NYON, Switzerland (AP) — As world heavyweight boxing champions for more than a decade, Wladimir Klitschko and his brother Vitali helped establish Ukraine on the sports map.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tyson Fury ended Wladimir Klitschko's long reign as heavyweight champion and showed how Deontay Wilder could be beaten, only to leave the ring with a draw.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko says his boat trip off Spain with family and friends was cut short after a fire broke out on board.
LONDON (AP) — The Anthony Joshua roadshow is finally heading to the United States. Not to fight the only other heavyweight champion, though.
The four-title champion will make his American boxing debut when he defends his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts against Jarrell Miller at Madison Square Garden on June 1.
"I plan to embrace the culture and leave with an appetite for more," said Joshua, whose 22 professional fights have all taken place in Britain. He has won all of those bouts, 21 by knockout.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has increased annual funding by more than $4 million for its children's charity, and added former world heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko as a trustee.
The European soccer body said Friday it more than doubled funding for the UEFA Foundation for Children 6.8 million euros ($7.7 million) per year instead of 3 million euros ($3.4 million).
LONDON (AP) — With blood streaming out of his busted nose, Anthony Joshua was in deep trouble once more in front of 80,000 stunned spectators at Wembley Stadium.
Alexander Povetkin, a 39-year-old Russian with supposedly his best days behind him, was dominating heavyweight boxing's new superstar with his powerful inside work and punching power.
NEW YORK (AP) — Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is on a business trip this weekend in Belfast. He'll be ringside as a TV commentator for Saturday's fight between Tyson Fury and Francesco Pianeta.
But even Wilder has something riding on the outcome of this matchup.
If Fury wins, Wilder plans to challenge him to a fight they've already discussed — right then and there.
LONDON (AP) — Anthony Joshua will defend his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles against Alexander Povetkin of Russia in London on Sept. 22.
Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn on Monday confirmed the fight, which will take place at Wembley Stadium.
Povetkin is the mandatory challenger to the WBA title. The 28-year-old Joshua has been in training while negotiations with WBC champion Deontay Wilder stalled, but could yet face the American in April 2019.
LONDON (AP) — World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua's next two fights are at Wembley Stadium in September and April.
Joshua will defend his WBA, IBF and WBO belts there on Sept. 22, and return to Wembley on April 13.
His promoter Matchroom was in negotiations with WBA mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin for September after dealings for a unification bout with WBC champion Deontay Wilder stalled. An announcement is expected next week.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Tyson Fury clowned his way through his first fight in more than 2 1/2 years and still outclassed Sefer Seferi who retired after four farcical rounds in Manchester Arena on Saturday.
Fighting for the first time since claiming the world heavyweight title from Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, Fury sporadically unloaded right hands as he showboated through the scheduled 10-round bout and received a warning from referee Phil Edwards.
LONDON (AP) — Tyson Fury will launch his comeback against 39-year-old Albanian Sefer Seferi, his promoter Frank Warren announced Sunday.
The former IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion finally returns to the ring at the Manchester Arena on June 9 after an absence of more than 2 1/2 years, and in Seferi fights an opponent who is a career cruiserweight.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Overweight, unhappy and in semi-retirement amid a doping ban, Tyson Fury was walking his dog beside a canal near his home when he thought about what fellow heavyweight boxer Deontay Wilder was saying about him.
"He said, 'Tyson Fury, he's done,'" Fury recalled. "I thought, 'You know what, I'm a fat pig. Look at the state of me.' I felt like jumping in the water and drowning.
"Then I thought, 'I'm going to turn this around and knock him out.'"
LONDON (AP) — Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is returning to the ring after a doping ban.
The 29-year-old Briton has signed with promoter Frank Warren and plans to fight on June 9 at the Manchester Arena against an opponent who is yet to be revealed.
Fury has not fought since beating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 to win the WBA, IBF and WBO belts, a result that shocked boxing and revitalized the heavyweight division.
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury was cleared Friday to make his long-awaited return to the ring after being told by British boxing authorities that his suspension will be lifted.
Fury has not fought since beating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 to win the WBA, IBF and WBO belts, a result that shocked boxing and revitalized the heavyweight division.
LONDON (AP) — Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker will put their titles and reputations on the line when they meet in a world heavyweight title clash in Cardiff on March 31.
Their eagerly awaited unification bout takes place at the Principality Stadium, with the big-punching rivals also defending unbeaten records. Joshua is 20-0 and Parker 24-0.
The heavyweight division just got even more interesting.
Only a few minutes had passed after the news broke that Tyson Fury was free to box again, following his long-running dispute with Britain's anti-doping agency, when the man himself took to Twitter.
"Guess who's back?" Fury tweeted.
Next to those words was a video of him grooving to tunes inside a car.
It was a novel way for someone to react to being found guilty of a doping offense. Then again, Fury is one of a kind.
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Anthony Joshua will fight at the heaviest weight of his professional career when he defends his IBF and WBA heavyweight belts against Carlos Takam in Cardiff on Saturday.
Joshua weighed in at 254.8 pounds (115.6 kilograms) on Friday. Takam came in at 225.5 pounds (102.3 kilograms).
