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Ricky Burns completes Highland charity trek for veterans

WORLD champion Ricky Burns has completed a gruelling 96-mile charity trek along the West Highland Way in just three days.

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Three-time world champion boxer Ricky Burns will support two charities when he walks the West Highland Way in July. Picture: Robert Perry/TSPL

Ricky Burns to walk West Highland Way in fancy dress for charity

Professional boxing is not a sport readily associated with modesty and a desire to help others. But then Ricky Burns has never been your average prize fighter.

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Anthony Joshua holds aloft his IBF world heavyweight belt after defeating Dominic Breazeale. Picture: AP

Anthony Joshua retains title and seals win No 17

Anthony Joshua went 
untested again during his successful defence of his IBF world heavyweight title fight with Dominic Breazeale at London’s Millenium Dome on Saturday night.

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Wladimir Klitschko, left, and Tyson Fury were due to meet in Manchester on 9 July. Picture: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

Injured Tyson Fury calls off rematch with Wladimir Klitschko

Tyson Fury’s world heavyweight re-match with Wladimir Klitschko has been postponed after the British boxer suffered an ankle injury.

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Trevor Berbick, left, and Muhammad Ali trade blows in Nassau during what turned out to be Ali's last bout. Picture: AP

Charles Taylor: I saw The Greatest’s last fight

There was the “Fight of the Century”, the “Rumble in the Jungle”, the “Thrilla in Manila” and last, and certainly least, was the “Drama in Bahama”.

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The flower-strewn hearse is surrounded by fans as it passes the boxers childhood home. Picture: AP

Thousands bid farewell to Muhammad Ali

Around 100,000 people lined the streets of Muhammad Ali’s hometown yesterday to pay their respects to one of the greatest boxers in the history of the sport as he was laid to rest.

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Will Smith, pictured with Muhammad Ali, will be among the pall-bearers at Fridays funeral. Picture: Contributed

Plans for boxing legend Ali’s ‘inclusive’ funeral are revealed

Actor Will Smith and former world heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis will be pallbearers at Muhammad Ali’s funeral, it has been announced.

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Richard Dunn fought Ali in 1976. Picture: Getty

Last British opponent Dunn hails Ali’s ‘charisma and style’

Muhammad Ali’s final British opponent has hailed the “charisma, style and panache” of the man who gave him his greatest night in boxing.

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Muhammad Ali during training for his fight against Brian London. Picture: AP

George Foreman: Ali... ‘the greatest man I ever knew’

GEORGE Foreman tells Tim Dahlberg how he thought the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ would be the easiest fight of his career against the man who later became his friend.

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Rahaman Ali, brother of Muhammad Ali. Picture: AP

‘The whole world’ invited to mourn at Muhammad Ali funeral

THE family of Muhammad Ali has invited the “world” to join together to say farewell to the boxing legend as a massive procession and funeral takes in his US hometown this week.

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Muhammad Ali connects with a right in the ninth round of their title fight against Joe Frazer in Manila. Picture: AP

‘The Greatest’ Muhammad Ali dies aged 74

TO understand the outpouring of grief that has followed the death of Muhammad Ali you really need to know about the journey he made from the backstreets of Louisville, Kentucky to international fame, first achieved by winning the world heavyweight title at the age of just 22, and more importantly, by his stand for civil rights and against the Vietnam War.

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Clown prince or crown prince? Ali could be both, and a whole lot more. Picture: AP

Aidan Smith: Ali changed the world (and invented rap)

Growing up a boy in love with America, and receiving virtually all my information through Marvel Comics, I thought Cassius Clay was made of clay. The first time I heard his name in the school playground I took it literally, presuming him to look like he’d been made out of orange-coloured bricks similar to The Thing, and therefore he’d be very slow and extremely cumbersome.

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Muhammad Ali stands over Sonny Liston after dropping the challenger with a short hard right to the jaw, in Lewiston, Maine, in 1965, in one of his most controversial fights.
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Muhammad Ali’s 10 greatest fights

Muhammad Ali has died aged 74. Here we look at ten of his greatest fights.

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Muhammad Ali arrives at Waterstone's book shop in Edinburgh, for a book signing in November 1993. Picture; TSPL

Muhammad Ali’s extraordinary Edinburgh book signing

It was the most extraordinary book signing in Edinburgh’s history, and it took place at the now defunct Waterstone’s store at the west end of Princes Street.

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Three-weight champion Ricky Burns with wife Amanda after his world-title victory on Saturday.

Ricky Burns celebrates win with McDonalds - then hits gym

Being a professional fighter is never easy, but some boxers opt to make their chosen career harder for themselves than it needs to be.

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Ricky Burns, right, knocks down Michele Di Rocco on his way to winning the vacant WBA World Super-Lightweight title in Glasgow. Picture: Rob Casey/SNS Group

Ricky Burns’ night of glory puts Las Vegas on the horizon

Ricky Burns has obviously developed a taste for making history and appears to be in no mood to stop. On Saturday he produced a dominant performance against the mediocre Michele Di Rocco to add the vacant WBA super-lightweight title to the WBO super-featherweight and lightweight belts he had previously won, making him the first Scot to enjoy global success in three different weight divisions.

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Willie Limond throws a right at Tyrone Nurse, but it was to no avail, the fight was stopped in the ninth.  Picture: Steve Welsh

Willie Limond fails to regain light-welterweight title

Glasgow’s Willie Limond failed in his bid to regain the British light-welterweight title when he was stopped one minute and 54 seconds into the ninth round of his challenge to Tyrone Nurse. The 37-year-old will now almost certainly retire.

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At 37, Willie Limond knows defeat by Tyrone Nurse on Saturday will signal the end of his career. Picture: Steve Welsh

Willie Limond admits defeat will send him into retirement

When Willie Limond climbs through the ropes to challenge Tyrone Nurse for his British light-welterweight belt in the chief support to Ricky Burns’ WBA title fight against Michele Di Rocco in Glasgow’s SSE Hydro tomorrow night, he knows he will either be ending his career or writing yet another chapter in the longest story in Scottish boxing.

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Ricky Burns, left, and Michele Di Rocco at a press conference ahead of their world title clash. Picture: Steve Welsh

I’m no rookie – Michele Di Rocco ahead of Ricky Burns bout

It may be stretching things to describe Michele Di Rocco, at the age of 34, as a rookie but in the rarefied realms of boxing that is exactly what he is.

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