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    Boxer Edy Valencia Mercado in critical condition after being stopped in sixth round and telling corner ‘I can’t see’

    BOXER Edy Valencia Mercado is in a critical condition in hospital following his fight against George Acosta.The clash was stopped by a doctor before the sixth round with Mercado appearing to tell his corner that he could not see.
    Edy Valencia Mercado is in critical condition after his fight with George AcostaCredit: Getty
    Mercado, 32, is now fighting for his life with his promoters asking fans to pray for him.
    A statement from the promotion company reads: “Thompson Boxing Promotions is deeply saddened to inform that boxer Edy Valencia is currently fighting for his life at a hospital in Ontario, Canada, following his bout with George Acosta.
    “At this moment, we kindly ask the boxing community, fans, and everyone touched by Edy’s journey to join us in offering prayers and positive energy for his swift and full recovery.
    “We believe in the power of collective support and strength, and together, we hope to see Edy Valencia pull through this trying ordeal.”
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    Promoter Lou Dibella wished the fighter well, saying: “Terrible news.
    “Edy fought recently on a show I promoted and he’s a very nice young man. Prayers please for Edy Valencia and his family. May God hold them in his hands.”
    Mercado has 20 wins to his name and 12 defeats, including one knock-out loss.
    Six bouts have been scored as a draw or a no-contest with the Mexican winning just one of his previous seven fights.
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    Fans have shared their well wishes with one saying: “Sending prayers.”
    Another added: “Hope he gets well. 💪🏼”
    And a third wrote: “sending prayers and wishing a speedy recovery.” More

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    Apollonia Llewellyn shows off underboob as she pops out of pool with fans hailing ‘most beautiful mermaid ever seen’

    APOLLONIA LLEWELLYN ‘maid her fans’ day with another raunchy pic on social media.Apollonia shares glam pics with her 562,000 followers on Instagram on a regular basis.
    Apollonia Llewellyn posed in a tiny bikini while lounging in a poolCredit: instagram @apolloniallewellyn
    Apollonia shares a series of raunchy pics for her fans on social mediaCredit: instagram @apolloniallewellyn
    Apollonia has over 562,000 followers on InstagramCredit: instagram @apolloniallewellyn
    The stunner appears as a ring girl in various boxing promotionsCredit: Splash
    This time, the ring girl posed in a tiny bikini while lounging in a swimming pool.
    Apollonia posted: “Fresh out of the jungle.”
    The boxing ring girl’s pics attracted over 1,000 likes from her fans in the first few hours.
    One fan commented: “The most beautiful mermaid I’ve seen in my life.”
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    Another wrote: “Too beautiful!!”
    A third posted: “Have a nice vacation.”
    This fan said: “Jungle Princess.”
    And that one stated: “Fresh and hot.”
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    These fresh uploads come after the model revealed she has been hit with a TikTok ban after alleged “nudity and body exposure” violations during a video.
    Speaking in May, Apollonia said: “I was wearing a white T-shirt that covered everything with no cleavage on show. It is absolutely ridiculous.
    “There was no warning, nothing. I don’t know where the nudity has come from.
    “When it happened I was just so confused and didn’t really understand what was going on and when I clicked on it and it said I had been banned.
    Apollonia has been recently hit with a ban on TikTokCredit: Splash
    “I was shocked because I haven’t done anything wrong. I would understand if I was sitting there in a bikini or whatever but that definitely wasn’t the case.
    “I was just getting my make-up done and answering questions, nothing like what they are thinking I have done.
    “It is just so frustrating because I was just sitting there in a T-shirt and I could understand it if I was exposed but I was literally completely covered.”
    Apollonia loves being by the water it seemsCredit: Instagram
    And here she is on the beachCredit: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cuj0LGgIob6/?hl=en More

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    I’ve shared the ring with Jake Paul and Tommy Fury… KSI will lose to BOTH and will never fight me, says Anthony Taylor

