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Froch vacates IBF title - DeGale steps in

Froch blamed an injury. Credit: PA

Carl Froch has vacated his IBF super middleweight title as he recovers from the injury that ruled him out of a fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, his promoters have announced.

Mandatory challenger James DeGale will now fight the next available contender for the vacant title.

"It’s been a frustrating couple of weeks with terms agreed for the Chavez fight only for me to be unable to proceed in camp due to injury,” said Froch.

“I know what it’s like to wait for a shot and I didn’t want to hold James up in fighting for a World title.

“James is a great fighter and I hope he can go out and win that title and who knows, we may even meet later in the year.”

Mayweather and Pacquiao meet at NBA game

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao came face-to-face on Tuesday night as speculation continues to mount that a bout between the pair will finally materialise.

The welterweights are considered to be the two greatest fighters of their generation, but despite competing around the same division for a number of years they have never faced off in the ring.

They met in person in Miami, where both watched the Heat's NBA game against the Milwaukee Bucks, and a widely-circulated video shows the pair exchanging a brief conversation before shaking hands and walking away.

It is unclear whether the incident was staged or purely a coincidence.

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Klitschko to fight Jennings in New York

Wladimir Klitschko is set to make the next defence of his world heavyweight title against American Bryan Jennings.

Klitschko will take on American Bryan Jennings at Madison Square Garden in New York. Credit: PA

The bout, scheduled for April 25 at Madison Square Garden in New York, will be the 38-year-old's first in America in seven years.

Klitschko, who holds three of the four major belts, said in a statement: "It will be a tough challenge but I am especially happy to be fighting in New York again."

Klitschko's fight against Jennings will represent his the 18th defence of his second reign as champion, and his first since stopping Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in November.

Jennings only made his professional debut in 2010 and has won all 19 of his professional bouts, although he needed a split decision to edge Mike Perez in his last bout in July.

The Philadelphian will bid to become the second reigning American world heavyweight champion after Deontay Wilder's WBC title win over Bermane Stiverne at the weekend.

Mayweather v Pacquiao edging closer

Both fighters have beated English boxer Ricky Hatton. Credit: PA

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao may be moving closer to agreeing terms for a long-awaited bout.

The pair, who both beat Ricky Hatton before the Mancunian retired, have long been considered two of the best fighters of their generation but have never met in the ring.

However, that may be about to change after Pacquiao's agent Fred Sternburg hinted to BBC Sport that talks between them were progressing.

Pacquiao is an eight-division world champion. Credit: PA

Sternburg denied that terms had already been agreed for a May showdown in Las Vegas, but added: "There is still a long way to go. At least the movement has been in a positive direction."

Mayweather, unbeaten after 47 professional fights, and Pacquiao, an eight-division world champion, have tried and failed in the past to reach an agreement, but with them now 37 and 36-years-old respectively there may not be too many chances left.

Muhammad Ali released from hospital

Ali spent two weeks in hospital battling a severe urinary tract infection. Credit: Reutrers

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali was released from hospital late on Tuesday after battling a severe urinary tract infection.

Ali was admitted on December 21st with what was initially thought to be pneumonia.

Family spokesman Bob Gunnell said: "The Ali family greatly appreciates the outpouring of support and continued well wishes.

"They also want to thank the team of doctors and nurses for their exceptional care."

Ali will celebrate his 73rd birthday on January 17th.

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