• Muhammad Ali Jr. says he was detained at Florida airport because of his religion

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 8 hrs ago

    He said, what religion are you? I said, Muslim. He took me into another room. — Muhammad Ali, Jr. on being stopped at Florida airport

    — CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) February 27, 2017

    Muhammad Ali Jr., the son of the legendary boxer, was born in Philadelphia, is a U.S. citizen, has no criminal record and possesses a recently reissued valid passport.

    None of that, however, stopped Ali and his mother from being detained for more than two hours early in February at a Florida airport after Ali admitted to a Customs & Border Patrol officer that he is a Muslim.

    Ali told CBS This Morning on Monday that upon arriving in Fort Lauderdale from Jamaica earlier this month, he was stopped by an officer and asked his religion. When he said he was Muslim, he was detained for an hour and 45 minutes and was questioned before being released.

    His mother, Khalilah Ali, was also detained, but released quicker than her 44-year-old son. Both Alis said they were in wheelchairs at the time.

  • Video: Deontay Wilder, Dominic Breazeale involved in hotel lobby fight

    Steven Muehlhausen at Boxing 10 hrs ago

    An alleged incident took place at the Westin Birmingham Hotel in Birmingham, Ala., on Saturday night between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and former heavyweight title challenger Dominic Breazeale.

    The encounter happened right across the street from the Legacy Arena, where earlier in the night Wilder had come from behind to knock out Gerald Washington and Breazeale knocked out Izu Ugonoh.

    During the Wilder-Washington fight, Breazeale and Wilder’s younger brother, Marsellos, reportedly got into an altercation at ringside.

    At the post-fight press conference, the 31-year-old Wilder didn’t take too kindly to what had allegedly taken place.

    “I’m a very respectful person,” said Wilder, a native of nearby Tuscaloosa. “And when you come to my home, you’re gonna respect me as well, too. [Breazeale] had an altercation with my little brother. You don’t mess with my little brother. If you have a problem, you come to me and we can handle it. We can deal with it accordingly. So with that, I’ve got a problem with him. And it ain’t no problem that I wanna see him [about] in the ring. So I’ll see him.”

  • Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan agree to terms, will fight on April 23

    Steven Muehlhausen at Boxing 2 days ago

    WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao stated earlier in the week that he preferred to face Amir Khan in his next fight instead of promoter Bob Arum’s desired foe, Jeff Horn.

    On Saturday night, Pacquiao (58-6-2) took to his Twitter page to announce he will be fighting the former welterweight champion on April 23.

    Negotiations between team Pacquiao and team Khan have come to terms for the April 23 bout as this is what the fans wanted. #PacquiaoKhan

    — Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) February 26, 2017

    Khan also took to his Twitter account to announce the fight.

    My team an I have agreed terms with Manny Pacquiao and his team for a super fight #pacquiaokhan #April23rd

    — Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) February 26, 2017

    No announcement was made as to where the fight would be taking place.

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  • Deontay Wilder stays perfect, adds to résumé with brutal fifth-round knockout

    Steven Muehlhausen at Boxing 2 days ago

    In the lead-up to his fight against Gerald Washington, Deontay Wilder admitted he didn’t watch much of the challenger’s tape. For the first four rounds of the fight, you could tell he didn’t as Washington controlled almost every second of the tilt.

    But in boxing, everything can change with one shot. Wilder proved the theory to be correct by coming back to knock out Washington at the 1:45 mark of the fifth round to retain the WBC heavyweight title in the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions event in Birmingham, Alabama.

    The 6-foot-6 Washington controlled the first four founds, stopping Wilder in his tracks and controlling the distance with a stiff jab. Wilder looked lost, confused and seemed to have no answer for the former USC football player. He did more circling around the ring and didn’t look like a heavyweight champion of the world.

    Wilder had dug himself a hole that was going to be hard to get out of, but the Alabama native showed the heart of a champion.

    During his post-fight interview, Wilder made it clear he would like to next face WBO champion Joseph Parker, who was in attendance, provided Parker wins his upcoming bout against Hughie Fury.

  • From the Navy to USC football to fighting for a heavyweight title, Gerald Washington's journey has been anything but ordinary

    Steven Muehlhausen at Boxing 4 days ago

    Some people get to where they want without taking the long road. For others though, the journey is not that easy.

    The latter can definitely be said for Gerald Washington as he prepares to face Deontay Wilder in the Premier Boxing Champions event Saturday at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.

    Washington grew up in Northern California, but when he was 13, him and his mother, Rosa Rangel, moved to Mexico. During his time south of the border, Washington attended school and took care of animals on a ranch.

    He eventually returned to the states and got involved in athletics, but he only played one season of football, as a senior (his only catch of the season was a 21-yard touchdown).

    After high school, Washington decided he wanted to serve in the military, where he was a helicopter mechanic in the Navy from 2000-2004. There, he learned how to work in a team environment. It started to prepare him for what was to come.

