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Anthony Joshua, Andy Ruiz Jr set for world heavyweight title rematch on December 7 in Saudi Arabia

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The rematch, dubbed ‘Clash on the Dunes’, will see Joshua trying to win back the IBF, WBA and WBO title.
'Saudi Arabia will host the world heavyweight title rematch between Britain’s Anthony Joshua and champion Andy Ruiz Jr of the United States in December, a decision certain to spark controversy due to the Gulf kingdom’s human rights record. The high-profile December 7 duel, dubbed ‘Clash on the Dunes’, will see Joshua trying to win back the IBF, WBA and WBO titles he sensationally lost to Ruiz in New York in June. The bout will take place in Diriyah, which incorporates the UNESCO World Heritage site of Al-Turaif, on the outskirts of Riyadh – a dramatic contrast to the iconic Madison Square Garden which hosted the first fight between the two men which ended in a seventh-round stoppage. Promoters Matchroom Boxing said the fight details will be officially revealed at a news conference in London on Monday. The rematch had been widely touted but Cardiff’s Principality Stadium was tipped as favourite to stage the event. The Saudis have faced intense diplomatic fallout over the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi which took place in the conservative kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul in 2018. Saudi rulers have utilised sport as a tool to try and soften their international image and to provide a showcase, they claim, for reforms inside the oil-rich state. In February, they hosted a.. Read more'

Nikhat Zareen was ‘protected’ from Mary Kom but who’ll protect Indian boxing from the federation?

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By denying Zareen the opportunity of taking on Mary Kom in the trials, BFI has set a bad precedent and it could stunt the growth of Indian boxing.
'Mary Kom can never NOT be considered as an Olympic medal hopeful. She has been India’s best for more than a decade now. She still wins regularly. And with the Games just a year away, she, believe it or not, is a medal prospect. Mary has to shift weight categories and jump from 49 kg to 51 kg but no one can rule her out. After all, she is a six-time world champion. But can the Boxing Federation of India get things in order at their end? On Wednesday, the BFI cancelled the selection trials in 51 kg and 69 kg categories and selected Mary and Lovilina Borgohain in the two categories respectively. It denied other boxers a chance to even challenge Mary and Borgohain. Also read: Twitter reactions to BFI’s decision to give Mary Kom direct entry The biggest revolt after the decision came from Nikhat Zareen, a former youth world champion and a bright prospect in Indian boxing. And all she wanted was a trial but she was denied even that. BFI did announce a trial from August 6-8 and Zareen was expected to box Mary on the final day. But on August 6, BFI informed Zareen that her bout against Mary is postponed to August 7. When the two boxers were preparing.. Read more'

Boxing: Mary Kom, Gaurav Bidhuri among nine Indians to enter finals of President’s Cup

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The six-time world champion was made to sweat it out by Vietnam’s Anh vo Thi Kim before registering a 3-2 win.
'Six-time world champion Mary Kom (51kg) and former World Championships bronze medallist Gaurav Bidhuri (56kg) had to stave off tough challenges in the semi-finals as a total of nine Indian boxers made it to the finals at the 23rd President’s Cup in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia on Saturday. Fresh from winning the gold at the India Open two months ago, Mary Kom participated in this tournament with the aim of testing herself and getting some much-needed bouts under her belt ahead of the World Championships in October. Mary was made to sweat it out by Vietnam’s Anh vo Thi Kim with the 36-year-old eventually registering a 3-2 win. Mary will be continuing her gold quest against Australia’s Franks April on Sunday. India’s other star pugilist Gaurav Bidhuri also laboured to a tough 3-2 win over Philippines’ Ogayre Junmilardo while Ankush Dahiya too notched up a victory by an identical scoreline over Korea’s Giheon You in the 64kg category. Neeraj Swami showed his resolve to eke out a gritty 3-2 win over Indonesia’s Langu Kornelis. Among the men, only Ananta Pralhad Chopade (52kg) had a breezy win as he outpunched Sri Lanka’s Dharmasena Piyal 5-0 to progress into the final. India Open gold medallist Jamuna Boro (54kg) will take.. Read more'