Boxing news: Andy Ruiz Jr fires back at Tyson Fury, Vasyl Lomachenko rips Teofimo Lopez

22 Jul

Here is a round-up of the best of today’s boxing news…

Vasyl Lomachenko says Eddie Hearn is joking with his predicted for his fight with Luke Campbell

After announcing this fight, Campbell’s promoter Eddie Hearn referenced Oleksandr Usyk’s win over Tony Bellew, but told Loma the score would be Ukraine 1-1 England after he meets Campbell on August 31.

When asked for a response to this, he exclusively told talkSPORT.com: “I think, understand boxing, he feel it like, just like a joke.

At this point Vasyl’s manager Egis Klimas interjected and said: “2-0.”

The fighter affirmed: “100 per cent, 100 per cent.”

The pound-for-pound king is coming to the UK
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Andy Ruiz mocks Tyson Fury’s ‘imaginary’ title after being branded a ‘little fat f***er’

During Saturday night’s TV broadcast of Pacquiao vs Thurman, the Mexican-American shared a joint interview with WBC champion Deontay Wilder and later tweeted a picture of the pair together.

He captioned it: “Two champions holding all the belts in heavyweight boxing.”

A jokey reply from a fan asked: “What about the invisible belt Fury has?”

To which Ruiz responded: “I can’t forget his imaginary belt.”

Eddie Hearn welcomes Frank Warren rivalry, but can’t resist cheeky dig

“There’s different kinds of levels,” Hearn told talkSPORT.com. “It’s a bit like when you want to go out for a real great steak. You want prime, wagyu beef in an ideal world – you come to our shows.

“If you want to try and convince yourself that it’s a lovely cut, then you can. If you just want to pop to Angus Steakhouse – other steakhouses do apply – fine.

“[Our events] the creme de la creme. It’s a different type of event. And I thought the event that Frank did at The O2 was really good.”

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Vasyl Lomachenko reacts to Teofimo Lopez being taken the distance

“But with who?” Loma rhetorically asked talkSPORT.com. “Twelve rounds with nobody?

“It’s a very big question for him, for his father, for his bulls*** what he say before. Very big question.

“If we talk about his future fight with Commey, I think Commey wins, but I don’t want [that].

“I want Lopez. Of course, of course.”

Teofimo Lopez has irked Vasyl Lomachenko with his trash talk
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WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will be live at the talkSPORT studios next Friday on the Jim White Show, but if you can’t wait till then to hear from one of the biggest names in boxing you can catch the Bronze Bomber in the flesh at the famous ICC Arena in Birmingham on July 27 for his UK tour with Showfighter and Gold Star. talkSPORT will be in attendance so for more details head to eventbrite.co.uk and you can get your tickets From showfighter.co.uk

Boxing news: Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and Dillian Whyte fights are ‘inevitable’ insists promoter Eddie Hearn

22 Jul

Eddie Hearn is adamant that Anthony Joshua will still fight Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and Dillian Whyte, despite suffering his first career defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr.

The unified heavyweight champion was dethroned of his world titles last month, but intends to win them back again in an immediate rematch later this year.

Anthony Joshua is promoted by Eddie Hearn
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If he does so in spectacular fashion, the big fights will all be back on the table and his profile will be greater than ever before.

When asked specifically about Joshua vs Fury, Hearn told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT: “I think all those fights are inevitable.

“I see the press now, ‘Oh, if AJ loses to Ruiz his career’s over.’

“The aim is to win the rematch, and I believe he will.

If all goes to plan, Wilder and Fury will meet again next year
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“But I think all those fights, even AJ against Dillian Whyte – the first fight was an epic fight, that’s always a big fight.

“AJ against Fury, AJ against Wilder, Whyte against Fury.

“All these top, top guys should be and will be fighting each other.”

Hearn promotes a large portion of the heavyweight division at present, working with Joshua, Whyte, Joseph Parker, Oleksandr Usyk, Murat Gassiev, Derek Chisora, Michael Hunter and Filip Hrgovic.

