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    ‘I loved it’ – Ebanie Bridges hits back at UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov’s comments that ring girls are ‘useless’

    EBANIE BRIDGES has hit back at Khabib Nurmagomedov’s infamous remarks about “useless” ring girls.The 36-year-old Aussie was a ring girl before becoming a pro boxer and winning the IBF bantamweight title.
    Ebanie Bridges is the IBF bantamweight boxing champion of the worldCredit: PA
    The Blonde Bomber was a ring girl before becoming a pro boxerCredit: Instagram @ebanie_bridges
    The Blonde Bomber, who was also a school teacher, is currently preparing to defend her belt against compatriot Shannon O’Connell.
    This week she appeared on Pub Talk, and she used the opportunity to blast back at Khabib’s controversial comments.
    The now-retired undefeated UFC legend had claimed “ring girls are the most useless people in martial arts” last year.
    But Bridges said: “Why are people who aren’t us, trying to take our jobs away from us? We love it, I loved being a ring girl. I don’t think it’s useless.
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    “I loved being part of the entertainment, being paid to watch those fights. You’ve got people saying it’s sexist, it’s objectifying… maybe I want to be objectified.
    “Maybe I want to make money… don’t make my mind up for me. You can’t have boxing without the ring girls.”
    Bridges revealed that her love for boxing developed at an early age after noticing the ring girls – and she says she had no qualms about becoming one herself.
    She added: “I was a ring girl. I love combat sports, I grew up with it, so for me to be at the fights… I loved it.
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    “I got paid mad money, probably more than some of the fighters, to sit ringside.
    “I’d be walking around in a G-string.
    “They don’t do the G-strings these days but back in my heyday, that’s how we used to do it.”
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    Floyd Mayweather reveals 70,000-seat location for Conor McGregor rematch and demands HUGE nine-figure fight purse

    FLOYD MAYWEATHER is targeting the 70,000-seat Allegiant Stadium for his rematch with Conor McGregor and is demanding a nine-figure purse.Mayweather beat the UFC superstar in 2017, his farewell fight as a professional.
    Floyd Mayweather revealed talks to rematch Conor McGregor at the 70,000-seat Allegiant StadiumCredit: Rex Features
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    But he has boxed in three exhibition bouts since and returns over the weekend in Japan against MMA star Mikuru Asakura, 30.
    Mayweather, 45, is then in talks with YouTuber Deji, 25, for a November exhibition in Dubai.
    And it could set him up for a rematch with McGregor, where he would be willing to put his 50-0 record on the line – for a guaranteed $100million (£90m).
    Mayweather told TMZ Sports: “If the price is right. Of course, they already talked to me about the number that I’m going to receive.
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    “Of course, it’s nine-figures and probably – I don’t want to say huge in the nine-figures – but we have to at least start at $100million for Floyd Mayweather.”
    Mayweather claimed talks to fight at Las Vegas Raiders’ NFL stadium had already taken place, as McGregor, 34, recovers from injury.
    He said: “They talked about it being in Vegas, at the Allegiant Stadium.
    “They talked about it being at the Allegiant Stadium. But if I’m not mistaken, Conor still has a problems with his leg.
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    “If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen in 2023, not 2022.
    “So this year I got an exhibition this Saturday, which will be in the US and once again it’s Sunday in Japan.
    “Then after that in November I’ve got another exhibition in Dubai at the Coca-Cola Arena.
    “And then hopefully me and Conor McGregor can lock up again in 2023, in a real fight actually.”
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    Floyd Mayweather, 45, offers Jake Paul fight and reveals terms to put perfect boxing record on line against YouTuber

    FLOYD MAYWEATHER has revealed his terms for a sensational “real fight” with Jake Paul. The boxing legend in June 2021 was taken the distance by Paul’s brother Logan in their eight-round exhibition.
    Floyd Mayweather revealed his terms for a sensational fight with Jake PaulCredit: Rex
    Jake Paul does not want to do an exhibition with Floyd MayweatherCredit: Amanda Westcott
    But the YouTuber-turned boxer ruled out facing Mayweather himself unless it was a sanctioned bout on their records.
    That would cause a sticking point with Paul last fighting at 190lb whereas his Hall of Fame rival was 150lb.
    Mayweather, 45, is open to putting his historic 50-0 record on the line against self-proclaimed “Problem Child”.
    But he warned Paul, 25, would have to come down to his weight, which means losing a near-impossible THREE STONE.
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    Mayweather told TMZ Sports: “I think he was doing a sit down on a podcast one time and he talked about it and he said, ‘I don’t wanna do an exhibition against Floyd Mayweather.’
    “He said, ‘I want to put on real fights.’ And of course, I can’t get up high in weight, but I’ll fight him in a real fight, at the weight that I’m at.
    “But, Jake Paul, as of right now for what he’s doing, it’s good for what he’s doing. But once he fights an actual real fighter, it’s going to be bad.
    “But one thing I do like about him, he’s selling it and making good money, he’s entertaining. I like it.”

