Boxing news: Tyson Fury gives cut man a bonus, Frank Bruno mentors Daniel Dubois, Dillian Whyte return on Anthony Joshua undercard?

18 Sep

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

Frank Bruno continues mentoring of Daniel Dubois

The heavyweight prospect proved popular with kids at the Dale Youth Boxing Club ahead of his fight against Ebenezer Tetteh next Friday.

Check out the video above.

Daniel Dubois has had help from Frank Bruno
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Dillian Whyte could fight on Ruiz Jr vs Joshua rematch undercard

Promoter Eddie Hearn told iFL TV of his latest meeting with Whyte: “I met him and said, ‘How are you getting on?’

“He said, ‘Our lawyers are pushing with UKAD to get a date,’ for the – whatever it’s gonna be – to hopefully come out and give you all the info and clear his name.

“He’d like to [fight this year]. I’d like him to.”

When asked on which show the ‘Body Snatcher’ could return, Hearn pointed to AJ’s rematch with Ruiz as a possibility.

He continued: “Saudi Arabia? I’d like him to fight this year, but obviously mentally it’s a tough time for him.

“And I do feel like we’ve gotta push for that [resolution] because he’s allowed to fight, but I think that needs to be out of his head when he fights.”

Whyte’s legal team are fighting his case
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Tyson Fury gives Otto Wallin cutman a bonus

Jorge Capetillo told TMZ: “In the locker room he came to be and hugged me and said he loved me.

“He said thank you for your effort to stop the bleeding so I could keep fighting; he showed me a lot of love.

“He gave me a bonus that’s for sure. I saw him on Sunday morning at his house; I went to see how he was doing.

“He was so grateful, he’s a great human being and he took care of me with a little bonus.”

Tyson Fury’s cuts were gruesome
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Boxing news: Tyson Fury gives cut man a bonus, Frank Bruno mentors Daniel Dubois, Dillian Whyte return on Anthony Joshua undercard?

18 Sep

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

Frank Bruno continues mentoring of Daniel Dubois

The heavyweight prospect proved popular with kids at the Dale Youth Boxing Club ahead of his fight against Ebenezer Tetteh next Friday.

Check out the video above.

Daniel Dubois has had help from Frank Bruno
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Dillian Whyte could fight on Ruiz Jr vs Joshua rematch undercard

Promoter Eddie Hearn told iFL TV of his latest meeting with Whyte: “I met him and said, ‘How are you getting on?’

“He said, ‘Our lawyers are pushing with UKAD to get a date,’ for the – whatever it’s gonna be – to hopefully come out and give you all the info and clear his name.

“He’d like to [fight this year]. I’d like him to.”

When asked on which show the ‘Body Snatcher’ could return, Hearn pointed to AJ’s rematch with Ruiz as a possibility.

He continued: “Saudi Arabia? I’d like him to fight this year, but obviously mentally it’s a tough time for him.

“And I do feel like we’ve gotta push for that [resolution] because he’s allowed to fight, but I think that needs to be out of his head when he fights.”

Whyte’s legal team are fighting his case
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Tyson Fury gives Otto Wallin cutman a bonus

Jorge Capetillo told TMZ: “In the locker room he came to be and hugged me and said he loved me.

“He said thank you for your effort to stop the bleeding so I could keep fighting; he showed me a lot of love.

“He gave me a bonus that’s for sure. I saw him on Sunday morning at his house; I went to see how he was doing.

“He was so grateful, he’s a great human being and he took care of me with a little bonus.”

Tyson Fury’s cuts were gruesome
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Frank Bruno and Daniel Dubois EXCLUSIVE: Heavyweights agree Anthony Joshua must take Andy Ruiz Jr rematch – ‘He underestimated the guy’

20 Jun

Frank Bruno and Daniel Dubois have exclusively told talkSPORT that they believe Anthony Joshua ‘underestimated’ Andy Ruiz Jr and must rematch him next.

The pair hosted a media day and trained together ahead of Dubois’ British heavyweight title clash with Nathan Gorman on July 13, though talk soon turned to the world scene.

Daniel Dubois called in Frank Bruno for some advice ahead of his fight with Nathan Gorman
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AJ was dethroned with four stunning knockdowns which cumulated in a seventh-round stoppage for Ruiz on June 1 in New York, though is now preparing to attempt to reclaim his world titles straight away

When asked whether this is wise, former world champion Bruno replied: “Who can he go and fight to warm up?

“He’s gotta go straight back to the lion’s den, look at his mistakes that he’s done and look at the entourage he’s got around him.

“Not disrespecting the entourage or anything, but sometimes when you’ve got entourage around you it brings confusion. Everybody’s got their opinion and whatever.

Ruiz Jr knocked Joshua down four times and stopped him in the seventh
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“I don’t wanna sit here and disrespect Anthony Joshua because I think he still is a good fighter and I just hope he comes back and gets his title back.

