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Shakur Stevenson fights for first U.S. boxing gold in 12 years

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Olympic boxer Shakur Stevenson has advanced to the finals in the bantamweight division at the Rio Olympics. He was scheduled to fight Vladimir Nikitin from Russia in the semifinals, but Nikitin was unable to compete due to “injury.” Stevenson is now guaranteed at least a silver medal. Despite the rich history of American amateur boxing, he is the first American to fight in a gold medal match since the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Nico Hernandez won a bronze medal for…

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Clearwater’s Keith Thurman carves out his own boxing legacy

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At first glance, it does not look so lethal, so dangerous. It is open, friendly, the type of hand that seems reserved for applause. It is warm as it embraces you. You would never guess the pain it carries. Make no mistake, however. As quickly as you can say “One Time,” the right hand of Keith Thurman can turn out your lights. The face, too, is smiling and friendly. The voice is quiet and filled with perspective. The eyes dance…

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Give Money Mayweather his due after a perfect 19 years in the ring

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. went out just as expected – on top and leaving boxing fans yearning for more. Andre Berto wasn’t expected to give him much trouble, and he didn’t. Mayweather served notice in the opening minute of his fight with Berto that it would be an easy night and it was, with Mayweather winning all 12 rounds on one ringside scorecard. Another yawner of a win. Another $32 million to buy a few more exotic cars and gas up…

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Clearwater’s Keith Thurman defends WBA welterweight title

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If you’re going to be in a fight, why travel far from home to do it? Clearwater’s Keith Thurman, 26, successfully defended his World Boxing Association welterweight title Saturday night at the Sun Dome in Tampa, beating Luis Collazo on a technical knockout in the eighth round. Collazo was cut and informed the referee he could not continue. After the match, Thurman called out champion Floyd Mayweather. “I’m a young, strong champion, Floyd,” he shouted into the microphone. “Come and get…

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Clearwater boxer Keith Thurman defends WBA title

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Clearwater boxer Keith Thurman will put his undefeated record on the line Saturday night at the University of South Florida’s Sun Dome. Thurman, 26, is the World Boxing Association welterweight champion. He will put his 25-0 record with 21 knockouts against Brooklyn’s Luis Collozo. “I see a kid with a lot of talent and a smart kid,” former St. Petersburg boxer Winky Wright, who shared trainer Dan Birmingham with Thurman, told ESPN. “He’s intelligent, he’s hardworking and he’s gonna become…

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Fight of century becomes fight in court as fans sue Pacquiao

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Boxing fans across the country and their lawyers are calling the hyped-up fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. a fraud and want their money back, and then some. At least 32 class action lawsuits across the country allege Pacquiao should have disclosed a shoulder injury to boxing fans before the fight, which Mayweather won in a unanimous decision after 12 lackluster rounds that most fans thought didn’t live up to the hype. Fight of the century? More like…

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