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Family, friends mourn loss, pursue change as Brayd Smith is laid to rest

A certain danger looms every time a fighter enters the ring.

The risk of a father losing his son, a son losing his father, or a brother losing his. Boxing, despite the many prominent female fighters, is a "man's game" by definition. The sport of boxing demands an ascetic lifestyle. For some fighters, a left jab is their late-night bite to eat and one of the first things they'll encounter when they wake up in the morning. That is the life for some professional fighters.

That wasn't Brayd Smith.

Smith was a 23-year-old man from Toowoomba, Queensland in Australia. He had a girlfriend, with whom he was loving and devout. He was targeting a law degree, and was within months from attaining that. His goal wasn't to feed a family off of pugilism but to indulge in the freedoms it offered. He didn't need boxing to survive, and boxing didn't save him from any harm. Yet, Braydon Smith aspired to justify the sport of boxing.

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Mayweather Vs. Pacquiao Press Conference quotes

Sports fans will be treated to the fight that has captured the attention of the entire world when boxing's pound-for-pound king Floyd "Money" Mayweather steps into the ring to face eight-division world champion Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao in an epic welterweight world championship unification bout. The much-anticipated mega-fight will take place Saturday, May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc., the pay-per-view telecast will be co-produced and co-distributed by SHOWTIME PPV® and HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT.

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Thurman and Broner kick things off for PBC

Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions organisation kicks off in style on Saturday, with a quality double-header featuring a world-class welterweight battle and also the return of the most controversial star in the sport.  More importantly, it sees big-time boxing back on terrestrial television in the U.S., as it features on NBC TV and is the first in a series of shows to be aired on the network during 2015.  The line-up for the first card is excellent and should get the series off to a flying start.  It all takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, which will be the venue for the upcoming superfight between Mayweather and Pacquiao.

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Frampton goes terrestrial

At last, after many years in the wilderness, boxing is making a comeback to one of the two mainstream television channels in the UK.  ITV is dipping its toes back into the boxing water by showcasing Belfast's Carl Frampton this Saturday night on its main channel.  Frampton is in action against American Chris Avalos and is defending his IBF super-bantamweight belt in the process.  Although Channel 5 has been showing boxing fairly regularly over the past couple of years, that channel is still considered subservient to the traditional main channels, BBC1 and ITV.  It is a crucial weekend then for our sport in Britain and who better to represent us than the brilliant Ulsterman Frampton.  The show takes place at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast and, as is always the case, the place will be jumping!

If Chris Avalos has his way, this will be a "one and done" return to the mainstream for us, as a win for the visitor will surely curtail further involvement from ITV.  He is certainly a live challenger for Frampton, who will have to be on his game in order to successfully defend his title.  Luckily for us, Frampton is always on his game.  With the ever popular Barry McGuigan running his camp and Barry's son Shane in his corner, what could possibly go wrong?  Hang on, this is boxing, let us not count those chickens too soon.

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