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January

Pacquiao given Parkinson's warning

January 4, 2013

The possibility of retirement for Manny Pacquiao was raised on Thursday after neurologist Dr Rustico Jimenez speculated as to whether the Filipino was showing the first signs of Parkinson's.

According to reports Jimenez, president of the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, said he was concerned about the health of the fighter, who suffered a brutal knockout at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez at the end of 2012.

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Retirement in boxing: It's complicated

January 8, 2013

'When should I retire?' is a question modern boxers ask themselves even in the early stages of their career.

The question will hang over them for as long as they box and the strange thing is, once they have stopped fighting, the question often changes and expands: 'When should I go back into the ring and who for?'

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Chisora promises 'drama' on return

January 14, 2013

Dereck Chisora is confident he will get his British boxing licence back in time for a return to the ring in March after being named on the undercard for Nathan Cleverly and Ricky Burns' title fights at Wembley.

Chisora was stripped of his licence by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) for his behaviour before and after his fight with Vitali Klitschko in Munich in December 2011.

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You’ve got more chance of seeing me fighting in the UFC than fighting either of those two. David Haye on rumoured fights against David Price and Tyson Fury

Froch secures Kessler rematch

January 15, 2013

IBF super-middleweight champion Carl Froch has declared 2013 "the year of the rematches" after securing a unification showdown with Mikkel Kessler - likely to be at the O2 Arena in London - this summer.

Froch, out to avenge his points defeat by WBA champion Kessler in 2010, expects the fight to take place on May 25 and has promised the Dane a "rude awakening" before he turns his attention to fixing a second showdown with Andre Ward.

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JANUARY: Joe Joyce of British Lionhearts celebrates his victory over Avery Gibson © Getty Images
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February

Fantastic Frampton earns European title in the ninth

February 9, 2013

Carl Frampton came through the toughest test of his career to stop Kiko Martinez and claim the European super-bantamweight title on Saturday.

Frampton, undefeated as a professional boxer, was forced into the trenches at times against the gritty Spaniard, but his technique, footwork and speed advantage all made a difference as he eventually stopped his rival in the ninth round.

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Mayweathers back together

February 14, 2013

Floyd Mayweather Jr has confirmed he will have his father, Floyd Sr, in his corner for his next fight on May 4.

There is still no confirmation as to who Mayweather will fight, it is likely to be Robert Guerrero, but he will have the help of his father in the build-up to the clash.

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Price loses unbeaten record in stunning defeat

February 23, 2013

Highly-regarded heavyweight prospect David Price suffered a huge blow to his professional career on Saturday, as he was knocked out in the second round by the 41-year-old Tony Thompson.

Price, who was previously unbeaten, was felled by a strong right from the American midway through the second round and - although he stumbled back to his feet - the referee had little choice but to stop the fight as the Liverpool native struggled to regain his balance.

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My blood is boiling; I am ready. Carl Froch fully three months before facing Michael Kessler

Khan announces first UK fight in two years

February 25, 2013

Amir Khan took to Twitter to announce his return to action in the UK for the first time in two years, but is yet to name his opponent.

"Next fights in UK everyone after 2 years," the 26-year-old tweeted on Sunday. "Venue TBA."

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FEBRUARY: Anthony Joshua receives his MBE at Buckingham Palace © PA
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March

Hatton suffers wide points defeat

March 2, 2013

Matthew Hatton failed to claim the IBO welterweight title on Saturday, after losing a unanimous decision to defending titlist Chris van Heerden.

Hatton was marshalled throughout by the South African, who eventually secured a one-side decision despite some struggles in the closing stages - with the judges ultimately scoring the fight 118-110, 117-112 and 116-112 in his favour.

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Hopkins wins world title at age of 48

March 10, 2013

Bernard Hopkins set a new marker as the oldest boxer to win a major title on Saturday night, scoring a 12-round unanimous decision over Tavoris Cloud to claim the IBF light-heavyweight championship.

The 48-year-old Hopkins broke the record he set by beating Jean Pascal for the WBC light-heavyweight title on May 21, 2011. When asked which fight meant more, Hopkins said "tonight was better. Because I'm older. [It's] more gratifying.

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Frank Warren to sue Ricky Burns

March 11, 2013

Frank Warren has released a statement announcing he will sue Ricky Burns for substantial damages following his move to Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing.

Hearn confirmed on Monday WBO lightweight champion Burns would join his promotions, and was confident no rules had been broken to take the 29-year-old Scot from Warren.

