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WBC Prez: Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder Trilogy Still On - As Of Now - BoxingScene.com
The long-awaited trilogy between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder has been stalled several times during the pandemic, and it now appears the WBC heavyweight champion Fury is counting out the fight altogether.
The long-awaited trilogy between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder has been stalled several times during the pandemic, and it now appears the WBC heavyweight champion Fury is counting out the fight altogether. Just as Fury shook the heavyweight picture by stopping Wilder in February, the boxer is now proclaiming that the third meeting with Wilder won’t take place anymore at all. Instead, Fury will face a yet-to-be-determined opponent on British soil on Dec. 5 before moving on to a fight with unified champion Anthony Joshua. “The Gypsy King is coming home to the United Kingdom. See you all in December,” Fury wrote Monday on Twitter after The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger reported Sunday that Fury is foregoing a fight Wilder after the scheduled Dec. 19 date was pulled, and a deadline to reschedule expired Friday, Oct. 9. WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman was surprised to hear of the development from Fury. “It was breaking news to me,” said Sulaiman during a virtual roundtable with select media on Monday. “Usually we do not go by news that is not confirmed. The WBC has not received any formal communication whatsoever. What we know as of right now is that the fight is on for Dec. 19. But we also have not received a sanction request. It is only informal communications from both sides. Over the weekend, I started receiving many calls, especially from the U.K. media, stating that the fight was not happening. But we have not heard anything officially. We’re reaching out to both camps to see where the third fight stands exactly right now.” Sulaiman said he’s not familiar with the specifics of the contract Fury and Wilder have with one another, or what they can contend with. “What I know about the third fight between them is that it is scheduled and structured. But I will reach out. Every time someone goes out on social media, whether it’s confirmed or speculation, when it’s a big name like Tyson Fury, everything starts to move and ruffle up,” said Sulaiman. “The main thing [for the trilogy is] contractually. If there is something that legally binds, then it’s a different story. We have been very clear about the flexibility that we’re putting into each weight category. When you have a pandemic, it’s hard to have things set in stone. You have to be flexible … What I have heard up to now, is that Fury-Wilder III is still on. I would be speculating if I said something differently.” Sulaiman added that there currently isn’t a mandatory opponent in the heavyweight division for Fury to face, but he’ll reevaluate if there is another scenario in the future Fury. Fury has said several times in recent months that he’s ready to get the show going with his career and return the ring. With Wilder no longer in his plans, and a mega-fight with Joshua hanging in the balance, it appears Fury is now looking to schedule for a stay-busy kind of fight. Sulaiman could not confirm whether or not a Fury opponent other than Wilder or Joshua would still command the opportunity for the WBC title. “When fighters are champions, they want to defend their title. Sometimes there are non-title fights, but they are very rare,” said Sulaiman. Sulaiman ultimately understood Fury’s exasperation. “We’re all frustrated,” he said. “We’ve been inside four walls for such a long time. There are so many things going on in everyone’s mind. There is so much depression [for everyone] on not being able to carry on a normal life.” Manouk Akopyan is a sports journalist and member of the Boxing Writers Assn. of America since 2011. He has written for the likes of the LA Times, Guardian, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Men’s Health and NFL.com. He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan or via email at manouk[dot]akopyan[at]gmail.com.
Mike Tyson: I'm Fighting Roy Jones - "I Don't Know How This Happened" - BoxingScene.com
Fifteen years into retirement, Mike Tyson still moves the needle at the age of 54. The Baddest Man on the Planet looks to cash in on his name cache and brand recognition when he fights 51-year-old Roy Jones Jr. in an eight-round exhibition match Sept. 12 in L…
