Top 5 boxing stories of 2012

Boxing had one of its best years in a long time in 2012, as it returned to network television, regularly attracted very large crowds, had several massive pay-per-view shows and welcomed several new stars. The news wasn't all good, though. Its biggest star went to jail for a few months, its second-best was knocked cold and lost two in a row and everywhere, it seemed, fighters were testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Sadly, 2012 will also be remembered in boxing for a number of tragedies. The sport lost some of its best and brightest, with boxers such as Johnny Tapia, Corrie Sanders and Hector Camacho dying way too young. Here are the five boxing stories in 2012: — By Kevin Iole

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British boxers triumph on eventful Olympic night The Associated Press

Russia's Artur Beterbiev is declared the winner over the United States' Michael Hunter II during a heavyweight 91-kg preliminary boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Amir Khan (R) And Lamont Peterson Getty Images

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: Amir Khan (R) and Lamont Peterson during a press conference at Hilton London Metropole on March 13, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

Timothy Bradley (R) Has Getty Images

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 09: Timothy Bradley (R) has his hand raised in victory after defeating Manny Pacquiao by split decision to win the WBO welterweight championship at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 9, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)