Boxing Great Known For Power Punching And Heavyweight Title Fights Was 78

Earnie Shavers, considered one of boxing’s hardest punchers during his long career, died Thursday at 78. No cause was revealed in reports.

Shavers was best known for his work in the 1970s, although he was active from 1969 through 1995. Overall, he was 74-14-1 with 68 knockouts in his career. He fought Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes for the heavyweight title, losing to Ali in a 15-round decision in 1977 at Madison Square Garden. It was a close decision and Ali needed a strong final round to pull out the victory.

After the fight, Ali praised Shavers’ power. “Earnie hit me so hard, it shook my kinfolk in Africa,” Ali said.

Ali was not the only heavyweight impressed with Shavers. Shavers fought heavyweight champ Larry Holmes twice, the first time being a non-title bout on March 25, 1978 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, his first after losing to Ali. Holmes won a 12-round decision over Shavers in that match, and in his next fight, beat Ken Norton to win the vacant WBC title.

Shavers and Holmes fought for the WBC belt at Caesars on Sept. 28, 1979. In the seventh round, Shavers knocked Holmes down. Holmes got up and proceeded to stop Shavers in the 11th.

After the fight, Holmes said the punch Shavers hit him with to drop him was the hardest he’d ever been hit.

Shavers made several comebacks, ending things after a second-round knockout loss when he was 48 years old.

The biggest win of his career was in March 1979, when he knocked out Ken Norton in the first round at the Las Vegas Hilton. He also had a win over former heavyweight champion Jimmy Ellis, as well as touted Jimmy Young.

No details on survivors was immediately available.…

Floyd Mayweather vs. Mikuru Asakura date, start time, odds, schedule, price & card for 2022 exhibition boxing fight

After beating Don Moore in May, Floyd Mayweather is ready to get back in the ring. “Money” Mayweather will be competing in another exhibition bout on September 25 against MMA fighter Mikuru Asakura.

The fight will take place inside Saitama Super Arena in Japan. Mayweather has teamed up once again with RIZIN to make a Super RIZIN event, which is coupled with RIZIN 38.

Turning pro in 1996, Mayweather has won titles in the super-featherweight, lightweight, super-lightweight, welterweight, and light-middleweight divisions. A perfect 50-0, Mayweather, an excellent defensive fighter, initially retired in 2015 after beating Andre Berto. Returning in 2017, Mayweather defeated MMA star Conor McGregor via TKO. Since then, he has competed in numerous exhibition bouts. In 2018, he teamed with RIZIN for the first time and beat young kickboxing star Nenshin Nasukawa via TKO. Mayweather has also fought Logan Paul (in Miami) and former training partner Don Moore in non-scored bouts. Asakura, 29, made his pro-MMA debut in 2012. A RINGS featherweight and lightweight champion, Asakura has primarily fought for RIZIN. He is on a two-fight win streak with the promotion and has amassed a 16-3 record with one no-contest.…

Jake Paul Teases Fight Contract: ‘Opponent Is Inked. October Is Mine’

Jake Paul appears to have settled on a date for his return to the boxing ring, teasing fans on social media with a tweet indicating he will be back in October:

Paul had been scheduled to fight at Madison Square Garden on Aug. 6, but his opponents dropped out for various reasons. Tommy Fury, the brother of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, was barred from entering the country. Hasim Rahman Jr. was inserted as Fury’s replacement, but that fight fell through over a weight dispute.

Paul declared on Saturday that his next opponent “will be a pro boxer and of course he will have a winning record just like Tommy and Ramen did before they pulled out.” The 25-year-old hasn’t fought since his December knockout victory over former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, which improved his boxing record to 5-0.…

Heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk takes spectacular repeat victory over Anthony Joshua

Oleksandr Usyk took a second consecutive victory over Anthony Joshua to defend his unified WBO, WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles over the course of an epic 12-round battle.

Usyk triumphed on a split decision at the King Abdullah Sports City Arena in Jeddah, taking it 116-112 and 115-113 respectively on the cards of Ukraine’s Viktor Fesechko and Britain’s Steve Gray. Glenn Feldman of the USA scored 115-113 for Joshua.

The result infuriated Joshua. He picked up two championship belts and threw them out of the ring before storming off briefly.