Whyte is now mandatory for Wilder
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One name that stands out in that list is former undisputed cruiserweight king Usyk, who is now in line to challenge the winner of Ruiz vs Joshua II.

Hearn continued: “Oleksandr Usyk as well, mandatory for the [WBO] world heavyweight title.

“He’s another that’s gonna be in the mix fighting all these guys.

“The heavyweight division right now, I believe, is the healthiest it’s been for a long time.

“There’s ten guys who are all capable of beating each other, and that’s when you know you’ve got some great fights to make.”

Boxing news: Andy Ruiz Jr mocks Tyson Fury’s ‘imaginary’ lineal title after being branded a ‘little fat f***er’

22 Jul

Andy Ruiz Jr has blasted Tyson Fury’s claim to the heavyweight throne after hearing the ‘Gypsy King’ mock him as a ‘little fat f***er.’

Fury insists he remains atop the heavyweight division as he is the ‘lineal’ champion, yet to be beaten in the ring since defeating Wladimir Klitschko.

Andy Ruiz Jr is now the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion
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However, Ruiz Jr – who holds the WBA, IBF and WBO titles – believes it’s all about the belts and branded his rival’s title ‘imaginary.’

During Saturday night’s TV broadcast of Pacquiao vs Thurman, the Mexican-American shared a joint interview with WBC champion Deontay Wilder and later tweeted a picture of the pair together.

He captioned it: “Two champions holding all the belts in heavyweight boxing.”

A jokey reply from a fan asked: “What about the invisible belt Fury has?”

To which Ruiz responded: “I can’t forget his imaginary belt.”

Despite being knocked down twice, many felt Fury outboxed Wilder
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Earlier this month, the Brit ripped into the new champion after hearing that he was not happy with a joke he made on social media.

When it was announced that Ruiz would be replacing Jarrell Miller to fight Anthony Joshua, Fury reacted by reposting a meme onto his Instagram story which featured a picture of Ruiz Jr alongside animated character Russell from the 2009 Disney movie ‘Up.’

Ruiz seemed less than pleased, and Fury told Behind The Gloves: “He can take it however he wants, the little fat f****r.

“Andy Ruiz, if you want a slap, you can have one and all, because I ain’t bothered about you fatso.

“I’ll hit him up the body and make him spew marshmallows for a month.”

You can catch WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in the flesh at the famous ICC Arena in Birmingham on July 27 at the marquee event of his UK tour with Showfighter and Gold Star. talkSPORT will be in attendance so click HERE or more information on the event and get your tickets HERE.

Vasyl Lomachenko EXCLUSIVE: Eddie Hearn is joking when he says Luke Campbell will beat me, big questions for Teofimo Lopez’s ‘bulls***’

22 Jul

Vasyl Lomachenko is ‘100 per cent’ confident of securing another victory for Ukraine over England when he takes on Luke Campbell next month.

The 31-year-old unified lightweight champion watched on last November as his compatriot Oleksandr Usyk knocked out Tony Bellew at the Manchester Arena, and now he’ll be looking to replicate the result at London’s O2.

Vasyl Lomachenko already holds the WBA and WBO lightweight belts
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After announcing this fight, Campbell’s promoter Eddie Hearn told Loma the score would be Ukraine 1-1 England after he meets Campbell on August 31.

When asked for a response to this, he exclusively told talkSPORT.com: “I think, understand boxing, he feel it like, just like a joke.

At this point Vasyl’s manager Egis Klimas interjected and said: “2-0.”

The fighter affirmed: “100 per cent, 100 per cent.”

Eddie Hearn promotes Luke Campbell
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Lomachenko will be looking to add another belt to his collection as the vacant WBC lightweight title is on the line in this fight, as well as his WBA and WBO crowns.

The pound-for-pound king has previously expressed frustrations about struggling to secure unification fights against rival champions at featherweight and super-featherweight.

