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Friday, May 29, 2020

Boxing

Canelo Alvarez-GGG third fight to be pushed back from September

Canelo Alvarez Gennady Golovkin

Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin were expected to meet in the final installment of their trilogy later this year, but that fight is being pushed back.

In March, The Athletic’s Lance Pugmire reported that Canelo and GGG agreed to financial terms for a third fight between them. The hope was that the fight would take place on September 12 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

On Thursday, SI’s Chris Mannix said the fight is still set to happen but is being pushed back due to the lack of crowds.

Texas’ governor announced on Thursday that sports could resume in June with outdoor stadiums filled to 25 percent capacity. AT&T Stadium has a retractable roof and might be able to pass as outdoor if the roof is open, but due to the limited capacity, those involved would prefer to hold the fight at a later date.

Alvarez was originally planning to fight Billy Joe Saunders in May before fighting Golovkin in September. GGG was set to fight Kamil Szeremeta.

Alvarez and GGG fought to a draw in their first bout in 2017. Alvarez won a decision in their second match, which came a year later. Canelo tested positive for a banned substance prior to their second fight.

Video: Mike Tyson confronts Chris Jericho on AEW’s Dynamite

Mike Tyson is all over the place these days.

Not only has Iron Mike been making noise about a possible boxing comeback (likely a charity match), but he is also on the wrestling scene.

Tyson appeared on AEW’s “Double or Nothing” pay-per-view over the weekend. On Wednesday, he appeared on “Dynamite.” Tyson was flanked by MMA fighters Henry Cejudo, Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort as he confronted Chris Jericho.

Iron Mike even ripped off his shirt:

Tyson is a great character for wrestling and perfect for a startup like AEW.

Tyson has a wrestling history and got into a feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin as a guest enforcer at WrestleMania XIV. Iron Mike was inducted into WWE Hall of Fame in 2012.

Evander Holyfield interested in charity boxing match with Mike Tyson

Evander Holyfield

Evander Holyfield is open to a charity boxing match with Mike Tyson.

Both Tyson and Holyfield have been posting videos on social media that hint at boxing returns, and they seem to be building towards a fight with each other. Holyfield says he would do it so long as Tyson asks.

“If I ask him it’s almost like me being a bully saying I want to go against somebody I’ve beaten twice,” Holyfield told the BBC. “I don’t want pressure on me that ‘you just want to fight Mike because you know you can beat him’.”

On May 6, Holyfield even posted a message on Instagram saying he would be returning to the ring for a charity boxing match.

He has been posting several training videos on social media since then. Tyson has gone viral a few times for his training videos over the past month as well.

The two have quite a bit of history.

Holyfield beat Tyson via 11th-round TKO in 1996 to win the WBA heavyweight title at a time when the two were near the heights of their popularity. In the rematch less than a year later, Tyson was disqualified for notoriously biting a piece of Holyfield’s ear off.

Holyfield is 57 now and last fought professionally in 2011. Tyson is 53 and hasn’t fought since 2005.

There was talk back in 2008 about a possible third fight between them, though that did not materialize. But the two have seemingly been on good terms, with Tyson helping to promote business for Holyfield. It’s the least he could do, you know, after the whole ear thing.

CJ Watson says Conor McGregor wearing his jersey was ‘stupid’

Conor McGregor

CJ Watson is offering some thoughts several years later on his unexpected inclusion in the Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather beef.

During a Reddit AMA session this weekend, the former Golden State Warriors guard was asked what he thought about McGregor wearing his jersey in an effort to troll Mayweather before their megafight in 2017.

“Stupid because I had nothing to do with the situation,” Watson replied.

If you recall, McGregor was seen wearing Watson’s No. 23 jersey with the Warriors specifically because of Watson’s link to Josie Harris, the mother of Mayweather’s children (which you can read more about here). The episode also triggered a war of words between McGregor and Draymond Green, who currently wears No. 23 for the Warriors and thought that McGregor was wearing his jersey instead.

Watson, now 36 years old, spent ten seasons in the NBA and is now playing overseas in Turkey. Unfortunately, Watson may now be more known for his entanglement in the McGregor-Mayweather feud than for his actual NBA career, and he is clearly not too thrilled about it.

Mike Tyson fuels comeback talk with terrifying workout video

It remains unlikely that Mike Tyson will make a professional boxing comeback at age 53, but the former heavyweight champ certainly looks like he could still hold his own in the ring.

Tyson said recently that he wants to train and get in shape for some potential charity exhibitions, and it appears he has been hard at work. On Monday, Iron Mike shared a highlight video on Instagram of some of his training moments. He still looks like a wrecking machine.

Tyson confidently said “I’m back” at the end of the video.

Tyson obviously wants to get back into the ring, but the extent of his comeback remains a mystery. Evander Holyfield also recently said he is making a comeback and told Sky Sports he would like to fight Tyson, so perhaps there is an exhibition match in the works.

While we know he has other talents like acting and starring in great Super Bowl commercials, we wouldn’t dare say Tyson would get knocked out if he climbed into the ring.

Floyd Mayweather’s daughter Iyanna arrested for felony aggravated assault

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather’s daughter, Iyanna, is in jail in Houston after being arrested early Saturday morning after an alleged physical confrontation at her boyfriend’s home, TMZ reports.

Iyanna is dating rapper NBA Youngboy. According to TMZ, Iyanna was at Youngboy’s home in Texas when another woman, Lapattra Lashai Jacobs, showed up. The two women reportedly had an argument. Jacobs told Mayweather to leave, while Mayweather allegedly responded by saying she was Youngboy’s fiancee and that Jacobs should leave.

The two ended up getting in a fight in the kitchen, with Mayweather allegedly charging at Jacobs with two knives and stabbing her.

Mayweather allegedly said the altercation began when Jacobs pulled her hair and ran into the kitchen. Youngboy supposedly was handcuffed but later released.

Gossip of the City says Jacobs is in critical condition after being stabbed.

Iyanna has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon. Her bond was set at $30,000.

Iyanna (aka “Yaya”) is 19 years old and the daughter of Mayweather and Melissia Brim.

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Manny Pacquiao ‘not afraid to die’ as he helps Filipinos during coronavirus

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao grew up poor in the Philippines and rose to international stardom as a boxer before becoming a senator in his home country. He knows what life is like at the bottom and the top, and he is working to help out his country as it battles the coronavirus pandemic.

The Filipino boxer/politician has already given 700,000 masks to those on the front lines; partnered with Jack Ma to provide 50,000 COVID-19 test kits; and he has donated five buses to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority to help them provide free rides to healthcare workers.

Pacquiao is trying to show leadership and provide a good example for his country during the pandemic. He told the Manila Bulletin that he is “not afraid to die”, and that is part of why he is helping.

“If you are a leader, you have to be a frontliner,” he said.

Pacquiao is trying to make sure the poor people living in the streets are taken care of because of concerns over looting. He lived in the streets before his boxing career took off, so he understands what those people are going through.

Pacquiao has always been extremely generous with people in his country and is making that clear once again. The 41-year-old was expecting to fight again this summer, but those plans are on hold, as are the plans of so many during these times.