The woman, who asked the court to remain anonymous, filed her complaint in early January under a temporary New York state law allowing victims of sexual assault to seek civil damages regardless of the statute of limitations.
Tyson spent three years in jail beginning in 1992 after being found guilty of raping model Desiree Washington, who was 18 at the time.
In a short affidavit dated December 23, 2022, the plaintiff states that she met the boxer at a nightclub “in the early 1990s,” and then followed him into his limousine, where he allegedly assaulted her before raping her.
“As a result of Tyson’s rape, I suffered and continue to suffer from physical, psychological and emotional injury,” she said.
By late Tuesday, Tyson had not issued any public statement.
Born in Brooklyn in 1966, Tyson had a turbulent childhood before becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion in the 1980s, terrifying his opponents with his fury in the ring and phenomenal punching power.
But after his prison sentence, he could not retain his titles.
In a notorious 1996 matchup, Tyson bit off a piece of his opponent Evander Holyfield’s ear.
Gripped by depression and addiction, he continued to make headlines, notably for a one-man show in which he described his life’s many ups and downs.
He has recently launched into the cannabis industry with his own brand of marijuana products and hosts a podcast
WWE is in an interesting spot with Tyson Fury as the two sides want to work together, but there are some challenges in the way.
As previously reported by The US Sun, WWE wants Fury to make an appearance at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view on January 28 ahead of a possible match at WrestleMania 39. It’s unclear who WWE wants him to wrestle at the show in April. (Watch Video Here)
The odds of these plans happening are considered slim as Fury is banned from entering the United States due to links with alleged Irish mob boss Daniel Kinahan. Fury is losing millions of dollars from not being able to make the appearances. WWE may book him at one of their international shows in 2023.
Fury made his in-ring debut (Watch Video Here) at WWE Crown Jewel in 2019 by defeating Braun Strowman via count out.
In the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer reported that according to one major source, the person couldn’t say the story wasn’t true but was not something talked about. (Watch Video Here)
“It was noted that Fury was not willing to put people over or even look vulnerable, and if he were to be in the Rumble as a surprise, what would he do and how does it even make sense for him to do a quick Rumble cameo given the amount of money it would cost to use him,” Meltzer wrote.
If WWE can get Fury to appear at WrestleMania, then that would be just another big get for them as they hope to have The Rock wrestle Roman Reigns at the show in addition to having Steve Austin and John Cena wrestle. (Watch Video Here)
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British boxing superstar Anthony Joshua said he would be ready to fight world champion and compatriot, Tyson Fury, in December after he was issued a public challenge Monday to fight a “Battle of Britain” for the WBC heavyweight boxing belt.
Joshua, 32, suffered a second straight loss to Ukraine’s WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO champion Oleksandr Usyk in a title rematch in Saudi Arabia last month and has said he wants to return to the ring before the end of the year.
Fury announced last April that he was fulfilling a promise to his wife to retire but has subsequently said he will fight again.
“I think you’ve all heard that I am going to be fighting soon within the next few months,” Fury said in a video directed at the former champion on social media.
“Anthony Joshua, I know you’ve just lost a fight to Usyk and you’re bout-less at the moment, and I’d like to give you an opportunity to fight me for the WBC heavyweight championship of the world and the lineal championship in the next few months.
“You’re coming off a 12-round fight, so you’re match fit, you’re ready. I’m giving you a few months’ notice,” added the 34-year-old.
Usyk said after the fight in Jeddah that he was only interested in a bout with Fury but media reports have said he will not fight again this year in order to rest and spend time with his family.
“If you’re interested I’ll send you the date over and we can rumble,” Fury told Joshua in the video.
“A Battle of Britain for the WBC heavyweight championship of the world. Let me know if you’re interested, if not I will select another opponent.”
Joshua responded saying he would be ready to fight if Fury stuck to his word.
“I don’t do online discussions just for clout,” Joshua wrote on an Instagram story. “So if you’re really about it, shout @258mgt (Joshua’s management company). I’ll be ready in December.”
John Fury has revealed the only fight that would tempt his son, Tyson Fury, back into the ring would be the long-awaited showdown with fellow British fighter, Anthony Joshua, reports dailymail.co.uk.
The WBC heavyweight champion has insisted repeatedly that his boxing days are behind him after walking away from the sport to spend more time with his family after his victory over Dillian Whyte in April.
The 33-year-old could, however, be tempted by a return to the ring to fight the winner of Oleksandr Usyk vs Joshua, who will meet in their rematch in August with the Ukrainian’s IBF, WBO and WBA titles on the line.
Fury has denied reports previously that he is already in talks to fight the winner and his dad has now come out to reveal that he will remain retired unless fellow Brit Joshua wins the rematch in August.
‘‘Yes. Nobody else will. To be honest with you, he’s never come out the gym,’’ John Fury told the Metro.
