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Martinez regards fight against Cotto as more than just title defense

A 39-year-old who has had two major surgeries on his right knee and two operations to fix his left hand in the past two years, Sergio Martinez had every excuse to leave the ring. Instead, he returns tonight looking to successfully defend his World Boxing Council middleweight title against 33-year-old Miguel Cotto, a fighter and three-division world champion who has had his share of injuries and issues.

Pre-fight jabbing adds intrigue to Cotto-Martinez

No major fight goes without promotions and pictures. But when Miguel Cotto and Sergio Martinez went to the top of the Empire State Building on Monday to promote Saturday’s World Boxing Council middleweight title fight at Madison Square Garden, there had to be some apprehension on the promoters’ part.

Pacquiao, Top Rank extend deal to 2016

The WBO welterweight champion has been with Bob Arum since 2005 and has become one of the sport’s biggest stars, though that partnership has prevented a megafight with Floyd Mayweather from taking place because of Arum’s contentious relationship with Mayweather’s co-manager Al Haymon.

Las Vegas resident Bermane Stiverne wins WBC heavyweight title

LOS ANGELES — Las Vegas resident Bermane Stiverne knocked Chris Arreola down twice in the sixth round and was on the verge of a third knockdown before the fight was stopped and Stiverne was declared the winner by technical knockout, becoming the World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Saturday at the University of Southern California’s Galen Center.