November 19th is shaping up to be a stupidly busy day of combat sports. Among the highlights, there will be two UFC shows (Mousasi vs. Hall 2 in Belfast, followed by Bader vs. Nogueira 2 in Sao Paulo), Bellator MMA: Chandler vs. Henderson, and in the boxing ring, Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) will fight Andre Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) in perhaps the most competitive and compelling high-profile boxing matchup of 2016. At stake is Kovalev's WBA, IBF, and WBO light heavyweight (175 lbs) belts, and Ward is seeking to re-establish himself as a world champion, this time moving up from 168 lbs, where he was once an unbeatable force. As is the usual standard for HBO Boxing for a major event, they've put together a highlight clip showcasing the best work of both fighters.
Up until last week, Manny Pacquiao was concentrating on trying to get the death penalty restored in the Philippines. Now he's focusing on something not nearly as controversial — his return to the ring for a Nov. 5 fight with Jesse Vargas. "Working in the Senate is not easy while you're training," said Pacquiao, a freshman senator in the Philippines. "You manage your time and that's what I did in training for this fight." Pacquiao won't have to juggle two jobs for at least a few weeks, with the Senate now out of session. He arrived in Los Angeles over the weekend, eager to finish final preparations for yet another fight in a pro career that has stretched 21 years. What remains to be seen is how
LONDON — Anthony Joshua’s proposed world heavyweight title fight with Wladimir Klitschko in December will not go ahead. Promoter Eddie Hearn says Klitschko has a “minor injury.” Hearn had announced earlier this month that terms had been “virtually” agreed for a fight between Joshua and Klitschko. Klitschko lost the WBA belt to Tyson Fury last November, along with the IBF title. The IBF insisted on a rematch, leading Fury to vacate that belt which was won by Joshua against Charles Martin in April. Joshua then defended it against Dominic Breazeale. Fury then relinquished his remaining WBA, WBO and IBO titles earlier this month and stepped away from the sport. Joshua’s opponent on Dec. 10 could