“He’s obsessed with training at the moment, twice a day, every day. I’ve been participating in some of it myself.
“He enjoys training, the pressure is off and he loves the gym life. He’s turned into a gym rat basically. It’s funny to see but he is.
“He’s super fit and he’s enjoying his time out the ring. Whether it’s going to be permanent or not, it’s up to him. He says he’s retired but you never know with Tyson.
“He’s training very hard for a retired man in my book. But that’s up to him, we’ll see in the future.”
The 32-year-old bounced back after his last defeat and will be hoping to do the same this time after he was heavily criticised for failing to use his size to his advantage after the rematch was confirmed for Saudi Arabia on August 20.
A formal announcement of the hundred-million-dollar plus deal for Joshua v Usyk II will be made early next week.
The Middle East Kingdom is poised to invest even more extravagantly in the Gypsy King’s return from brief retirement for a spectacular outing, which they regard as ‘the next Rumble In The Jungle.’
The bid by Fury, as holder of the WBC title, to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion, is being pitched for between the World Cup semifinals and Final in Qatar, probably on December 17, while tens of thousands of football fans are in the Middle East.
A source close to the Saudi Royal family says: “This is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ambitious Vision 2030 project to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors to the Kingdom alike, leading towards net zero carbon emission.
“The Crown Prince wants the world to recognise Saudi Arabia as much more than an oil country, of which sports and culture are an integral part.”
The mega-bucks deal has been brokered for the Saudi government by long-time boxing fan, Prince Khaled bin Abdulaziz, through Skill Challenge Entertainment, who have secured the global rights for Joshua v Usyk.
Fury added: “He’s a big strong guy and it was only a game plan that let him down last time and Usyk, even though he got the decision, he knew he was in a fight. He was smashed to bits was Usyk.
“So, all AJ has to do is tweak a few things and sheer size and power wins. He needs to get his mind right though as that’s the key to unlocking it all. I believe he can do it.
“He’s got a funny way of doing things. He beat Ruiz in Saudi on the return so why not? If anyone’s capable its AJ. “I hope he does win and who knows, a fight against him might just tempt Tyson.”
Unbeaten Dmitry Bivol retained his WBA light-heavyweight world title with a unanimous points decision over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Saturday, handing the Mexican superstar just the second defeat of his career.
Russia’s Bivol, 31, improved to 20-0 with 11 knockouts while multiweight champion Alvarez, the pound-for-pound king who went in a heavy favorite, fell to 57-2 with two draws.
His only other defeat was to Floyd Mayweather at light-middleweight in 2013.
Alvarez made boxing history in November when he stopped Caleb Plant to become the first man to unite all four super middleweight world title belts.
He had fought at light-heavyweight before, stopping Sergey Kovalev in the 11th round to win the WBO 175-pound title in November 2019.
But there would be no late heroics against Bivol, who pressured Alvarez relentlessly throughout the bout and never appeared to be hurt seriously by the Mexican, who struggled to get past Bivol’s guard.
“He hurt my arm,” Bivol said, displaying a bruised upper arm that absorbed a string of punches.
“I felt his power, you can see on my arm. He beat my arm up — but not my head.”
All three judges — Tim Cheatham, Dave Moretti, and Steve Weisfeld — scored the bout 115-113 for Bivol.
“I prove myself today, I’m the best (in my division),” Bivol said.
“Thank you, Eddie Hearn,” he added in a nod to the promoter, “sorry I broke your plans with Gennadiy Golovkin.”
That was a reference to the planned third fight between Alvarez and Golovkin, which had been tentatively planned for September.
It was a massive disappointment for the pro-Alvarez crowd at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, who were pulling for a Mexican victory on the Cinco de Mayo holiday weekend.
While Alvarez was feted with Mexican flags and Mariachi music, the Russian national anthem wasn’t played and Russian flags were banned inside the arena because of the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
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Bivol said the crowd’s partisan cheers whenever Alvarez seemed to be gaining ground “gave me more energy.”
Alvarez landed a big uppercut to Bivol’s chin to end the fourth round. But his aggressive start to the fifth yielded little as Bivol turned the tables with a big flurry in the middle of the round and closed with a punishing left hand.
Bivol fought a disciplined fight, keying a steady attack with a piston-like jab that opened the door for powerful combinations.
Alvarez was put on the defensive, and the naturally lighter fighter couldn’t find a way to respond.
By the seventh round his face was bruised, his feet looked slow and as the fight wore on his punches lacked their usual power.
– ‘I lost, he won’ – When a weary Alvarez ducked his head under Bivol’s arm in the 11th round, the Russian leaned over and let himself be lifted off the ground.
Alvarez tried to pour it on in the 12th, but his combinations made little impression on the remorseless Bivol.
