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    Gervonta Davis dubbed most exciting fighter since Mike Tyson but comparing him to mentor Floyd Mayweather is not ‘fair’

    GERVONTA DAVIS may be dubbed the most exciting fighter since Mike Tyson – but comparing him to mentor Floyd Mayweather is deemed unfair. Boxing great Mayweather signed Davis in 2015, just two years before he retired a perfect 50-0.
    Floyd Mayweather, Gervonta Davis and Leonard EllerbeCredit: Sean Michael Ham
    Mike Tyson pictured as heavyweight champion in 1988Credit: Getty
    Since then, protege ‘Tank’ has won belts in three divisions, scored 24 knockouts in his 25 straight wins and returns against Isaac Cruz on Sunday.
    Most importantly for Mayweather Promotions, Davis is also a pay-per-view star, selling almost 500,000 buys combined in his last two fights and a ticket seller.
    The hard-hitting American has a 96 per cent knockout ratio and is proving to be one of the biggest attractions in the sport.
    Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, has helped carve Davis’ rise to stardom.
    And he believes no one since Iron Mike’s most destructive prime has guaranteed such all-out action in the ring.
    Ellerbe told SunSport: “There’s a number of great fighters out there with the ability to create nothing but excitement for the fans.

    “You can’t just place it on one particular fighter.
    “There’s not just one fighter that just stands out that I can recall it recent times, except Mike Tyson. We all know Mike Tyson was.
    “The most important thing is that in Tank’s short career, he’s had the ability to attract fans to want to come out and support his events.
    “Whether that be coming to his live events or they watch at home. Again, he’s the most exciting fighter in the entire sport.
    “People have gravitated towards him and when you look at this younger generation of fans out there, they talk about one fighter and one fighter only, and that’s Tank Davis.
    “Gervonta Davis has put himself in a position where he’s must-see TV, and you know why? Because he gives the fans exactly what they want to see.”
    Since Mayweather officially hung up the gloves – baring a couple of money-spinning exhibitions – he has passed down his boxing hopes to young Davis.
    Mario Barrios was beaten by Gervonta DavisCredit: Amanda Westcott
    Gervonta Davis knocked out Mario Barrios in his last fightCredit: Amanda Westcott
    Before his pupil’s destructive knockout against Leo Santa Cruz in October 2020, he went as far to say: “The ultimate goal is to get him to surpass me.”
    But even Ellerbe argues it is unjust to expect as much from Davis, whose front-foot southpaw style contrasts with Mayweather’s.
    He said: “Too many people are comparing them and I’m not a fan of that at all.
    “Floyd Mayweather, he was the best to ever do it, he broke all kinds of records and that’s what Floyd’s legacy is.
    “I don’t think it’s fair for Tank to put that on him as he’s a completely different type of fighter.
    “Tank is definitely leading this new generation, this decade of young fighters, and he’s still just getting started and we haven’t seen Tank’s boxing skills.
    “Tank right now, his boxing skills is right up there with the top guys in the entire world, as it relates to skillset.
    “Tank has the ability to box several ways in any fight.”
    Gervonta Davis congratulated by mentor Floyd MayweatherCredit: Amanda Westcott
    Floyd Mayweather and Leonard EllerbeCredit: Amanda Westcott
    Mayweather, 44, last year announced intentions to transition into coaching having been inspired after the death of his former coach and uncle Roger.
    He has been hands on in Davis’ camps in recent fights, holding the pads and issuing advice during sparring sessions.
    But this time around, before Davis, 26, fights Mexican Cruz, 23, Mayweather has been absent in the sessions, instead relying on feedback from his right hand man.
    Ellerbe revealed: “He hasn’t been in the gym a lot, as he has a number of things that he’s working on himself.
    “But he continues to support Tank. Gervonta’s his biggest fighter and Floyd is very proud of him with all of his accomplishments.
    “Floyd and I talk everyday, about his progress, how he’s coming along. So Floyd doesn’t necessarily have to be hands on.
    “He’s hearing it first hand from me, and the fact of the matter is, so long as Floyd’s in Tank’s corner and supporting him, that’s everything, it means the world.”
    Gervonta Davis training to fight Isaac CruzCredit: Sean Michael Ham
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    Anthony Yarde vs Lyndon Arthur 2: UK start time, live stream free, TV channel and full undercard for TONIGHT’S fight

    ANTHONY YARDE is back in action as he faces Lyndon Arthur in a massive light-heavyweight rematch. The former WBO title-challenger will look to avenge the loss Arthur bestowed upon him when the pair fought last year in London.
    Anthony Yarde lost to Lyndon Arthur on points when they fought last yearCredit: Getty
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    Arthur outpointed his opponent with relative ease in their first bout, though Yarde came on strong toward the end of their bout.
    Both men have since fought and beaten interim opponents to get them as prepared as possible for this weekend’s clash.
    And after months of negotiations, Yarde and Arthur have decided to run their domestic dust-up back, with the winner looking to assert themselves into the world title picture at 175lbs.
    When is Anthony Yarde vs Lyndon Arthur 2?

