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MESA, Ariz. (AP) _ Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson pleaded guilty Monday to charges of drug possession and driving under the influence stemming from a traffic stop last year as he was leaving a nightclub. Tyson quietly acknowledged to a judge that he had cocaine and was impaired when he was stopped for driving erratically in Scottsdale on Dec. 29. He pleaded guilty to a single felony count of cocaine possession and a misdemeanour DUI count and faces ...

Canadian Steve Molitor will make the second defence of his IBF super-bantamweight title on Oct. 27 against veteran Fashung 3K Battery. The 33-year-old Thai boxer, also called Narongrit Pirang, has adopted his sponsor's name 3K Battery as his ring moniker. He is ranked No. 8 by the International Boxing Federation. Molitor (24-0 with 10 knockouts) will face 3K Battery (58-8-1, 35 KOs) at Casino Rama near Orilla, Ont., in a bout dubbed Rumble At Rama II. The bout ...

HAVANA (AP) _ Cuba won't send a boxing team to the world championships in Chicago, heeding Fidel Castro's fears about future defections after two fighters abandoned their teammates during the Pan American Games. The competition is one of three qualifying tournaments for the 2008 Olympics. ``We will not expose anew a Cuban boxing team to the abuses and provocations that in this case will be present in Chicago, American territory, the perfect location for marketers and traffickers to ...

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) _ Two Cuban boxers who disappeared during last month's Pan American Games were found at a resort near Rio, where police say they partied and ran up an exorbitant tab. Now, a police inspector says, they want to go back to Cuba. Two-time Olympic boxing champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and Erislandy Lara were found Thursday at an inn in the coastal resort city Cabo Frio. ``We still have to clear up the reason ...

MUNICH, Germany (AP) _ Former WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko will fight Jameel McCline on Sept. 22 in Munich in Klitschko's first bout in nearly three years. ``I rule out losing this fight,'' Klitschko said Monday. Klitschko hasn't fought since an eighth-round win over Danny Williams on Dec. 11, 2004. Back and knee problems forced Klitschko to take a year off and eventually retire with a 35-2 record with 34 knockouts. He announced a comeback earlier this ...

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) _ Thailand's first female boxing world champion was released from jail Wednesday as reward for winning the world light-flyweight title. Siriporn Thaweesuk was released on parole from the women's prison in Pathum Thani province, 35 kilometres north of Bangkok, three years before the end of her seven-year sentence for selling amphetamines. Siriporn _ or Samson Sor Siriporn as she is known in the ring _ defeated Japan's Ayaka Miyano for the title in a prison ...

NEW YORK (AP) _ Miguel Cotto sat onstage at Madison Square Garden wearing a sharp brown suit. Zab Judah went for the hooded sweat shirt and shorts. That hardly was the only contrast between the fighters who will meet Saturday night for Cotto's WBA welterweight title. Cotto is from Puerto Rico, Judah is from Brooklyn. Cotto is unbeaten and, at 26 is on the rise with knockout wins in nine of his last 11 fights. Judah has ...

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ Jermain Taylor's victory over Cory Spinks was a forgettable one, so it was no surprise when attention quickly turned to the middleweight champion's next fight. Kelly Pavlik, anyone? ``Yeah, I'll fight him,'' Taylor said. ``It doesn't make a difference. We can fight next month.'' Taylor looked like he could go 12 rounds again next week following his tepid bout Saturday night. Spinks missed more punches (457) than Taylor attempted (319), and Taylor's team conceded ...

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ A memorial service for boxer Diego (Chico) Corrales will be held Tuesday in Las Vegas. Corrales, a former lightweight and super featherweight champion, died Monday in a high-speed motorcycle crash near his Las Vegas home. He was 29. A public viewing will be followed by a funeral Tuesday at Palm Green Valley Mortuary in Las Vegas, according to Fred Sternberg, spokesman for Corrales' promoter. Corrales died ...

