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    Deontay Wilder’s manager hails ‘gutsy’ Anthony Joshua and leaves door open for future talks with Eddie Hearn over fight

    ANTHONY JOSHUA was hailed for his “gusty” performance against Oleksandr Usyk by Deontay Wilder’s manager – amid interest in a super-fight. AJ was beaten on points by Ukraine’s pound-for-pound great for the second time in the space of a year.
    Promoter Eddie Hearn and Anthony JoshuaCredit: PA
    Deontay Wilder is set to return on October 15Credit: Getty
    Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel watched in admiration as Joshua, 32, challenged unbeaten Usyk, 35, twice on the spin despite losing.
    It now leaves AJ and his promoter Eddie Hearn with a rebuilding job on their hands, which they hope to begin in December.
    And Hearn named Wilder as a potential opponent in Joshua’s comeback trail, something Finkel is prepared to discuss.
    He told SunSport: “He was gutsy to go right back into the fight when he clearly lost the one.
    “But it really depends mentally what Joshua feels he needs.
    “If he needs to take a break and take a fight as a comeback fight or if he feels the real redemption is with Deontay, we’re open to it.”
    Wilder, 36, returns himself on October 15 against former sparring partner Robert Helenius, 38, in New York.
    Hearn revealed he approached Finkel before AJ’s rematch with Usyk to discuss a future fight with the Bronze Bomber but did not hear back.
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    Finkel confirmed he did receive an email to ring Hearn, but neither Joshua nor Wilder were directly mentioned in the message.
    And he is unwilling to look past Helenius, which is Wilder’s first fight since losing to Tyson Fury, 34, in their epic October 2021 trilogy bout.
    Finkel said: “Right now, we have one fight on our mind, and nothing else, which is Helenius.
    “Because, if he doesn’t do what he’s supposed to do with Helenius, the rest doesn’t matter.”
    Joshua and Wilder, unbeaten at the time, were in 2019 negotiating a huge undisputed title decider, but to no avail.
    Although the public demand for the fight, despite both losing twice in a row, is almost as great as ever.
    It leaves Finkel prepared to try again with Hearn in the future.
    He said: “I’m not closed to it. I would never just walk away from it.
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    “If there’s a big offer there for that fight and Eddie wants to talk about it, at that point we’ll figure out what to do.
    “If it’s meant to be this time – which it wasn’t in the past – it will happen. If it’s not meant to be, we’ll go our way and they’ll go theirs.
    “It’s had a couple of years to build up, it’s like Mayweather and Pacquaio for an example, it didn’t lose any glamour at that time.”
    Anthony Joshua lost his rematch with Oleksandr UsykCredit: PA
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    Dundee Utd 0 Celtic 9: Kyogo & Abada fire hat-tricks as Hoops blitz their way to a RECORD away league win at Tannadice

    CELTIC continued their 100 per-cent start to the season with a total, full scale destruction of Dundee United at Tannadice.Kyogo and Liel Abada both scored hat-tricks as the Hoops recorded a quite unbelievable, record-setting NINE-NIL victory over Jack Ross’ beleaguered and battered men.
    Kyogo celebrates his opening goal at TannadiceCredit: PA
    Abada (left) got a treble of goals of his ownCredit: PA
    Ross made several changes as United looked for a first league win of the season.
    Charlie Mulgrew, Aziz Behich, Jamie McGrath, Tony Watt and Craig Sibbald ALL found themselves on the bench as the Tangerines looked to freshen things up to spark an impact.
    Celtic were able to welcome back Reo Hatate, while Carl Starfelt returned in place of Moritz Jenz to rekindle last season’s centre back pairing with Cameron Carter-Vickers that brought so much success.
    There was no Giorgos Giakoumakis, with Ange Postecoglou confirming the in-form striker had been feeling unwell.
    United came out of the traps quickly, and almost took an early lead.
    Former Rangers man Glenn Middleton found a bit of space in the penalty area, and from a tight angle fired a superb effort across goal that Joe Hart saved brilliantly.
    Steven Fletcher came sliding in as he looked to pounce on the rebound, but instead caught Hart on the head with his boot.
    It was a nasty coming together and the Hoops no.1 required lengthy treatment as the medical team looked to stem the flow of blood coming from a head wound.
    In the end, the 35-year old was able to continue after a seven-minute delay and a quick change of shirt.
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    Fletcher picked up a yellow card from ref Steven McLean, although the ex-Scotland striker will feel he was entitled to make the challenge.
    Kyogo opened the scoring for the Hoops in each of their last three Premiership games – so it was little surprise when the Japanese talisman did it yet again here.
    Liel Abada was back in the starting XI for Celtic, and it was his wonderful, threaded pass from the half way line that found Jota.
    Jota, in turn, floated in a cross that found Kyogo, completely unmarked, on the edge of the box.
    He had all the time in the world to steady his feet before firing into Carljohan Eriksson’s bottom right corner.

