By Neil Robinson LONDON, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Tyson Fury is "almost at breaking point" and receiving professional help, his uncle said in an interview days after the world champion was declared medically unfit to defend his WBA and WBO heavyweight crowns against Wladamir Klitschko. Peter Fury, who is also the boxer's trainer, blamed a "witch hunt" for his condition, complaining that sustained criticism has "done a lot of damage" to the 28-year-old. Fury had been originally due to defend his titles against Klitschko in July but pulled out with an ankle injury.
ESPN’s controversial commentator Stephen A. Smith will make his debut as a boxing analyst on Nov. 5 with a quadruple title fight, pay-per-view card headlined by Manny Pacquiao’s return against WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. With Top Rank handling its own pay-per-view card, the promotional giant need to come up with a notable broadcast team. Top Rank President Todd duBoef said recently that team would be a big surprise, and he was certainly right on that call. Longtime boxing broadcaster and current MLB network host Brian Kenny will handle the blow-by-blow action, while Smith will be the color analyst and Charissa Thompson of Fox NFL Kickoff will
Linares captured a unanimous decision (which probably should have been slightly wider on two of the cards and closer on the third) and the WBA Lightweight Championship from Crolla on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena. It was a solid performance from a fighter who has always had talent but showed difficulty holding it all together. The win also netted him the unofficial designation of the Ring Magazine champion, a belt that signifies a fighter who has achieved universal acclaim as the best fighter in a given division, mostly because it's free of sanctioning-body politics. It was an exciting fight, but the ultimate verdict seemed beyond much doubt when the official scorecards were read, even