    KSI has celebrity money-fights with Tommy Fury and Jake Paul on his radar. The YouTube, music and crossover boxing star has long been in a war of words with Paul, fuelling demand for a grudge fight.
    Jake Paul formerly sparred Anthony TaylorCredit: Instagram @anthony_prettyboy
    Anthony Taylor was beaten by Tommy FuryCredit: Getty
    KSI is in talks to fight Tommy FuryCredit: Getty
    But after Fury’s February split-decision win over the American in Saudi Arabia, KSI turned his attention to the former Love Islander, 24.
    One man well placed to predict the pair of social media showdowns is MMA fighter-turned influencer boxer Anthony Taylor.
    Taylor spent two training camps sparring Paul in 2021 and went on to lose over four rounds to Fury.
    And he has backed both to beat KSI, who is unbeaten in his seven bouts.
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    Taylor, 34, told SunSport: “I think KSI loses both, personally. He hasn’t fought harder opponents. 
    “Now his fans will go, ‘He’s undefeated.’ Look at the guys he’s fought, if Jake Paul fought the same opponents and finished them in the same fashion, you’ll be saying the same thing.” 
    Paul, 26, snubbed a rematch after his first boxing loss to instead return on August 5 in Texas against ex-UFC man Nate Diaz, 38.
    So KSI, 30, is instead closing in on a deal to face undefeated 9-0 Fury, with an October bout in the UK being lined up.
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    But as talks drag on amid disputes over weight and money, Taylor offered to step in.
    Although he doubts KSI – who trains at MMA gym London Shootfighters – would be advised to take the fight.
    Taylor said: “To be honest, it’s not realistic.
    “KSI’s coach is not going to allow him to fight me because KSI has an MMA stance, I’m an MMA fighter. 
    “I know how to read that stance quick and easy, I’d pick him apart.
    “KSI’s being smart, he’s thinking, ‘If I’m going to lose to Anthony, it’s after I lose to Tommy and Jake.’” 
    Taylor returns on Saturday in Nashville on a Misfits Boxing card promoted by KSI against Paul Bamba, 33, who is 5-3.
    He said: “Kudos for stepping in that ring with me, he’s got heart but skills? He doesn’t have the skill set that comes near me. 
    “He doesn’t work harder than me, he doesn’t train harder than me, he doesn’t train with the same sparring partners as me. 
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    “He doesn’t know what it’s like to dig deep and get that victory. He doesn’t know what a dog fight is.
    “He doesn’t know the struggles of a fight, he hasn’t been fighting that long.”
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    I was a champion boxer but quit to star in a porn film called Holiday Hump’n after losing fight to a British legend

    FORMER boxer Yusaf Mack has revealed he appeared in a gay porn film – and alienated his family.Mack had a 14-year career in the ring and finished with a record of 31 wins, eight defeats and two draws.
    Yusaf Mack turned to gay porn after his boxing careerCredit: YouTube/djvlad
    Mack has ten children before coming out as gay after he retiredCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    He became USBA light heavyweight champion in 2012 before losing to Brit Carl Froch in a world title fight and three years later he had turned to porn.
    Mack, 43, revealed he was in need of money at the time but the video caused a shockwave amongst his friends and family, who did not know he was gay.
    The boxer was engaged to a woman at the time and only came out publicly after the film, having initially claimed he only took part because he was drugged.
    Mack said he feared the reaction from the sports community if he revealed his sexuality, having first stated he was bisexual before coming out as gay.
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    But he was inspired to share his story after Caitlin Jenner came out as transgender.
    Mack continued to work in gay porn after his first video, which only came about due to his desperate financial situation.
    In an interview with Vlad TV, he said: “I was in need of the money.
    “Someone inboxed me on Facebook asking me if I wanted to make some extra money and I said yes, it came out a year later.
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    The American fought Carl Froch in a world title fight in 2012Credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
    “To this day I haven’t watched it.
    “I was at a family bar and I was wondering why everyone was looking at me strange. Nobody was saying anything or speaking to me so I was like ‘what’s going on?’
    “One of my homies was like ‘come here man, look at this’ I was like wow.
    “I walked away and went home and started crying. I was thinking about my children, what would they think.”
    Mack has ten children and revealed his eldest daughter told him to kill himself after his porn film came to light.
    The ex-fighter battled his own suicidal thoughts and cried in response to his daughter’s words.
    He told HipHollywood: “I just threw the phone down and started crying. I didn’t have no words, nothing to say.
    “What could I say? ‘Who you talking to like that?!’ She’s got feelings. I’m her dad. All I could say was, ‘you’re right’ and threw the phone down.”
    After initially admitting he was ashamed for featuring in his first gay film, Mack began working for amateur gay porn site Reality Dudes – a job he said he “loved”. More

