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Former Olympic boxing champ retires; cites brain injuries

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LONDON (AP) Former Olympic boxing champion Audley Harrison has retired, saying repeated blows to the head have left him with brain injuries.

The 43-year-old British fighter, who won the super-heavyweight gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, says medical tests showed he was suffering the effects of traumatic brain injury.

Harrison says he has problems with vision, balance and mood swings.


Brook makes 1st title defense after life-threatening attack

(AP) -- As he lay on the ground, blood pouring from a gash across his left thigh, British boxer Kell Brook's concern wasn't whether he would fight again. It was whether he would live to see his pregnant girlfriend and child again.

Just a few weeks after winning the IBF world welterweight title last August, Brook was attacked on the final night of his holiday with his family on the Spanish island of Tenerife. The reasons for the attack are unclear, but Brook said he was slashed through a muscle by a knife resembling a machete, and was left to die. (MORE)

Rich get richer: Mayweather and Pacquiao purses soar

LAS VEGAS (AP) The first ticket has yet to be sold, but the richest fight in boxing history is getting richer by the day.

New estimates show Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s payoff for fighting Manny Pacquiao could easily be $180 million, up substantially from earlier predictions of $120 million. Pacquiao gets the short end of the purse, but even that is expected to be well over $100 million by the time everything is tallied up. (MORE)

Manny Pacquiao welcomes Tim Tebow to his training camp

LOS ANGELES (AP) Manny Pacquiao welcomed a high-profile visitor to his training camp Saturday with ties to his native Philippines: Tim Tebow.

Pacquiao is preparing for his much-anticipated fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2 in Las Vegas. The Heisman Trophy-winning former Florida QB posted photos on Instagram of the two together in Pacquiao's gym in Los Angeles. (MORE)

Braehmer beats Krasniqi to keep WBA light heavyweight belt

ROSTOCK, Germany (AP) Juergen Braehmer of Germany defeated compatriot Robin Krasniqi by technical knockout to retain his WBA light heavyweight belt on Saturday.

Krasniqi's corner pulled the challenger out ahead of the 10th round with a deep cut above his lip, sustained after he took a battering in the previous round. (MORE)

Doping official says penalty high for positive test

LAS VEGAS (AP) A top anti-doping official says Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao face far more severe penalties for a prefight positive test for a banned substance than a $5 million fine unsuccessfully pushed by a Pacquiao adviser.

Travis Tygart, the chief executive of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, said a positive test would kill the May 2 fight, where the total purse likely will be more than $200 million. It also would subject the fighter who tested positive to a potentially career-ending ban of four years from competition. (MORE)

Australian boxer dies 2 days after collapsing after fight

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) A 23-year-old boxer died Monday two days after losing consciousness after losing a 10-round featherweight bout.

Family spokesman James O'Shea confirmed Braydon Smith, who was in the final year of a law degree, had been in an induced coma at a Brisbane hospital since collapsing 90 minutes after a WBC Asian Boxing Council continental title bout with John Moralde of the Philippines on Saturday. (MORE)

Kovalev stops Pascal in 8th round to retain titles

MONTREAL (AP) Russia's Sergey Kovalev stopped Canada's Jean Pascal early in the eighth round Saturday night to retain his three world light heavyweight titles.

The large Bell Centre crowd booed when referee Luis Pabon stopped the fight, with the dazed Pascal (29-3-1) against the ropes from a series of blows from Kovalev (27-0-1). (MORE)

Welterweight Andre Berto stops Josesito Lopez in 6th round

ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) While the crowd booed and Josesito Lopez argued in vain with the referee, Andre Berto leaped on the ropes and raised his arms.

A little drama wasn't about to stop the former champion from celebrating a cathartic victory on his road back to the top. (MORE)

WADA drug-testing rules in place for Mayweather-Pacquiao

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have agreed to follow World Anti-Doping Agency rules for their fight in May.

That was a major sticking point that led to the end of negotiations in 2010, when the boxers first tried to put together a fight. (MORE)

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