BERLIN (AP) _ Russian giant Nikolai Valuev is going to look bigger than ever Saturday in his WBA title defence against Ruslan Chagaev, nicknamed ``White Tyson.'' The tallest heavyweight champion of all time at seven feet and 326 pounds will tower over the 6-1, 225-pound challenger. Chagaev's camp wants the fighter to know how to handle the size difference, so a plasma television billed as the world's largest _ 2.27 ...

MESA, Ariz. (AP) _ Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson appeared in court Thursday and learned he will go on trial Aug. 20 on charges of drug possession and driving under the influence of drugs. Tyson was fresh out of a California rehabilitation facility and said very little during the five-minute proceeding. ``Yes, ma'am'' were his only words, uttered after Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens asked if he agreed ...

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) _ A super middleweight fight to unify Joe Calzaghe's WBO and Mikkel Kessler's WBC and WBA belts looks further off than ever. After Calzaghe stopped Peter Manfredo, star of ``The Contender'' reality TV show, to retain his title for the 20th time, promoter Frank Warren said Kessler's camp wouldn't meet the proposed July date. Warren also claimed that Kessler, who said he wanted to fight Calzaghe after ...

BERLIN (AP) _ Former IBF champion Henry Maske will end a 10-year retirement Saturday against Virgil Hill, the only fighter ever to beat the German. Hill's WBA cruiserweight title won't be on the line, and why he took the fight in Germany is clear enough. He reportedly will earn more than US$1.33 million for a bout in what may be the world's most lucrative boxing market. But Maske's decision to ...

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) _ Five-time world champion boxer Johnny Tapia has been released from Presbyterian Hospital after a three-day stay that began with an apparent cocaine overdose. Tapia had been upgraded from serious to fair condition on Wednesday and was released later in the day. It has been a tragic week for the Tapia family. After Tapia was hospitalized, two relatives on their way to visit the ailing boxer were killed ...

Chad Dawson takes on WBC light-heavyweight champion Tomasz Adamek in a matchup of undefeated fighters Saturday in the marquee bout on a card featuring three 12-round title fights. IBF lightweight champion Jesus Chavez defends his title against Julio Diaz, and IBF junior middleweight title-holder Cory Spinks faces Rodney Jones, the division's top-ranked challenger. The fighters all weighed in Friday evening. The Dawson-Adamek and Chavez-Diaz bouts at the Silver Spurs Arena ...

Mike Tyson was released from jail without bond on a felony drug possession charge Friday after an early-morning arrest in which police said they found two bags of white powder in his back pocket. ``He admitted to using today and stated he is an addict and has a problem,'' said a police probable cause statement filed in Maricopa County Superior Court. ``Mike admitted to possessing bags of cocaine and said ...

Russian president Vladimir Putin granted boxer Oleg Maskaev citizenship Saturday, a day before the heavyweight defends his WBC crown in the first world title bout held in his adopted country. The 37-year-old Maskaev, who was born in Kazakhstan when it was part of the Soviet Union, has lived in the United States for more than a decade and is a U.S. citizen. Russia does not prohibit dual citizenship. Maskaev will be fighting Japan's Peter Okhello in a 12-round ...

The ring was set up in a sandlot baseball stadium, surrounded by rickety bleachers and folding chairs. Someone had forgotten the bell, so they rang a cowbell to begin and end rounds. Someone else had forgotten the key to the padlock for the gate, so the crowd waited two hours to get in. It was Dec. 11, 1981, a quarter-century ago. And Muhammad Ali was in denial. ``I'm going to dance all night,'' he said. The site was ...

Former Olympic superheavyweight champion Audley Harrison stopped Danny Williams in the third round Saturday in a non-title heavyweight fight at ExCel Arena. Harrison, the 2000 Sydney Olympics winner who lost a decision to Williams a year ago, floored Williams with a left uppercut. With accurate shots, the 35-year-old left-hander opened up deep gashes on the bridge of Williams' nose and underneath his left eye. ``They don't give away Olympic gold medals. I can fight,'' said Harrison, who exchanged ...

