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

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Top Rank likes its odds on growing in China

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 10 / 06 / 14

When boxing promoter Top Rank put on its first fight emanating from a casino resort off the coast of mainland China 18 months ago, it looked like little more than the natural migration of big-event boxing to a region that features the world’s fastest-growing economy. “People in Americ...

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