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Boxing: Mundine's career in doubt after punishing loss

Australia's two-time WBA Super Middleweight and IBO Middleweight champion Anthony Mundine was fighting for his future in the ring Thursday after he was knocked down five times in a points loss to Ghanaian Joshua Clottey. Mundine, 38, the third-ranked fighter in the WBA's International super welterweight division, was felled twice in the sixth and once in the third, eighth and 10th rounds in Newcastle late Wednesday. The three judges scored Clottey a unanimous points winner -- 116-108, 115-109, 117-108.

Boxing: Yaegashi retains WBC flyweight title

World Boxing Council flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi of Japan knocked out Mexican challenger Odilon Zaleta Sunday to retain his title after a close fight. Yaegashi floored Zaleta with a right hook followed by a flurry of uppercuts in the ninth round. The Mexican struggled back to his feet but British referee Ian John Lewis stopped the fight two minutes and 14 seconds into the round. It was 31-year-old Yaegashi's third defence of the 50.8kg division title which he won by outpointing compatriot Toshiyuki Igarashi in Tokyo in April last year.

Boxing: Pacquiao-Mayweather could still happen

Trainer Freddie Roach says avenging losses to Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez are the top items on Manny Pacquiao's to-do list, but believes the Filipino will one day face Floyd Mayweather. But Hall of Fame trainer Roach said Pacquiao's legacy depends more on turning the tables on the two opponents who beat him in 2012 than on a belated, late-career tilt at Mayweather. "In the history books you have to avenge your losses, you have to avenge your losses in life," Roach said Wednesday at his Wild Card gym in Los Angeles, where Pacquiao's media workout drew a throng.

Ukraine's Klitschko pulls out of presidential race

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian boxer-turned-politician Vitaly Klitschko pulled out of the race for president on Saturday, throwing his weight instead behind billionaire confectionary oligarch Petro Poroshenko. Klitschko's withdrawal, and an announcement by Poroshenko late on Friday that he would stand in the May 25 election, sets up a battle between the man known as the 'Chocolate King' and Ukraine's fiery former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko.

Klitschko decides against running for Ukraine president

Ukraine's boxer turned opposition leader Vitali Klitschko said on Saturday he had decided against contesting snap presidential elections in May and would instead back the candidacy of businessman Petro Poroshenko. "We have to nominate a single candidate representing the democratic forces," Klitschko told a congress of his UDAR (Punch) party. "This has to be a candidate who enjoys the strongest public support. Today, this candidate in my opinion is Petro Poroshenko." zak/yad

In the Philippines, an aggressive tax collector takes aim at the famous, and gets results

MANILA, Philippines - The sharp-shooting bureaucrat in charge of getting Filipinos to pay their fair share of taxes couldn't have chosen a higher profile target: Manny Pacquiao, the world champion boxer and hero to millions. The pursuit of the boxer and congressman made a striking statement that no one was above the law, but it wasn't universally popular. One of Pacquiao's fellow congressmen proposed legislation to give him a lifetime tax exemption because his sporting feats had inspired the country.

In the Philippines, an aggressive tax collector takes aim at the famous, and gets results

MANILA, Philippines - The petite sharp-shooting bureaucrat in charge of getting Filipinos to pay their fair share of taxes couldn't have chosen a higher profile target: Manny Pacquiao, the world champion boxer and hero to millions. The pursuit of the boxer and congressman made a striking statement that no one was above the law, but it wasn't universally popular. One of Pacquiao's fellow congressmen proposed legislation to give him a lifetime tax exemption because his sporting feats had inspired the country.

Ukrainian presidential contenders united on UK visit

Ukrainian presidential contenders Petro Poroshenko and Vitali Klitschko pledged to work together for the future of their crisis-hit country on Wednesday, after a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron in London. Chocolate baron Poroshenko and Klitschko, the former world heavyweight boxing champion, met with Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague at Downing Street to seek Britain's support following Russia's annexation of Crimea.

Boxing: Pacquiao more motivated after Bradley's taunts

Manny Pacquiao is taking extra motivation from taunts by unbeaten Tim Bradley that the Filipino boxing icon has lost the hunger and killer instinct he once displayed with great passion. "The more he says that, the more he inspires me to show the hunger and killer instinct he's talking about," Pacquiao said Tuesday. "It's good for me but not for him I think." Pacquiao, 55-5 with two drawn and 38 knockouts, will fight Bradley, 31-0 with 12 knockouts, for the American's World Boxing Organization welterweight title in Las Vegas on April 12.

No charges to be laid in probe of alleged assault at boxer Pascal's home

MONTREAL - No charges will be laid in the investigation of a sexual assault complaint that saw police search the house of boxer Jean Pascal in January. A spokesman for Quebec's director of criminal prosecutions confirmed the decision Monday. Detectives from the Therese-De Blainville regional police considered Pascal a witness when they interviewed him in January after receiving a complaint from a 25-year-old woman. She said she had non-consensual sex at a party at Pascal's home in Lorraine, north of Montreal.
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