It is Joshua's first fight since beating Wladimir Klitschko in April, when the British boxer weighed in at 239.8 pounds (108.8 kilograms).
Anthony Joshua's goal in boxing extends beyond the ambitious task of unifying the world heavyweight titles.
He wants to put on a show while doing so.
Joshua is leading the resurgence of a heavyweight division that suffered for at least a decade amid the dominance and cautious style of the Klitschko brothers.
Anthony Joshua has big plans for 2018 now that he is the biggest draw in heavyweight boxing.
A unification fight against Deontay Wilder or Joseph Parker. A first fight in the United States, or maybe Africa or the Middle East. Even an all-British super-fight against Tyson Fury, if the former champion regains his license.
Wladimir Klitschko had to lose before he finally became accepted by most fight fans.
Now that he's retiring, maybe it's time to fully appreciate the former heavyweight champion who never seemed to get his due.
BERLIN (AP) — Former heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko announced his immediate retirement from boxing on Thursday.
The decision ends an era when the Klitschko name alone could guarantee one of the biggest fights of the year. At their peak, Klitschko and his brother Vitali held all of the major heavyweight titles between them.
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko says he'll decide whether to have a rematch with Anthony Joshua "within the next two weeks."
Klitschko, who lost by an 11th round TKO in a pulsating bout with the Briton on April 29, says in comments reported by news agency dpa, "My life isn't only sport and boxing," and that he's planning "the career after the career."
LONDON (AP) — Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has attended a doping hearing as he looks to overturn a suspension from boxing and step up his return to the ring after an 18-month absence.
Fury was charged by the U.K. Anti-Doping agency and suspended from boxing in June after testing positive for a banned substance. The ban was lifted pending an appeal and further investigations.
LONDON (AP) — Anthony Joshua remained in the ring long after 90,000 of his supporters had filed out of Wembley Stadium, posing happily for pictures with his team and hugging just about everyone he knew.
No reason to leave early when being the heavyweight champion is so much fun.
"I just want to fight everyone, man," Joshua said. "I'm really loving this right now."
LONDON (AP) — Anthony Joshua wasn't wrong when he raised his hands in victory after knocking Wladimir Klitschko down in the fifth round of what looked like a one-sided heavyweight title fight. He was just celebrating too early.
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko heavyweight title fight in Wembley Stadium. Unofficial scores by AP's Tim Dahlberg. (all times local):
Anthony Joshua survived the first knockdown of his career to come back and stop Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round of their heavyweight title fight before 90,000 at Wembley Stadium.
Joshua dropped Klitschko twice and the referee stopped the fight.
LONDON (AP) — Anthony Joshua has the weight of a country on his shoulders, and a fighter with true heavyweight pedigree in the ring across from him.
Add to that 90,000 screaming fans watching outdoors Saturday night at Wembley Stadium, and there's plenty of potential trouble for a fighter born the same year that Wladimir Klitschko began boxing.
The fact Joshua is taking it so all so calmly says a lot about his chances of becoming boxing's next biggest thing.
LONDON (AP) — Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko drew the kind of crowd for their final news conference that most fighters would be happy with once they got in the ring.
Everything is supersized in their heavyweight title fight, including the fighters themselves.
Madison Square Garden was filled with 20,000 boxing fans last month, and they were treated to Gennady Golovkin, Danny Jacobs and a spectacular night of fights.
This week, 90,000 fans are expected to jam London's Wembley Stadium for the most significant heavyweight fight in a long time. British Olympic gold medalist Anthony Joshua meets former champion Wladimir Klitschko in a title fight that figures to put a charge into a division that has been neglected for far too long.
Wladimir Klitschko was never really embraced by the average boxing fan, despite dominating a lackluster heavyweight division for the better part of a decade.
He understands why, even as he looks to change his ways in what could be his last hurrah next week against Anthony Joshua in London.
"It's not as boring as it was with me during all those years," Klitschko said. "You can like me or hate me but when one person conquers it all, it is boring. I totally get it."
Anthony Joshua's heavyweight title defense against longtime champion Wladimir Klitschko will be broadcast on both Showtime and HBO in the United States.
The two premium cable networks worked out an unusual agreement to televise the April 29 fight from London, with Showtime airing the fight live and HBO doing it later in the evening on a delayed broadcast.
Both networks will use their own announcers for the bout.
LONDON (AP) — Former heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury is already preparing for his comeback.
The 28-year-old British fighter, stripped of his three world titles last year over drug use and medical issues, called himself a "fat man" on Friday in a series of posts on Twitter, but also said he is winning his battle against depression.
LONDON (AP) — The cousin of Tyson Fury is set to fight for a world heavyweight title.
Boxing promoter Frank Warren said on Twitter on Friday that a contract has been signed for Hughie Fury to challenge Joseph Parker for the New Zealander's WBO heavyweight belt. No more details were given about the fight.
Fury has a 20-0 record with 10 knockouts, and Parker is 22-0 (18 KO).
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — After what will be 17 months out of the ring, former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko believes the chances of resurrecting his remarkable career are "50-50" against the unbeaten Anthony Joshua.
