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    Paige VanZant loses rematch against ex-UFC rival Rachael Ostovich in brutal bare-knuckle boxing bout

    PAIGE VANZANT was beaten by former UFC rival Rachael Ostovich when they fought again under brutal bare-knuckle boxing rules. The two ex-MMA stars headlined Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship and put on a thrilling show over the frantic five, two-minute rounds.
    Paige VanZant loses rematch against ex-UFC rival Rachael Ostovich in brutal bare-knuckle boxingCredit: Instagram @bareknucklefc
    Paige VanZant scraps with Rachael Ostovich in bare-knuckle boxing boutCredit: Instagram @bareknucklefc
    Rachael Ostovich beat Paige VanZant in their rematchCredit: @bareknucklefc
    But it was Ostovich – defeated by VanZant in the UFC two years ago – who was awarded the verdict on the judges scorecards.
    She said: “It’s been a long time, two and a half years since the last time we’ve been in the cage.
    “No different, still sport but I still felt Page VanZant fought her heart out. A round of applause, show some respect.”
    VanZant, 27, started out the aggressor in the opening round coming forward and even landed a heavy-looking right hand.
    But as the pair began to find their range early on, lots of clinching led to dirty boxing on the inside.
    In the second round, it was contested largely at range but Ostovich, 30, began to look more comfortable.
    It set the American up for a big third round, where her right hand could barley miss over the top.
    A combination towards the end put Ostovich in the driving seat heading into the second half of the fight, where her right proved decisive.
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    In the fourth, one counter overhand towards the end of the round landed flush on VanZant, who was forced to grab and hold.
    Ostovich continued the pressure in the final round landing the cleaner shots, despite PVZ’s determination.
    VanZant’s aggression opened her up for counters coming in, and left the judges with no doubt who the winner was.
    Two scored it 48-47 in favour of Ostovich and one 49-46, giving the Hawaiian the perfect BKFC debut.
    For VanZant, she is now 0-2 in bare-knuckle, having lost her debut to Britain Hart, 31, in February.
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    Paige VanZant and Rachael Ostovich scrap in FloridaCredit: Instagram @bareknucklefc
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    Fine art graduate Joe Joyce says wild uni days helped him grow into British boxing’s mature student

    JOE JOYCE claims his wild uni days have helped him become British boxing’s best mature student.The 35-year-old Juggernaut did not pick up a pair of boxing gloves until he was 22, long after he had enjoyed a debauched freshers’ week at Middlesex University.
    Joe Joyce graduated in fine art at Middlesex University before stepping into boxingCredit: Queensberry Boxing
    The fine art graduate and talented painter hinted he was a bit of a ‘p*** artist’ during his carefree days on campus.
    But with all that recklessness and snakebite out of his system, the heavyweight is now close to a world title shot.
    Ahead of tonight’s Wembley Arena clash with Carlos Takam, 12-0 ace Joyce laughed: “If you have been boxing since you were a kid, then you get to 16 where girls and parties come about, you feel like you’ve had enough of it. So many throw it in at 16 because the distractions come in.
    “I got all my distractions out of the way early, I got freshers’ week and all those shenanigans out of my system.
    “At uni I had two sets of kickboxing gloves, so me and two friends used to spar at the halls of residence just for fun.
    “That was long before I took up boxing properly and we were probably a bit drunk!
    “But by the time I was 22, I knew who I was and what I wanted to do and this route has really worked for me.”
    The misconception is that Joyce is a bit dull but engage him on topics that inspire him, like art or gaming, and the 6ft 6ins Londoner brightens up the room.
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    Boxing and the miserable business and politics behind it bores him. And he even glazes over when reminded he is one win away from being the WBO’s mandatory challenger for a shot at Anthony Joshua.
    When asked who he fancies after facing dangerous 40-year-old French powerhouse Takam — should he need to keep busy before a crack at AJ — he teased: “I don’t know, I have to rely on my team. I don’t really know much about boxing.”
    Not bad for an A* student.
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    Joyce takes on veteran Carlos Takam at Wembley Arena tonightCredit: Queensberry Boxing
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    Tokyo 2020: Team GB boxing brothers Pat & Luke McCormack hope ‘jail craic’ Olympic cocoon can help them make history

