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Gene McPherson, always in his son's corner

Mark McPherson delivers a punch to Duane Thomas

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It was the biggest fight of Mark McPherson's life. The junior middleweight from Lakeview was 17-1 and facing the Kronk's Duane Thomas on ESPN for the USBA title. This was the fight that in 1985 would launch McPherson into stardom. It was going his way in a great, give-and-take fight. A lifetime of training was about to payoff. Then, in the 10th round, McPherson found himself in trouble against...

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Rodriguez to fight in Continental Championships

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

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The path of highly touted amateur middleweight Le’Shawn Rodriguez is beginning to take shape.

The 20-year-old resident of Shirley is currently the No. 1-ranked amateur middleweight in the country and earned that status after taking home the gold medal at the Olympic Cup in Puerto Rico last month.

Next for Rodriguez is a trip to Santiago, Chille at the end of August to compete in...

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Deontay Wilder: 29 fights, 29 knockouts

Deontay Wilder emerges victorious after first-round KO of

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Deontay Wilder could be on his way to big things.

The 6-7 brusing heavyweight from Alabama improved his record to 29-0 with a first-round knockout of former world champion Sergei Liakhovich at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, in Indio, Calif., on Friday night.

Wilder, a 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist, thinks he’s ready to move on to the next level.

"I know I'm blessed with...

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Heavyweight Deontay Wilder goes for 29th KO in 29 fights

Deontay Wilder against Kelvin Price, Dec. 15, 2012

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Has there been a more overlooked American heavyweight boxer than Deontay Wilder? The 27-year-old native of Tuscaloosa, Ala. is 28-0 with 28 knockouts.

His list of opponents certainly leaves much to be desired, but you can’t deny the results. And he proved that he could be a legitimate prospect after a first-round knockout of Audley Harrison (31-6) in April.

Harrison, 41, is nothing more...

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Andre Berto hoping for dramatic win

Jesus Soto Karass, left, and Andre Berto pose

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A fighter is never truly out of a match until he is counted out.

Enter former two-division champion Andre Berto. Berto will take on Jesus Soto Karass in a 12-round welterweight scrap on Saturday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio on SHOWTIME.

Berto, although sporting an excellent record of 28-2, needs a win in the worst way. He’s dropped two of his last three fights to Victor Ortiz...

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Boxers impressed with Nets new trio

Boxers Danny Jacobs, Paulie Malignaggi and Peter Quillin

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Everyone seemed to be impressed with the Brooklyn Nets newest trio of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry.

Even fellow athletes were in awe as Brooklyn boxers Danny Jacobs, Paulie Malignaggi and Peter Quillin were on hand for the introductory press conference held at the Barclays Center on Thursday.

The three boxers posed with Garnett....

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Danny Garcia-Lucas Matthysse added to Floyd Mayweather card

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - MAY 18: Lucas Matthysse

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It looks like boxing has gotten it right.

Many of the recent mega-fight shows feature a stellar main event with mostly no-name fighters on the under card.

All of that changed on Thursday with the Golden Boy Promotions announcement that the Lucas Matthysse-Danny Garcia bout was added to the Floyd Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez September 14th card at the MGM Grand.

“This is the fight...

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Amir Khan in talks to fight Devon Alexander

Amir Khan lets off right jab against Carlos

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The next time Amir Khan steps into the ring, he’ll have a new attitude and a new weight class.

Khan is in negotiations to fight IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander, the British boxer confirmed to Newsday Monday. If negotiations go according to plan, the fight will be on Dec. 7. The venue has yet to be determined, but Khan said Las Vegas and Dubai are options. Khan, who has ventured far...

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Vegas Hall of Fame announces class

Newsday file photo from the Joe Frazier-Muhammad Ali

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Another boxing Hall of Fame has opened. This one in Las Vegas. Here's information from a press release about the hall itself and the inaugural class. Las Vegas, June 28, 2013 - The new Boxing Hall of Fame Las Vegas has announced its inaugural class of 25 inductees

The Boxing Hall of Fame Las Vegas is located at the Luxor Hotel within SCORE! - a multi-sports attraction featuring the Halls of...

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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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