LONDON (AP) Former world heavyweight champion Frank Bruno wants to make a return to competitive boxing at the age of 54.
Bruno was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2003, an illness he says has left him feeling “suicidal.” He has been involuntarily committed to psychiatric care on three occasions.
“I’ve got to get back into boxing, to get this out of my system, because I don’t want to end up in (psychiatric) hospital,” Bruno, who is back in training, told British broadcaster ITV on Monday.
Bruno won the WBC heavyweight belt in 1995, beating Oliver McCall, and hasn’t fought since losing to Mike Tyson the following year.
The British Boxing Board of Control would need to grant Bruno a license to box.
“Mr. Bruno has not made an application for a British Boxing Board of Control boxer’s licence,” Robert Smith, general-secretary of the BBBC, said in a emailed letter to The Associated Press, “and should such an application be received it will be considered in the normal manner by the stewards of the board.”
Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez will meet in a May 5 rematch with the middleweight title on the line once again, promoters said Monday.
Still to be announced is the location, though Las Vegas is considered the front runner for the fight on Cinco de Mayo weekend.
Golovkin and Alvarez fought to a controversial 12-round draw in September, after which both fighters said they wanted a rematch. It took promoters months to negotiate the terms for what is expected to be one of the biggest pay-per-view fights of the year.
The two fighters have only one loss between them, with Golovkin 37-0-1 with 33 knockouts and Alvarez 49-1-2 with 34 knockouts.
MIAMI (AP) Jake LaMotta, the former middleweight champion whose life was depicted in the film “Raging Bull,” has died at the age of 95.
His fiancee, Denise Baker, says LaMotta died Tuesday at a Miami-area hospital from complications of pneumonia.
The Bronx Bull, as he was known in his fighting days, compiled an 83-19-4 record with 30 knockouts.
LaMotta fought Sugar Ray Robinson six times, handing Robinson his first defeat. He lost the middleweight title to him in what became known as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
In his previous fight, LaMotta saved the championship in movie-script fashion against Laurent Dauthuille. Trailing badly, LaMotta knocked out the challenger with 13 seconds left.
LaMotta threw a fight against Billy Fox, which he admitted in testimony before a U.S. Senate committee. He said he was promised a shot at a title.
On June 16, 1949, he became middleweight champion when Marcel Cerdan couldn’t continue after the 10th round.
The 1980 film “Raging Bull” was based on LaMotta’s memoir. Actor Robert DeNiro won an Academy Award for it.