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    Five next opponents for Jake Paul after YouTuber announces boxing return including Tommy Fury and ex-UFC star Nate Diaz

    JAKE PAUL confirmed his boxing return is impending and has several opponents eyed in the pipeline. The YouTuber-turned boxer is coming off the biggest win of his 6-0 career in October, beating 47-year-old UFC legend Anderson Silva.
    Jake Paul is set to return in FebruaryCredit: Reuters
    It was his one and only fight of 2022 and Paul, 25, will waste no time in making a quick comeback next year.
    He tweeted: “Next fight in February. Offers out tomorrow to 3 potential opponents.”
    So here, SunSport runs down the options for Paul’s next fight.
    Tommy Fury
    The celebrity boxing rivals still have unfinished business after Fury, 23, was forced to pull out of their two prior proposed fights.
    Paul was ringside at Fury’s last bout this month and the pair soon struck an agreement to finally share the ring next year.
    Both teams have confirmed talks were underway, making the fight the most likely to come next.
    Tommy Fury and Jake Paul are still linked with a grudge matchCredit: BT SPORT
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    Nate Diaz
    Paul has long called out Diaz, 37, but the American’s contract with the UFC prohibited the boxing match.
    Now Diaz has left the UFC, opening the door to make an anticipated cross over to boxing.
    Although Paul has maintained he wants to fight a seasoned boxer next, meaning this could be one for the future.
    Nate Diaz has left the UFCCredit: Getty
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    Andrew Tate
    Ex-kickboxing champion-turned controversial celebrity Tate, 35, has confirmed he would be willing to fight Paul.
    And the pair broke the internet, with over TEN MILLION views, when they squared up in Dubai.
    The fight would be a bonafide blockbuster and certainly in the pipeline but it remains to be seen how soon a deal can be done.
    Andrew Tate squaring up to Jake PaulCredit: @jakepaul

    Hasim Rahman Jr
    When Fury was withdrawn from fighting Paul in August amid a US visa issue, Rahman, 31, signed as his replacement.
    But a weight disagreement saw the bout scrapped on just one weeks notice, with Rahman instead returning at heavyweight against Greg Hardy.
    He was beaten over four rounds, making the son of a legend an enticing option for Paul, should he be hellbent on facing an established boxer.
    Jake Paul and Hasim Rahman Jr were due to fight at MSGCredit: GETTY
    KSI
    The pair of social-media stars come prizefighters look on course to finally settle their score in 2023.
    But Paul is adamant KSI will never fight him so he may send out a fight offer to prove it.
    It seems unlikely that the pair will agree terms before the end of the year at the earliest but stranger things have happened.

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    Ebanie Bridges fans left hot under the collar as artist draws ‘hot AF’ star in sexy latex Black Cat costume

    EBANIE BRIDGES fans loved an artist’s picture of the boxing champion dressed in a “Black Cat” latex costume. The picture was created by Danny Garcia of DLG Image Creations who creates custom images on fighters on request.
    Ebanie Bridges poses on InstagramCredit: @ebanie_bridges

    And he had fans in awe of his image of Bridges as Marvel Comics character Black Cat.
    One said: “This is super cool.”
    Another said: “Great edit.”
    Bridges, renowned for her racy lingerie at weigh-ins, returns on December 10, defending her bantamweight title.
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    She does so against Aussie rival Shannon O’Connell in Leeds.
    And O’Connell, 39, came out with fighting talk and tool aim at Bridges, 36, in a blistering attack.
    She said: “I don’t like the way Ebanie has gone about things.
    “We never got recognised and there was no respect in the sport for women.
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    “And I believe that people like Katie Taylor… everyone has worked so hard to gain that respect and then doing things the way Ebanie has done them has brought them back down.”
    But Bridges hit back: “You’re saying I haven’t had it the hard way because I’m just a little bit different.”
    O’Connell then said: “Well because you get your clothes off to be seen.”
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    Deontay Wilder ready to snub Andy Ruiz Jr title eliminator to fight Anthony Joshua in February in the UK

