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MIKE TYSON will make his hotly-anticipated comeback to boxing in an eight-round exhibition match against Roy Jones Jr in California on September 12.

Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua has laid out what upcoming opponent Tyson Fury must do to gain his respect.

And Floyd Mayweather has been talking about his future plans, including the possibility of a rematch with Conor McGregor.

Follow all the latest fighting talk from the world of boxing, WWE and UFC below...

  • John Hutchinson 's avatarJohn Hutchinson

    GOOD MORNING FIGHT FANS

    Frank Warren and BT Sport are challenging Eddie Hearn and Sky Sports to British boxing's biggest ever cross-company battle.

    The Queensberry boss and his broadcasters hope Matchroom and their TV partners will agree five-bout shows involving each team's top fighters.

    Warren is offering up heavyweight sensation Daniel Dubois, light-heavy star Anthony Yarde and middleweight machine Liam Williams.

    In the opposite corner would be Hearn’s Dillian Whyte, undefeated Joshua Buatsi and American WBO champ Demetrius Andrade.

    Hall of Fame promoter Warren said: “Everyone’s a winner in this. I think my guys will beat all of their guys and I’m sure their side will feel the same.

    “There will be bookies’ favourites and upsets. This will be the most exciting time to be a British boxing fan — if they accept.”

    Meanwhile, Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn claims Mexican legend Canelo Alvarez's first-choice opponent for his next fight is Brit Callum Smith.

    Billy Joe Saunders was in line to meet Alvarez on September 12 but the WBO super-middleweight champ ruled himself out.

    World heavyweight champTyson Fury has been spotted on brutal cross country runs as he builds up to his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder.

    And in WWE unbeaten Khabib Nurmagomedov is back in training for his lightweight title defence against Justin Gaethje at UFC 253 on October 24.

    Khabib shared workout snaps with his 21million Instagram followers, saying: “There will always be questions… the most important thing is that you know the answers.”

  • Ian Tuckey 's avatarIan Tuckey

    CHAV ANOTHER GO

    Mexican legend Julio César Chávez will face five-time champion Jorge Arce for the third time in an exhibition fight, according to BoxingScene.

    The live pay-per-view stream will reportedly be behind closed doors on September 25,, on the superboletos.com platform.

    The charity event is in aid of coronavirus-hit Tijuana and Culiacán.

  • Ian Tuckey 's avatarIan Tuckey

    AJ'S GOT BAGS OF ENERGY

    Gigantic Anthony Joshua tears into a punchbag as he ramps up his training ahead of Kubrat Pulev.

    The WBA, WBO and IBF king was topless and soaked in sweat as he threw down lefts and rights in his latest video.

    Joshua wrote alongside the clip “Round 1” and put three bell emojis.

    The British hero is staying sharp in the gym while he waits to find out exactly when he will take on 39-year-old Bulgarian Pulev.

    Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn said the heavyweight clash is set for London's O2 Arena in December.

    But he also admitted there is a “very strong chance” it could be held without fans.

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  • Ian Tuckey 's avatarIan Tuckey

    TV WARR

    Frank Warren added: “To make this work you need two promotional companies and two promotional stables. We are on board, we are up for it, it’s just down to them.

    “Like BT, Sky will want to give their subscribers the best and in BT they have a friendly company to deal with — plus they already share a number of sports well.

    “There is no reason why they could not do the same for boxing.

    “Everyone’s a winner in this. I think my guys will beat all of their guys and I’m sure their side will feel the same.

    “There will be bookies’ favourites and upsets. This will be the most exciting time to be a British boxing fan — if they accept.

    “It will be the biggest thing in British boxing history.

    “For the two channels and promoters to cooperate on a 50-50 show would be the biggest thing ever.”

  • Ian Tuckey 's avatarIan Tuckey

    LET'S CHANNEL OUR RIVALRY

    Frank Warren and BT Sport have offered out Eddie Hearn and Sky Sports for the biggest cross-company battle in British boxing history.

    The Queensberry boss and his broadcasters challenged Matchroom and their TV partners to two five-fight shows that pit the best of each stable against the other.

    Star names from Warren’s team — including heavyweight sensation Daniel Dubois, light-heavy star Anthony Yarde and middleweight machine Liam Williams — have been offered up to Hearn’s Dillian Whyte, undefeated Joshua Buatsi and American WBO champ Demetrius Andrade.

    Hall of Fame promoter Warren believes the sensational showdowns are the perfect way to repay fight fans who have missed out on four months of boxing.

    Warren said: “I haven’t thrown the gauntlet down.

    “I have slung a suit of armour at them and said, ‘Let’s do it!’.”

  • Ian Tuckey 's avatarIan Tuckey

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  • Ian Tuckey 's avatarIan Tuckey

    SMITH IS FIRST CALL FOR CANELO

    Canelo Alvarez's first-choice opponent for his next fight is Callum Smith, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.

