Archive for the ‘Boxing’ Category

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has his sights set on NBA ownership.

The boxing legend revealed Monday that he’s been “working behind the scenes” on owning an NBA team, according to Sam Gordon of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“I’ve been talking to certain individuals for the last six months,” Mayweather said. “That’s something I’ve been working on behind the scenes, but I’ve never came out and publicly talked about that with the media.

“Me and my team have been working behind the scenes with the NBA. I can’t say exactly where, but I’m working on getting a team.”

Mayweather resides in Las Vegas, which has been rumored as a potential city for NBA expansion. Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has also expressed interest in owning an NBA team in Sin City.

Commissioner Adam Silver told reporters recently that the NBA isn’t currently discussing expansion but said it’s “invariable at some point the league will expand.”

Mike Tyson will not be charged after striking a passenger on a plane, last month.

According to ESPN, WWE Hall of Famer, ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson will not be charged after he struck a passenger while boarding a plane in San Francisco last month.

“We have reviewed the police reports of the San Francisco Police Department and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and have viewed the various videos collected by law enforcement from others on the airplane,” District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe told ESPN’s, Mike Coppinger. “Our decision is that we will not file any charges against Mr. Tyson based on the circumstances surrounding the confrontation. These include the conduct of the victim leading up to the incident, the interaction between Mr. Tyson and the victim, as well as the requests of both the victim and Mr. Tyson that no charges be filed in this case.”

A spokesperson in the Tyson camp claimed that an ‘aggressive’ passenger harassed the legendary boxer, before throwing a water bottle at him, which led to Tyson getting physical with the aforementioned passenger. Both Tyson and the passenger were removed from the plane by police but both were quickly released.

Tyson, 55, was a mainstay on WWE programming in 1998, where he became a member of D-Generation-X which led to Vince McMahon appointing Tyson as the special guest referee for Shawn Michaels’ WWF Championship defense against ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin at WrestleMania 14. Tyson famously quick-counted Austin’s pin attempt on Michaels during the match, which led to him joining forces with Austin and subsequently knocking out Michaels following the match.

Tyson was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012 and is also a member of the Boxing Hall of Fame (2011) as well as the Las Vegas Hall of Fame (2013).

Tyson has also made a pair of appearances on AEW programming. Most notably at Double or Nothing in May 2020, where he presented Cody Rhodes with the TNT Championship following his win over Lance Archer. Tyson would make his second and final appearance for AEW on the April 7, 2021 episode of AEW Dynamite, where he attacked Shawn Spears during a scuffle between The Inner Circle and The Pinnacle.

Legendary boxer Miker Tyson’s recently launched cannabis company (Tyson 2.0) has today announced they have acquired the majority stake in Ric Flair Drip, Inc. This is the business entity of the Nature Boy, with the plan being for them to work together in launching a second celebrity cannabis line, involving both legends.

PR Newswire reports that Tyson 2.0 will now be able to use Ric Flair’s trademarks and intellectual properties. This is set to create a cannabis flower and edible products that will be under the wrestler’s name. Tyson 2.0 has originally launched in October, 2021, bringing its product nationwide to legal markets. There are also plans to expand this to the international markets.

Within the press release, Ric Flair spoke about how he is a cannabis advocate and enthusiast. He also believes that him and Tyson have plenty of similarities in terms of their lives.

“Thanks to Mike Tyson and Tyson 2.0, I’ve become a true cannabis advocate and enthusiast. I am thrilled to partner with a long-time friend and fellow warrior. Whom I greatly admire and respect,” said Ric Flair. “There are a lot of synergies between me and Mike. We’ve both had many ups and downs, but we keep going at life.

“With Mike’s passion for cannabis, Chad, and Adam’s industry knowledge, I look forward to creating cannabis products that will appeal to my national fanbase. Tyson 2.0 products make me go ‘WOOOOO!’ And soon my fans everywhere can get in the Ric Flair state of mind. Limousine riding, jet-flying, feeling good, and ‘WOOOOO!’”

Chad Bronstein works as the chairman for Tyson 2.0, and has been heavily involved in this deal. He spoke about how they will use some of Ric Flair’s classic sayings to help roll out his own line of cannabis.

“For the last fifty years, Ric has been synonymous with high impact, high energy experiences,” said Chad Bronstein. “Similar to how we rolled out Tyson 2.0, Ric Flair cannabis products will reach nationwide distribution through our robust network of industry partners. With flower strains named after Ric’s iconic sayings like ‘limousine riding’ and ‘jet-flying,’ we aim to honor Ric’s energy and share it with his fans.”

