Canelo loses IBF belt after title defence deal collapses

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (AFP) — Middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez has been stripped of his International Boxing Federation belt after failing to agree terms on a mandatory title defence, his promoter Oscar De La Hoya revealed on Friday. Alvarez, who also holds the World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council titles, has been forced to relinquish his IBF crown after negotiations for a fight with Ukraine’s Sergiy Derevyanchenko fell through. “We are extremely disappointed at […]

Trail Blazers reportedly agree on NBA extension with McCollum

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed on a three-year, $100 million NBA contract extension with guard CJ McCollum, US media reported Tuesday. ESPN, citing McCollum’s agent, reported the deal, and the player himself responded Tuesday to congratulatory tweets from teammate Jusuf Nurkic and other NBA players. McCollum, who would have become an unrestricted free agent after the 2020-21 season, instead looks set to stay in Portland for five seasons. […]

Second boxer in two days dies from head injuries after fight

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AFP) — Argentine boxer Hugo Santillan died on Thursday from injuries suffered in a fight on Saturday, the second such death in just two days after that of Russian Maxim Dadashev in the United States. Santillan, who was 23, collapsed while the result was announced of his 10-round draw with Uruguayan Eduardo Abreu in San Nicolas, just north of the Argentine capital Buenos Aires. He was taken to hospital where he underwent […]

Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Kawhi Leonard and Paul George made their debuts Wednesday as Los Angeles Clippers teammates, vowing to turn their hometown club into an NBA champion and eclipse city rival Lakers. “We’re not looking at the Battle of LA. We’ve got bigger goals in mind,” George said. “We’re not thinking about the Lakers shadow. We want to be holding that trophy and we’ll build up Clipper Nation along the way.” Leonard […]

Spanish star Gasol agrees to NBA Trail Blazers deal: report

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Spanish star center Pau Gasol, a two-time NBA champion, has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, ESPN reported Wednesday. The 39-year-old 7-footer (2.13m) who helped the Los Angeles Lakers to the 2009 and 2010 NBA titles joins his sixth league club for a 19th career NBA campaign. The deal was reportedly worth $2.6 million. Gasol played only 30 games last season for San […]

Want to stay relevant? Fight me, Pacquiao tells Mayweather

  MANILA, Philippines (AFP) — Manny Pacquiao challenged Floyd Mayweather to face him again in the ring on Wednesday as the retired American star taunted the Filipino great about fighting on into his forties. Pacquiao, 40, who beat Keith Thurman on a split decision at the weekend, bit back at Mayweather on social media after the American accused him of trading on his name. “You come to my fight and then use my name in […]

Mayweather made ‘special advisor’ to China boxing team

SHANGHAI, China (AFP) — Retired superstar Floyd Mayweather has been named “special advisor” to China’s boxing team as they look to improve their medal count at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the Chinese Boxing Federation said. The federation said American legend Mayweather had pledged to “go all-out to use his influence and resources to support the Chinese boxing project in achieving excellent results at the Tokyo Olympics.” It made the announcement in a post dated Sunday […]

Lakers gain rights to Kostas Antetokounmpo, brother of Bucks star Giannis

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The Los Angeles Lakers confirmed Monday they have gained the rights to Kostas Antetokounmpo, younger brother of Milwaukee’s NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis. Kostas Antetokounmpo, 21, was signed to a two-way contract by the Lakers. He appeared in two games for the Dallas Mavericks last season and played 40 games for the Texas Legends in the NBA’s developmental G League. Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 60th overall […]

Duncan returning to Spurs as assistant coach

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — San Antonio great Tim Duncan is returning to the Spurs as an assistant under longtime head coach Gregg Popovich, the NBA team said Monday. “It is only fitting, that after I served loyally for 19 years as Tim Duncan’s assistant, that he returns the favor,” Popovich said in a statement released by the team. Duncan, who won five NBA titles with the Spurs, has been a familiar figure at […]

Pacquiao mulls future after title stunner

by Rob Woollard LAS VEGAS, United States (AFP) — Father Time may be undefeated, as the old boxing saying goes, but Manny Pacquiao is not going down without a fight. The 40-year-old Filipino legend wrote another improbable chapter in his glittering career on Saturday, with an age-defying split decision victory over the hitherto unbeaten Keith Thurman. Pacquiao, a full decade older than the 30-year-old Thurman, rolled back the years with a vintage performance that had […]

News in photos: Pacquiao outclasses Thurman in age-defying boxing match

  TWENTY-FOUR years after first climbing into a professional boxing ring, Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao attempted to defy the march of time and won on Saturday when he battled the formerly undefeated American Keith Thurman for the WBA welterweight crown. The 40-year-old Filipino icon clashed with Thurman at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in what is arguably his most challenging assignment since losing to Floyd Mayweather in 2015’s money-spinning “Fight of the Century”. […]

Pacquiao looking to return to boxing ring next year

(Eagle News)–Manny Pacquiao is looking to return to the ring next year, only a few months after his victory over American fighter Keith Thurman. Pacquiao made the remark in an interview with Fox Sports after the match,which¬† he won via split decision. Pacquiao said in the meantime though, he would return to the Philippines to assume his duties as a senator. As for Thurman, the American fighter said he “would love a rematch” with Pacquiao, […]