Now, though, he is just two fights away from holding every title in his new division and achieving a lifetime ambition.

“It was my goal when I come to professional sport,” Loma explained.

“I tried to do this at 126lbs, then 130lbs and now I’m very close to my goal. Next step, August 31.”

Campbell and Lomachenko appeared on the talkSPORT Sports Breakfast before speaking to talkSPORT.com

The final belt currently out of Lomachenko’s reach is Richard Commey’s IBF.

On Friday night, loud-mouthed, highly-touted, 21-year-old contender Teofimo Lopez won a final eliminator to become Commey’s mandatory, and the winner of that fight is lined up to meet Loma in an undisputed bout for all the titles early next year.

Lopez and his father/trainer Teofimo Sr have been very vocal about their lack of respect for the champion and desire to dethrone him.

Unfortunately for them, his performance on Friday was lacklustre, despite the fact he ultimately got the victory.

Teofimo Lopez has irked Loma with some of his comments
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Unknown Japanese 30-year-old Masayoshi Nakatani took Lopez the 12-round distance for the first time in his career, something Lomachenko was quick to highlight.

“But with who?” he asked. “Twelve rounds with nobody?

“It’s a very big question for him, for his father, for his bulls*** what he say before. Very big question.

“If we talk about his future fight with Commey, I think Commey wins, but I don’t want [that].

“I want Lopez. Of course, of course.”

You can catch WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in the flesh at the famous ICC Arena in Birmingham on July 27 at the marquee event of his UK tour with Showfighter and Gold Star. talkSPORT will be in attendance so click HERE or more information on the event and get your tickets HERE.

Manny Pacquiao vs Keith Thurman RESULT: 40-year-old ‘Pac Man’ rolls back the years to win thriller on points

21 Jul

Manny Pacquiao turned back time and produced a vintage, scintillating performance to beat Keith Thurman on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

The 40-year-old Filipino senator claimed the WBA ‘super’ welterweight title with a split decision victory, though the fact one judge scored the bout to his opponent is hard to comprehend.

Pacquiao and Thurman battled in a sensational ‘Fight of the Year’ contender
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The fight started dramatically with both men exchanging wildly from the opening bell.

Thurman appeared to be getting slightly the better of these exchanges, but was then floored in the final 30 seconds of the first by a menacing straight right hand from Pacquiao.

In the second, ‘Pac Man’ blitzed ‘One Time’ with several lightning-fast combinations as he appeared to roll back the years, performing an ‘Ali shuffle’ at the end of the round to taunt his bemused younger opponent

This theme continued into the third as Pacquiao repeatedly buzzed Thurman, who struggled to find a foothold in the contest.

Pacquiao downed Thurman at the end of the first
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As he went out for the fourth, the American was left in no doubt by his corner, “We need this round.”

While he attempted to deliver and upped his tempo, he was still comprehensively outlanded by the astonishingly aggressive Filipino.

In the fifth, momentum suddenly shifted as Thurman took control by catching Pacquiao’s attention with multiple right hooks.

However, by the end of the round, the 40-year-old regained the emphasis and battered his 30-year-old foe around the ring, leaving him with a severely bloodied nose.

The sixth was a quieter session, much to the relief of Thurman, who had more success and perhaps won his first session of the contest.

Thurman couldn’t combat Pacquiao’s unrelenting aggression
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He built on this success in the seventh, landing several significant single shots while his foe remained less active.

Normal service soon resumed though, as Manny was back to pummelling in the eighth before another quieter period in ninth.

Entering the championship rounds, Pacquiao was still clearly ahead and put on a big showing to add to this as he staggered Thurman with a liver shot and chased him around the ring once again, as he’d done in the early rounds.

The American survived by the skin of his teeth and nailed the Filipino with some solid shots in the eleventh, but was still in need of a KO heading into the final three minutes.