    PAT AND LUKE McCORMACK reckon the “jail craic” of Tokyo hotel life can help them make history.The boxing twins from Sunderland, 26, do not shy away from their bad boy pasts.
    Luke McCormack is ready to take on the Tokyo Games – and is fully focused on successCredit: Getty
    His twin brother Pat is also in Japan as they put their bad boy pasts behind themCredit: Reuters
    Pat admitted: “If you are around bad stuff you can get dragged into it.
    “Without boxing I definitely know my life could have turned out an awful lot worse. It’s kept me out of trouble.”
    Despite that, neither welterweight Pat nor lightweight Luke really trust themselves if they are let off the leash.
    So being confined to their training camp in Yokohama, and now the Olympic Village, is the only sure way they will not waste their chance to become the first British brothers to win gold.
    Luke said: “It’s got my head a little bit battered having to stay in all the time.
    “But if we were allowed to do whatever we wanted to do, after we finished training at six o’clock we’d be off and out.
    “It’s worked out better for us because you can’t make any mistakes.
    “When you come over here there’s a lot of stuff to do to get sidetracked. But in the hotel you’re eating right and going to bed early, at 9.30pm.
    “A late night can mess you up. We’re making the most of it.
    “When we’re in camp we call it ‘jail craic’ because we’re with each other all the time. So it’s just like jail craic.”

    That the twins’ banter has an edge is not in doubt. They are, unquestionably, instinctively hardcore party animals.
    But both can fight, too, part of a crack squad that has the quality to exceed the five medals — including golds for Anthony Joshua, Luke Campbell and Nicola Adams — won in London 2012.
    Pat is world No 1 and favourite for gold, with team captain Frazer  Clarke calling him “the standout  fighter” in the squad.
    Luke is up against Indian army officer Manish Kaushik tomorrow morning.
    He has what it takes in his division, after missing out on selection in Brazil   — although there was an upside.
    Luke recalled: “It was tough not to make it to Rio but I knew my time would come.
    “I always knew I would make it to Tokyo. I’ve improved probably ten times.
    “When Pat came back, everybody thought I was him. So I was getting free drinks every weekend. It was cush.”

    Pat, though, has an Olympic score to settle, still convinced he was robbed in his last 16 clash against Cuban bronze medallist  Yasniel  Toledo last time out.
    He said: “If I can win the Olympic gold I know I will become a big name 100 per cent because of what the sport means.
    “It’s the biggest stage an amateur can get, with the world watching. It’s your chance to become a hero.
    “I know I belong at the very top level. I’ve done my apprenticeship and had my bad decisions and I’m looking to bring the gold home.
    “Being the No 1 seed makes me feel better because I’m meant to win it.
    “I was seeded No 1 in the Europeans and got gold and No 2 in the world when I got silver so I want to be No 1 seed because I know I can meet that.
    “I’d rather be the No 1 seed, expected to win gold, than the underdog who had to pull out a big win.”
    Although maybe, just maybe, not against his fiercest rival of all.
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    Luke added: “If we’re playing a game against each other there’s a high level of competition.
    “We’re not really allowed to spar much because it gets out of hand. It always did when we were younger.
    “But when it comes to boxing, there’s no rivalry. I want to see him win and he wants to see me win.”
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    Floyd Mayweather’s Brit ‘fiancee’ boasts he gave her $5MILLION in bid to win her back after hugging ex Gallienne Nabila

