Mayweather: I have to give the fans a great show this time

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor officially kicked off fight week events Tuesday with grand arrivals at the Toshiba Plaza ahead of the Showtime PPV event this Saturday, Aug. 26 taking place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The fighters were greeted by fans at the Toshiba Plaza before making brief remarks onstage. Here is what they had to say:

Photo: Chris Farina/Mayweather Promotions

Floyd Mayweather: “I’m doing this for myself and my family but I want to give everyone a great show. Everyone deserves a good show. The Pacquiao fight wasn’t exciting enough. That was on Pacquiao, but I have to give the fans a great show this time.”

Photo: Chris Farina/Mayweather Promotions

Conor McGregor: “Floyd can talk about whatever he wants to talk about. He can talk any kind of trash he wants, because he’s talking to the new God of boxing.” Continue reading “Mayweather: I have to give the fans a great show this time”

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor officially kicked off fight week events Tuesday with grand arrivals at the Toshiba Plaza ahead of the Showtime PPV event this Saturday, Aug. 26 taking…
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Lomachenko-Rigondeaux in play for December

WBO jr lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko will return December 9 on ESPN at The Theater in Madison Square Garden according to Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. The opponent isn’t set, but either Guillermo Rigondeaux or Orlando “Siri” Salido is the likely foe. Lomachenko-Rigondeaux would be a clash between elite two-time Olympic gold medalists with Rigo moving up two divisions from 122 to 130 pounds. Lomachenko-Salido would be a rematch and opportunity for Loma to avenge his only loss.

WBO jr lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko will return December 9 on ESPN at The Theater in Madison Square Garden according to Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. The opponent isn’t…
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Brisbane demands Pacman commitment

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

The Brisbane City Council will not make a financial commitment to the promoters for the rematch of WBO welterweight title bout between world champion Jeff Horn and challenger Manny Pacquiao until it’s guaranteed that the future Hall of Famer will be travelling from the Philippines for a rematch with the former Brisbane schoolteacher in November. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has told News Corp Australia that he wants confirmation from promoters that Pacquiao has signed on for the fight before he commits to marketing the event. Continue reading “Brisbane demands Pacman commitment”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing The Brisbane City Council will not make a financial commitment to the promoters for the rematch of WBO welterweight title bout between world…
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Humongous Crawford-Indongo Photo Gallery

Photos: Sumio Yamada

In a rare four-belt world title fight, Terence Crawford became the undisputed king of the 140lb division with a stunning third round knockout over Julius Indongo Saturday night in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Crawford now holds the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO belts, the first man to do so since Jermain Taylor 11 years ago.

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Photos: Sumio Yamada In a rare four-belt world title fight, Terence Crawford became the undisputed king of the 140lb division with a stunning third round knockout over Julius Indongo Saturday…
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Undisputed: Crawford wrecks Indongo in three

By Juaquin Flores and Mike Green at ringside

In a clash between champions for the undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO jr welterweight world titles, Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs) scored a dominant and impressive knockout over previously unbeaten Julius Indongo (22-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night before 12,121 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Crawford edged a close round one where neither fighter landed anything big. Crawford dropped Indongo in round two with a right hand on the ear. The end came in round three when Crawford kayoed Indongo with body shot. Time was 1:38. Crawford is the first undisputed champion in 11 years.

By Juaquin Flores and Mike Green at ringside In a clash between champions for the undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO jr welterweight world titles, Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs)…
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Joshua wants Cardiff defense Oct 28

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua would like to defend the title against Kubrat Pulev at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium rather than defend the championship in Las Vegas. If he defends in Cardiff it will be October 28. The date and venue in Las Vegas would be the T-Mobile Arena on November 11.

