In this week’s Battle Talk we take a look at Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua’s opportunity meeting in Spain, Mike Tyson turns down a $20 m offer for a bare-knuckle fight, promoter Eddie Hearn states he wishes to manage boxing, rapper Tinie Tempah signs up with Dillian Whyte in his Portuguese training school and Oleksandr Usyk has a message for opponent Dereck Chisora.
Fury and Joshua satisfy in Marbella
Newsflash: 2 British males bump into each other while on vacation in Spain and have a little chat.
What’s the big deal, you ask? Well, these two guys hold all of the belts in the heavyweight department.
WBA, WBO and IBF champ Anthony Joshua posted a picture on Instagram of his chance conference with WBC title-holder Tyson Fury in Marbella, with the caption “Sweeeeeeeeeeeet Caroline !! Ohhhh ohhh ohhhhh” – a referral to the Neil Diamond tune which has actually become the unofficial anthem of British boxing.
Fury reposted Joshua’s picture and added the words: “2021, it’s going off.”
Last month it was announced that Fury and Joshua had concurred financial terms for a two-fight offer for next year in what will be the greatest all-British bouts of all time.
However, as lots of battle fans will understand, there are a number of obstacles still to get rid of.
Television rights, promoter rivalries, obligatory challengers and overall boxing politics could get in the method of this battle happening. Joshua likewise has to very first beat Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in his next getaway while Fury is set for the final battle of his trilogy with American Deontay Wilder.
However if you put all that aside for a 2nd, there is some significance to Fury and Joshua conference face-to-face; it reveals a genuine desire from both fighters to make a battle of this magnitude take place.
Think back to when Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao crossed paths at an NBA game in January2015
A video of the two exchanging telephone number went viral and just four months later on (and after years of stopped working negotiations) the 2 lastly got it on in the wealthiest fight ever.
Fans of both Fury and Joshua, and likewise the neutrals, were thrilled by their Marbella meet …
Other fans questioned how authentic the picture was but Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has dismissed suggestions that it was a set-up.
Hearn informed Talksport: “AJ stated he was strolling down the roadway and Fury increased and opened the window and was like, ‘All right?’
” I think he said to AJ, ‘Ensure you beat Kubrat Pulev.’ And AJ stated, ‘Make certain you beat Deontay Wilder.’
” And they both said, ‘I will, and I’ll see you next year.'”
Far from their meeting, both Fury and Joshua likewise showed their softer sides this previous week.
AJ was hectic charming an 87- year-old fan …
… While ‘The Gypsy King’ was being consumed by 2 dinosaurs …
Mike Tyson rejects bare-knuckle offer
Previous heavyweight world champion Mike Tyson’s prepared resurgence at the age of 54 has actually been one the greatest boxing stories this year.
‘ Iron Mike’ has stated he is preparing to return in an exhibit bout with former opponent Evander Holyfield linked as a prospective opponent.
And according to Ring Magazine, Tyson has now declined a $20 m (₤158 m) offer from the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) to eliminate under their guidelines.
He was once understood ‘the baddest man on earth.’ Now well into his 50 s, it can just be an excellent thing for both him and other BKFC fighters that he won’t be tossing or taking blows without gloves.
‘ I wish to control boxing’ – Eddie Hearn
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn has his critics but you can’t question his aspiration.
With numerous governing bodies and numerous belts in each division, Hearn told IFL TELEVISION that his objective is to completely takeover the sport.
” The drive for me now is to control boxing. To control the sport globally and have a single entity running boxing like the UFC,” he said.
” If you desire bet against me, you will see. I am the male for the task, I’m the just one that can do it.”
As always, Hearn’s comments stimulated a response from boxing fans …
‘ From Miami 2 Ibiza’ … through Portugal?
We’ve had YouTubers turning to boxing, could we now see one of Britain’s top rappers do the very same?
Londoner Tinie Tempah was executed his paces recently as he signed up with British heavyweight Dillian Whyte – who will take on Russian Alexander Povetkin on 22 August – at his training school out in Portugal …
Oleksandr Usyk’s message for Dereck Chisora
And sticking with the heavyweights, we’ll leave you with what needs to be the funniest boxing video of the week.
He speaks very little English but Oleksandr Usyk’s shenanigans make him a Fight Talk routine. Here is the Ukrainian running along a beach while consistently stating the name of his next opponent, Briton Dereck Chisora.
It’s weird and terrific in equivalent procedure …
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