Joshua then returned to seize the microphone and vent his emotions in a passionate outburst.

“I’m stealing this Usyk, I’m sorry, but it’s because of the passion we put into this,” Joshua told the crowd during his two-minute speech.

Usyk holds three of the four major heavyweight belts. There is one missing from his collection. Tyson Fury, ostensibly retired, still holds the WBC title. That’s the only fight Usyk is interested in.

“I’m sure that Tyson Fury is not retired yet,” the champion said. “I’m sure, I’m convinced he wants to fight me.

How champion Usyk rebuffed much-improved Joshua

Usyk did have to endure tremendous pressure from an implacable Joshua, who delivered a vastly-improved performance from their first fight in September.

Last year, after just two pro fights in the heavyweight division, Usyk outpointed Joshua in London in an outstanding performance. Formerly an undisputed champion down at cruiserweight, Usyk proved himself one of the best fighters pound-for-pound in the world today.

Joshua triggered an immediate rematch, determined to restore his place as a top-tier heavyweight. To that end he brought in a new trainer, Robert Garcia to join Angel Fernandez in his corner and devoted himself to rectifying the mistakes he made in the first fight.

Joshua had lost before meeting Usyk, but avenged his defeat against Andy Ruiz on his first visit to Saudi Arabia in 2019. He was fighting to become a three-time heavyweight champion and knew his legacy depended on victory tonight.

Both fighters were under …

Hasim Rahman Sr. Says He’d Fight Both Jake, Logan Paul on the Same Night

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Hasim Rahman Sr. offered to fight both Jake and Logan Paul on the same night after his son’s scheduled bout with Jake Paul was called off.

Hasim Rahman Jr. and Jake Paul had been scheduled to clash on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City, but Jake Paul’s Most Valuable Promotions announced the cancellation of the fight last weekend due to Rahman Jr. allegedly planning to fight at 215 lbs. despite being contractually obligated to fight at 200 lbs.

Speaking to TMZ Sports, Rahman Sr. offered to take on both Paul brothers in consecutive fights on the same night in order to make up for it:

“How about this? If somebody would sanction this, I will fight Jake and Logan back to back. We can go eight rounds apiece. Neither one of them will make eight rounds, but we can sanction for eight rounds and I promise you, if I don’t knock Jake and Logan out, they win.”

Rahman Sr. would be a significant step up in competition for Jake Paul, given his status as a former world champion who once defeated Lennox Lewis.

Now 49, Rahman competed in 62 professional fights during a career that spanned from 1994 through 2014, posting a 50-9-2 record with one no contest and 41 wins by way of knockout.

The 2001 win over Lewis was undoubtedly Rahman’s career highlight, but he also defeated some other notable names, including Trevor Berbick and Corrie Sanders, plus he fought James Toney and David Tua to draws.

Rahman Sr. would have a huge advantage over the Paul brothers in terms of in-ring success and experience, but he is also pushing 50 and hasn’t had a professional fight in over eight years.

Jake Paul, 25, is 5-0 as a pro boxer, winning four of those fights by knockout. He has been impressive, but he has yet to face a legitimate boxer.

Thus far, his wins have come over YouTuber AnEsonGib, former NBA guard Nate Robinson and former UFC fighters Ben …

Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko in an emotional interview: Today it is easier to die for our country than to live for it

Heavyweight brothers Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko both reached the pinnacle of their sport as world champions, but since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February have been forced to fight much closer to home.

Vitali Klitschko is now the Mayor of Kiev, Ukraine’s capital city, a post that he’s held since 2014 whilst younger brother Wladimir joined the Kyiv Territorial Defense Brigade when Russia invaded.

“You know the simplest thing you can do? Die for your country. The most complicated? Live for your country,” Wladimir told Piers Morgan.

“That means fight for life, protect your people, protect your country, protect yourself.

“It’s so complicated that at some point you really catch a feeling like ‘you know I’m going to run to my death,’ so to speak, just to end this misery.”

Vitali talked about meetings a child who didn’t know he’d just been orphaned, and added: “This war can touch everyone in Europe.”

The war in Ukraine is into its fifth month with no end in sight, and tens of thousands casualties reported.