“He’s a very good fighter,” Alvarez said. “He comes in, goes out. He managed his distance really well. That’s boxing.
“He’s a great champion,” Alvarez added. “I lost. He won.”
Although he had no complaint with the decision, Alvarez said he wanted a rematch.
“Of course, I want the rematch,” Alvarez said. “This doesn’t end here.”
“Rematch? No problem,” Bivol said. “Let’s talk about that. I want respect as the champion.”
Will Tyson Fury really retire from professional boxing?
This past Saturday in front of 94,000 screaming fans at Wembley Stadium, Tyson Fury defended his WBC and lineal heavyweight world championship against challenger Dillian Whyte. At times it seemed as if Whyte had the right idea in terms of trying to find ways to land to the body, but his execution left something to be desired. For the most part Fury made it look fairly easy, comfortably outboxing the challenger without much issue. Fury was exhibiting good footwork and movement, and he was effective when it came to neutralizing Whyte’s attacks. Things came to an end in round 6 when Fury nailed Whyte with a nice uppercut that sent him down hard. Whyte tried beating the count, but his legs were gone and the referee stopped the fight. Fury had successfully defended his heavyweight championship.
In the post fight interview, Fury continued to suggest that this may well have been his final bout inside the squared circle. In boxing it is not uncommon for high profile champions to change their minds after a retirement, with some boxers, like the great Sugar Ray Leonard for example, returning to action following several retirements throughout his career. Fury is skilled in the art of self promotion, so perhaps this is just a ploy. Or perhaps he is serious and will later change his mind and decide to return to boxing. Or maybe Fury is 100% serious, and perhaps his title defense against Whyte will indeed be the final fight in his professional boxing career. Should Fury continue with his career, however, there is one logical fight left that may entice him to hang around just a little longer, and that would be a fight against the winner of the upcoming rematch between unified IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk and former two time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
Will Tyson Fury really retire from professional boxing? Or does he have one big mega fight left against the winner of the Usyk vs Joshua rematch?
This edition of Rummy’s Corner will attempt to answer that question, while also providing a quick recap into a few of the more memorable fights during the career of The Gypsy King, Tyson Fury. For one fan’s opinion, please watch and enjoy the video. This is Rummy’s Corner.
Dillian Whyte says WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury used an “illegal” two-handed push to aid his sixth-round knockdown, resulting in ‘Body Snatcher’ hitting the back of his head when he fell last Saturday night.
It’s unclear whether Whyte hit his head on the canvas as he maintains, as the Top Rank highlight on YouTube doesn’t include the knockdown for some odd reason.
It freezes and shows a still picture of Whyte on the canvas. ESPN’s replay doesn’t show the knockdown either. Again, it’s unclear why the most crucial sequence of the fight wasn’t shown.
Whyte (28-3, 19 KOs) says the referee should have given him time to recover from the knockdown because it was caused in part by an illegal two-handed shove.
“When the uppercut landed, I was buzzed, and he proper full-on pushed me, and I fell over, and I hit my head on the canvas, which is illegal. This isn’t wrestling; this is boxing,” said Dillian Whyte to Sky Sports Boxing in reflecting on his sixth-round knockout loss last Saturday against Tyson Fury.
In looking at the replay, there was a clear two-handed push on Fury’s part, which toppled the hurt Whyte. Fury didn’t need to push Whyte.
The push was unneeded on Fury’s part, and it’s too bad that he deserted to this move to help him score a knockdown of Whyte.
Given that a push led to the knockout, one can understand where Whyte is coming from in feeling that he should have been allowed time to recover from the knockdown. After all, this isn’t big-time wrestling where fighters can shove their opponents to the canvas.
Fury’s fans likely aren’t going to feel sorry for Whyte, as they’re just happy their hero won. However, if you’re objective about it, Whyte probably should have been given time to recover because it wasn’t a simple one-handed push that Fury gave him.
Unfortunately, Fury used two hands to shove Whyte to the canvas, and if Dillian did hit his head, as he says, that might be why he was so hurt when he got back to his feet.
“But as usual, they let Tyson Fury do what he wants and get away with it,” said Whyte. “I should have been allowed extra time to recover and carry on fighting.”
Fury was doing a lot of wrestling in the fight, forcing Whyte against the ropes, and leaning on him without throwing punches. Whyte tried to get Fury to stop resting on him by tapping him in the back of the head, but it was no use.
The referee should have stopped his mauling tactics from Fury by peeling him off of Whyte because it looked like Fury was turning the fight into a wrestling match during those instances.
“He pushed me and then went and said to the referee, ‘Don’t let the fight carry on.’ I hope he doesn’t retire because I want another go,” said Whyte.
TMZ Sports posted a brief clip of 55-year-old Mike Tyson throwing a blizzard of punches on a passenger seated behind him. Moments before, the happy-looking passenger was seen leaning forward, speaking to Tyson, who was facing forward.