Fifteen years into retirement, Mike Tyson still moves the needle at the age of 54. The Baddest Man on the Planet looks to cash in on his name cache and brand recognition when he fights 51-year-old Roy Jones Jr. in an eight-round exhibition match Sept. 12 in Los Angeles. But Tyson, who’s rebounded and bounced back financially after filing for bankruptcy in 2003, is not coming out of retirement as a quinquagenarian for the sake of padding his own bank account. Tyson joined TMZ Live on Thursday for an interview to begin promoting the event, explaining his motives for fighting again, and how it all transpired. “My brother in law said, 'hey listen. I know you don't want to fight, but would you fight Bob Sapp? Somebody wants to offer you a lot of money to fight him. I said, ‘get out of here, I told you I don't want to fight anymore!' And then I thought about it in my mind and went 'ding' ... I said I would fight [Sapp under the marquess of queensberry rules] and for some reason, it went from Bob Sapp to somebody else, and this guy, and the next thing you know, I'm fighting Roy Jones Jr. on Sept. 12. I don't know how this happened. I'm just very grateful that I'm not living the life that I was living before. Allah has blessed for me to be able to do this. “It's going to be for various charities. Nobody has to ever worry about me getting rich, or getting jealous, or saying I'm doing this for money. I'm not getting anything. I just feel good doing this because I can.” Former adversary and current friend Evander Holyfield was considered as a potential opponent as well before Tyson (50-6, 44 KOs) moved on to the four-division champion Jones Jr. (66-9, 47 KOs), who last fought in 2018 and hasn’t yet officially retired. Both fighters are well past their primes, but Iron Mike’s physique looks bladed in recent footage showing explosive boxing workouts in quick, edited bursts. "I'm in great shape,” said Tyson. “But I'm going to get in better condition. I just did my four miles today, and I'm going to do my sprints later, and then I'm going to the boxing gym.” Tyson offered a quick glimpse into what should ultimately be a staged and choreographed encounter bordering more toward the lines of WWE than world-class boxing. "Anybody who knows me knows that I don't know how to [put less pressure on the gas pedal when in the ring]. I just know one way of fighting,” said Tyson. “That's just what it is. Now I'm doing it with a lot more enthusiasm because I'm doing it for someone else.” Last July, Tyson hosted a golf tournament and his inaugural charity event supporting the non-profit foundation Standing United to help people battling drug and alcohol addiction. Once known for his mean streak and volatile behavior, Tyson further shed light on his benevolent side as he now heads on a new path trying to help others. “All of my life I thought that loving yourself is buying myself a great car, a house, a boat or having a beautiful girl,” he said. “I found out that real love is just helping people and being kind and considerate, and that's what I want to do. I'm not sayin I'm the greatest guy in the world, and I'm kind and all that stuff, but I want to embark on this lifestyle to see if this is where I'm at.” Manouk Akopyan is a sports journalist and member of the Boxing Writers Assn. of America since 2011. He has written for the likes of the LA Times, Guardian, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Men’s Health and NFL.com. He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan or via email at manouk[dot]akopyan[at]gmail.com.
Fury Believes He Will Really Damage Hearn, Matchroom By Beating Joshua - BoxingScene.com
WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury believes that he can generate significant damage to promoter Eddie Hearn, and Matchroom Sport, by defeating their company star - WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO champion Anthony Joshua.
WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury believes that he can generate significant damage to promoter Eddie Hearn, and Matchroom Boxing, by defeating their company star - WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO champion Anthony Joshua. Their respective teams are eager to match them in a two-fight series in 2021. Fury is promoted by Hearn's main domestic rival, Frank Warren. Fury will first make a contracted defense in a trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder. The fight, initially targeted for July, is now going to land near the end of the year. Back in February, Fury dropped and stopped Wilder in seven rounds to capture the WBC title. Joshua has to overcome a mandatory defense to the IBF's top rated contender Kubrat Pulev. The British star was in action last December, when he picked up a twelve round decision over Andy Ruiz to reclaim the heavyweight crown. At the moment, neither title fight has a concrete date or location, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Should the champions both win, their teams will attempt to reach an agreement to have them fight next year. Over the years, Fury has taken more than his fair share of verbal shots at Hearn. He views Joshua as the only pay-per-view star of Hearn's company. And he predicts that another crushing defeat will end Joshua's status as the big-time pay-per-vie star for Matchroom. "The fact is, if you take Anthony Joshua out of Matchroom, then they don’t really have a great deal of anything," Fury said. “I know they have some other fighters but the cash cow for them, on the pay-per-views, is Joshua and if you take him away there is not much left. “They have some champions, good guys and prospects but not PPV stars. If he gets beat - which they know he will - then it almost puts an end to their big-time promoting.”