“The strength is of us Ukrainians that we don’t want to die even though a lot have already been killed and tortured and raped and now still putting life on the line,” Wladimir said.

“But, living for your country is more complicated and challenging and it’s definitely something that we don’t want to do as Ukrainians is run to our death.

“So, we stay strong, we stay alive and we fight for our choice not to live on our knees.”…

Devin Haney vs. George Kambosos Rematch Scheduled for Oct. 16 in Australia

The highly anticipated rematch between Devin Haney and George Kambosos for the undisputed lightweight championship reportedly has a date.

According to ESPN’s Mike Coppinger, the fight is “being planned” for Oct. 16 in Kambosos’ native Australia and will be broadcast in primetime on ESPN on Oct. 15.

Haney (28-0, 15 KO) defeated Kambosos via unanimous decision in June to claim all four belts at 135 pounds. The bout agreement Haney had signed in March included a return fight in Australia for later in the year, and Kambosos exercised his rematch clause immediately after his loss.

Kambosos (20-1, 10 KO) had upset Teofimo Lopez by split decision in November to claim the undisputed lightweight crown after an exciting fight that saw both boxers hit the canvas before the final bell. But the 23-year-old Haney outclassed him during their match, using his jab to keep the fight on the outside and cruise to a lopsided victory.

Coppinger noted that a site for the rematch has not yet been finalized, but it could take place at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena, the home of the Australian Open.

The lightweight division is arguably the most exciting weight class in boxing right now thanks to a long list of intriguing matchups and promising contenders.

Lopez is set to make his return on Aug. 13 against Pedro Campa. Ryan Garcia is coming off a knockout victory at 140 pounds this past Saturday and called for a super fight against Gervonta “Tank” Davis. Plus, former three-division champion Vasiliy Lomachenko is waiting in the wings after his decision victory over Richard Commey in December.…

Tyson Fury Responds to Jake Paul About $1M Bet for Tommy Fury Fight

The $1 million bet between Tyson Fury and Jake Paul is apparently on.

Fury responded to Paul’s taunting of him on social media Sunday, saying the YouTuber-turned-boxer will need some new teeth once Tyson’s brother, Tommy, is done with him.

Tommy Fury is set to fight Paul on Aug. 6 at Madison Square Garden. Fury and Paul were originally supposed to go head-to-head last December, but Fury was forced to pull out due to a bacterial chest infection and broken rib. Paul instead fought Tyron Woodley for a second time, knocking out the former UFC welterweight champion in Round 6.

Viewed largely as a joke in the boxing world initially, Paul has become one of the sport’s biggest draws over his five-fight career. He’s earned victories over YouTuber AnEsonGib, former NBA star Nate Robinson and former UFC fighter Ben Askren in addition to his pair of victories over Woodley.

The second Woodley fight was a financial disappointment, thanks in large part to the bout initially being promoted as Paul vs. Fury.

This will be the first time Paul has taken on a professional boxer. Fury is 8-0 in his own boxing career and is coming off a win over Daniel Bocianski in April.

While his younger brother isn’t seen as the next superstar boxer in the family, Tyson Fury is apparently confident enough to put $1 million on the line in support.…

Jake Paul to face Tommy Fury at Madison Square Garden on Aug. 6

Six months after his most recent fight, Jake Paul now knows when he’ll be getting back in the boxing ring.

Taking to social media on Thursday, the social media star-turned-professional boxer announced that he will face Tommy Fury at Madison Square Garden in New York City on August 6.

The 25-year-old Paul had previously been scheduled to face Fury — the younger half-brother of WBC and The Ring heavyweight champion Tyson Fury — last December before Fury pulled out of the fight due to a bacterial chest infection and a broken rib. Instead, Paul faced former UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley in a rematch from their fight that took place at Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage Field House last August.

After initially defeating Woodley via split-decision in Cleveland, Paul — a native of Westlake, Ohio — conquered the 40-year-old former MMA star via knockout in a fight that took place in Tampa, Florida.

While Paul has amassed a 5-0 record in professional boxing, his wins have come against athletes who have primarily participated in other sports. In addition to Woodley, he has defeated YouTuber AnEsonGib, former NBA guard Nate Robinson and former MMA star Ben Askren.