“I’m not turning Vegas down, I’d go, but for the people it’s easier,” Joshua, 27, told Press Association Sport.”My heart always tells me the UK, because a lot of people that have supported me since the amateurs are from here, and it gives them a chance to come down and watch a heavyweight title fight without having to travel.”I know people will always make the effort but sometimes you want to make it as easy as possible for them. Continue reading “Joshua wants Cardiff defense Oct 28”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBA, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua would like to defend the title against Kubrat Pulev at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium rather than defend the…
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Mayweather: This will be my last fight

Former world champion Floyd Mayweather said today that his August 26 boxing match against MMA fighter Conor McGregor will absolutely be his last fight.

“I thought Andre Berto was going to be the last weigh-in, the last training camp,” said Mayweather. “Honestly speaking, I thought that was going to be my last everything. You just don’t know what can happen. We’re here with this big event, so… This is my last one ladies and gentleman. I gave my word to Al Haymon, I gave my word to my children. And one thing I don’t want to do is break that. I gave Haymon my word, I gave my children my word, I’m going to stick to my word. This will be my last fight!”

Former world champion Floyd Mayweather said today that his August 26 boxing match against MMA fighter Conor McGregor will absolutely be his last fight. “I thought Andre Berto was going…
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NSAC OKs 8oz gloves for Mayweather-McGregor

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has unanimously approved the clash between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor to be fought with eight-ounce gloves, rather than the ten-ounce mitts normally required for the junior middleweight division and higher. The decision was a one-time exception for this bout only. McGregor normally uses four-ounce gloves in MMA competition.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has unanimously approved the clash between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor to be fought with eight-ounce gloves, rather than the ten-ounce mitts normally required for…
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Crawford, Indongo poised to unify

By Robert Hough

Light welterweights Terence Crawford and Julius Indongo are set to fight Saturday in an ultra-rare, four-belt unification bout. The match, in Lincoln, Nebraska, will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 10 p.m. ET and streamed live via the ESPN app.

Here’s what they had to say today:

Terence Crawford: “(Indongo) is at the end of his career. He doesn’t have a lot of choices. He can’t wait around for a long time…He has good legs. It seems like he can punch a bit. He doesn’t let his opponent get inside.”

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Julius Indongo: “It’s something huge. It’s very big. It’s very meaningful…I am a humble guy but I don’t fear anybody. My focus, my game-plan, everything is in position…Although people never knew me, this is the right time to show the world.”

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Continue reading “Crawford, Indongo poised to unify”

By Robert Hough Light welterweights Terence Crawford and Julius Indongo are set to fight Saturday in an ultra-rare, four-belt unification bout. The match, in Lincoln, Nebraska, will be televised live on ESPN…
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Full Report: Nery dethrones WBC bantam champ Yamanaka

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten Mexican southpaw Luis Nery (24-0, 18 KOs), 118, surprisingly captured the WBC bantamweight belt when he swarmed over previously unbeaten champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-1-2, 19 KOs), 118, battered him to the punch and halted him with the towel thrown in from his corner at 2:29 of the fourth round on Tuesday in Kyoto, Japan. Yamanaka, a southpaw upright stylist, failed to score his thirteenth defense, which would have tied the Japanese mark of Yoko Gushiken’s as many defenses registered 37 years ago.

It’s a shocking defeat for a great many adherents in Kyoto city, where he had stayed in high school days and started to learn how to box—along with his younger alumni such as 2012 Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata and former world challenger Shohei Omori.

Prior to the quick stoppage Nery was leading on points: Oren Shellenberger (US), David Sutherland (US) both 29-28 for Nery, Joel Scobie (Canada) 29-28 for Yamanaka. The referee was Mike Griffin (Canada). Continue reading “Full Report: Nery dethrones WBC bantam champ Yamanaka”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten Mexican southpaw Luis Nery (24-0, 18 KOs), 118, surprisingly captured the WBC bantamweight belt when he swarmed over previously unbeaten champ Shinsuke…
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Glowacki, Masternak added to WBSS as reserves

Former World Champion Krzysztof Glowacki (27-1, 17 KOs) and fellow Polish star Mateusz Masternak (39-4, 26 KOs) have signed-up to act as reserves in the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight quarter-finals. Assuming they are not needed to act as reserves, the fighters will box on the undercards of the quarter-final they are assigned to.