“But it ain’t gonna be easy. It’s gonna be very, very hard because he underestimated the guy.

“The guy looked a little bit ‘Tellytubby’ and he thought he was a walkover, a walk in the park.

“But when you go in the boxing ring nobody’s a walk in the park.

“I hope he comes back and still flies the flag for England.”

The British heavyweight title will be on the line when Dubois and Gorman meet
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Dubois, who sparred with Joshua in some famous sessions as a Team GB amateur, agreed with his elder’s assessment.

Regarding whether Joshua underestimated Ruiz, the 21-year-old answered: “Yeah definitely, that’s definitely one factor going into the fight.

“But you know, all that said, Ruiz did well and did what he had to do, so he came away with the victory.

“Definitely I’d wanna right my wrong and re-write history, but it is what it is.”

Boxing news: Frank Bruno urges WBC to give Dillian Whyte ‘deserved’ title shot at Deontay Wilder, explains how Andy Ruiz Jr defeat will test Anthony Joshua

10 Jun

Frank Bruno believes defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr will provide a serious test of Anthony Joshua’s character in the coming months.

Britain’s unified heavyweight king was dethroned by the Mexican-American underdog in one of the biggest upsets in recent boxing history at the beginning of the month, and is now planning his comeback.

Frank Bruno won the WBC heavyweight title in 1995
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Promoter Eddie Hearn has already revealed that a rematch clause has been activated to prompt a second bout between the pair, which is expected to take place in November.

Reacting to the shock result, Bruno told Sky: “Nobody thought he would’ve got beaten the way he was rolling.

“But sometimes in life you’ve gotta lost to appreciate when you win.

“Some people when they lose, the confidence goes, they get gun-shy and get lethargic and get depressed.

“We’ll see what sort of character he is. I don’t wish him no bad luck because he’s good for British boxing.”

Anthony Joshua was knocked out by Andy Ruiz Jr
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Elsewhere in the heavyweight division, WBC champion Deontay Wilder has lined up fights against Luis Ortiz and Tyson Fury for his upcoming defences.

Meanwhile, Dillian Whyte remains in waiting, though his next outing against Oscar Rivas on July 20 looks set to be for the WBC ‘interim’ title and mandatory position for Wilder.

Bruno, who previously held the WBC belt himself, said of Whyte: “His next opponent is a serious, serious guy.

“But everyone’s been ducking him and I think, once he gets past that, I think the WBC has got to give him what he deserves.”

Dillian Whyte is in a dispute with the WBC as he wants a fight with Deontay Wilder
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Back in 2015, Joshua and Whyte met in British title clash with AJ winning by seventh-round knockout.

Asked about a potential rematch between the pair, Bruno concluded: “Dillian’s improved since the last time they fought.

“He’s not so aggressive – when I mean aggressive, he’s planning it, he’s improving.

“The jab, he’s feinting and throwing all different combinations. So it’d be a very, very good fight.”

Jon Culshaw’s ‘absolutely stupendous’ boxing impressions get the thumbs up from Chris Eubank

25 Apr

talkSPORT was thrilled to welcome a who’s who of boxing royalty to the studios on Tuesday, as Chris Eubank, Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

Well, not exactly.

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If you tuned in midway through Tuesday’s show, you would have been forgiven for believing that was true!

In fact, it was none other than Jon Culshaw, who wowed us with his draw-droppingly brilliant boxing impressions.

The vocal chameleon joined Mr Brazil in the studio to share his love of boxing’s 1990s heyday, and treated us to his takes on a host of iconic stars.

They were so good, he even got the royal seal of approval from Eubank Sr himself – stupendous!

You’ve really got to hear it to believe it, so check out Jon Culshaw’s uncanny impressions below…

Frank Bruno: Former world heavyweight champion ‘starting to mend’ following pneumonia treatment

7 Mar

Frank Bruno is on the mend after being treated for pneumonia.

The former world heavyweight champion was admitted to Horton General Hospital on Monday, according to his agent.

Frank Bruno has been in hospital with pneumonia

The 57-year-old sent a tweet to his 99.5k followers on Thursday to say he was getting better.

He wrote: “Good Morning. Thank you for all the well wishes I’ve been reading them all – I feel like I’m finally starting to mend. I’ve certainly never felt so ill. Pneumonia… you’ve been a knockout!”

Bruno, one of Britain’s most popular sportsmen, won the WBC heavyweight title at the fourth attempt when he beat American Oliver McCall at Wembley in September 1995.

He had previously lost title bouts to Tim Witherspoon, in 1986, Mike Tyson in 1989 and Lennox Lewis in 1993.

Frank Bruno fighting Mike Tyson in 1996

Last week marked the 30th anniversary of Bruno’s most famous fight, when he took on the fearsome Tyson at his peak.

Then aged 27, Bruno rocked the American champion with a left hook in the early stages, only for Tyson to recover and win in the fifth round.

