The Friday Five: May 25th, 2018

1. De La Hoya Claims Canelo-GGG II Talks Are Off.

Credit: Golden Boy Promotions

It seems that once again the rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will not be happening, at least according to Oscar De La Hoya.

Per an interview with The Ring, De La Hoya claims that he and Golden Boy Promotions (who promote Alvarez), are looking at new options for Alvarez’ September 15th return to the ring.

“It’s clear to us that Golovkin doesn’t want to fight Canelo,” De La Hoya said during a phone interview. “It’s clear to us that after all the demands that they made, after Canelo having to do the hair follicle test, having to enroll in VADA, having to be tested by the Nevada State Athletic Commission randomly even before he was enrolled in VADA, it’s clear that GGG is afraid.

“So we’re going to move on and I’m going to start making phone calls to (Daniel Jacobs’) people, to (Billy Joe) Saunders’ people, start making calls to (Jermall) Charlo and (Spike) O’Sullivan.”

De La Hoya said that Tom Loeffler, who promotes Golovkin, claimed that  GGG “doesn’t want to fight. That’s all Tom said. They’re not going have a better deal than what they have now.”

Loeffler has been attempting to secure a better deal for Golovkin, after Alvarez failed twice for the fat burning PED clenbuterol in February, and his fighter has been throwing shade at Alvarez ever since.

2.Dana To Meet McGregor In Liverpool.

Even though Conor McGregor is currently facing criminal charges for throwing a dolly through a bus window, the only man to hold two UFC titles simultaneously, will meet with UFC President Dana White this week to discuss what’s next in his career.

White, who is flying to Liverpool this week for the UFC’s debut at the Echo Arena, told ESPN that McGregor will be there as well.

“We’re going to sit down and talk about his future and what’s next,” White said.

McGregor is due back in a Brooklyn, NY courtroom following charges of criminal mischief and three counts of assault for his April 5th attack on a bus following UFC 223 media day. When asked about McGregor’s legal issues, White claimed that, “I have nothing to do with the legal issues, he’ll need to figure that out on his own.”

“Obviously, he has to deal with [his legal situation] in June,” White said. “I’m flying to Liverpool this weekend for a fight there, and he and I are going to meet in Liverpool.”

3.Jack Johnson Given Posthumous Presidential Pardon

 

 

Stallone has been one of the chief advocates of granting a posthumous pardon to Johnson, who was sentenced to one year and one day in jail in 1913 for violating the Mann Act against “transporting women across state lines for immoral purposes.”

At a ceremony Thursday in the West Wing, President Donald J. Trump (R), called Johnson “a truly great fighter, had a tough life,” but served 10 months in federal prison “for what many view as a racially-motivated injustice.” President Trump told reporters that the conviction took place during a “period of tremendous racial tension in the United States.”

4. Joe Rogan Thinks Punk-Jackson Should Be On An Amateur MMA Card

Following his first wrestling related signing in nearly four years selling out in under a minute, UFC fighter CM Punk may have been brought back down to earth after Joe Rogan claimed he should be on an amateur card and not UFC 225.

Punk, who fights Mike Jackson in the first fight of June 9th’s pay per view in Chicago, had his first pro fight in the UFC in 2016, and took a first round loss to Mickey Gall.

Rogan told Robin Black that “(Punk)’s now fighting a fighter who’s commensurate in talent and there’s nothing wrong with being a beginner in martial arts, but there’s something wrong with thinking you can be a beginner and fight Mickey Gall.”

“It was a foolish venture. My approach to it was this is going to be a very good lesson for people who are fans of positive thinking and they think that’s enough. That s–t is not enough. If you weigh 110 pounds, you can positive think your way to the bank, Francis Ngannou’s still going to punch your brains out. There’s just no way around it.”

Rogan would go on to say that the fight “shouldn’t even be on the ‘Tuesday Night Contender’ show. It should be in some amateur event somewhere.”

“That’s really what they are. They’re guys learning how to compete. They’re in the first fight on the pay-per-view. That’s f–king crazy.”

5. Joshua Willing To Take Pay Cut To Fight Wilder In UK

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According to Eddie Hearn, its not all about the money for Anthony Joshua.

Joshua per a report from the Telegraph, is ready to turn down a $50 million dollar offer from Deontay Wilder, so the two heavyweight champions can have their unification fight in the United Kingdom.

In an interview with Gareth Davies, Hearn claimed there will be a final decision on the fight withing the next three weeks, and claims Joshua who holds three of the four recognized titles, should have home field advantage.

Per Hearn, Wembley Stadium, Twickenham Stadium and even the Olympic Stadium are three possible homes for a potential September clash.

“One thing is for absolute certain, AJ wants Wilder next,” Hearn said.

“He’s made that clear. He also feels though, after talking to Rob McCracken, his trainer and manager, that this is a fight that should be delivered in the UK. One for the fans and two, he feels like he’s earned that right.”

Hearn told Telegraph Sport that it is a 70% chance that the heavyweight unification fight between the two will happen, but Hearn claims “a lot of it depends on Wilder’s attitude towards it all.”

“Certainly we don’t have a problem if Wilder was to win the fight, doing a second one in America. He would have earned that right.

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