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Mickey Rourke returns to the boxing ring - and wins

Mickey Rourke

Maria Panina 8:21 AM   Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke picked up his boxing career on Friday night in Moscow at 62 years old -- and beat his far younger opponent in the second round.

Shelley Watts one step from world boxing medal

Shelley Watts during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Commonwealth Games champion Shelley Watts is one fight away from a Women's World Championship boxing medal after outpointing Gulzhaina Ubbiniyazova in Jeju, South Korea.

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Erin McGowan adds weight for world title fight

Erin McGowan and Arlene Blencowe with the WIBA belt.

Chenee Marrapodi   Perth boxer Erin 'The Blueprint' McGowan is stepping into the ring for what is arguably the biggest female bout in Australian boxing history.

Ban over, Gallen vows to move on

The fight with the NRL is over, but Paul Gallen is in training for his next bout, this time in the ring.

Phil Lutton   The battered bridge with NRL boss Dave Smith can be mended, insists Paul Gallen, as the Sharks and NSW captain vows to move on from a forgettable year and return to the rugby league fold.

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Wladimir Klitschko knocks out Kubrat Pulev

Wladimir Klitschko.

World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko knocked out Bulgarian challenger Kubrat Pulev with a fierce left hook in the fifth round on Saturday to retain his IBF title and end his opponent's unbeaten record.

Roy Jones Jr helping Newcastle kids strike a blow

On the ropes: Danny Green takes Roy Jones Jr apart in 2009.

Daniel Lane   The last time future Hall of Fame boxer Roy Jones jnr flew out of Sydney he'd been KO'd by Danny Green in what was billed as the biggest bout in the nation's history and, when he recovered, he alleged the Australian "cheated" to gain victory.

Mundine could give Mayweather the fight of his life, says Jones

Mundine celebrates his victory over Rabchenko.

Daniel Lane   Roy Jones jnr was adamant American superstar Floyd Mayweather jnr would consider Anthony Mundine as the perfect opponent to defend his world junior middleweight titles against because he'd view the Australian as "old and out of his prime".

Fairytales, Floyd and what's next for Mundine

Anthony Mundine celebrates after defeating Sergey Rabhenko

Phil Lutton   Anthony Mundine's upset of former unbeaten prospect Sergey Rabchenko sent the twittersphere into a tizz over a possible meeting with pound-for-pound kingpin Floyd Mayweather. Meanwhile, back on Planet Earth, here's what it all means...

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Gatto basks in Mundine's boxing glory

Winning circle: Anthony Mundine with Brian Amatruda (left) and Mick Gatto.

Timna Jacks   Bruised from the night before, boxer Anthony Mundine celebrates in Carlton's Lygon Street.

Irish chiefs dismiss Keane 'attack' claim

Roy Keane

Republic of Ireland football chiefs came to the defence of assistant manager Roy Keane following reports he allegedly attacked a member of the public outside the team's hotel 48 hours before their European Championship qualifier against Scotland.

Mundine outclasses Belarusian opponent

No letting up: Anthony Mundine celebrates the win on Wednesday night.

Anthony Mundine wound back the clock to outclass Belarusian boxer Sergey Rabchenko and keep his dream of another world title alive.

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Hopkins says not ready to hang up gloves

Kovalev lands a right on Hopkins.

Bernard Hopkins will return to the ring despite suffering a crushing defeat over the weekend to Russian Sergey Kovalev, the 49-year-old former champion said on Tuesday.

Perth boxer Mark de Mori has world title in sights from Croatia

Mark de Mori has bulked up to 110 kilograms since his move to Europe last year.

Simon White   He's the handsome WA athlete with an Italian surname, signed to one of the biggest-name teams in his sport and hoping the next 18 months can deliver a multi-million payday and a much sought-after world title.

Mick Gatto trades friendly punches with Anthony Mundine

Three-time world champion Anthony Mundine sparring with Mick Gatto.

Goya Dmytryshchak   Underworld figure Mick Gatto traded punches with three-time world boxing champion Anthony "The Man" Mundine in a full-size ring in the lounge room of his Lower Plenty home on Saturday.

Bright lights of US distracted Geale

Big show: Daniel Geale lost focus trying to thrill.

Michael Carayannis   Daniel Geale believes he was caught up in trying to put on a good fight for the American public rather than focusing on a game plan to beat Gennady Golovkin.

Sports and Police Minister won't ban cage fighting

'Brutal' business: Luke Rockhold, left, and Michael Bisping stare each other down pre-fight.

Rachel Olding   It isn't just Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping going head-to-head in the infamous octagon cage.

Whittaker's honeymoon put on hold ahead of UFC fight

"We've put off the honeymoon. We'll go for some R&R after the fight": Robert Whittaker.

Michael Carayannis   Robert Whittaker's honeymoon has been put on hold as he jumps into the octagon less than two weeks after marrying.

Paul Gallen facing state-of-mind test

Pressure: Paul Gallen is due to fight again.

Daniel Lane   Besieged Paul Gallen will have his state of mind assessed by Australia's leading fight doctor before his next heavyweight bout after it was reported the Cronulla Sharks captain was on medication to combat depression.

Hayne's switch easier than mine: Mundine

"They love explosive players, he's got great footwork": Mundine on Hayne.

Adrian Warren   Successful dual sports star Anthony Mundine reckons Jarryd Hayne will find it a lot easier to make the transition from rugby league to the NFL than if he was switching to a sport for individuals.

Olympian ready to rumble in UFC octagon

Switch in sports: Dan Kelly lands a right-hander on UFC opponent Fabio Galeb.

Daniel Lane   Dan Kelly represented Australia at the world's oldest, and most revered sports festival on four occasions, but he'll tap into his primal instincts when he makes his debut as an Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter in Sydney on Saturday night .