Bruno’s final professional bout was a third-round defeat by Tyson in March 1996, the first defence of his world title.

He finished with a record of 40-5 in a career that spanned 12 years.

A regular ringside spectator, Bruno was pictured looking fit and healthy at the fight between Chris Eubank Jr and James Degale on February 23.

Tyson Fury sends message of support to Frank Bruno as British boxing legend battles pneumonia

6 Mar

Tyson Fury took a break from training to send a message of support to former world heavyweight champion Frank Bruno.

The former WBC heavyweight champion contracted pneumonia this week and was taken to hospital in Banbury.

Tyson Fury has offered his support to Frank Bruno

A representative for Bruno revealed the 57-year-old was recovering but would need a few weeks worth of rest.

And the British boxing legend can count on the support of current lineal champion Fury in his recovery.

He posted a video on Twitter, saying: “I just want to wish my pal Frank Bruno – one of the great legends of British boxing – all the best.

“We’ve got to keep moving forward, Frank, as you know pal. I’m in the gym myself.

“Come on Frank, you can get over this mate, come back, and get back on it.
“All the best Frank, god bless.”

The 30-year-old is currently waiting to confirm his next opponent after signing a lucrative deal with American broadcaster ESPN worth a reported £80million.

The heavyweight fought Mike Tyson twice before retiring in 1996

A rematch with Deontay Wilder was reportedly close, but the new deal appears to have scuppered any chance of that happening soon.

Bruno himself knows what it is like to square off against a heavy-handed American, having fought Mike Tyson in 1989 and 1996.

Frank Bruno: Former heavyweight world champion treated in hospital for pneumonia

4 Mar

Former world heavyweight champion boxer Frank Bruno has been treated in hospital after contracting pneumonia.

Bruno’s agent, Dave Davies, confirmed the news on the 57-year-old’s Twitter account.

The tweet read: “Hello its Dave Davies, Franks agent, here just to advise as we are getting calls.

“Frank has contracted Pneumonia.

“We must say a big thank you to the staff of The Horton General hospital, in Banbury who have treated him.

“He now needs a few weeks rest.”

Bruno, one of Britain’s most popular sportsmen, won the WBC heavyweight title at the fourth attempt when he beat American Oliver McCall at Wembley in September 1995.

He had previously lost title bouts to Tim Witherspoon, in 1986, Mike Tyson in 1989 and Lennox Lewis in 1993.

Last week marked the 30th anniversary of Bruno’s most famous fight, when he took on the fearsome Tyson at his peak.

Then aged 27, Bruno rocked the American champion with a left hook in the early stages, only for Tyson to recover and win in the fifth round.

Bruno’s final professional bout was a third-round defeat by Tyson in March 1996, the first defence of his world title.

A regular ringside spectator, Bruno was pictured looking fit and healthy at the fight between Chris Eubank Jr and James DeGale on February 23.

Frank Bruno sides with Anthony Joshua in Deontay Wilder row, picks fight winner

11 Sep

Former heavyweight world champion Frank Bruno has backed up Anthony Joshua’s side in their public row with Deontay Wilder’s team.

Joshua is set to face Alexander Povetkin, live on talkSPORT on September 22, with Wilder lining up his next bout against Tyson Fury after both parties failed to agree a fight between them for this year.

Bruno won a world title on his fourth attempt

The public fall-out from their failed negotiations has provoked widespread debate with Bruno opting to side with his countryman.

“Money talks and bulls*** walks,” he told talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams when asked about the situation, “But the Hearns they know the business and they’re in the driving seat at the moment.

“I think Deontay Wilder wanted Anthony Joshua to go over to America.”

Joshua currently holds the WBA, IBF and WBO titles, as well as the lesser IBO belt

Bruno, who has the experience of travelling to the US for his two huge fights against Mike Tyson, warned about the perils of making such a move.

“Why would Anthony Joshua go over to America when he’s got four belts and he’s more in the driving seat?

“I think he should keep it over here… He’s the boss at the moment. If the shoe was on the other foot and Deontay Wilder had all the belts, he’d be calling the shots.

“Why go over to America when you can hold 90,000/100,000 at a football ground and you can demand as much money as if you’re going to America.

“They’d play all tricks in America you know.”

Bruno even went as far to declare who he thinks will emerge victorious in the bout, and once again spoke highly of his fellow Brit.

“I hope we will see that fight,” the 56-year-old continued, “But I still pick Anthony Joshua to beat him because I think Anthony Joshua’s the main man at this time.”

Regarding Joshua’s next fight against Povetkin, Bruno added:

“I think, as long as Anthony Joshua plays it cool, boxes clever and uses his power, uses his height, he should do a number on him.

“But the guy’s a very, very dangerous guy, his record speaks for itself. I think he’s seen better days, but he’s still a dangerous guy.”