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Trials underway for Super Boxing League

PESHAWAR: The trials for the Super Boxing League (SBL) were conducted in Peshawar to select boxers for the first professional boxing league. The trials were held on Saturday in Islamabad where young boxers including women showed their skills. The trials started from Gujranwala and later moved to Lahore, where ten male and two female boxers were short-listed for the league. The trials were held in Sports Board Punjab gymnasium where more than fifty boxers including female participated in five different categories.…

Amir Khan, Salman Iqbal bring ‘Super Boxing League’ to Pakistan

KARACHI: As promised, CEO ARY Digital Network Salman Iqbal and renowned boxer Amir Khan are bringing a first of its kind professional boxing league to Pakistan, ARY News reported. Two-time world champion Amir Khan on Thursday launched the league titled "Super Boxing League" in a star-studded event in Karachi's Marriott Hotel. CEO ARY Digital Network Salman Iqbal and Amir Khan will jointly serve as boxing league’s chairman. The tournament will see eight teams owned by cricketing and showbiz celebrities locking horns…

Mary Kom rubbishes retirement talk, dreams of Olympic gold

NEW DELHI: India's best-ever boxer Mary Kom said Tuesday she has no plans to retire and is determined to defy her critics by winning an elusive Olympic gold. Kom, 35, won gold on debut at the Commonwealth Games in Australia last week, complementing a trophy cabinet packed with five amateur world championship titles and an Olympic bronze from London 2012. But India's most accomplished pugilist, feted at home as "Magnificent Mary", says the best is yet to come and has rubbished suggestions she could be close to hanging…

Boxer dies 10 months after fight left him in a coma

MONTREAL: Canadian boxer David Whittom died Friday, almost 10 months after he fell into a coma following his final fight, his partner announced. "My David Whittom has joined the angels... words fail me, I cannot breathe," Jelena Zerdoner wrote on Facebook. The 39-year-old boxer from Quebec was knocked out in the 10th and final round of his May 27, 2017 fight against Gary Kopas for the Canadian light heavyweight title. Two hours later, he was admitted to the hospital with a brain hemorrhage and placed into an induced…

Lyari boxing girls aim to make the country proud

KARACHI: Sindh Rangers and Boxing Association organized Free Lyari Girls Boxing Bhampionship. Over 50 female boxers participated in the event. The first day of championship started with the young girls match where they showcased blistering talent with their powerful punches. Showcasing their boxing skills in the ring, the boxing girls of Lyari enthralled the audiences with their expertise. They aim to make their families and country proud by following the passion of boxing. Read More: Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali’s…

‘Raging Bull’ boxer Jake LaMotta dead at 95

NEW YORK: Jake LaMotta, the legendary former world middleweight boxing champion whose wild life and times inspired the Oscar-winning movie "Raging Bull," has died at age 95, his family announced Wednesday. LaMotta, an iconic figure from boxing's 1950s golden age best known for a brutal six-fight rivalry with Sugar Ray Robinson, passed away on Tuesday, the boxer's daughter Christi LaMotta said on Facebook. LaMotta's seventh wife, Denise Baker, told the TMZ.com website that the fighter died in a nursing home following…

Amir Khan to set up professional boxing league in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan-origin British boxer Amir Khan has expressed his desire to set up the Super Boxing League in Pakistan. The renowned light-welterweight professional boxer who is currently in Pakistan to spend Eid-ul-Azha, announced his desire to set up a professional boxing league in the country. He said that he has a great setup in England, and the Amir Khan Academy has found six to seven medal winners, Olympic athletes as well as professional and amateur players. "I want to do something for Pakistan, and give…

Pacquiao stunned as Horn wins WBO welterweight crown

BRISBANE: Former schoolteacher Jeff Horn stunned world champion Manny Pacquiao to win the World Boxing Organisation welterweight crown with a unanimous points decision in Brisbane on Sunday. Given no chance by most observers, the 29-year-old Horn's ultra-aggressive style proved too much for Pacquiao, with the three judges scoring the fight 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113 to the Australian after 12 rounds. Pacquiao, 38, is an eight-weight world champion considered one of the greatest fighters of his generation. His camp…

Boxer Amir Khan meets top Bollywood actress in Mumbai

MUMBAI: jacqBritish boxer Amir Khan is in Mumbai these days to promote the franchise-based Super Boxing League, and his wife, Faryal Makhdoom, is also accompanying him on the visit. 25-year-old Makhdoom had in a recent interview to Indian media website said that she has fallen in love with Ranveer Singh, after seeing him in Bajirao Mastani. She had joked that "when Amir is asleep one night, I’ll sneak out go to his house to meet." Well, Amir isn't waiting for his wife to sleep to meet Bollywood beauties. On…