LONDON (AP) — When Wladimir Klitschko fights Anthony Joshua for two world heavyweight titles in April, it will end an 18-month wait to restore his boxing reputation.
Klitschko's career has been on hold since losing his IBF, WBA and WBO belts in a surprising defeat to Tyson Fury in November 2015. Two attempts at a rematch failed because of Fury's personal problems, leaving the 40-year-old Klitschko in limbo after nearly a decade ruling the heavyweight division.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Anthony Joshua was making his way through the heavyweight ranks, establishing a reputation as a potential world champion of the future, when he fought unheralded Matt Legg at Wembley Stadium in the summer of 2014.
It was the first fight on the undercard of Carl Froch-George Groves II. Shortly after 5.30 p.m. local time, in broad daylight and with fans drifting into a mostly empty stadium, Joshua won in 83 seconds for his sixth straight win since turning pro.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Anthony Joshua had just outclassed Eric Molina to retain the IBF world heavyweight title when the undefeated British boxer was finally given a proper fight.
Wladimir Klitschko strode into the ring at Manchester Arena, shook hands with Joshua, and the announcement many boxing fans wanted was made.
Joshua vs. Klitschko, Wembley Stadium in London, April 29.
Maybe then, the boxing world will get to find out how good Joshua really is.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — He's the accidental challenger with a checkered boxing record who, away from the ring, teaches kids with special educational needs at a high school.
Eric Molina, in many ways, is an improbable contender for the world heavyweight title.
The American was a late call-up to fight IBF champion Anthony Joshua after the British boxer's proposed super-fight with Wladimir Klitschko failed to be approved in time.
LONDON (AP) — The World Boxing Association has finally sanctioned a fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko for its "super" heavyweight title.
The fight will take place in the spring of 2017, but only if Joshua beats Eric Molina on Dec. 10 in the British boxer's second defense of his IBF title.
LONDON (AP) — Anthony Joshua's proposed world heavyweight title fight with Wladimir Klitschko in December will not go ahead.
Promoter Eddie Hearn says Klitschko has a "minor injury."
Hearn had announced earlier this month that terms had been "virtually" agreed for a fight between Joshua and Klitschko.
LONDON (AP) — A boxing promoter says a deal is close to being agreed for IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua to fight Wladimir Klitschko.
Klitschko, the former IBF, WBO and WBA champion, would represent the most difficult fight of the undefeated Joshua's professional career.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Tyson Fury's downward slide since becoming world heavyweight boxing champion plunged further Thursday when the British fighter relinquished his titles and had his license suspended over drug use and medical issues.
Fury's promoters said the 28-year-old boxer was giving up his WBO and WBA belts with immediate effect to focus on treatment and recovery from drug use and other personal problems.
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Tyson Fury's license has been suspended by British boxing authorities, hours after the British fighter vacated his world heavyweight titles to concentrate on treatment and recovery from drug use and other personal issues.
The British Boxing Board of Control said in a statement Thursday that Fury had temporarily lost his license "pending further investigation into anti-doping and medical issues."
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury could lose his license on Wednesday when British boxing chiefs discuss the future of the troubled fighter, who has admitted to taking cocaine to deal with manic depression.
The British Boxing Board of Control will hold a meeting in Cardiff and general secretary Robert Smith has said Fury's "recent issues" will be among the subjects up for discussion.
LONDON (AP) — Troubled heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury says he has been bingeing on cocaine and alcohol to deal with manic depression.
The British boxer has not fought since beating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 to claim the WBA, WBO and IBF titles.
A rematch with Klitschko was postponed for a second time last month after Fury was declared "medically unfit."
LONDON (AP) — Three hours after declaring he had retired, troubled world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury took to Twitter again on Monday to announce: "I'm here to stay."
The contradictory tweets came almost two weeks after the British fighter called off his title rematch against Wladimir Klitschko for a second time.
LONDON (AP) — The rematch between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko for the world heavyweight title has been called off for a second time.
Fury's management company, Hennessy Sports, said Friday that the British boxer has "been declared medically unfit to fight" and the Oct. 29 bout in Manchester "will not be going ahead."
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Wladimir Klitschko's manager says Tyson Fury will undergo a doping test before the two fighters meet in their heavyweight rematch next month.
Bernd Boente says doping tests for both fighters are written into the contract for the Oct. 29 fight in Manchester and will be conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, based in Las Vegas.
LONDON (AP) — Tyson Fury's rescheduled heavyweight title rematch against Wladimir Klitschko will take place on Oct. 29 — if the British fighter is cleared by a doping panel before then.
Fury beat Klitschko in November to claim the WBA, WBO and IBF titles. A rematch was originally scheduled for July 9 but was postponed after Fury said he sustained an ankle injury.
LONDON (AP) — World heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury was provisionally suspended in June after testing positive for a banned substance, Britain's anti-doping body said Wednesday.
However, UKAD said in a statement that Fury and his cousin Hughie, a heavyweight boxer who was also suspended, have had their bans lifted "pending full determination of the charges."
The boxers were charged on June 24 over the "presence of a prohibited substance," UKAD said, and...