On consecutive weekends in November, boxing manager Egis Klimas will send his two prized fighters, Sergey Kovalev and Vasyl Lomachenko, to defend their world titles in Las Vegas. “You ask how badly I want to see that? That’s like asking a blind man if he’d like to see,” Klimas said of Kovalev’s light-heavyweight event against unbeaten former super-middleweight champion Andre Ward on Nov. 19, and Lomachenko’s super-featherweight test versus Nicholas Walters on Nov. 26. Last week, at the Oxnard gym operated by trainer Robert Garcia, Klimas spent his 52nd birthday visiting with his stable of Eastern European fighters who view him as a brother, friend and father. While doing so, Klimas also recounted
Claressa Shields did a cartwheel in the ring after winning her second Olympic boxing gold medal in Rio, and she's not done celebrating. Shields and water polo goaltender Ashleigh Johnson were recognized as Sportswomen of the Year at the Women's Sports Foundation's annual dinner Wednesday night. The 21-year-old Shields will decide in the coming years if she wants to add 'Tokyo' for the 2020 Games to the tattoo of the Olympic rings with Rio and London on her right biceps.
Since Sen. Manny Pacquiao began his current training camp on Aug. 29, it has been an unusual one with more structure than ever before. Pacquiao was elected to the Senate in the Philippines in May, one month after he easily romped his way to a decision win (including two knockdowns) over Timothy Bradley Jr. in their third fight and announced his retirement. Pacquiao said at the time he was hanging up his boxing gloves in order to give his full attention to his legislative duties. As a congressman before winning the Senate seat, Pacquiao was heavily criticized in his home country for largely being an absentee official. He promised during his most recent campaign that he would take the job more