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Sports > Boxing
'He will never die': World mourns Muhammad Ali — 'The Greatest'
Tributes to Muhammad Ali poured in from across the sporting, cultural and political world after his death at age 74 with many saying there would never be another one like "The Greatest."
 
Muhammad Ali, who riveted the world as 'The Greatest,' dies
He was fast of fist and foot -- lip, too -- a heavyweight champion who promised to shock the world and did. He floated. He stung. Mostly he thrilled, even after the punches had taken their toll and his voice barely rose above a whisper. He was The Greatest.
 
Professional boxers can compete at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, if they qualify. An overwhelming vote by the sport's governing body, known as AIBA, on Wednesday allows any boxer to try to qualify next month and earn selection for their national team. But AIBA's plan has been criticized across the professional ranks as a move toward dangerous mismatches between established boxers and inexperienced amateurs.
 
'Rocky' actor Bellew wins title, turns fantasy into reality
LIVERPOOL, England- British boxer Tony Bellew turned a Hollywood fantasy into reality by becoming a world champion for the first time on Sunday.
 
An Olympics first
Boxer Chen Nien-chin (陳念琴), right, stands with International Boxing Association President Wu Ching-kuo (吳經國) in this file photo. Wu yesterday praised the 19-year-old boxer for an historic achievement: On Tuesday she overcame Morocco's Khadija Mardi 3 to 0 at the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships to book Taiwan's first-ever spot in women's Olympics boxing.
 
Are martial arts clubs adding punch to jihadist cause?
Combat sports are booming around the world but in France increasingly draw the attention of intelligence services hunting potential jihadists.
 
Although Badou Jack didn't get the decisive victory he was looking for Saturday night, he's still planning on a unification bout with James DeGale next.
 
Joshua snatches IBF belt in second round
Chasing greatness, Anthony Joshua is in a hurry. In the second round of his 16th professional fight Saturday, Joshua overpowered Charles Martin after 92 seconds to seize the American's IBF heavyweight title in front of 20,000 home fans.
 
Pacquiao unanimously outpoints Bradley
Manny Pacquiao may not be ready for retirement just yet. Pacquiao returned from the biggest loss of his career with a bang Saturday night, knocking down Timothy Bradley twice on his way to a unanimous 12-round decision in their welterweight showdown.
 
American world champion boxer Adrien Broner faces assault and robbery charges in his hometown of Cincinnati just one week before he is scheduled to make his first defense of his junior welterweight crown.
 
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