Three Olympic boxers, including beaten Irish bantamweight Michael Conlon who had accused the judges of robbing him of victory, have been sanctioned by the IOC for betting on fights during the Rio Games. The International Olympic Committee said on Wednesday that Conlon, compatriot Steven Donnelly and Britain's Antony Fowler had been given severe reprimands for their breach of the regulations. Conlon, who vowed in Rio never to fight again in any competition organised by Olympic boxing body AIBA after his quarter-final defeat by Russian Vladimir Nikitin, has since turned professional.
Manny Pacquiao is 37 years old, but he still has what it takes to be the best fighter in the world. There was a time in our sport when a boxer reaching Pacquiao's age would be considered ancient. It's still generally true. However, as fighters of the modern era focus more on the advances in nutrition and conditioning their forefather's didn't have, and maybe even as they become more educated about things like what happens to a famous professional boxer once his ability to make millions of dollars ceases—fighters these days just keep fighting, and they do it pretty well. There's no shortage of opinions in the media on what fighters like Pac-Man should be concerned about. Some think Pacquiao's
Oscar Valdez saw that this newspaper ranked him No. 2 behind Japan’s unbeaten super-flyweight world champion Naoya Inoue in a list of the best boxers ages 25 and younger last week. “I always think I should be No. 1,” said Valdez, 25, the former Olympic boxer from Mexico who now lives and trains in the Southland and possesses the World Boxing Organization featherweight belt. Valdez (20-0, 18 knockouts) will make the first defense of the belt he won in July with a second-round knockout of Argentina’s Matias Rueda when he returns to the ring Nov. 5 on the Manny Pacquiao-Jessie Vargas pay-per-view undercard at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. His opponent that night will be Japan’s Hiroshige Osawa