It’s unclear whether Tyson tried contacting one of the airline personnel to complain about the passenger before he unloaded on him.
According to reports, Tyson was flying from [SFO] San Franciso International airport in the Bay Area in Northern California to Florida.
Tyson was on a Jet Blue flight going from San Francisco International Airport to Florida. A witness told TMZ that the passenger was seen talking with Tyson and ended up taking a selfie.
“We’re told the man who was punched received medical attention and then went to the police over the incident. We’ve reached out to cops for comment, but so far, no word back yet,” Fight News reported.
It’s unclear what the passenger said to Tyson to get him to start swinging, but apparently, he’d had enough to where he went off on the guy.
It would be interesting to what how this thing ends. According to reports, the passenger went to the police about the incident.
Tyson hasn’t fought in a couple of years since his exhibition match against Roy Jones Jr. in 2020. Before that, his professional career ended way back in 2005 after losing to Kevin McBride by a fifth-round stoppage.
Unified lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr. says he’s going to “strip” Devin Haney of his WBC title and his “career” on June 5th when they meet for the undisputed championship at the Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.
Kambosos Jr. (20-0, 10 KOs) says June 5th can’t get here quick enough because he wants to beat Haney (27-0, 15 KOs) to pick up his “half piece” of the WBC lightweight title to earn the right to call himself the undisputed champion in the division.
Despite missing the last piece in the puzzle with the WBC strap, Kambosos Jr. has been referring to himself as the “undisputed champion” at lightweight. Still, he’s technically one title short of earning that prestigious achievement.
But like the champion before him, Teofimo Lopez, Kambosos still says he’s the undisputed champion. To be sure, it’s a little strange, but Kambosos takes after Teofimo with his supreme confidence, so it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise that he’s embellishing his credentials a bit.
“I’m the undisputed champion of the world, and I’ve got all these beautiful belts, but that’s not what it’s about,” said George Kambosos Jr. “It’s about my legacy and the love of the sport and the love of fighting. I love to fight.
“If Devin Haney walked through that door right now, I would fight right now. Get in the ring, and we’ll fight right now. That’s how well I prepare for these big fights.
“June 5th is just another day in my life. Every fight is my toughest fight. I take it that I’m fighting the best of the best. Devin Haney is a good name, a big name in the sport of boxing.
“He holds that half a piece, and I can’t wait to not only strip him of that half a piece but to strip him of his career as I’ve done with so many prior opponents that I’ve had. Hardest fight? We’ll see June 5th, but for me, I stay focused and hungry at what I do best.
“I’m very excited because this will settle the score for the belt that he’s been gifted that he never had the pleasure of winning inside of the ropes,” Kambosos said of Haney.
“This is the perfect opponent. They talk about the ‘Four Kings.’ Well, I took out the main guy in Teofimo Lopez. We all know that Lomachenko was supposed to happen, and that shows the kind of fighter I am.
“Unfortunately, Lomachenko couldn’t be here. So give me the next best guy. I could have fought anyone. Haney is not my mandatory. I could have fought anybody, but I wanted Devin Haney. Let’s get this deal done, and we did it. We got the deal done; we got it across the line.
“We’re here for June 5th, no return. I just can’t wait because on June 5th, it’s on,” said Kambosos.
But Poirier, who now has a UFC record of 27-6, used low calf kicks in an effort to put McGregor (22-5) off his usual ferocious stand-up game – and it worked.
American underdog Dustin Poirier has shaken up the world of mixed martial arts by beating up the legs of Irish superstar Conor McGregor before knocking him out at UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi.
“I’m happy but I’m not surprised. I put in the work,” Poirier on Sunday after the referee stepped in after two minutes and 32 seconds of the second round to save McGregor from further damage after he was dropped by a fierce combination of punches.
Poirier, 32, was ranked second in the lightweight division going into the fight, but still rated a heavy underdog by bookmakers to beat his fourth-ranked opponent, arguably the most famous fighter the sport has seen.
The controversial McGregor, known as “Notorious”, was returning to the octagon for the first time in a year and hoping for a repeat of the pair’s first contest in 2014, which he won by TKO after just 109 seconds.
“First off I want to say Conor took this result professionally. We’re 1-1 and maybe we’re going to have to do it again,” said Poirier, hinting at the prospect of a trilogy fight.
“I’m happy with the place I am in. I’m happy with the face I see in the mirror. The goal was to be technical and to pick my shots, not brawl at all. I had him hurt and I went a little crazy.”
Worked the legs McGregor likes to call himself “Mystic Mac” and had spent the week leading into the fight predicting he would end it inside 60 seconds.
But he met a different Poirier to the one who had looked overmatched when the pair previously met at UFC 178 at the lighter featherweight.