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There's nothing worse than between 8,000 and 10,000 scousers screaming like lunatics. Tony Bellew before his fight against Isaac Chilemba

Angry Bellew tells Chilemba: Your trainer said I won

March 31, 2013

Tony Bellew sat directly alongside Isaac Chilemba and told him his own trainer felt the Brit had won after the pair fought to a frustrating draw on Saturday.

Bellew and Chilemba battled it out for the right to challenge for the WBC light-heavyweight title at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, but after 12 tight rounds the judges rendered a 116-112 115-116 114-114 decision.

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MARCH: Tommy Stalker lands a flush left on Andy Harris during his light welterweight victory in Liverpool © Getty Images
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April

Khan: I had to give up party lifestyle

April 7, 2013

Amir Khan has admitted the lure of A-list fame started to affect his boxing career, which prompted a switch in trainer from Freddie Roach to Virgil Hunter.

The light-welterweight returns to fight in England for the first time in two years when he steps in the ring with Julio Diaz at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on April 27, and has spoken out at his decision to leave Roach's Los Angeles gym in order to distance himself away from a celebrity lifestyle.

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'Gutted' Brook fears for next world title chance

April 19, 2013

Welterweight Kell Brook fears he will now have to wait until 2014 to get another world title fight, but insists he had no choice but to pull out of his scheduled meeting with IBF champion Devon Alexander.

Brook, 26, was due to face Alexander in New Jersey on May 18 - but the bout was postponed for a third time after doctors confirmed the Sheffield fighter had a foot injury that would prevent him entering the contest in peak fitness.

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Fury knocks out Cunningham on US debut

April 20, 2013

Tyson Fury enjoyed victory on his US debut after a seventh-round knockout of Steve Cunningham at Madison Square Garden in New York, but it was not all plain-sailing for the undefeated heavyweight.

Fury was knocked down by a huge Cunningham right-hander in the second round, which clearly rattled the Manchester-born fighter before he responded with a gritty display and landed a heavy right hand of his own to down the veteran and claim a maiden victory on American soil.

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Stars like Mark Wahlberg, Mickey Rourke, Snoop Dog, Sugar Ray Leonard, even Lennox Lewis, came to see me train. Amir Khan does a spot of name-dropping

Khan survives huge scare to beat Diaz on points

April 27, 2013

Amir Khan picked himself up off the canvas to keep his career on track with a battling points win over Julio Diaz.

He has talked about being a new, improved fighter under Virgil Hunter - following back-to-back defeats to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia - with a greater emphasis on his defensive skills - but he was put down by a crisp shot in the fourth.

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APRIL: Amir Khan had to dig deep to see off Julio Diaz in Sheffield © Getty Images
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May

Audley Harrison calls time on career

May 1, 2013

Audley Harrison has announced his retirement from boxing, a matter of days after his first-round mauling at the hands of Deontay Wilder.

Harrison spoke positively about working his way back up to a world-title shot, but he was stopped in a shade over a minute as unbeaten American Wilder rained down blows.

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Haye slams risk-free Wladimir, Vitali 'has more balls'

May 4, 2013

Wladimir Klitschko's sixth-round stoppage of Francesco Pianeta did little to impress David Haye, who claimed in his post-fight analysis on ESPN that the Ukrainian's brother Vitali "has more balls".

Haye was present to give his expert verdict on Klitschko as he strolled past Pianeta to become the first man to beat the Italian. A three-punch combination in the sixth round saw the fight waved off.

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Ricky Burns lucky to have fought a quitter

May 13, 2013

For most of the nine rounds that their fight lasted, lightweight titleholder Ricky Burns was utterly outclassed by the largely unknown Jose Gonzalez. It was a shocking scene to see Gonzalez, who was the mandatory challenger for reasons that will remain a mystery - because it sure had nothing to do with his barren resumé - toying with Burns.

Gonzalez, who had never fought anyone of remote consequence and was fighting outside of his Puerto Rican home for the first time, had travelled to the lion's den of Glasgow, Scotland, where Burns is a hero, and he took the hero to school on Saturday at Emirates Arena.

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I wish Frank Warren had done that for me - given me a couple of cab drivers to knock out so I could be 20-0. Dereck Chisora pokes holes in Deontay Wilder's unbeaten professional record

Froch gains revenge in thrilling war with Kessler

May 25, 2013

Carl Froch overcame Mikkel Kessler on a career-elevating night, one that saw him become a unified world champion for the first time in his career - while also gaining revenge for his first professional defeat.