    It was full control for the Hoops from that point on, and they nearly added a quickfire second.
    Matt O’Riley was denied by an Eriksson save, before the Finland stopper was at his best to keep Reo Hatate out.
    The midfielder saw two attempts blocked by some last ditch United defending, before his third strike was batted away by the ‘keeper.
    The United goalie was in the thick of it again as the half-hour mark approached.
    The Hoops unleashed a devastating breakaway from a United attack, with Kyogo feeding Abada who was denied by Eriksson.
    United almost nabbed an equaliser out of nothing.
    Scott McMann pressed brilliantly to nick the ball away from Josip Juranovic, with the ball following to the feet of Middleton.
    He fired a powerful, low drive towards goal but it just went wide of Hart’s goal.
    O’Riley had another go as half-time approached, but the midfielder’s curling effort turned away from goal and didn’t trouble Eriksson.
    But the first half in the end was to be all about one man – Kyogo.
    He added his – and Celtic’s second – on 40 minutes with a truly scintillating strike from outside the area.
    25 yards from goal in a central area, the ball found its way to Kyogo who without a moment’s thought, curled a stunning, first time strike into the top corner.
    Eriksson got a slight touch to it, but in truth, he was never going to keep out what was a goal of absolutely incredible quality.

    There was still even more to come from the Celtic fans’ favourite who went and grabbed himself a first half hat trick.
    United’s defence was completely sliced open by a brilliant O’Riley pass that sent Abada clear.
    The Israeli international then had the simple task of playing the ball across goal where Kyogo – once again left all on his own – was waiting to blast into the empty net.

    A sensational half for the Japanese striker who made it six goals in four games with his hat trick goal as the first half entered stoppage time.
    Unfortunately for Dundee United, that wasn’t the end of the pain as the Hoops scored again before the whistle.
    Once again, the backline was completely ripped apart as a phenomenal team move with some brilliant first touch football ended with O’Riley fizzing a tantalising cross across goal.
    Kyogo wasn’t there this time, but instead Jota was there all by himself to take a touch and blast into what was another empty United goal.

    Four goals to the good at the break, there was no let up into the second-half.
    In fact, it was the exact opposite as Greg Taylor burst forward and fizzed an effort just wide as Celtic almost nabbed a fifth just three minutes into the second 45.
    That was nothing more than an extremely brief reprieve for United, who did concede a fifth goal shortly after.
    The Terrors defence was once again completely carved open and this time it was Abada who showed the desire and drive to get into the penalty area to finish off another sublime team move.

    Goal number five was quickly followed by number six.
    O’Riley saw a tame free-kick from the edge of the area easily blocked, but the ball broke to the man right next to him, Josip Juranovic.
    The Croatian defender took a lovely touch to tee himself up before firing a driven, low effort below the unsighted Eriksson.
    A sixth Celtic goal for Juranovic, but his first from open play.
    There quite simply was zero let up, and United were all over the place and then some, although they did almost get a goal back when Fletcher hit the post.
    Their defence was – yet again – absolutely nowhere to be seen as the Hoops carved them open once more to score a SEVENTH goal.
    This time it was Hatate who was sent clear on the edge of the area, and he was able to coolly slot the ball across goal where Abada was once again waiting unmarked to score his second of the game.
    Ange Postecoglou rang the changes immediately after, and one of the introduced players, David Turnbull, had a good chance for an eighth but this time Eriksson was there to make a save.

    On 76 minutes, along came came goal number EIGHT and it was another super team move.
    Subs Aaron Mooy and Daizen Maeda combined brilliantly, with the Japanese winger finding Abada at the back stick.
    He controlled well before delightfully dinking the ball over Eriksson to make it 8-0.
    Number NINE soon followed.

    A corner floated into the box picked out Carl Starfelt who sent the ball goalwards with an excellently controlled header.
    It was a big goal that ensured a record-setting away league win for Celtic, bettering an 8-0 win over Hamilton and 9-1 triumph over Clyde.
    Callum McGregor fizzed an effort inches wide as the Hoops looked to make the fans’ chants of “we want ten” a reality.
    Ultimately the 10th didn’t come, but what a statement from the champions.
    Next up – it’s Rangers next week.
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    KSI does press-ups against pro-boxer Luis Alcaraz Pineda as he mocks awful opponent who spent whole fight whining

