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This weekend sees one of boxing's most gifted fighters in action as he faces one of his toughest tests. Vasyl Lomachenko is a rare talent, a two-division world champion only 7 fights into his pro career. He takes on the very dangerous Nicholas Walters in a terrific HBO main event Saturday night.
In the lead up to Saturday night and Lomachenko vs. Walters, promoter and Top Rank CEO Bob Arum talked about what could be next for Lomachenko, and he brought a very interesting name to the table (emphasis added):
Kayla Harrison is training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and boxing. She has offers on the table from multiple mixed martial arts promotions.
But the two-time Olympic judo gold medalist still has not made a firm decision on whether or not MMA will be in her future.
Think Conor McGregor is rich?
He is, but even the millions banked by "Mystic Mac" pale in comparison to the revenue generated by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White (and his 30 Ferraris).
"It's easy to get a ton of money off these UFC guys while they're not really getting paid," boxing's Floyd Mayweather Jr. told Fight Hype. "And he's living better than the UFC guys. They say ‘Oh, Floyd is living better than all his fighters,' well guess what, I was a fighter myself. So I'll put in the work on both sides."
The pound-for-pound best boxer in the world recently told Fight Hype that his attempts to make the dream fight happen didn’t go anywhere and now he’s moving on.
"I tried to make the fight happen between me and Conor McGregor. We wasn’t able to make the fight happen, so we must move on. It’s so crazy that ya’ll talk about fighting Conor Mcgregor. Now there are so many fighters in boxing that want to fight Conor Mcgregor. But I was the first, once again. I feel honored to be the biggest name in MMA and in boxing and I don’t even compete no more. That’s so great. That’s the great thing about my career."
SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (June 10, 2016) – The SPIKE-televised main card of “Bellator: Dynamite 2” on June 24 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis is now complete, with the addition of a women’s flyweight kickboxing bout pitting Denise Kielholtz (44-2) against Gloria Peritore (10-1-1) and a featherweight feature fight between Kevin Ross (31-9) and Justin Houghton (7-2).
The fights join a main event that features a heavyweight clash between “Rampage” Jackson (36-11) and Satoshi Ishii (14-5-1), while a lightweight title fight pitting Michael Chandler(14-3) against Patricky “Pitbull” (16-7) will serve as the evening’s co-main event. In addition, former NFL player Matt Mitrione (9-5) and Carl “Badwater” Seumanutafa (10-6) will trade blows in their heavyweight showdown, while a flyweight contest between undefeated Ilima Macfarlane (3-0) and Rebecca Ruth (6-1) wraps up a mouthwatering main card.
According to reports, boxing legend Muhammad Ali is on life support. The 74 year old former world champion was hospitalized Thursday with respiratory issues, but it now appears those problems are worse than originally thought.
Reports indicate that Ali's family has flown in to the Phoenix area to be with him, and that doctors have cautioned that he is "near the end".
Ali has battled health issues over the years, starting with a diagnosis of Parkinson's in the 1980's. In recent years, he has also been hospitalized at times for pneumonia among other ailments.
Ali is considered by many to be the greatest Heavyweight champion of all time. His classic fights with Joe Frazier, George Foreman, and Sonny Liston among many others are all landmark moments in boxing history. Outside of the ring, his loud and brash persona drew numerous fans and critics alike. He made big waves both for changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali and for refusing to fight in the Vietnam War. He was an icon not just of boxing, but of America for many years, and is undeniably one of the biggest stars in the history of combat sports.
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Lineal and Ring Magazine middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez has decided to vacate his WBC middleweight belt as the WBC’s 15-day deadline to get a unification fight done with mandatory challenger Gennady Golovkin draws near.
Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs), coming off an explosive sixth-round knockout of Amir Khan on May 7, said he did not want to be negotiating the fight with Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) under “artificial deadlines.”
With Canelo vacating the belt, Golovkin, who was the interim WBC champion, sheds the interim title and is now the WBC middleweight champion.
Canelo released a statement Wednesday:
“After much consideration, today, I instructed my team at Golden Boy Promotions to continue negotiating a fight with Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin and to finalize a deal as quickly as possible. I also informed the WBC that I will vacate its title. For the entirety of my career, I have taken the fights that no one wanted because I fear no man. Never has that been more true than today. I will fight ‘GGG,’ and I will beat ‘GGG’ but I will not be forced into the ring by artificial deadlines. I am hopeful that by putting aside this ticking clock, the two teams can now negotiate this fight, and ‘GGG’ and I can get in the ring as soon as possible and give the fans the fight they want to see.”
Last month, it was revealed that Frank Mir tested positive for oral turiabol metabolites - an anabolic steroid - for his in-competition drug test relating to UFC Fight Night: Mir vs. Hunt.
Mir, who lost via first round KO to 'Super Samoan', hinted that tainted kangaroo meat in Australia was perhaps responsible for his failed drug test, and the two-time heavyweight champion is using the same argument to defend his 'B' sample, which also flagged for performance-enhancing drugs.
Mir cited NFL lineman Duane Brown on his Phone Booth Fighting podcast (per MMA Fighting), whose positive drug test for clenbuterol stemmed from tainted beef he ate in Mexico.
After making her name as a champion kickboxer under the Lion Fight banner, winning titles in two separate weight classes, Tiffany van Soest is looking to expand her horizons.
The 27-year-old "Time Bomb" recently signed deals with the kickboxing promotion Glory, as well as an MMA deal with Invicta FC. She competes May 13 at the Glory 30 Super Fight Series against Emma Hasshass in Los Angeles.
And, though an opponent hasn’t been named as of yet for her Invicta FC debut -- which will double officially as her MMA debut -- van Soest says the fight will take place on Sept. 23.
