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    Teofimo Lopez looking to LEAVE Top Rank and start his own Takeover Promotions after George Kambosos Triller fight

    TEOFIMO LOPEZ is looking to end his relationship with Top Rank – just four months after his stunning victory over Vasily Lomachenko.
    The unified lightweight champion has been at loggerheads with his promoter due to their refusal to meet his demands to face George Kambosos Jr.

    Teofimo Lopez is looking to leave Top Rank boxigCredit: Getty

    Teofimo Lopez believes it’s time to leave Bob Arum’s stableCredit: Getty

    Unable to reach a deal with Top Rank, a frustrated Lopez took his mandatory bout with Kambosos Jr to a purse bid – which was won last week by Triller.
    And The Takeover hopes to part ways with veteran promoter Bob Arum as soon as possible.
    During an appearance on Sirius XM radio, Lopez said: “Yeah, I see myself within maybe this fight or my next fight, I’ll be a free agent.
    “There’s so much proof for me to get out of this Top Rank contract that they gave me the golden ticket.

    “Todd DuBoef gave me the golden ticket by doing so. They already dug a bigger hole than they needed to.”
    Lopez, 23, has lofty ambitions of starting his own boxing promotion.

    He added: “The Takeover Promotions will be in effect and it’ll be Takeover Promotions times a network, God willing and that’s what I’m looking forward to.

    “ESPN, PBC, Triller, the list could go on and on. DAZN, I mean there’s so many guys and I know that I bring all that to the platform.”
    The American bears no ill will towards his current promoters but believes his career will be better served if they part ways.
    He said: “They need to get their big boy pants on because I don’t see them getting out of this one. I just don’t.
    “I’m a young fighter, but I’m someone that has never been disrespectful to anyone.
    “For Top Rank, I love everything they’ve done for me. It’s hard to go this way, but hey, I wish them nothing but the best.

    Teofimo Lopez is set to face George Kambosos Jr (L) nextCredit: MATCHROOM BOXING

    “We’ll go our separate ways, and we go from there. I think this is great for the sport, and this is great for myself and my career.
    “It sucks that it had to go this way, but it’s good that there’s a way out.
    “There’s a Plan-B. I’ll be in LA this week to meet with Ryan Kavanaugh [of Triller], a guy that actually has faith in me.”
    Lopez is hoping to have a busy 2021, setting his sights on three outings this year.
    He said: “I’m shooting for May, sometime in the summer, and then at the end of the year.
    “I’ll be a free agent, and we can make those types of fights happen as well.
    “I’m hearing May 29th on Triller in the main event, and then we can look for the co-main attraction and so on and so forth.
    “I think we’re talking about Miami, Florida. Dallas, Texas could be another thing.”

    Unified lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez is hoping to fight three times this yearCredit: Getty

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    Manny Pacquiao ‘finalising all details’ to fight Mikey Garcia in May after being accused of picking ‘low risk’ opponents

    MANNY PACQUIAO and Mikey Garcia finally look set to end the talking and step inside the ring.
    American Garcia, 33, revealed after months of back-and-forth they are ‘finalising all details’ to have a blockbuster showdown in May.

    Mikey Garcia has confirmed he is closing in on a fight with Manny PacquiaoCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Filipino legend Pacquiao hasn’t fought since beating Keith Thurman over 12 rounds in Las Vegas in July 2019.
    The former eight-division champion has not been short of options having been locked in negotiations with UFC superstar Conor McGregor and lightweight sensation Ryan Garcia.
    And after Mikey criticised Pacquiao for ducking out of high-risk fights, it appears he has surged ahead in the race to land a lucrative bout.
    Reported by Boxing Scene, the four-division champion told journalist Jo Ankier: “We’re finalising all of the details.

    “We hope to get the exact date and location in the next few days. We’re trying to get everything done for May.
    “It’s been in the works for a long time, particularly more in detail in the last year.
    “Now, in the last few weeks, we’ve been getting very close to working on this and finalising it.
    “I’m pretty excited. We’ll have all of the details set in the next few days. It’s a matter of time.

