Jimmy Peau dies, aged 54

Peau, who won gold for New Zealand in the superheavyweight division in Edinburgh in 1986, recently underwent brain surgery.

Born in Samoa as Ti'a James Senio Peau, he grew up in Auckland.

After his Commonwealth Games success as an amateur, which also included the Australian heavyweight title, Peau turned professional in 1988 and fought under the name Jimmy Thunder.

Peau won two world heavyweight belts during his career - the WBF in 1993 and IBO in 1994.

He was famous for knocking out American Crawford Grimsley with his first punch in 1997.

Evander, Pacquiao inspire Holyfield

Holyfield is the son of all-time cruiserweight and heavyweight great Evander Holyfield, while his brother Elijah is part of the Carolina Panthers practice squad on his rookie season in the NFL.

When they were children, there was briefly a possibility of Elijah following his sibling's career path – naturally with some final pointers from their father and a touch of sparring before entering the Georgia Games - a community multi-sport event in their home state.

Molina handed two-year ban

The American took an in-competition test after a third-round knockout defeat to Joshua, with positive results for the prohibited substance.

Molina had already been handed a provisional suspension in October, and UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has now confirmed that he will be banned for two years, with the sanction backdated to the start of that temporary sentence.

UKAD chief Nicole Sapstead said: "Every athlete is solely responsible for what is in their system and must adhere to the strict liability principle.

Samoan boxer to fight for vacant WBO belt

The President of Samoa's South Pacific Professional Boxing Federation, Ale Vena Ale, says Farani will be rated fifth in the world if he wins.

"Under the contract if he wins we will make a call and his first defence will also be in Beijing in China. His opponent is a guy called Max Singh. He's got four fights [and] four wins - he's a newly upcoming Chinese boxer".

Tavu'i competed in the main Super 8 competition in Christchurch earlier this year.

Boxing bout in Apia gets Samoan sponsor

The Samoa Government says its international finance agency has been accepted as the naming rights sponsor for Mr Parker's 'rumble in paradise' fight.

It says the Finance Authority will benefit through the broadcast exposure, the branding rights, and having its logo displayed around the boxing ring.

The Government says the benefits for Samoa include gym visits by Mr Parker and an opportunity to develop boxing in the country.

It says the fight will also attract tourists.

The Government says it wants to establish Samoa as a location for major events.