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Three Boxers Missing

By Margaret Lyons in News on Oct 26, 2007 7:35PM


Two Ugandan boxers and one Armenian boxer have disappeared from the AIBA World Boxing Championships. Phillip Adyaku, 25, and Sharif Bogere, 19, of Uganda were reported missing yesterday morning, and Vachagan Avagyan, 25, has been missing since Wednesday night. Also missing? Their luggage. Police don't consider them missing persons because there's no evidence of foul play.

Ready to drop the d-bomb? It's possible the athletes have defected, and it wouldn't be the first time Ugandan athletes fled their teams during international competition. Plus Avagyan's family didn't seem worried when police contacted them, which indicates to authorities that Avagyan is A-OK.

The picture above is from one of this week's bouts, and if that looks like a good time to you, there's still plenty of fights to be had. We tend to be less about punching, more about Chicago history, so we'll settle for a surprisingly absorbing chronicle of the history of boxing in the Windy City.

Pictures of the USA's Shawn Estrada getting flattened by Israel's Artur Zlatopolski by Ed Mulholland/US PRESSWIRE. Estrada wound up winning the fight.