Bronstein continued, “Tyson 2.0 is establishing itself as a cannabis marketing and celebrity licensing powerhouse. Our aim is to bring more celebrity brands to market in the coming months.”

Ric Flair is not the first wrestler to have ventured into the cannabis market. Fellow Hall Of Famers Rob Van Dam and Jim Ross are both involved in this industry as well.

Oleksandr Usyk captured the WBA, WBO, and IBF heavyweight world titles with a unanimous-decisionvictory (117-112, 116-112, 115-113) over Anthony Joshua on Saturday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Usyk joins Evander Holyfield and David Haye as the only boxers to win world titles at both cruiserweight and heavyweight. Meanwhile, Joshua suffered only the second loss of his professional career.

Usyk took control of the fight early with his speed and movement. Joshua responded in the middle rounds, but the Ukrainian poured it on in the final stages of the bout.

Usyk landed 25 more punches than Joshua and connected at a 28% rate, according to CompuBox. He landed 148 punches, the most ever by a Joshua opponent.

“The fight went exactly the way I expected it to go,” Usyk said after the fight, according to ESPN’s Nick Parkinson. “There was times when Anthony pushed me hard but nothing special.

“I had no objective to knock him out. My corner pushed me not to do that. You didn’t see the best Usyk. I can be much better.”

A win by Joshua would’ve likely set up a showdown against Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder. He can exercise his immediate rematch clause for a chance to reclaim his heavyweight belts from Usyk.

UFC president Dana White wasn’t bothered – or surprised – by Jake Paul’s recent comments about knocking him out.

When asked after Saturday’s UFC Vegas 35 event about Paul’s claims that their feud would end with him “knocking (White) the fuck out,” White joked that his age made him a target for the YouTube star-turned-boxer.

“It actually makes sense,” White said during the post-fight news conference. “I’m 52 years old. I’m in the age bracket of guys he fights, so yeah, I could see him wanting to fight me. It’s all he fights are 50-year-olds.”

White later added that there’s a long line of people who want to fight him.

“Get in line. It’s a long fucking line, buddy. You’re gonna be waiting for a while,” White said. “No, it doesn’t bother me. This is the business we’re in. I say it all the time about the fighters too – we are not in the nice guy business. This is a very mean business. I say many mean things about people too, and it’s just part of this game. It’s all good.”

Paul is 3-0 as a professional boxer, having defeated YouTuber Ali Eson Gib, former NBA player Nate Robinson, and former UFC fighter Ben Askren. His next match will take place Sunday night against former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.

Tyron Woodley is expecting a relatively quick night at the office when he faces Jake Paul in August.

The former UFC welterweight champion predicted last week that he’ll finish the YouTuber-turned-boxer in the third round of their scheduled eight-round boxing match.

“I think three,” Woodley told Michael Bisping’s “Believe You Me” podcast, according to MMA Fighting’s Jed Meshew. “First round sounds cocky, sounds dope, but I just know that if I’m fighting Tyron Woodley, everyone is going to tell him to cover up, weather the storm, clinch him, grab him, keep him away from you, stay at distance, watch out for the right hand. I’ve got to set a couple traps so I may need a round or two to set some traps, see what he responds to. I think (in the) third round, I should be able to clean up the deal.”

Paul is set to welcome Woodley to the boxing ring after the former champ parted ways with the UFC earlier in 2021 following his fourth straight loss. Paul is 3-0 as a professional boxer, with his most notable win coming against Woodley’s friend and teammate Ben Askren in April.

Although Woodley is the slight underdog, the 39-year-old thinks Paul’s team is setting up the internet personality for disaster.

“His people are gassing him up that he can win,” Woodley said. “He accepted this fight, and I was very surprised he accepted this fight. They’re gassing him up and they’re giving him that, ‘You’ve got the power. He’s old. He ain’t won a fight (in) a million years.’ … They’re lying to this kid and they’re going to get him fucked up.

“So, what’s going to happen is, I’m going to beat him, I’m going knock him out, and hopefully it’s not too bad where he doesn’t want to do it again because I want to take the money again. I want to rob the bank twice.”

Woodley mentioned a fight with Jake’s older brother, fellow YouTube star-turned-boxer Logan Paul, as a possibility once he beats Jake on Aug. 28.

“I really don’t have smoke with his brother Logan but shit, after he sees what I do to his brother, he might want to get the hands too.”

Following Floyd Mayweather’s exhibition bout with Logan Paul, the boxing star is open to running it back with Conor McGregor.