Poirier worked the legs and took McGregor down into a grapple for much of the first round – avoiding a boxing face-off against a man who once shared the ring with Floyd Mayweather and had touted a future fight against Manny Pacquiao.
Poirier then found his range in the second, weakening McGregor’s base with more calf kicks before exploding for the shock finish.
He staggered McGregor with a big overhand left and then dropped him to the canvas with a straight right flush on the Irishman’s nose before referee Herb Dean waved it off.
“You know, it’s hard to overcome inactivity over long periods of time,” said McGregor, who had not fought since beating Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds last January.
“The low calf kick was very good but Dustin is some fighter,” said McGregor.
“I’ll dust it off and come back because that’s what I’ll do. I’ll take my licks. I’m gutted, it’s a tough one to swallow. I just want to go back to the hotel and chill with my kids and regroup.”
The second-ranked Poirier is now in prime position to either inherit or fight for the UFC’s lightweight belt, most recently held by the now-retired unbeaten Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“I felt like this was the title fight. If Khabib’s not coming back then I’m the champion,” said Poirier.
UFC President Dana White had made no secret of the fact that he would like to see Nurmagomedov, who retired undefeated after beating Justin Gaethje last October, come back for a lucrative rematch with McGregor.
White was in immediate contact with Nurmagomedov to see if he had seen anything that would entice him back into the octagon, but he said the undefeated Dagestani was apparently sticking by his decision to retire, for the time being at least.
“He said ‘Dana, be honest with yourself. I’m so many levels above these guys. I beat these guys’,” White told a media conference as he watched what would undoubtedly have been a very lucrative pay-per-view event slip away.
Saturday’s fight was held inside the new Etihad Arena on the “Fight Island” bio-secure sporting hub of Yas Island, which Abu Dhabi’s government established last July.
The three UFC events staged over the past week have been the first to allow fans to sit cage-side, with about 2,000 in attendance for the main event.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is an American mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion company based in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is owned and operated by Endeavor Group Holdings along with Silver Lake Partners, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and MSD Capital via Zuffa, LLC.
The 31-year-old world heavyweight champion could be approaching the most significant period of his career, with ongoing negotiations about two massive unification fights against Tyson Fury in 2021.
Heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, has admitted he is “coming towards the end of my career”.
According to him, he will have a maximum of “five years left” in the sport before retiring.
Since making his pro debut in 2013, Joshua has become a two-time champion, having regained his WBA, IBF and WBO titles in a 2019 rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr before defending them with a knockout win over Kubrat Pulev last month.
“This isn’t the start of my career. I’m coming towards the end of my career,” Joshua told NoRM‘s known Media
“I’m not someone who lives in the moment and thinks that everything is just like for now. I’m always planning ahead so I’m coming towards the end of my career.
“Five years left and that’s basically an Olympic cycle. I’ve got an Olympic cycle and a little bit more left, so when you see the next Olympics happen is when I’ll be coming to the end of my career and the next generation will be coming through.”
Joshua has fought there twice. He won against Joseph Parker and Carlos Takam.
As the year comes to a close, the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is looking forward to a potential full division unification with WBC champion Tyson Fury in 2021, reports NoRM‘s known Media.
Anthony Joshua was in action earlier this month when he knocked out mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev.
Now his sights are set on finalising a two-fight deal with Fury.
The only thing in Joshua’s way – is a clash with WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk.
If Usyk refuses to accept a step-aside deal, then Joshua could be forced to vacate the WBO title in order to move forward with a highly lucrative fight against Fury.
“Will people care if I have to lose a belt to Usyk? Will I have to give one up? I am not too sure yet. I don’t want to, because it is ‘the road to undisputed’. But I know that, when I win, I will go back and fight for that belt anyway — that will be my goal,” Joshua said to The Sun.
“I want to fight Fury, beat him again in the rematch — two difficult hurdles, serious fights — then I will go straight back to try to fight for that title again.”
On the other side of the fence, Fury is dealing with a legal action brought forward by Deontay Wilder.
Back in February, Fury stopped Wilder in seven rounds to capture the WBC title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Soon after, Wilder exercised an immediate rematch clause. The contest was postponed several times, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Eventually, Fury’s handlers took the firm position of Wilder allowing the rematch clause to expire – while Wilder began a legal battle to enforce the rematch clause for the trilogy fight.
“I don’t know what Fury’s situation is with Wilder. My situation is, do I give up the WBO or will Usyk step aside?” Joshua said.
A summer undisputed heavyweight clash between Fury and Joshua is the fight on everyone’s lips at the moment, certainly on British shores, according to NoRM‘s known Media
Talks have been held between both sides to get a fight over the line in the summer of 2021 between the world’s top two at 200 pounds plus. There’s seemingly only one major problem. Saudi Arabia is favoured to host the encounter.