The 35-year-old, looking to avenge one of just two defeats in his pro career, showed both his prodigious punching power and his granite chin to defeat the Dane by unanimous decision in the early hours in London. As a result, he added the WBA title to the IBF strap he successfully defended.

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MAY: Dereck Chisora seeks out a photographer at a press conference to announce his fight against Malik Scott © Getty Images
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June

Money talks: Haye and Fury are listening

June 4, 2013

This is the story of a fight that's not been made. If it happens, it will become the biggest fight to ever take place in the UK; if it doesn't, it will be one of the biggest bouts in British boxing history to be dangled before us only to vanish into thin air. I hate that.

David Haye against Tyson Fury will not be the best fight to ever take place in Britain, or the most exciting fight. It won't break records for the number of fights fans in any arena you care to mention, or pick up more pay-per-view subscriptions than ever before. But it will generate more money than any other British fight. Whether you like it or not, that's the measure.

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Records tumble as Mayweather Jr v Alvarez sells out

June 28, 2013

Two months before Floyd Mayweather Jr and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez square off to unify their light-middleweight titles in the year's biggest fight, records are already falling.

The fight won't take place until September 14 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and on Showtime Pay Per View, but already it has broken the all-time live gate record for a boxing event after selling out on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after tickets went on sale.

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McKenzie wins debut professional fight

June 29, 2013

Former Norwich City and Crystal Palace forward Leon McKenzie won his debut professional boxing fight in front of a packed crowd at York Hall on Saturday.

McKenzie, whose boxing adventure has gained widespread publicity after he revealed his struggles with depression during his football career, knocked out John Mason in the second round to get his super-middleweight career off to the perfect start.

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I've always wanted to fight in Las Vegas in the glitz and glamour, and have my name up in lights. Carl Froch eyes a Stateside fight against Andre Ward

Macklin stopped in third by brilliant Golovkin

June 30, 2013

Undefeated German middleweight Gennady Golovkin stopped English challenger Matthew Macklin in the third round on Saturday night to successfully defend his WBA and IBO titles.

Golovkin improved to 27-0 with his 24th knockout and 14th in a row, using a left hand to the body to flatten Macklin (29-5) just over a minute into the third. Golovkin dominated the first two rounds, landing several hard combinations.

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JUNE: The press conference for Floyd Mayweather v Canelo Alvarez brings New York's Times Square to a standstill © Getty Images
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July

Mayweather Jr: Pacquiao's a has-been

July 3, 2013

Undefeated welterweight king Floyd Mayweather Jr has given his strongest indication yet that he will not be stepping into the ring with former pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao, saying the Filipino's career is over.

A potential super-bout between 'Money' and 'Pac Man' has long been mooted, but a number of stumbling blocks have seen negotiations fall to nothing with Mayweather recently quipping that Pacquiao "had his chance".

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Fix in for Del Boy? Do me a favour

July 23, 2013

If anybody has the film of Malik Scott on his feet, gloves up and nodding his head, before the referee finished the count at Wembley, please send it to me - because I haven't seen it.

What I saw was Malik Scott dropped by a big right hand to the head from Dereck Chisora. And then I saw what the referee saw: that Malik Scott was not in a position to defend himself before the end of the count.

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Unhappy Scott files complaint over Chisora defeat

July 24, 2013

The promoter of heavyweight Malik Scott has filed a protest with British boxing regulators over the controversial knockout Scott suffered against Dereck Chisora on Saturday in London.

Promoter Dan Goossen told ESPN.com that he wrote to the British Boxing Board of Control on Tuesday on behalf of Scott, seeking to have the sixth-round knockout overturned to a no-contest.

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I'm the young up-and-comer, the one on everyone's tongue. You're the one that stinks the place out and blames it on their toe. Tyson Fury on himself and David Haye
JULY: Anthony Joshua will be walking tall for Matchroom from now on after switching promoters © Getty Images
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August

Pacquiao: 'I've got three years left'

August 3, 2013

Manny Pacquiao insists he is relishing the prospect of stepping back into the ring against Brandon Rios in November, and has revealed he plans to continue boxing for up to three more years.

There had been suggestions that Pacquiao, 34, may hang up his gloves after two successive defeats, the last a sixth-round knockout at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez in December.

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The best makeable fights

August 6, 2013

There's a certain delightful innocence in the way a young child creates a wish list of gifts without any knowledge of basic financial or logistical parameters that might stand in the way.