    FLOYD Mayweather’s Brit stripper “fiancee” has claimed he sent her $5 million in a bid to win her back after the boxing champ was pictured hugging his ex in New York.Floyd, 44, and his stunning ex-girlfriend Gallienne Nabila took a stroll around the Big Apple arm in arm while his Brit-American fiancee Anna Monroe was more than 2,500 miles away in Las Vegas.
    Floyd Mayweather pictured with ex-girlfriend Galienne Nabila in New YorkCredit: The Mega Agency
    Floyd Mayweather’s current ‘fiancee’ Anna MonroeCredit: Instagram
    Anna Monroe met Floyd Mayweather at the boxer’s strip clubCredit: Instagram @thereal.annamonroe
    Anna, 29, told friends Floyd wired her the huge amount of cash for jewellery and offered to buy her a yacht to try patch things up, a source told The Sun.
    “Anna has been claiming to her friends that Floyd sent her five million dollars to try to buy her back after he was caught with his ex,” the source said.
    “Floyd apparently said she could use the money to buy some nice jewellery.
    “Some of her friends were there and saw the notification of the payment and couldn’t believe it. It’s a crazy amount of money.
    “She’s also been saying that Floyd offered to buy her a yacht and take her on a trip but Anna is not happy, she’s hates how he thinks money will just make everything ok.
    “Anna believes he has been cheating on her and wants to move on.
    “She has been telling everyone it’s totally over with Floyd and he can’t buy her back.”
    It comes after Anna told friends that she’s “totally done with him”.
    ‘DEVASTATED’
    “Anna is devastated because she thought they were going to get married and have a child – she feels like she gave him everything,” a source said.
    “She’d even been going to see a wedding planner.
    “After seeing the pictures she lost it, she’s telling friends she is completely done with him.
    “She even called him a ‘tramp’ and accused Floyd of always hanging out with other women behind her back.”
    Mayweather proposed to Anna – lead dancer at his Las Vegas club Girl Collection – shortly after news of their relationship was revealed by The Sun in January.
    Anna posted pictures on Instagram shortly afterwards in which she sported a huge diamond ring – believed to be her engagement ring – on her left hand.
    Sources at the time claimed that the couple were hoping to try for a baby and may even wed by the end of this year.
    They were believed to have been seeing each other on and off for some months before they went official with their relationship on New Year’s Day – telling family and friends in the UK the news over FaceTime, according to a friend.
    Anna and Floyd, 44, were also pictured on holiday together in Greece and she could be seen giving him a lap dance in an exclusive video published by the Sun earlier this year.
    ASKED ANNA TO MOVE OUT
    But their relationship appeared to have cooled when the boxing legend asked her to move out of his $11million mansion so he could focus on preparations for his exhibition fight against Youtuber Logan Paul back in June.
    A source told The Sun in May: “Floyd asked Anna to move out because he wants to focus on his boxing as he prepares for his next fights.
    “Some of her friends think it’s strange because he lives in a huge mansion in Vegas with 11 bedrooms and two guest houses – so there’s more than enough room for him to have his own space, but Floyd wanted her to go so he could focus.
    “Floyd is getting back into boxing more and more – even though he has supposed to have retired.
    “So everything is being put on hold for the time being.
    “Anna has moved back into her old apartment. It’s been a stressful time for her but she is being understanding and she knows he is the one who calls the shots in their relationship.”
    The pair were snapped on New York’s iconic 5th Avenue, also known as Millionaire’s Row, and the model sported a huge diamond ring on her hand.
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    They then got into one of the 50-0 champ’s three SUV’s before heading off in the convoy.
    Anna meanwhile posted a series of shots from the Red Rock Canyon in Nevada with the caption: “Love it here.”
    A representative for Floyd declined to comment.
    Floyd Mayweather and his ex-girlfriend Galienne Nabila pictured in New YorkCredit: The Mega Agency
    Galienne Nabila dated Floyd Mayweather in 2019Credit: Instagram @gallienneee
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    Was Anthony Joshua floored by Daniel Dubois in sparring? Frank Warren and Frazer Clarke recall session differently