Money men in the Middle East, who previously wanted Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao II – as first reported by WBN late last year, have now turned their attention to Fury v Joshua.
Despite initial discussions about a potential spring date for the fight, WBN understands June or July is much more likely. But due to the current pandemic, taking the first of two bouts outside of the UK makes the most sense to those who crunch the numbers.
We know that Joshua would be more inclined to fight in the summer. That’s if the first fight can be kept in the United Kingdom.
Should all sides take the money and head to Saudi Arabia, May could work but would be a massive blow for the whole UK. Questions of whether the UK government should step in have since been raised to keep the fight on home soil. But as COVID-19 gets worse and worse in the UK, the likeliness of fans being able to witness the biggest top division fight in history is fading fast.
The fans are going to be the biggest losers here. Those who can’t afford to travel or don’t want to step foot in the region due to other issues have no option but to watch TV. At present, it’s imperative the fight just gets made.
Therefore, where it takes place for now is a secondary matter.
They will agree on a two-fight deal. This gives significant hope that the rematch will happen in the UK. If it takes place at the end of 2021, then a huge stadium with a roof like that of The Principality Stadium in Wales would be the frontrunner.
As the venue continues to be a bone of contention, mediation includes Deontay Wilder and Oleksandr Usyk. Situations that see Wilder wanting his shot at Fury. Plus, Usyk being the mandatory challenger to Joshua, still need to be ironed out.
It’s not a straightforward heavyweight deal, obviously. Fingers remain crossed.
For some reason, there are people out there who think it’s a good idea to fight Mike Tyson.
However, one challenger is now ready to put his money where the former champ’s fist might wind up.
“I think I know what we need to do to make this thing happen,” Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship president David Feldman told Bleacher Report, which reported that the organization is set to offer Mike Tyson more than $20 million to come out of retirement.
The 53-year-old Brooklyn native hasn’t fought in 15 years, but video or recent workouts showing Iron Mike training with the power and speed that once made him the most exciting fighter on Earth has renewed interest in what Tyson might be able to do now.
Tyson concluded one of those videos by throwing a barrage of hooks and uppercuts and saying “I’m back.”
Tyson’s rep told the NobleSport on May 12 that the former champ is staying in shape, but has no matches lined up.
The 5-foot-10, 240-pound bruiser said during an interview with rapper TI last month he might lace up the gloves for a good cause.
The folks at BKFC trying to bait Tyson reportedly said they plan to sweeten their eight-figure offer to Tyson with charitable donations.
A boxing insider tells N.Rs there have been at least four offers from fighters looking to challenge Tyson.
Evander Holyfield, who beat Tyson twice before, said he’d like to get a piece of the fighter who famously bit off his ear in 1997, NobleReporters gather.
The 57-year-old Holyfield told NobleSport Tyson would have to ask for that fight because otherwise, it may look like he’s bullying Iron Mike, who’s 0-2 against him.
Tyson’s spokeswoman said she had no knowledge of an offer from BKFC.
Former American world boxing champion Floyd Mayweather says he is not returning to boxing and has also debunked claims he is broke.
Talks that Mayweather could take on Adrian Broner were dismissed by him as he says he does not want to end up dead like his uncle Roger Mayweather, who passed away in March.
But Mayweather admit the chance to make £300million from half an hour fighting Irish former world UFC champion Conor McGregor in the Octagon could see his business acumen kick in.
Mayweather took in a reported £221m from his first clash with McGregor in 2017.
But it is claimed he blew his fortune on bling and parties.
A video emerged of him training hard in the ring sparking rumours of a comeback but in an interview with Fight Hype, he said of a return to boxing: “These are just rumours. I’m retired. I’m finished with boxing. I stay in shape.
“I am not retired from business. Would I fight with McGregor? People make $370million. I make that in one night. I made over $320m twice. It only took me 36 minutes or 28 minutes, something like that.
“If this guy [Broner] wants to fight Floyd I say ‘you guys sell out little arenas and do some little baby moves, not bad, but I’m older and a lot wiser, meaning I don’t want to end up like my uncle Rog. A lot of fighters don’t know when to give up.
“Even the fight with McGregor it was smart on my behalf and smart on his behalf. I can make more money than any other fighter.
“Even if we did it again it’s entertainment and it’s business. I’m not boxing – no boxing at all.
“I’m done, I’m retired and I love my life. I enjoy being retired.
“If I see an opportunity and have a little fun and make $600million – why not.
“If I was to come back why would I fight a fighter that only sells out little cities?
What have boxing fans been desperate for over the last few years?
No, we’re not talking about Deontay Wilder vs Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua, we are talking about a new boxing game.
Despite Eddie Hearn’s constant pleas for a new version of Fight Night, and despite him dropping hints left, right and centre, so far we’ve had nothing concrete about a new boxing game.
