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
Vasyl Lomachenko previously had to tempt Nicholas Walters with a substantial cut of his purse to take a fight with the gifted two-time Olympic boxing champion from Ukraine. Jamaica’s Walters (26-0-1, 21 knockouts) has accepted an offer to fight World Boxing Organization super-featherweight champion Lomachenko (6-1, four KOs) Nov. 26, with the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas positioned to host the HBO-televised bout. Lomachenko promoter Bob Arum said Tuesday that Walters has agreed to be the opponent, and that Arum expected to finalize the site deal and formally announce the bout Wednesday. In June, Lomachenko produced a sensational fifth-round knockout of Puerto Rico’s Roman “Rocky” Martinez at Madison Square Garden’s Theater to become the first fighter in history to win a second belt in just seven pro bouts.