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    Conor McGregor slams UFC for ‘f***ed up’ decision to leave him ‘held back’ from fights as he confirms switch to boxing

    CONOR McGREGOR has slammed the UFC for their ‘f***ed up’ decision to hold him back from fighting – as he confirms his switch to boxing.
    The Irishman and 41-year-old Manny Pacquiao both confirmed they are in talks for a lucrative bout in the Middle East in either December or January.

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    Conor McGregor slammed the UFC for their ‘f***ed up’ decision to hold him back from fightingCredit: AP:Associated Press

    The news came after McGregor released direct messages with UFC president Dana White, where he demanded several fights and suggested opponents.
    Upon his impending move back into the boxing ring, the former two-weight UFC champion questioned why he has been left with just one fight this year.
    McGregor wrote on Instagram: “I’d rather fight MMA anyway not sure why I’ve been held back like this, it’s borderline criminal at this stage.
    “The biggest number generator in the game asking for four fights since February this year and getting left on seen.

    “It’s pretty f***ed up when I keep thinking of it. I’ve been right here this whole time. 
    “Bob Chapek, do you copy!  I repeat, Bob Chapek – Do You Copy! 
    “Anyways boxing it is for now and I’m up for this! I hope no bottling takes place here.

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    McGregor was beaten on his boxing debut by Floyd Mayweather

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    Manny Pacquiao and McGregor confirmed they are in talks for a lucrative bout in the Middle East in either December or JanuaryCredit: AFP or licensors

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    “I’m already agreeing to these limited rules and holding back my full array of weapons. Let’s get it going guys. 

    “Much love, the champ champ.”
    McGregor returns to the boxing ring three years after his professional debut against Floyd Mayweather – which he lost in round ten.
    McGregor, 32, uploaded a picture of himself landing a shot on Mayweather, 43, and revealed regret at not getting ‘DQ’d and fined’ by breaking the rules.
    He also took a swipe at Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach, who said the Filipino icon will beat the UFC star quicker than he did against Ricky Hatton in 2009, which ended in round two.
    McGregor said: “The very first shot of the fight. Right on the button through the guard. I didn’t even put anything into that shot. Just placed it.
    “It was hard for me not to dwell on the full 12 rounds that were potentially ahead of me and hold back my shots early.

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    How McGregor and Pacquiao stack up
    “Still tho right on the absolute button. The first punch thrown. Remember the experts saying I wouldn’t land even 1 lol.
    “I landed more than them all. The picture above is the very first punch of the fight thrown, and landed, and inside the very first second of the fight.
    “Bums all of them “experts”. Listen to none of them! Really I should have just sat right thru that shot and took his head off and f*** the distance.
    “If it didn’t work out just give him a good boot into the neck and get DQ’d and fined and who’d give a f***.
    “I’m upset I fully followed the rules for that fight to be honest. Floyd deserved a volley at the least. A shoulder even, break the face. 
    “Manny not so much tho I don’t think, but I will see how the build up goes and wait to hear what bitter old Freddie Roach has to say and then make a decision.”

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    Watch Josh Taylor demolish Apinun Khongsong with brutal body shot in first-round KO win on maiden world title defence

    TARTAN TORNADO Josh Taylor waited 11 months for a world title defence and blasted Apinun Khongsong out inside 160 seconds.
    The 29-year-old southpaw star became the unified boxing super-lightweight king back in October with an iconic win over American Regis Prograis.

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    Josh Taylor dismantled Apinun Khongsong with a first-round KO in his first world title defenceCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

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    Taylor needed just 160 seconds to win the boutCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

    And he is waiting on a career-defining undisputed decider with WBC and WBO champ Jose Ramirez next year.
    The Scot described the undefeated Thai hardman – who arrived in London with a scary 16-0 record and 13 KOs – as a giant hurdle in the way of his dreams.
    But Taylor blitzed him with his first serious punch of the night that left the arena stunned.
    Khonsong looked impressive when he stripped off for the 10st York Hall clash. 

    And he threw a couple of purposeful right hands in the opening two minutes.
    But when the pair clinched on the ropes, Taylor cocked his left hand and thundered a hook into the challenger’s ribs that left him crippled with pain and wriggling around on the floor.
    Ringside pundits David Haye and Carl Frampton were as confused as the press pack on the balcony by what looked like a phantom punch.
    But replays showed it was a magnificent punch that connected with the 27-year-old’s unguarded torso.

