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UFC strips Jones, reinstates Cormier

LOS ANGELES –  The UFC has stripped its light heavyweight title from Jon Jones for a third time and reinstated Daniel Cormier as the 205-pound champion after.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 15th, 2017

Cormier reinstated as UFC champ after Jones’ win overturned to no-contest

Cormier reinstated as UFC champ after Jones’ win overturned to no-contest.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 14th, 2017

Undefeated champ Andre Ward retires, desire no longer there

em>By Josh Dubow, Associated Press /em> OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Andre Ward decided to end his career on top. Ward announced Thursday he is retiring from boxing because he no longer has the desire to fight, leaving the sport at age 33 with an undefeated record and the light heavyweight championship. Ward released a statement on his website titled 'Mission Accomplished ' thanking those who helped him throughout his career and explaining his reasons for his retirement. 'I want to be clear — I am leaving because my body can no longer put up with the rigors of the sport and therefore my desire to fight is no longer there,' he wrote. 'If I cannot give my family, my team, and the fans everything that I have, then I should no longer be fighting.' Ward is currently rated the best 'pound for pound' boxer by Ring Magazine. But in an interview with ESPN's First Take, he said he no longer wants to do the work leading to his bouts. 'People see what I do fight night, they see under the lights, but they don't see the toil, they don't see the grind, they don't see just the pain, the physical pain that you go through, not just in the fights, but to prepare and to get ready for those battles,' he said. 'I felt the physicality of the sport, not just in the ring stuff, but the training and the preparation, start to take its toll on me for the last two or three years and I bit down and continued to push through and at this point, it's time and I know it's time.' Ward declined other interview requests through his publicist, saying he wanted to celebrate his retirement with family and friends. Ward has won all 32 of his fights, with 16 knockouts. He won the Olympic gold medal as a light heavyweight in 2004. Ward won the WBA super middleweight title in 2009 when he defeated Mikkel Kessler and unified that title in 2011 when he beat Carl Froch in the Super Six super middleweight tournament final. Ward then battled shoulder problems that kept him out of the ring and later went 19 months without a fight because of a protracted legal dispute with his former promoter, the late Dan Goosen. Ward got back in the ring in June 2015. He won the light heavyweight title in a disputed, unanimous decision against Sergey Kovalev in November 2016, taking all three belts in the process. Ward then beat Kovalev more decidedly in a rematch in June that was stopped in the eighth round. Kovalev said Ward's retirement will be good for boxing because it will allow 'good and strong' fighters to compete for the vacated titles. He also said through his Main Events promoter that he doesn't concern himself with the possibility that Ward's retirement won't stick. 'I don't think about him at all because I'm looking forward (to reaching) my goals,' he said, adding that his last two fights are 'history' and 'I forgot it already.' He said he would have been happy to get a third fight, but not if he had to wait and take lesser bouts in the interim. Kovalev does wonder if Ward and his handlers are playing psychological games. 'They did before second rematch,' he said. 'I don't know. I don't care at all.' HBO said Ward will work as an analyst on its boxing broadcasts. 'Andre Ward ends his boxing career as he only knew how to live it — as a champion at the top,' HBO executive vice president Peter Nelson said. 'To watch Ward was to marvel at constant mastery of craft in the ring, to say nothing of his being the consummate role model outside it. The Hall of Fame will be lucky to have him.'   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News18 hr. 46 min. ago

UFC champ fails drug test anew

LAS VEGAS – Jon Jones could face a lengthy suspension from mixed martial arts after the UFC light heavyweight champion was notified Tuesday of his second pot.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 24th, 2017

Jones stops Cormier, reclaims UFC crown

NAHEIM, California – Jon Jones reclaimed his UFC light heavyweight title Saturday night, stopping Daniel Cormier in the third round with a vicious head kick.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 30th, 2017

'Bones' Jones destroys Cormier in 3, then calls out Lesnar

'Bones' Jones destroys Cormier in 3, then calls out Lesnar.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 30th, 2017

Jon Jones stops Cormier in 3rd, regains UFC title belt

Jon Jones stops Cormier in 3rd, regains UFC title belt.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 30th, 2017

Jones, Cormier renew UFC 214 feud

ANAHEIM, California – Jon Jones insists Daniel Cormier isn’t his rival, not even when their rematch at UFC 214 is the most anticipated mixed martial arts fig.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 29th, 2017

World Sports: Holloway new undisputed UFC featherweight champ

THE 145-pound division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has a new undisputed king after American Max "Blessed" Holloway defeated Brazilian legend and champion Jose Aldo by technical knockout (punches) in the third round of their unification bout at "UFC 212" in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 4th, 2017

Tapales pays hefty price for over-weight

MANILA, Philippines - Stripped of the WBO bantamweight title for scaling over the 118-pound limit, Marlon Tapales fought for pride and put on a gutsy perform.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 24th, 2017

