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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,... More »

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 »

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... More »

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... More »

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,... More »

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,... 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 »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

Experts Say McGregor Won't Be Safe Fighting Mayweather

Fight doctors say it is a dangerous mismatch

(Newser) - It's one of the most keenly anticipated fights in years—but doctors say it should be stopped before it's too late. Boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. is set to fight mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor in Las Vegas Saturday night in a bout that the Association of... More »

Pacquiao Stripped of Title in a Stunner

WBO fight goes to the end, Australian Jeff Horn gets unanimous decision

(Newser) - It went all the way and ended in a contentiously bitter loss, the opposite of the outcome Manny Pacquiao's handlers predicted for his WBO welterweight world title fight against Jeff Horn. Pacquiao's long-time trainer Freddie Roach tipped a "short and sweet" knockout win for the 11-time world... More »

Former UFC Fighter Dies After Boxing Match

Tim Hague fatally injured in Edmonton bout

(Newser) - The world of mixed martial arts is mourning former Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Tim Hague, who was fatally injured in a boxing match in Edmonton Friday. His sister, Jackie Neil, confirmed Sunday that the 34-year-old, who was knocked out and suffered a brain hemorrhage, had died, the CBC reports. "... More »

A First: Boxing Great Will Fight Mixed Martial Arts Great

Floyd Mayweather Jr. takes on Conor McGregor in August

(Newser) - Lovers of sports spectacles can rejoice: The long-rumored super-fight between undefeated boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr. and mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor has been made official. Yahoo Sports reports the two men will face each other in a boxing match on August 26 in Las Vegas. The 40-year-old Mayweather... More »

Boxer Dies After Losing for 1st Time in Career

'Iron' Mike Towell was stretchered out of the ring on Thursday

(Newser) - A 25-year-old Scottish boxer died Friday night after losing a bout for the first time in his career, the Guardian reports. According to CNN , "Iron" Mike Towell squared off against Dale Evans Thursday in Scotland in a British welterweight title final eliminator. Evans knocked Towell down for a second... More »

'Blood-and-Guts' Boxer Dies of Dementia at 64

Bobby Chacon had thrilling career, lots of personal tragedies

(Newser) - Hall of Fame boxer Bobby Chacon has died under hospice care for dementia. He was 64. Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005, the former WBC featherweight and super featherweight champion went 59-7-1 with 47 knockouts in a 16-year pro career, the AP reports. The California native... More »

Boxing Association Removes Olympic Judges and Refs

Amid accusations of corruption

(Newser) - The International Boxing Association has removed an undisclosed number of referees and judges from the Olympics after determining they had not met the organization's standards of competence, the AP reports. AIBA announced the decision Wednesday, declining to disclose the judges' names or the bouts in which they failed. The... More »

Muhammad Ali's Greatest Quotes

The 'Louisville Lip' knew just what to say

(Newser) - Muhammad Ali, who died Friday at age 74 , wasn't known as the Louisville Lip for nothing. The man whose quick hands and feet stunned opponents inside the ring—and won him three heavyweight-boxing championships—showed just as much verbal dexterity for the microphones. Some of his best quotes, per... More »

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