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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Floyd Mayweather fighter signs for UFC, Conor McGregor taunts Dustin Poirier on Twitter and latest rankings

18 Sep

talkSPORT.com brings you a round up of all the biggest news and gossip from the world of UFC…

Money in the Octagon


New deal

Floyd Mayweather has had the only MMA fighter in his ‘Money Team’ stable sign with UFC.

Middleweight Makhmud Muradov has put pen to paper on a deal with the MMA giants and his first fight will be against Alessio Di Chirico on  September 28 at UFC Fight Night 160 in Copenhagen, Denmark, report MMA mania.

Muradov (22-6) has won his last 11 fights with nine of those victories coming by way of KO or TKO.


Twitter spat

Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier have continued to trade words on social media.

Poirier challenged McGregor after the Irishman teased his comeback earlier this week on Twitter, stating he’d made a return in December.

The two men fought at UFC 178 in 2014 and McGregor posted an image on his Twitter page from that fight along with an microphone emoji.

Poirier responded with an aubergine emoji.

It will be interesting to see what is said next as they exchange verbal blows, but more importantly whether a second fight will materialise between the pair.


Ranked

Following UFC Fight Night 158, the company have updated their ranking system – with Justin Gaethje’s beat down of Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone the main talking point.

Jon Jones remains top of the list, while Khabib Nurmagomedov, the lightweight champion, is second in the rankings  following his convincing win over Dustin Poirier at UFC 242.

UFC POUND-FOR-POUND LIST

1. Jon Jones
2. Khabib Nurmagomedov
3. Henry Cejudo
4. Stipe Miocic
5. Amanda Nunes
6. Daniel Cormier
7. Max Holloway
8. Kamaru Usman
9. Tony Ferguson
10. Robert Whittaker
11. (T) Conor McGregor
11. (T) Valentina Shevchenko +1
13. Dustin Poirier
14. Israel Adesanya
15. Tyron Woodley

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Boxing news: Dillian Whyte could fight on Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua rematch undercard, reveals promoter Eddie Hearn

18 Sep

Dillian Whyte’s next fight could come on the undercard of the Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua rematch, but only if his ongoing UKAD case is resolved.

Promoter Eddie Hearn said on Wednesday that there his been no further update to the situation after it was revealed a drugs test returned three days prior to Whyte’s win over Oscar Rivas stated that his system contained an adverse finding.

Whyte’s legal team are fighting his case
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Hearn previously stated that his man will face a hearing in early October as they attempt to clear his name, and has now detailed their plans for if this result falls in their favour.

The promoter 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.”

Ruiz and Joshua will go head to head once again in Saudi Arabia on December 7
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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.”

Keith Lee EXCLUSIVE: After four failed tryouts with WWE, I was going to give up wrestling – William Regal and Dusty Rhodes saved me

17 Sep

Keith Lee is a big man with a big presence and with NXT heading to two-hours on the USA Network this week, he looks set for a bigger role.

The 34-year-old has been signed with WWE since April of 2018, but he is still looking for the spot his talent commands.

Keith Lee in an NXT ring
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A combination of injuries and NXT’s limited space in the main event scene have stuttered the Texas-native from his ideal path.

talkSPORT caught up with Lee at a Progress show last Sunday where Lee teamed with Matt Riddle against Moustache Mountain.

Hi Keith! How does it feel to be back in the UK, a place where several promotions have been good to you?

I’ve voiced several times that Europe is a place in general that I miss, up to and including Ireland. So it was awesome to come back. Not quite the big return I would have liked… but the crowd was there and made me feel just as special as always and at the end of the day, that’s what it was about for me.

What’s so great about performing in the UK?

I think number one is the fans. Especially when they do the song ‘Hey Jude’ but in the form of Keith Lee – that is my favourite thing on the planet. I love it so much. But after that, it’s just the opportunity to put on Keith Lee matches. My style, my way. I don’t really feel like today was like that but… in singles competition, my type of martial art is something that I love and enjoy. I love the appreciation that is shown for it.

Do you feel like you get the opportunity to have ‘Keith Lee style’ matches in NXT?

I would say… lately I’ve had that opportunity, but initially, absolutely not. There’s definitely a lot of things that I am suggested not to do and/or cannot do in general, and that’s just the way it goes, man. It’s a different system, a different style there and a different vision for what they want from me. I just kinda have to work within the context of what they want from me.

Fans have loved the matches between Keith Lee and Dominik Dijalkovic
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A lot of fans felt your recent match with Dominik Dijakovic was of a TakeOver level, which is a big compliment in this day and age. That must be good to know people are beginning to realise what you can do?

