The Friday Five- December 15, 2017

  1. Mayweather-McGregor 4.3 Million PPV Buys.

    While Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather’s August 26th battle in Las Vegas wasn’t the biggest pay per view in history, it came very close.

    Showtime released the official number of 4.3 million purchases in North America, on Thursday.

    The battle between McGregor and Mayweather, in McGregor’s first professional boxing match, and Mayweather’s return from retirement, was just 300,000 buys less than Mayweather’s unanimous decision victory over Manny Pacquiao in 2015, which did 4.6 million purchases.

  2. Saunders hid from Lemieux spies in Toronto.

    The Englishman and his team flew to Canada over two weeks ago in order to get used to the time difference, as well as the country’s temperature.

    Saunders’ trainer, Dominic Ingle decided against having he and his team stay in neighboring Montreal, instead they decided to put their finishing touches to Saunders’ preparation in secret one province over in Ontario.

    Ingle said: “I have a friend in Toronto, which is an hour and a half away from Montreal on the plane.”

    “I didn’t want to be under anyone’s watchful eye in Lemieux’s city. I wanted to keep us away from spies and prying eyes.”

  3. Tyson Fury Closer To The Ring.

    Following the UK Anti-Doping board giving him a two year backdated suspension, Tyson Fury could have his boxing license reinstated when the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) meets next month.

    Fury, who has denied any wrongdoing, has spoken of his desire to “reclaim the world titles which are rightfully mine”, but can only box again with the permission of the BBBofC.

    “Tyson Fury’s boxing licence suspension will be considered by the stewards of the board in January,” the board said on Wednesday.

    Fury, who has not fought since his defeat of Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, said he was looking forward to getting back into the ring.

    “I’m a fighting man through and through and I’ve never backed down from anyone in my life, and I was certainly not going to back down from fighting this dispute,” he said.

  4. Mikey Garcia signs to fight Sergey Lipinets.

    Mikey Garcia will be going for his fourth world title in as many weight classes, as he and Sergey Lipinets battle for the vacant WBA world title at 140 pounds on February 10th at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

    The undefeated Garcia moved up from 135 pounds to 140 for his last fight, a 12-round, unanimous-decision victory over former four-division champion Adrien Broner at Barclays Center on July 29th.

    If he wins, Garcia would become only the third fighter in modern history to become champion at 126, 130, 135 and 140-pounds, joining Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao*(who held linear titles, not a “alphabet” title).

  5. Parker & Joshua lining up for March.
    After contentious public and private negotiations, it seems a heavyweight unification bout between WBA/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and WBO champion Joseph Parker appears closer than ever.

    In an interview  with Boxing Scene, Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry to get an update on the negotiations and he also believes that they are very close to reaching an agreement.

    “We have made a lot of concessions and compromises. We really have done I believe everything in our power to make the fight a reality. I think Eddie Hearn has been really good. I think the negotiations between him and (Duco Events Director) David Higgins have gone reasonably professionally. We have moments where we vent on social media but that was all designed to raise Joe’s profile. He was a little bit invisible in the UK and now I think a lot more people are aware of who Joseph Parker is and what he looks like. They see the belt around his arm and the statements from him,” Barry stated.

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