A rich man from the East named Dr. Wu wants to rule the world of boxing. Dr who?

He's Dr. C K Wu, the 68-year-old  English-educated billionaire from Taiwan who has just been re-elected for his third term as president of AIBA, aka the International Boxing Association, which controls what used to be called amateur boxing and is responsible for the sport in the Olympic Games.
It is surely no coincidence that as the world celebrates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall the world of boxing increasingly witnesses the rise of the heavy mob from Eastern Europe who have taken over what is still regarded as the richest prize in sport.

The fact that in Hamburg tomorrow night (Sat) a world heavyweight championship will be contested by a Kazakhstan-born Ukrainian and a Bulgarian from Sofia is indicative of the way boxing has been heading since the wall came down and the Iron Curtain was lifted.
The Alien versus The Krusher sounds like something you would expect to witness in a WWE free-for-all rather than a WBA or WBO ringfest. But when the two boxers who rejoice in those respective noms du guerre clash in Atlantic City tomorrow night it will be the most fascinating match-up of the year. And one that could be frighteningly explosive.

Bernard Hopkins, a thoroughbred old warhorse who has ditched his earlier appendage as The Executioner in favour of The Alien (don't ask me why), encounters Sergey 'Krusher' Kovalev, the ruthless Russian who has earned his own nickname by being arguably the most destructive banger in the game.
The death in South Africa of a female boxer reinforces my long-held personal view that this is not a sport for women.

It seems especially tragic that a young woman has died as a result of being knocked out during a recent fight in what has been a wretched week for South African sport.
Boxing has its critics – and I've taken a few whacks on the chin defending what I still believe is the Noble Art – but I can assure you of one thing:  It isn't bent.

And not a lot of sports can say that these days.
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The news from America sounds grim. Muhammad Ali, who has been suffering from Parkinson's for almost three decades now, is said to be desperately unwell and according to somefamily members is not expected to live much longer.

When 72-year-old Ali finally passes away it will be one of the saddest blows boxing has ever suffered. No sports figure has been more universally loved.
I was delighted this week to secure the massive domestic showdown between Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr for my bumper 'Bad Blood' card at the ExCel, London on 29th November. It goes without saying that this was possibly the hardest negotiation process for any fight I have staged in my 30+ year career in boxing! However this was a fight that the fans wanted and we went above and beyond to deliver it. I'm sure everyone is now is looking forward to it taking place on without doubt one of the strongest top to bottom cards to take place in the UK in many years that will air live and exclusive on the Channel of Champions BoxNation (Sky 437/HD 490, Virgin 546 and Talk Talk 525).
A big happy birthday to BoxNation who've defied the doubters and staved off a few initial teething problems to celebrate its third anniversary this weekend.

Several within the fight industry forecast a short life span for the boxing only subscription channel and were penning my ring obituary when I opted to go solo and launch the Channel of Champions in September 2011.
Argentine scavenger Marcos Maidana took the 'hungry fighter' tag a tad too literally last weekend when he seemingly munched the left glove of Floyd Mayweather in round eight of their BoxNation televised rematch from the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. Ironically, Mike Tyson was a famished looking ringside observer.

Without in anyway condoning 'Chino's' barbaric action, his frustration was understandable. May weather was on a completely different plane and led him a merry dance. No signs of recess from where I was sitting.
Floyd Mayweather Jnr, already acknowledged as the finest prize fighter of his generation, now craves to be acknowledged as 'TBE'; The Best Ever.

The 11 time world champion is fast closing in on Rocky Marciano's hallowed 49-0 winning streak, a feat that would add real credence to his boasts.

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