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Friday, May 26, 2017

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Conor McGregor calls out Floyd Mayweather, challenges him to sign deal

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Conor McGregor has signed his end of a deal for a potential fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr, and he is now challenging the undefeated boxer to do the same.

On Sunday, McGregor shared a photo from one of his workouts and told Mayweather to sign his side of the contract to prove he is more than “just a mouth.”

While McGregor working out a deal with UFC president Dana White eliminates one huge obstacle, it does not mean the fight is on the verge of happening. We all saw how long it took the bout between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao to come together, and there will be as much money — if not more — at stake for Mayweather vs. McGregor.

Mayweather is 49-0 in his career, and there is a growing belief that he wants to make it 50-0 before officially retiring. Even though another boxing legend is challenging him to forget about the McGregor fight in favor of a different match, it’s tough to imagine Mayweather walking away from the potential payday he would get from the McGregor fight. He should be able to win the fight with ease and pocket a record amount of money. Not many people could say no to that.

Andre Dirrell’s uncle sucker punches Jose Uzcategui following DQ (Video)

Andre Dirrell landed a victory over Jose Uzcategui on Saturday night after Uzcategui was disqualified following a late punch that sent Dirrell to the mat. But as controversial as that may have been, it was just the tip of the iceberg.

Dirrell’s uncle and trainer, Leon Lawson Jr., heatedly walked up to Uzcategui after the disqualification and unleashed a series of sucker punches — one of which caught Uzcategui square in the jaw.

“I’m sorry for what my coach has done. My coach is my family, my uncle, and he was worried,” Dirrell said via USA TODAY after the fight. “He cares for me. He loves me. Please forgive him.”

Lawson took off almost immediately after the melee, but was sought for questioning and a potential arrest by the Prince George’s County Police. Meanwile, Uzcategui was taken to MedSTAR Washington Hospital in Washington for further evaluation and remained under police protection until he was released hours later.

As a result of the disqualification, Dirrell claimed the vacant interim super middleweight world championship.

Canelo Alvarez, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fight does over a million pay-per-view buys

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The Canelo Alvarez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fight on Cinco de Mayo weekend in Las Vegas was a financial success.

Golden Boy Promotions sent out a press release on Friday stating that the fight two weeks ago generated over a million pay-per-view buys, though they did not share the total figure.

Golden Boy says Canelo is the youngest A-side fighter in history to generate a million-plus pay-per-view audience. He also becomes the first A-side fighter in 15 years outside of Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather to do a million buys.

“Everything I do is for the fans, and I want to express my gratitude for everyone who watches my fights and shows their support,” Canelo said. “My fans are the greatest in the world and this year in September on Mexican Independence weekend, everyone can look forward to another incredible performance.”

If Canelo’s fight against Chavez Jr., which he won by unanimous decision, did that many buys, his total for his September fight against GGG should do even better. Gennady Golovkin is a much tougher fighter and this is the fight fans really want to see.

Photo: Golden Boy Promotions

Conor McGregor calls deal for Floyd Mayweather fight ‘record-breaking’

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Conor McGregor has agreed to his side of the deal in a potential fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr, and it sounds like there is an astronomical amount of money involved.

In a statement he issued to TheMacLife.com, McGregor referred to the deal he signed as “record-breaking” and “historic.”

“It is an honor to sign this record breaking deal alongside my partners Zuffa LLC, The Ultimate Fighting Championship and Paradigm Sports Management,” McGregor said. “The first, and most important part of this historic contract has now officially been signed off on. Congratulations to all parties involved. We now await Al Haymon and his boxer’s signature in the coming days.”

UFC president Dana White made it clear on Wednesday that the onus is on Mayweather to make a boxing match with McGregor happen. Getting White to agree to allow McGregor out of his UFC contract for the bout was one of the biggest obstacles.

Striking a deal with Mayweather’s side will be a major challenge for White, especially given Floyd’s huge money demands. We all saw how long it took for Mayweather’s fight against Manny Pacquiao to come together, but we also saw the financial windfall that came from it. Ultimately, we expect something to get done.

Dana White: Conor McGregor side of Mayweather negotiation is done

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Dana White continues to make it clear that the onus is on Floyd Mayweather Jr. to make a boxing match with Conor McGregor happen.

The UFC boss, who is a Boston Celtics fan, joined the “Inside the NBA” crew for an interview on TNT after Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. He was asked by Shaq about the status of the Mayweather-McGregor negotiations and said that the McGregor side is done, and that now it’s on Floyd to come through.

“The McGregor side is done,” White said. “I’m starting to work on the Mayweather side now. I’m not saying the fight will happen. I got one side done. Now it’s time to work on the other.”

White said that they need to reach a deal with Mayweather, who works with adviser Al Haymon on his negotiations.

White recently said that he was setting a deadline for getting a deal done with McGregor’s side, and he delivered. Can he make it happen on Floyd’s side? That will be a big question. Mayweather is very picky and has huge money demands for the fight.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. robbed nights after losing to Canelo Alvarez

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. was robbed two nights after his loss to Canelo Alvarez in their Saturday fight in Las Vegas last weekend, his wife told ESPN Deportes.

Chavez’s family remained in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand in the days following the fight, in part because of a concert they planned to see.

According to what Chavez’s wife told ESPN Deportes, they met some fans at the MGM and began drinking with them on Monday night. They continued to party together in Chavez Jr.’s room, and his wife left to take care of their child.

A video came out on Thursday that showed Chavez Jr. in the room, laying on a bed while a few women showed off their rears.

Chavez’s wife says Chavez ended up robbed of a $40,000 watch, his phone and a check from his fight against Canelo. She believes they set him up as part of a trap. They plan to talk with an attorney to pursue matters when they return home to Los Angeles.

Jerry Jones wants to host Canelo Alvarez-GGG fight

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When Jerry Jones opened AT&T Stadium, he envisioned the venue being the home for much more than the Dallas Cowboys. He wanted to host NCAA Tournament games, wrestling events, boxing matches, college football games, and more. They have done that so far.

And now Jones would like to host boxing’s next superfight.

Jones is hoping that Golden Boy and K2 Promotions will agree to hold their fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin in Arlington at AT&T Stadium. The fight is scheduled for Sept. 16, but no venue has been decided. Jones wants to host it.

“The idea of Canelo and GGG fighting before 100,000 screaming Hispanic-Mexican fans is exciting,” Jones said in a video produced by ESPN. “We should very much be in the hunt because of the great interest in boxing in this area, certainly the proximity to Mexico.”

Alvarez is from Mexico and very popular among Mexican sports fans. He has already fought at AT&T Stadium before, as he defeated Liam Smith there in September. Expect some of the venues in Las Vegas to give AT&T Stadium some stiff competition for hosting the bout.

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