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Tureano Johnson suffers nasty cut lip during loss to Jaime Munguia

Jaime Munguia Tureano Johnson

Tureano Johnson lost to Jaime Munguia in their middleweight fight at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. on Friday night, and he had his lip busted up in the process.

Munguia split Johnson’s lip with a big uppercut in the sixth round. You can actually see the piece of Johnson’s lip go flying after the punch.

Johnson had a big chunk of his lip missing following the punch.

Yikes.

Munguia improved to 36-0 and retained his WBO Inter-Continental middleweight title with the win. Johnson is now 21-3-1 and probably needs a few stitches.

Video: Mike Tyson looking jacked for comeback fight against Roy Jones Jr.

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson is on the wrong side of 50 and has not had an official fight in more than 15 years, but physically he looks like he could make a run at the heavyweight championship.

Tyson is preparing for his Nov. 28 exhibition fight against Roy Jones Jr., and his return to the ring is being documented in a docuseries called “Frontline Battle.” Tyson shared a promo video for the show on his Instagram account this week. Let’s just say we hope Jones Jr. is expecting Iron Mike to be in peak physical shape, because he appears to be.

Tyson was once the most feared heavyweight boxer in the world, and you can see why. While he had put on some weight and looked out of shape during many of his recent acting appearances, he has clearly focused on getting back into fighting shape.

Jones shouldn’t let Tyson’s recent bizarre interview with a British program fool him — Iron Mike is ready to go.

Mike Tyson explains why he acted so weird in interview

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson offered an explanation over Twitter Tuesday for his odd behavior during an interview on “Good Morning Britain.”

Tyson appeared to be very groggy and was slurring his words during his interview on the program. He even had his head down in between questions.

So what was going on? Tyson says the reason his interview did not go smoothly is because he was tired and sleepy. He says he tried to stay up late for the live interview but fell asleep. Once he falls asleep, he’s tough to wake up. He also says he forgot to look into the camera because he had no monitor.

That actually is a reasonable explanation and does seem to match what we saw. It looked like he got dragged out of a deep sleep about two minutes before being thrown on camera, and that was the result.

Once a feared heavyweight champion, Tyson is set to face Roy Jones Jr. on Nov. 28. Even though Tyson didn’t look so good in that interview, he actually looked like his old ferocious self in a recent training video.

Floyd Mayweather would demand this much money for Conor McGregor rematch

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has not fought since he improved his record to 50-0 with a win over Conor McGregor back in 2017. He has hinted at coming out of retirement (again) numerous times in the past, and apparently he is open to a rematch against McGregor.

For the right price.

Mayweather made a recent appearance on Shannon Sharpe’s “Club Shay Shay” podcast and discussed whether or not he will fight again. He basically said he values his long-term health and will only take easy fights that come with a big payday. If he were to fight McGregor again, Mayweather says he would need a guaranteed $300 million.

As for whether or not a fight against McGregor would be safe and easy, Mayweather clearly thinks it would. He told Sharpe that the UFC star has no punching power.

“Conor McGregor can’t punch. He can’t punch,” Mayweather said, via TMZ.

Mayweather added that he remembers taking a punch from McGregor when the two fought and thinking, “Man, this dude punch so soft.”

Mayweather made around $300 million total for his August 2017 fight against McGregor and McGregor made $100 million. Floyd was guaranteed $100 million going in, while McGregor’s guaranteed number was $30 million.

This isn’t the first time Mayweather has indicated he is open to a rematch against McGregor, but the fight seems unlikely to happen. McGregor, who is supposedly retired as well, recently revealed that he has his sights set on a different high-profile boxing match.

Conor McGregor says he will fight Manny Pacquiao in boxing match

Conor McGregor

It has been only three months since Conor McGregor made his latest “retirement” announcement, but the former UFC champion is already looking for another big pay day.

McGregor revealed in a series of tweets on Friday that he is planning for his next fight to be a boxing match with Manny Pacquiao. He didn’t provide any details but claimed the fight will take place in the Middle East.

The big news from McGregor came after he shared some direct messages between him and UFC president Dana White that show McGregor was trying to push for a fight earlier this year. He said the reports about him turning down a fight against Tony Ferguson were inaccurate and that he wanted to headline his own event rather than being an alternate. White seemed willing to work something out, but it never came to fruition. Beware that some of the messages contain inappropriate language.

“I was pushing hard for the season,” McGregor wrote. “Multiple opponents, multiple dates offered throughout. All to take place back to back. Then when covid hit and the talk was that I would have to wait for crowds again, I walked away from the situation. I was waiting long enough at that stage. … anyway all water under the bridge who gives a (expletive). I’m boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East.”

McGregor announced his retirement roughly three months after the exchange he referenced with White. It’s possible he was frustrated that the two couldn’t work something out. McGregor, of course, has announced his retirement numerous times in the past several years and gone back on it.

McGregor had a professional boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in August 2017. It’s unclear if he’s planning something similar with Pacquiao, but there have been hints throughout the year that the two could eventually do something together.