    DEONTAY WILDER is ready to leave behind a world title eliminator to instead fight Anthony Joshua next. The American has been ordered to face Andy Ruiz Jr by the WBC, with the winner challenging for Tyson Fury’s belt.
    Deontay Wilder is ready to leave behind a world title eliminator to instead fight Anthony JoshuaCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Andy Ruiz Jr has been ordered by the WBC to fight Deontay WilderCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Anthony Joshua has been offered a fight by Deontay Wilder’s teamCredit: Getty
    Both are promoted by Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions stable and talks between the pair are underway.
    But Wilder’s Hall of Fame manager Shelly Finkel CONFIRMED they will favour a fight with Joshua, 33, right away over Ruiz, also 33.
    Finkel told SunSport: “There are conversations with Ruiz, but that is not an impediment if Joshua will fight us next.” 
    Joshua is coming off consecutive losses to Oleksandr Usyk, 35, and looks set to return in early 2023.
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    Meanwhile Wilder, 37, knocked out Robert Helenius, 38, in round one of his comeback fight in October.
    Finkel is ready to come to the table with AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn to strike a deal for as soon a February and will even conceded home advantage.
    He said: “Either February, March or April, whenever they want. I don’t know why Joshua can’t be ready in February, which is three months away. 
    “Joshua hasn’t had any fights in months, Deontay is ready, we’ll fight him in the UK or in the Middle East. Period.” 
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    In the past, TV network and promotional allegiances have seen the heavyweight clash between Wilder and Joshua fall by the wayside.
    But Finkel insisted all parties – from their side at least – are ready and willing to come to terms with the opposition.
    He said: “Deontay, Shelly Finkel and PBC are willing to make a fight for Deontay to fight Joshua next.” 
    After Dillian Whyte, 34, beat Jermaine Franklin, 29, by disputed majority decision, Hearn lined Joshua up for a rematch against the man he beat in 2015.
    And the promoter then had eyes on a summer super-fight between AJ and Wilder.
    Deontay, Shelly Finkel and PBC are willing to make a fight for Deontay to fight Joshua next.Deontay Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel
    But Finkel questions why the pair of former world champions cannot go straight into the long-anticipated bout.
    Or he suggests if Joshua is to have one more more before facing Willder, an agreement to make the fight afterwards can be struck right now.
    Finkel said: “Eddie says Joshua will fight Deontay after their next fight, why? 
    “They want to fight Dillian Whyte, who yesterday was in a questionable win.
    “The fight before that, he got knocked out, and two fights before that he got knocked out. 
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    “How does the press and anyone else rationalise Joshua fighting someone like that in his next fight? 
    “And if they say, ‘We’re definitely fighting Deontay after’ why isn’t there an agreement done?” 
    Shelly Finkel with Deontay Wilder in 2018Credit: AFP or licensors
    Anthony Joshua pictured with Shelly Finkel in 2017Credit: Getty Images – Getty More

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    Canelo Alvarez offered UK boxing debut against John Ryder at Arsenal’s stadium as Eddie Hearn reveals talks are underway

    EDDIE HEARN is ready to offer Canelo Alvarez a UK boxing debut at John Ryder’s beloved Arsenal. Ryder became the WBO mandatory challenger for the Mexican superstar’s belt after beating Zach Parker.
    Canelo Alvarez could make his UK boxing debut in 2023Credit: AP
    John Ryder is mandatory for Canelo Alvarez’s WBO beltCredit: PA
    Canelo wants to avenge his light-heavyweight loss to Dmitry Bivol next September but will return in a May fight beforehand.
    And Hearn has already spoken to his trainer and manager Eddy Reynoso about doing so against Ryder.
    The occasion will be so momentous that the promoter is ready to bring Canelo over to London for the first time at the Emirates.
    He told iFL TV: “I’ve already texted Eddy Reynoso saying, ‘He’s mandatory, let’s do it.’
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    “I think to have Canelo Alvarez in London would be unbelievable and Joh Ryder has paid his due.
    “He’s just beaten Danny Jacobs, he’s just beat Zach Parker, he’s mandatory to Canelo Alvarez, let’s give Johnny Ryder that big fight.
    “Maybe at the Emirates, he loves his Arsenal. Yeah, I think that fight could be next for Canelo Alvarez.”
    Canelo, 32, most recently beat Gennady Golovkin, 40, in their September trilogy bout which saw him return to super-middleweight.
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    He successfully defended his undisputed crown having lost to Russian Bivol up in weight.
    Meanwhile Ryder, 34, won the WBO “interim” super-middleweight title at the O2 after Parker was withdrawn at the end of round four with a suspected broken hand.
    Should Canelo vacate his title, the Londoner would be elevated to the full champion.
    Zach Parker pulled out of his fight with John Ryder due to a hand injuryCredit: Getty More

