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Thailand’s Prisoners Fight Foreigners in Attempt to Win Freedom

A competition called "Prison Fight" backed by Thailand's Department of Corrections allows inmates to fight foreign opponents in organized matches. Victory brings them money, glory and, perhaps, a chance at freedom — though fighting skills are taken into account, so are factors like good behavior and time served

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Madonna Donates to Detroit After ‘Inspiring’ Visit

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The pop icon is giving money to a boxing gym and a charter school in her troubled hometown

Madonna is donating money to support youth in her hometown of Detroit after being “inspired by the progress she’s witnessed thus far after a recent visit,” the pop star announced in a press release Tuesday.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee will donate funding toward a new facility for Detroit’s Downtown Boxing Gym—where the kids, she says, have a 100% high school graduation rate—and the Detroit Achievement Academy charter school, which she’ll buy “new equipment, art and music supplies including speakers, iPods, iPads and Smart Boards for each classroom.”

Racked by years of decay and a faltering economy, Detroit is currently undergoing the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history. Madonna called this “the first phase of a long-term commitment” to invest in the Motor City.

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And America’s Highest Paid Athlete Is…

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Floyd Mayweather reacts to his unanimously decided victory over Marcos Maidana during their fight on May 3, 2014. Harry How—Getty Images

Boxer Floyd Mayweather tops Fortune‘s and Sports Illustrated‘s Fortunate 50 list of the America’s highest paid athletes for the third time.

Mayweather, a 37-year-old five-division world champion, earns a total of $105 million from his salary alone—he doesn’t even have endorsement deals. The staggering sum comes from a mere 72 minutes of fighting time against Canelo Alvarez and Marcos Maidana, Forbes reports.

In second is Miami Heat’s LeBron James with $57 million total earnings, and in third, Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant with $50 million total earnings.

Tiger Woods, who is ranked 7th with $35 million total earnings, had occupied the no. 1 spot every year from 2004, when the list debuted, until 2011.

[Fortune]

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Boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter Dies at 76

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Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, left, knocks out Italian boxer Fabio Bettini in the 10th and last round of their fight at the Falais Des Sports in Paris, Feb. 23, 1965. AP

Boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, who attracted attention for fighting a wrongful murder conviction that sent him to prison for 19 years, was 76

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the famous boxer who served 19 years in prison before his exoneration after being wrongfully convicted of murder, died at home Sunday at age 76.

Carter’s friend and former co-defendant John Artis confirmed the news to the Associated Press. Carter died in his sleep after a battle with prostate cancer.

Carter was twice convicted of shooting three people in a Paterson, N.J., bar in 1966, two years after losing boxing’s middleweight championship. Prosecutorial misconduct involving racial bias and withheld evidence led both verdicts to be overturned in 1985.

Carter’s quest to clear his name attracted international attention. Amnesty International called him a “prisoner of conscience,” and the case inspired Bob Dylan to write the protest song “Hurricane.” The story of Carter’s life was turned into a Hollywood film, The Hurricane, in 1999, starring Denzel Washington.

[AP]

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George Zimmerman’s Epic Boxing Match With DMX Has Been Canceled

George Zimmerman Appears Before Judge On Recent Aggravated Assault Charges
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The rapper will not get to stop, drop, shut Zimmerman down after all

It was going to be a matchup for the ages, but the promoter behind George Zimmerman’s fight with DMX has K.O.’ed the bout.

Zimmerman’s promoter Damon Feldman has decided to forego “a lot of money” and cancel the controversial fight, according to his Twitter feed, because he’s concerned with hurting people’s feelings.

The former neighborhood watchman, found not guilty last year in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, said boxing was a hobby, and promoter Feldman had an open notice out to potential opponents. DMX won the bid and told TMZ, “I am going to beat the living f–k out him … I am breaking every rule in boxing to make sure I f–k him right up.”

Where the hood, where the hood where the hood at? Not in a boxing ring with George Zimmerman, apparently. Here’s how Feldman revealed his decision:

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