The performance brought back memories of his younger days
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This never came and instead it was Pacquiao who finished stronger in a thrilling fight, winning by scores of 114-113 Thurman, 115-112 Pacquiao and 115-112 Pacquiao.

In his post-fight interview, Manny paid tribute to Keith, saying: “He’s not an easy opponent, he’s a good boxer.

“I did my best to make the people happy.

“I’m sure you’re happy tonight because you see a good fight.

“I think my next fight will probably be next year.”

Pacquiao is now a top welterweight world champion once again
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Thurman repaid the favour and replied: “I knew it was too close. He got the knockdown so he had momentum in round one.

“Manny Pacquiao’s a truly, great champion.

“I wish I had a little bit more output to go toe-to-toe.

“It was a great night of boxing, I’d love the rematch.”

Earlier in the night, Caleb Plant knocked out Mike Lee to defend his IBF super-middleweight title.

Also on the undercard, Yordenis Ugas, Sergey Lipinets and Luis Nery picked up wins.

You can catch WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in the flesh at the famous ICC Arena in Birmingham on July 27 at the marquee event of his UK tour with Showfighter and Gold Star. talkSPORT will be in attendance so click HERE or more information on the event and get your tickets HERE.

Boxing news: Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr share joint interview, Ruiz reveals Anthony Joshua rematch issue

21 Jul

Heavyweight champions Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr shared an interview during the Manny Pacquiao vs Keith Thurman broadcast on Saturday night.

The WBC titlist and WBA, IBF & WBO belt-holder gave plenty of respect to one another as they discussed their upcoming bouts and a potential future meeting.

Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr are good friends
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Wilder will make the next defence of his crown in a rematch with Luis Ortiz likely for November.

Not long afterwards, Ruiz will jump back into the ring with Anthony Joshua, though there is currently conflict over where this will take place.

The Mexican-American told FOX broadcasters: “We’re still in negotiations right now. They’re trying to make us go over there [to the UK].

“We’re trying to make it back over here in New York City.

“I think I’d be more comfortable there and we can run it back.”

Andy Ruiz Jr knocked out Anthony Joshua on June 1
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For the past two years, all the talk in the heavyweight division had been gearing towards an undisputed title bout between Wilder and Joshua.

However, when this didn’t happen, Wilder instead made his own path by facing Tyson Fury, while AJ was dethroned by Ruiz.

Now, Wilder vs Ruiz Jr is the potential undisputed clash, something Deontay sees as an exciting prospect.

The ‘Bronze Bomber’ explained: “It’s been this way for a long time, since Lennox Lewis.

“Since there’s been a undisputed, undefeated, unified heavyweight champion. That sounds nice.”

Deontay Wilder holds the WBC heavyweight title
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Wilder then directly addressed Ruiz and said: “I’m just happy that, what you did, you brought us a different kind of energy to the heavyweight division.

“You brought a new face.

“They had three dragons and to come in when people doubted you – because they had less information about you.

“You know you were the unexpected and just changed it all up, I’m glad.”

Andy Ruiz Jr is now the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion
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Ruiz concluded the conversation when asked if he would entertain the idea of an undisputed clash in the future.

“Yeah of course, me and him, we’re in the same team so I’ve just gotta take [care of] business.

“We’ve gotta get Anthony Joshua, I’ve gotta beat him and we’ll move onto the next.”

You can catch WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in the flesh at the famous ICC Arena in Birmingham on July 27 at the marquee event of his UK tour with Showfighter and Gold Star. talkSPORT will be in attendance so click HERE or more information on the event and get your tickets HERE.

Errol Spence vs Shawn Porter officially announced for September 28 in Los Angeles

21 Jul

Errol Spence and Shawn Porter will meet to unify their welterweight world titles on September 28 at the Staples Center in LA.

IBF belt-holder Spence is set to take on WBC titlist Porter with the winner taking home two of the four major crowns.

Errol Spence won every round against Mikey Garcia last time out
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The Americans share a common opponent in the form of Britain’s Kell Brook.