    THE IDEA that Anthony Joshua was once floored by heavyweight starlet Daniel Dubois was once laughed off by FRAZER CLARKE, who insisted: It never happened.It has long been believed in boxing circles – yet never proven – that the 23-year-old prospect Dubois dropped the 31-year-old IBF, WBA ‘Super’ and WBO heavyweight world champion in sparring at the Team GB HQ in Sheffield more than five years ago.
    Frazer Clarke insists the rumours are nonsenseCredit: PA:Press Association
    Dubois has since featured in 17 pro fights, losing just once, and promoter Frank Warren added to the conspiracy by claiming in 2017: “Not only did Dubois knock Joshua down, he absolutely did for Joshua in the gym.”
    Tokyo 2020 Olympian Clarke has gone hundreds of rounds with close pal AJ.
    And he is adamant that his world champion sparring partner NEVER hit the deck like the myth suggests.
    Clarke, 29, said in 2018: “I have never seen him put Joshua down.
    “I am sure I am at 99 per cent of the spars and he has hit him flush and has probably shook him up a bit, but the way they make out that he put him down on his backside, it just never happened.
    “I can honestly say if it was true, Joshua would turn round and say, ‘Yeah, it happened, it was true’, but he hasn’t.
    “Don’t get me wrong, it’s sparring and people take big shots and I have seen him [Joshua] take a big shot off Daniel and I’ve seen him give Daniel a big shot.”
    When AJ’s fight with Joseph Parker in 2018 was revealed, he listed the three times he had been truly chinned in his young career.
    David Price caught him cold, sparring in 2011, Mihai Nistor stopped him at the European Championships later that year and Wladimir Klitschko rocked him at Wembley in 2017, before he got up to win.
    That was obviously all before he met Andy Ruiz in 2019.
    Daniel Dubois was rumoured to have floored Anthony Joshua in the gymCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
    Joshua is the current IBF, WBA ‘Super’ and WBO world championCredit: REUTERS

    Dubois’ alleged assault was never mentioned by the honest heavyweight and Fraser says the story of the two Brit giants colliding might have been a tall tale.
    He said: “I don’t think it was Daniel, it’s the people around him.
    “Daniel is a nice kid and he probably admitted he shook Joshua up a bit in sparring and someone has made more of a story of it.”
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    Oscar De La Hoya, 48, putting pro boxing record on line against ex-UFC star Vitor Belfort, 44, as they fight for real

    OSCAR DE LA HOYA will put his professional boxing record on the line against ex-UFC champion Vitor Belfort when they fight. The pair were initially set to box in an exhibition bout, but it will now be a professionally sanctioned contest at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
    Triller’s Ryan Kavanaugh with Oscar De La HoyaCredit: Instagram @oscardelahoya
    Vitor Belfort will fight Oscar De La Hoya on September 11Credit: Instagram @vitorbelfort
    According to ESPN, the fight has been approved by the California State Athletic Commission.
    But it is subject to De La Hoya, 48, and and Belfort, 44, passing comprehensive medical testing for 40-year-old-plus fighters.
    It includes an MRA and MRI of the brain, an EKG, cardiac testing, neurocognitive testing and an ophthalmologic exam.
    The bout will be contested over eight two-minute rounds, despite regular pro boxing being fought over three-minute rounds.
    It will also be at 180 pounds, but De La Hoya and Belfort can weigh within five pounds of the limit.
    Triller will promote the event as part of their ‘Fight Club’ banner, which has also featured YouTuber Jake Paul, 24, and Mike Tyson, 55, previously.
    But the brains behind the operation, Hollywood film producer Ryan Kavanaugh, was keen to move away from exhibition bouts.
    He said: “It’s important to transition from exhibitions.
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    “This is as real as any fight Oscar or Belfort has had, not some staged wrestling event.”
    De La Hoya, a six-weight world champion, retired in 2008 after a one-sided loss to fellow legend Manny Pacquiao, who is still fighting aged 42.
    In the 13 years since, he has focussed on his Golden Boy promotions banner.
    But after watching Tyson come out of retirement after 15 years, later drawing in an exhibition with Roy Jones Jr, 52, it inspired De La Hoya.
    Belfort, who won UFC gold in 2004, last fought in MMA three years ago, losing to Lyoto Machida, 43.
    But the Brazilian – who is 1-0 as a boxer winning his debut in 2006 – recently linked up with Triller to pursue boxing.
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    Barry Hearn doubts Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury fight will ever happen and urges Gypsy King to ‘put up or shut up’