Dana White Erupts at Claims of Underpaying Fighters, Hits Back at McGregor - BoxingScene.com
UFC President Dana White is firing back at the recent claims that he underpays his fighters. As BoxingScene.com recently reported, company superstars Jon Jones and Jorge Masvidal have openly complained that White is not offering them adequate compensation to …
UFC President Dana White is firing back at the recent claims that he underpays his fighters. As BoxingScene.com recently reported, company superstars Jon Jones and Jorge Masvidal have openly complained that White is not offering them adequate compensation to fight again. Both fighters have asked White to release them from their respective UFC contracts. Jones discussed, in detail, that he was never properly paid by the UFC. And Masvidal has explained that UFC pays out a far smaller percentage of revenue to their athletes when compared to other major sports leagues like the NFL or NBA. White was directly confronted on the matter during an interview on ESPN's First Take, and he hit back at the claims being made by both men. “Jon Jones just signed a new deal less than a year ago,” White said. “He’s got eight fights left on his deal. What do you want me to tell you? The guy’s got a deal. Same thing with Masvidal. Masvidal just signed a new deal seven months ago. These guys both got brand new deals that they were more than happy to sign less than a year ago. “Does anybody feel like they make too much money?. Nobody does. If we were talking about a thing where these guys had old contracts from three years ago and it’s like ‘that was three years ago that I did this deal, let’s [renegotiate].’ They signed these less than a year ago. This was months ago. “By the way, I don’t know if you know this but we’re in a pandemic and no other sports are going. Oh, by the way, every other sport out there is arguing about money right now. I haven’t laid off one employee. I haven’t asked any of my fighters to take less money, and you don’t hear me out here crying about, ‘No, I don’t get any gates, I don’t have this, I don’t have [that].’ You don’t hear me crying. I’m running my business. I’m paying everybody. Right now, if you think it’s easy to be a business owner right now here in today, you are right out of your mind. There has never been a harder time to do business than right now. Guess what? I’m pulling it off. “So right now we’re in a pandemic and all this stuff is going on. We just signed a contract eight months ago. You see me saying, ‘Oh no, no, this is going on and that’s going on, I have to pay you less money.’ No, I’m paying them exactly the same amount of money no matter what’s going on. In the history of this company, I’ve never asked a fighter to go backward, ever. I have 630 fighters under contract and we’re talking about two.” And company superstar, Conor McGregor, announced his retirement this past weekend. McGregor then took part in an interview where he criticized the UFC, stating that they weren't offering him anything of worth to increase his motivation to fight again. Most believe the root of McGregor's issue with the UFC is also connected to his monetary demands to fight again. “He wants to fight [Justin] Gaethje. Gaethje just won to get the fight with Khabib,” White said. “He just beat Tony Ferguson. Conor had the opportunity to slide into that spot if Khabib or Tony fell out. He came back and said ‘I’m not a replacement fighter, I’m not going to do it.’ He would be in that position now if he took the fight. He didn’t, Gaethje did so Gaethje gets it.” “Conor McGregor is frustrated right now because I mean look what’s going on. Look at what we’re pulling off. We’re literally just going to Yas Island right now to pull off these fights because the hardest thing to do right now is to get people into the country from other parts of the world. We are a true global business. We’re the only one pulling off live sports right now. If I continue to do fights in the United States, I’m going to burn out all my American talent. “Now we got Yas Island ready to go, it’s set up. This is just a matter of Conor being frustrated I think in that he can’t get what he wants right now. It’s just not possible.”
Anthony Joshua Suffers Left Knee Injury, Marches For Black Lives Matter In Watford - BoxingScene.com
Unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has suffered a left knee injury that will sideline him for at least the next four weeks, promoter Eddie Hearn told BoxingScene.com on Saturday. The British boxer has not been hiding his injury, as he was seen around…
Unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has suffered a left knee injury that will sideline him for at least the next four weeks, promoter Eddie Hearn told BoxingScene.com on Saturday. The British boxer has not been hiding his injury, as he was seen around the UK streets earlier this week standing and sitting with a bulky knee brace on a mobile scooter. Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) recently felt a twinge in his knee while running, but there doesn’t seem to be immediate concern from Hearn, who anticipates for Joshua to rest for the next month before resuming training for mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev later this winter. Joshua’s brace is being used as a precautionary measure. He will be further evaluated by doctors in the coming weeks. On Saturday, the 30-year-old Joshua joined the masses for a Black Lives Matter march and protest in Watford and took the microphone to deliver a powerful message on racial inequality in the world. “We can no longer, from today onwards, sit back and remain silent on the senseless, unlawful killing, sly racism of another human being based on what? Only their skin color,” said Joshua. “We need to speak out in peaceful demonstrations, just like this today.” Joshua was wearing a Black Lives Matter hoodie and delivered the message to his massive, multi-million social media following. He was seen throughout the day hobbling around on crutches and used a scooter to travel. “We must not use a demonstration for selfish motives and turn it into rioting and looting. We need to be united in non-violent demonstration, show them where it hurts,” Joshua continued. “Abstain from spending your money in their shops, and spend in economies that invest in black businesses. And that’s for all communities if you want to uplift yourself. Invest in your own businesses. “We have to engage with the youth and put an end to black youth gang culture … This postcode war, how many houses do we own on that postcode we’re fighting for? “Every life matters, 100 percent I agree with that. But that does include black lives and that’s why we’re here today. “George Floyd, we’re all aware of his name, was the catalyst in a list that is already way, way, way too long. But ask yourself a question – how does the looting for the latest flat screen TV help him or his family? “How does burning down shops or taking another life stop the virus from spreading, and remember the virus we’re talking about is racism.” Manouk Akopyan is a sports journalist and member of the Boxing Writers Assn. of America since 2011. He has written for the likes of the LA Times, Guardian, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Men’s Health and NFL.com. He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan or via email at manouk[dot]akopyan[at]gmail.com.