Roy Jones Jr. says fight with Mike Tyson a ‘mistake’

Roy Jones Jr.

Roy Jones Jr. is doing a great job of selling his upcoming fight with Mike Tyson.

Jones Jr. and Tyson are set to met in an unofficial fight on Nov. 28 in Carson, Calif. Jones Jr. boxed at middleweight and then spent most of his career as a light heavyweight. By contrast, Tyson is a natural heavyweight.

That power and size might be what concerns Jones Jr.

“He’s still Mike Tyson. He’s still one of the strongest, most explosive people who ever touched a boxing ring. If anything, I made a mistake going in with him. He’s the bigger guy. He’s the explosive guy,” Jones Jr. said in an interview with Sky Sports.

Both fighters were among the best in their weight class during their prime. Tyson was an absolute knockout artist and began his career 37-0 before a loss to Buster Douglas. He won by knockout in first 19 fights and 26 of his first 28. Jones Jr. wasn’t quite the knockout artist, but he was viewed as a dominant fighter and consistently ranked among the best pound-for-pound in the sport.

Iron Mike has already said he will be aiming for the knockout, which should give Jones Jr. a reason to worry.

Logan Paul approaches Floyd Mayweather Jr. about exhibition fight

Floyd Mayweather

Logan Paul has been looking for a boxing opponent since his rematch against fellow YouTuber KSI last year, and he is aiming as high as possible.

Paul’s representatives have approached Floyd Mayweather Jr. about a potential fight this year, according to a report from TMZ. Paul’s second fight against KSI was a sanctioned professional bout, but he is reportedly looking for an exhibition against Mayweather.

Paul’s professional fight against KSI consisted of three six-minute rounds. It went the distance, with KSI winning by split decision. Paul has since tried to organize some other high-profile fights, including one against Antonio Brown. That appeared to have some legs but never happened in part because of all of Brown’s legal issues.

Mayweather has not fought since his bout against Conor McGregor back in 2017, though he has indicated he will come out of retirement at some point. That could just be his way of keeping his name in the headlines.

Paul gained popularity as a YouTube sensation and has been involved in a number of controversies. It seems unlikely that he and Mayweather will actually fight, though the exhibition would be a significant draw.

Mike Tyson trains with Kurt Angle while preparing for Roy Jones fight

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson has more time to prepare for his fight against Roy Jones Jr. now that the bout has been postponed until November, and he is using some of that time to train with legends from other combat sports.

Tyson worked out with former WWE superstar Kurt Angle and former UFC champion Henry Cejudo on Saturday. Angle and Cejudo both shared photos of the trio from the session.

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Angle and Cejudo are both former Olympians, while Tyson is one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. The three have plenty in common.

Tyson and Jones Jr. were originally scheduled to face each other in an eight-round exhibition match on Sept. 12. The fight has since been pushed back to Nov. 28 in order to maximize revenue.

Jones fought as recently as 2018, while Tyson has not had a real fight since 2005. The extra training time should benefit the 54-year-old.

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Oscar De La Hoya furious over boxing’s poor ratings, wants Canelo to fight

Oscar De La Hoya

Oscar De La Hoya is furious over boxing’s poor ratings on TV.

De La Hoya tweeted his frustration on Wednesday over the state of the sport.

“If anyone doubted how badly boxing needs Canelo – the sport’s biggest star – back in the ring, look no further than the terrible ratings from boxing on network TV the last few weeks,” De La Hoya tweeted.

“It’s a f–king embarrassment that sports-starved fans are flocking to baseball and the UFC, & largely ignoring the greatest sport in the world. I have been working tirelessly day and night with our partners at DAZN to get a Canelo fight done ASAP and get our sport back on track,” he tweeted (edited by LBS for profanity).

De La Hoya began Golden Boy Promotions in 2002. He was known for taking on the toughest fights during his career and ducking nobody, which helped him cement his popularity.

Canelo Alvarez has been his biggest star client. Golden Boy helped Alvarez sign an 11-year, $365 million deal with DAZN in 2018. De La Hoya and Alvarez have since had issues, but Oscar still wants Canelo to take on some intriguing fights. DAZN holds approval over what fights Alvarez takes on and negotiates them with Golden Boy. Alvarez was set to fight in May but that was canceled due to COVID-19. He could face Billy Joe Saunders or Callum Smith in November.

Dana White takes ‘cocaine’ shot at Oscar De La Hoya

Dana White

Oscar De La Hoya recently announced that he is coming out of retirement, and Dana White believes there’s a very specific reason the 47-year-old wants to fight again.

White, who has long had beef with De La Hoya, was asked on Saturday night about De La Hoya’s big announcement. The UFC president mocked De La Hoya by saying “cocaine isn’t cheap.”

De La Hoya has had well-publicized issues with drug and alcohol addiction, which is likely what White was referring to. It’s also well known that the two do not get along.

White and De La Hoya clashed a few years back over conflicting business interests. De La Hoya, who has been promoting fights since he retired, took issue with the fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. and said it was disrespecting the sport of boxing. That led to White taking shots at De La Hoya over his addiction problems. The bad blood apparently still lingers.