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    Tommy Fury shows off hulking body in topless pic with brother Tyson as talks over KSI fight continue

    TOMMY FURY is looking fighting fit amid talks of a showdown with social media sensation KSI.A domestic dust-up with the YouTuber-turned-boxer – which has been on the cards since May – is currently in the works for Fury.
    Tommy Fury is on course for a showdown with YouTuber-turned-boxer KSICredit: DAZN
    Tommy has been getting work in with brother Tyson ahead of the potential dust-upCredit: INSTAGRAM@FUROCITY
    Tommy looks to be in tip-top shape alreadyCredit: INSTAGRAM@J_FRANKHAM
    Negotiations, however, have seemingly cooled in the last few weeks – but that hasn’t stopped Fury from continuing to put the work in at the gym.
    The former Love Island star has been taking part in several gruelling training sessions in Morecambe Bay at brother Tyson’s gym.
    Tommy got in a session on Friday morning alongside Tyson and his brother Roman and posed for a post-training snap with the team moments after finishing.
    And he looked to be in tip-top condition – despite not having a fight date lined up.
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    Fury almost came to blows with KSI after the YouTuber’s since-overturned KO win over Joe Fournier in May.
    That near tussle laid the groundwork for yet another clash with an influencer for Fury, who handed Jake Paul his first professional loss in February.
    But KSI’s manager recently revealed to SunSport that the clock is ticking on the fight, saying: “Whether it’s on or off, we should know some time this week.
    “I’m just going to let you know, this week is going to be an interesting week.”
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    He added: “There’s always a threat it’s not a done deal until you have the signed contracts, there’s always a threat after you have the signed contracts.
    “This is boxing, someone could get injured, it’s not celeb darts.
    “We’ve had some bad luck with pullouts and you have to think fast.
    “We’ve had to come up with creative solutions.
    “And it won’t be any different if anyone pulls out of our fights, we always try to have ones on standby.
    “But, I do believe this is a great fight and a great test for JJ and I think he’s got this in the bag if they do end up fighting.” More

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    Busty ring girl Apollonia Llewellyn shows off curves in skintight bodysuit as fans say she is ‘glowing like an angel’

