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

“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

UFC news: Dwayne Johnson praises fastest ever knockout, McGregor teases retirement, Faber does not rule out Cejudo fight

12 Jul brings you a round up of all the biggest news and gossip from the world of UFC

Conor McGregor’s cryptic message over future

The Irish fighter was called out by Jorge Masvidal after his brutal five second knockout of Ben Askren.

“I want (Conor) McGregor. I want to break his face,” Masvidal told the Dan Le Batard show. “I think that’s an easy pay cheque.”

Conor McGregor posted a cryptic message about his retirement
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McGregor has not stepped into the Octagon since his defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.

The former two-weight UFC champion has teased retirement several times and alluded to it again on Twitter on Friday.

He wrote: “I’d tell you I’m done but you wouldn’t believe me.”

Urijah Faber does not rule out Henry Cejudo bout

Faber is coming out of retirement to fight Ricky Simon at UFC Fight Night 155 on Saturday.

The 40-year-old last fought in 2016 when he won by unanimous decision against Brad Pickett.

If he beats Simon on then a matchup with bantamweight and flyweight champion Henry Cejudo could be on the cards.

Cejudo called out Faber after beating Marlon Moraes for the bantamweight crown.

“Absolutely, I’ll never rule that out,” Faber told MMA Fighting.

“Henry just called me out, the current champ at two different weight classes and an Olympic gold medallist. So that’s an enticing fight for me because of the matchup, and you know, the reason I’m in the sport.

“And the fact he threw me in the mix and we talked about it 10 years ago prior, which is kind of cool how that all played out. So that’s always in the back of my head, for sure.”

Dwayne Johnson praises record-setting UFC knockout

Jorge Masvidal recorded the fastest knockout in UFC history when he beat Ben Askren in just five seconds on Saturday.

Masvidal asked The Rock if he could smell that ‘three piece’ following the victory, a reference to his  ‘three piece with a soda’ comment following a backstage brawl with Leon Edwards.

Johnson replied to the UFC fighter, praising him for his performance.

He wrote on Twitter: “You know I did brother. You served em cold and violent – the necessary way. Big luv.”