Boxing news: Tyson Fury praises Deontay Wilder enemy, Andy Ruiz Jr hits back at Anthony Joshua fan, Dave Allen cancels next fight

13 Sep

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

Tyson Fury heaps praise on Charlie Zelenoff, claims Deontay Wilder didn’t beat him

In a seemingly half-joking, half-serious conversation with a group of reporters, Britain’s ‘Gypsy King’ remained deadpan as he claimed to be an admirer of the internet troll Wilder once travelled across America to beat up.

Fury said of the incident: “That was quite a good fight really, I thought Charlie did really well to be fair. He took a couple of punches and he tried to fight back.

“The guy’s obviously unwell, so I thought it was a good fight to be fair. I’m a big fan of his.

“I’m a big fan of Charlie Zelenoff, he’s like 350-0 or whatever.

“He had a draw with Deontay Wilder and he beat up Floyd Mayweather Sr.”

Fury and Wilder will renew acquaintances next year
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Andy Ruiz Jr responds to abuse from Anthony Joshua fan with hilarious reply

Ruiz’s life has changed a great deal since he knocked out AJ on June 1 at MSG.

Mexico’s first heavyweight champion landed a huge army of new fans upon shocking the world, but also picked up his fair share of detractors.

Many of those come from Joshua’s fanbase, who were disappointed to see their man lose his unified titles.

While most paid respect to the new champion, as AJ did himself, some others have decided to take it upon themselves to send Ruiz abuse on social media.

Frank Warren has fired back at promotional rival Eddie Hearn over his criticism of Tyson Fury vs Otto Wallin.

Anthony Joshua’s promoter declared earlier this week that nobody is interested in Fury because he’s taking easy fights and even claimed there are low ticket sales for the event.

In response, Warren told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Well, you know, he’s always got something to say about somebody, hasn’t he? He doesn’t stop.

“He’s got enough on his own plate at the moment, he’s trying to resurrect his man who got badly exposed and he’s off to Saudi to do it.

“Always a pound note speaks for him and that’s where he’s going.

“He’s gotta keep everything crossed, he’s probably looking like Ben Turpin at the moment because he needs his man to win.

“If he gets beat again next time Joshua, then it’s all over.”

Frank Warren and Eddie Hearn are promotional rivals
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Dave Allen cancels next fight

After posting some worrying messages and deleting his Twitter account earlier this week, Allen has now put out the below Instagram notice to let his fans know he will no longer be fighting on October 19 in Newcastle.

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Hi everyone, I will not be fighting October 19th, my frame of mind is not one I believe I can put together any kind of training camp for this fight and ultimately physically I am not feeling ready to compete October 19th and at the moment even beyond that but I will cross that bridge when it comes to it, I made and make comments all the time that people will questionand furthermore blow up to create headlines or drama but for me there just how I feel and the norm, I will be taking some time off social media and spending time back in the real world as I feel this is something I have needed to do for a long time, I don’t have the want or the need for anyone’s sympathy hatred or anything in between, I will be back I always am but I’m going to be David for a while the white rhino is tired x

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Boxing news: Eddie Hearn and Gennady Golovkin join forces, Andre Ward makes Kovalev vs Yarde prediction, Dave Allen talks GCSE Results Day

22 Aug

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

Gennady Golovkin has joined forces with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom

The Kazakh’s company, GGG Promotions, and Matchroom have agreed a deal to work together to promote future events.

The partnership will begin with Golovkin vs Sergiy Derevyanchenko for the vacant IBF world middleweight title on October 5 at Madison Square Garden in New York, which will be shown live on DAZN.

Hearn said: “It’s an absolute honour to be involved with Gennady Golovkin’s career moving forward.

“I’ve long admired Gennady as a fan and how he conducts his business and we team up at a very exciting moment. Gennady is one of the most recognisable and entertaining fighters on the planet and I can’t wait to get started to work together on the upcoming World title challenge against Derevyanchenko at MSG on October 5.

The deal has sparked further speculation ‘GGG’ will fight Billy Joe Saunders

It has led to speculation that this could lead to Golovkin fighting Billy Joe Saunders, who signed with Hearn earlier this summer.

Deontay Wilder to become surprise guest at new restaurant in Yorkshire

The Bronze Bomber follows in the footsteps of fellow heavyweight Tyson Fury, who visited the boxing-themed Mr T restaurant in Bradford.

But Wilder will be at the opening of the new Mr T restaurant branch located in Batley, which is just outside Bradford, on Thursday.

Tauseef Malik, who owns Mr T’s also claims he’s planning to get the likes of Anthony Joshua, Mike Tyson and Sylvester Stallone to come and visit in the future.

No hope for Anthony Yarde, says Andre Ward

The Londoner will fight WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev on Saturday, but the difference in opponent could prove to be tricky, says Ward, who beat the Russian twice and retired undefeated in 2017.

Ward told BT Sport: “The Kovalev fight is going to be harder than they realise; at the highest level it doesn’t matter how well you do mitt work, or how big your muscles are, you have to show that you can fight, that you can take it and dish it to, that you’ve got the conditioning and the IQ.