Casual boxing fans can sometimes be the same way.

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Cleverly suffers shock defeat

August 17, 2013

Nathan Cleverly has lost his WBO light-heavyweight title after being defeated by Russian Sergey Kovalev in the fourth round at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff.

In front of his home crowd, Cleverly was attempting to make a sixth defence of his WBO crown, but after tumbling twice in the third round after landing some heavy punches from Kovalev, he was finished off in the fourth round by hitting the canvas for a third time, and at that point the referee brought an end to the fight, reducing Cleverly to his first defeat of his career.

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I told him when I bumped into him in Ibiza that we had unfinished business and that I was coming for his world title belts. He seemed nervous about my presence but told me that he's ready to make it happen. Dereck Chisora has impromptu fight negotiations with Wladimir Klitschko

Mike Tyson claims he's close to dying

August 28, 2013

Mike Tyson has claimed he is "on the verge of dying" from ongoing drug and alcohol problems and admitted that he is a continual substance abuser.

Tyson, 47, told ESPN that he was "a bad guy sometimes ... I did a lot of bad things, I want to be forgiven".

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AUGUST: Mike Tyson is inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame © Getty Images
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September

Mayweather masterclass tames Alvarez

September 15, 2013

Canelo Alvarez proved nothing more than easy money for Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Mayweather turned one of the richest fights ever into just another $41.5 million payday on Saturday night, dominating Alvarez from the opening bell and winning a majority decision in a masterful performance that left no doubt who the best fighter of his era is.

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Ali conqueror Norton dies

September 19, 2013

He was the second man to beat Muhammad Ali, breaking Ali's jaw and sending him to the hospital in their 1973 heavyweight fight.

Ken Norton frustrated Ali three times in all, including their final bout at Yankee Stadium where he was sure he had beaten him once again.

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Haye bout with Fury postponed due to cut

September 21, 2013

David Haye has announced his upcoming blockbuster bout with Tyson Fury has been postponed after the former WBA titlist suffered a heavy cut in sparring.

The heavyweight pair were set to touch gloves in front of a sell-out Manchester crowd on September 28, but Haye released a statement via his official website on Saturday expressing his disappointment and regret over having to postpone the fight.

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Your breath stinks... You're going to learn a very valuable lesson about respect. You'll get knocked out, you know it. It's that look in your eyes. You've got the face of a worried man, haven't you? Carl Froch goes face-to-face with George Groves

Khan favourite for Mayweather Jr bout

September 28, 2013

Amir Khan's wish of fighting pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr looks increasingly likely to be granted following strong movement to suggest the Brit will be named as 'Money's' next opponent.

Khan was ringside in Las Vegas to witness Mayweather Jr extend his record to 45-0 with a one-sided points victory over Saul Alvarez but, following a string of reports on Saturday, the 26-year-old has emerged as frontrunner to be named as the champion's next opponent - although it has not yet been confirmed by either camp.

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SEPTEMBER: Floyd Mayweather outclassed Canelo Alvarez in their hotly anticipated fight © Getty Images
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October

Klitschko sees off brave Povetkin

October 5, 2013

Wladimir Klitschko may divide opinions, but the Ukrainian knows how to win a fight as he retained his WBO, IBF, WBA and IBO heavyweight titles with a unanimous decision over Alexander Povetkin in Moscow.

The 37-year-old's title reign of more than seven years became the second-longest in history, but even though he still has to continue his dominance for another five years to catch up with record-holder Joe Louis, Klitschko remains a cut above the rest as he saw off former Olympic champion Povetkin to end the Russian's unbeaten career run.

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Lewis eyes $100m Klitschko comeback

October 10, 2013

Lennox Lewis is weighing up a comeback fight against one of the Klitschko brothers for a staggering $100m purse.

Russian promoters offered the 48-year-old half that amount (£31.3m) while he was in Moscow at the weekend for Wladimir Klitschko's successful defence of his world titles against Alexander Povetkin.

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Lennox to return to the ring? Not a chance!

October 15, 2013

It does seem amazing that every time Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko fight - no matter where it is, no matter how good the opponent is (or isn't) - Lennox Lewis pops up. He is part of the heavyweight carnival.

But he doesn't just arrive for a day. He pops up for a week or two. He gets on TV in Germany, he gets on TV in Russia, and he gets on TV in Switzerland … because everybody loves him. They all seem to know him and there's an 'elder statesman' aura about him.