In Fury, Paul will be facing his first opponent with an extensive background in professional boxing. Heading into the August fight, Fury lays claim to an 8-0 record, with four wins via knockout and four wins via decision, including a win via unanimous decision over Anthony Taylor in Cleveland on the undercard of the Paul-Woodley fight last summer.

Good, bad, worse: The remarkable emergence of Jesse Rodriguez, Canelo’s ire

Jesse Rodriquez has said repeatedly that his goal is to be a special fighter, not an average one. Well, there’s nothing average about this boxing savant.

The Texan has made the quantum leap from prospect to star as a result of two remarkable performances this year, a decision over Carlos Cuadras in February and a stunning knockout of Srisaket Sor Rungvisai on Saturday in San Antonio, Rodriguez’s hometown.

Cuadras and Sor Rungvisai have been 115-pound stalwarts for a decade. The naturally smaller Rodriguez not only beat them, he dominated them.

How did this unfold?

Luck played a key role. Rodriguez was scheduled to take part in a 108-pound fight on the Cuadras-Sor Rungvisai card on Feb. 5. When Sor Rungvisai pulled out because of illness, Rodriguez agreed to move up two divisions to 115 on five days’ notice and stunned everyone outside his own circle by winning a wide decision and the WBC’s secondary title.

Rodriguez would’ve have been justified had he moved back down weight. Instead, he made the decision to defend his belt against a powerful puncher who has victories over Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman Gonzalez (twice). The result? Rodriguez outclassed him, baffling the Thai star with his elite technical ability and then taking him out in the eighth round.

Sor Rungvisai hadn’t been stopped since his second pro fight, in 2009. Future Hall of Famers Estrada and  Gonzalez couldn’t do that.

I hesitate to anoint Rodriguez (16-0, 11 KOs) the next great thing because he’s had only 16 pro fights and both Cuadras (33) and Sor Rungvisai (35) are beyond their primes. At the same time, he has aced the eye test and won two important fights back to back.

One person who hasn’t been surprised by the events of the past four-plus months is Robert Garcia, Rodriguez’s veteran trainer.

“Look man, we know what Bam is all about, we know his talent,” Garcia said on a Little Giant Boxing video. “… So when they offered us a fight, I never even doubted that we’d be …

Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua 2: Rematch set to take place in Saudi Arabia in August

The rematch between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk is finally set. The two will meet on Aug. 20 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia with Usyk’s unified heavyweight titles on the line.

Usyk, the former undisputed cruiserweight champion, moved to heavyweight in October 2019, beating Chazz Witherspoon and Derek Chisora before facing off with Joshua this past September. Despite entering the fight as an underdog, Usyk thoroughly outboxed Joshua over 12 rounds to take the fight by scores of 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113.

Joshua is a former Olympic gold medalist who tore through the pro ranks, winning two world titles while knocking out each of his first 20 pro opponents. In his 21st bout, Joshua beat Joseph Parker to win the WBO title, putting him in control of three of boxing’s four recognized world titles at heavyweight.

Then came a shocking upset knockout at the hands of Andy Ruiz Jr. Joshua would defeat Ruiz in the rematch to regain his titles — coincidentally, that rematch also took place in Saudi Arabia. The winner of the clash could move on to pursue the WBC championship. That title is currently held by Tyson Fury, though Fury indicated his most recent win, a knockout of Dillian Whyte, would be his last fight as a professional boxer, leaving some mystery as to what would happen to the WBC title should Fury decide to actually hang up his gloves.…

WBC, IBF, WBO Light Heavyweight Title Fight Betting Preview: Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith Jr.

Three of the four light heavyweight titles will be on the line inside Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater on Saturday night.

Artur Beterbiev (-800) is a massive favorite at SI Sportsbook going into this bout against Joe Smith Jr. (+560). Beterbiev is one the most dangerous light heavyweights in recent memory, going 17-0 with a 100% win-to-knockout ratio.

Smith (28-3, 22 KOs), his opponent, has been very successful as of late, winning four straight since his last loss against WBA light heavyweight champion Dimtry Bivol.

