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Anthony Joshua to defend IBF title in November

Anthony Joshua will attempt to defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) world heavyweight title at the Manchester Arena on Nov. 26. Unbeaten Joshua defended his title for the first time with a seventh-round knockout of American Dominic Breazeale in June, having won the belt against Charles Martin in two rounds in April. The 26-year-old British…

Indian Rio hopefuls claim innocence on doping

Two Indian competitors have proclaimed their innocence after testing positive for banned steroids just days before they were to leave for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Wrestler Narsingh Yadav, who was to represent India in the 74-kilogram category at the Olympics, said his food supplements were spiked, causing the positive test. On Tuesday, shotput…

Pros climb into the ring in Rio

There are five key elements to know about boxing before the Rio Olympic Games: * Boxing in Rio will be very different from all the Olympics that have gone before. Most controversially, it will be the first time professional boxers are allowed to take part. But don’t expect to see the big names in boxing….

Wilder stops Arreola to retain WBC heavyweight world title

Deontay Wilder shook off injury to retain his World Boxing Council heavyweight world title Saturday as bloodied challenger Chris Arreola failed to answer the bell for the ninth round. In front of euphoric home fans in Birmingham, Alabama, Wilder remained undefeated in 37 fights, notching his 36th victory inside the distance with the technical knockout….

US boxer Mikaela Mayer found life direction in the ring

Mikaela Mayer knew she was better than the high school burnout that she was in danger of becoming. She had attended four schools in three years, repeatedly getting in trouble for fighting and bad grades. She was a 17-year-old occasional model with the self-awareness to realize she had no clear direction or future outside the…