    APOLLONIA LLEWELLYN wowed her fans on social media with her latest post.This time Apollonia posed in a skintight bodysuit for her 562,000 followers on Instagram.
    Apollonia Llewellyn took social media by storm with some more steamy picsCredit: instagram @apolloniallewellyn
    Apollonia wore a skintight outfit for her Instagram followersCredit: instagram @apolloniallewellyn
    Apollonia appears as a ring girl on boxing matchesCredit: Instagram
    Apollonia has amassed a big audience on social mediaCredit: https://www.instagram.com/p/CuhIOqTsxJp/
    The boxing ring girl’s pics attracted over 1,000 likes from her fans in the first few hours.
    One fan posted: “Glowing like an angel.”
    Another commented: “Stunning.”
    A third wrote: “Beautiful.”
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    This fan said: “Very nice.”
    And that one stated: “Wow Girl.”
    These fresh uploads come after the model revealed she has been hit with a TikTok livestreaming ban after alleged “nudity and body exposure” violations during a video.
    Speaking in May, Apollonia said: “I was wearing a white T-shirt that covered everything with no cleavage on show. It is absolutely ridiculous.
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    “There was no warning, nothing. I don’t know where the nudity has come from.
    “When it happened I was just so confused and didn’t really understand what was going on and when I clicked on it and it said I had been banned.
    “I was shocked because I haven’t done anything wrong. I would understand if I was sitting there in a bikini or whatever but that definitely wasn’t the case.
    “I was just getting my make-up done and answering questions, nothing like what they are thinking I have done.
    “It is just so frustrating because I was just sitting there in a T-shirt and I could understand it if I was exposed but I was literally completely covered.”
    Apollonia shares a series of raunchy pics for her fans onlineCredit: Splash
    Apollonia has been recently hit with a TikTok banCredit: https://www.instagram.com/p/CuY9BXGthy_/
    That was after alleged “nudity and body exposure” violations during a videoCredit: Instagram @apolloniallewellyn More

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    World champion boxer Oleksandr Usyk in major career change after missing out on Tyson Fury fight

    OLEKSANDR USYK has announced a shock and major career change. The pound-for-pound boxing star returns to the ring on August 26 in Poland against Britain’s Daniel Dubois.
    Oleksandr Usyk has announced a shock and major career changeCredit: https://www.instagram.com/fcpolissya/
    It comes after talks broke down earlier in the year for a historic, first four-belt heavyweight unification clash.
    Usyk is now deep in training for his next title defence but it comes while confirming a stunning move to Ukrainian football team FC Polissya.
    The unbeaten champion last year came on as a substitute for the club in a friendly match.
    But now he could play for professionally after signing a one-year deal with the the first-division side.
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    Usyk had previously promised he would sign if the club got promoted, which they accomplished.
    And the heavyweight proved good to his word as the transfer was revealed but Usyk’s exact involvement with the team remains a vague.
    A statement read: “The president of the club Hennadiy Butkevich and Oleksandr Usyk concluded an official agreement on football cooperation for one year.
    “Usyk will perform under number 17. Expect other details of the contract later.”
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    Usyk and Fury failed to agree terms for their undisputed decider amid a row over financials for a potential rematch.
    So Fury, 34, is now facing ex-UFC champ Francis Ngannou, 36, on October 24 in Saudi Arabia.
    And Usyk, 36, will honour his mandatory defence against Dubois, 25, after being ordered into the bout.
    Oleksandr Usyk has signed for Ukrainian football club FC PolissyaCredit: Getty
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    Players who swapped football for fighting, including Rio Ferdinand, Marcin Wasilewski, Wayne Bridge and more

    FOOTBALLERS are always encouraged to think about what career path they will take when they hang up their boots.Some choose to go into coaching, others invest in property… and some decide to knock lumps out of one another.
    Marcin Wasilewski is set to begin a career in cage fightingCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Former Leicester defender Marcin Wasilewski has become the latest ex-pro to swap shin pads for mouth guards.
    The Pole, 43, retired from football in November 2020 and was tipped to enter the world of cage fighting.
    A bout with ex-Bolton and Hearts defender Blazej Augustyn was even being lined up, however he is yet to fight.
    Here, SunSport details the fighting careers of five other footballers who have turned to the ring.
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    Rio Ferdinand
    England legend Ferdinand’s football career brought several glittering moments but his boxing days were over before they really started.
    Sponsored by a betting company to step into the ring in September 2017, the former defender was jarringly denied a licence.
    The British Boxing Board of Control deemed it ‘not beneficial’ to allow Ferdinand his second career.
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    And the Manchester United hero quickly called time on his boxing comeback.
    He said: “It is with a heavy heart that I am hanging up my gloves.
    “To not be given the chance to demonstrate my ability to the BBBofC through the standard assessment afforded to others is hard to take.”
    Fast forward to October 2020 and Matchroom chief Eddie Hearn revealed his desire to stage an Old Trafford showdown between Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney.
    Rio Ferdinand won a shedload of trophies as a footballerCredit: Getty – Contributor
    The ex-defender was unsuccessful in his attempt at a boxing careerCredit: OnEdition
    Katie Taylor
    Arguably the world’s top female boxer, Taylor is also a former Republic of Ireland international footballer.
    The ex-winger starred for Peamount United in the late 2000s yet missed her side’s FAI Women’s Cup final in 2009 to be crowned Europe’s best amateur fighter.
    Taylor won 11 caps for her country, scoring twice, before choosing to focus on boxing a decade ago.
    Former team-mate Marie Curtin would later tell the Mirror that Taylor ‘would have excelled to the highest level’ had she stayed in football.
    Curtin added: “There were no barriers. Her mindset is so strong and you need leaders like that on your team to win.”
    And Taylor fondly remembers her playing days, even recalling a crunching tackle that was posted on Twitter a couple of years ago.
    I remember it well Derek, it was intentional haha! Thanks for sharing!!— Katie Taylor (@KatieTaylor) January 5, 2018