    The Mexican is looking to get back out in September with a whole host of potential opponents rumoured.

    Billy Joe Saunders was believed to be in line for a clash on September 12, but the WBO super-middleweight champ ruled himself out.

    Saunders, who was fined £15,000 last month for sharing video that appeared to condone domestic violence, claimed he needed more training time.

    Now Hearn, who promotes both Saunders and Smith, and works with Canelo through the Dazn partnership believes it's the WBA champ who Canelo wants next.

    Speaking to Boxing Social, the Matchroom boss said: “I don’t think they’ve [Golden Boy Promotions] done a deal with anyone yet so far.

    “But I’m almost certain that Canelo’s first choice is Callum Smith of the people available.

    “It would make him the legitimate No1 168-pounder if he beat him.”

  • Ian Tuckey 's avatarIan Tuckey

    I'M MEDOV TOUGH STUFF

    KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV is back in training ahead of his showdown against Justin Gaethje.

    The unbeaten lightweight champion will put his title on the line at UFC 253 on October 24.

    The 31-year-old has not fought since his win over Dustin Poirier last September.

    But he has been knuckling down in the gym as he prepares for his return to the Octagon.

    Khabib shared two snaps of himself working out with his 21million Instagram followers.

    Alongside them, he wrote: “There will always be questions, there will be few, the most important thing is that you know the answers to them.

    “Illusions can sit in your head for a long time. 80 days to fight.”

  • Ian Tuckey 's avatarIan Tuckey

    THE HILLS HAVE TY'S

    Tyson Fury was spotted training with brutal cross country runs as he continues to prepare for his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder.

    The Gypsy King was pictured out for the gruelling run alongside fellow boxers Bob Howard and Isaac Lowe.

    The trio were thought to be out in Morecambe, which Fury made his permanent home back in 2011.

    His trainer Howard ran Lancaster Boys' Club for two decades, and then Lancaster Boxing Club for a further five years.

    The 51-year-old, who worked with the Gypsy King's cousins Phil and Hughie, also trained Lowe who joined the pair on the run.

  • Ian Tuckey 's avatarIan Tuckey

    CON NOT ON IN 2020

    Dana White has given an incredible update on Conor McGregor’s return to UFC – but written off the prospect of a fight in 2020.

    The UFC chief has revealed, in no uncertain terms, Notorious will NOT fight this year and doesn't have anything lined up for next year.

    White went on to say he's doesn't believe McGregor is retired for good – having called it quits three times in four years now.

    And he revealed he won't waste his time thinking about the Irishman, either, with so many current fighters to watch over.

    White told podcast My Mom's Basement: “This year, he’s retired.

    “He doesn’t have a fight this year, and he won’t have a fight this year.

    “Conor McGregor will not fight in 2020.

    “I’m not saying he won’t fight in 2021, but I’m telling you we don’t have a fight planned for him in 2021.

  • Richard Forrester 's avatarRichard Forrester

    PAIGE TURNER

    Paige VanZant has revealed how fighting offered her an escape route from being bullied as a kid.

    The MMA star was persistently picked on at high school after a rumour circulated that she had sex with multiple boys at a house party.

    In her autobiography Rise: Surviving the Fight of My Life, she revealed she was raped by multiple men after they got her drunk.

    She said: “When was younger, I faced bullies who took away my confidence.

    “It was only through fighting that I realised God could use those negative experiences to shape the person that I'd become.

    “Now, I'm using my platform to be a guiding force for others facing emotional trauma.

    “I'm on the @JesusCalling Podcast this week, sharing how I'm saying 'yes' to the opportunies God places in my path, and how I've learned that all things work together for good.”

  • Richard Forrester 's avatarRichard Forrester

    RAW DEAL

    Raw went Underground on Monday night in their bid to improve ratings as Shane McMahon returned to the promotion.

    The 50-year-old showed off the brand new Raw Underground, which infused wrestling and bare-knuckle fighting, with athletes competing in a ring with no ropes.

    Ratings have been down on Raw in recent weeks, with Wrestling Inc revealing that the July 27 show averaged just 1.617 million viewers – the second-lowest in their history

    The third hour of that show was watched by just 1.463 million viewers – the worst ever figures for that particular block.

    And in their quest to draw supporters back in, Raw introduced the new Underground concept, with fighters battling in a poorly lit environment with no set rules.

  • Richard Forrester 's avatarRichard Forrester

    TOXIC TASTE

    Accusations of poisoning were thrown across Monday Night RAW after Montez Ford collapsed in the ring.

    Zelina Vega was confronted by Bianca Belair after Ford's shocking episode.