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    Mayweather has not boxed professionally since 2017, when he beat UFC superstar Conor McGregor, 34, in ten rounds.
    He has since had three exhibitions, with featherweight kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, 24, Paul’s brother Logan, 27, and ex-sparring partner Don Moore.
    Mayweather returns over the weekend in Japan against MMA fighter Mikuru Asakura, 30.
    Meanwhile Paul faces UFC legend Anderson Silva, 47, in his comeback fight on October 29 in Arizona.
    Silva has a 4-1 record in the ring and will be the American’s first opponent with prior boxing experience.
    So far he has beaten online rival AnEsonGib, ex-NBA player Nate Robinson, 38, and retired UFC welterweight Ben Askren, 38.
    He also has a points win and knockout over ex-UFC champion Tyron Woodley, 40, most recently in December.
    Mayweather has warned Paul to carry on facing opposition from the internet and MMA world opposed to seasoned boxers.
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    He said: “As long as he continues to fight MMA guys and YouTubers, he’s going to continue to look good and to shine.
    “But once he fights a real fighter, a real fighter that can really fight, it’s not going to be good. It’s not going to be that good.”
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    ‘He’s full of s***’ – Conor McGregor blasts Floyd Mayweather’s claims he earned $100m to ‘spar’ YouTuber Logan Paul

    CONOR McGREGOR blasted that Floyd Mayweather was “full of s***” after claiming he made $100million to “spar” Logan Paul. Mayweather made the boast both before and after going the eight-round distance with YouTuber Paul in their June 2021 exhibition.
    Floyd Mayweather beat Conor McGregor in 2017Credit: Getty Images – Getty
    And the boxing legend also said he will be making up to $20m (£18m) for his latest spectacle bout, over the weekend in Japan.
    But McGregor doubted Mayweather’s maths and jibed not since their 2017 fight has the American seen such a payday.
    In a now-deleted tweet, he wrote: “He also said he made 100m to spar the Logan guy yet never made the Forbes list top 100.
    “He hasn’t cleared 20 million in 1 full year since 2017. When we fought the last time. Otherwise he’d have been on the list.
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    “He hasn’t made the list since 2017. In other words he’s full of s***.”
    Mayweather and Paul sold over 1million pay-per-views for their bout, priced at $50, meaning $50m (£45m) was generated at the box office.
    And the 50-0 icon also claimed he made $30m (£27m) in sponsorships on his trunks alone, although his overall purse was never confirmed.
    Mayweather is said to have made almost $300m (£270m) the night he beat McGregor, 34, in ten rounds.
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    It also signalled the end of his career as a professional fighter but the Hall of Famer has boxed in three exhibitions since.
    He beat featherweight kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, 24, in 2018, faced Paul last year and then dominated ex-sparring partner Don Moore in May.
    Mayweather returns against MMA star Mikuru Asakaura, 30, and is in talks with YouTuber Deji, 25, for a November exhibition in Dubai.
    He then wants to rematch McGregor in 2023 at the 70,000-seat Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas and for no less than $100m (£90m).
    Mayweather told TMZ Sports: “Hopefully me and Conor McGregor can lock up in 2023 in a real fight.
    “If the price is right, of course, they already talked to me about the number that I’m going to receive, and of course, it’s nine figures.
    “You know we gotta start at least $100 million for Floyd Mayweather. I’m always the A-side. My philosophy is ‘never stop getting it.’
    “But if I’m not taking any bodily harm or if I’m not taking any abuse, then I can go out there, have fun and entertain the people.”
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    ‘Not interested’ – Conor McGregor posts brutal two-word response to Floyd Mayweather hinting at shock boxing rematch

