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9-foot Joe Frazier statue rising in Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) For many Philadelphia tourists, the Rocky statue is a must-see - even if it is a movie prop depicting a fictional boxer.

Could a sculpture of real-life heavyweight champion Joe Frazier draw as many admirers?

Artist Stephen Layne is finishing up a 9-foot-tall clay version of "Smokin' Joe," which captures Philly's hometown hero in mid-punch. Frazier beat Muhammad Ali for the title in 1971.


Huck defeats Larghetti to keep cruiserweight belt

HALLE, Germany (AP) German cruiserweight Marko Huck defeated Mirko Larghetti of Italy by unanimous decision Saturday to retain his WBO belt for the record-equaling 13th time.

The judges scored it 116-112, 116-112, 118-110 in favor of the defending champion, who was really only troubled in the seventh and eighth rounds. Huck still managed to open a cut under Larghetti's right eye in the seventh. (MORE)

Pacquiao eyeing World Peace for his hoop team

MANILA, Philippines (AP) Manny Pacquiao has expressed interest in recruiting former NBA All Star Metta World Peace to the Filipino boxing champion's newest venture - professional basketball.

Pacquiao has become playing coach of the newly-formed KIA Sorentos in the Philippine Basketball Association, adding to his other careers as a world champion boxer and local congressman. (MORE)

Donaire to meet Walters for WBA featherweight belt

LOS ANGELES (AP) Nonito Donaire will fight unbeaten Nicholas Walters for the WBA featherweight title Oct. 18 at the outdoor StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Their bout will headline the undercard of middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin's title defense against Marco Antonio Rubio, Golovkin promoter Tom Loeffler tells The Associated Press. (MORE)

Boxer Jermain Taylor out on bond after shooting

MAUMELLE, Ark. (AP) Boxer Jermain Taylor was freed on $25,000 bond Wednesday after police detained the former middleweight champion in the shooting of his cousin at Taylor's suburban Little Rock home.

Taylor appeared via video from the Pulaski County jail for his initial court appearance Wednesday. A not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf. Taylor faces preliminary charges of domestic battery and aggravated assault in the late Tuesday shooting of Tyrone Hinton. (MORE)

Klitschko-Pulev fight rescheduled for Nov. 15

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) Wladimir Klitschko's management says his heavyweight title defense against mandatory IBF challenger Kubrat Pulev has been rescheduled for Nov. 15 in Hamburg.

The fight was originally slated for Sept. 6 but had to be postponed after Klitschko tore a bicep in sparring and was forced to miss four weeks of training. (MORE)

Pacquiao to help set up boxing academy in China

MANILA, Philippines (AP) Manny Pacquiao is setting up a boxing institute in China and believes the country of 1.4 billion people can produce professional world champions.

Pacquiao said Wednesday that he has partnered with a Chinese company and the Chinese government to set up an institute in his name, with the aim of imparting the experience that has seen him win eight world titles. (MORE)

Klitschko injured, fight against Pulev postponed

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) Wladimir Klitschko has torn a bicep in sparring and his Sept. 6 heavyweight title against IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev has been postponed.

Klitschko's management says the champion will have to miss four weeks of training. A new date for the fight will be announced later. It will likely take place in Hamburg, the original venue. Klitschko was injured at his training camp in Austria. (MORE)

7-year sentence for boxer turned bank robber

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) A federal judge sentenced a former world champion boxer convicted of several bank robberies to seven years in prison, handing down a lighter sentence in part because of the defendant's boxing-related injuries, his difficult childhood and a mistake by a Georgia court in 2001 that resulted in his spending additional years in prison.

James Page was facing up to 20 years in prison during Tuesday's hearing after he pleaded guilty to the San Francisco Bay Area bank robberies in February. Prosecutors say the 43-year-old Page - who had been dubbed the "Button Down Bandit" because of the shirts he wore - took more than $20,000 during the heists last year, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. (MORE)

Middleweight champ Golovkin fights Rubio on Oct 18

LOS ANGELES (AP) Gennady Golovkin will defend his WBA middleweight title against Marco Antonio Rubio in Carson, California, on Oct. 18.

Golovkin promoter Tom Loeffler announced the HBO matchup on Tuesday. (MORE)

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