    During a match between Angelo Dawkins and Angel Garza, the 30-year-old suddenly hit the deck – causing a distracted Dawkins to lose his fight.

    However Ford was eventually well enough to turn up for his clash later in the evening with Andrade, which once again saw the American collapse.

    Medics and referees rushed on to help the stricken wrestler with a fresh storyline brewing over the incident.

    Belair's confrontation with Vega occurred backstage amid chatter of a poisoning.

  • Richard Forrester 's avatarRichard Forrester

    RUNNING MAN

    Conor McGregor says Khabib Nurmagomedov will “s**t his pants” during his UFC lightweight title defence against Justin Gaethje.

    Khabib is set to defend his title at UFC 253 on September 19 against the man who handed Tony Ferguson his first ever defeat.

    Khabib initially wrote: “Justin is a very nice guy and good opponent for me.

    “But when octagon [the] closes he has to be ready not only [for a ] boxing match, I’m not Dustin [Poirier] or Tony [Ferguson].

    “I will take him to the deepest ocean and drown him.”

    But old foe McGregor couldn't resist posting his own version of what Khabib's tactics mean.

    He wrote: “In other words – ‘I’m going to be running around the outside of the cage, sh***ing my pants.

    “And within the first ten seconds of the fight I’m diving at his legs for a good whiff of his jockstrap.”

  • Richard Forrester 's avatarRichard Forrester

    'CHAMP IS HERE'

    Conor McGregor's coach John Kavanagh is celebrating the birth of his new baby boy.

    And McGregor passed on his best for the new arrival by 'liking' Kavanagh's big reveal.

    The Irish MMA coach uploaded two photos two Twitter telling the world his great news.

    The first showed Kavanagh holding his son, captioned “The champ is here”.

    And the second showed weighing scales. The Irishman captioned this: Scales set up. Junior due to step on them on them in a few hrs.

    “Coming in championship weight.”

  • Richard Forrester 's avatarRichard Forrester

    NO-TORIOUS

    Dana White has given an incredible update on Conor McGregor’s return to UFC – but written off the prospect of a fight in 2020.

    The UFC chief has revealed, in no uncertain terms, Notorious will NOT fight this year and doesn't have anything lined up for next year.

    White went on to say he's doesn't believe McGregor is retired for good – having called it quits three times in four years now.

    And he revealed he won't waste his time thinking about the Irishman, either, with so many current fighters to watch over.

    White told podcast My Mom's Basement: “This year, he’s retired.

    “He doesn’t have a fight this year, and he won’t have a fight this year.

    “Conor McGregor will not fight in 2020.

    “I’m not saying he won’t fight in 2021, but I’m telling you we don’t have a fight planned for him in 2021.

  • Richard Forrester 's avatarRichard Forrester

    AJ GETS OK

    Anthony Joshua will defend his three world heavyweight titles against IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in the first week of December – probably behind closed doors.

    That's according to Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn, who still hopes to hold Brit AJ'S bout with the Bulgarian 39-year-old at London's O2 Arena.

    Hearn told ESPN: “We know AJ's only going to fight once this year, so we want to give ourselves the best opportunity to bring in a crowd, and that would obviously be the later the better.

    “But it's still not a gimme at all. There's still a very strong chance that AJ will have to fight behind closed doors.”

    Joshua's initial date of facing rank outsider Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20 was ditched due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Richard Forrester 's avatarRichard Forrester

    ALV SOME OF THAT

    Canelo Alvarez's first-choice opponent for his next fight is Callum Smith, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.

    The Mexican is looking to get back out in September with a whole host of potential opponents rumoured.

    Billy Joe Saunders was believed to be in line for a clash on September 12, but the WBO super-middleweight champ ruled himself out.

    Saunders, who was fined £15,000 last month for sharing video that appeared to condone domestic violence, claimed he needed more training time.

    Now Hearn, who promotes both Saunders and Smith, and works with Canelo through the Dazn partnership believes it's the WBA champ who Canelo wants next.

    Speaking to Boxing Social, the Matchroom boss said: “I don’t think they’ve [Golden Boy Promotions] done a deal with anyone yet so far.

    “But I’m almost certain that Canelo’s first choice is Callum Smith of the people available.

    “It would make him the legitimate No1 168-pounder if he beat him.”

  • Richard Forrester 's avatarRichard Forrester

    FIGHTING TALK

    Anthony Joshua has revealed what was REALLY said during his chance meet-up with Tyson Fury out in Marbella.

    The WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight champ uploaded a snap of the two Brits chatting out in sunny Spain onto social media last month.

    It came just weeks after Fury had announced that the pair had agreed to two fights in 2021.

    Speaking to Sky Sports, the 30-year-old said: “He [Fury] said: 'Don't lose to Kubrat Pulev!'

    “I said: 'That's something silly to say'.

    “He said: 'Have you got to fight Usyk?'