    KSI brutally mocked his so-called professional boxing opponent Luis Alcaraz Pineda by doing press-ups during their fight. The influencer-turned musician and fighter made up for lost time after three years out by facing TWO opponents in one night.
    KSI beat Luis Alcaraz Pineda in three roundsCredit: Rex
    KSI doing press-ups after beating Luis Alcaraz PinedaCredit: Reuters
    Firstly, he beat rapper Swarmz in two rounds and then later Mexican professional boxer Luis Alcaraz Pineda in three.
    KSI, 29, dropped Pineda, 23, in every round while the journeyman bizarrely complained about non-existent punches to the back of the head.
    In the final stages, he dropped Pineda with a right hand and then later an uppercut – by which point the ref had seen enough.
    As the official was counting, KSI began doing press-ups and continued on after the fight was officially finished.
    The Londoner did the same thing during his fight against Swarmz, which he won with almost as much ease.
    KSI told his fans: “Ladies and gentleman, are you not entertained?
    “It’s good to be back, two fights in one night, two KOs, yeah buddy. I said it. I talk the talk and I walk the walk.”
    Unlike Pineda, Swarmz did go out swinging – quite literally – throwing wild haymaker right hands from all sorts of angles.
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    He did only have a fortnight to prepare for the bout, while also needing to lose almost two stone after replacing Alex Wassabi, 31.
    And his inexperience showed, having been left off balance, spinning around in a fashion which drew parallels to a teacup ride.
    Somehow, by virtue of running around the ring, three minutes proved enough time for Swarmz to survive despite being floored.
    But KSI wasted no time in putting Swarmz out of his misery in round two after a body shot and left hook signalled the end of the fight.
    Swarmz was beaten by KSI in two roundsCredit: Rex More

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    Hasim Rahman Jr teams up with Jake Paul’s rival KSI after fight axe to headline YouTuber’s show against Vitor Belfort

    HASIM RAHMAN JR has teamed up with Jake Paul’s rival KSI to headline one of the YouTuber’s cards against Vitor Belfort. The American signed to face Paul on August 6 but a weight disagreement between the two saw the bout collapse.
    Jake Paul and Hasim Rahman Jr before their cancelled fightCredit: GETTY
    Hasim Rahman Jr will headline on KSI’s MisFits boxing promotionCredit: Getty
    So instead, Rahman will return on October 15 in Sheffield against ex-UFC champion Vitor Belfort.
    The fight will headline a MisFits boxing card – KSI’s promotional banner – on DAZN pay-per-view.
    Rahman, 31, has not fought since April, when he lost to McKenzie Morrison, 32, the son to ex-heavyweight champion Tommy.
    Meanwhile Belfort, 44, is a former UFC champion but has not returned to MMA since 2018.
    But the Brazilian in September 2021 beat up boxing icon Evander Holyfield, 59, in a shameful exhibition bout.
    Rahman signed to fight Paul initially at the 200lb cruiserweight limit, meaning he had to shed TWO STONE.
    But the New York State Athletic Commission later changed the weight to 205lb.
    Paul claimed Rahman refused to come any lower than 215lb, although that accusation was refuted.
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    And the son of heavyweight legend Hasim Sr even weighed in at 206.6lb despite the fight cancelation in a bid to prove he could make the weight.
    Paul has instead signed his next fight for October with an opponent yet to be announced.
    Meanwhile Rahman will welcome Belfort back into the boxing ring.
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    YouTube star Deji batters Fousey and leaves rival with bruised eye after finally winning first fight on KSI’s undercard

    YOUTUBE star Deji finally recorded his first win in the boxing ring – and did so in brutal style. The Londoner, who shot to fame as the younger brother of KSI, had lost his previous three bouts.
    American Fousey was beaten by DejiCredit: Rex
    And Fousey was also a 0-1 winless fighter, meaning both were desperate to taste victory for the first time.
    But the American was simply no match for southpaw Deji, who dominated from the first round onwards.
    Deji, 25, said: “I have the best team ever. I have Daley, the best boxing coach ever, ever.
    “I have Leon, the best PT in the game and I have everyone out there showing their love. And that brought me out.”
    Deji came out rapidly, swarming Fousey from the first bell and landed a big right hook.
    The pressure continued into the second, and Deji scored several lead right hooks and straight left.
    He even dropped Fousey, 32, with a jab and the writing looked on the walls.
    Deji wasted no time in closing the show in round three, rocking Fousey’s head back with a big left before the towel came in.
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    The gamer had lost to Jake Paul, Vinnie Hacker and Alex Wassabi in his previous bouts.
    But he won on what was technically his professional debut and called out Bryce Hall, who lost to Austin McBroom in 2021.
    Deji said: “Whoever, I want to fight anyone. And I know Bryce Hall’s there, so Bryce Hall, if you want to fight, let’s go.”
    Fousey was beaten in round three by DejiCredit: Rex
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    KSI so relaxed during Swarmz fight he did PRESS-UPS between rounds just moments before delivering brutal KO punch