    Manny Pacquiao hasn’t fought since beating Keith Thurman in 2019Credit: AP:Associated Press

    Conor McGregor has been in talks to fight PacquiaoCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    “So far, it seems like all of the parties are on board. I’m excited for it.
    “It’s a great fight. I think it’s great for my career, and for the fans.
    “It’s very exciting for boxing in general to see this type of fight.
    “We’ve been working on this for years. We were almost ready for this before COVID-19 happened.
    “Now it seems like things are back on track. Now, to share the ring with a living legend like Manny does amazing things for my career.

    “I just hope that the fans appreciate this.
    “It’s not very often that you see two of the greatest fighters face each other.
    “Right now, that’s what we’re about to do. I’m about to face a legend.”

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    Canelo Alvarez predicts Billy Joe Saunders KO in just three-rounds and has plans for UK fight and retirement at 37

    CANELO ALVEREZ believes he will knockout Billy Joe Saunders in three rounds – and then plans to fight across the world including the UK before retiring.
    The Mexican great will collide with the British star on May 8.

    Canelo Alvarez only plans to fight for seven more years and hopes to stage at least one in the UKCredit: EPA

    The Mexican believes it will be ‘easy work’ against his next opponent Billy Joe Saunders above)Credit: Getty

    Canelo set up his unification clash with Saunders by destroying Avni Yildirim in three brutal rounds on Saturday.
    That came just two months after he outclassed Callum Smith in Texas – and he reckons his next foe will be ‘easy work’ just like the last two.
    His promoter Eddie Hearn told the AK & Barak Show on DAZN: “I said to him, ‘BJS is a tough fight.’ 
    “I said, ‘It won’t be easy work like Yildirim,’ and he said, ‘Yildirim was easy work. Smith was easy work. Saunders is easy work.'”

    Hearn, who continues to work on getting the bumper heavyweight unification clash between his man Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury confirmed, also revealed Canelo’s long-term goals.
    He claims if the 30-year-old beats BJS to become undisputed middleweight king then the star has told him he wants to go international.
    That would involve having money-spinning fights across the world in places such as the Middle East, China and right here in Great Britain.
    However, Hearn also says Canelo plans to fight for just seven more years before hanging up his gloves and retiring.

    He would halt his career at 37 if he fulfils that promise.

    How the two stars shape-up head-to-headCredit: The Sun

    Saunders decided to mark the official announcement of securing his dream match by wearing an apron with a fake penis and testicles attached as he went live on Instagram early on Sunday.
    And he started the mind games early by saying: “Alright people, I just wanted to say a big thank you to Canelo, I’m such a big fan.
    “I’ve been training a long time for this, I’ve been waiting a long, long time. It’s been frustrating waiting, but thank you sir for this opportunity.
    “I’m only just gonna come, pick my money up and go home, you know. It’s one of them. It’s gonna be good, it’s gonna be very good.
    “I just wanna thank everybody this morning watching this, I’m just proud to be alive. I’m so happy to even be here taking part in this event.
    “To take part in this event, obviously I’m not gonna win, just gonna go there, just turn up looking at the numbers.”

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    Tommy Fury calls out Jake Paul for fight ‘any time, anywhere’ as YouTube rival blasts back ‘you look like Tyson’s s***’

    LOVE ISLAND star Tommy Fury has taken Jake Paul’s bait by calling him out for a fight.
    His half-brother and WBC champ Tyson Fury sparked the initial match-up after Tommy’s knockout win over journeyman Scott Williams.

    Tommy Fury has responded to Jake Paul by calling him outCredit: Twitter

    After praising his bro on Twitter, Tyson commented: “@jakepaul where you at?”
    Youtuber Paul, 24, wasted little time in responding by goading Tommy into a potential bout.
    He took to Instagram and said: “I get to the bottom of the tweet and I see that he (Tyson) has called me out to fight someone.
    “The tweet is about his brother and I thought ‘I didn’t even know he had a brother.’

    “And then he’s calling me out to fight his brother. I’m like ‘bro what the f*** is going on here?’
    “If Tyson Fury took a s***, it would be his little brother – this little kid.
    “My point is, ‘dear Tyson Fury’s little brother, if you want to fight me don’t let your big bro do s*** for you.
    “‘Log in to Instagram or Twitter and call me out yourself.'”

