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The undercard for the Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua rematch has now been confirmed in full.

On August 20 in Saudi Arabia, the Ukrainian and the Brit will meet again with the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight world titles at stake.

Prior to that though, dangerous Croatian contender Filip Hrgovic will compete to earn the right to become a future challenger.

Highly rated Hrgovic will face China’s unbeaten Zhilei Zhang in a final eliminator to determine the IBF’s next mandatory.

After the Usyk vs Joshua rematch, it’s expected that the WBA could be the next organisation to put forward their mandatory, with the Hrgovic vs Zhang winner then called not long afterwards.

Hrgovic will be a big favourite in the bout as had been largely avoided in the division.

It took a long time to secure him an opponent in this final eliminator, with all other heavyweights in the IBF’s top 15 turning down the fight until they reached Zhang who is rated #15.

The pair were initially meant to meet on the undercard of Canelo Alvarez vs Dmitry Bivol back in May, but had to reschedule as Hrgovic’s father passed away.

“I respect a fighter like Zhilei Zhang, especially as there were plenty of others who could have fought me and didn’t,” said Hrgovic.

“The respect stays outside the ring, and it’ll be business as usual for me when I step in there and look to do what I do best – put people away.

“There’s a huge amount at stake in this fight. I’m a fighter who belongs at the top of this division, and there’ll be no doubt about this when Zhang is dealt with and I go on to beat whoever it is out of Usyk or Joshua.

“I’m entering my prime, and now is the perfect time to be putting myself up against the top fighters in this division. I will become the heavyweight champion of the world.”

A second final eliminator on the card sees Callum Smith meet France’s Mathieu Bauderlique.

The winner will become the WBC mandatory challenger at light-heavyweight – with the world title currently held by unified WBC, IBF and WBO champion Artur Beterbiev.

“The last time I was in Jeddah I was crowned the best super-middleweight in the world, so I have fond memories of the place,” said Smith.

“The whole experience was great, and the fans really got behind me, so I’m really looking forward to returning next month.

“I won’t come away this time as a world champion, but this is a tough fight on a great card and one which should set up a challenge at the number one in the division.”

Also on the show, Somali-British super-bantamweight prospect Ramla Ali and her opponent Crystal Garcia Nova will become the first female boxers to feature in an official international event in Saudi Arabia.

As well as this, former Floyd Mayweather man Badou Jack will face Richard Rivera in a cruiserweight bout.

And another ex-Mayweather Promotions fighter Andrew Tabiti will take on Tyrone Spong in a heavyweight contest.

Rounding off the action will be Usyk teammate Daniel Lapin in a light-heavyweight bout with Jozef Jurko and Saudi Super-Lightweight prospect Ziyad Almaayouf facing Jose Alatorre.

What if a world-class boxer competed inside a cage instead of a ring? Often, it has been a matter of debate for combat sports enthusiasts and fans. Especially when Floyd Mayweather matched up with Conor McGregor, many wondered how the fight would have turned out had the two fought in MMA and not boxing. Well now, the former world heavyweight champion, Mike Tyson, answers how ‘Iron’ himself would do in the UFC?

“I don’t know what I would do in the UFC. Because I watched the UFC a couple of times and I watch these guys step on people’s feet. And I have the worst feet in the world.”


“If somebody stepped on my feet, I would totally tap out. I would give up; it would be a no-brainer,”
he added.

Well, given the information about Tyson’s weak feet, here are some ways you could defeat the ‘Kid Dynamite’ in a full-fledged brawl.

Go Takeru Segawa on Mike Tyson and chop his legs out

Having well observed how Tyson fights, we would advise you to not let ‘Iron’ get inside of your reach any time possible. Maintaining his high peekaboo guard, Tyson would often bend like a windshield on a rainy day. While he moves forward with his top guard and aggressive movement, simply circle him out and soak him with a few inside low kicks. Tyson would be relentless and also fast, therefore do not waste an iota of your time. Keep placing your head outside the center line and chop his lead leg every time he leans.

Considering the amount of power Tyson can generate, it would be intelligent of you to not try to box. Focus on the low kicks and if you are accurate, soon Tyson’s legs will give out and he will consequently fall. An ideal example would be Israel Adesanya fighting Romero or Costa in the UFC. However, in proximity, leg kicks can often be countered by the cross or the straight hand. Keep this in mind, hide your chin, and move away, ducking Tyson’s approaching punch.