Yarde faces Kovalev in Russia on Saturday
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“Your coaches have got show they can perform under pressure too; there will be a lot of pressure in Russia. I’m the guy who shows a crack in the door for a person to show up and be great, but I’m not a fan of a guy facing C-level guys and making a name of himself then jumping to an A-minus guy

“I’m a fan of working your way up slowly and at the right time making the step up. I’m not sure he’s fought the necessary guys to prepare him for Sergey Kovalev and I think Kovalev is going to stop him late.”

The Rock says…

Having promised to pose with the WBO belt in the style of The Rock if he beats Kovalev, the WWE legend himself has given Anthony Yarde his blessing.

He tweeted: “I’m holding to your word, brother @thebeastyarde.”

Dave Allen talks GCSE results day with former One Direction member Louis Tomlinson

Across the country, 16-year-olds have received their results for the all-important exams on Thursday.

And despite national rises in pass grades and the top grades, heavyweight boxer Allen took to Twitter to reveal that he was told he would “end up working in McDonald’s” by his old geography teacher.

He tweeted: “GCSEs results day today I’m told, around 11 years ago my geography teacher told me and @Louis_Tomlinson
we would end up working in I think it was McDonald’s and would have boring sad lives, Louis hasn’t done to bad I guess and I’m above water funny old life isn’t it x.”

Allen was actually in the same class as the former One Direction member and Tomlinson replied to the White Rhino’s tweet.

Tomlinson said: “Shout out to the grumpy f***** Mr Bouller.”

Allen offered a reassuring message to any kids who didn’t get the results they wanted

Boxing news: Second fighter dies days after Maxim Dadashev loses his life and brain charity Headway wants the sport banned

26 Jul

Days after Maxim Dadashev died from injuries suffered in the ring, a second boxer has lost his life.

Argentine boxer Hugo Santillan, 23, fought Eduardo Javier Abreu on Saturday and his death was confirmed by the World Boxing Council.

Disturbing footage shows Santillan being held up by his corner as the result of his fight – a draw – was announced before he fell to the canvas and was stretched out of the arena with an oxygen mask.

The super-lightweight had kidney failure and did not come out of a coma. “He had swelling of his brain and he never recovered consciousness. The swelling continued to worsen and it affected the functioning of the rest of his organs,” Dr Graciela Olocco of Hospital Agudos San Felipe said, adding the boxer had surgery for a clot on the brain, but died of a cardiac arrest at 12:35am local time on Thursday.

Leading brain injury charity, Headway, believes it is time for boxing to be banned.

After Dadashev’s death, Peter McCabe, Chief Executive of Headway, said: “We are saddened to hear of this tragic loss of life and our thoughts go out to Maxim’s family and friends.

“It’s heartbreaking that another child has lost their father in this senseless manner.

“Suggestions that boxers understand the risk, or that such tragedies are unpredictable are simply not credible. Young boxers are not provided with the information to make an informed choice.

“So long as the ultimate objective of boxing is to render your opponent senseless by repeated blows to the head, then boxing will remain a dangerous activity.”

“In the words of Maxim’s own trainer Buddy McGirt after the fight: ‘He seemed OK, he was ready, but it’s the sport that we’re in. It just takes one punch.’

“The time has come for boxing to be banned.”

Allen was given oxygen after his loss to Price
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Speaking to talkSPORT about his fight against David Price at the weekend, which ended with him in hospital, Dave Allen recalled being scared about getting seriously injured, adding he could barely see his opponent at one point and was glad to pull himself out of the bout.

“It’s very difficult to explain what that’s like. In the tenth round, I went back to my corner and I said to my team ‘I can see five of him flickering in front of me.’

“People can say I quit, but did I quit? I guess you could say I did, yeah. But there’s numerous ways of looking at it. In black and white, yes, I did quit. But I was just scared, scared that I was going to get seriously hurt and I didn’t get into boxing to get seriously hurt.

“I got in the ring Saturday night and I had every intention of getting out as healthy as possible.”

Deontay Wilder was in talkSPORT and discussed the dangers of fighting
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And when WBA heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder visited talkSPORT, he was asked about the dangers of a sport he earns a living from.

“I’m a warrior and would die in the ring for this. Boxing doesn’t stop and it gravitates to your spirit and your soul.

“You sometimes know you need to get out [of the ring], but you stay and you continue fighting each other.

“It’s so real. People have to understand that and accept me for who I am. I have two personalities, inside and outside the ring.

“That person [inside the ring] is scary.”

Boxing news: David Price calls for Tyson Fury fight after Dave Allen win, but Deontay Wilder is in the way

23 Jul

David Price wants to fight Tyson Fury following Saturday’s victory over Dave Allen, which has revitalised his career.

The 36-year-old, once touted as British boxing’s future, hit several bumps in the road during his career, but has now put together a streak of three consecutive domestic wins.