    BARRY HEARN admitted he is ‘doubtful’ Tyson Fury will ever fight Anthony Joshua, but urged the Gypsy King to ‘put up or shut up’. Hearn’s son Eddie worked tirelessly to secure a historic first-ever, four-belt undisputed heavyweight title decider between the Brit superstars.
    Barry Hearn and son Eddie celebrate another Anthony Joshua winCredit: Getty
    Tyson Fury’s super-fight with Anthony Joshua collapsedCredit: AFP
    They had even agreed terms for a unification in Saudi Arabia on August 14, but it only came after Fury tried to walk away from facing Deontay Wilder.
    Wilder took his right to a contracted trilogy bout with Fury to arbitration and at the 11th hour was awarded the verdict.
    It meant the Battle of Britain was once again shelved, leaving Hearn Snr fearing the fight will ever happen.
    He told Betfred: “I’m doubtful. Eddie thinks it will, but then the money that was available last time didn’t do it.
    “I really hope we do, maybe I’m just getting old and cynical but I really just don’t believe anybody any more.
    “I listen to a load of rubbish and I am getting to the age where I just don’t want to listen to it any more.
    “I want to say ‘put up or shut up’. Get in the ring, give the public what they want. I know AJ is 100 per cent there and wants to do it tomorrow.
    “So let’s hope Tyson Fury comes through with the same thought process as well. Best of luck to him should he ever fight Deontay Wilder as well.” 
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    Joshua, 31, now instead fights mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk, 34, on September 25 having been ordered to do so by the WBO.
    Fury, 32, was meant to face Wilder, 35, on July 24 but he was forced to withdraw after testing positive for coronavirus.
    Their second rematch has been moved to October 9, and Hearn’s son Eddie claimed it could have been down to a lack of ticket sales.
    But Fury’s UK promoter hit back and insisted there had already been £14million worth of tickets sold.
    Hearn Sr, like Eddie, still remains unconvinced and said Fury is to blame for not fighting AJ.
    He said: “There is no doubt about it.
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    “If you have got any common sense, don’t listen to all this nonsense about ‘we’d sold £15m worth of tickets’ – you can check the inventory online.
    “You don’t have to make up things like that. The British public are not idiots, they know. But listen, that is his decision and I respect his decision. 
    “We all want to see it so let’s hope, as the dust settles, they both have tough fights.
    “Let’s keep our fingers crossed that they both come through and then let’s hope that common sense comes back into the equation and they give the fight fans of the world what we want.
    “That is all we are asking for, it is not a lot to ask, there is hundreds of millions of pounds in it for the fighters, they are never going to want for anything in the rest of their life.
    “All that fight fans want, myself included, is to watch the fight.”
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    Logan Paul predicts next fight will be worth $100MILLION after YouTuber’s exhibition bout against Floyd Mayweather

    LOGAN PAUL predicted his next fight will be worth $100MILLION following his exhibition against Floyd Mayweather. The YouTube star faced boxing legend Mayweather in early June, and amazingly survived the full eight round distance.
    Logan Paul faced Floyd Mayweather in an exhibitionCredit: Sean Michael Ham
    As Paul avoided a knockout loss, no winner was declared, meaning he walked away with a huge moral victory.
    Mayweather, 44, boasted about earning $100m for the spectacle, which he called a ‘legalised bank robbery’.
    And now Paul, 26, believes he is in line for similar paydays following his performance in Miami.
    Speaking to former opponent KSI on his podcast, he said: “Mayweather has this ability to kind of like, bless people with a magic wand. 
    “And I knew if I did well, like bro, I’m in this weird position where my next fight is, with the right opponent, could be a $100million fight. 
    “Like literally a $100million fight.” 
    Mayweather and Paul sold a reported 1million pay-per-views and even caused Showtime’s app to crash due to the demand.
    But with the exact numbers still yet to be totted up, the box office buys could increase even further.
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    Paul said: “I learned how hard it is to sell a pay-per-view. Getting someone to spend money.
    “Yeah, I’m still yet to get the final number. I don’t know it yet. It’s strong, it feels good.”
    Paul, who drew with KSI in a 2018 exhibition but lost their rematch as professionals a year later, is now looking for his next fight.
    And he is in talks to face UFC legend Anderson Silva, his manager recently confirmed.
    Silva, 46, is coming off a shock win of his own having beaten Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, 35, on points last month.
    But it has not yet been determined whether Paul would fight the Brazilian in an exhibition, or pro bout.
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