Keep your head off the center-line like Dominick Cruz skating on canvas

Tyson loved throwing the uppercut, the body hook, and a circling lead hand. However, all these are round punches, and for Tyson to connect any of these would require him to stand in proximity with you. Therefore, have quick movements and be elusive with your feet.

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Dominick Cruz from the UFC had one of the best footwork in the game. He was literally the least-tagged fighter in his prime. One of the most scientific fighters of his era, Cruz understood body movement exceptionally well. He fought with his hands low. However, that he diligently avoided the center-line, his low guard barely annoyed or taxed him in his fights.

So, be like Cruz. Mix it up, stay always busy on your feet. Tyson often fought with some sort of impulsion. Having missed a couple of times, he will definitely feel the frustration and eventually disclose the openings.

And, of course, get conditioned!

See, fighting Tyson is no small matter. You will not only play with fire but also try to tame it. Keep in mind that he has an unparalleled ring IQ and will come all prepared. Therefore, having good conditioning will help you last longer and even survive a few of Tyson’s hits.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is one of the references in boxing over the last decades, but so are the gloves of the Mexican brand Cleto Reyes, and the American is clear about his reasons for detesting them.

Next to Everlast, Cleto Reyes is the leading brand for elite boxers around the planet to use as their main tool to practice the discipline. Mohamed Ali or Julio César Chávez wore them with great pride and always had good words for their work tools.

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Why Mayweather can’t stand the Cleto Reyes gloves

Inside the gloves there is a material that is not to the liking of Floyd Mayweather, since this brand is well known for using horsehair on the knuckles, specifically horsehair, a material that protects the fighter but at the same time is less cushioning than the foam used by most of his competitors.

This main characteristic of Cleto Reyes has led the brand’s gloves to be nicknamed Los Noqueadores, since this thickness of just eight millimeters is less dense than the foam, something that favors fighters with greater power in the punch, especially with the constant and fast punching during a fight.

This reason is the one that did not benefit Mayweather’s style when he stepped into the ring, although he was a skilled fighter in defense, every punch with this material could have made things more difficult for him, because of his counterpunching style.

When Mayweather faced Conor McGregor, he refused to let the Irishman use the Cleto Reyes brand, and ended up wearing the Everlast brand.

Another anecdote that makes the Cleto Reyes brand famous is when the mythical Rocky Balboa wore them on the big screen.

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We didn’t think Floyd Mayweather would ever defend Canelo

Floyd Mayweather is finally starting to open up about his rivalry with Canelo Alvarez, if there ever truly was one. Despite having their fight all those years ago, Floyd is happy with the fact that he got to fight against some of the greatest boxers of more than one generation. ‘Money’ doesn’t like today’s generation that seems to be lead by social media stars such as Ryan Garcia, who doesn’t walk his talk.

For Floyd, Garcia’s sudden change of heart with Canelo and the beef they have is not something he can back up. In fact, he had to come out and praise Canelo’s career and flat out say he doesn’t like Ryan Garcia at all. Why is he doing this? It all originated from the falling out between Canelo and Ryan.

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What did Floyd say about Canelo?

During a sit down with FightHype.com, Floyd first talked about how he doesn’t like Ryan but then wen’t on to praise Canelo to the point where he places the Mexican in the boxing Hall of Fame alongside Manny Macquiao. Here’s what he said: “You see Ryan Garcia, first he’s praising Canelo. Right? He wanna learn from Canelo. You’re in Canelo’s training camp. Now it’s all hate. Oh I don’t like him. I don’t like this. I don’t like him.

“Accomplish what Canelo has accomplished, then speak bad about him. You know what I mean? But you don’t need to speak bad about him anyway because we all need to stay in our own lane and do us. So you really shouldn’t speak bad about him if you went to his camp to learn from him and to be his student. One thing about Canelo, he’s gonna step up to the plate and do what he gotta do. He’s gonna fight.”

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He continued: “I may shoot s**t at him but he gonna fight. I can’t knock the motherf-er because he’s going down in the Hall of Fame. So that’s another guy, you know? Pacquiao is going down in the Hall of the Fame. These are the guys that I went up against. I will always give guys their flowers. I’m not a hater, man.