If I’m being honest, I would say that that match with Dijakovic was not a TakeOver level match for us. I just feel like that was a drop in a bucket, just a taste. Everything we do I feel like is just a taste test. Like, here’s an appetiser. We have yet to produce or fight to a level that allows us to go into a full course meal. And I don’t know if or when people will see it. But they will know when they see it! I’m happy that people view it as a TakeOver level match but for me, it’s just another day at the office. We’ll see what the future holds I suppose.

The things you guys did together in his final match with PWG was insane, is that the kind of match you’d love to show people on a WWE platform?

I feel like I’m the epitome of that niche right now. I feel like I’m the representative of that entire niche right now. Being a guy that is 340lbs and doing what I do, not just flippy things, but catching guys that are 300lbs and throwing guys up in the air that are 300lbs – people lost their minds when I popped up Lars for the spear bomb, they had no idea! I am an all-around ridiculous athlete and I think I am the staple holder for that entire genre that is wrestling art.

That being said, I also believe that because that is the case, I have to do things in a minimalistic way so that they mean something. That match that we had [Dijakovic at BOLA], there was so much happening that it made the other things mean less.

Do you feel that with NXT moving to two hours on the USA Network this Wednesday that there will be more opportunities for you?

Perhaps. Live television is going to give a lot of people the opportunity to see Keith Lee in his finest hour, so to speak. Meaning, the collar is off, the leash is gone, handcuffs are gone and I get to do things the way I want to do them, so I’m looking forward to that.

We saw you tag with Matt Riddle to form the Limitless Bros – is that something you’d consider doing full-time or are you focused on singles?

I think I’ve always been a singles guy. I’m not going to say I’m opposed to it. If it makes business sense, and I am first and foremost a businessman, I will do a tag. If it doesn’t make sense, of course I’m going to focus on my singles. I love the struggle of the fight, the battles, I love the energy, drama and emotion, all those things are what I love about this sport.

To me it makes sense it [NXT] becoming a two-hour show means they’ll be more opportunities and with more opportunity, I don’t think there’s much of a choice [but to feature me more]. Because whenever I got out there, it doesn’t matter whether they’re beating me, it doesn’t matter anything, I’m the one that shines. I put out a tweet a while ago and it simply said it doesn’t matter how they view me or where they put me on the card – I’m the main event. If I so choose to be, that’s what’s going to happen. Because I can steal any show I choose to. So if the opportunities come, I will take my spot. That’s just how I roll.

Performers in NXT are regularly given the chance to come and perform with Progress, Evolve and the likes, is that something you still cherish?

I don’t know if Evolve have any interest in me, actually. But regardless of what the situation holds, I love going back because A) for meeting up and seeing old friends, acquaintances, meeting new people, seeing new talent – because that’s another passion of mine, seeing people come up, blossom and help them any way I can – and B) I was happy coming back to the UK because I was able to get Nandos yesterday.

Keith Lee thanks Dusty Rhodes for helping him improve on the mic and develop his character
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I understand you’ve told this story a few times, but can you explain how ‘bask in my glory’ became your thing?

That began because my first tryout with WWE was in 2008, three years after I started. I had an entire week of just a single tryout, just me. I got turned down that time and Dusty Rhodes told me that I was trash on the mic, basically. 2011, I had another tryout. This time only three days. Bit better on the mic, but not quite there. 2013 when the Performance Center first opened and they had their first big try out – I was there with like 31 other guys – and that tryout was the one I had where I felt like I came into my own with talking and presenting myself as an entity. 

And in that tryout, Dusty Rhodes said to me, and I quote: “You’ve got it. You have a presence that I feel like I can bask in.” He said, “Take it and do with it what you will.” So before I left I was like “What do you think about bask in my glory?” and he was like “I like it, baby.” It was created by Dusty Rhodes, that’s why I hold on to it so dearly because that moment meant so much to me and I probably would have quite wrestling – because I got turned down that time too – I probably would have quite wrestling were it not for that conversation with him and William Regal. They are the only two reasons I continued to wrestle. I’ve been using it ever since then.

It’s his passion and his words that touched my heart, so I used it.

Speaking of Dusty’s influence, how is it working with the crop of great minds they have in NXT right now?

Triple H is a brilliant mind. I’ve had a few talks with Shawn Michaels but it’s not like personable talks like I’ve had with Triple H. Honestly, and some of you are going to laugh at this, the biggest impact on my career since I started at the Performance Center is a man called Terry Taylor. There’s so many stories about him, but his mind is absolutely brilliant when it comes to wrestling. He has affected me in such a positive way, the way in which I do things and how I progress. Just a lot has elevated for me personally since working alongside him.

