BOXING & MMA

BOXING & MMA

Muhammad Ali dies at 74; boxing champion became worldwide celebrity

After defeating Sonny Liston in 1964, an ecstatic Muhammad Ali declared: "I shocked the world." Thrusting his arms into the air, he treated the victory as if it had been a knockout. Never mind that Liston denied him that honor by refusing to step into the ring for a seventh round. Ali's win gave...

  • USADA: Jon Jones' backup sample also comes back positive

    USADA: Jon Jones' backup sample also comes back positive

    The B sample for former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been declared positive, matching the result of the earlier test that prompted the UFC to pull him from Saturday’s UFC 200 main event. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced Friday that a lab in Salt Lake City had confirmed the...

  • Saturday's UFC 200 card will cap a week of MMA madness

    Saturday's UFC 200 card will cap a week of MMA madness

    It makes perfect sense that the sport popularized by surprise outcomes has been checkered all week by unexpected, dramatic happenings setting up Saturday’s UFC 200. Even Friday’s weigh-in took an alarming turn when the seconds ticked toward a 10 a.m. deadline and main-event fighter Miesha Tate...

  • Miesha Tate's new belt inspires persistent ferocity

    Miesha Tate's new belt inspires persistent ferocity

    All of those comforting sayings that can be leaned on through adversity — “Good things come to those who wait,” “Patience is a virtue,” — came true for Miesha Tate. Tate, 29, was a championship-level fighter without the validation of a belt for nearly five years as Ronda Rousey absorbed the perks...

  • Brock Lesnar welcomes his promotion to main-event status at UFC 200

    Brock Lesnar welcomes his promotion to main-event status at UFC 200

    “Merry Christmas to Brock Lesnar,” Brock Lesnar said Thursday, reacting to news that Jon Jones’ positive drug test has elevated Lesnar’s comeback heavyweight fight against veteran Mark Hunt to main-event status at Saturday’s UFC 200. “It’s a milestone for the company and it’s a milestone for me,”...

  • Revisiting his dream — and pain — boxing champ Sergey Kovalev returns to Russia

    Revisiting his dream — and pain — boxing champ Sergey Kovalev returns to Russia

    It might be unbelievable now, considering the lack of mercy Sergey Kovalev shows in the boxing ring, but there was a time he was a bit of a crybaby. “My first two years in boxing, my coach would tell me, ‘You must be a champion, don’t cry,’ after each workout,” Kovalev said, reflecting on the excruciating...

  • Jon Jones off UFC 200 card due to positive drug test

    Jon Jones off UFC 200 card due to positive drug test

    Jon Jones was pulled from the UFC 200 main event Wednesday after being notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that he has submitted a positive sample for a banned performance-enhancing substance. Jones’ bid to recapture the light-heavyweight belt that was stripped from him and won by his scheduled...

  • Brock Lesnar embracing the realness of his UFC comeback

    Brock Lesnar embracing the realness of his UFC comeback

    Just over a month since he announced his return to combat fighting, Brock Lesnar doesn’t appear to be as prepared as he’d like for his UFC 200 appearance. Yet, after more than a five-year absence from the sport, he’s enthused as never before. And though the comeback of the former UFC heavyweight...

  • Hard lessons a constant in reaching UFC 200

    Hard lessons a constant in reaching UFC 200

    The financial success that UFC 200 is expected to become Saturday night is rooted in some trial and error, including a recent media relations controversy. UFC Chairman Lorenzo Fertitta and President Dana White provided the Los Angeles Times an extended interview Tuesday in Fertitta’s office here,...

  • Video: Watch UFC leaders discuss Ronda Rousey and a possible Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight

    Video: Watch UFC leaders discuss Ronda Rousey and a possible Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight

    It’s not enough to discuss the three nights of cards connected to UFC 200 fight week. There’s also Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor and Georges St-Pierre. In an extended conversation with The Times on Tuesday, UFC Chairman Lorenzo Fertitta and President Dana White addressed their organization’s most...

  • Brock Lesnar not looking past UFC 200 for now

    Brock Lesnar not looking past UFC 200 for now

    Brock Lesnar isn’t returning to the UFC after a near five-year absence to lose, but if the victory he envisions July 9 at UFC 200 transpires, the former heavyweight champion doesn’t have an answer for how he’ll proceed. “I haven’t given it much thought, I really haven’t,” Lesnar said Thursday on...

  • Manny Pacquiao has an Oct. 15 fight date, but can he keep it?

    Manny Pacquiao has an Oct. 15 fight date, but can he keep it?

    Manny Pacquiao’s promoter has reserved Oct. 15 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for what could be the fighter’s comeback bout from a short-lived retirement. However, promoter Bob Arum attached a sizable asterisk to his reservation Wednesday, telling The Times he hasn’t yet confirmed with Pacquiao (58-6-2,...

  • Jon Jones ready for UFC 200

    Jon Jones ready for UFC 200

    Jon Jones’ rematch with Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 200 has been propped up by their talent, Jones’ steep fall from grace and Cormier’s holier-than-thou resistance to forgiveness. “It’s pretty powerful. It’s a story people want to see,” Jones said Tuesday in a visit with reporters at...

