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Mayweather: Let's clean up the sport

Floyd Mayweather Jr. celebrates his unanimous decision victory

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There is a lot wrong in boxing today and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is intent on helping to clean up the sport. But he isn’t just referring to drug testing, something he tried to implement in a proposed bout with Manny Pacquiao.

“I think there are too many belts in the sport of boxing,” said Mayweather. “If I beat Miguel Cotto for the WBA championship, how did Austin Trout beat him for the WBA championship?...

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Golden Boy adds Sadam Ali to east coast stable

Sadam Ali getting ready for a fight at

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Golden Boy Promotions East?

At least that’s the way it seems things are going these days. The promotional giant announced Sunday the signing of Brooklyn undefeated welterweight Sadam Ali to an exclusive deal.

Until now, Ali (16-0, 10 KOs), who scored a knockout over Jermaine White in his last bout on October 27, had been promoting himself. He now joins the sport’s biggest promotional...

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Gennady Golovkin ready for big time

Gennady Golovkin at weigh-ins for his WBA/IBO middleweight

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Gennady Golovkin may say he sole focus is on Matthew Macklin, but in the back of his mind he’s certainly thinking about a possible fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., and Felix Sturm. It wouldn’t be a shock if Sergio Martinez was part of his long term plans.

Golovkin (26-0, 23 KOs) will square off against Macklin (29-4, 20 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Ct. on...

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Malignaggi not impressed with Broner

WBA Welterweight Champion Paulie Malignaggi, who calls Brooklyn

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Paulie Malignaggi has always been the talkative type. He can hype a fight with the best of them. So it was a little odd to see the WBA welterweight champion on the other side of things during his final press conference on Thursday.

Malignaggi will take on upstart Adrien Broner on Saturday night at the Barclays Center live on SHOWTIME.

“It’s gotten a little bit crazy, we’ll admit that....

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Banks and Mitchell: American Heavyweight hopefuls

Chazz Witherspoon hits the mat as referee Randy

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The American heavyweight division has left a lot to be desired over the last 15-plus years. And there is no Mike Tyson, Riddick Bowe or Evander Holyfield on the horizon.

But on Saturday night on the Adrien Broner-Paulie Malignaggi undercard at the Barclays Center, two of America’s best chances for a heavyweight title –Jonathan Banks and Seth Mitchell– will square off.

The last time the...

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Chris Algieri highlights Paramount Theater card

Chris Algieri, left, fights at the Paramount in

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Chris Algieri returns to the Paramount Theater in his hometown of Huntington on July 20 to take on perhaps his toughest opponent to date, Mike Arnaoutis (24-8-2, 11 KOs).

The former kick boxing champion turned welterweight contender scored a unanimous-decision win over Jose Peralta Alejo at the Paramount last February on NBC’s Fight Night.

Now Algieri (16-0, 7 KOs) will put his unblemished...

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Neutral Corner top 10: Floyd No. 1

Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, reacts toward his father

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1. Floyd Mayweather Jr., welterweight (44-0): Floyd is back in the top spot. Truth be told, it was an easy decision since Andre Ward has been inactive for so long. His win over Robert Guerrero on Cinco de Mayo proved he still has it. His September 14 bout against Canelo Alvarez is more proof that Mayweather is finally ready to put everything on the line.

2. Canelo Alvarez, junior middleweight...

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Hard-hitting Kovalev back on NBC

Sergey Kovalev fights Lionell Thompson in a light

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The light heavyweight division is really starting to heat up. Newly minted WBC champ Adonis Stevenson made a huge impact on HBO last weekend and all future hall-of-famer Bernard Hopkins does is keep winning.

Unbeaten contender Sergey Kovalev (20-0-1, 18 KOs) has certainly inserted himself into the conversation. He's looking to make another statement on Friday night when he meets Cornelius...

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Broner-Malignaggi conference call gets testy

WBA welterweight world champion Paulie Malignaggi and undefeated

How crazy have things gotten between Adrien Broner and Paul Malignaggi?

It got so crazy that Malignaggi crashed Broner’s end of a conference call on Wednesday. It got so crazy that Swanson Communication’s representatives had difficulty keeping the call under control.

The back-and-forth between the two fighters, set to square off in a welterweight bout on June 22 at the Barclays Center...

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Jennings ready to take over at heavyweight

Philadelphia heavyweight boxer Bryant Jennings poses after first-round

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Bryant Jennings’ rise up the boxing ladder has been anything but gradual.

The Philadelphia heavyweight didn’t spend much time at the amateur level as he went pro fewer than nine months after taking up the sport.

But Jennings (16-0, 8 KOs), scheduled to take on Andre Fedosov (24-2, 19 KOs) on NBC’s Friday night fight card at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA, doesn’t believe his...

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