Pound-for-pound champ

Pound-for-pound champ.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 28th, 2016

Jones stripped of UFC crown; Dana White: ‘He’s blown it’

Jones stripped of UFC crown; Dana White: ‘He’s blown it’.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 10th, 2016

Nietes Eager to State Case vs. Ex-Champ in 112-Pound Debut

Nietes Eager to State Case vs. Ex-Champ in 112-Pound Debut.....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsAug 10th, 2016

Mighty Sports downs Iran, is virtual Jones Cup champ

(Games today) 1 p.m. – Iran vs Japan 3 p.m. – Egypt vs Mighty Sports 5 p.m. – Korea vs Taipei B.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 29th, 2016

Mighty Sports is virtual Jones Cup champ

Mighty Sports is virtual Jones Cup champ.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 29th, 2016

Undefeated champ Andre Ward retires, desire no longer there

OAKLAND, Calif. — Andre Ward decided to end his career on top......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News14 hr. 33 min. ago

Heavyweight champ Parker hits the road to boost profile

MANCHESTER, England — Fresh from getting his chest waxed and boasting a slick new haircut, heavyweight champion Joseph Parker arrived in a tailored two-piece.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News14 hr. 33 min. ago

Heavyweight champ Parker hits the road to boost profile

em>By Steve Douglas, Associated Press /em> MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Fresh from getting his chest waxed and boasting a slick new haircut, heavyweight champion Joseph Parker arrived in a tailored two-piece suit for a final news conference before the second defense of his WBO belt. The New Zealander certainly looks the part outside the ring going into Saturday's fight against Hughie Fury in Manchester. What is still unknown is how he shapes up inside it. In a bid to strengthen his 'brand' and gain exposure in the boxing world, the 25-year-old Parker is hitting the road after fighting in his native country for 12 of his last 13 bouts. Britain is his first stop. The plan is to beat Fury, the 23-year-old cousin of former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, to improve his record to 24-0 and potentially set up a showdown with WBA and IBF champion Anthony Joshua. 'I feel like the UK is where the heavyweight scene is at, at the moment,' Parker said on Thursday at Old Trafford, home of storied soccer team Manchester United. 'We want to be a part of it. We feel it's important to come here and make a statement.' Question marks remain over New Zealand's first heavyweight champion, though. His trainer, Kevin Barry, acknowledged that Parker was not at his best in his last two fights — the victory on points over Andy Ruiz Jr. that earned him the WBO strap and then an underwhelming first successful defense of the belt against Razvan Cojanu, also on points, in May. He dreams of becoming as well-known as the All Blacks rugby team but he still has a low profile outside New Zealand and the WBO belt is still regarded as the flimsiest of the heavyweight titles. The fight against Fury is even going under the radar in Britain, with only 5,000 tickets sold for the 21,000-capacity Manchester Arena. YouTube — rather than a TV broadcaster — is showing it. It's time for Parker to send a message to the rest of the heavyweight division. 'We know the size of this challenge,' Barry said. 'We have an opportunity, here in our first fight in the UK, to look spectacular.' Given Fury has a reputation for being as unpredictable and awkward to fight as his more illustrious cousin, that won't be easy. Not only that, Fury hasn't fought in around 18 months while he battled to overcome an energy-sapping skin condition that has affected him throughout his professional career. Fury, who is unbeaten in 20 fights, says he is feeling '100 percent' for the first time as a boxer, so neither fighter really knows what to expect. The fight is also being staged in Fury's home city, after the original fight — scheduled to take place in Auckland in May — was canceled owing to a back injury sustained by Fury. 'He is a very difficult opponent,' Barry said. 'He is an opponent a lot of people don't want to fight. We sat down as a team and said to Joe, 'Do you want to fight Hughie Fury?' And he said, 'I want to fight the best fight there is for me in the UK at the moment.' 'We have planned on coming here for the past 12-to-18 months. We think Hughie brings the biggest challenge to us.' The build-up has been light on trash talk, with Parker living up to his image of being clean-cut and courteous. 'I know it's the wrong sport for a good guy, but everyone is his friend,' Parker's mother, Sala, told The Associated Press. 'Joe has no enemy in the entire world. His opponents are his best friends.' Still, Parker said there were doubts over Fury's power and his chin, and he felt he saw 'fear in his eyes' as they went face to face for the cameras. 'He took a big gulp,' Parker said. 'I thought, 'He's scared.'' br />   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News18 hr. 46 min. ago

Boxing champ Andre Ward abruptly announces retirement

Boxing champ Andre Ward abruptly announces retirement.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News19 hr. 46 min. ago

Pradera is virtual champ in PAL Ladies’ golf meet

Pradera is virtual champ in PAL Ladies’ golf meet.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 21st, 2017