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I was furious, I was an undisciplined soldier and I lost my composure. So I bit him in the ear. Mike Tyson explains his infamous fight with Evander Holyfield

Brook ends year of hurt with Senchenko knockout

October 26, 2013

Kell Brook fulfilled his promise to deliver a knockout blow to Vyacheslav Senchenko as the Brit produced a stunning performance to win their IBF welterweight eliminator with a fourth round stoppage in Sheffield.

Spurred on by a year of frustration, which included three postponed bouts with champion Devon Alexander, Brook dominated the majority of proceedings in his hometown, only troubled by a single crushing right from the former world champion Senchenko.

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OCTOBER: Antonio Rodriguez dances in the ring - despite losing to Scott Jenkins © Getty Images
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November

Tyson: I was a full-blown cokehead

November 13, 2013

Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has admitted to fighting while under the influence of drugs - and also stated he used a fake penis to hide any trace from testers.

Tyson tested positive for marijuana and was fined $200,000 in 2000, but speaking in his new autobiography Undisputed Truth - part-serialised in the Daily Mirror - the American explained how his reliance on drugs began at an early age.

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Haye advised to retire after surgery

November 17, 2013

David Haye's showdown with Tyson Fury on February 8 is off after the former world heavyweight champion underwent five hours of shoulder surgery.

Haye is now considering doctors' advice to retire from the sport after going under the knife to repair a ruptured subscapularis and bicep tendon attachments.

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Froch controversially stops Groves to retain world titles

November 23, 2013

Carl Froch survived relentless punishment and a first-round knockdown to successfully defend his WBA and IBF world super-middleweight titles with a controversial ninth-round stoppage of George Groves.

With Froch firmly planted on the back foot for much of the thrilling battle in Manchester, referee Howard Foster appeared to jump in prematurely when the 'Cobra' began to land heavy punishment on Groves during a gruelling ninth round.

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I was having so much sex that I was too tired to even to go the gym and work out - I'd just stay in my cell all day Mike Tyson tells all about prison life in his autobiography

Pacquiao calls for Mayweather fight

November 24, 2013

Manny Pacquiao defeated Brandon Rios by unanimous decision on Sunday, returning to his winning ways after consecutive losses - and immediately set his sights on Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Back in the ring for the first time in almost a year, Pacquiao wore Rios down with his trademark combination punching and won 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110 on the scorecards at The Venetian casino in Macau.

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NOVEMBER: Andre Ward, in his first fight for 14 months, lands a left uppercut on Edwin Rodriguez in his one-sided super-middleweight bout © Getty Images
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December

Stevenson stops Bellew in Canada

December 1, 2013

Tony Bellew failed in his bid to become WBC light-heavyweight champions after being stopped in the sixth round by Adonis Stevenson in Quebec City.

Stevenson caught had the Brit rocking with a fierce left hook, before referee Michael Griffin stepped in to stop the bout as Bellew took heavy punishment in the corner.

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Mayweather admits: 'I don't know too much about Khan'

December 9, 2013

Floyd Mayweather Jr has revealed he knows very little about Amir Khan, but has described the Briton as a boxer who "comes and fights".

There have been plenty of rumours circulating about the pair taking on one another. However, with no fight announced, the pair's next opponents are yet to be confirmed.

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Tyson banned from entering the UK

December 10, 2013

Former boxer Mike Tyson has been forced to cancel appearances in London for his autobiography after finding out he is banned from entering the UK.

The ex-heavyweight champion of the world was set to be in London this week to promote his autobiography Undisputed Truth. However, due to changes to immigration law 12 months ago, the convicted rapist will not be able to enter the country, and instead his tour has been re-routed to Paris.

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I'll be honest, I don't rate you. After 30 fights you're still knocking over nobodies. When are you going to step up and fight a real contender? Dereck Chisora looks to bait undefeated heavyweight Deontay Wilder with an open letter

Klitschko vacates belt to concentrate on politics

December 16, 2013

Vitali Klitschko, who has not defended his WBC heavyweight title in 15 months and is one of the central figures involved in the political unrest in his native Ukraine, vacated his belt on Monday.

The WBC instead appointed him as the organisation's "champion emeritus". It means that if Klitschko, 42, decides to fight again, he will automatically get a shot at the title upon his return, if he wants one.

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DECEMBER: Zab Judah gets tangled up with Paulie Malignaggi during their fight for the NABF welterweight title in Brooklyn © Getty Images

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