    Going through the experience at Chaffey, USC and his brief stint in the NFL made Washington learn what the environment would be like when it came to what he ultimately decided to do in life.

  • Openly gay boxer Yusaf Mack beats up online troll over slurs

    Franklin McNeil at Boxing 6 days ago

    Professional boxer Yusaf Mack, who is openly gay and an adult film actor, apparently applied his fighting skills outside the ring Saturday night at a Philadelphia-based barbershop. TMZ Sports was first to report the incident.

    According to witnesses, the usually mild-mannered Mack unleashed his anger upon learning that an Internet troll, one who’d been harassing him on a regular basis, was inside the establishment. The man allegedly had a history of targeting Mack due to his sexual orientation.

    So Mack found and began to pummel his harasser, who was getting his hair washed at the time of the attack. The brawl appeared to be one-sided, as punches from the hard-hitting Mack left the troll sprawled on the floor and unable to adequately defend himself.

    What the punches failed to do, however, was silence the troll. According to TMZ, the man continued  harassing Mack online with more homophobic slurs and claimed “me and him gonna fight again,” while refusing to provide his identity.

    No arrests were made nor charges filed in relation to the incident as of publishing time.

  • Adrien Broner scores split decision over Adrian Granados

    Franklin McNeil at Boxing 9 days ago

    Professional boxing made its debut Saturday night on Twitter as Adrien Broner, a former champion in four weight classes, earned a 10-round split decision over Adrian Granados in Cincinnati. The judges scored the welterweight fight 97-93 (Broner), 97-93 (Granados) and 96-94 (Broner).

    Yahoo Sports gave Broner the edge, 96-94.

    Broner improves to 33-2 (1 NC) as Granados slips to 18-5-2. However, slightly more than 52 percent of fans watching on Twitter had Granados winning the bout.

    Granados, facing the highest-profile opponent of his career, pressured Broner from the start of the opening round. Using his superior height and reach, Granados landed several looping right hands to Broner’s head in the stanza.

    But Broner, a notoriously slow starter, would close the gap in Round 2 by utilizing his foot and hand speed while catching Granados coming in head-first with right uppercuts to the jaw. The fighters would use their advantages throughout most of the fight to keep the scoring close.

    In the end, Broner got his way.

  • Here's how to watch Adrien Broner vs. Adrian Granados via Twitter

    Franklin McNeil at Boxing 10 days ago

    For the first time ever, Showtime will air a boxing event via live stream on Twitter, network officials announced on Friday. The card will be held at Cintas Center in Cincinnati on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET. Fans can watch for free by going to the Twitter “Explore” tab or going to @ShowtimeBoxing.

    “With this unprecedented live stream on Twitter, we have the opportunity to reach boxing fans and casual observers everywhere with the industry-leading boxing programming we deliver to our subscribers on a consistent basis,” said Stephen Espinoza, Showtime executive vice president & General Manager.

    The live stream will feature three bouts, highlighted by former four-division world champion Adrien Broner taking on hard-hitting Adrian Granados.

    Broner [32-2-0, 24 KOs], a Cincinnati native and current WBA super lightweight titleholder, looks to extend his win streak to three. Granados will enter the ring with a professional mark of 18-4-2 with 12 knockouts.

    WBA welterweight champion David Avanesyan [22-1-1, 11 KOs] puts his title on the line against former champ Lamont Peterson [34-3-1, 17 KOs]. Light heavyweights Marcus Browne and Thomas Williams round out the event in a 10-round affair.

  • Bounce TV sets records for average and peak viewers; ShoBox does best number since 2014

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 13 days ago

    In so many ways that matter, 2017 is starting out as a departure from 2016 in boxing, and that’s a very good thing.

    The fights fans want to see are being made: Already announced for 2017 are interesting fights like the April 29 heavyweight title bout between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko; the IBF welterweight title bout between Kell Brook and Errol Spence Jr. and, of course, the middleweight unification bout in New York between Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs.

    The viewership numbers have been strong, too, and there was another indication of that on Friday. The Premier Boxing Champions put on a card that featured world title defenses by IBF lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. and WBA bantamweight champion Rau’shee Warren.

    That show did the best viewership numbers in Bounce history. It averaged 501,000 viewers and peaked at 557,000. Those were significant increases over its usual ratings. And it also drew a far younger-than-average audience, with a median age of 44 (meaning half are under 44 and half over 44).


  • Floyd Mayweather, Dana White refute report that Conor McGregor fight is close to being done

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 13 days ago

    (Note: Story updated with Floyd Mayweather’s statement on the report.)

    The fight that makes sense for only one reason – money – appeared to be moving ever closer after an online report on Tuesday.

    A boxing match between the retired Floyd Mayweather, one of the greatest boxers in history, and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, who has zero amateur or pro boxing matches on his record, was reportedly on the verge of being finalized according the Irish Sun.

    But when asked point blank by Yahoo Sports whether the report was accurate, UFC president Dana White said it was “not true.”

    And for his part, Mayweather posted a message via Twitter late Tuesday that also refuted the report.