We caught Keith Lee at another fantastic Progress Wrestling show in London and you can catch him when NXT debuts on USA Network THIS Wednesday. UK fans will get the show 24 hours later on the WWE Network.

Tyson Fury’s trainer Ben Davison hits back at John Fury criticism, Andy Ruiz diet revealed, Deontay Wilder on KSI vs Logan Paul

17 Sep

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

Hitting back

Tyson Fury’s trainer Ben Davison told talkSPORT he disagrees with claims made by the heavyweight’s father, John Fury, about his son’s training camp and insisted it saved him.

Speaking exclusively to Jim White on talkSPORT, he said: “I spoke to Tyson about this right away.

Tyson Fury trains with Ben Davison
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He is Tyson’s father, you have to respect that. I fully understand that he is worried for his son. It was a nasty cut and he is not able to be there to make sure that everything is OK and that his son is OK.”

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Train hard, eat dirty

Andy Ruiz Jr will indulge his love of tacos to keep him happy as his diet for his mega rematch with Anthony Joshua was revealed.

Ruiz’s personal nutritionist, Zo’s Meal told Sky Sports, that while ‘The Destroyer’ is serious about his diet, he will still have a cheat meal of tacos as a treat for his hard work in camp.

“We try to make it healthier,” he said.

Ruiz will still eat tacos as he trains for Anthony Joshua
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Predictions from the champ

Deontay Wilder has given his verdict on the upcoming fight between YouTubers Logan Paul and KSI.

When asked who would win the rematch between KSI and Paul, Wilder didn’t pretend to know much about either of them, but he did praise the new audience they are being able to bring to boxing.

KSI and Logan Paul exchanged plenty of words
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“I have no idea, I didn’t even see the fight,” Wilder told KSI’s trainer Viddal Riley when asked who would win between the YouTubers making their professional boxing debuts.

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Eye sore

Tyson Fury may have to undergo plastic surgery following his brutal fight with Otto Wallin.

The Brit was badly cut above his right eye after being caught by his opponent in round three of Saturday night’s heavyweight bout in Las Vegas.

Tyson Fury needed 47 stitches for his cut
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Promoter, Frank Warren, has revealed the 31-year-old may go under the knife in London to ensure he is fully mended ahead of his scheduled rematch with Wilder.

FULL STORY

Tyron Woodley wants Khabib Nurmagomedov fight, Michael Bisping predicts respectful build up between Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal UFC fight

17 Sep

talkSPORT.com brings you a round up of all the biggest news and gossip from the world of UFC…

Make it happen

Tyron Woodley has said he needs to see what it feels like to fight UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The former welterweight champion would struggle to get to the 155lb weight limit, but would be happy to fight the unbeaten Russian at a catchweight.

Tyron Woodley wants to challenge the dangerous Khabib
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“I want to fight Khabib,” he told TMZ Sports. “I got the best takedown defense in the history of the sport. He’s dope, man. There’s not too many guys around like that. He’s a once in a lifetime. I’m a fan of his.“

“You know the good thing about it is he got one or two more fights in that division that make sense for him,” Woodley said. “He struggles to make 155. I got to get my belt back for this fight to make sense. He won’t even have to come up. We can do it at a catchweight, 165. I barely can make it but for the right bag…”


Good guy

Away from the Octagon, Khabib Nurmagomedov showed he is not just a submission machine, but there is a heart beneath the tough guy exterior.

The Russian has donated $100,000 to Dustin Poirier’s The Good Fight Foundation, who work with Fight For The Forgotten to help the Pygmy water crisis in Uganda.

Khabib wore Poirier’s shirt as a show of respect
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After beating Poirier at UFC 242 by submission, Nurmagomedov wore his opponent’s shirt with his logo emblazoned across it as a show of support.

UFC President, Dana White also promised to match that amount and has done just that.


Quiet affair

Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping expects the build up between Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal to be fairly uneventful.

The two men meet in one of the most anticipated welterweight clashes on November 2 in Madison Square Garden.

Both men are more than capable of holding their own in a verbal battle and are famed for their trash talk and witty comebacks.

However, Bisping believes the pair will be far more respectful than many are predicting.

Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal are going to lock horns at UFC 244

“I think a lot of people are getting a little too excited for the preemptive trash talk that’s gonna take place,” Bisping said.

“A lot of people are expecting these crazy back-and-forths. I actually think it’s gonna be somewhat respectful. They both know they’re badasses, they both know they’re real dudes. They both know that, ‘listen sh*t can kick off right now motherf*cker. We don’t care.’ So I think for that reason it’s gonna be pretty uneventful, the leadup to the fight.”

Wales assistant coach Rob Howley sent home from World Cup in Japan for alleged breach of betting rules

17 Sep

Wales assisant coach Rob Howley has been sent home from the Rugby World Cup in Japan six days until their opening match against Georgia begins.