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    Taylor is gearing up for a fight with WBC and WBO champ Jose Ramirez next yearCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

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    And he folded into the canvas before being carried out of the ring on a stretcher.
    Earlier in the night ex fly-weight champ Charlie Edwards announced his comeback with a one-sided points win over Kyle Williams.
    The Sheffield-based ace is targeting a second world title reign at super-fly after dropping his crown last year after the weight cut became too brutal.

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    Arsenal 4 Tottenham 0: Spurs new-girl Alex Morgan forced to watch Lisa Evans-inspired Gunners run riot from stands

    AMERICAN superstar Alex Morgan was forced to watch as Lisa Evans hit a hat-trick to fire rampant Arsenal into the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
    Jordan Nobbs broke the deadlock with a superb chip on 73 minutes.

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    Lisa Evans’ hat-trick inspired Arsenal to a 4-0 win over Tottenham in the FA Cup quarter-finals

    Evans doubled the lead one minute later and the Scottish international wrapped it up with two more to continue the Gunners’ bid for a record 15th FA Cup.
    Spurs’ statement signing Morgan, who has won two World Cups, a Champions League and an Olympic gold medal, spent the afternoon wrapped up in the stands.
    Morgan has been out of action for over a year due to injury and giving birth to her daughter, Charlie, just four months ago.
    Spurs boss Karen Hills said: “Alex has been incredible. She’s come out of her comfort zone and wants to come to England and try something different.

    “We felt it was important for her to be part of matchday preparations and to get her in shorts and socks and get her in a matchday environment.
    “She’s nervous and hasn’t been in that situation for the past year.

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    Jordan Nobbs opened the scoring with an audacious chip from outside the box

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    Four goals in the final 20 minutes booked Arsenal’s ticket to the semis

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    Evans’ goals rounded out a derby win for the Gunners

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    New Spurs signing Alex Morgan watched the game from the stands
    “She is a great leader and has fantastic experience.
    “Having someone like that around the changing room is fantastic, but it was just not meant to be today.

    “She’s working really hard, growing day by day and physically is in great shape.”
    Her Orlando Pride pals, Shelina Zadorsky and Alanna Kennedy, made the starting XI, having also penned short-term deals.
    Spurs started brightly and Arsenal stopper Manuela Zinsberger came close to gifting them the opener after she was almost caught out playing out from the back.
    Kennedy lofted a header agonizingly close to the far post in the second half.

    But the Gunners have had a player hit a hat-trick in their last three games  and boss Joe Montemurro joked: “We draw straws over who gets a hat-trick and we pick a player!
    “I was very pleased with the second-half when we came out and stepped it up a gear.”
    Hat-trick hero Evans added: “We didn’t want to go to extra time and penalties so we had to get it done in 90 minutes.” 

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    F1 Russian Grand Prix 2020 LIVE RESULTS: Hamilton on POLE ahead of Verstappen and Bottas – latest updates

    FORMULA ONE is in Sochi for the Russian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton aims to match Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 race wins.
    And so far he looks like doing exactly that after edging out Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen to claim pole position for Sunday’s showdown.

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    F1 Russian Grand Prix 2020 race: Live stream, TV channel, UK start time and full schedule from Sochi

    LEWIS HAMILTON is aiming to equal Michael Schumacher’s record 90 Formula 1 wins as the entertaining season continues in Russia.
    Two weeks on from mayhem at Mugello, the drivers will be looking for an altogether calmer afternoon after multiple races which have stunned fans.

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    A determined Lewis Hamilton snuck through the chaos at the Tuscan GP to win in the previous race

    Hamilton will be licking his lips given Mercedes’ domination of the Russian circuit in recent years – and starts on pole after edging out Valtteri Bottas in qualifying.
    When is Russian GP?
    The big race is all set for Sunday, September 27.
    It will begin at 12.10pm UK time.
    What TV channel is the Russian Grand Prix on and can I live stream it?
    You can catch every moment of drama across the race weekend on Sky Sports F1.
    Coverage of the race will begin at 10.30am on Sunday, and the actual race begins at 12.10pm
    If you’re not a Sky subscriber, grab a NOW TV pass from just £9.99 for a day or £25 for a month to stream on a number of devices.

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    Likkleman beats Salim Chiboub with sixth-round TKO as 3ft pair thrill in ‘biggest little fight of all time’

    AIDEN ‘LIKKLEMAN’ HENRY smashed Salim Chiboub with a sixth-round TKO in what he described as the “biggest little fight of all time”.
    The referee was forced to stop the fight in the final round when the two 3ft brawlers went to war at a secret location in London.