    “I said: 'Look Tyson – when me and you can get a fight together, we don't have to worry about Usyk. See you next year'.

    “I said hello to Mrs Fury, gave her a wave, and that was it.”

  • John Hutchinson 's avatarJohn Hutchinson

    GOOD MORNING FIGHT FANS

    Anthony Joshua will defend his three world heavyweight titles against IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in the first week of December – probably behind closed doors.

    That's according to Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn, who still hopes to hold Brit AJ'S bout with the Bulgarian 39-year-old at London's O2 Arena.

    He told ESPN: “We know AJ's only going to fight once this year, so we want to give ourselves the best opportunity to bring in a crowd, and that would obviously be the later the better.

    “But it's still not a gimme at all. There's still a very strong chance that AJ will have to fight behind closed doors.”

    In the world of WWE, Vince McMahon reportedly slammed his writers after he hated elements of Monday Night Raw.

    WWE are continuing to tape their weekly show at their Performance Center in Florida.

    Two further episodes will be filmed today and Friday Night SmackDown is scheduled for Tuesday.

    A report from Ringside News says WWE chief McMahon held a “horrible” meeting with writers on Friday.

    It allegedly lasted four hours and involved the billionaire hating on nearly everything they had created for Raw.

    And finally onto UFC, Georges St Pierre is open to coming out of retirement.

    But only if the UFC make him an offer he “can't refuse”.

    Unbeaten lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov previously announced he fancied a pop at the 39-year-old Canadian.

    The Russian said he wanted to face him after his next fight against Justin Gaethje.

    St Pierre told Canadian channel RDS: “If the UFC has something to ask of me, an offer to make that I couldn't refuse, they just call me, they know where to find me.”

  • Joe Brophy 's avatarJoe Brophy

    AJ GETS OK

    Anthony Joshua will defend his three world heavyweight titles against IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in the first week of December – probably behind closed doors.

    That's according to Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn, who still hopes to hold Brit AJ'S bout with the Bulgarian 39-year-old at London's O2 Arena.

    He told ESPN: “We know AJ's only going to fight once this year, so we want to give ourselves the best opportunity to bring in a crowd, and that would obviously be the later the better.

    “But it's still not a gimme at all. There's still a very strong chance that AJ will have to fight behind closed doors.”

  • Joe Brophy 's avatarJoe Brophy

    CRAWING BACK

    Ray Robinson has continuing to call out Terence Crawford.

    He told Ringtv.com: “I’m getting tired of Bud acting like he’s the most avoided fighter in the world.

    “I don’t know why he said that. He complains all the time about guys not wanting to fight him and this and that. Now we’re seeing guys call him out and that’s his response?

    “He’s comfortable sitting behind his unbeaten record and Top Rank paychecks without having to fight fierce competition. That’s why you don’t really see him making an effort to get those big fights he says he really wants. He wants easy fights and I ain’t no easy fight.”

  • Joe Brophy 's avatarJoe Brophy

    MAC'S BACK

    WWE have confirmed that Shane McMahon will make his return tonight on Monday Night RAW.

    He was last seen when Kevin Owens fired him from SmackDown on their big FOX debut last year.

  • Joe Brophy 's avatarJoe Brophy

    GONE ROGUE

    Joe Rogan revealed he had the “most psychedelic experience” while in his sauna on Sunday evening.

    The UFC commentator told his Instagram followers: “Tonight I had the weirdest, most psychedelic experience in the sauna.

    “I usually start off my sauna sessions listening to an audio book, and tonight I'm re-listening to 'Empire Of The Summer Moon' S.C Gwynne's epic tale of the Comanche Indians in the South West.

    “I do breathing exercises where I breathe in deeply for six seconds, and then exhale for six.

    “I got into my rhythm, and I started to get overwhelmed thinking about these insane depictions of struggle and tragedy, all of it taking place from around 180 years ago to the late 1900s.

    “The stories of the raids, and the battles, and the massacres were both horrific and fascinating.

    “I kept thinking, 'this was not that long ago'.

    “Eventually I took the AirPods out and just got lost in the breathing.

    “The images from the stories lit up my imagination, and the sound of my own breath began to hypnotise me.

    “The sensation became really intense, and it felt as if a layer of whatever it is that keeps me from understand myself and the world around me was peeled away.

    “Two words echoed in my head, 'love and understanding'.

    “For the last 10 to 15 minutes these words and the ideas that came with them danced in my head to the sounds of inhaling and exhaling, transforming my thinking like a beautiful mind virus.

    “When it was over I felt this overwhelming desire to just hug people and be nice to people.

    “I also felt a slight dread that this was going to wear off.

    “I hesitated writing this down because I'm absolutely I am not going to do it justice with just words, but I didn't want to forget that this happened.”

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