Josie Harris, the ex-girlfriend of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and mother of three of the boxing champion’s children, has died at 40.
Law enforcement sources confirmed to TMZ that Harris was found unresponsive in her car outside her home when police were called to the scene at around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night. Investigators do not suspect foul play, and the case is being treated a death investigation and not a homicide.
Harris and Mayweather had a long and tumultuous history with one another. Harris accused Mayweather of beating her on multiple occasions, and a 2010 incident led to a 90-day jail sentence for Mayweather. Harris also accused Mayweather of assaulting her in 2005, but she later dropped the charges and admitted she was lying.
Mayweather and Harris were scheduled to go to court later this year stemming from a $20 million lawsuit Harris filed against Floyd. The lawsuit stemmed from Mayweather denying in an interview with Katie Couric that he beat Harris in 2010, claiming he only tried to restrain Harris and that she was on drugs. The story Mayweather told in the interview was much different from what the police report from the incident stated.
Harris posted evidence long after the 2010 incident that indicated she still had some sort of relationship with Mayweather. She was involved in a lawsuit against Mayweather at the time of her death.
Mayweather denied ever having beaten Harris, but his own son even called him a “coward” over the incident.
Heavyweight contender Adam Kownacki suffered a shocking loss to Robert Helenius on Saturday night in his hometown of Brooklyn.
Kownacki, 30, entered the fight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn undefeated at 20-0. He was in line for a possible fight against Andy Ruiz Jr., but those plans were derailed by Helenius.
Helenius dropped Kownacki in the fourth round in what the referee treated as a slip.
WHAT A SHOT!
— FOX Sports: PBC (@PBConFOX) March 8, 2020
Kownacki was wobbly after that and could barely defend himself, leading to a stoppage a minute later.
TKO an undefeated fighter
Get 30th win
— FOX Sports: PBC (@PBConFOX) March 8, 2020
“It wasn’t my night,” Kownacki said after the fight. “It’s boxing. It’s a tough sport and things just didn’t go my way tonight. It was a learning experience and I’m going to go back to the drawing board and get back to work.
“He hit me with a good shot. I knew what was going on, but I’m just upset with myself. It is what it is.”
Kownacki is now 20-1 (15 KOs), while Helenius improves to 30-3 (19 KOs). Kownacki was a heavy favorite and still went down. This, along with Ruiz Jr.’s upset over Anthony Joshua, is another reminder of how unpredictable heavyweight boxing can be.
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After scoring his first career victory at welterweight, Mikey Garcia has some high hopes for his next fight.
The former four-division world champ defeated Jessie Vargas via unanimous decision on Saturday at 147 pounds. Garcia scored a knockdown in the fifth round and landed the better, cleaner shots for much of the night.
VARGAS IS DOWN pic.twitter.com/fxHe6NNImo
— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) March 1, 2020
After the bout, Garcia said that he wanted to continue at 147 and mentioned Manny Pacquiao or a rematch with Errol Spence Jr, who dealt him his first career loss in March of last year, as potential options for his next fight.
“I think I have great options. I would love to fight Pacquiao or a rematch with Spence. I’d like to continue campaigning at 147.” -Mikey
— Matthew Aguilar (@MatthewAguilar5) March 1, 2020
The 32-year-old Garcia began his career at featherweight and was fighting at lightweight as recently as 2018. He has always looked most comfortable at the 135-140 range, but Saturday’s win at welterweight clearly emboldened him. Pacquiao, meanwhile, has other, grander possibilities in play at the moment, but a bout against Garcia would make for a very compelling clash of styles.
Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will be fighting for a third time.
Wilder had 30 days to exercise his rematch clause and didn’t hesitate to do so, making it official a week after his loss to Fury in Las Vegas last weekend.
Wilder and Fury have fought twice. The first was an epic draw, which included Fury seemingly rising from the dead in comeback fashion. The second was won by Fury, who dominated. He knocked Wilder down twice, won every round, and had his opponent wobbly most of the way before Wilder’s corner threw in the towel in the seventh round. Wilder humorously blamed his heavy costume for tiring him out on his walk to the ring.
