit after Haye loss

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Dereck Chisora admitted he quit boxing after his defeat to David Haye - only to complete an about-turn just two weeks later.

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Cleverly: Step up 'inevitable'

Nathan Cleverly is confident he could be a two-weight world champion before 2014 is out after branding his step up to cruiserweight "inevitable".

The 26-year-old Welshman believes he was on borrowed time at light-heavyweight as far back as his second WBO title defence, against Tony Bellew back in October 2011.

Cleverly admitted he always expected a step up in weight, but still hit the lowest ebb of his career when Sergey Kovalev swiped his world title in Cardiff in August.

The Cardiff University maths graduate is enjoying not fighting to make weight, but appreciates the size of the gap he must bridge against Australian Daniel Ammann for the vacant Commonwealth cruiserweight title in London on November 30.

Frank Warren stablemate Dereck Chisora will defend his European heavyweight title against undefeated Italian Matteo Modugno on the same card, at the Copper Box Arena in Stratford's Queen Elizabeth Park.

And Warren revealed a victory for Chisora could hand the Londoner a shot at a heavyweight world title eliminator fight.

Warren is in talks with Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev's representatives Sauerland Event, with the winner of any eliminator then well-placed to negotiate with the Klitschko brothers.

No longer fighting to make weight, cruiserweight debutant Cleverly is adamant he will acclimatise quickly.

"I knew four fights ago," he admitted, "I remember watching myself back on TV and I thought 'something's not right'.

"I didn't have the same snap or the same fire as I did in my early days at light heavyweight.

"I felt the weight was a big factor for me, but I kept winning, I was World Champion at light heavyweight and I kept winning, so there was no trigger point for me to move up to cruiserweight.

"But the loss, that was the trigger point.

"It's happened, it's a blessing in disguise and now I will become a world champion at cruiserweight.

"It was an inevitable process really, because I'm still young and naturally growing, so it was only a matter of time before moving up a weight.

"If there was a weight in between, that would be ideal, but because cruiserweight is such a big jump that's why it's such a big issue.

"But if you do it properly, which I will do, then we can overcome that.

"It's challenging as well, and I'm loving the new challenge of starting from the bottom.

"I feel comfortable now mentally, and physically too.

"If you're a happy fighter you go to war, and it's going to increase your performance definitely.

"So it's a new chapter for me, chapter two in my career."

Cleverly revealed he has drawn up a four-trainer shortlist as he considers bolstering his backroom line-up, currently headed by his father Vince.

Any change of trainer could involve moving, to London or potentially even America.

He continued: "We're straight in at title level, and I'd assume that towards the back-end of 2014 we could be looking at a world title shot.

"I'm back on the road to becoming world champion again, and that's my ambition now.

"It was partly my idea but partly my dad's too.

"It's just about looking at who can bring out the best in me.

"That's a research process really, who can improve on maybe weaknesses in my game.

"I'll always have my dad involved, definitely: all the hard work is done really.

"The foundation work is there so it's just fine tuning now."

Sportinglife.com

Perez still a heavy player

Cork-based Cuban Mike Perez kept himself in the heavyweight picture with an enthralling victory over Russian Magomed Abdusalamov.

Both fighters entered the 10-round contest in New York with unbeaten records - Abdusalamov stopping each of his 18 foes while Perez had gained 11 of 19 wins by KO.

Something had to give both both played their part in one of the most exciting heavyweight fights in recent years.

Perez made a fast start and piled pressure on his opponent with a big left hand getting through late in the session.

Abdusalamov responded in kind in the second and the pair stood and traded as the fight warmed up, and the third was a similar story with both having success.

The Russian had the better of the fourth but Perez was back on top in the fifth, a thudding left hook appearing to damage Abdusalamov's nose and the sixth saw Perez unload more heavy shots as he took control of the fight.

Abdusalamov's bloodied and bruised face told the story of the fight but he rallied well in the next two rounds while Perez also had a cut under the right eye for his troubles.

The Cuban, who back in Limerick once had two fights in one night, was deducted a point for a low blow in the penultimate stanza but the pair continued to tee off on each other to the delight of the crowd.

Perez, who had trained with Gennady Golovkin at Big Bear for the fight, kept up the pace right to the end and appeared to get through with one of his best shots in the closing round to seal victory - the judges scoring it 97-92 twice and 95-94.

Sportinglife.com

Rios out to shock the world

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Manny Pacquiao, the first and only eight-division world champion, faces Rios for the vacant WBO international welterweight title in Macau and starts the fight as a heavy favourite despite losing his last two fights.

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Pacquiao relishing Rios test

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The 34-year-old (54-5-2 38KOs) has not fought since August 2012 when he was surprisingly stopped in six rounds by Juan Manuel Marquez.

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Bernard Hopkins beats Karo Murat to defend light-heavyweight title

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American Bernard Hopkins retained his IBF light-heavyweight belt with a unanimous points victory over Germany's Karo Murat to become the oldest fighter to defend a world title.

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