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    ‘I deserve another shot’ – Fuming Jermaine Franklin demands Dillian Whyte rematch after being ‘robbed’ in fight

    JERMAINE FRANKLIN fumed that he deserves another shot at Dillian Whyte after being “robbed” of a win. The American was on the wrong end of a disputed majority decision verdict at Wembley Arena.
    Dillian Whyte beat Jermaine Franklin on points but the American felt hard done byCredit: Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing
    Franklin made his feelings known after the fight and was adamant he deserved to travel home with an upset win.
    He said: “I feel like I got robbed, I feel I’ve done enough to get the decision.
    “I felt like I won earlier rounds. I just felt I got robbed on the decision. I had a seven week camp, I’ve done what I could.
    “I’m down for a rematch if they give it to me, but I felt like I won, I felt like I got robbed on the decision.
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    “I proved a lot of people wrong. I prove people wrong everyday , that’s what we do.
    “A lot of people look and they judge but they don’t have the heart to step in here and fight.”
    Whyte, 34, had the right to exercise a rematch clause if he lost but Franklin, 29, was not given such a luxury.
    But the beaten contender feels he is owed a second fight and that Whyte knows that too.
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    Franklin said: “He knows he didn’t win the fight, that’s how I feel.
    “Honestly, as a man, you know when you take an L and you know when you win.
    “I know deep down inside, he knows that he didn’t pull that victory through, so I feel I deserve another shot, honestly.”
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    Ian Wright’s boxing trainer pal killed with a broken glass near Richmond Bridge months after becoming a dad to baby girl

    A FRIEND of sports pundit Ian Wright has been killed with broken glass in an attack. Boxer Reece Newcombe, 31, helped train the ex-footballer, 59, among other famous names for a charity boxing match.
    Reece Newcombe, pictured with sports pundit Ian Wright, was killed in an attack
    Reece helped train Wright for a charity boxing matchCredit: Facebook
    Reece trained the sports pundit for the match in 2014Credit: Facebook
    Dad-of-one Reece was described as having a ‘larger than life personality’Credit: Facebook
    The dad-of-one, from Feltham, West London, also taught actor Jack O’Connell, who recently starred in the drama ‘SAS: Rogue Heroes.’
    Reece, who became a dad to a girl in June, died after being attacked near Richmond Bridge, South West London, in the early hours of Saturday.
    His heartbroken family wrote on social media: “This is the hardest thing for us to write.
    “We are truly heartbroken at the loss of our son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin.
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    “Words cannot describe our grief. Our family is broken and never will be the same again without Reece’s larger than life personality.
    “As a family, we will make sure his darling daughter Misse will know all about her Daddy and how much he loved her and how much he was loved by everyone.”
    They added: “We appreciate everyone’s love and support. RIP our beloved Reecey Bear.”
    A fundraiser has generated more than £26,000 for his daughter. His friend Dobbo wrote: “Reece was a loveable, fun guy loved by all.
    “He didn’t have a bad bone in his body. He made an impact on everyone he met.
    “Unfortunately we lost our dear Reece, leaving his daughter Misse behind.
    “I want to raise money to give Misse the first Christmas and start in life her dad would have wanted.”
    No arrests have yet been made. Met Police Det Chief Insp Katherine Goodwin said they believe a number of people saw the fatal attack unfold and may have filmed it on their phones.
    It comes after two 16-year-old boys were stabbed to death a mile apart from each other on Saturday evening.
    A heart-breaking picture has been revealed of victim Kearne Solanke holding his 16th birthday cake months before he was killed.
    He was knifed to death last night in Thamesmead, South East London. Around the same time Charlie Bartolo, also 16, was fatally stabbed about a mile away in Abbey Wood.
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    Charlie’s heartbroken mum collapsed with grief at the scene today.
    Police have launched a murder investigation and have confirmed there is a link between the stabbings in Sewell Road, Abbey Wood and Titmuss Avenue, Thamesmead. More