    Jake Paul goaded Tommy Fury on Instagram

    It appears a potential money-spinning fight could be given the green light after Tommy fell right into his trap.
    He posted a video on Twitter saying: “I see someone is having a little bit of something to say… Mr Jake Paul.
    “I don’t need anybody to do my dirty work, I’ll call you out myself right now.
    “You can fight me, any place, any time, anywhere. All you’ve got to do is get in touch.”
    Light-heavyweight Tommy extended his record to 5-0 with his routine win over Williams.

    His potential opponent Paul is 2-0 with as many knockout since turning pro in 2020.
    He beat online rival ‘AnEsonGib’ before leaving ex-NBA star Nate Robinson, 36, out cold in November on the undercard of Mike Tyson’s comeback fight.
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    Tommy Fury vs Jake Paul: Tyson challenges YouTuber to fight Love Island star after brother’s brutal KO of Scott Williams

    TYSON FURY called on Jake Paul to fight his half-brother Tommy following the Love Island star’s recent knockout win.
    Light-heavyweight Tommy extended his record to 5-0 at the weekend, dispatching of journeyman Scott Williams.

    Tommy Fury’s brother Tyson called for Jake Paul to fight the Love Island starCredit: Reuters

    Jake Paul, left, pictured with older brother LoganCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    It won the praise of Tyson, the unbeaten WBC heavyweight champion, who then challenged YouTuber Paul to fight his younger sibling.
    He tweeted: “@jakepaul where you at?”
    The social media star, 24, is 2-0 with as many knockout since turning pro in 2020.
    He beat online rival ‘AnEsonGib’ before leaving ex-NBA star Nate Robinson, 36, out cold in November on the undercard of Mike Tyson’s comeback fight.

    Paul’s next fight is on April 17, facing retired UFC welterweight Ben Askren, 36.
    Tommy, 21, has won twice since coming out of ITV’s popular villa, where he was runner-up alongside girlfriend Molly-Mae Hague.
    He opened the door to fighting KSI, 27, in 2019 after the Brit YouTuber beat Jake’s older brother Logan, 25, by split-decision.
    But for now, Tommy is making up for his lack of amateur experience by fighting as frequently as he possibly can.

    He said: “I am trying different things and learning all the time. I only had ten amateur fights so I am learning all the time.
    “I am in the public eye so I don’t really worry about people’s opinions, as long as my friends and family are happy with me, I am happy.
    “Boxing is the hardest sport in the world and I am a novice, but I have my dad with me so I cannot go wrong.
    “I want as many bouts as possible because experience is what I need.”

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    Mike Tyson was a ‘karate master’ who used a ‘peekaboo’ style of boxing to become the sport’s most feared fighter

    MIKE TYSON was a ‘karate master’ who used a ‘peekaboo’ style of boxing, according to expert Jesse Enkamp.
    Iron Mike dominated the heavyweight division during the 1980s and 90s.

    Mike Tyson dominated the heavyweight division in his primeCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Former world champ Iron Mike unleashes a right hook at Trevor BerbickCredit: AP:Associated Press

    Winning his first world title aged just 20, Tyson bamboozled opponents for over a decade, and was known for his ferocious power.
    But according to popular karate expert and YouTuber Jesse Enkamp, Iron Mike was also a master of of the martial art.
    Enkamp said on his YouTube channel: “To be honest, old school boxing looks very similar to traditional karate, because both are done without any protection (bare-knuckles), and you don’t really use any rules.”
    He also added: “As I like to say, don’t be a martial artist… be a ‘smartial’ artist.

    “Mike Tyson is a karate master.”
    Enkamp enlisted the help of boxing trainer Jay Elder to help his theory.
    But Elder didn’t necessarily agree with all of his suggestions.
    He said: “That means Tyson’s got to be quicker than the other person because he’s further away (from them), but he’s rolling off his shoulders and his hips to throw.

