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Broner insists ‘no beef’ between him and Mayweather

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WASHINGTON (AP) Adrien Broner isn’t giving his next opponent much respect and won’t discuss recently surfacing felony charges. His stance on Floyd Mayweather is harder to pin down.

Two days before he defends his WBA super lightweight title against Ashley Theophane, Broner griped that Mayweather missed the press conference for a fight he helped organize, and mockingly referred to “Hateweather Promotions.”

Later, though, Broner told a scrum of reporters that the link between him and the retired champion isn’t all that frayed.

“To be honest, ain’t no beef between me and Floyd,” Broner said. “I’d do this in front of Floyd. When we’re by ourselves, I talk (stuff) about Floyd. I talk (stuff) to Floyd. But, you know, me up there saying, `Hateweather Promotions,’ I’m just having fun. I hope ain’t nobody take it personally.”

Broner, 26, has drawn comparisons to the retired 39-year-old Mayweather throughout his career for his counterpunching style and bad boy image.

In the ring, he has won world championships in four weight classes, though at 34-2-1 (23 KOs), he lacks Mayweather’s unblemished record.

Outside of it, reports surfaced last week that Broner is wanted in his native Cincinnati for assault and aggravated robbery. Broner declined to comment on the issue. Because the warrants reportedly only apply in Ohio, the fight is expected to go on as scheduled.

Mayweather and Broner have traded barbs since last fall after Broner launched his own About Billions Promotions last summer.

It has grown more heated with February’s announcement of the fight against Theorphane (39-6-1), a Mayweather Promotions boxer.

“It’s obvious that we wear our feelings on our sleeves,” Broner said. “Anything that we feel or anything that we say about each other, we don’t care who hears it. Because at the end of the day, it’s not going to break up our relationship.”

The British Theophane, 35, has won six straight bouts and will try for the victory of his career at the DC Armory in a fight airing on Spike’s Premier Boxing Champions series.

Broner showed no deference to Theophane or general standards of decorum on Wednesday, fumbling with his phone on stage during Theophane’s remarks, before promising a knockout and blasting the journeyman’s lack of stardom.

“I ain’t used to fighting on Friday,” Broner said. “He probably is, on FOX and Friday Night Fights, but I ain’t used to that. So as long as my payday is right, we’re good.”

He also defended his outsized antics, saying quieter black fighters risk being underrated compared to white or Hispanic fighters. And while trying to mend fences with Mayweather, he took a shot at his former managers, Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.

“They’re there for Mexican fighters,” Broner said. “I have nothing against that because Mexicans (are) almost who run boxing. That’s the biggest population, and they watch boxing. I love Mexicans, I have nothing against Mexicans, but at the same time, promote the African-American fighters the same way you promote your Mexicans.”

Boxer LaMotta, immortalized in ‘Raging Bull,’ dies at 95

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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.

Canelo and Golovkin fight to controversial draw

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gennady Golovkin retained his middleweight titles Saturday night, fighting to a draw with Canelo Alvarez in a brutal battle that ended with both fighters with their hands aloft in victory.

The middleweight showdown lived up to its hype as the two fighters traded huge punches and went after each other for 12 rounds. Neither fighter was down and neither appeared seriously hurt but both landed some huge punches to the head that had the crowd screaming in excitement.

Golovkin was the aggressor throughout and landed punches that had put other fighters to the canvas. But he couldn’t put Alvarez down, and the Mexican star more than stood his own in exchanges with Triple G, from Kazakhstan. The two were still brawling as the final seconds ticked down and the fight went to the scorecards.

One judge had Alvarez winning 118-110, a second had it 115-113 in Golovkin’s favor while the third had it 114-114. The Associated Press scored it 114-114.

Golovkin, who has never lost in 38 fights, retained his middleweight titles with the draw. But Alvarez showed that he could not only take Golovkin’s punches but land telling punches of his own.

A frenzied crowd of 22,358 at the T-Mobile Arena roared throughout the fight as the two middleweights put on the kind of show that boxing purists had anticipated. They brawled, used sharp jabs and counter-punched at times, with neither one willing to give the other much ground.

“Congratulations all my friends from Mexico,” Golovkin said. “I want a true fight. I want a big drama show.”

There was plenty of drama late in the fight as Alvarez seemed to rally and rocked Golovkin with uppercuts and big right hands. But just as soon as he landed he often took one back from the slugger so feared that most other fighter avoided him.

“I won seven-eight rounds easily,” Alvarez said.

It was a battle from the opening bell as Golovkin tried to walk Alvarez down but often found himself getting hit from sharp counter punches.

“Today, people give me draw. I focus on boxing,” Golovkin said. “Look my belts, I’m still champion. I’ve not lost.”

Golovkin predicted before the fight that the late rounds would resemble a street fight, and in a way they did. Both fighters were willing to trade, and both had no problems landing hard shots to the head.

Golovkin had chased Alvarez for nearly two years, trying to get the signature fight that would pay him millions and make him a pay-per-view draw on his own. Alvarez finally agreed after Golovkin looked vulnerable earlier this year against Daniel Jacobs in a decision win that stopped his knockout streak at 23 fights.