David Price comprehensively outboxed Dave Allen
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Price’s latest triumph over Allen came in a very impressive, well-disciplined performance – the first time in his professional career he has prevailed as the underdog.

Had he lost at the weekend, the Scouser admits he would have retired.

Now though, it appears he has a plethora of options moving forward and his management company MTK Global are already plotting the next move.

Price told Fight Disciples: “They’ve already been on this morning, MTK, with a list of names.

“I just said, let me know who’s the highest paying one and we’ll go from there, so it’s a good position.”

Victory meant the world to Price
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‘Lineal’ heavyweight champion Fury is seemingly top of Price’s list, as the pair were originally being lined up to meet in a monumental clash of unbeaten British prospects in 2012/2013.

However, Price was twice knocked out by Tony Thompson, scuppering plans of a potential fight.

Several years later, Fury has gone on to conquer the world and is currently said to be looking for an opponent to face later this year, before a much-anticipated rematch with Deontay Wilder in early 2020.

However, Price has revealed this position has now been filled, and he won’t be the man to fill it.

Fury and Price should’ve met years ago, but their careers went in different directions
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He continued: “It was the first thing I asked when I got the message this morning, I said, ‘What about Tyson Fury?’

“They were like, ‘He’s got an opponent arranged.’

“See, the thing is with Tyson, I think Tyson would like to give me the opportunity to be in a big fight against him and to make some good dough because I know how he is as a person.

“But they’ve narrowed it down to their opponent who’s gonna get it, it’s nearly done I think and then he’s gonna fight Wilder.

“But I had to ask the question.”


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

Dave Allen relaxes with KFC after getting all-clear from hospital following David Price defeat

21 Jul

Dave Allen relaxed with a box of Kentucky Fried Chicken after his brutal heavyweight 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.”

And, on Sunday, the Doncaster-born bruiser posted a picture on Instagram of himself embracing a KFC with a battered face.

He wrote on his Instagram: “Everything’s okay, now gonna go have a few quite days [to] let my face and pride heal and I’ll be back. Thanks for all nice messages.”

In the fight itself, which was Allen’s fifth defeat in the ring, 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.

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.”

Dave Allen vs David Price result: Scouser celebrates wildly after finally getting feel-good victory as ‘White Rhino’ is pulled out by corner

20 Jul

David Price beat Dave Allen by a corner retirement before the start of the eleventh round on Saturday night at the O2 Arena.

The Doncaster man’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.

David Price outboxed Dave Allen
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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.

Price was once thought to be British boxing’s next big thing
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Price continued to use his size and power to outbox his opponent until Barker ended the fight with two rounds to go.

There was concern for Allen in the corner as he suffered a severe cut and endured a prolonged beating – he was taken to hospital as a precaution.

For Price, the victory does wonders for his seemingly fading career and he expressed his joy with heartwarming celebrations.

One of British boxing’s nicest nearly men finally got a satisfying triumph.

Dave Allen vs David Price officially announced for Dillian Whyte undercard, July 20 in London

28 Apr

Dave Allen will fight David Price in a heavyweight clash on the undercard of Dillian Whyte vs Oscar Rivas.

The bout will take place on July 20 at London’s O2 Arena following Allen’s win over Lucas Browne and Price’s bizarre triumph against Kash Ali.

Dave Allen knocked out Lucas Browne on April 20

“This is the fight that I’ve wanted for years,” said Allen.

“I wanted it three years ago but it probably wasn’t the right fight for me at the time. Now it’s the right time for me and it’s the biggest domestic fight out there.

“There may be other fighters out there that are better than us but I think me and Pricey have two of the biggest fanbases in the UK.

David Price won by bite disqualification against Kash Ali last month

“We’re both really exciting fighters and we can both punch, either of us could end it with one shot. It’s a great fight and one that I’m really excited to be involved in.

“This won’t go past four rounds. I’m going to try and outbox him and I’m going to try and take him out with one shot as early as possible.

“I want to beat him in the first two or three rounds while he’s still fresh and at his best. His game plan will be to try and knock me out within the first few rounds so the fans will love it.”

Price replied: “It’s a great fight and it’s come at a good time for the both of us. It’s a fight that will capture a lot of people’s interest. Dave Allen has got a good following and I’ve got a good following myself. It’s going to be an interesting night that’s for sure.

“Dave is a durable fighter and he’s on a good winning streak. His last fight was a great win so he’ll be coming into this one with his tail up but I’ve won my last two fights as well.

“It’s going to be explosive. It’s two big punchers and it might be a matter of who lands first.

The main event will see Dillian Whyte take on Oscar Rivas

“Dave is known for his toughness so it won’t be a good idea for me to go out there and try to land a big one early. It’s about me trying to use my attributes to my advantage. It’s two completely different types of fighters and two different sized men.

“I’m a lot bigger than Dave Allen, that can be a good thing or a bad thing.

“It’s a massive fight. I think me and Dave Allen have been slated to fight a couple of times in the past and it hasn’t happened for whatever reason but this time there’s big upsides for the winner. There’s a hell of a lot on the line which makes for an intriguing fight.”