    Karate expert Jesse Enkamp breaks down Tyson’s style
    “It’s a lot more square.
    “He’s incredibly fast, and if you watch he’s just bobbing, rolling and throwing. I’ve never seen that in karate.”
    With Enkamp repeatedly needing to be told to keep his head down, Elder adds: “That’s a karate habit, because you want to keep your head back. So the chin is a little bit up.
    “That’s a huge difference between karate and boxing.”
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    He then explains: “Because you kick in karate, you have to have a more upright body.
    “You need the space to kick.
    “Whereas boxing, I’m not going to throw my legs.
    “It’s different. In boxing, you’ve got to almost sit.”

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    Tommy Fury vs Jake Paul tale of the tape: How Love Island star and YouTuber compare as Tyson calls for celebrity fight

    TYSON FURY called on Jake Paul to step into the ring and face his half-brother Tommy.
    American YouTuber Paul has two knockout wins from his first two pro fights.

    Meanwhile, ex-Love Island star Tommy extended his winning record with a comprehensive second-round victory over journeyman Scott Williams at the weekend.
    And that led to WBC heavyweight champ Tyson tweeting: “Jake Paul where you at?”
    So how do the potential rivals compare?
    Paul turned 24 in January and is more than two years older than his British counterpart, who will celebrate his 22nd birthday in May.

    Both fighters have unblemished records – Fury is 5-0 and Paul’s 2-0.
    Of Fury’s five wins, four have been by KO, while both of Paul’s finished inside the distance.
    Both fight with an orthodox stance – the 6ft 1in Paul is just an inch taller than Fury but ‘TNT’ has the longer reach, 80ins to 76ins.
    The big one, though, is the Instagram followers and who would have the bigger fan base behind them cheering on from home.


    Reality TV sensation Fury boasts an impressive 3.2m.
    But ‘The Problem Child’ – younger brother of fellow YouTuber Logan – blows his rival out of the water with a whopping 14.6m.
    Paul’s next fight is on April 17, facing retired UFC welterweight Ben Askren, 36.
    Tommy has won twice since coming out of ITV’s popular villa, where he was runner-up alongside girlfriend Molly-Mae Hague.
    He opened the door to fighting KSI, 27, in 2019 after the Brit YouTuber beat the older Paul brother, 25, by split-decision.
    But for now, Tommy is making up for his lack of amateur experience by fighting as frequently as he possibly can.

    Jake Paul has won both of his professional boxing bouts via knockoutCredit: USA TODAY Sports

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    Josh Warrington posts photo from hospital bed after shoulder operation following brutal KO defeat to Mauricio Lara

    JOSH WARRINGTON has posted an update from his hospital bed.
    The British featherweight is recovering after his shock defeat to Mexican Mauricio Lara at Wembley Arena last month.

    Josh Warrington offered fans an update from his hospital bed

    Warrington, 30, took huge damage and was left needing oxygen following the sickening KO.
    He suffered a broken jaw, perforated eardrum and a shoulder injury, which he has just had treated.
    Warrington mustered a smile and a thumbs up for the camera as he lay in his hospital bed.
    And he accompanied the Instagram picture by saying: “Operation success.

    “•Plan of action-
    “1️⃣Road to recovery.
    “2️⃣Get some revenge and get back on track.
    “I’ll be back to that top spot.

    Josh Warrington was left in a bad way after his shock defeat to Mauricio LaraCredit: ©Dave Thompson/Route One Ltd

    “Believe me🥊💥
    “First a dirty quarter pounder from Maccys… 🤤🍔 Greeeaaasssseeee…”
    Promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed that he expects to see Lara and Warrington run it back in the summer.
    He said: “Josh is good, I mean obviously it was a complete shock.
    “He was a big favourite going into the fight, you can see what might’ve gone wrong.

    But summertime I believe you’ll see Warrington vs Lara II
    Eddie Hearn

    “Was it no fans? Was it the inactivity? Was it complacency? Was it just Lara came out with an unbelievable performance? But the reality is I think he’s gonna wanna do it again.
    “It’s very dangerous, but that’s the fire in him…
    “All the talk at the moment from Josh is he wants to fight Lara again. Super risky, but summertime I believe you’ll see Warrington vs Lara II.
    “Yes, that one [will be in Leeds], we’ll do it with a crowd this time.”

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