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Saunders successfully defends title against Akavov

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 01:43:35 GMT2016-12-04T01:43:35Z

PAISLEY, Scotland (AP) -- Billy Joe Saunders enjoyed a successful first defense of his WBO middleweight title against Artur Akavov on Saturday night, with the British boxer starting slowly but finishing the 12-rounder strongly....



Gassiev beats Lebedev for IBF cruiserweight belt

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:41:58 GMT2016-12-03T21:41:58Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- Murat Gassiev dominated Denis Lebedev to win the IBF cruiserweight title on Saturday on a split decision....



Abdul-Jabbar, Brown, Russell to receive SI Ali Legacy Award

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:59:54 GMT2016-11-30T19:59:54Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sports Illustrated magazine has chosen Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown and Bill Russell to receive its Muhammad Ali Legacy Award for their athletic careers and social activism....



Lomachenko successfully defends WBO junior lightweight title

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 15:47:57 GMT2016-11-27T15:47:57Z

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Vasyl Lomachenko successfully defended his WBO junior lightweight title Saturday night when Nicholas Walters was unable to continue after seven rounds....



Flanagan s

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 23:53:16 GMT2016-11-26T23:53:16Z

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) -- Orlando Cruz of Puerto Rico will have to wait to become the first openly gay boxer to win a world title after being stopped in the eighth round by WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan on Saturday....