The former Wales captain, who has been part of Warren Gatland’s coaching team since 2008, has left the squad’s Kitakyushu base due to an alleged breach of betting rules.

British and Irish Lions assistant Rob Howley dismisses referee bullying claims from Steve Hansen
Rob Howley has been sent home from the World Cup

The developments will send shock-waves reverberating throughout the rugby world.

The 48-year-old enjoyed a glittering playing career, winning 59 caps for Wales and captaining his country on 22 occasions, while also helping Wasps to be crowned European champions in 2004.

He also played for the British and Irish Lions in 1997 and 2001, and was part of the Lions coaching staff on their last three tours.
He had been due to leave his Wales coaching role after the World Cup, along with Gatland and fellow assistants Shaun Edwards and Robin McBryde.

Howley was recently linked with succeeding Conor O’Shea as Italy head coach following the tournament.

In a statement, the WRU said: “The WRU can confirm that Rob Howley has returned to Wales to assist with an investigation in relation to a potential breach of World Rugby regulation 6, specifically betting on rugby union.

“The decision was taken to act immediately in light of recent information passed to the WRU.

“No further details can be provided at this stage as this would prejudice the investigation. If required, an independent panel will be appointed to hear the case.

“Rob has co-operated fully with our initial discussions and we would ask that the media appreciate this is a difficult and personal matter for Rob and that his privacy is respected before an outcome is reached.

“Warren Gatland has consulted with senior players, and Stephen Jones will be arriving in Japan imminently to link up with the squad as attack coach.”


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WWE and AEW news: Baron Corbin is crowned King of the Ring, AEW files for important trademark, Jeff Hardy update

17 Sep

Wrestling seems to be on a roll lately with the weekly television shows getting better and better.

With NXT debuting on USA Network on Wednesday and AEW’s debut to follow next month, let’s dig into the big news breaking:

Vince McMahon in the middle of a WWE ring
Vince McMahon is still the king in WWE

Baron Corbin is your King of the Ring

The former Constable of RAW won the WWe’s King of the Ring on RAW with a victory over Chad Gable.

Corbin has now won the Money in the Bank, retired Kurt Angle and is a former United States champion in his short, but successful career.

Baron Corbin is the perfect choice to be King of the Ring

Triple H, Vince McMahon and Kevin Dunne absent from RAW

Pro Wrestling Sheet noted Paul Heyman ran the show from top to bottom for last night’s episode of RAW, an episode that has been very well received.

He was assisted by Michael Mansury, who is WWE’s VP of Global Television production, but Triple H was in Orlando prepping for NXT’s debut while McMahon and Dunn are rumoured to have had meetings with FOX.

AEW trademark ‘All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite’

For a while now, the ongoing rumour has been that AEW will call their weekly show on TNT ‘Wednesday Night Dynamite’.

Now, the company has officially applied for the trademark ‘All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite’. That appears to be the official name.

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Jeff Hardy to remain with WWE for ‘at least another year’

Fightful.com is reporting that Jeff Hardy’s WWE contract has been extended for “at least” one more year due to his current knee injury.

WWE’s internal injury list notes that Jeff is scheduled back in November. His brother Matt Hardy’s WWE contract remains valid through March of 2020 and WWE has been adding time on to contracts where talents take him off and/or are injured.

The Hardyz, Matt and Jeff Hardy as the Raw tag Team champions

Rusev makes shock WWE return to RAW with insane new body – but fans confused by ‘Attitude Era-like’ storyline

17 Sep

Rusev hadn’t been seen in WWE since WWE SuperShowdown in Saudi Arabia back in June of this year, but he made his return to Monday Night Raw this week.

It’s how he came back that has left a lot of fans scratching their heads.

Rusev is looking jacked!
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The Bulgarian Brute looked in absolutely sensational shape when appeared at the top of the ramp on RAW. He’s clearly spent his time at home wisely.

However, the segment he made a return in was where he was revealed as the father of Maria Kanellis’ unborn baby boy.

Maria has been ‘cucking’ Mike Kanellis – for want of a better term – for the past few months now and she had originally revealed Ricochet was the father.

After Ricochet defeated Kanellis – with ease – Maria revealed that was in fact false and that Rusev is the dad. Who, of course, proceeded to beat up poor Mike.

Backstage, Rusev refused to answer questions about the situation, but fans have to wonder where WWE really plan to go with this.

Rusev is clearly married to Lana, on-screen and off. Presumably, she will have to get involved and this has an Attitude Era angle written all over it!

Just 18 months ago, he was one of the most popular men in the WWE in recent memory. Here’s to hoping he gets back there.