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Zou Shiming fights for a title in 7th pro bout vs Ruenroeng

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(AP) -- Zou Shiming waited until his 30s to begin his professional boxing career, and he has been in a hurry ever since.

In just his seventh pro fight, China's double Olympic gold medalist will attempt to claim the IBF flyweight title belt this weekend.

Although Zou is an underdog in many boxing observers' minds when he meets Thailand's Amnat Ruenroeng on another big-money card in Macau, Zou and his promoters are eager to justify his enormous popularity with a championship.


Undefeated Crawford moves for junior welterweight title shot

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Undefeated WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford is moving up in weight to fight for the vacant junior welterweight title in his first bout of 2015.

He will take on No. 2 world-rated junior welterweight contender Thomas Dulorme on April 18 at the University of Texas-Arlington. (MORE)

An ocean away, Pacquiao's trainer makes some noise from afar

LAS VEGAS (AP) Armed guards patrolling the gym where Manny Pacquiao trains. Stealthy attempts to disrupt Pacquiao's sparring. And a bit of trash talking just to spice things up two months before the big fight.

Freddie Roach may be in Macau for a title fight involving China's Zou Shiming, but he's making plenty of noise before his return to Los Angeles on Sunday to train Pacquiao for his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. The talk is as old school as Roach, who seems to be giving early notice to the Mayweather camp that the buildup to the fight will be as intense as the bout itself. (MORE)

Pacquiao big hit so far in Vegas sports books vs Mayweather

LAS VEGAS (AP) Manny Pacquiao has always believed he can do what 47 other fighters before him have failed to do - beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the ring.

Turns out a lot of other people are believers, too. And they're backing their opinions with real money. (MORE)

Mayweather and Pacquiao to meet only once before fight week

(AP) -- The fight is so big, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. won't be spending much time promoting it.

The two boxers will get together March 11 in Los Angeles for the only press conference before the week of the fight, organizers said Monday. They won't meet again until the final press conference at the MGM Grand in the days before the May 2 mega fight. (MORE)

Frampton stops Avalos to keep IBF super bantam title

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) Carl Frampton stopped American challenger Chris Avalos in the fifth round to win his first defense of the IBF super bantamweight belt on Saturday.

Boxing in front of his hometown fans, the unbeaten Frampton rocked Avalos in the second round, and upped the tempo in the fifth to force referee Howard John Foster to stop their contest at 1:33. (MORE)

Boxer badly injured in fight nearly 7 years ago dead at 32

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Oscar Diaz, a former welterweight boxing contender whose career ended when he sustained a debilitating brain injury in a fight nearly seven years ago, has died. He was 32.

The Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed that Diaz died Thursday. The agency had yet to determine a cause of death Friday. (MORE)

Deontay Wilder hoping to deliver self into boxing history

NORTHPORT, Ala. (AP) Deontay Wilder is driving around in a Hummer and sports cars, leaving his beer delivery truck days far behind. He watched the Super Bowl from the stands instead of his couch and made his rounds at the NBA All-Star game, too.

His decade-long journey from community college dropout to keg hauler to boxing celebrity was cemented with his unanimous decision over Bermane Stiverne on Jan. 17. He became the first American to capture a piece of the heavyweight title since Shannon Briggs in 2006. It moved him to 33-0 after winning the previous 32 fights via knockouts within the first four rounds. (MORE)

Man gets prison in Phoenix death of ex-champion boxer

PHOENIX (AP) One of two men charged in the beating death of a teenage boxer in Phoenix has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 23-year-old Robert Chavez was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. (MORE)

Terence Crawford wins fighter of year from boxing writers

(AP) -- Lightweight Terence "Bud" Crawford, who won three fights in 2014, has been voted fighter of the year by the Boxing Writers Association of America.

Crawford's biggest win came at home in Omaha, Nebraska, against former Olympic gold medalist Yuriokis Gamboa. Crawford won the Sugar Ray Robinson Fighter of the Year award in a vote by members of the BWAA. (MORE)

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