With a possible unification fight with Bivol looming for the winner, the stakes are extremely high for both boxers. A Beterbiev loss would be an upset for the ages, while a Smith loss would drop him to a contender on the bad side of title considerations.

Date: Saturday Jun 18, 2022
Location: Hulu Theater at MSG | New York, NY
Main Card: 9 p.m. ET
Main Event ring walks (approx.): 11 p.m. ET


Jahyae Brown vs Keane McMahon – Super welterweight
Wendy Toussaint vs Asina Byfield – Super welterweight
Robeisy Ramirez vs. Abraham Nova – Featherweight
Artur Beterbiev (-800) vs. Joe Smith Jr. (+560) – WBC, IBF, and WBO light heavyweight titles

While always placing a bet on the underdog in a title fight can be enticing, the odds in this one are just way too much for Smith to overcome.

I expect Beterbiev to come out with a controlled pace and look to cut off the ring and keep Smith on the edges, peppering him with jabs and calculating Smith’s timing.

As the fight enters the mid-to-later rounds Beterbiev will have just done too much to break down Smith in the early rounds and I expect him to find an opportunity to get a stoppage somewhere in the 8-10 rounds.…

Oscar De La Hoya Wants to Make Gervonta Davis Lucrative Offer to Fight Ryan Garcia

Gervonta “Tank” Davis is a hot commodity in the world of professional boxing, and Oscar De La Hoya is attempting to make him an offer he can’t refuse.

Davis, who is coming off an impressive sixth-round TKO victory over Rolando Romero on May 28 to remain undefeated and retain his WBA “regular” lightweight title, is free to negotiate with promoters, as his contract with friend Floyd Mayweather Jr. recently came to an end.

De La Hoya isn’t pushing to sign Davis but rather is trying to put together a lucrative fight offer for Davis to face fellow undefeated lightweight Ryan Garcia.

“Tank, I know you had your last fight with Floyd Mayweather, and I respect Floyd Mayweather. I think he did a tremendous job with your career,” De La Hoya said during an appearance on TMZ Sports. “But I’m ready to offer you a multi, multi, multi, multimillion-dollar offer to fight Ryan Garcia.”

De La Hoya went on to guarantee that this fight would be “the biggest purse that Tank Davis has ever made.”

A fight between Davis (27-0, 25 KOs) and Garcia (22-0, 18 KOs) would pit two of the most exciting young lightweights in all of boxing against one another. However, not everyone believes that De La Hoya wants to put his top talent against someone like Tank.

“The closest he’s going to get to Gervonta Davis is where he was tonight,” Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe said May 28 after Garcia was in attendance for Davis’ win over Romero. “He don’t want to fight Tank. It’s all talk. All talk.”

Before a fight between Davis and Garcia can be made, Garcia first has to get past veteran boxer Javier Fortuna (37-3-1, 2 NC, 25 KOs) on July 16.

De La Hoya has confidence in Garcia, and he reiterated his plea to Davis to agree to the fight, which would surely draw a ton of public interest.

“Let’s make this fight happen,” De La Hoya said. “Everybody makes a s–tload of money, and we give the fight fans …

Is Floyd Mayweather retired? Former champion steps back into ring for 2022 exhibition boxing fight

Floyd Mayweather has had a long and storied boxing career. He has beaten a who’s who of fighters over the years, and collected several titles across multiple weight classes. His professional career may be over, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t stepped in the ring every now and then.

Yes, Mayweather retired from boxing in 2017. Initially stepping away in 2015 after facing Andre Berto, he returned for a big payday against MMA star Conor McGregor. Mayweather reportedly made over $100 million for his final bout. The McGregor fight ended a long career which started in 1996 and titles in the super-featherweight, lightweight, welterweight and light-middleweight divisions. “Money’s” career record stands at 50-0. Since that bout, Mayweather has focused on his gentlemen’s club called Girl Collection, The Money Team Racing, and Mayweather Promotions. The latter he has used to work with some of the top boxing stars out there, including Gervonta Davis. Mayweather has also competed in exhibition bouts. In 2018, Mayweather fought kickboxing champion Tenshin Nasukawa at a RIZIN event. Mayweather knocked the young star down several times before beating him via TKO. The fight only lasted one round. In 2021, Mayweather returned, facing YouTuber Logan Paul in Miami. It was a non-scored bout that went the distance.

