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Boxer Writes Emotional Letter After Punch Puts Rival in Coma

'I never meant this to happen to you, all I wanted to do was win'

(Newser) - A boxer is fighting for his life in a Chicago hospital after being knocked out in the 10th round of a bout at Wintrust Arena on Saturday. Patrick Day's management company says the 27-year-old was in a coma and was in "extremely critical condition" as of Sunday night,... More »

'Fools!' Spacey Makes Surprise Appearance in Museum

The actor surprises people with reading of Gabriele Tinti's "Boxer at Rest"

(Newser) - Kevin Spacey returned to the public eye Friday for "a bizarre reading" of a poem at an Italian museum, Variety reports. The actor, whose career nosedived in 2017 amid sexual-assault allegations, appeared at the National Roman Museum and read a poem about a wounded boxer who vowed never to... More »

A Boxing Great Is Fatally Struck by Car

Pernell 'Sweetpea' Whitaker is dead at 55

(Newser) - He was a four-time world champion and an Olympic gold medalist, and on Monday the boxing world was mourning the death of Pernell "Sweetpea" Whitaker. The 55-year-old was fatally struck by a vehicle Sunday night in Virginia Beach, reports the Virginian-Pilot . Whitaker made a big splash with a gold... More »

Brother in 'Smollett Attack' Makes a Name for Himself

Abimbola 'Abel' Osundai wins an amateur boxing title

(Newser) - One of two brothers who say Jussie Smollett paid them to help him stage a racist, anti-gay attack against himself has won an amateur boxing title in Chicago, the AP reports. The Chicago Tribune reports that Abimbola "Abel" Osundairo became a Chicago Golden Gloves champion with a technical knockout... More »

George Foreman's Daughter Is Found Dead

The famous boxer's daughter was only 42

(Newser) - Freeda wanted to be a fighter too, just like dad. And for a while she was. Now George Foreman's daughter has been found dead in her Texas home at age 42, with inside sources telling TMZ they don't suspect foul play. Back in 2000-2001, Freeda fought as a... More »

Boxer's Alleged Killer Is Just 12

Murder charges filed in shooting death of John VanMeter

(Newser) - A 24-year-old boxer in Texas is dead, and his suspected killer is half his age. Police have charged a 12-year-old boy with murder after John Duane VanMeter was shot in the head during a home burglary in Uvalde. VanMeter's girlfriend, Sammy Arellano, called 911 around 8pm Wednesday. She tells... More »

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 »

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