Can you believe that the last game to come out was back in 2011?! That is now nine years ago. Fight Night Champion came out for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and that just goes to show how long it has truly been.
Since then, we’ve had a whole new generation of consoles with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and we are close to getting the PS5 and the Xbox Series X.
Enough is enough; we need a new boxing game and we need it soon!
Well luckily, it seems our prayers have finally, FINALLY, been answered.
SteelCityInteractive took to Twitter yesterday to post a video of their new boxing game which will be coming out in the not too distant future.
The game will be called ‘eSports Boxing Club’ and going by the trailer, it actually looks pretty decent.
We are proud to announce our launch trailer for eSports Boxing Club! We have been hard at work since development started in 2019. We have current and former world champions! Featuring @26RLR @EmpireProTape @HitmanHatton @frankbrunoboxer @SkyJohnnyNelson @boxannouncer + many more!
In their tweet promoting the game, they said: “We are proud to announce our launch trailer for eSports Boxing Club! We have been hard at work since development started in 2019. We have current and former world champions!”
They also then listed a few recognisable names who will be in the game, including Ricky Hatton and Frank Bruno.
With EA Sports delaying a new Fight Night, SteelCityInteractive have come in and swooped the rug from under their feet.
Let’s hope the game delivers when it’s finally released!
World Boxing Council chiefs have confirmed that a WBC Champion, Fabiana Bytyqi, is the first boxer with a title to be struck down by the deadly coronavirus – COVID-19.
The world boxing body disclosed that the victim has been confirmed to a be female in possession of the coveted green and gold belt.
“The President of the World Boxing Council, Mauricio Sulaimán, and the entire Boxing Family, send their best wishes for the prompt and full recovery of Fabiana Bytyqi,” they said.
“Fabiana Bytyqi is the first world champion diagnosed with COVID-19 Coronavirus. Fabiana Bytyqi made history by becoming the first boxer from the Czech Republic to win a major world title with victory over Denise Castle in September 2018.
On November 30th, She defeated Mexican Ana Arrazola via UD. Also, successfully defending her championship for the second time.
Anthony Joshua may lock horns with Andy Ruiz Jr once again in the future after his promoter Eddie Hearn teased a trilogy.
Joshua took Ruiz apart in their December rematch to round off a dominant points victory and become a two-time world champion in Saudi Arabia – avenging his shocking loss to the Mexican, who had stopped him in New York months earlier.
With both men winning one fight each, Ruiz had immediately called for a third bout to settle the contest, although many fans are hoping for Joshua to instead take on Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder instead in a mega undisputed fight.
But Hearn has suggested that Joshua and Ruiz could eventually share a ring together again, saying the 30-year-old will ‘fight everyone’, including Ruiz. But he had doubts over whether the Mexican was ready for a huge fight again after making a sizeable profit from his first two fights with the Brit.
“He will fight everybody, and that probably includes a third fight with Ruiz at some point if he keeps winning or if he’s still around,’ he told Fighthub.
“Who knows what Ruiz is going to do? He’s made a lot of money. Maybe he sails off into the sunset.
“It’s not just the partying, it’s the travelling, talk shows, party, media, game show, Jimmy Kimmel, and that drains you. That’s one of the things that AJ did wrong. He did too much of that. It’s like an obligation of being a champion.”
Anthony Joshua remains ‘fit and healthy’ despite coming into contact with Prince Charles only a couple of weeks before the heir to the throne tested positive for coronavirus.
The world heavyweight champion is following government guidelines around self-isolation but has shown no symptoms of the deadly disease, which threatens to derail his upcoming fight with Kubrat Pulev.
On Wednesday, Prince Charles became the most high-profile member of the British establishment to contact coronavirus, with Clarence House announcing that the 71-year-old had been showing mild symptoms “but otherwise remains in good health.”
It remains unclear when he caught the illness but on March 9, Prince Charles spent the day with the Queen, prime minister Boris Johnson and stars of sport and entertainment – including Joshua – at the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.
An official spokesman said, “AJ is at home following government guidelines, he is fit and well. He wishes everyone affected a speedy recovery and a huge thank you to all the front line key workers.”
Joshua is due to defend his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles against mandatory challenger Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20.
Amid the nationwide lockdown, he is keeping busy at home to remain in shape but with upcoming fights being shelved across the board, Joshua’s hopes of meeting fellow Briton Tyson Fury for the undisputed crown face being pushed back to 2021 at the earliest.
Former world boxing champion, Roger Mayweather, is dead.
The 58-year-old uncle and trainer to Floyd Mayweather, passed on after battling with poor health.
“My uncle was one of the most important people in my life inside and outside of the ring.
“Roger was a great champion and one of the best trainers in boxing. Unfortunately, his health was failing him for several years and now he can finally rest in peace,” Mayweather Jr said in a statement.