On May 14, Mayweather faces former sparring partner Don Moore in another exhibition bout. They will be fighting on the Burj Al Arab Hotel helipad in Dubai.It appears that Mayweather can do these type of events whenever he wants while earning a massive paycheck. Speaking with Fight Hype, Mayweather talked about remaining relevant in boxing and not paying attention to critics.

“I was able to leave boxing on my own terms and now the boxing critics are upset that I am still able to milk and finesse the sport of boxing by throwing exhibitions,” Mayweather said, via Mirror. “Sixteen minutes and I am able to get eight and nine figures from the fruits of my labor. Once again I am not hurting for my money, I am far from hurting …

YouTuber’s Profitable Boxing Run Gets Real Test; Business Side May See Odd Ending

Jake Paul’s critics may finally calm down once the YouTuber’s next fight is sealed.

Although it has yet to be made official, the 24-year-old’s next opponent will likely be a legitimate boxer in the person of Tommy Fury.

The 22-year-old is the younger and half-brother of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. He holds an unblemished record of 7-0 with four wins coming by way of knockout.

The British pugilist was last seen in action this past August. He took on Anthony Taylor of the United States and won via unanimous decision.

There is no official word on who he may fight next. But it appears he will be in for something different with Paul looming as his next foe.

Fury admitted that he has nothing to gain in this fight against the internet sensation. However, he could be doing boxing critics a big favor if he deals Paul a loss in the ring.

“I’ve been doing this job since I was seven,” he told TMZ. “He’s not a boxer. He’s gonna see that when we fight.”

Fury is aware that winning the fight won’t get him a title shot. But then again, he would rack in a good payday from doing so.

In what is looming as a one-sided fight, considering Fury is someone who has been in the ring for some time, it may be best to taper expectations. Proof of that is the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Logan Paul fight. Most expected the American fighter to give the 26-year-old YouTuber a sound beating. That never happened, but both fighters raked in millions.

Tyson Fury knocks out Deontay Wilder to win an epic world heavyweight title fight in Las Vegas

The British heavyweight star was on the brink of defeat when he was floored twice in the fourth round, but Fury staged a sensational recovery and dropped Wilder in the 10th before inflicting a crushing knockout to retain his WBC belt. Wilder had been blasted to the canvas in the third round, but the American nearly pulled off a stunning fightback in the fourth, before Fury quickly regained command and eventually broke the resistance of his exhausted challenger. Wilder had been blasted to the canvas in the third round, but the American nearly pulled off a stunning fightback in the fourth, before Fury quickly regained command and eventually broke the resistance of his exhausted challenger.

In a tense opening round, Wilder tried to enforce his aggressive tactics as he forced Fury onto the back foot with stinging body shots and clubbing right hands.

But Fury began to find the range with his hurtful straight right hand in the second, then unloaded it perfectly in the third to daze Wilder, who was cuffed to the canvas. With Wilder badly hurt, Fury went for the finish in the fourth, but he wilted to the canvas after a huge right hand from the Alabama man.

A right hand from Fury sent Wilder crumpling to the canvas in the 10th, and still he threw back, briefly buzzing the Brit with crude shots.

But Fury finally concluded their saga in the 11th as a huge right hand sent Wilder crashing spectacularly to the canvas.


Tyson Fury warned about Deontay Wilder by Top Rank’s Todd duBoef: ‘He had better be careful!’

Fury will defend his WBC title against Wilder this Saturday in Las Vegas, a trilogy fight between two bitter heavyweight rivals. Fury ended Wilder’s title reign with a scintillating stoppage in their second fight, after their first bout ended in a dramatic draw, and has now been warned to be wary in the third clash.

“My gut says that Tyson will do what Tyson does best in a continuation of the second fight,” said duBoef, president at Top Rank, Fury’s American promotional team.

“But he had better be careful. “On October 9 it will give us the chance to put an absolute conclusion to the trilogy.

Joshua and Fury had been in negotiations for an undisputed title fight earlier this year, but to no avail.

DuBoef said: “I can say that when Fury vs Wilder II ended, I looked to my wife and said: ‘This may have been the most wonderful event in my 20 years that I have ever put on’.