“Absolutely, he easy,” Mayweather said of a potential rematch with the former UFC champion while promoting the Paul fight Thursday, according to Shakiel Mahjouri of MMA Mania.

Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe also pushed for a second fight with McGregor on Thursday, saying it would be a “very personal” thing, per MMA Fighting.

When asked why the bad blood with McGregor had resurfaced after a respectful embrace following Mayweather’s win over the Irishman in 2017, the 44-year-old said: “The beef is all these guys look up to me, steal my blueprint, and then get to hating on me.”

The 4.3-million pay-per-view buys for Mayweather-McGregor was the second-most in combat sports history, behind only Mayweather’s fight with Manny Pacquiao, per Tapology.

Mayweather reportedly earned between $275 million and $300 million for the bout, while McGregor took home around $100 million.

The UFC star reportedly flirted with the idea of returning to boxing against Pacquiao prior to his TKO loss to Dustin Poirier in January. McGregor and Poirier are set to clash for a third time July 10.

Former UFC star Tyron Woodley will next fight YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul in a lucrative event, but the bout was also offered to former UFC champion Michael Bisping.

The former middleweight titleholder said he’s happy Woodley got the fight and revealed the money he could have made if he was Paul’s opponent.

“I don’t know what (Woodley’s) going to get paid, but I’ll tell you right now, I was offered $500,000 to fight Jake Paul,” Bisping said on the “Believe You Me” podcast, according to MMA Fighting.

“So I would assume it’s probably more since the fight’s happening. So good for him. He might go out there and might be getting $1 million, and I couldn’t be happier for Tyron, because he really deserves it.”

Woodley declared the Paul fight will earn him “the biggest purse” of his entire MMA career in one night, a popular refrain among the combat sports athletes who were petitioning for the bout.

Ben Askren reportedly earned a base salary of $500,000 for his April fight with Paul, which reportedly drew more than one million pay-per-view buys.

Woodley went 19-7-1 in the UFC. He won the welterweight belt in 2016 and defended it successfully on four occasions. Bisping went 30-9 in the Octagon and claimed the middleweight belt in 2016, successfully defending it once before losing it to Georges St-Pierre.

Chad Johnson and Adam “Pacman” Jones spent time together in the NFL, and it sounds like the duo were close to getting in the ring against one another as well.

The two former NFL players were in talks to fight on the Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul undercard until Johnson refused to fight Jones, a source told Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio.

Jones and Johnson both enjoyed stints with the Cincinnati Bengals over the course of their NFL careers, but their time together in Cincinnati only overlapped for one season. Johnson played with the Bengals from 2001-2010, while Jones was with the team from 2010 to 2017.

Johnson has already agreed to a boxing match on the Mayweather-Paul card scheduled for June 6, but his opponent has not yet been finalized. The 43-year’s bout will likely be a four- or six-round exhibition and is expected to be against an athlete or celebrity.

AEW announced that boxing legend Mike Tyson will return for this Wednesday’s live episode of Dynamite.

Tyson first appeared at the AEW Double or Nothing pay-per-view last May to present the AEW TNT Championship to Cody Rhodes. He appeared on the following episode of AEW Dynamite, where he had a pull-apart brawl with Chris Jericho. Jericho later revealed that the confrontation was slated to lead to a match at the All Out pay-per-view last September.

This will be Tyson’s first appearance in front of an AEW crowd, as his previous appearances were on shows without fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There’s nothing better than an impassioned, live wrestling crowd. Since August 2020, we’ve provided safe, outdoor shows at Daily’s Place, with zero reported transmissions amongst our fans, and we’re so appreciative of the amazing fans who have been joining us week after week,” said AEW CEO Tony Khan. “It’s been incredible for our wrestlers, and for those watching at home, to hear the live reactions. This includes historic events like Kenny Omega winning the AEW World Title, Sting’s surprise arrival, Shaq teaming with Jade Cargill against Cody Rhodes and Red Velvet, The Young Bucks and Darby Allin’s respective championship wins at FULL GEAR, and so many other magic moments.

“Likewise, Mike Tyson always commands a massive ovation and the attention of fans worldwide. I’m excited for everyone here in Jacksonville, and for those watching on TNT and around the world, to see what Mike Tyson has in store for AEW.”

This Wednesday’s episode of AEW Dynamite will be head-to-head with Night One of NXT Takeover: Stand And Deliver, which will be the last night the shows are head to head before NXT moves to its new Tuesday night timeslot next week.