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Combat sports had an up and down year in 2014
Combat sports had an up and down year in 2014

Combat sports, 2014 in review The highs •The continued rise of boxing's middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin. The 32-year-old from Kazakhstan improved to 31-0 with 28 knockouts by knocking out Mexican Marco Antonio Rubio in the second round of their fight in Carson. Golovkin is willing to fight anyone in the 154- to 168-pound range, and should land a big fight by the end of 2015. Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. each were 2-0, and called each other out for their next fight. Pacquiao is a fighter-of-the-year candidate after one-sided triumphs over younger, previously unbeaten world champions Timothy Bradley and Chris Algieri (a six-knockdown rout in Macao last...

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