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    Former convict Likkleman backed up his pre-fight chat in the ring Credit: Wicked N’ Bad

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    Likkleman posed for pictures with his belt after his impressive performanceCredit: Instagram / @likklemangram

    Likkleman! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 Congratulations champ! 🏆🥊
    — Ian Wright (@IanWright0) September 26, 2020

    Likkleman, 26, sent Chiboub crashing to the canvas after a series of heavy shots.
    And his performance led to praise from the likes of Arsenal legend Ian Wright.
    Wrighty said: “Likkleman! Congratulations champ.”
    The brawler – who was born with dwarfism – is now the proud owner of the Wicked’N’Bad belt.

    LikkleMan, 26, and Chiboub went head to head at the weigh-in ahead of their 7pm bout.
    After badmouthing each other the fighters, looking to win the ‘Wicked’N’Bad’ belt, got in each other’s faces.
    Chiboub, through his mask, planted a kiss on Coventry-boy LikkleMan’s forehead.
    A shoving match then ensued, with security trying to bring order back to proceedings.

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    Fans had to pay £4.99 to watch the two fighters battle it out for the beltCredit: Wicked N’ Bad

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    Chaos erupted when the pair clashed at the weigh-in

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    LikkleMan sent Chiboub crashing to the canvas

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    Coventry puncher LikkleMan will take to the ringCredit: Instagram / @likklemangram
    But before they could, LikkleMan had put his rival on the deck, flooring him with a hard push.
    SunSport exclusively chatted to LikkleMan earlier this week as he geared up towards the bout of his lifetime.
    The fighter, who was released from prison in March 2019 a reformed character, said: “I was born fighting, when you are born half the size of a normal man you have to fight twice as hard to get anywhere in life.
    “I was born into a life of gangs, drugs and crime, like a lot of people are in certain areas. But on top of that I am this size.
    “I didn’t go to school, I can’t read or write, I didn’t have parents.
    “I have matured a lot now but my brain is definitely wired differently to everyone else.
    “I’ve had 25 bad years behind me, I have had to apologise for a lot of things I am sorry for, but now I have this chance to turn my life around and I am going to take it.”

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    LikkleMan (left) faced Salim Chiboub (right) for the Wicked’N’Bad beltCredit: Instagram / @likklemangram

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    LikkleMan, 26, is ready for the potentially life-changing boutCredit: Instagram / @likklemangram
    And having made such strides, LikkleMan has big ambitions for the future.
    He added: “I could sell out the Ricoh Arena, definitely.
    “Because I am small but confident with it, people have never seen that combination and are intrigued.
    “Girls are fascinated about whether things are in proportion, it’s just my everyday life.
    “From a very young age I have been aggressive because of how I have been treated.
    “Now I can hopefully make that work for me and better my life, because that is all I have wanted the chance to do.”

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    LikkleMan has trained with the likes of Conor BennCredit: Instagram / @likklemangram

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    Reece James has his worst game for Chelsea while Marcos Alonso had a nightmare before dramatic fightback at West Brom

    CHELSEA produced a stunning comeback to claim a point at West Brom.
    Frank Lampard’s men were dreadful in the first half at the Hawthorns as they went in at the break trailing by three.

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    Tammy Abraham rescued a point for Chelsea at West BromCredit: EPA

    But following a rocket from the boss, the Blues produced a stunning fight back following the restart.
    Mason Mount got them back into it ten minutes in before Callum Hudson-Odoi added a second before Tammy Abraham grabbed a late equaliser.
    Here’s how the Chelsea players fared against the Baggies, according to our very own Simon Phillips:
    Willy Caballero – 6

    After keeping Kepa on the bench once again, Caballero found himself being left exposed by a poor defensive display from Chelsea, conceding 3 goals inside 45 minutes. 
    There wasn’t a lot he could have done about any of the goals.
    Reece James – 4
    This was quite possibly the worst first 45 minutes James has had in a Chelsea shirt.

    Not only was he non-existent defending, his usual good crossing was poor. He did improve marginally in the second half.
    Andreas Christensen – 8
    Christensen was perhaps one of the only Chelsea defenders who had a reasonable game.

