Sheeraz retains European title in historic clash, honours “No.1 fan” aunt who died of Covid-19

BOXING CHAMP Hamzah Sheeraz dedicated his weekend victory over Paul Kean to his aunt who recently died due to Covid-19. “Hopefully she’s looking down on me and is proud,” the emotionally charged Ilford super-welterweight pugilist said on his “No.1 fan” as he retained the WBO European title at UK’s first major behind-closed-doors boxing event. Shabnum […]

Vijender Singh eyeing pro bout in next couple of months

More than six months have passed since he last stepped into the ring but Indian boxing star Vijender Singh is hopeful of getting back to competition in the next three months after his US-based promoter restarted bouts earlier this month. Signed by Hall of Famer Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions in 2018, Vijender was last […]

Khan won’t box behind closed doors amid virus risk

Former world champion Amir Khan has said he won’t fight behind closed doors should boxing resume during the coronavirus outbreak. British officials are looking at July as a possible return date for bouts, albeit these would take place in the first instance without spectators at venues. “Even though there is big money I wouldn’t be […]

Amir Khan says he was pumped up to give “a hell of a try” to beat Floyd Mayweather

AMIR KHAN has opened up on raring to give “a hell of a try” to trounce Floyd Mayweather in a dream match that never took off, and how he discovered the former world champ to be “a funny character” off the ring. The British boxing ace had for long been keen to challenge the American […]

Khan eyeing career swansong against Pacquiao or Brook

Former world champion Amir Khan said on Friday (3) that he is eager to end his boxing career with a lucrative bout against ring great Manny Pacquiao or in an all-British contest with Kell Brook. The 33-year-old Khan, who won his last bout with a fourth-round victory over Billy Dib in Saudi Arabia in July, […]

Big talk is forgotten, it’s performance which stays: Mary Kom after qualifying for Olympics

Indian boxing icon Mary Kom pulled no punches as she lambasted critics and challengers after securing her second Olympic appearance, saying those who bring politics into sports should remember that it’s performance that creates legacy, not big statements. Speaking from Amman, Jordan after booking her Olympic berth by making the semifinals of the Asia/Oceania Qualifiers, […]

India hails heroine Kom as boxer makes Olympic cut again

Indians hailed boxer Mary Kom after the six-time world champion qualified for Tokyo 2020 Monday (9) in what is likely to be her last bid for Olympic gold in an illustrious career. The 37-year-old pugilist earned a 5-0 win against Irish Magno of the Philippines in the quarter-finals of the Asia/Oceania qualifying event in Amman, […]

Padma Vibhushan for Mary Kom, Sindhu to get Padma Bhushan

Celebrated boxer Mary Kom will be conferred with the Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second highest civilian award, while world champion shuttler P.V. Sindhu will get the Padma Bhushan among eight sportsperson named for the prestigious honours on Saturday. The names of the awardees were announced by the government on the eve of the country’s 71st […]

Kom moves step closer to Tokyo title tilt

  By Ronnie Ruff IT WAS supposed to be the grudge match of the year. Two bickering boxers battling it out for one qualifying spot at next year’s Olympics. Young pretender Nikhat Zareen against future Hall of Famer Mary Kom. India was most definitely watching. Unfortunately, like most hyped-up big Vegas heavyweight clashes, the action […]

Kom beats challenger in trial for Olympics qualification

INDIA’S MC Mary Kom sealed her spot for next year’s Olympic qualifiers on Saturday (28) with a split decision win over fellow flyweight Nikhat Zareen, who had publicly demanded a trial against the six-times world champion in the race for Tokyo. The 36-year-old Kom, an Olympic bronze medallist from London 2012, won 9-1 and was […]

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