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Leon Spinks, Who Once Beat Muhammed Ali, Dead at 67

A former heavyweight champ and Olympian

(Newser) - Leon Spinks, who won Olympic gold and then shocked the boxing world by beating Muhammad Ali to win the heavyweight title in only his eighth pro fight, has died. He was 67. Spinks, who lived his later years in Las Vegas, died Friday night, according to a release from a...

Tyson 'Happy I'm Not Knocked Out'
Tyson 'Happy I'm
Not Knocked Out' 

Tyson 'Happy I'm Not Knocked Out'

It's a draw between Iron Mike, Roy Jones Jr.

(Newser) - Mike Tyson stepped through the ropes in his signature black trunks and heard the opening bell in a boxing ring for the first time in 15 years. The former heavyweight champion of the world traded lively punches with Roy Jones Jr. for eight entertaining rounds that ended with two middle-aged...

Mike Tyson: Mind-Altering Drug Told Me What to Do

The iconic boxer will be back in fight Saturday night

(Newser) - No toad venom, no fight night. That's pretty much what Mike Tyson said of his return to boxing against Roy Jones Jr. in an eight-round exhibition matchup slated for Saturday night, USA Today reports. "I took the medicine and the medicine told me to get into shape,"...

Mike Tyson Returning to the Ring at 54

His opponent is over 50, too

(Newser) - Fifteen years is a long time between fights. And then there's the fact that Mike Tyson is 54 now. But the former undisputed heavyweight champ is returning to the ring "because I can do it," ESPN reports. "Just because we are 54, it doesn't mean...

Switzerland to Sex Workers: You'll Need to Social Distance

Nation gives OK to prostitutes but still prohibits judo, boxing, wrestling, ballroom dancing

(Newser) - If you're a sex worker in Switzerland, you'll soon be back in business. If you're a judo, ballroom dancing, or boxing aficionado, you're going to have to wait a little longer. Bloomberg reports that the country's legal prostitution industry will be permitted to reopen on...

Mike Tyson Offered 8 Figures to Get Back in Ring

Company indicates it will up its $20M offer after the boxer didn't accept

(Newser) - It's been 15 years since Mike Tyson publicly stepped in the ring. He's now being offered more than $1 million for each year he's been away to fight just one more time. MMA Fighting reports that Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship made quite the offer to the 53-year-old...

Mike Tyson 'Empty,' 'Nothing' in Retirement
Mike Tyson 'Empty,'
'Nothing' in Retirement
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Mike Tyson 'Empty,' 'Nothing' in Retirement

'That's the reason why I'm crying, 'cause I'm not that person no more'

(Newser) - Mike Tyson shed tears during a recent episode of his podcast, revealing he's struggling to find purpose in retirement. "I know the art of fighting. I know the art of war. That's all I've ever studied," the former heavyweight boxing champ told guest Sugar Ray...

Losing Boxer Wants Rematch for Bizarre Reason
Losing Boxer
Wants Rematch
for Bizarre Reason
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Losing Boxer Wants Rematch for Bizarre Reason

Deontay Wilder blames 40-pound costume for his loss to Tyson Fury

(Newser) - He wanted his fans to remember this night for years to come—but a boxer's choice of attire to make that night memorable ended up doing him in, he now says. Deontay Wilder faced off against Tyson Fury on Saturday in Las Vegas for the WBC heavyweight championship, and...

Boxer Dies After Knockout
Patrick Day Dies at 27

Patrick Day Dies at 27

Middleweight was knocked out Saturday

(Newser) - Boxer Patrick Day has died four days after sustaining head injuries in a Chicago fight with Charles Conwell. Promoter Lou DiBella said Day died Wednesday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He was 27. "He was surrounded by his family, close friends and members of his boxing team, including his mentor,...

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,...

Muggers Didn't Know She Was a Boxing Champ

Victim sends two men who attacked her fleeing

(Newser) - Two men tried to rob a 26-year-old woman on her way to a gym in Chicago last weekend. They picked her out, stopping her to ask directions minutes before they attacked. "I'm a normal-looking girl. I'm a normal person," Claire Quinn said. "I'm not...

For 2nd Time This Week, a Young Boxer Is Dead

Hugo Santillán, 23, collapsed after his fight and died of head injuries

(Newser) - A young boxer died Thursday—just two days after the tragically similar death of another young boxer . Hugo Alfredo "Dinamita" Santillán, 23, of Argentina, collapsed Saturday after the WBC Latino Silver lightweight bout against Uruguayan Eduardo Javier Abreu in San Nicolás, a city 150 miles north of...

His Trainer Ended the Fight, but It Was Too Late for Boxer, 28

Maxim Dadashev died after collapsing outside the ring

(Newser) - "I'm gonna stop the fight, Max. You're getting hit too much." So said trainer Buddy McGirt to boxer Maxim Dadashev Friday before calling an end to his boxing match with Subriel Matias after 11 rounds—in a video that's gone viral now that Dadashev, 28,...

Baltimore Mayor Has Unusual Idea to Curb Violence

Jack Young suggests public boxing matches

(Newser) - Baltimore logged another violent weekend, with one stabbing and eight shootings, reports WBAL . Now Mayor Jack Young is floating an unusual idea to keep the violence in check—public boxing matches. Young mentioned the proposal while discussing ways to keep teens occupied and tempers under control. Mediation is one approach,...

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...

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...

First Major Bare-Knuckle Boxing Event in 130 Years Gets Bloody

In a first for America, fighters legally boxed without gloves in a banner Wyoming event

(Newser) - In what is being called a first since 1889, a large-scale, government sanctioned bare-knuckle boxing event took place in Wyoming on Saturday night and things got bloody. Per USA Today , a sold out crowd of 2,000 people in Cheyenne watched as 10 bouts played out before them with fighters...

Mayweather Tried to Bet $400K on Himself

He says they wouldn't let him place bets

(Newser) - Floyd Mayweather Jr. bet his reputation and his unblemished record on Saturday's bout with Conor McGregor—and he tried to bet plenty of cash as well. Sources say he tried to bet $400,000 on himself ahead of the fight, but ended up leaving the sportsbook at the M...

Mayweather Ends Mega-Fight 50-0, $200M Richer
Mayweather Takes
a $200M Bow

Mayweather Takes a $200M Bow

But UFC's Conor McGregor performed respectably, has $100M of his own

(Newser) - Floyd Mayweather Jr. put on a show in the last fight of his spectacular career. Conor McGregor didn't do so badly, either. Mayweather figured out a 50th opponent Saturday night, letting McGregor have the early rounds before stalking him late and leaving the mixed martial artist defenseless and exhausted...

Here's How Much Mayweather, McGregor Will Earn in Fight

Hint: It's a lot

(Newser) - Whether or not it'll be a good fight (experts tend to agree "not"), Saturday's match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor is certain to be profitable—potentially historically so—for both fighters. ESPN reports Mayweather is guaranteed a minimum purse of $100 million and McGregor a...

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