    Yarde vs Arthur will take place on Saturday, December 4 – TONIGHT.
    The fight will be held at the Copper Box Arena in London.
    There will be a full capacity crowd in attendance for the clash.
    Ring-walks for the main event are expected to get going from 10pm UK time.

    What channel is it and can it be live streamed?

    Yarde vs Arthur will be shown live on BT Sport 1 in the UK.
    You can live stream the action from the BT Sport app, which is available for download onto your mobile or tablet devices.

    Can I watch for FREE?

    EE Customers with swappable benefits can add BT Sport to their plan at no extra cost.
    At the end of the three months you will automatically roll onto the £15 per month subscription.
    Or you can cancel the trial at any time during the three months by texting STOP SPORT to 150.

    Anthony Yarde vs Lyndon Arthur 2 will take place on December 4Credit: Reuters
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    What have they said?
    “He didn’t want to come to Manchester and fight me,” Arthur said.
    “I believe they were too scared to come to Manchester. He is going to come out fast. There isn’t a chance on this earth he can outbox me.
    “I know for a fact what he will try to do. The only thing he can do is try and knock me out.”
    Yarde said: “I just said make the rematch happen. I don’t b*t I don’t do excuses. Judges’ said I lost. The fight went the way it went and that’s it.
    “If I land a shot and knock him down I wont wait for him to recover. I will finish the job. I am going to knock him out.” More

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    Tyson Fury’s hopes of facing Oleksandr Usyk next dashed as Anthony Joshua would need to step aside for TWO fights

    TYSON FURY has been dealt a blow in his chances of fighting Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight crown next. WBC champion Fury is coming off a brutal round 11 knockout of Deontay Wilder to close out their trilogy series in style.
    Tyson Fury wanted to fight Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed crownCredit: Reuters
    Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua are set to rematchCredit: Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing
    But just two weeks prior, Usyk stunned Anthony Joshua to win the unified WBA, IBF and WBO belts.
    AJ had invoked his right to an immediate rematch, meaning Fury would be unable to go straight into a unification.
    But after urges from the Gypsy King and promoter Bob Arum to step aside, Joshua admitted he would at least consider it.
    Unfortunately for Fury, Dillian Whyte is his mandatory challenger, meaning AJ would be sitting on the sidelines for two fights.
    With Joshua unable to be guaranteed the winner of Fury and Usyk, with Whyte owed a shot before him, Arum admitted the unification bout appears unlikely.
    He told talkSPORT: “I think Dillian Whyte should be the next fight for Tyson Fury.

    “There’s talk about Usyk who beat Joshua – Joshua has a rematch clause – and talk about Joshua stepping aside.
    “But Joshua’s not gonna step aside unless he’s guaranteed the winner of Fury vs Usyk, and how anybody assure him of that when Whyte’s in the mandatory position?
    “So the way I think it’s gonna fall out is Fury vs Whyte and I think that fight [should be] in the United Kingdom.”
    Joshua, 32, is set to rematch Usyk, 34, by April, meanwhile Fury, 33, has earmarked February as his targeted return date.
    He had named the pair as his only targets but will now be forced to look elsewhere if he is to fight in early 2022.
    Whyte, 33, is the WBC interim champion and in turn mandatory challenger for the full title.
    But his prior legal case with the WBC, to speed up his much-earned shot at the belt, has actually prevented his fight with Fury from being ordered.
    Arum has since stated he would enter negotiations for Whyte to fight Fury on a voluntary basis, opposed to a mandated defence.
    Dillian Whyte is Tyson Fury’s WBC mandatory challengerCredit: Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing More

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    Floyd Mayweather accuses Canelo Alvarez of ‘ducking’ David Benavidez and slams cruiserweight Ilunga Makabu fight