Amir Khan won the IBF intercontinental light-welterweight boxing title Saturday night, recovering from a surprise seventh-round knockdown to beat Rachid Drilzane in a lopsided decision. Khan, the 2004 Olympic lightweight silver medallist, went the 10-round distance for the first time and took many blows to the head from the Frenchman without being able to impose his big-hitting style at ExCel Arena in his 10th fight as a pro. The fight was elevated to a title contest because fight ...

Jermain Taylor unanimously outpointed Kassim Ouma on Saturday night to retain his middleweight title. Taylor, fighting in his home state for the first time since winning the title in 2005, was in control throughout despite a cut around his left eye that appeared to bother him in the later rounds. There was little suspense at the end _ open scoring was used at the fight and showed Taylor with a big lead after eight rounds. Taylor became the ...

Boxing promoter Frank Warren has dumped Scott Harrison after the troubled featherweight failed to make the weight for Saturday's title defence and was forced to give up his WBO crown. The Scottish fighter, who has a history of alcohol abuse and violent behaviour, has faced criminal charges in Glasgow and Malaga. He spent five weeks in a Spanish jail on assault charges before being released last month and cleared to ...

Roberto Duran, a world champion in four weight divisions over a career that spanned five decades, and Olympic gold medallist Pernell Whitaker, another four-division champion, were voted to the International Boxing Hall of Fame on Thursday. Duran and Whitaker were chosen from the modern era, along with undefeated Mexican strawweight champion Ricardo (Finito) Lopez, who held his world crown for more than a decade with a string of 21 successful ...

Antonio Margarito might finally get the opponent he wants, even if his name isn't Floyd Mayweather Jr. Margarito and Miguel Cotto fought to convincing victories Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall, setting up a potential bout between welterweight titleholders. One of the first sentences out of Margarito's mouth after he defended his WBO title with a 12-round decision over Joshua Clottey was, ``I want to fight the winner of the next fight.'' That would be Cotto, who administered a ...

Winky Wright knocked down Ike Quartey late in the second round and went on win the 12-round middleweight fight between two old friends with a unanimous decision on Saturday night. The former junior middleweight champion landed a right to the head to drop Quartey with about 20 seconds left in the second round. He rocked Quartey, a former WBA welterweight champion, again with a hard left to the head midway through the eighth. The 35-year-old Wright, a ...

Joe Calzaghe's next fight is against the runner-up on a reality show. Calzaghe, the WBO super middleweight champion, will make his 20th title defence against Peter Manfredo Jr., who lost in the final on the first season of ``The Contender.'' The fight will be held at the Millennium Stadium on March 3 in Cardiff, Wales, where Manfredo will face a different kind of reality before a large and boisterous Welsh ...

Scott Harrison believes his stint in a Spanish jail will help him retain his WBO featherweight title next month. Harrison, who was released on Nov. 13 after 5{ weeks behind bars in Malaga, Spain, for an alleged assault, is scheduled to fight Nicky Cook on Dec. 9 in London. ``The food wasn't very good in prison. I was eating two meals a day and my weight's come down,'' Harrison said ...

Willie Pep, a Hall of Fame boxer and one of the best fighters of the 20th century, has died at the age of 84. His grandson, William P. Papaleo, confirmed Friday morning that Pep died Thursday at the West Hill nursing home, where he had been confined to an Alzheimer's unit since 2001. The embodiment of finesse and speed in his prime, the five-foot-six Pep was 229-11 during a career ...

WBO super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe will defend his title March 3 in Wales against Peter Manfredo Jr., runner-up on the first season of the reality television show ``The Contender.'' Calzaghe (42-0, 31 KOs) is boxing's longest-reigning world champion. The British fighter first won the title in 1997, and his 19 successful defences rank sixth in boxing history. Manfredo Jr., of Providence, R.I., is 26-3 (12 KOs) and is ranked ...

Paul Spadafora won in his first fight since being released from prison, stopping Jesus Francisco Zepeda in the fifth round Wednesday night in the 22nd Erie Boxing Classic. Spadafora (39-0-1), the former IBF lightweight champion, served a sentence split between Camp Hill Penitentiary and a prison-style boot camp for the October 2003 shooting of his girlfriend outside a gas station in McKees Rocks. His last fight was in April 2004. ...

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