    KSI did PRESS-UPS between rounds after cruising to victory against rapper Swarmz. The YouTube star returned to the ring after three years out and made up for lost time by organising TWO opponents in one night.
    KSI doing press-ups in between rounds against Swarmz
    Although KSI exerted little energy as he dispatched rather easily of Swarmz – real name Brandon Scott – inside four minutes.
    In the first round, he scored a knockdown and looked well on his way to winning.
    And KSI, 29, was so relaxed he began doing press-ups during what was meant to be his minute of rest.
    Unsurprisingly, Swarmz, 25, only managed to survive another minute as a left hook finished the fight off.
    KSI said: “I think once he felt my power, he was instantly like, ‘Yo, this is long’.
    “I was like, ‘Cool, get him out and now I’m ready for my next one’.”
    The Londoner now has a few hours to rest and recover before facing Mexican professional boxer Luis Alcaraz Pineda, 23, in the main-event.
    Whereas Swarmz, bleeding from the nose, vowed to come back stronger following his late-notice debut.
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    He said: “Obviously I had to lose weight, I had 20 days to lose 12kg so it was a task.
    “It was hard, I had to learn how to box. But if anyone wants it, any YouTubers, Joe Weller, anyone.
    “I’ll take anyone, f*** it. Give me more time and I’ve got it.”
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    Tommy Fury ridicules KSI’s win over Swarmz after watching YouTuber totally dominate his rapper opponent

    TOMMY FURY ridiculed KSI’s win over rapper Swarmz – which ended after two mismatched rounds. KSI dropped Swarmz twice in under four minutes before the referee called off the contest.
    KSI beat Swarmz in round two of their fightCredit: Rex
    Tommy Fury mocked KSI’s win over rapper SwarmzCredit: Jamie McPhilimey
    Fans online mocked the musician – who only had TWO WEEKS notice – with Fury appearing to be one of them.
    He tweeted: “What have I just seen.”
    Fury, 23, himself was close to entering the world of influencer boxing having twice signed to fight Jake Paul, 25.
    But he pulled out both times, firstly after suffering a broken rib and then this August following a US visa issue.
    KSI, 29, is also looking to organise a grudge match with Paul, having drawn and then beat the American’s brother Logan, 27.
    The Londoner returned after three years out by stopping Swarmz.
    But he makes up for lost time by fighting a second opponent on the SAME NIGHT, facing Mexican Luis Alcaraz Pineda, 23, in the headliner.
    Swarmz, 25, replaced Alex Wassabi, 32, on late notice and had to shed almost two stone.
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    He said: “Obviously I had to lose weight, I had 20 days to lose 12kg so it was a task.
    “It was hard, I had to learn how to box But if anyone wants it, any YouTubers, Joe Weller, anyone.
    “I’ll take anyone, f*** it. Give me more time and I’ve got it.”
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    ‘He’s a human carousel’ – Fans mock Swarmz after he keeps spinning in circles to evade KSI in boxing loss

    RAPPER Swarmz was compared to a “human carousel” after continuously spinning around the ring against KSI. The former football prodigy, real name Brandon Scott, signed to fight KSI on just two week’s notice after Alex Wassabi pulled out.
    Rapper Swarmz was mocked after his loss to KSICredit: Rex
    But the bout went about as expected as the boxing novice swung widely, ran around of the ring and spun every time he was punched.
    At one point, commentator Todd Grisham said: “He looks like a human carousel.”
    And fans were also quick to mock Swarmz, who was floored twice and stopped in two rounds.
    One said: “Swarmz is spinning like a carousel.”
    Another added: “KSI has improved a lot! He would’ve done more damage if swarmz didn’t ‘spin more than the teacups at Disneyland’.”
    A right hand to the body and left hook was KSI’s finishing combination, putting Swarmz out of his misery.
    But the musician did have only a fortnight to prepare for his boxing debut and lost close to two stone.
    Swarmz said: “Obviously I had to lose weight, I had 20 days to lose 12kg so it was a task. It was hard, I had to learn how to box.
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    “But if anyone wants it, any YouTubers, Joe Weller, anyone. I’ll take anyone, f*** it. Give me more time and I’ve got it.”
    KSI, 29, opened the DAZN pay-per-view card by facing Swarmz and closes it against Mexican professional Luis Alcaraz Pineda, 23.
    He said: “I think once he felt my power, he was instantly like, ‘Yo, this is long’. I was like, ‘Cool, get him out and now I’m ready for my next one’.”
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