    FLOYD MAYWEATHER accused Canelo Alvarez of ‘ducking’ David Benavidez and slammed his cruiserweight fight with Ilunga Makabu. Canelo, beaten by Mayweather in 2013, recently became undisputed super-middleweight champion.
    Canelo Alvarez was beaten by Floyd Mayweather in 2013Credit: Getty
    Former WBC super-middleweight champion David BenavidezCredit: Getty
    But after knocking out Caleb Plant, 29, the Mexican had a request accepted by the WBC to step up and challenge cruiserweight champion Makabu, 34.
    It would mean challenging for a world title in his FIFTH division and facing an opponent over TWO STONE heavier.
    But Mayweather, 44, the only man to ever beat Canelo, 31, named unbeaten former super-middleweight champ Benavidez, 24, as the better fight to take.
    He told reporters: “If it was up to me, we want to see Benavidez. Canelo a helluva fighter but my personal opinion, he’s ducking Benavidez.
    “That’s just my personal opinion and I’m allowed to speak my mind, that’s what it is.
    “He’s going up to cruiserweight — and I’m not knocking him — and that same guy at cruiserweight used to be at the Mayweather Boxing Gym.

    “The guys were really getting the best of him in the Mayweather Boxing Gym so if he’s going up to ‘cruiserweight,’ Benavidez can go up and beat that same guy.
    “But when you are put in a certain position he, like me, when I was in the position I can pick and choose who I want to because I earned that right.
    “But do I like this fight, absolutely not. We want to see Benavidez. Let’s make it happen.”
    Canelo has won belts from light-middleweight all the way to light-heavyweight.
    His heaviest career victory was for the WBO 175lb title which he won after knocking out Sergey Kovalev, 39, in November 2019.
    But Canelo soon moved back down to super-middleweight, where he has since settled.
    And the boxing superstar became undisputed in just 11 months and four fights.
    Canelo Alvarez and WBC cruiserweight champion Ilunga MakabuCredit: WBC Boxing More

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    ‘Not good for the sport’ – Floyd Mayweather’s protege Gervonta Davis claims ‘clown’ Jake Paul ‘can’t fight’

    GERVONTA DAVIS said ‘clown’ Jake Paul ‘can’t fight’ and is not good for the sport of boxing. YouTube star Paul, who is 4-0 as a fighter, has feuded with Floyd Mayweather’s protege recently despite their huge skill and size difference.
    Floyd Mayweather and his protege Gervonta DavisCredit: Getty
    Jake Paul during his win over ex-UFC champion Tyron WoodleyCredit: Getty
    Paul takes on Tommy Fury later this month after a long war of words between the pair.
    But Davis, 27, spoke out against the social media sensation’s splash in boxing on a recent podcast with pranksters Nelk Boys.
    He said: “It’s not good for the sport, I don’t think so. No, because let’s just say like me, right, I’ve been training since I was seven.
    “Like, I’ve been training 20 years. And then you’ve got somebody that’s never done it before and put on boxing gloves and can make $1million.
    “That’s crazy.”
    Asked whether Paul will bring more attention to boxing, Davis replied: “No, because they’re only going to pay attention to who they wanna pay attention to.
    “They don’t care about, they don’t even know the other fighters. They just know this one guy they they’re paying attention to.
    “Once they, like stop watching him, they’re on about their day.”

    In Paul’s first three fights, he beat YouTuber ‘AnEsonGib’, ex-NBA star Nate Robinson, 37, and retired UFC welterweight Ben Askren, also 37.
    But in August, the American improved to 4-0 with a win over eight rounds against ex-UFC champion Tyron Woodley, 39.
    Beforehand, he put two-division champion Davis – who fights FOUR STONE lighter than Paul – on his boxing ‘hit-list’.
    But the unbeaten celebrity, 24, returns on December 18 against 7-0 Tommy Fury, 22, the brother of heavyweight champion Tyson, 33.
    Davis, who faces Isaac Cruz, 23, on Sunday, fell short of giving a prediction but blasted Paul’s boxing ability.
    He said: “I don’t know, But I know that Jake can’t fight. He can’t fight so.” More

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    Ricky Hatton’s son Campbell scores most convincing win and first KO of his career against Attila Csereklye in Bilbao

