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Trump Weighing a Pardon for This Man

After call from Sly Stallone, boxer Jack Johnson could get a posthumous pardon

(Newser) - A legendary boxer, an actor who played a legendary boxer, and the current president of the United States: It's an unlikely trio, but President Trump, at the urging of his chum Sylvester Stallone, says he's considering a pardon for the world's first black heavyweight champ, Jack Johnson,... More »

Boxer Blows Olympic Chances With Arrest in Rio

Morocco's Hassan Saada is accused of sexually assaulting 2 women

(Newser) - Morocco's Hassan Saada was set to square off in the boxing ring against a Turkish competitor at the Olympics on Saturday, but instead he'll be in a Rio jail. The 22-year-old athlete was arrested Friday morning at the Olympic Village on charges that he sexually assaulted two maids... More »

'High-Energy' Service Recalls Muhammad Ali

The Louisville Lip is remembered in his hometown

(Newser) - Muhammad Ali's younger brother wept, swayed to hymns, and hugged anyone he could reach. He raised his hands to the sky, eyes closed, surrounded by congregants at the church where their father once worshipped. Rahaman Ali took center stage at the two-hour, high-energy service at King Solomon Missionary Baptist... More »

Boxer Out of Coma a Week After Fight

Nick Blackwell is speaking, promoter says

(Newser) - British boxer Nick Blackwell woke from an induced coma a week after collapsing following a fight and he is speaking from his hospital bed, promoters said Monday. Promoter Hennessy Sports published a picture of Blackwell looking into the camera with his left fist seemingly clenched, surrounded by his brother and... More »

How Tightie Whities Kill Sperm Counts

Laptops, cycling, saunas can also affect sperm for the same reason

(Newser) - Worried about how modern life affects human sperm, both in quantity and quality? You're not alone: Ideas have been circulating that things like underwear, laptops, cycling, and weight kill off or weaken sperm. So Five Thirty-Eight starts off by tackling the tight-underwear issue: A 2012 study looked at five... More »

Rocky V Boxer Tommy Morrison Dead at 44

Former heavyweight champ had tested positive for HIV in 1996

(Newser) - Former world heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison, best known for his role in Rocky V and a very public HIV diagnosis, died last night in Nebraska of undisclosed causes, reports the Tulsa World . He was 44. "It's true," says his former promoter. "He was with his wife... More »

Hector 'Macho' Camacho Dead

50-year-old former boxer was shot earlier this week in Puerto Rico

(Newser) - One of boxing's big names from the '80s and '90s is gone: Doctors in Puerto Rico says Hector "Macho Camacho died after being taken off life support this morning, reports the AP . Camacho, 50, got shot in the face four days ago while sitting in a... More »

New Zealand Bans Mike Tyson

Visa revoked over rape conviction

(Newser) - Mike Tyson isn't going to be allowed into the country whose Maori people inspired his facial tattoo. The former boxing champ and convicted rapist had been due to visit New Zealand next month for an event in Auckland, but his visa was withdrawn after an outcry from women's... More »

Bike Accident Paralyzes Boxer Paul Williams

2-time welterweight titlist's career over: doctors

(Newser) - Paul Williams' boxing days are over: The two-time welterweight titlist will never walk again, his doctors say, according to his manager. Williams was paralyzed below the waist in an Atlanta motorcycle accident while en route to his brother's house to prepare for another brother's wedding Sunday morning, his... More »

Joe Frazier Was Better Than Ali

Both in the ring and out: Dave Anderson

(Newser) - Frazier and Ali—the names are inseparable in the annals of boxing, but for veteran sports writer Dave Anderson, Joe Frazier is the ultimate champ. The boxer who died yesterday "was the better better fighter," writes Anderson in the New York Times . "And the better man."... More »

Save Boxing, It's a Worthy Fight

For many young people, rewards of boxing outweigh risks

(Newser) - The American Academy of Pediatrics last month came close to recommending a ban on boxing for children and teenagers altogether, putting the sport at risk like never before. But ending boxing would be a shame, writes Gordon Marino in the Wall Streeet Journal , who believes the payoffs of pugilism are... More »

Female Boxer Shot by Stepdad

He reportedly entered Rola El-Halabi's dressing room

(Newser) - Another female boxer has allegedly been shot by someone close to her. Rola El-Halabi, an undefeated female boxer from Germany, was struck at close range in her dressing room before a fight Friday night—by her stepdad, reports the AP . The 25-year-old suffered injuries to her hand, knee, and feet... More »

Boxer Christy Martin Stabbed, Shot By Husband

Superstar's husband on the run in Florida

(Newser) - Boxing's first female superstar is recovering in the hospital after being attacked with a knife and handgun by her husband, police say. Christy Martin managed to escape from the couple's Orlando-area home and flag down a motorist who took her to hospital, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Police are searching for... More »

News Anchor Broadcast in His Boxers

Apparently they really do go pantsless sometimes

(Newser) - Usually, you only see the top half of news anchors—so one decided to go without pants entirely. The video from the end of the Slovenian newscast, which shows him swiveling away from his desk to reveal his lack of attire, has become a YouTube hit, the Telegraph reports. Want... More »

Colbert Nukes His Underwear to Protest the 'End of Men'

Because he can't burn them in his studio

(Newser) - OK, we're not gonna pretend this one actually has much news value, but there's something to be said for watching Stephen Colbert shimmy and shake his way out of his boxers and toss them in the microwave. Colbert nuked the drawers as a symbolic "protest" over the "End... More »

'Tighty-Whities' Get Ready to Turn 75

Company launches media blitz to celebrate iconic undies

(Newser) - "Tighty whities" are turning 75 soon and Jockey International has launched a media blitz to rocket their briefs into the spotlight. The men's underwear, created after an exec was inspired by a postcard from France showing a man's bikini-style swimsuit, made its debut in Chicago in January 1935—a... More »

Tyson's Young Daughter Dead

(Newser) - Mike Tyson's 4-year-old daughter died today after accidentally hanging herself from a cord dangling from a treadmill in the family home. Exodus Tyson had been on life support since being found yesterday by her older brother in their Phoenix home. Mike Tyson was in Las Vegas at the time but... More »

Gates Praises Soldier in Pink Boxers

(Newser) - A US soldier who took up the fight against the Taliban sans pants and clad in “I Love NY” pink boxers got a vote of his support from the nation’s defense chief last night, reports Reuters. “Any soldier who goes into battle against the Taliban in pink... More »

US Soldier Battles Taliban in Pink Boxers

Private didn't have time to don pants before rushing to return Taliban fire

(Newser) - An American soldier who rushed out of bed when the Taliban attacked his Afghanistan base ended up on the front page of the New York Times in his underwear, the Daily Telegraph reports. Zachary Boyd grabbed his weapon, body armor, and helmet then joined the firefight clad in a red... More »

Boxers or Briefs? Undies Market More Endowed Now

Men newly faced with huge array of underwear choices

(Newser) - The world of men’s underwear was once simple: “boxers or briefs?” But today, entering the underwear aisle presents an untold array of options, writes Christina Brinkley in the Wall Street Journal. Now, men can choose from boxers, briefs, boxer-briefs, trunks, and thongs—and each of those silhouettes offers... More »

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