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    Reece James had his worst game for ChelseaCredit: Reuters
    Thiago Silva – 6
    Awful error from the captain for the night to gift West Brom their second goal.
    Apart from that, he stayed composed throughout the rest of the game until he was replaced by Olivier Giroud on 72 minutes.
    Marcos Alonso – 1
    Horrific first 45 minutes from Alonso, he made a terrible mistake to give West Brom the lead, and then he made a silly challenge to get booked.
    Understandably he was taken off for Cesar Azpilicueta on half time.
    Mateo Kovacic – 6
    Tried his best to control the midfield but even his head dropped in the first half and was subbed off at half time for Callum Hudson-Odoi.
    N’Golo Kante – 5
    Kante didn’t have his best game at all.
    Mason Mount – 8
    Probably Chelsea’s brightest spark in the attacking third and scored a great goal to get Chelsea back into the game.

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    Marcos Alonso had a horror show against the BaggiesCredit: Eddie Keogh Telegraph Media Group
    Kai Havertz – 8
    Havertz was decent on the ball but didn’t really do much more with it when Chelsea were looking for him to create more in the first half.
    Much better second half from him and a great assist for Hudson-Odoi’s goal.
    Timo Werner – 6
    Very quiet and isolated on the left hand side and had a pretty poor first half.
    Improved like many in the second half but not enough.
    Tammy Abraham – 6
    A terrible first 45 minutes for Abraham, his touch was off and he failed to get involved in the game at all.
    Just like the others, he was slightly better in the second half and got his reward with the late equaliser.

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    Cesar Azpilicueta (45 mins) – 7
    Looked a lot more assured than Alonso ever will at left back.
    Callum Hudson-Odoi (45 mins) – 7
    Great goal from Hudson-Odoi after a lovely interchange with Havertz.
    Olivier Giroud (72 mins) – 6
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    Leicester Women’s ace Holly Morgan aims for FA Cup upset against Man City

    HOLLY MORGAN is part of a unique family set-up at Leicester City Women’s football club.
    The Foxes ace is the only captain of a Women’s Championship side managed by a head coach who is also her brother.

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    Holly Morgan says Leicester are aiming to ‘put on a show’ against Man City in the Women’s FA Cup quarter-finalsCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    On Sunday Morgan, 27, will skipper a group of Leicester players attempting to pull off a quarter-final shock in the Women’s FA Cup.
    And the centre-back, who shares her surname with her famous counterpart in Brendan Rodgers’ team, is aiming to defeat one of the Women’s Super League big guns.
    The Foxes captain and her team-mates, who include former Reading ace Remi Allen, will take on Manchester City for a place in the FA Cup’s semis.

    And the centre-back, who has been with Leicester since age 11, was in a bullish mood before the clash with a side which includes two World Cup winners.
    Morgan said: “Man City are solid team and that was before the signings they’ve made.
    “With the new signings, they’ve only got stronger and better. But at the end of the day, we’re excited about the fixture.
    “We’re there to compete and we’re there to show that we’re not just making up the numbers.

    “We’re there to progress further into FA Cup and we’re ready to put on a show.”

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    Morgan (right) and her Foxes team-mates are currently second in the Women’s ChampionshipCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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    Leicester have strengthened their squad with former Reading midfielder Remi Allen (left) joining their ranks this summerCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    2020 has been a year of big changes for Leicester, who are currently second in the Women’s Championship and aiming for WSL promotion.
    Foxes icon Emile Heskey, 42, was appointed the team’s football ambassador.
    And the squad became a professional outfit this term after being acquired by the King Power owners of Leicester’s Prem side.

    We have a very good working dynamic and there is a lot of trust in Holly as captain
    Jonathan Morgan – Leicester City Women’s Manager

    The Morgan family have been at the heart of these transformations with Holly’s father Rohan as the club chair, her sister Jade working as general manager, and her brother Jonathan as team boss.

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    Jonathan Morgan’s Leicester players beat Reading to claim their place in the Women’s FA Cup quarter-finalsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    And the former Hinckley United player has no qualms about managing a side captained by his sister.
    But the Foxes manager reckons it can sometimes be “an easy Achilles heel”.
    Jonathan said: “I’ve been doing it (coaching Holly) for six years now with lots of positives and a couple of negatives. 

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    Emile Heskey became Leicester City’s women’s football ambassador this monthCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    “There’s obviously not being too soft on her so people think, ‘oh, why are you being soft on her?’
    “It’s an easy get out of jail card for people sometimes and it is an easy Achilles heel because she’s my sister.
    “But we have a very good working dynamic and there is a lot of trust in Holly as captain.”

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