Glowacki is the reserve for the Mairis Briedis vs Mike Perez quarter-final and WBC world title match-up at the Riga Arena, Latvia on September 30. Masternak has been named as reserve for the Murat Gassiev vs Krzysztof Wlodarczyk quarter-final and IBF world title bout, date and venue to be announced.

Former World Champion Krzysztof Glowacki (27-1, 17 KOs) and fellow Polish star Mateusz Masternak (39-4, 26 KOs) have signed-up to act as reserves in the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight…
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Farhood says Canelo will beat GGG

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez can get an upset victory over betting favorite and WBC, WBA, IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin on September 16 according to Showtime boxing analyst Steve Farhood.

“I think the fight is coming along at a really good time for Canelo,” Farhood told OTR Boxing Radio. “Golovkin has shown a little bit more vulnerability lately in the Brook and the Danny Jacobs fight. Canelo took his time moving up to 160, it won’t surprise me if he’s the bigger fighter in the ring at the time of the fight, because he does blow up after the weigh in. I like his chances, I’m picking him to win in a minor upset. Continue reading “Farhood says Canelo will beat GGG”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Saul “Canelo” Alvarez can get an upset victory over betting favorite and WBC, WBA, IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin on September 16 according…
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McGregor: I will be a god of boxing

It was “The Notorious” Conor McGregor’s turn to meet with the media on Friday from UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas, a day after Floyd “Money” Mayweather did the same in advance of their Saturday, Aug. 26, headlining attraction of a SHOWTIME PPV event from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime

Here is what McGregor had to say Friday:

Conor McGregor: “I have a game plan and I will execute it perfectly, like always. I have been boxing my whole life so this is not a new experience for me. I will rule over MMA and boxing with an iron fist after August 26th.

“The tale of the fight will be waiting to see who takes a step back first. We all know Floyd is a great defensive boxer and he isn’t going to keep coming forward like he says. If he does, it’s going to be a quick night for me. Continue reading “McGregor: I will be a god of boxing”

It was “The Notorious” Conor McGregor’s turn to meet with the media on Friday from UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas, a day after Floyd “Money” Mayweather did the same…
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Crawford Training Camp: Part 2

By Bill Green
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Last week Fightnews discussed several topics with a lead trainer and manager Brian “BoMac” McIntyre and #2 ranked P4P champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs). We already know the importance and history in the making of the highly-anticipated showdown between fellow two-belt holder Julius Indongo (22-0, 11 KOs). What we don’t know is what goes through the mind of Team Crawford and better yet the champ himself as the fight is merely 9 days away.

Fightnews discussed strategy tips, weaknesses, strengths and possible common opponents in style. Continue reading “Crawford Training Camp: Part 2”

By Bill Green Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Last week Fightnews discussed several topics with a lead trainer and manager Brian “BoMac” McIntyre and #2 ranked P4P champion Terence “Bud” Crawford…
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Larry Holmes: Don’t sell McGregor short

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former world heavyweight champion Larry Holmes has predicted that Conor McGregor can cause a major upset when he clashes with Floyd Mayweather on August 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.”Don’t sell McGregor short,” Holmes said to the Bald Faced Truth Radio Show. “He doesn’t have to do too much to win. All he has to do is get him in the corner and bang him. Put his hands up over his head, get down low, keep coming in and throw punches once you get him against the ropes. Continue reading “Larry Holmes: Don’t sell McGregor short”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Former world heavyweight champion Larry Holmes has predicted that Conor McGregor can cause a major upset when he clashes with Floyd Mayweather on…
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Mayweather: For me, it’s just another day

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Floyd “Money” Mayweather opened up the Mayweather Boxing Club on Thursday for a media workout ahead of his highly anticipated matchup against UFC champion Conor McGregor on Saturday, Aug. 26 in the headlining attraction of a SHOWTIME PPV event from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Floyd Mayweather: “I’ve been here before and I know what it takes. It’s my same old routine but I’m older now so I have to let the body rest a lot more. With age comes wisdom. When I was a lot younger I would just train and train and never let myself recuperate. When I come back from resting I come back rejuvenated and with a lot more spark.

