Ex-Man Utd defender Ferdinand to launch pro boxing career


Rio Ferdinand is launching a new career as a professional boxer, two years after he retired from football. The 38-year-old’s move into the ring is being backed by betting company Betfair, which announced the news on Tuesday. Former Manchester United and England defender Ferdinand works as a TV pundit and he has his own clothing line. “I’m doing this because it’s a ...

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Deontay Wilder to take on Luis Ortiz


Heavyweight titleholder Deontay Wilder, who has been seeking a dangerous opponent, will get one. Wilder will take on the much-avoided “King Kong” Luis Ortiz on Nov. 4 (Showtime) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Lou DiBella, who is promoting the card, has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday in New York to make a formal announcement. Wilder (38-0, 37 ...

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Gennady Golovkin v Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez: Las Vegas fight ends in draw

Golovkin (left) landed more punches overall during the 12 rounds (Image credit: Getty Images)

Gennady Golovkin’s world middleweight title fight with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez ended in a controversial draw. After a closely fought bout in Las Vegas, one judge scored it 118-110 for Alvarez, another 115-113 for Golovkin and the third a 114-114 draw. There were boos when the decision was announced at the T-Mobile Arena, and both boxers shook their heads. Kazakh Golovkin, ...

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Floyd Mayweather: I have seven girlfriends because ‘having one is too close to having none’


Floyd Mayweather has given fans an amusing insight into his life, from how many women he dates to how much money is in his bank, during an interview with a puppet. In a chat with Diego from the YouTube channel Awkward Puppets, Mayweather revealed he has seven girlfriends and 25 cars in Las Vegas alone, including a red Bugatti and a yellow Ferrari. Mayweather ...

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Bukom Banku, Samir Bastie bout rescheduled


The showdown between Braimah Kamoko aka Bukom Banku and Bastie Samir has been rescheduled by the bout organisers, Box Office Promotions. The fight was set for September 30 at the Bukom Boxing Arena but Box Office Promotions say that certain factors have forced them to settle on October  21 as the new date. A release signed by CEO of Box ...

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Joshua v Pulev: Cardiff to host October 28 heavyweight bout


Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev has confirmed he will face Britain’s IBF and WBA heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua in Cardiff on 28 October. The 36-year-old is the mandatory challenger for Joshua’s IBF title. “My preparation is very intensive despite the little time left,” Pulev posted on Facebook, adding the date and confirming Cardiff as the venue. “I will be perfectly ready when I ...

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Manny Pacquiao pulls out of Jeff Horn rematch


Former champion Manny Pacquiao has pulled out of a welterweight rematch with Australian Jeff Horn, who stunned the boxing world with victory in July. The Filipino fighter, 38, is said to have “other commitments” at the time of the rescheduled bout on 12 November. Horn, a 29-year-old former schoolteacher, was given a unanimous 12-round decision in Brisbane. The World Boxing Organization reviewed the result with ...

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McGregor ‘proud’ of pro boxing debut despite Mayweather loss


Conor McGregor says he is “proud” of what he achieved on his professional boxing debut, despite being stopped in the 10th round by Floyd Mayweather. The UFC lightweight champion, 29, lost a much-hyped fight as 40-year-old Mayweather took his perfect career record to 50-0 in Las Vegas. The build-up was dominated by heated exchanges, but McGregor said the American, who came ...

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Conor McGregor to overtake Cristiano Ronaldo in Forbes athlete rich list


Conor McGregor is set to overtake Cristiano Ronaldo in the Forbes athlete rich list following his super-fight with Floyd Mayweather. The Dubliner’s inexorable rise reached stratospheric heights in the cross-over clash which is expected to earn him in the region of £77m — and that’s before endorsement deals are considered. Ronaldo topped the list this year with earnings of £71m ...

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