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Robert Cassidy

The son of former middleweight contender, "Irish" Bobby Cassidy," Robert was born into the boxing beat. He was reading The Ring magazine when most kids are still reading nursery rhymes and he started attending fights at the age of 10. He officially began covering the sport in 1987 and his coverage of boxing has appeared in Newsday, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, Timeout New York and The Ring.

He once dazzled spectators with a heavybag workout at the Westbury PAL. That led to a shortlived attempt at actual sparring. After which, he understood why his heavybag workout was so dazzling. The bag didn't punch back.

Cassidy is Newsday.com's Deputy Editor of Multimedia.

The boxing bookshelf

Boxers Nonito Donaire, left, and Guillermo Rigondeaux pose

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Here are three offerings for your summer reading list.

Author Brin-Jonathan Butler traveled to three different countries, a dozen states and watched thousands of rounds of boxing in pursuit of this story. The result is 192 pages of thoroughly-reported and carefully crafted prose that makes up "A Cuban Boxer's Journey: Guillermo Rigondeaux, From Castro's Traitor To American Champion." Simply...

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Predictions: Pacquiao-Bradley II

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2014 file

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The rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley takes place Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The bout will be televised by HBO PPV. Here are predictions from the media.

It's another nail-biter with Pacquiao and Bradley waging a fight of the year type bout. I just think Bradley is on the upswing, swelling with confidence after his two recent wins while Pacquiao is on the...

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Two boxing films in Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival

Mike Tyson arrives, knuckles and all, at the

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A pair of boxing films will anchor the eighth annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival this year.

"Champs," directed by Bert Marcus, explores how some of the top boxers used boxing to pull themselves out of poverty and features Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Bernard Hopkins. Additionally, the world premiere of "Maravilla"  directed by Juan Pablo Cadaveira, chronicles the story of Argentine...

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Manny Pacquiao looks for redemption vs. Tim Bradley

Manny Pacquiao, left of the Philippines, and Tim

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A veteran fighter like Manny Pacquiao should know better. So should his trainer Freddie Roach.

Never let a match go to the scorecards if you can help it.

In the first Pacquiao-Tim Bradley fight, Bradley prevailed in what was considered by most boxing fans and media members a controversial decision (115-113, 115-113, 113-115).

Throughout the sport’s history there has been controversial...

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Amir Khan vs. Luis Collazo highlights Mayweather-Maidana undercard

Amir Khan of Great Britain celebrates after defeating

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How quickly things can change in sports.

In February, Amir Khan made disparaging remarks about Floyd Mayweather Jr. because the undefeated welterweight decided to fight Marcos Maidana.

“I felt very disrespected by his team,” Khan tweeted last month about his negotiations with Mayweather. “I wasted my time.”

Khan said later in an interview with Beyond the Gloves that he would...

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Patrick Day and Joe Smith win at Aviator

Patrick Day (R) beats Duane King at the

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Junior middleweight prospect Patrick Day emerged victorious again, scoring a first-round knockout over Duane King in a scheduled six-round bout Friday night on Lou DiBella's latest Broadway Boxing card at the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn.

The Freeport native improved to 7-0-1 (4 KOs) after dropping King with a left hook 39 seconds into the bout. It’s the second straight win...

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Tomasz Adamek to face Vyacheslav Glazkov on NBC Sports

Boxing promoter Don King, left, congratulates Tomaz Adamek,

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When two fighters step into the ring, they learn something about each other. Be it sparring, or a real fight, opinions are formed, subtleties are noted. 

This Saturday, former cruiserweight world champion Tomasz Adamek (49-2, 29 KOs) will fight Vyacheslav Glazkov (16-0-1, 11 KOs) in a 12-round IBF heavyweight title eliminator. The bout will take place at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem,...

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Bernard Hopkins continues to defy father time

IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard Hopkins, holds

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Bernard Hopkins is looking to become the oldest fighter in boxing history to unify the major championship belts. But the “Alien”, who holds the IBF light heavyweight title, says his march toward history is not being done strictly for self-gratification.

Hopkins, 49, talked about fulfilling a legacy that can be talked about for generations with reporters at a press conference in Washington...

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Video: Canelo vs. Angulo keys to victory

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 13: Boxer Canelo

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Canelo Alvarez (42-1-1) returns to the ring for the first time since suffering the first loss of his career to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September. Alvarez will take on Alfredo Angulo on Saturday at the MGM Grand on SHOWTIME pay-per-view....

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LI's Ashanti to sing Anthem at Pacquiao-Bradley fight

Ashanti attends the New York premiere of "Mandela:

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Signing on record and at concerts for millions of music fans apparently isn't the only thing on Ashanti's wish list.

The Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, whose full name is Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas, is an avid boxing fan and will sing the National Anthem at the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley fight on April 12 at the MGM Grand, Top Rank announced Tuesday.

The Glen Cove native...

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