“This isn’t just a fight; this is an event. We both owe the fans and everyone tuning in a lot of excitement. That’s what we’re there to give them. Continue reading “Mayweather: For me, it’s just another day”

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME Floyd “Money” Mayweather opened up the Mayweather Boxing Club on Thursday for a media workout ahead of his highly anticipated matchup against UFC champion Conor McGregor on…
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The time’s right for Canelo

By Robert Hough

It’s a groovy California summer for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

The relaxed 27-year-old makes time for singing and fun with friends and colleagues, takes in some baseball and the multi-millionaire will make many more millions next month – when he faces Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) for the middleweight championship and a claim to being the world’s best pound-for-pound boxer.

Photo: Rich Kane – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

“We do what we like,” Alvarez (49-1-1, 39 KOs) said Monday on a conference call to discuss the Sept. 16 fight in Las Vegas. “We asked for this fight. We ask for these moments.”

This moment is what his promoter Oscar De La Hoya called the biggest middleweight fight in the history of boxing, bigger than the likes of Marvin Hagler vs. Tommy Hearns or Hagler vs. Ray Leonard. Continue reading “The time’s right for Canelo”

By Robert Hough It’s a groovy California summer for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. The relaxed 27-year-old makes time for singing and fun with friends and colleagues, takes in some baseball and…
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Joshua-Ortiz Update

Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, president of the World Boxing Association (WBA), today reiterated the WBA’s heavyweight resolution for the mandatory fight between Anthony Joshua and Luis Ortiz. With Joshua having mandatories due for two separate organizations, Mendoza added that he is in conversation with the International Boxing Federation for the mandatory fights to take place without affecting the boxers. In addition, he repeated that the WBA will continue eliminating titles to arrive at a single champion.

Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, president of the World Boxing Association (WBA), today reiterated the WBA’s heavyweight resolution for the mandatory fight between Anthony Joshua and Luis Ortiz. With Joshua having mandatories…
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Valdez, Ramirez defenses finally official

Undefeated WBO world champions ÓScar Valdez and Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez will host a press conference next Tuesday in Tucson to announce the next defenses of their respective WBO featherweight and WBO super middleweight world titles, which will take place on September 22 at the Tucson Arena. Valdez (21-0, 19 KOs) will be defending his title against the WBO #4 Genesis Servania (29-0, 12 KOs). Ramirez (35-0, 24 KOs) will take on #1 contender and mandatory challenger Jesse “Hard Work” Hart (22-0, 18 KOs).

Promoted by Top Rank and Peltz Boxing, both title fights will be televised live and exclusively on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and stream live on the ESPN app.

Undefeated WBO world champions ÓScar Valdez and Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez will host a press conference next Tuesday in Tucson to announce the next defenses of their respective WBO featherweight and…
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WBSS: Eubank-Yildirim lands in Germany

IBO super middleweight beltholder Chris Eubank Jr. (25-1-0, 19 KOs) meets Avni Yildirim (16-0, 10 KOs) on October 7 in a World Boxing Super Series clash quarter-final bout at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany.

Eubank Jr. has joined Floyd Mayweather’s training camp in Las Vegas ahead of Floyd’s fight with Conor McGregor. “What is Chris going to learn there, apart from hide-and-seek?,” said Yildirim. “I like Mayweather, he is a special guy. But Eubank is not Mayweather. Seriously, what is he going to learn from a welterweight, to run away for 12 rounds? The fans want a fight, I want a fight! If he is man enough, me versus Chris will be a good fight.”

