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Andre Ward eager for ring return after long break

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Andre Ward wrote out his retirement speech a few times in the last two years. With his usual fastidious style, the super middleweight champion laid out every reason he felt he had to end his unblemished boxing career in his prime.

Yet every time Ward was pushed to the brink in his long-running dispute with his promoter, friends and colleagues talked him out of retirement. He never spoke or emailed the words he had written.

"I saved them, just to be able to reflect on those raw emotions one day," Ward told The Associated Press. "But somebody would always call me and say, `Listen, man. It's not time. You've got a lot left. This is going to pass. Get back. Just hold on until you can get back. This is not going to last forever.' That's what helped me."


Boxing champ Taylor booked back into jail after bond revoked

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Boxing champion Jermain Taylor has been booked back into jail after a judge revoked his bond in an August firearms case.

Taylor had been free after he pleaded not guilty to pointing a gun at a man's head and threatened to shoot three small children at an Arkansas parade on Monday. (MORE)

Woman says boxing champ Taylor threatened to kill children

(AP) -- A Little Rock woman said Tuesday that boxer Jermain Taylor threatened to shoot her three small children, and that she knocked the gun away after the cursing middleweight - once called a role model by the city's mayor - put the weapon to her husband's head.

Toya Smith, 40, said she and her family, including children ages 5, 3, and 1, were watching the city's Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade Monday when Taylor, 36, produced his championship belt and asked to get a photo with her 5-year-old son. Smith says her family had never met Taylor before and that it appeared he had been drinking. (MORE)

Heavyweight champ Klitschko to fight Jennings in April

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) Wladimir Klitschko has agreed to defend his WBA and IBF heavyweight titles against Bryant Jennings on April 25 at Madison Square Garden.

It will be the champion's first fight in the United States in seven years. (MORE)

Police: Boxer Jermain Taylor to face assault, drug charges

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Champion middleweight boxer Jermain Taylor, who already faces charges in an August shooting, will be charged in a separate incident after a man told authorities Taylor fired a gun at him, police in Arkansas said Monday.

The Little Rock Police Department said that the man also told officers responding to a report of shots fired that Taylor pointed a gun at his wife and children. (MORE)

Boxer Bermane Stiverne released from Vegas hospital

LAS VEGAS (AP) Former heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne was released Monday from a Las Vegas hospital, where he was treated for dehydration after his loss to Deontay Wilder

Stiverne said he went straight to the hospital after Saturday night's bout at the MGM Grand, when he lost a 12-round decision and his piece of the title to Wilder. (MORE)

Wilder wins piece of heavyweight title over Stiverne

LAS VEGAS (AP) No one doubted Deontay Wilder could punch, not after knocking out his first 32 opponents as a pro.

Saturday night he showed he could box a little bit, too. And the payoff was huge. (MORE)

Return of the heavyweights: Stiverne-Wilder clash for title

LAS VEGAS (AP) Deontay Wilder thinks he'll be the next great American heavyweight champion, a complete package with the punching power of George Foreman and the lip of Muhammad Ali.

Bermane Stiverne thinks he picked the wrong guy to try to win his first title. (MORE)

Muhammad Ali released from hospital after urinary infection

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Muhammad Ali's latest hospital stay for a severe urinary tract infection ended Friday, a day before the boxing great celebrates his 73rd birthday.

Ali was released from an undisclosed hospital where he received continued treatment for the same condition that initially put him in the hospital late last month, Ali family spokesman Bob Gunnell said. (MORE)

Muhammad Ali back in hospital for 'follow-up care'

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Muhammad Ali was back in the hospital Thursday for follow-up care related to a severe urinary tract infection, his second stint in the hospital in the last four weeks.

The three-time former heavyweight champion was admitted to an undisclosed hospital earlier this week, Ali family spokesman Bob Gunnell said Thursday. Ali is in stable condition. (MORE)

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