    CONOR McGREGOR has insisted he’s “not interested” in a second boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. Unbeaten 50-0 Mayweather, 45, beat McGregor when the pair met in a pay-per-view boxing-UFC crossover in 2017.
    McGregor has claimed he is ‘not interested’ in a rematch with Floyd MayweatherCredit: EPA
    Floyd Mayweather claimed there were talks over a rematchCredit: PA:Press Association
    Since then, Mayweather has had three exhibition bouts, not officially sanctioned or affecting his historic record.
    But Mayweather could meet McGregor, 34, again next year.
    In an interview with the Daily Mail, Mayweather – who returns over the weekend in Japan against MMA star Mikuru Asakura in a three-round exhibition – confirmed ongoing discussions with McGregor for a sequel.
    He said: “I want to go out there this weekend and have fun. 
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    “Then I have another exhibition in Dubai in November… and me and Conor McGregor in 2023.
    “We don’t know if it’s going to be an exhibition or a real fight. But there’s been talks of both. I would prefer an exhibition.”
    However, McGregor has hit back at Mayweather’s confirmation of talks via Instagram.
    The Irishman shared a picture of an uppercut from their first meeting, captioned: “Not interested.”
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    Mayweather has also spoken out for the first time since it emerged he was in talks with Deji, brother of social media sensation KSI.
    He told TMZ Sports: “This Saturday – which in Japan – will be Sunday, I have an exhibition against a helluva fighter from Japan.
    “I think he’s big in UFC and big on YouTube, so in the US, that will be Saturday but Japan it will be Sunday.
    “And then I got one with the guy Deji – I want to make sure that his name is right – Deji, right?
    “Yes, Deji. We will be doing an exhibition in Dubai at the Coca-Cola Arena and that is in November.” More

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    Jake Paul says Tommy Fury won’t ‘be able to walk outside anymore’ if they fight and vows to END rival’s boxing career

    JAKE PAUL vowed to END Tommy Fury’s boxing career if they fight and claimed his rival will not be “able to walk outside anymore”.Twice the pair have signed for a celebrity grudge match and both times Fury was forced to pull out.
    Jake Paul vowed to end Tommy Fury’s boxing career if they fightCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Tommy Fury has twice pulled out of fighting Jake PaulCredit: Rex
    It remains to be seen whether Paul will make a hat-trick of attempts to get the 2019 Love Island star into the ring.
    But the American warned Fury dodged a bullet and would be better off trading insults opposed to punches.
    Paul said: “Look, it will be the last payday of his life, from boxing at least.
    “He would quit boxing after that or at least he should. I’m going to turn him into a meme if we ever fight, literally a crazy meme.
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    “Like this guy is not going to be able to walk outside anymore. So, it’s actually probably smarter for him not to fight me.”
    Paul, 25, was 4-0 when he first agreed to face Fury, 23, in December.

    He had beat YouTuber “AnEsonGib”, ex-NBA player Nate Robinson, 38, as well as former UFC pair Ben Askren, 38, and Tyron Woodley, 40.
    But Fury pulled out with a broken rib suffered in training and Paul went on to knock out ex-UFC champion Woodley in a rematch.
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    The pair again tried in August but a US visa issue saw the brother of heavyweight king Tyson, 33, withdraw again.
    Heavyweight Hasim Rahman Jr, 31, was drafted in as a replacement but a weight disagreement saw Paul scrap the fight.
    The social media sensation-turned boxer instead returns on October 29 against UFC legend Anderson Silva, 47, who holds a 4-1 boxing record.
    Due to being in training camp, Paul will not be in Manchester, where his boxer Amanda Serrano, 33, faces Sarah Mahfoud, 32.
    Meanwhile, Fury is yet to fight since beating Daniel Bocianski, 27, on points in April.
    Paul said: “At the end of the day, he’s ducking me so I don’t know what this guy’s angle is.
    “I think he wants to just gain popularity and fight scrubs, because he knows he can make like £100,000 every time he fights against these scrubs.
    “So if he gains more popularity, the longer that gig can last for him.”

