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1 Ali Center looks to future without boxing great (The Associated Press)
Muhammad Ali's legendary presence made him a natural ambassador for the center bearing his name. Ali's death in June at age 74 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease left the Muhammad Ali Center without its co-founder and guiding force. What happens after the champ is gone?'' Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said.
Friday, 26 August 2016
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2 Boxing: U.S. hope Shields will go for golden hat-trick (Reuters)
Monday, 22 August 2016
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3 Olympics-Boxing-U.S. hope Shields will go for golden hat-trick (Reuters)
Monday, 22 August 2016
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4 AIBA head talks judging, losing, and boxing's Olympic future (The Associated Press)

Britain's Joe Joyce, left, fights France's Tony Victor James Yoka during a men's super heavyweight over 91-kg final boxing match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press on Sunday before the final gold-medal bouts, Wu discussed AIBA's decision to send home several referees and judges after a handful of controversial verdicts. The president saw ''nothing wrong'' with the decision in the heavyweight title fight, in which Russian winner Evgeny Tishchenko was booed for his victory over Kazakhstan's Vassiliy Levit. Wu also spoke about his plans for the 2020 Tokyo Games, revealing AIBA will consider a move to five-round bouts using all five ringside judges' scorecards.


Sunday, 21 August 2016
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5 Shields becomes 1st American boxer with 2 Olympic golds (The Associated Press)

United States' Claressa Maria Shields displays her gold medals - from London and from Rio - for the women's middleweight 75-kg boxing at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Claressa Shields had Olympic gold around her neck and a secret keepsake in her warmup jacket pocket. ''I'm going to let the world know and they'll never forget that I have two Olympic gold medals,'' she said. Shields had all the answers as she breezed through three unanimous decision victories in the tournament.


Sunday, 21 August 2016
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6 Boxing: U.S.'s Shields hopes to inspire black women (Reuters)

2016 Rio Olympics - Boxing - Victory Ceremony - Women's Middle (75kg) Victory Ceremony - Riocentro - Pavilion 6 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 21/08/2016. Gold medallist Claressa Shields (USA) of USA bites her medal from Rio 2016.  REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

Two-time boxing gold medalist Claressa Shields said she hoped her victories would help inspire other young black American women to reach for success. Shield's triumph in the women's middleweight final on Sunday against the Netherlands' Nouchka Fontijn means that at the age of just 21, she is a double Olympic gold winner, the 2014 World Champion, and the 2015 Pan American Games champion. Shields has named her hero as tennis player Serena Williams.


Sunday, 21 August 2016
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7 Olympics-Boxing-U.S.'s Shields hopes to inspire black women (Reuters)
Two-time boxing gold medallist Claressa Shields said she hoped her victories would help inspire other young black American women to reach for success. Shield's triumph in the women's middleweight final on Sunday against the Netherlands' Nouchka Fontijn means that at the age of just 21, she is a double Olympic gold winner, the 2014 World Champion, and the 2015 Pan American Games champion. Shields has named her hero as tennis player Serena Williams.
Sunday, 21 August 2016
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8 Olympics-Boxing-Yoka win cements France's golden couple (Reuters)
* Yoka wins gold to go with his girlfriend's * Super-heavyweight and lightweight are France's golden couple * Britain's Joyce takes silver (Adds quotes and detail) By Alan Baldwin RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 21 (Reuters) - France hailed a golden couple after Tony Yoka saw off Britain's Joe Joyce on Sunday to add the men's Olympic super-heavyweight title to the women's lightweight gold won by girlfriend Estelle Mossely. With Mossely cheering and crying in equal measure, Yoka boxed clever against a relentless opponent to win the battle of the big men on a 2-1 split decision and become the first Frenchman to win gold in the heaviest division.
Sunday, 21 August 2016
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9 Shields becomes 1st American boxer with 2 gold medals (The Associated Press)

United States' Claressa Maria Shields displays her gold medals - from London and from Rio - for the women's middleweight 75-kg boxing at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Claressa Shields won her second Olympic boxing gold medal Sunday, becoming the first American to win gold in two games. Shields dominated the first women's boxing tournament in London and was again the class of the middleweight division in Rio. The 21-year-old Flint, Michigan, native beat Netherlands fighter Nouchka Fontijn by unanimous decision in convincing fashion.


Sunday, 21 August 2016
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10 Boxing: Yoka wins super-heavy gold for France (Reuters)

2016 Rio Olympics - Boxing - Final - Men's Super Heavy (+91kg) Final Bout 273 - Riocentro - Pavilion 6 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 21/08/2016. Tony Yoka (FRA) of France and Joseph Joyce (GBR) of Britain compete.   REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - France's Tony Yoka beat Britain's Joe Joyce to win the men's Olympic super-heavyweight title on Sunday and match the lightweight gold medal won by girlfriend Estelle Mossely earlier in the week. Now half of a golden couple, Yoka becomes the first Frenchman to win gold in the heaviest division. Croatia's Filip Hrgovic and Kazakhstan's Ivan Dychko took the bronze medals as losing semi-finalists. Britain's Anthony Joshua, the 2012 champion, turned professional after the London Games. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Rex Gowar)


Sunday, 21 August 2016

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