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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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It's Mayweather vs. Maidana May 3

Floyd Mayweather, right, throws a left at Canelo

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All speculation regarding who Floyd Mayweather’s next opponent will be can be put to rest.  

Three days after Amir Khan tweeted that he wouldn’t be taking on Mayweather, Golden Boy Promotions announced Monday the WBC welterweight champion will take on WBA belt holder Marcos Maidana on May 3, live on SHOWTIME pay-per-view.

A venue for the tilt was not part of the announcement, but...

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Mike Tyson's second career continues

Mike Tyson arrives, knuckles and all, at the

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Mike Tyson has been known as many things in what can be safely referred to as an event-filled life. In that life he’s had several highs and lows.

Now it’s on to a new chapter for the former undisputed heavyweight champion. Now he can add the title of promoter to his resume.

Tyson’s company, Iron Mike Productions, announced a monthly boxing series that will begin on Saturday night at...

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Amir Khan: Fight with Floyd isn't happening

LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 08: Amir Khan during

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No official word has come from Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Golden Boy Promotions, but all indications are that his next fight won't be against Amir Khan.

Khan (28-3), long rumored to be on Mayweather’s short list for a bout on May 3, tweeted Friday  “No response from Mayweather or his team. [The] fight’s not happening.”

Khan made his displeasure of how the negotiations were handled.


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Chris Algieri: Who's next?

Chris Algieri of Huntington, left, fights Mike Arnaoutis

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Could we see Chris Algieri squaring off against WBO junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov on HBO in May?

It’s something Star Boxing promotions boss Joe DeGuardia told Newsday’s Bobby Cassidy last week is a possibility.

Algieri (19-0) expanded his national profile after scoring a unanimous-decision win (97-93, 97-93, 98-92) over highly regarded prospect Emanuel Taylor in last...

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Teddy Atlas lauds Chris Algieri's maturity

Chris Algieri of Huntington, left, fights Mike Arnaoutis

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Huntington native Chris Algieri will have his work cut out for him Friday when he squares off against Emanuel Taylor in the main event of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights card at the Paramount Theater in Huntington.  

Taylor (17-1, 12 KOs), rated sixth in the latest IBF junior welterweight rankings, has an extensive background in amateur boxing, with five junior Golden Gloves and three national...

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Marquez to fight Pacquiao-Bradley winner?

Manny Pacquiao, left of the Philippines, and Tim

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Both Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley have things to prove.

For Pacquiao, he wants to show the world Bradley got the benefit of bad judging in their first matchup. For Bradley, who scored a controversial split decision win over Pacquiao, it is about respect.

Beating Pacquiao a second time would prove the first fight was not a fluke and that Bradley is among the best in the world.


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Teddy Atlas: Patrick Day has time to grow

Freeport's Patrick Day gets ready by shadow boxing

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Freeport junior middleweight Patrick Day figures to have a lot of eyes on him Friday when he takes on Guillermo Ibarra (11-4, 7 KOs) on the ESPN Friday Night Fights card at Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange, NJ.

One set of eyes will belong to veteran trainer and ESPN boxing analyst Teddy Atlas, who will work the televised portion of the card.

Atlas, whose list of fighters includes...

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Luis Collazo battles Victor Ortiz at Barclays

Victor Ortiz (L) and Luis Collazo at a

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Coming off two losses, a broken jaw and a long layoff, Victor Ortiz needs a big victory over Luis Collazo on Thursday night at Barclays Center.

A win could put Ortiz (29-4-2) back on track for a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr. A loss could make him just another boxer. As harsh as that sounds, it is the truth. If Ortiz is intent on getting back in the ring with Mayweather, he needs to...

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Le'Shawn Rodriguez wins US amateur title

Shirley middleweight Le'Shawn Rodriguez (center), with trainer Eddie

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It was another event and another big step on the amateur boxing circuit for Le’Shawn Rodriguez.

The 165-pound middleweight from Shirley, who fights out of Veteran’s Memorial Gym, won a 3-0 decision over Anthony Campbell Saturday for his second straight US Elite National Boxing title in Spokane, Wash.  

Rodriguez advanced to the final after wins over John Zabala and Bryan Flores...

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