    CAMPBELL HATTON scored the most convincing win his of his young boxing career by blasting out Hungarian Attila Csereklye in Bilbao.The son of British boxing icon Ricky travelled to Spain having been booed out of Tottenham’s stadium in September after a dubious decision over Sonni Martinez, 29.
    Campbell Hatton scored the most convincing win his of his young boxing careerCredit: Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing
    Ricky Hatton’s son blasted out Hungarian Attila Csereklye in BilbaoCredit: Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing
    So it was a smart move to take Campbell, 20, away from the bright pay-per-view lights for a return on the road against journeyman Csereklye, 25.
    And after three knockdowns, the novice lightweight got his fifth victory – but the first stoppage of his professional run.
    Down-to-earth Campbell said: “About time innit? But yeah, buzzing. Just shown there, I think you could see from the start I wasn’t trying to stop him.
    “So I was trying to be a bit more patient, trying to make him miss a bit more and use my jab. And it happened by accident, so we know what to do next time.”
    Campbell firstly had Csereklye down with a smart right hook to the head after the pair came out of a clinch.
    And an excellent double left hook, to head and then body, scored the second knockdown, showing shades of his legendary dad.

    As Csereklye made it into the second, Campbell cooly kept his composure and continued to pressure.
    A combination which ended with a left uppercut closed the show and left the Manchester City fan full of confidence.
    His promoter Eddie Hearn tweeted: “Good stoppage win for @CampbellHatton – perfect learning experience on the road in Spain.
    “Lots of activity and experience to come in 2022.”
    Matthew Hatton with his nephew CampbellCredit: Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing More

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    Muhammad Ali’s incredible career ended on December 11 almost 40 years ago in heartbreaking and farcical fashion

    DECEMBER 11 is a date that historians have got their teeth stuck into.It was on that day in 1936 when a sombre King Edward VIII broadcast to a stunned nation that he was giving up the crown to marry Wallis Simpson.
    Muhammad Ali hung up his gloves after his bout with Trevor Berbick in 1981Credit: Disney General Entertainment Con
    The heavyweight king abdicated after 21 years in and out of the ringCredit: Getty – Contributor
    And a week from Saturday, it will be the 40th anniversary of when boxing’s King announced he was abdicating after 21 magical, momentous, mesmerising and highly controversial years in and out of the ring.
    It was December 11, 1981, when the incomparable Muhammad Ali, arguably the greatest world heavyweight champion of them all, unlaced his gloves for the last time.
    What a relief it was to those of us who had been a part of Ali’s flying circus and had despairingly seen him declining slowly but surely into mediocrity.
    Heartbreakingly, instead of retiring with the farewell fanfares he deserved, the man voted the outstanding sports personality of the 20th century ended his glittering 61-fight career in the Caribbean — and in the most farcical circumstances.
    He lost a unanimous ten-round points decision to Trevor Berbick in what was advertised as the Drama in Bahama. More appropriately, the tawdry occasion should have been called Nonsense in Nassau.
    It was held at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre, which sounds grand — in fact it was a baseball field.

    The fight took place at the tiny Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre in the BahamasCredit: Rex Features
    Proceedings were delayed two hours because nobody could find the keys to open the gates to the arena.
    It beggars belief but once inside it was discovered there was not even a bell or gloves for the main event, it was beyond parody.
    Someone was dispatched to the next field to take a bell from the neck of one of the grazing cows.
    And Ali’s trainer Angelo Dundee got his secretary in his Miami office to arrange for a new pair of gloves to be flown over.

    After his ignominious defeat against Larry Holmes a year earlier, the name Muhammad Ali was no longer saleable.
    Three major American TV networks, CBS, ABC and NBC, boycotted his clash with Berbick — and none of the closed-circuit operators were in the slightest bit interested.
    American broadcasters boycotted the December 1981 clashCredit: Getty
    Ali was 39, facing a man 12 years his juniorCredit: Getty – Contributor
    The fact James Cornelius, a Los Angeles car dealer, a convicted felon, arrested nine times for fraud and larceny, who also happened to be under FBI investigation, was the promoter probably had something to do with it.
    I really found it deeply depressing as I watched Ali, the hero of the Rumble in the Jungle and the Thrilla in Manila, plus many other breathtaking battles, reduced to insignificance.
    His speed and audacious skills had long been eroded — and what was left was a flabby middle-aged man a month short of his 40th birthday.
    Gone forever was the supreme athlete that prompted Jim Murray, the Pulitzer prize-winning LA Times sports columnist, to write: “I want to borrow Ali’s body for a day — there are six men I want to beat up and six women I want to make love to.”
    Ali was later subdued and philosophical when we all crowded into his dressing room. He simply said: “Father time has caught up with me — I’m finished. I’ve got to face the facts.
    “We all grow old and this is the end. I’ve been doing this since I was 12.
    Ali should have retired after his third fight with Joe FrazierCredit: Getty
    “It’s a joy and relief to know that it’s over.”
    He should, of course, have retired immediately after his brutal third fight with Joe Frazier in Manila.
    But he carried on for six more years and had ten more fights against the advice of his doctor Ferdie Pacheco.
    It is even possible if he had listened to Pacheco, Ali may still be alive today.
    Ed Schuyler — one of America’s top boxing writers — spoke for billions when he said as we left Ali to his memories that evening: “Muhammad, thank you. You gave us a hell of a ride.”
    And as I flew home from Nassau, with the festive season looming, it dawned on me I had just seen the Ghost of Christmas past.
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    Gennady Golovkin, 39, feels ‘extremely fit right now’ and talks down retiring with Ryota Murata fight to be rescheduled

