The Friday Five: August 31st, 2018

 

1.  Mike Tyson Calls Anthony Joshua The Best Heavyweight In Boxing

While attending the U.S Open in Flushing, New York, Seconds Out interviewed former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.

When asked about who the best heavyweight in the sport is, Tyson said that “Anthony Joshua seems to be the best out of the whole lot of them.

‘He’s the stronger guy, bigger guy, more put together, more put together as far as boxing skills are concerned as well.”

2. Conor McGregor Avoiding UFC Media Requests

While Conor McGregor prepares to face lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, he’s decided to dedicate more time in the gym than in front of a microphone.

While McGregor has made his Instagram into a bully pulpit against Nurmagomedov and his family, according to the Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer, McGregor has ghosted on any media requests from the UFC, including press conferences.

One of the reasons you haven’t seen much in the way of interviews and such is that McGregor has not agreed to do anything. There are no press conferences scheduled because McGregor at this point hasn’t agreed to them. There is a lot of frustration within the UFC about McGregor’s attitude, but in the end, he’s got the leverage and the ticket sales and secondary market results only give him more leverage.

The feeling is that this may be the biggest non-boxing PPV of all-time, and the only reason it wouldn’t be is that McGregor hasn’t been pushing it hard. McGregor was able to get a larger piece of the action for this fight than any of his UFC fights to date, so there is a direct correlation more than ever between his work in promoting the fight and his pocket book, but this may also show that he knows he’s in a real fight and doesn’t want to break training.

3. Mayweather’s 50-0 Bested By Minimumweight Champion

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Just little over a year since setting the 50-0 mark, Floyd Mayweather has been bested by WBC minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin.

Menyaothin would successfully defeat Pedro Taduran on Wednesday, to score his 51st career win without a defeat.

While the record has been surpassed, Menayothin has fought his entire career at minimumweight and has never fought outside of his native Thailand, while Mayweather would win world titles in five divisions, facing some of the toughest fighters in the sport.

Menyaothin would defeat Taduran via unanimous decision with a scorecard of 118-108, 105-101, 117-110m, handing Taduran his second career defeat.

 

4. Fury Is Not Licensed To Box In The United States

While Tyson Fury is focused on fighting Deontay Wilder next, the former world heavyweight champion is not licensed to fight in either New York or Las Vegas, the likely targets for a projected November showdown.

In a story published by Sky Sports, the self-proclaimed “Gypsy King” has not started the paperwork to gain a license in either state, which may prolong a showdown between the two.

Wilder has spent his last seven fights either in his home state of Alabama, or at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

While Fury told Wilder that once they go to Las Vegas “I’m knocking you out,” both Nevada and New York’s athletic commissions confirmed to Sky that Fury has yet to apply for the license.

Licensing issues is what delayed Fury’s return to the sport earlier this year, as he was in litigation with the British Boxing Board of Control and UK Anti-Doping, over his issues with mental health, doping, and substance abuse.

But the Nevada State Athletic Commission and New York State Athletic Commission, responsible for the two likeliest locations, have confirmed to Sky Sports that Fury has not applied for a license.

Fury has only fought once in the United States, when he knocked out Steve Cunningham in 2013 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

5. Mikey Garcia And Pacquiao May Fight This Year

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While Mikey Garcia is enticed by the danger of moving up to face Errol Spence, that fight seems to be on the back burner until 2019.

As mentioned last week, Showtime President Stephen Espinoza is looking to put the welterweight title clash on Pay Per View, but with Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder’s fight heading down the same track in November, Espinoza has made it clear they want the fight next year.

With that essentially pausing any movement on either side, Garcia is still looking for a fight before the end of 2018, and possibly still at welterweight.

Talking with ESPN Deportes, Garcia claimed that talks between his team and Manny Pacquiao have happened.

“There is still more to come, I hope to achieve more things, more triumphs in boxing, so far it has been a very nice race, for my audience. Everything I do is for the public to be happy and with very special recognitions, not just for me but also for my family, for my dad, my brother, it fills me with emotion, it’s a source of pride to represent my family and the public that supports me,” said Garcia to ESPN Deportes.

“I would like to return before the end of the year, Errol Spence is the fight that interests me the most, the one that motivates me the most. We have also talked a little bit with Manny Pacquiao’s team, and there is interest too.”

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