Multi-divisional world boxing champion Adrien Broner was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday. Broner, who was arrested and put behind bars earlier this week for violating his probation in an unrelated reckless driving case, could face up to 26 years in prison if found guilty.
Broner (32-2, 24 KOs) was officially indicted on assault and robbery charges stemming from a lawsuit filed by a man who claimed Broner pointed a gun at him over a dispute over a high-stakes bowling session in the fighter’s hometown of Cincinnati. The man alleges to have won thousands of dollars from Broner, but when he tried to leave the bowling alley, “The Problem” pulled a gun on him and knocked him out, taking all of his money.
LAS VEGAS – If this was the finale of Manny Pacquiao's legendary career, he went out on top, if not in style.
The Filipino superstar has had better days in the ring during a career that saw him win world titles in eight weight classes and virtually guarantee himself a spot in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
It's fair to say, though, that the action was lacking at many points during his fight with Tim Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden before 14,665 largely Pacquiao partisans.
Buoyed by two knockdowns in what could be his final fight, Pacquiao won a unanimous decision over Bradley in a fight that was dull for long stretches.
All three judges had it 116-110 for Pacquiao.
On Saturday night inside the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, one of boxing’s biggest stars will be in action once again, though Manny Pacquiao claims it’ll be his last fighter before retiring to a life as a full-time politician. He’ll oppose rival Timothy Bradley for a third time and thanks to both men being on point at Friday’s weigh-ins, the fight was given the green light.
Bradley climbed to the scale and came in at 146.5 pounds for his welterweight rubber match with the Filipino legend. Not to be outdone, Pacquiao tipped the scale at 145.5 pounds, clearing the way for their anticipated showdown.
HBO PPV Weigh-in Results:
Manny Pacquiao (145.5) vs. Timothy Bradley (146.5)
Arthur Abraham (168) vs. Gilberto Ramirez (168)
Oscar Valdez (125.5) vs. Evgeny Gradovich (126)
Jose Ramirez (138) vs. Manny Perez (137.5)
Tyson Fury's first defense of his WBO and WBA heavyweight titles will be against the man he took it from in November 2015. In news confirmed by Peter Fury, Tyson's uncle and trainer, Tyson will rematch Wladimir Klitschko on July 9th in Manchester, England.
More details are due to be announced on Saturday, including the venue.
Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) defeated Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) by unanimous decision (116-111, 115-112, 115-112) at the ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf to end Wladimir's reign as the world's #1 heavyweight. It was Klitschko's first loss since a stunning TKO defeat to Lamon Brewster back in 2004. The fight itself was ... bad. They combined to land 138 punches (per CompuBox) over the course of 36 minutes. That averages out to less than 4 punches landed per minute, and Wladimir only was credited with 52 out of 231 thrown. After the scorecard was read, Fury serenaded his traveling fans with a stirring rendition of Aerosmith's "Don't Wanna Miss A Thing.
Jake Shields is an honorary Diaz brother and Saturday he broke out the Stockton Slap.
The former Strikeforce champion and current WSOF fighter slapped opponent A.J. Agazarm after their grappling match Saturday at Polaris in Wales. Agazarm went to shake Shields' hand and Shields refused. Agazarm pushed Shields with one hand and Shields responded with a slap. The two men had to be separated.
Controversial boxer Adrien Broner (31-2-1 NC, 23 KOs) is just 1 day away from a Premier Boxing Champions on Spike main event against England's Ashley Theophane (39-6-1, 11 KOs). This is despite the fact that Broner is wanted by Ohio police on assault and robbery charges stemming from an alleged bowling alley incident in January. Washington DC's commission still agreed to license him, with the expectation that Broner would turn himself in once he returned to Ohio.
Coming into today's weigh-ins in Washington DC, Broner vs. Theophane was supposed to be a title defense for "The Problem", who won the vacant WBA super lightweight (140 lbs) title against Khabib Allakhverdiev with a 12th round TKO. The problem (see what I did there?) for Broner? He didn't make weight.
Metamoris may have taken a year off, but it is far from dead. The jiu-jitsu promotion on Friday announced a rematch between Marcus "Buchecha" Almeida and Roger Gracie to headline Metamoris 7 on July 17 in Los Angeles, Calif.
In addition, the card is expected to feature UFC fighters Gabriel Gonzaga and Gilbert Burns rolling against Satoshi Ishii and Dillon Danis, respectively; Metamoris creator Ralek Gracie vs. Tim Spriggs; Matheus Diniz vs. Yuri Simoes; along with a secret match to be unveiled on fight night.
Bellator President Scott Coker’s recent announcement that Bellator was getting into the kickboxing business marked an expansion in focus for the promotion. However, the promotion has taken the first step to sync up the two combat sports with the announcement that Bellator Kickboxing would feature weight classes that match the standard in MMA.
The information was announced in a Bellator press release.
With fighters such as Melvin Manhoef and Joe Schilling who have enjoyed a period of hopping back and forth between the sports, the alignment may make weight management easier for fighters interested in participating in both.
Kimbo Slice, GLORY kickboxer. That was almost a thing last year.
GLORY CEO Jon Franklin told MMA Fighting this week that he and his staff discussed the possibility of bringing the wildly popular former streetfighter in for a bout. Slice had competed in boxing before and, obviously, had a history in MMA. At the time, Slice was already on the Bellator MMA roster and GLORY and Bellator shared a television network, Spike TV.
Talks ceased pretty quickly, though. Nothing personal against Slice, but GLORY execs didn't want to compromise the promotion's identity as the top kickboxing organization in the world by putting forth a subpar product.