Former heavyweight king Mike Tyson caused something of a stir when he said, after beating up Tyrell Biggs almost 30 years ago, how his hated (at the time) rival “made woman-type gestures when I hit him to the body.” Well, Paulie Malignaggi, via twitter, has fired similar shots at MMA star/soon to become a boxer, Conor McGregor.
Unbeaten and avoided super-bantamweight ruler Guillermo Rigondeaux was not too impressed with Vasyl Lomachenko’s hugely dominant stoppage win over massive underdog Miguel Marriaga. Though Lomachenko supporters are heaping praise on the super-featherweight for his latest performance, fellow southpaw Rigondeaux says Lomachenko did as expected (check) and needs to fight better opposition (check).
Vasyl Lomachenko did it again last night: he destroyed a very capable if not exceptional fighter with nothing short of dazzling efficiency. The Ukrainian southpaw defended his WBO super featherweight belt against Colombia’s Manuel Marriaga, a whopping 100/1 underdog, and the pound-for-pound star did as expected; forcing his challenger to remain on his stool at the conclusion of the 7th round.
Heavyweight great Wladimir Klitschko is not the only long reigning former champ and guaranteed future Hall of Famer to have announced his retirement from boxing this week. Mexican legend and former multi-weight king Juan Manuel Marquez also made the decision to hang ’em up, retiring at the age of 43 after having fought a quite superb career; one that lasted no less than an incredible 21 years.
With negotiations underway for a Jeff Horn-Manny Pacquiao rematch – the target date being November, once again in Australia – Horn and his team have made one thing clear: they will call for random drug testing to be implemented ahead of the fight.
Unbeaten heavyweight contender Jarrell Miller has been talking, again. The massive New Yorker known as “Big Baby,” is targeting two British fighters, in Dillian Whyte and Anthony Joshua. Whyte, beaten only by Joshua, called out Miller and the 298-pounder told Sky Sports he is more than happy to fight, and KO, Whyte.
Anthony Joshua fears no one and wants more than anything to unify the heavyweight titles. This is the mesage his promoter Eddie Hearn has given. Joshua, the WBA and IBF ruler, has been ordered to defend the former against Cuban Luis Ortiz, and he has been ordered to defend the latter against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev.
Together they ruled the world as dominant heavyweight champions, realising a lifelong dream as they did so. Now, with Wladimir Klitschko’s retirement announcement coming yesterday, both “Doctors,” Wladimir and Vitali, have ceased operating.