Claressa Shields celebrates after winning her second Olympic gold medal. There will be no third gold medal for Claressa Shields. The only American to win a boxing gold medal since Andre Ward in 2004 is turning professional and will make her pro debut on Nov. 19 in Las Vegas on the undercard of the Ward-Sergey Kovalev pay-per-view show.
Filipino star Manny Pacquiao says he remains undecided about his future in boxing beyond this year, insisting he is not looking past his upcoming world title bout with Jessie Vargas. Pacquiao returns to the ring to face World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Vargas on November 5, three months after ending his four-month "retirement". Then I go back and do my job, then I could think about 2017," Pacquiao told reporters on a conference call.
For boxing reasons alone, the first meeting between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier stands as one of the most important fights in boxing history. Both men were undefeated champions and two of the greatest to ever lace up the gloves. But the historical context for their March 1971 fight gives it a level of cultural importance that few sporting events have ever known. The United States was submerged in an era of civil strife, as citizens faced off in conflict over race relations and the Vietnam war. Ali had become a symbol for the progressive, revolutionary side of that equation, embracing Black Nationalism and refusing induction into the Army. The later stand had caused him to be stripped of his