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Wilder stops Ortiz in heavyweight title rematch

Deontay Wilder landed a vicious right hand to stop Luis Ortiz in the seventh round to retain his heavyweight title and set up a lucrative rematch with Tyson Fury in February.

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Jamyle Cannon uses boxing to help West Side kids overcome life’s obstacles

Cannon’s program, the Bloc, "spreads the love for boxing" while providing tutoring and more.

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Boxer Patrick Day dies of brain injuries after fight at Wintrust Arena

Day had brain surgery after being knocked out by Charles Conwell in the 10th round Saturday night at Wintrust Arena.

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Sportswriter Melissa Isaacson tells of basketball and life lessons in book about state championship team

Her tale is about sports, the love of hoops and what all of it does for you, even if you might not be aware of it at the time.

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Manny Pacquiao beats Keith Thurman by split decision for welterweight title

Pacquiao knocked down Thurman in the first round and added a third straight win to his career resurgence after turning 40.

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Boxing champ Pernell Whitaker dead after being hit by car

Whitaker won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics and eventually became regarded as one of the best defensive boxers of all-time.

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HBO’s ‘What’s My Name’ expertly tells story of Muhammad Ali as fighter, thinker

Through interviews and old clips, the Greatest of All Time acts as his own narrator in brilliant HBO documentary premiering Tuesday.

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From Englewood to MMA champion — and $1M payday — Louis Taylor never quit

Taylor became PFL's oldest middleweight champion on New Year's Eve by knocking out Abusupiyan Magomedov in 33 seconds.

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‘What’s My Name’ trailer: HBO releases new look at Muhammad Ali documentary

Check out the new trailer for HBO's upcoming two-part Muhammad Ali doc.

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Conor McGregor announces he’s retiring from MMA

"Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!" McGregor tweeted with his announcement.

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Freeda Foreman, daughter of boxing great George Foreman, dies at 42

Foreman, the daughter of legendary boxer and former heavyweight champion George Foreman, died at her home in Houston.

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Manny Pacquiao is ‘discouraging’ son from boxing career

Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao is "discouraging" his 18-year-old son from picking up a pair of boxing gloves in jumping into the ring.

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‘Pastor Vic’ Rodriguez, who mentored kids, forged peace in Little Village, dies

Pastor Vic Rodriguez of La Villita church "was a spiritual leader, a mentor," Chicago police Sgt. Alfonso Lara said. "He wanted to make a difference."

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Up-and-coming Chicago boxer Joshua Greer Jr. hasn’t lost track of roots

The Chicago native is quickly becoming a big deal in the bantamweight division, and hopes to use his fame to help other at-risk youth discover boxing.

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Dorothy Cross dies, pushed to clear boxer Jack Johnson of racially tinged charge

Dorothy Cross, who said she was a great-niece of heavyweight boxing great Jack Johnson and pushed to clear the late boxer’s name, has died at 88.

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Subzero windchill no match for Polar Bear Plungers: ‘This is worse than a fight’

Unfazed by the dangerous cold snap, more than 300 brave — or crazy — souls took a January dip into Lake Michigan to raise money for families in need.

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HBO to stop broadcasting boxing after 45 years of coverage

HBO is getting out of the live boxing business after more than 1,000 fights over four decades of telecasts.

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Canelo Alvarez beats Gennady Golovkin in narrow decision for middleweight title

Alvarez won the 160-pound titles held by Golovkin by the narrowest of margins, taking a majority decision to hand the champion his first loss.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. hosting anti-violence panel at DuSable Museum

An anti-violence panel including Floyd Mayweather Jr. is coming to the DuSable Museum of African American History on Saturday.

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Floyd Mayweather estimated as 2017’s highest-earning athlete by Forbes

Forbes estimates that Mayweather earned $285 million from endorsements and other sources in 2017.

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Sylvester Stallone making biopic about boxer Jack Johnson

Stallone has said Johnson was the basis for the character Apollo Creed in the "Rocky" films.

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Jack Johnson family ‘amazed’ by pardon, visits grave with Rev. Jesse Jackson

"I know and believe in my heart that you are proud of me," Linda Haywood said looking at Jack Johnson's grave marker at Graceland Cemetery.

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Muhammad Ali’s grandson carries on his legacy of service in and out of the ring

Muhammad Ali's grandson Nico Ali Walsh is carrying on his grandfather's legacy inside and out of the ring.

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Possible pardon for Jack Johnson good news to woman keeping boxer’s legacy alive

Linda Haywood wants a pardon for the man she says is her great-great-uncle: Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion of the world.

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Trump considering pardon for late boxer Jack Johnson

The stain on Johnson's reputation forced some family members to live in shame of his legacy.

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Trump-supporting boxer wearing ‘America 1st’ trunks beaten by Mexican fighter

Vargas, who represented Mexico in the 2008 Olympic games, told ESPN Deportes that he was shocked by the trunks.

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Beverly boxing coach, dead at 66, urged kids to stay in school, train for jobs

Martin McGarry, dead of amyloidosis at 66, was a pipefitter by trade and boxer by passion. He built a gym at his Beverly home to teach kids to box.

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Expanded sports betting might soon be reality, if Supreme Court agrees

The Supreme Court is indicating a willingness to side with New Jersey’s effort to permit sports gambling in a case being closely watched.

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Kids flock to new Austin Boxing Club, gift from local business owners

The nonprofit boxing club is the dream of an area businessman who had shown promise in the ring as a teen but traded the sport for a life of crime.

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Brains vs. Brawn: 90 years ago, Dempsey-Tunney shocked Soldier Field

The "Long Count" is perhaps the most famous 14 seconds in boxing, if not all professional sport. But why it mattered deserves remembering.

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Undefeated boxing champion Andre Ward retires, desire no longer there

Light heavyweight champion Andre Ward is retiring from boxing with an undefeated record because he no longer has the desire to fight.

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Boxing legend Jake LaMotta, inspiration for ‘Raging Bull,‘ dies at 95

Boxing legend Jake LaMotta, whose life was portrayed onscreen by Robert De Niro in the 1908 film "Raging Bull" has died at 95.