Eubank stated, “Yildirim’s chin hasn’t been tested, I will test it to the absolute limit and if it has even the slightest bit of weakness he won’t last six rounds.” Continue reading “WBSS: Eubank-Yildirim lands in Germany”

IBO super middleweight beltholder Chris Eubank Jr. (25-1-0, 19 KOs) meets Avni Yildirim (16-0, 10 KOs) on October 7 in a World Boxing Super Series clash quarter-final bout at the…
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Atlas tells Horn to grow up

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

ESPN boxing analyst Teddy Atlas talked to News Corp and stuck by his original comments when he declared Manny Pacquiao was robbed against Jeff Horn and that boxing was corrupt. “End of the day I thought there was one winner and I gave it to Pacquiao,” Atlas said. “Horn was missing a lot and you don’t get points for missing. You don’t win fights for trying hard. You win for being efficient and effective…

“I laugh at Horn. God bless him. It’s good for his country and good for boxing. I’m happy for that. But for Jeff to say ‘oh I lost respect for Teddy’ … well grow up! You’re a world champion now. Say something little bit more mature than that. Are you kidding me?” Continue reading “Atlas tells Horn to grow up”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing ESPN boxing analyst Teddy Atlas talked to News Corp and stuck by his original comments when he declared Manny Pacquiao was robbed against…
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Margarito eyeing super welter title shot

Former world champion Antonio Margarito (40-8, 27 KOs) says he’s in great shape for his September 2 clash with Carson Jones (40-11-3, 30 KOs) at the Gimnasio “Manuel Bernardo Aguirre” in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Photo: Julio Rivera/Zanfer

“I’ve done a great preparation, I feel with the strength, speed and mentality that I had years ago,” stated the long-haired Tijuana Tornado. “The fans will see the powerful and aggressive Margarito they are accustomed to. We are going to leave with our arm raised and to give a great show to the people of Chihuahua. Continue reading “Margarito eyeing super welter title shot”

Former world champion Antonio Margarito (40-8, 27 KOs) says he’s in great shape for his September 2 clash with Carson Jones (40-11-3, 30 KOs) at the Gimnasio “Manuel Bernardo Aguirre”…
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Horn camp wants random testing for Pac rematch

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

According to Jeff Horn’s trainer Glen Rushton, Manny Pacquiao and Horn should be given random drug testing prior to their rematch expected to be on November 12 in Australia so there will be a level playing field. “It is something I’d bring up because what I don’t want is for them to go ‘The only way I can win this fight is if we are trying to get an unfair advantage,'” Rushton told the Sydney Morning Herald. Continue reading “Horn camp wants random testing for Pac rematch”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing According to Jeff Horn’s trainer Glen Rushton, Manny Pacquiao and Horn should be given random drug testing prior to their rematch expected to…
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Tim Bradley’s Retirement Statement

There always comes a point in life where we have to make choices that no matter how much we know the right option, it still leaves us filled with mixed emotions.

Photo: Sumio Yamada

I have spent the past couple days trying to find the right words to describe this point in my life and no matter how long I sit and reflect, I still don’t know if these words can do my thoughts justice, but I’m going to do my best to open up my heart and share with all of you during this pivotal time. Continue reading “Tim Bradley’s Retirement Statement”

There always comes a point in life where we have to make choices that no matter how much we know the right option, it still leaves us filled with mixed…
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Lomachenko dominates, stops Marriaga

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Two-division world champion and WBO super featherweight champion Ukraine’s Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs) scored a one-sided seventh round stoppage over Miguel “Escorpión” Marriaga (25-3, 21 KOs) of Columbia, Saturday night at the Microsoft Theater at LA Live in Los Angeles on the ESPN main event. Loma dropped Marriaga in rounds three and seven, prompting Marriaga’s corner to halt the bout after the seventh round. Continue reading “Lomachenko dominates, stops Marriaga”

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada Two-division world champion and WBO super featherweight champion Ukraine’s Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs) scored a one-sided seventh round stoppage over…
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