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    Jake Paul says KSI will NEVER fight him as YouTube boxing rivals reignite war of words online

    JAKE PAUL reckons YouTube boxing rival KSI will NEVER fight him as the two reignited their war of words online. The pair of social media stars-turned fighters are primed for a colossal grudge match in 2023.
    Jake Paul said YouTube boxing rival KSI will never fight himCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    KSI wants to fight Jake Paul in 2023Credit: Splash
    But Paul remains adamant his great nemesis will not actually fight him.
    Posting a mocked up image of himself knocking out KSI, he posted: “Enjoy this image because he will never fight me.”
    KSI, 29, beat Paul’s brother Logan in their 2019 rematch having drawn in an exhibition bout the year before.
    He then took three years off but made up for lost time in August by winning TWICE in one night.
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    KSI – real name Olajide Olayinka Williams Olatunji – beat rapper Swarmz and so-called professional boxer Luis Alcaraz Pineda.
    Meanwhile Paul, 25, is the more accomplished boxer of the two, currently at 6-0 having just beat UFC legend Anderson Silva.
    KSI has emerged as a leader in the new era of influencer boxing alongside Paul.
    And it is a long-anticipated grudge match against his American rival which he says will ultimately bring a close to his career in the ring.
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    KSI and Jake Paul clashing in the ring in 2020Credit: GETTY
    KSI – who returns on January 14 against Dillon Danis – admitted he will retire once he fights Paul.
    He said on his YouTube channel: “I figured it out, you guys will not be happy until I fight Jake Paul.
    “So that’s why I don’t see the eagerness for you to want me to fight Jake Paul so quickly.
    “I said I’m going to fight him in 2023, the only reason I’ve come back into the boxing scene is to fight Jake Paul and beat him.
    “So I don’t really understand why people are complaining about the people that I fight.
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    “Why don’t we just enjoy the journey? Enjoy the ride because ladies and gentlemen, once I fight Jake Paul, I’m done.
    “I’m not boxing anymore, I would have solidified my legacy and then I’m hanging up the gloves forever. So why do we want to rush that?” More

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    Jake Paul CONFIRMS date for boxing return as YouTube star teases offers to ‘three potential opponents’

    JAKE PAUL confirmed he will make his boxing return in February – and has offers going out to three potential opponents.The YouTuber-turned boxer is coming off the biggest win of his 6-0 career in October, beating 47-year-old UFC legend Anderson Silva.
    Jake Paul beat Anderson Silva in his last fightCredit: Esther Lin/ SHOWTIME
    It was his one and only fight of 2022 and Paul will waste no time in making a quick comeback next year.
    He tweeted: “Next fight in February. Offers out tomorrow to 3 potential opponents.”
    Paul, 25, has been in talks to fight rival Tommy Fury, 23, following two failed bouts between the pair in the past.
    Fury has withdrawn on both occasions, due to a rib injury last December and US visa issue in August.
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    Paul was ringside in Dubai this month to watch Fury’s last-minute exhibition with Rolly Lambert.
    The pair then clashed post-fight and an agreement to reschedule their grudge match was struck.
    Global Titans, who promoted Fury’s last fight, revealed they had sent out an offer to Paul.
    And Fury tweeted: “NO RESPONSE to my team from @jakepaul in regards to sorting contracts for this fight.
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    “My last tweet until I have some communication from your side.”
    But Paul’s Most Valuable Promotions banner claimed they are still negotiating with Fury’s UK promoter Frank Warren.
    MVP responded: “Mr. Fury: Frank & George Warren are not your team anymore? Robert Davis is not your counsel?
    “For clarity – MVP has been in daily contact with Queensberry to try and move the fight forward.”
    Tommy Fury and Jake Paul are still linked with a grudge matchCredit: BT SPORT More