“They want to keep telling you ‘Oh Floyd is jealous, he’s this, he’s that.’ I’m not jealous. If I was jealous of fighters I wouldn’t push them to be great. Remember this. When you have seen beef on social media, I have always been the reaction, not the action. Always. I’ve always uplifted my people and I will always uplift my people.”

Carl Froch says Anthony Joshua needs a ‘brain transplant’ if he is to become a three-time world heavyweight champion by beating Oleksandr Usyk.

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Froch believes the Watford-born Joshua has the body to take on Usyk, but questioned his mentality ahead of their rematch in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on August 20.

Last September at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Usyk won their initial fight by unanimous decision, but now Joshua has a new trainer, Robert Garcia, who is thought to bring more aggression to the 32-year-old’s boxing style.

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Froch told Betfred’s Lightweight Boxing Show: ‘Sometimes a change is good, but for Anthony Joshua to beat Oleksandr Usyk, he needs a brain transplant. He’s got all the physical attributes but I just don’t think he can beat him.’

Their previous encounter was only the second time Joshua has lost a professional bout, after being knocked out by Andy Ruiz Jr. in June 2019. Joshua will be eyeing up revenge against Usyk, especially after leaving his previous trainer Rob McCraken to obtain Garcia’s services.

Anthony Joshua became the IBF world heavyweight champion in just his 16th professional fight when he steamrolled Charles Martin.

Three fights later, he battled Wladimir Klitschko for the IBF, IBO and WBA (Super) world titles at Wembley stadium.

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Two-time world champion Klitschko was coming off a shock loss at the hands of Tyson Fury. It was accepted that the Ukrainian was past his peak when he faced AJ. But not many anticipated how explosive a fight they would treat fans to. In what was one of the most thrilling fights of their respective careers, both suffered knockdowns inside the opening six rounds.

Joshua was able to recover the better of the two, as he stopped Klitschko in the eleventh after dropping the veteran two more times.

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Boxing cards really do hinge on their main event. Nights can be saved if the headline bout is a good watch, yet events can be hampered just as quickly if the big-name fight underdelivers. Promoters cannot get away with just relying on their main event nowadays, with fans demanding a strong undercard as well. Though when you get a main event as good as AJ vs Klitschko, all that comes before it is forgotten. With that said, here’s a look back at who appeared further down the card at Wembley…

Joe Cordina vs Sergej Vib

‘The Welsh Wizard’ got the night off to a bang. Cordina was a respected amateur, having won a gold medal as a lightweight at the European Championships in 2015. This bout at Wembley was only his second fight since turning professional. He stepped in with 23-year-old Vib, who had a 7-7 record (four wins via TKO/KO). Cordina was able to make light work of his inferior opponent, stopping Vib inside the opening round. Fast forward to today, Cordina has overcome an injury to his right hand to become IBF world champion at super-featherweight. He blasted out Kenichi Ogawa earlier this year to pick up the strap.

Katie Taylor vs Nina Meinke

Now recognised as one of the best female fighters of all time, Taylor won her first title in the pro game in her fifth fight.

Perhaps more importantly, her bout against Meinke was an eliminator for the WBA female lightweight title. Taylor displayed her quality from the get-go, leaving her opponent reeling with her stinging jab. Meinke was cut in the fifth round and after a barrage of shots in the seventh, the contest was waved off and Taylor had her hand raised.

After winning several gold medals as an amateur, there were high expectations of Taylor as a pro. We now know that she has been able to outdo all hopes people had of he. Taylor’s career highlight came earlier this year with her victory over Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden.

Luke Campbell vs Darleys Perez

‘Cool Hand’ was the third respected amateur to appear on the Joshua-Klitschko card. Campbell turned professional in 2015 after winning a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London. He also picked up medals at the World Championships (silver) and European Championships (gold). His first professional defeat came in surprising fashion via split decision against Frenchman Yvan Mendy on the Joshua-Dillian Whyte undercard in 2015. The Hull-born fighter recovered from his loss, winning his next four fights in a comfortable manner. This set him up for a WBA world title eliminator at Wembley against Perez. The Colombian started well, but he could not keep up the pace. The home boxer was ahead on points when the bout was stopped in the ninth with Perez suffering an injury to his left arm. Campbell went on to lose his world title shot against Jorge Linares later in 2017. He retired in 2021 following back-to-back defeats against two quality opponents in Vasiliy Lomachenko and Ryan Garcia.