30-2-1 Porter lost the IBF title to Brook back in 2014, while 25-0 Spence travelled to Bramall Lane and beat the Sheffield man to claim the belt in 2017.

On the undercard, Anthony Dirrell will defend his WBC super-middleweight title against David Benavidez.

Benavidez is looking to regain the belt he previously held, but was stripped of after failing a drugs test for cocaine last year.

Shawn Porter beat Danny Garcia to win the WBC welterweight belt
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“He didn’t want me. I wanted him,” Spence said.

“I’m the money fight, so I feel like he had no choice but to fight me.

“Shawn Porter is a guy who’s willing to fight everybody, but he wasn’t in a rush to fight me.”

Porter replied: “Why are we even talking about last year?

“Let’s talk about now, the fight’s coming – September 28.”

You can catch WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in the flesh at the famous ICC Arena in Birmingham on July 27 at the marquee event of his UK tour with Showfighter and Gold Star. talkSPORT will be in attendance so click HERE or more information on the event and get your tickets HERE.

Boxing news: Dave Allen says he will ‘probably’ retire following defeat to David Price

21 Jul

Dave Allen has declared that he will ‘probably’ retire after suffering a one-sided defeat to David Price on Saturday night.

The fan favourite fighter lost by corner stoppage when his trainer Darren Barker called the contest off after 30 minutes of pure domination in the chief supporting contest prior to Dillian Whyte vs Oscar Rivas.

David Price outboxed Dave Allen
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Allen was initially stretchered out of the ring and taken to hospital, with supporters fearing for him until Barker tweeted to confirm he was okay.

The 27-year-old then posted his own message in which he strongly hinted at retirement: “Don’t want anyone to worry about me, just a hard man gone old and soft the last 18 months.

“Very happy and proud of David Price. I will be okay, but the last 12 months or so my health has been deteriorating.

“I’m glad I hung on took the chance and made money and now probably done.”

In the fight itself, Price began by setting the pace and he started as he meant to go on.

Boxing behind a stern jab, the Scouser controlled the entire contest, barely allowing Allen into it for any period of time.

While the fight wasn’t a thriller, it remained enthralling as fans were waiting for the moment popular ‘people’s champion’ Allen would turn things around.

However, unlike in his wins over Nick Webb and Lucas Browne, this moment never came.

You can catch WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in the flesh at the famous ICC Arena in Birmingham on July 27 at the marquee event of his UK tour with Showfighter and Gold Star. talkSPORT will be in attendance so click HERE or more information on the event and get your tickets HERE.

Dave Allen latest: ‘White Rhino’ tells fans he’s okay after being stretchered out of ring and taken to hospital following defeat to David Price

21 Jul

Dave Allen is doing ‘okay’ after being stretchered out of the ring and taken to hospital following his one-sided defeat to David Price on Saturday night at the O2 Arena.

The ‘White Rhino’s’ trainer Darren Barker called the contest off after 30 minutes of pure domination in the chief supporting contest prior to Dillian Whyte vs Oscar Rivas.

Dave Allen left the ring on a stretcher
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The fight began with Price setting the pace and he started as he meant to go on.

Boxing behind a stern jab, the Scouser controlled the entire contest, barely allowing Allen into it for any period of time.

While the fight wasn’t a thriller, it remained enthralling as fans were waiting for the moment popular ‘people’s champion’ Allen would turn things around.

However, unlike in his wins over Nick Webb and Lucas Browne, this moment never came.

Allen was given oxygen after the defeat
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Following the ending, Allen was taken to the Royal London hospital as a precaution.

He was stretchered out after attempting to stand up before collapsing back down with his legs giving way.

Two hours later, his trainer Barker posted: “Dave wants you to know he’s okay.

“He’s just waiting on a scan and a few stitches. He also wants to congratulate David Price on a fantastic win and hopes everyone gets home safely.”