Mike Tyson Offered $20 Million By Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship - BoxingScene.com
Former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is receiving offers left and right, after revealing that he's seriously considering the possibility of returning to the ring to take part in exhibition bouts to raise money for charity.
Former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is receiving offers left and right, after revealing that he's seriously considering the possibility of returning to the ring to take part in exhibition bouts to raise money for charity. Tyson, who is actively working out and currently in top form, released a training clip last week that went viral on the internet. The 53-year-old Hall of Famer has been away from the ring since 2005, when he retired on the back of a knockout loss to Kevin McBride. Earlier this week, Tyson received a seven figure offer to take part in an exhibition fight in Australia, against one of several rugby players to turn boxers - like Sonny Bill Williams and Paul Gallen. But now David Feldman, President of Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship [BKFC], has presented a $20 million guarantee to secure Tyson for his organization. The offer would give Tyson the ability to choose his opponent, as long as that fighter is under contract with BKFC. Even if Tyson takes a pass on fighting in a Bare Knuckle format, Feldman is open to working with Tyson in any way possible. “While we did make a guaranteed offer of $20 million for Mike [Tyson] to fight for BKFC, we’re open to many different options as to how we can work together. Obviously, the excitement of seeing Mike’s video showing himself training and desire to participate in exhibitions inspired us to reach out and make the offer.” Feldman said to heavy.com. Feldman's company has showcased former champions like Paulie Malignaggi and Ishe Smith in bare knuckle fights. And they recently signed up former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs, who vows to make his bare knuckle debut once the coronavirus pandemic dies down.
Wilder: I Felt Like A Zombie Against Fury; I Wasn't There From First Bell - BoxingScene.com
Deontay Wilder believes it should be obvious to anyone who watches footage of their rematch that he wasn’t his usual self from the opening bell of his second fight against Tyson Fury.
Deontay Wilder believes it should be obvious to anyone who watches footage of their rematch that he wasn’t his usual self from the opening bell of his second fight against Tyson Fury. Wilder felt like “a zombie” as soon as it started February 22 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. According to Wilder, his physical state enabled Fury to defeat the former WBC heavyweight champion as easily as he did that night. The 34-year-old Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) detailed his condition during an interview with co-hosts Kenneth Bouhairie and Mike Rosenthal for the most recent episode of “The PBC Podcast.” “The thing about it that it’s easy to understand, you know, what type of person Deontay Wilder was in that moment in time, you know,” Wilder said. “Even when I took off my mask, and the things that I was doing, you know, I’ve been in this sport for a very long time, people have seen me fight, you know, all over the world for a very long time. So, people automatically knows, you know, how I am and, you know, how I should look. And people that know boxing know that wasn’t Deontay Wilder that night. I was a zombie that night. “It was something, like I said, I can’t talk about a lot of things, but it wasn’t Deontay Wilder [that] night. You can tell from the mask, my reaction to certain things that I was doing in the ring. You know, you can look from the first fight, into the second fight, and you can tell it was two different people, you know, that night. From a guy that from the first start of the bell was in retreat mode. The first fight, when the first [bell sounded], I was on the hunt. You know, you don’t go backwards. You go forward. And that night I wasn’t myself. I felt like a zombie in there.” Two days after Fury stopped Wilder in the seventh round, Wilder revealed to BoxingScene.com and other outlets that the 40-plus-pound costume he wore for a lengthy ring entrance weakened his legs before their scheduled 12-round rematch began. Wilder drew a lot of criticism for what was viewed as a weak excuse for his poor performance that night. Unlike their first fight, an assertive Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) pressured Wilder, roughed him up and kept the hard-hitting former champion moving backward for much of their rematch. Fury knocked down Wilder twice, once apiece in the third and fifth rounds. Referee Kenny Bayless stopped it in the seventh round, once Wilder’s assistant trainer, Mark Breland, threw in the towel. “No, I wasn’t surprised,” Wilder said regarding Fury’s approach to their rematch. “It’s hard to explain. [From] the first sound of the bell, it’s like I was more in retreat mode. It’s like I wasn’t even there for real. I don’t know how to say it without – I wasn’t there. That’s all I can tell you, I wasn’t there. From the first start, I wasn’t there. You know, my whole body, everything, you know, but it’s gonna be all right. “Everything’s gonna be all right, trust me, you know. And I’m just looking forward to coming back in there and doing what I gotta do. I don’t wanna say too much. I don’t wanna feel like I’m making any excuses or anything like that. I just want the people to know that I’m happy, I’m in full health and I’m coming back stronger than ever.” Fury and Wilder are tentatively scheduled to fight a third time October 3 at an undetermined venue. Their rematch initially was supposed to take place July 18 at MGM Grand Garden Arena, but it was pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.