Roger was a two-weight world champion and fought 72 times during his 17-year career.
His death comes a week after the death of Josie Harris, mother to three of Floyd Mayweather’s children.
Nigeria’s Israel Adesanya retained his middleweight title in a frustrating, bizarre unanimous decision over Yoel Romero to close out a wild UFC 248 card in Las Vegas on Saturday.The judges scored the fight 48-47, 48-47 and 49-46 – all for Adesanya.
Heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Joshua, has for the first time come out to praise his rival, Tyson Fury’s mentality
He said Tyson’s Mentality to battle with mental health issues, alcoholism, drug addiction and depression made him a better fighter.
Fury was away from the boxing ring for 30 months after winning four Heavyweight title belts following his 2015 massive win over Vladmir Klitshcko.
During that period, he almost drank poison, jumped off a bridge, took cocaine, became overweight, avoided his wife and kids but became a christian and started a remarkable journey towards coming back to active sports which resulted in his draw with then WBC champion Deontay Wilder in 2018 and his massive win over Wilder last month.
And Joshua who now holds the four heavyweight belts vacated by Fury five years ago due to mental health issues feels Fury’s break from the sport between November 2015 and June 2018 has made the Gypsy King an even better boxer.
Joshua, speaking on Lucozade Sports Running The Show Podcast said
‘Fury is very talented. Wilder is very talented. They went in there and gave their best and one man came out on top.
‘Maybe Wilder thought it was going to be an easier fight because Fury had a long lay-off and had his own issues outside of the ring and stuff like that.
‘They were both physically conditioned for the fight but sometimes when you have been at rock bottom where Fury was the only way is up.
‘You can’t actually go any lower than that so he picked himself up and only he knew how high he took his heights. You can only let yourself get to rock bottom again.
‘I think he was at his highest height that night so it paid off for him. Mentally he was at the best place possible and he just pulled off a great performance against a dangerous puncher.
Joshua plans to fight Fury this December as long as both fighters win their next fights.
Yoel Romero has never been stopped in his 13-fight UFC career. Israel Adesanya wants to change that.
The Kiwi UFC middleweight champion will face Romero in a five-round headline bout at UFC 248 in Las Vegas on Sunday (NZ time), in his first official title defence since dethroning Robert Whittaker last October.
Romero has proven to be a tough out throughout his career. The 42-year-old Cuban has lost just three times inside the UFC octagon, with all three losses by decision. A perennial title contender, Romero has become known for his erratic and violent style of fighting and is thought by fans and pundits to be an opponent fighters in the division only face if they have to.
“He’s the guy no one wants to fight,” Adesanya said.
“Why? I’ve seen him get rocked, I’ve seen him get stopped, I’ve seen him get bloodied, I’ve seen him cry; I’ll make him cry. He’s human like anyone else.
“I want 5-0. I want a wash out … I want a clean sweep. But, if he dies he dies. It’s not really my problem.”
Adesanya requested a fight against Romero when consensus title challenger Paulo Costa was ruled out of action with injury late last year. There were layers to requesting Romero as an opponent, one of which being the fact Romero is an Olympic silver medal-winning wrestler and could pose a test unlike any other Adesanya has faced inside the octagon.
In his last four fights, Romero has attempted to take his opponents to the canvas 64 times, succeeding on 16 of those. In his two title fights against Whittaker, Romero attempted a total of 56 takedowns through 10 rounds.
He won’t be the first to try get Adesanya to the ground should he take that approach, but could find it to be a tricky task. Adesanya has successfully evaded 84 of 98 takedown attempts during his seven bouts in the UFC.
Even when he is taken to the ground, keeping him there is another task as he has shown an impressive sprawling ability.
“If he comes heavy with the wrestling he’d better pack a lunch because he’s going to be in for a long day,” Adesanya said.
Romero, who has won just once in his last four fights, is aware fans expect him to resort to his wrestling for the bout given Adesanya is the taller, longer fighter and a better striker. However, he’s shown throughout his career he’s more than willing to stand and bang with anyone.
“Normally the fights are unpredictable,” Romero said ahead of his bout with Adesanya.
“You can start by thinking it’s going to be a rainy day and then it turns sunny, so I just have a plan and we’ll see what comes out. I’m going to fight him with all of my styles.”
Knowing the unpredictability of a Romero fight, Eugene Bareman and the team at Auckland’s City Kickboxing gym have Adesanya prepared to go where ever the fight may take him.
“I can call audibles at the time,” Adesanya explains. “My coaches are the ones that have the game plan. We know what we’re going to do, we know what he’s going to do; we know his plan A to Z exactly to a tee.”
UFC 248 CARD
Israel Adesanya (c) vs. Yoel Romero (middleweight championship)
Weili Zhang (c) vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (women’s strawweight championship)