“It had energy, it had competition between passionate fans in America and the UK, it had a definitive ending and it was a spectacle.

“I’ve been involved in big fights that didn’t have a definitive ending, like Oscar De La Hoya vs Felix Trinidad.

“Then Covid-19 hit and I wondered: ‘Will I ever revisit that unbelievable moment again?…

‘I want to live’: Oleksandr Usyk ready for time off after biggest fight

Heavyweight champion said his corner helped him execute his plan, while a pensive Anthony Joshua will analyze mistakes. The new champion walked in first, just after one in the morning, with his face bearing the brutal realities of heavyweight boxing. Despite his dominant defeat of Anthony Joshua on Saturday night at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Oleksandr Usyk wore the marks of battle. A jagged cut ran above his right brow while his bruised skin had turned a shade of burst violet below that same eye. The swollen mouse beneath his left eye was even more prominent and a reminder that Usyk had fought 12 rounds against a world champion who weighed 19 pounds more than him.

Usyk is not a small man but he also gave away four inches in reach and three inches in height. Yet in the final moments of the last round the usually imposing figure of Joshua, who is 6ft 6in, had sagged against the ropes as Usyk came close to winning by stoppage.

A singular character, who is as intelligent as he is amusing, Usyk was nonchalant as he sat down to address his stunning rise in boxing’s premier division to become the new IBF, WBA and WBO world champion in only his third fight as a heavyweight. When someone asked him to break down his fight strategy, for this had been a dazzling display, he spoke in Ukrainian. His fellow countrymen and women laughed before the translator tried to inject some of that comedy into English.

“The plan was just to walk in, to see, to start. So we went in, we saw, we started and then in the 12th round they said speed up and so I did and then they said: ‘….and the new [heavyweight champion of the world].’ So that was the plan.”

Usyk continued in more serious vein. “I tried a few times [for the stoppage]. I put my speed into it. I punched him a couple of times but then I was losing rhythm. I went back to my …

Anthony Joshua’s intimidating physique will soon be revealed – but is he built for speed or power?

Unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua collides with undefeated Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk, the WBO mandatory challenger, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Britain’s heavyweight star will have a final face-off with Oleksandr Usyk at today’s weigh-in before their world title fight on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office. But has Joshua packed on muscle or shed pounds for his crucial showdown with Usyk?…

Boxer Manny Pacquiao to run for Philippine president in 2022

Boxing star Manny Pacquiao says he will run for president of the Philippines next year after railing against corruption in government and what he calls President Rodrigo Duterte’s cosy relationship with China.

Pacquiao, currently a senator, was nominated on Sunday by his PDP-Laban party allies during the group’s national assembly, days after a rival faction nominated Duterte as its choice for vice president and his longtime aide, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, as the party’s presidential candidate.

Pacquiao, 42, presents a potential obstacle to Duterte’s succession plans as the race for the top post takes shape.

“I’m a fighter and will always be a fighter, inside and outside of the ring,” Pacquiao said at the event. “All my life, I haven’t backed down from any fight. Nothing is impossible if it’s ordained by God.”

Threat to Duterte

Pacquiao’s presidential bid is seen by analysts as a threat to Duterte’s candidate in 2022, as the boxer could split the vote in the southern island that both come from, opening the door for opposition figures.

Go declined the nomination, but the rift between the Pacquiao and Duterte factions has escalated. The senator ranked fifth among 15 possible presidential candidates in a June survey by PulseAsia.

Pacquiao’s faction has not expressed support for Duterte’s vice presidential bid. Duterte is prohibited by the constitution from running for a second six-year term as president.

The eight-division world boxing champion and beloved national hero made the announcement weeks after losing what could be his last professional fight against Cuban Yordenis Ugas in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao was among the world’s highest-paid athletes in 2019, according to Forbes.

The Filipino boxer has been a senator since 2016 and also served as a congressman. He was once a loyal ally to Duterte, defending the president’s deadly drug war and death penalty push.

Recently, however, Pacquiao has criticised the administration for alleged corruption and its South China Sea stance amid a split in the governing party.

“We need progress, we need to win against poverty, we need government to serve our …