The second fight between the men reportedly generated 800,000-850,000 pay-per-view buys, and a third fight would probably do a similar amount. The fight could take place during the fall so that it could benefit from the FOX/ESPN promotion during football season.
We’d love to see Fury fight Anthony Joshua before taking on Wilder for a third time, but it looks like a Joshua fight will have to wait.
The Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder heavyweight fight on Saturday night in Las Vegas was a big topic of conversation in the sports world, and apparently that was the case among fans as well.
According to The Athletic boxing reporter Mike Coppinger, the rematch generated between 800,000-850,000 pay-per-view buys in North America.
Sources: The rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury generated in the neighborhood of approxmately 800,000 to 850,000 pay-per-view buys in North America. Best performance – by far – for a heavyweight title fight since Tyson-Lewis in 2002. Wilder-Fury 1 sold around 325K buys
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) February 27, 2020
Those are big numbers for the two fighters, especially considering the first fight generated around 325,000 buys. The first fight went so well, and the rematch was so well promoted, that fan interest in the rematch jumped.
Numerous Canelo Alvarez and Manny Pacquiao fights have generated over 1 million pay-per-view fights among active fighters. But in the heavyweight division, the last fight that surpassed this amount of buys in North America was Mike Tyson vs. Lennox Lewis in 2002 (1.97 million buys). That was a long, long time ago.
Now, if they could just get Anthony Joshua involved, heavyweight boxing would really be cooking.
(Note: Joshua has generated several 7-figure buys, but that was in Europe, where the pay-per-view fee is much less than in North America).
Half the fun of Saturday night’s heavyweight pay-per-view match between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder was getting to see their elaborate ring entrances.
Wilder entered the ring in his usual costume, complete with spikes and a mask.
— BoxingScene.com (@boxingscene) February 24, 2020
Fury was carried to the ring on a throne while wearing a crown and king’s robe.
The Gypsy King…He’s Ready
Tyson Fury (+125) makes his ring walk (sit) in typical Tyson Fury fashion…In A THRONEpic.twitter.com/dATns90oG7
— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) February 23, 2020
SI’s Chris Mannix says Fury’s promoter Top Rank bought the throne off Amazon for $1,100.
Little note in my post fight column …
The throne that Tyson Fury rode to the ring.
Top Rank bought it for $1,100 on Amazon https://t.co/yxgDiLrt23
— Chris Mannix (@SIChrisMannix) February 23, 2020
The costumes and entrances were more than just a spectacle, according to one of the fighters. Wilder told Yahoo’s Kevin Iole that the heavy costume he wore (40 or so pounds) weakened his legs and contributed to the first loss of his career. That’s absolutely laughable.
Wilder also told Iole he’s planning to exercise his rematch clause for a third fight against Fury. If Wilder and Fury fight for a third time, that would postpone an Anthony Joshua vs. Fury fight.
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Anthony Joshua is regarded as one of the best heavyweight fighters in the world, but he has yet to face the other top two heavyweights: Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder. Instead, Joshua has mostly hung out in the UK and even lost to Andy Ruiz Jr. before getting revenge. Meanwhile, Fury and Wilder have now fought twice, battling to a draw in the first and Fury winning the second match.
During a visit on Ariel Helwani’s show Monday, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn said Joshua wants to face Fury.
.@EddieHearn on a potential Anthony Joshua-Tyson Fury fight:
"We want the Tyson Fury fight next. AJ called me yesterday and said 'how do we make this fight happen?'
"If there is no rematch (with Wilder), we want to do everything we can to make AJ vs. Fury next."@arielhelwani
— Greg Rosenstein (@grosenstein) February 24, 2020
We’ll believe this when we see it.
Joshua didn’t want Wilder and he probably doesn’t actually want Fury. Or maybe he’s saying he does because he can get some good press knowing that Wilder and Fury will fight for a third time first.
Whatever the case, Joshua needs to get in the mix here with these two. The sport is at its best when the best fighters face each other.