Scott Quigg vs Viorel Simion

The chief support for Joshua-Klitschko was Quigg’s fight against Romanian Simion. This was the Manchester-born fighter’s first bout with the legendary Freddie Roach as his trainer. He had previously been guided by Joe Gallagher. His split with Gallagher came a few months after his first career loss at Manchester Arena against Carl Frampton. His WBA (Regular) super-bantamweight title was on the line versus the IBF champion. Quigg was at featherweight when the fight against Simion came around. In an IBF world title eliminator, the Mancunian did enough to win comfortably via unanimous decision. Simion proved to be a durable opponent who had bright moments here and there. Quigg proved to be too good for the visiting fighter though. Almost a year later, Quigg lost for a second time as a professional. WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez got the better of the Brit on points when they met at the StubHub Center in California. Quigg’s long career caught up with him two fights later when he was beaten by Jono Carroll, who sent the former WBA (Regular) champion into retirement.

The article Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko: Joe Cordina among four overlooked boxers on Wembley undercard appeared first on Planetsport.com.

Vijay Deverakonda took to Twitter and wished his Liger co-star Mike Tyson on his birthday.

Vijay Deverakonda will be sharing screen space with legendary boxer Mike Tyson in his forthcoming sports drama, Liger. Wishing the co-star on his birthday, the Arjun Reddy actor Tweeted, “Happy Birthday @miketyson I never even dreamt of meeting you, forget all the things I got to do with you. You are a memory for life.”

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Happy Birthday Mike Tyson: Did You Know Boxing Legend Hosted An Animal Planet Show About Pigeons?

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKE TYSON: Mike Tyson is the former youngest undisputed heavyweight champion in the world. The enigmatic former boxing champion won the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles by the age 20. Also an actor, entertainer and a boxing promoter, “The Baddest Man Alive” is a mystery on most levels. The retired American professional boxer is considered the most controversial heavyweight boxer in the world, thanks to his deep compassion, terrifying and violent antics.

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1. Michael Gerard Tyson or Mike Tyson born in Brooklyn, New York was often a soft target of bullying. From a very young age, he developed his style of street fighting to overcome the issues, which resulted in criminal activity. By the time he turned 13, Tyson had been arrested around 38 times.
2. When Tyson was imprisoned, boxing legend Muhammad Ali visited him in the lockup where Tyson was serving time. The legend guided young Tyson to pursue a career in boxing and gave him a direction to embrace his dreams.
3. In 1980, Tyson met legendary boxing manager Constantine “Cus” D’Amato through his counselor and boxing coach, Bob Stewart. Tyson had a coach cum father-son like bond with Cus D’Amato. After the death of Tyson’s mother, Lorna in 1982 due to cancer, Amato became his legal guardian.
4. In 1985, Tyson started his professional boxing career against Hector Mercedes in Albany. He knocked Mercedes out in one round, by his sheer strength, defensive skills and quick fists. After this, Tyson got a nickname as “Iron Mike.”
5. When Tyson was 10 years old, he spent $100 on a flock of pigeons. Since, his love for the birds never faded away. Tyson hosted an Animal Planet show about pigeons, called Taking On Tyson.
6. In 1990, Tyson took over Michael Jordan as the world’s highest-paid athlete that year, with $28.6 million earnings. However, his spoiled life caused a drop from $300 Million to bankruptcy in the year 2003.
7. In 2005, Tyson had his last bout against Irish Heavyweight Champion Kevin McBride. The boxing champion put up a fight in the first two rounds, but failed to land enough punches in the third and fourth, and eventually lost by a technical knockout.
8. Mike Tyson has been married thrice and has eight children.

One of the most feared boxers of all time, Mike Tyson, suggested that no one is truly fearless after seeing tennis legend Serena Williams working a punchbag.

Mike Tyson won his first 19 professional fights and reigned as undisputed world heavyweight champion for three years from 1987 to 1990, so is hardly a stranger to identifying talent in the ring.