    Katie Taylor played a number of times for the Republic of Ireland women’s teamCredit: Sportsfile – Subscription
    Wayne Bridge
    Hardly the most aggressive left-back of his day, ex-Chelsea man Bridge showed the fire in his belly with a stint in boxing two years ago.
    A Sport Relief clash with Made In Chelsea star Spencer Matthews saw the defender take on a man nine years his junior.
    The three-round affair started tightly before Bridge unleashed a barrage of blows.
    Matthews hit the deck twice and yet made it to the final bell, at which Bridge won on points.
    The former England international, who has also appeared on I’m A Celeb, retired from football aged 33 in 2014.
    His boxing career ended with that one charity fight and he is now said to refer to himself as a ‘stay-at-home dad’ for the two kids he shares with wife Frankie.
    Wayne Bridge retired from football aged 33 due to an injury nightmareCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    He agreed to a charity contest for BBC Sport ReliefCredit: BBC
    Leon McKenzie
    A star forward for the likes of Norwich, Peterborough and Coventry on the pitch, McKenzie would later forge a decent super-middleweight career.
    Having hung up his boots in January 2013, he pulled on the gloves just six months later.
    A debut win over John Mason at Bethnal Green’s historic York Hall set him on a string of nine fights without defeat.
    An English title fight with Jahmaine Smyle saw McKenzie suffer a first defeat before he rounded off an 11-fight career with a nine-round loss to Cello Renda.
    The ex-striker also joined forces with former England cricketer Steve Harmison for a talkSPORT podcast on sports stars’ post-retirement plans.
    He said: “For a while I was trying to hold on to ‘former professional boxer and footballer’. That was my identity. I’ve accepted my position now.”
    Leon McKenzie helped Norwich win promotion to the Premier League in 2004Credit: PA:Press Association
    The 42-year-old put together an impressive 11-fight boxing careerCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Curtis Woodhouse
    Few footballers have made the switch to boxing as convincingly as Woodhouse.
    Birmingham paid £1million to sign the midfielder from Sheffield United in 2001 before spells with Peterborough, Hull and more.
    Disenchanted with the game, he quit aged 26 to spark a long career in the ring.
    An assault conviction halted Woodhouse’s rise but he soon began teaming both of his sports.
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    Over 31 fights, he claimed 24 wins and went 12 rounds with Frankie Gavin for the WBO Intercontinental welterweight belt in 2011.
    The Driffield Destroyer won English and British level titles before retiring in 2017, and can now be found managing non-league Gainsborough Trinity.
    Birmingham once paid a seven-figure fee to sign Curtis WoodhouseCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    The midfielder teamed a non-league career with a number of boxing boutsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Woodhouse lost six stone in weight when returning from a spell away from the ring
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