    GENNADY GOLOVKIN beamed as he described feeling ‘extremely fit right now’ and talking down retirement. But his return fight against Ryota Murata, set for December 29 in Saitama, now looks to be rescheduled after Japan shut their international borders.
    Gennady Golovkin described feeling ‘extremely fit right now’Credit: EPA
    Gennady Golovkin training before his return fight was postponedCredit: Instagram @gggboxing
    Confirming the news, Golovkin said: “I am deeply disappointed that this fight has been postponed.
    “But the health and safety of the public must always be the priority. I look forward to returning to the ring against Ryota as soon as possible.”
    The decision was made amid the the global spread of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19.
    But just before the announcement, boxing legend and current IBF middleweight champion Golovkin spoke exclusively with SunSport.
    And after another gruelling training camp at altitude in Big Bear California, the 39-year-old seems far from finished in a sport he has dominated for so long.
    Golovkin, who turns 40 in April, said: “I’ll be looking closely at myself.
    “I’m extremely fit right now, I feel great and of course all my career decisions will be based on how I feel. Currently, I feel great.”

    GGG made his American debut in 2012 and stopped Pole Grzegorz Proksa, now 37, in five rounds.
    His devastating power immediately struck fear throughout the 160lb middleweight division.
    It sparked a run of 12 knockouts in 13 fights before being taken the distance by Danny Jacobs, 34, winning on points.
    Then came a two-fight series against his great rival Canelo Alvarez, 31, which was marred in controversy.
    GGG was unfortunate to walk away with only a draw in their 2017 original before losing the razor thin rematch a year later.
    GGG wrapping his hands before trainingCredit: Instagram @gggboxing
    Gennady Golovkin shows off his strength trainingCredit: Instagram @gggboxing
    The middleweight legend is all smiles in trainingCredit: Instagram @gggboxing
    Since then, the Kazakh danger man has fought three times and reclaimed the middleweight throne.
    But despite reigning a two-time champ, with 36 KOs in his 41 wins, the boxing superstar still wants more with his unification against Murata, 35, only on ice.
    Golovkin said: “All my decisions will be regarded as the right decision by me, whether I want to continue and take part in a fight.
    “I will regard that as the right decision, if I want to conclude my career, that will also be the right decision.
    “I am comfortable right now with how my career is progressing and what’s happening and I’m sure whatever I do, will be right for me.”
    Golovkin had endured yet another brutal camp in the Big Bear Lake, before moving over to Florida.
    Gennady Golovkin enjoying the Big Bear mountainsCredit: Instagram @gggboxing
    Gennady Golovkin in the Big Bear mountainsCredit: Instagram @gggboxing
    GGG moved his camp to Florida after Big BearCredit: Instagram @gggboxing
    The excruciating mountain runs, heavy lifting in the winter cold and several rounds of sparring were almost all complete until the recent postponement.
    It means, depending on the new date, Triple-G could have to do it all over again.
    But that would suit the feared father-of-two just fine, as he admitted to enjoying the peace and quiet of training camp.
    Golovkin admitted: “It’s just a way for me to get away from my family and concentrate on the training process, as I have a large family at home.
    “It’s somewhat distracting, to be honest! Of course there are certain details and nuances, we approach each opponent a little bit differently.
    “Although there is a foundation of training which is always a part of the camp.”
    Gennady Golovkin with his IBF middleweight titleCredit: Getty Images – Getty More