  • Tony Harrison and Paulie Malignaggi round out July 30 Showtime card

    Tony Harrison and Paulie Malignaggi round out July 30 Showtime card

    After Saturday’s Keith Thurman-Shawn Porter welterweight title fight drew the largest television audience of the year on CBS, promoter Lou DiBella said he’s secured more action fights for the next card at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. On Tuesday morning, Showtime announced the remainder of the undercard leading...

  • Keith Thurman wants to build pedigree beyond riveting victory over Shawn Porter

    Keith Thurman wants to build pedigree beyond riveting victory over Shawn Porter

    Keith Thurman’s thirst for exposure wasn’t quenched by his latest welterweight title defense or a prime-time CBS audience. “You’ve got to ride the train,” Thurman said at his post-fight news conference early Sunday morning after enduring the pressure of challenger Shawn Porter to win a narrow unanimous...

  • Keith Thurman retains welterweight title with unanimous decision over Shawn Porter

    Keith Thurman retains welterweight title with unanimous decision over Shawn Porter

    Keith Thurman can throw a heavy right hand, but what’s made him an unbeaten world champion is instinct. So when he encountered a rabid Shawn Porter pursuing him heavily, pressing him to the ropes, throwing damaging punches to the body and head, Thurman reacted with calculation. And by employing...

  • Mikey Garcia comeback fight confirmed for July 30

    Mikey Garcia comeback fight confirmed for July 30

    Riverside’s former two-division world champion Mikey Garcia announced his comeback fight from an extended contract dispute with his former promoter, Top Rank, will be against Elio Rojas on July 30 at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Showtime will televise the bout. "The best of my career is what's next,"...

  • Las Vegas, Texas in play for Canelo Alvarez's fight against Liam Smith

    Las Vegas, Texas in play for Canelo Alvarez's fight against Liam Smith

    Canelo Alvarez’s move away from Gennady Golovkin was followed quickly by the announcement he’ll fight at 154 pounds against World Boxing Organization super-welterweight champion Liam Smith on Sept. 17. The bout, surprisingly placed on HBO pay-per-view, is expected to land either at T-Mobile Arena...

  • Shawn Porter trying to regain welterweight title in bout against Keith Thurman

    Shawn Porter trying to regain welterweight title in bout against Keith Thurman

    A large insect infiltrated the household, and boxing trainer Kenny Porter was eliminating any chance that the possibly poisonous creature would be around when his son, Shawn, returned home from errands. “I’m gonna hit this thing twice. Have to make sure he’s dead,” Kenny Porter said before multiple...

  • Keith Thurman's long, thoughtful plan continues against Shawn Porter

    Keith Thurman's long, thoughtful plan continues against Shawn Porter

    It didn’t take a high school education for a teenage Keith Thurman to deduce where he wanted to be in life. So in his freshman year he began a practice of leaving his backpack and textbooks at home, in favor of carrying just one favored book to class for reading pleasure. “I didn’t pay attention...

  • Dominic Breazeale heads to U.K. to see if England's champ Anthony Joshua is the real deal

    Dominic Breazeale heads to U.K. to see if England's champ Anthony Joshua is the real deal

    Dominic Breazeale hit the canvas in his most recent fight. He rose, began unloading heavy punches and remained undefeated by breaking his veteran opponent’s jaw. Now comes a stiffer test. On Saturday, Upland’s Breazeale (17-0, 15 knockouts) will fight new International Boxing Federation heavyweight...

  • Sources: Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin strike verbal deal to fight in 2017

    Sources: Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin strike verbal deal to fight in 2017

    Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin have struck a verbal agreement to stage their anticipated middleweight fight in the fall of 2017, according to their promoters, who connected with talks that began two days ago in Los Angeles. The 25-year-old Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 knockouts) is granted a reprieve...

  • Tate prepares for UFC title defense, with Rousey looming large

    Tate prepares for UFC title defense, with Rousey looming large

    Ever since Miesha Tate won the Ultimate Fighting Championship women's bantamweight belt from Holly Holm in March,  she has done a lot of talking. Interviews and speaking engagements continue to pile up. Her podcast, “The Miesha Tate Show,” now has 17 episodes. After lunch with reporters in West...

  • MMA rankings: It's moving day for Michael Bisping

    MMA rankings: It's moving day for Michael Bisping

    In one of the most historic upsets in the history of the sport, Michael Bisping won the UFC middleweight crown with a first round knockout of Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 and vaulted to the top of the middleweight rankings. The MMA rankings for June: Heavyweight 1. Stipe Miocic 2. Alistair Overeem ...

  • Stephen Thompson defeats Rory MacDonald by unanimous decision

    Stephen Thompson defeats Rory MacDonald by unanimous decision

    Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson won a unanimous five-round decision over Rory “Red King” MacDonald in a battle of top welterweight contenders at UFC Fight Night 89 on Saturday night.  As promised, it was a technical fight with both men looking to control the range. Thompson kept on the move and was...

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