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Joshua confident of beating Mexican heavyweight Ruiz

Anthony Joshua says he chose to “reinvent” himself after defeat by Andy Ruiz Jr and feels “different” going into Saturday’s rematch. Joshua, who lost his three world heavyweight titles to Ruiz on 1 June, says he has decided to “check” his approach after a first defeat. “There is fire in the belly,” the Briton told BBC Sport in Saudi Arabia before the fight at the Diriyah Arena. “There are things I have had to do to take me to the next level. “I am confident I can be victorious and…

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Alvarez beats Kovalev for WBO light-heavyweight title

Mexican great Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez further added to his legacy by taking the WBO light-heavyweight crown from Sergey Kovalev with a devastating 11th-round knockout in Las Vegas. Middleweight king Canelo, 29, had stepped up two weight divisions to face the 36-year-old Russian. It proved a close fight which failed to ignite before an explosive combination from Canelo ended Kovalev’s night. Canelo has now won world titles in four weight divisions. A cagey encounter at the MGM Grand appeared to be heading to a 12th round and one for the judges…

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Joshua, Ruiz rematch to take place in Saudi Arabia

Nigerian-born British boxer, Anthony Joshua will fight heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr in a rematch in Saudi Arabia. Promoters of the bout made the announcement on Friday with the fight set for December 7. The fight will take place in Diriyah, a UNESCO World Heritage site of Al-Turaif, located on the outskirts of the capital Riyadh. The fight, dubbed ‘Clash on the Dunes’, will see Joshua hoping to win back the IBF, WBA and WBO titles he lost to Ruiz Jr. He lost those titles in New York in June…

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Anthony Joshua wants to get his boxing “passion back”

Anthony Joshua says he is determined to get his “passion” back for boxing ahead of his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr later this year. The British heavyweight lost his WBA, IBF and WBO world titles with a shock defeat by Ruiz on 1 June. That was the first professional loss of Joshua’s career and the 29-year-old is desperate to prove it was a one off. “I feel strong enough and I feel I can correct my wrongs,” Joshua told Sky Sports. “I need to be around as many boxing people…

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Boxer dies from severe brain injury during brutal fight

A Russian boxer died four days after suffering a brain bleed following a brutal fight against a Puerto Rican opponent in Maryland. Maxim Dadashev, 28, underwent surgery to remove the right side of his skull after the fight on Friday but passed away on Tuesday morning. He was left in a medically induced coma after suffering a subdural haematoma in a 140-pound world title eliminator against Puerto Rican Subriel Matias at MGM National Harbor. Dadashev – nicknamed Mad Max – took repeated blows to the head before his trainer, Buddy McGirt,…

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South Africa’s boxing champs

Dingaan Thobela in action against the hard-hitting Eric LucasBetween 1927 and 2001, 35 South African fighters won a total of 49 world boxing titles. The number of South African world champions peaked in the 1990s. The country had six world champions in 1995, five the following year and six in 1997. In 1998 the number stood at eight, and in 1999 at five world title holders.

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