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Beltran will fight Crawford for lightweight title

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Ray Beltran knows he'll be facing a monumental task when he steps into the ring at CenturyLink Center on Thanksgiving weekend.

Beltran not only will square off against unbeaten Terence "Bud" Crawford, he'll do it in front of a crowd of more than 10,000 in Crawford's hometown.

If that's what it takes to win the WBO lightweight championship that many observers believe should have belonged to him a year ago, Beltran says, so be it.

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India boxing team protest rejected at Asian Games

INCHEON, South Korea (AP) India's protest against the outcome of an Asian Games boxing semifinal that was awarded to South Korea's Park Ji-na over L.Sarita Devi in the women's 60-kilogram division was rejected on Tuesday.

World body AIBA's technical committee rejected the protest, saying "rules bar any complaints against judges, and protests can only be filed against the decision of the referees." (MORE)

Boxing promoter Dan Goossen dies at age of 64

(AP) -- Boxing promoter Dan Goossen, who handled a number of world champions in a lengthy career, has died after a short illness. He was 64.

Goossen died early Monday in Southern California after battling liver cancer that was only recently diagnosed, his family said in a statement. (MORE)

Ali, Brown reunite years after Ali's legal fight

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Muhammad Ali was on the ropes for refusing induction into the Army, and Jim Brown wanted to help. But first, the NFL great wanted to hear the boxing champion's reasons for not answering the call to military service during the Vietnam War.

So Brown led a group of prominent black athletes who hit Ali with a flurry of questions during a two-hour meeting in Cleveland in June 1967. Ali didn't duck the questions and stuck to his principles, citing his religious beliefs in refusing to join the military. (MORE)

Abraham retains WBO title on points over Smith

KIEL, Germany (AP) Arthur Abraham retained his WBO super middleweight belt by defeating Paul Smith of England by unanimous decision on Saturday.

The judges awarded it 117-111, 117-111, 119-109 to the defending champion, who dominated the majority of the bout, albeit in the face of a spirited challenge from Smith, who was cheered on by a sizable traveling support. (MORE)

Lebedev retains WBA cruiser belt with 2nd-round KO

MOSCOW (AP) Denis Lebedev of Russia successfully defended his WBA cruiserweight title when he knocked out Pawel Kolodziej of Poland on Saturday.

Lebedev floored Kolodziej with a left in the second round to keep his title at the Dynamo Sports Palace. (MORE)

Tank shifts, crushes ranked Wichita boxer

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) A nationally ranked boxer is dead after a Wichita industrial accident in which a 6-ton tank shifted unexpectedly and fell on him while he was sandblasting it.

The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/Y34vNo ) reported that 22-year-old Tony Losey was under a tarp outside Boardman working on the tank when it fell onto him Tuesday afternoon. Wichita police say Losey was a subcontractor at the steel plate fabricator. (MORE)

Mayweather says reality show not so real

LAS VEGAS (AP) The pot wasn't real. Neither, admitted Floyd Mayweather Jr., was much else that went on in the cable television shows promoting his latest fight.

Not the joint rolling parties with a bevy of female friends in his Las Vegas mansion. Not the 31 minute fights without a break in the "Dog House'" of his gym just off the city's glittering Strip. (MORE)

WBO champion Crawford to fight Beltran on Nov. 29

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) WBO lightweight champion Terence "Bud" Crawford will fight top contender Ray Beltran on Nov. 29 at CenturyLink Center in Omaha.

Boxing promoter Top Rank announced Tuesday that the bout will be televised live on HBO. (MORE)

Mike Tyson aids motorcyclist after Vegas crash

LAS VEGAS (AP) Retired boxer Mike Tyson may be famous for his aggressiveness, but he showed his compassionate side last week when he came to the rescue of an injured motorcyclist who had crashed on a Las Vegas interstate.

Attorney Stephen Stubbs said his client, 29-year-old Ryan Chesley, was on Interstate 15 in Las Vegas at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday when a taxi cut him off and he went down. (MORE)


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