The Friday Five: June 15th, 2018

1.  Gennady Golovkin & Canelo Alvarez Agree To September 15th Rematch

Photo Credit: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Nearly two hours after the deadline set by Golden Boy Promotions, both Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin have come to terms for a rematch on September 15th in Las Vegas.

De La Hoya, who claimed Wednesday afternoon that Golovkin balked at their last offer and the fight was off, would announce the rematch on his Twitter account.

While De La Hoya claimed the fight was off in a conversation with ESPN, a “Hail Mary” offer was floated by Golden Boy President Eric Gomez and negotiated with Golovkin’s team.

2. Deontay Wilder Agrees To Fight Anthony Joshua

The biggest heavyweight fight in 20 years is closer to a reality, as Deontay Wilder has reportedly agreed to terms with Anthony Joshua.

Per a report from ESPN’s Dan Rafael, Wilder will head to the United Kingdom to unify the heavyweight division.

Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel confirmed Monday, that his fighter agreed to terms made by Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn.

“We have agreed to the terms that Eddie has put out to us for a fight in the U.K. Deontay has accepted his terms to fight in the U.K.,” Finkel said.

“Deontay sent an email to Joshua [Sunday] night, and I sent one [Monday] to Barry Hearn and Eddie telling them that we officially accept the offer to fight under the terms they gave us and to send us the contract.”

Hearn has yet to respond as of press time, but it seems the biggest hurdle has been crossed for the first undisputed world heavyweight champion in two decades.

“Now we will see if they live up to it or if they try to go through with the fight with [mandatory challenger Alexander] Povetkin first. Hopefully, we’ll get an answer in the next couple days,” Finkel said. “If they change their mind, the $50 million [against 50 percent of the event] we offered them [to come to the United States] is still on the table. That is still for them if they want it.”

3. David Haye Retires From Boxing

After two straight losses to Tony Bellew, and lingering injuries, David Haye has officially announced his retirement as a boxer.

The 37 year old boxer and promoter has decided to walk away from the sport, and issued a statement on his official website

“Of course, my ego would have loved to have retired on a win, or as a champion,” Haye claimed on Tuesday morning.

“But, deep down, I know my effort on May 5, 2018 was the very best I had left to give. I also know that underwhelming effort revealed the truth about my current abilities in a world-class boxing arena.

“The boxing gods have spoken. They will no longer protect me with the freakish speed and power I used to possess. And without these God-given gifts, I completely lose my edge.”

4. Mike Tyson Throws A Glass Of Water At Don King

Even though Mike Tyson has been able to rebuild his life, he still has deep seeded disgust for former promoter Don King.

The former world heavyweight champion and promoter were both at the Boxing Hall of Fame induction weekend in Canastota, New York this past weekend, when when King tried to give Tyson a tap on the shoulder, which would see the “baddest man on the planet” throw water in his face.

“He talked in there like he was my friend and that was just bullcrap,” Tyson said.

“He really did me in.”

 

5. Greg Hardy Earns UFC Contract With 57 Second Knockout

It only took former NFL defensive lineman Greg Hardy 57 seconds to earn a UFC contract on Tuesday night, as he would knockout fellow NFL’er Austen Lane.

Hardy, who was ran out of the NFL for his issues with drugs and charges of domestic violence, would make his pro debut on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, after going undefeated as an amateur.

When it comes to Hardy’s well-publicized issues, including throwing his then girlfriend on to a bed of guns, among other alleged acts of domestic violence, Dana White knows Hardy may never live it down.

“The reality is, if this guy stays clean for the next 10 years, goes on to win a world title, becomes one of the greatest mixed martial artists to ever live, he’s always going to be looked at – he’s always going to hear it,” White told MMAjunkie on Tuesday night. “That’s always going to be in the story that’s written about him. Other opponents he fights are going to call him a woman beater. That’s going follow him for the rest of his life. You don’t shed that. That stays with you forever, and he’s done all the things right so far.

 

“This guy has paid his dues, and like I said, he hit rock bottom. He built himself back up, he’s going out there, and he’s fighting in these amateur fights where he doesn’t get paid. Now he came here, and I think he made $10,000 and $10,000. He’s working his way back up the ladder. He’s doing the right things. He’s off drugs, he’s off alcohol, and he’s trying to change his life.

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