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Senior writer Bill King writes special projects and covers combat sports and educational programs.

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Some call it ‘the cold war,’ but boxing’s two top promoters call it good business

04 / 21 / 14

Photos by: Getty Inages T here is much to soak in when you enter the posh, new Las Vegas headquarters of boxing promoter Top Rank. Gleaming stone floors, embossed with Top Rank Inc. in block letteri...

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Bellator gets into PPV with big names

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New digs for Vegas fight?

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Fight story lines to watch

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UFC's strange trip to FS1

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09/16/13
How StubHub built a home in sports

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Showtime bout already breaking records

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