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    Floyd Mayweather CONFIRMS November exhibition with YouTuber Deji and will rematch Conor McGregor ‘if the price is right’

    FLOYD MAYWEATHER has CONFIRMED he will fight YouTuber Deji in a shock exhibition bout in Dubai – before eyeing a rematch with Conor McGregorThe boxing legend has spoken out for the first time since it emerged he was in talks with Deji, brother of social media sensation KSI.
    Floyd Mayweather has confirmed he will fight YouTuber Deji in an exhibition bout in DubaiCredit: Sean Michael Ham/Mayweather Promotions
    YouTuber Fousey was beaten by DejiCredit: Misfits Boxing
    Now, Mayweather has revealed he WILL face Deji in the Middle East, set for November 13 after returning over the weekend in Japan.
    He told TMZ Sports: “This Saturday – which in Japan – will be Sunday, I have an exhibition against a helluva fighter from Japan.
    “I think he’s big in UFC and big on YouTube, so in the US, that will be Saturday but Japan it will be Sunday.
    “And then I got one with the guy Deji – I want to make sure that his name is right – Deji, right?
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    “Yes, Deji. We will be doing an exhibition in Dubai at the Coca-Cola Arena and that is in November.”
    Deji, 25, most recently beat American Fousey, 32, which followed on a run of THREE losses.
    It has somehow put him in line to face the self-proclaimed Best Ever, 45, in the Middle East.
    Mayweather himself returns on the weekend in Japan in a three-round exhibition against MMA star Mikuru Asakura, 30.
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    It will be his fourth exhibition since retiring professionally in 2017 after beating ex-UFC champion McGregor, 34.
    Mayweather has faced featherweight kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, 24, Logan Paul, 27, and ex-sparring partner Don Moore.
    But he could return for the first time to defend his historic 50-0 record amid talks for a rematch with McGregor.
    He said: “Yes, it came to my attention. They talked about it being in Vegas, at the Allegiant Stadium.
    “They talked about it being at the Allegiant Stadium. But if I’m not mistaken, Conor still has a problems with his leg.
    “If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen in 2023, not 2022.
    Yes, Deji. We will be doing an exhibition in Dubai at the Coca-Cola Arena and that is in November.Floyd Mayweather
    “So this year I got an exhibition this Saturday, which will be in the US and once again it’s Sunday in Japan.
    “Then after that in November I’ve got another exhibition in Dubai at the Coca-Cola Arena.
    “And then hopefully me and Conor McGregor can lock up again in 2023, in a real fight actually.”
    Mayweather has not fought in a sanctioned bout since stopping McGregor, 34, in ten rounds, earning almost £300m in the process.
    And he would demand a similar payday if he is to give his Irish rival a crack at his undefeated streak again.
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    Mayweather said: “If the price is right. Of course, they already talked to me about the number that I’m going to receive.
    “Of course, it’s nine-figures and probably – I don’t want to say huge in the nine-figures – but we have to at least start at $100million for Floyd Mayweather.”
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    ‘I was surprised’ – Floyd Mayweather’s uncle questions boxing legend’s decision to fight Deji instead of brother KSI

    FLOYD MAYWEATHER has been questioned by his uncle Jeff for choosing to fight Deji and not KSI. The boxing legend is in talks to face YouTuber Deji on November 13 in Dubai.
    Floyd Mayweather has been questioned by his uncle for choosing to fight Deji and not KSICredit: Reuters
    KSI pictured with his brother Deji
    But his own uncle Jeff was left stunned that Mayweather did not opt to face his brother, social media sensation, rapper and celebrity boxer KSI.
    He told FightHype: “Any fight that Floyd’s in is big.
    “But it’s funny because some guy reached out to me on social media and said, ‘You nephew’s fighting Deji.’
    “I said, ‘I don’ think so.’ I mean, I was surprised to hear it because I didn’t think Deji was big enough.
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    “If you’re going to fight Deji, why not fight KSI instead? That makes more sense, that gives you a whole bunch more fans.
    “KSI is like the Paul brothers, basically you’re getting one of the ultimate guys in YouTube.”
    KSI, 29, trained with Jeff for his rematch win over Logan Paul, 27, in 2019 which came after they drew a year later.
    The Londoner returned in August after three years out and beat rapper Swarmz, 25, and Mexican boxer Luis Alcaraz Pineda, 23, on the same night.
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    On the undercard, Deji, 25, beat American Fousey, 32, which followed on a run of THREE losses.
    It has somehow put him in line to face Mayweather, 45, in the Middle East.
    Jeff said: “I think Floyd will have to carry Deji for the fight to end with both guys standing on their feet.
    “I think if Floyd really goes out there, he’ll be in trouble.”
    Mayweather himself returns on the weekend in Japan in a three-round exhibition against MMA star Mikuru Asakura, 30.
    It will be his fourth exhibition since retiring professionally in 2017 after beating ex-UFC champion Conor McGregor, 34.
    Mayweather has faced featherweight kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, 24, Paul, 27, and ex-sparring partner Don Moore.
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