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When I read this morning that the great Hall of Fame former middleweight world champion Jake LaMotta – the “Raging Bull” – had died at age 95, I thought back to the first time I met one of boxing’s fiercest warriors. I was in New York covering a fight in around 2002ish. I was out at a bar in the upper east side of Manhattan with a few boxing people one night during fight week. LaMotta, wearing the big cowboy hat he always wore, came into the place. He knew a few of the people I was with, including promoter Lou DiBella, so he came over to our group to say hello. Then he took off his hat, bent his head over and said to me in deadpan fashion, “Nice to meet you. My name is Robert De Niro.” I am sure he used that line all the time but I got a good laugh out of it. If you don’t get the joke: De Niro famously played LaMotta in the classic Martin Scorsese-directed 1980 film “Raging Bull” and won the Oscar for best actor.

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Abel Sanchez, who trains unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin, strongly felt GGG defeated Canelo Alvarez in their mega fight on Saturday night in Las Vegas. And like everybody he was appalled by the ridiculous 118-110 scorecard Adalaide Byrd turned in in favor of Alvarez, who wound up getting a split draw. Since HBO will replay the bout on Saturday night beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT, Sanchez had this to say on Tuesday: "Now Ms. Byrd will have the chance to see the fight she missed on Sept. 16."

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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Former world featherweight and super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton has signed a deal to work with Matthew Macklin's MTK Global, who will act in an advisory role. Frampton, who split with long-time mentor and promoter Barry McGuigan last month, said in a statement: "MTK are a relatively new organisation and recently celebrated their fifth anniversary. But if you look at what they have already done, they have big-name fighters like Billy Joe Saunders and recruited a lot of boxers from Ireland and I feel that they can get me the best deal with a promoter. There was always the possibility that I could go my own way, but to have someone on your side advising you and getting you the best deal possible is always important and I feel Matthew Macklin and MTK Global can definitely do that." Frampton hopes to fight again before the end of the year.

Nick Parkinson

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Attorney Paul Edelstein, with clients Magomed Abdusalamov and his wife Bakanay, held a news conference Mon. at Madison Square Garden to advocate enactment of "Mago's Law" to improve safety standards for boxers & MMA fighters. Abdusalamov suffered severe brain damage from a 2013 MSG fight that led to a $22 million settlement with NY State 10 days ago.

William Weinbaum, ESPN
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Canelo Alvarez said he absolutely wants a rematch with Gennady Golovkin.

Andres Ferrari, ESPN Editor
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Asegura Saúl "Canelo" Álvarez que la afición fue la que ganó esta noche en su pelea contra Gennady Golovkin.

Carlos Nava, Columnist, ESPN Deportes
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Así sale de la arena Gennady Golovkin, después de asegurar en conferencia de prensa que mereció ganar en la decisión a Saul "Canelo‬" Álvarez.

Carlos Nava, Columnist, ESPN Deportes
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Oscar De La Hoya reacts to the wide scorecard by judge Adalaide Byrd.

Andres Ferrari, ESPN Editor
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