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Friday, July 19, 2019

Boxing

Watch: Tyson Fury sings Aerosmith after TKO win

Tyson Fury sings

Tyson Fury showed off an array of talents on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Fury beat Tom Schwarz via second-round TKO in their heavyweight fight at the MGM Grand. Then after his fight, he grabbed the mic and proceeded to sing Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.”

While this may seem out of the ordinary for many fans, it’s actually nothing new for Fury. He did the exact same thing after his win over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.

Fury, 30, is now 28-0-1, with the draw coming in his previous fight against Deontay Wilder. He plans to fight on either Sept. 21 or Oct. 5 and then rematch Wilder next year.

Oscar De La Hoya throws shade at GGG after win

Oscar de la Hoya

Oscar De La Hoya saw Gennady Golovkin win on Saturday night against Steve Rolls and is still not impressed. De La Hoya decided to throw some shade at GGG instead.

Following Golovkin’s fourth-round knockout win over Rolls, De La Hoya told GGG to “fight a real fighter” and “win a belt.”

What’s the background? De La Hoya runs Golden Boy Promotions and makes Canelo Alvarez’s fights. Golovkin and Canelo have fought each of the last two Septembers, with the first being declared a draw and Canelo being awarded a majority decision win in the second fight. GGG was saying after the fight that he was ready for a third match with Canelo, but Oscar seems opposed. Golovkin also lost his middleweight title belts when he was beaten by Alvarez, which is why Oscar says GGG needs to win one.

Golovkin did not sign with DAZN to not face Alvarez a third time. The only question is when that fight will take place. Oscar seems to want to see GGG fight someone else before taking on Canelo.

Gennady Golovkin ready for third fight with Canelo Alvarez

Canelo Alvarez Gennady Golovkin

Gennady Golovkin made a successful debut on DAZN Saturday night and is ready for his next fight, one that will be much bigger.

GGG knocked out Steve Rolls at Madison Square Garden with a huge left hand in the fourth round to improve to 39-1-1. The fight was widely believed to be a tuneup before he completes his trilogy with Canelo Alvarez.

After the win, Golovkin was asked by DAZN’s Chris Mannix about his next fight and said he was ready for Canelo.

“Everybody knows, everybody knows. Of course I’m ready for September, I’m ready for Canelo. Just bring him, ask him. I’m ready,” GGG said.

“If you want Big Drama Show, please tell him. Why not?”

Here’s the video:

Canelo and GGG have met each of the last two Septembers. They fought to a draw the first time; Canelo won via majority decision in the second; and this September would complete the trilogy.

GGG signed on with DAZN with an eye towards the third fight with Alvarez. He reportedly will be paid $30 million for the battle.

Watch: Gennady Golovkin wrecks Steve Rolls with big knockout

Gennady Golovkin GGG

Gennady Golovkin did to Steve Rolls exactly what he was supposed to do.

GGG knocked out Rolls in the fourth round of their middleweight fight at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday night with a huge left hand. Twice during the 20 seconds before the knockout, Golovkin cracked Rolls with overhand shots that left the Canadian fighter wobbly. GGG then put the finishing touches on with a huge left that kept Rolls down for the count.

Rolls tried to get up off the canvas but was incoherent and couldn’t stand up to beat the 10-count, ending the fight.

Golovkin improves to 39-1-1 with 35 knockouts, while Rolls has suffered his first career loss.

This bout was the first of a six-fight deal Golovkin signed with DAZN. He is expected to face Canelo Alvarez next to complete their trilogy.

Watch: Michael Seals put Christopher Brooker to sleep with this knockout

Christopher Brooker knockout

Michael Seals on Saturday picked up his 23rd career win, and he did so with a major knockout.

Seals was taking on Christopher Brooker during their light heavyweight fight at Reno-Sparks Convention Center. During the second round of their fight, Seals caught Brooker on the top of the head with a big right hand that dropped Brooker and ended the fight. Brooker was put to sleep by the knockout and ended up awkwardly laying on the bottom rope.

That looked painful.

Seals is now 23-2 with 17 KOs, while Brooker drops to 14-7.

Andy Ruiz Jr. wants $50 million to rematch Anthony Joshua in UK

Andy Ruiz

Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua are expected to face each other in a rematch of last weekend’s heavyweight fight at some point later this year. Joshua may want the rematch to be held in the UK, but Ruiz wants to be paid a premium for that.

Ruiz was interviewed by Fight Hub TV’s Marcos Villegas this week and was asked about the rematch. He said he wanted $50 million to go to the UK for the rematch.

“I would love it to be here in the United States or in Mexico,” Ruiz told Villegas. “But, hey, it all depends on what we negotiate. If they want me to go over there they have to give me $50 million. It they wanna come over here … it’s just negotiations.”

Joshua is from England and fought his first 22 matches in the UK. Saturday’s loss to Ruiz at Madison Square Garden in New York was his first time fighting outside the UK.

Joshua is the more well-known fighter between the two and considered the “A” side of the negotiations, which would give him the power to dictate terms, even though Ruiz is now the champion. He and his promotional team of Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing may want to return to the UK for the rematch. DAZN, which has an exclusive contract with Joshua, is trying to get him to fight the rematch in New York. It sounds like Ruiz wants it to be somewhere in North America rather than Europe.

Ruiz, who was a replacement fighter, reportedly earned around $7 million for the fight. Joshua is said to have made about 3.5 times that.

H/T Bad Left Hook

DAZN reportedly pushing for Andy Ruiz-Anthony Joshua rematch in New York

Anthony Joshua

DAZN is pushing for the Andy Ruiz Jr.-Anthony Joshua rematch to take place in New York just like the first fight, according to a report.

DAZN, a standalone subscription channel specializing in combat sports, aired Saturday’s fight between Ruiz and Joshua that saw a major upset as Joshua lost via 7th-round TKO in a stunner at Madison Square Garden. The fight marked Joshua’s first in the US as the British fighter’s previous 22 fights all took place in the UK.

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn said after the fight that he expected a rematch to take place in November or December probably in the UK, but DAZN officials met with Joshua this week to discuss doing the rematch in New York, according to boxing reporter Chris Mannix.

Joshua has built up a large following in the UK, but his debut in the US saw him get knocked down four times. Successfully breaking through in the United States is vital to being universally respected in the boxing world. Returning to the UK where he has the fan support and it’s more comfortable would signal to fans that he had to retreat and couldn’t handle the big stage. DAZN knows that and wants him to prove to US fans he’s not scared and that he is capable of a win. It’s better for the sport overall for him to win in New York rather than return to his bubble in the UK.

From Ricky Hatton to Prince Naseem Hamed, boxing is full of fighters who got hyped up in the UK and failed to deliver in the US. DAZN doesn’t want Joshua to fall in the same group. Joshua and Hearn shouldn’t want that either.