After watching Serena Williams training on a punchbag in 2019, Tyson tweeted his admiration.

“Wouldn’t want to get in the ring with this GOAT,” he said.

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It’s thought the video came about after the two met in 2019 at an annual camp hosted by Williams’ coach of 10 years, Patrick Mouratoglou, which always attracts celebrities in and out of the sporting arena.

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Serena Williams is back at Wimbledon

However, Tyson is safe for now as Williams is preoccupied with her tennis career for the foreseeable future, most immediately with Wimbledon, which started this Monday.

Entering the tournament as a wildcard, Williams starts her tournament on day two against Harmony Tan, who is ranked 113th in the world.

If she’s victorious in a fortnight’s time, the crown will be the 40-year old’s 24th Grand Slam singles title, and seventh title at the All England Club.

Mike Tyson wouldn’t want to be a coach

Despite the spectacular training workout Tyson gave Williams, it doesn’t look like Iron Mike wants to take up full-time coaching any time soon.

Speaking on his Hotboxin’ podcast, he said he didn’t have the patience to wake up every morning for a mentor.

TYSON FURY has ripped into Anthony Joshua and claimed his heavyweight rival turned down the chance to fight SIX times.

And the Gypsy King has also declared he remains happy being retired after he called time on his glistening career in April following his win over Dillian Whyte.

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The Gypsy King has hit out at Anthony Joshua after he rejected the chance to fight him

Tyson Fury announced his retirement after beating Dillian Whyte in April

Fury’s dad John recently praised Joshua for his spirit and his willingness to face any boxer.

But the WBC king has contradicted those claims as he insisted the 2012 Olympic gold medallist has ducked a dust-up with him on multiple occasions due to AJ being a “diva”.

In an explosive interview with iFL TV, the 33-year-old said: “Tried to make that fight six times at least and unsuccessful every time because you’re messing with a diva.

“Prima donna, little sucker b****, who don’t want to fight.

“He couldn’t beat me if he had a baseball bat while I was sleeping.”

Fury then went on to state how he has no plans to step back inside the ring.

It was suggested earlier this month that he could face the winner out of Joshua’s rematch against Oleksandr Usyk in an undisputed match-up.

But the unbeaten Mancunian quickly shut down those rumours as he denied he is in talks about a return.

His fans have begged the Manchester United fan to have one more bout before walking away for good.

However Fury has once again reiterated his desire to keep away from the sport in an X-rated rant.

He remarked: “I’m all out of getting punched in the face for a few quid.

“Got plenty of money, still got my faculties and brains about me.

“Six kids and a wife to look after. So if anyone wants to criticise me for that, they can go suck my balls basically.”

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez said his upcoming trilogy fight with longtime ring rival Gennady Golovkin is “personal,” adding that he was hoping to end the Kazakhstan boxer’s career.

Alvarez and Golovkin, known as “GGG”, first met in 2017 and fought to a disputed draw. In the rematch in 2018 the Mexican won an even more controversial points decision that many observers thought could have gone the other way.

A money-spinning third instalment is scheduled to take place on Sept. 17.

“Yeah, he’s two different people, he pretends to be a nice guy here but he’s not,” Alvarez told reporters on Friday.

“Yeah, it’s personal for me and this is the way I am. I don’t pretend to be another person or say things in the media or other places and (then) come here and pretend I don’t want to say anything.

“It’s personal for me, because he talks a lot of things… That’s why he’s special now. I just can’t wait to be in the ring.”

Alvarez added that he would end Golovkin’s career with a knock out, saying it was the “only way” he wanted to finish the fight.

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However, Golovkin downplayed any suggestion of animosity.

“If we take my opponent’s achievements, I believe he did great,” Golovkin said. “I’m a big fan of boxing, and from that standpoint I respect him a lot.

“As for him saying this is personal, I really don’t understand what he’s talking about as after the second fight we shook hands and I believe we put everything behind us back then.

“If he says he still has something against me, again, it’s his problem not mine.”

Alvarez, who holds all four major belts at super middleweight, stepped up to light heavyweight in May but was beaten by Russian Dmitry Bivol. Golovkin, 40, has won four consecutive fights since losing to Alvarez in 2018.