Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather
will go to war on Saturday night in what many expect to be a one-sided victory
for self-proclaimed ‘TBE’
Mayweather. However, should McGregor pull off
the upset, would it be the biggest in history? Boxing has been filled with
upsets and I’m going to look at 3 of them before considering a possible –
however unlikely – Mayweather defeat.
February 15th 1978 – Muhammad Ali vs Leon Spinks
An ageing Muhammad Ali was defeated by Leon Spinks in a split decision losing his WBC and WBA World Heavyweight titles.
Going into the fight, ‘Neon Leon’ had a record of 6-0-1 (5 KO’s), with the sole blemish on his record coming in a draw with journeyman Scott LeDoux. During the fight, Ali attempted to use his famous rope–a–dope tactic in an effort to wear down the younger man. However, the 24-year-old 1976 Olympic Gold medallist was smart enough to pace himself throughout the fight on his way to victory. Many note that in preparation for the fight Ali had only sparred 2 dozen rounds and looked physically out of shape. Since his win against arch-rival Joe Frazier in their legendary third encounter, ‘The Thrilla in Manila’ , Ali had been involved in tough fights with Ken Norton, Jimmy Young and the murderous-punching Earnie Shavers: looking slightly worse-for-wear with each passing fight. Despite the shock defeat, Ali exacted revenge on Spinks in a rematch to become the first person to win the World Heavyweight title three times.
February 10th 1990 – James ‘Buster’ Douglas vs Mike Tyson
A fearsome, then-undefeated 24-year-old Mike Tyson lost his WBA, WBC, IBF, ‘Ring Magazine’ and Lineal World Heavyweight titles by way of 10th round KO against unfancied contender James ‘Buster’ Douglas.
With a Tyson victory considered a foregone conclusion, astronomical odds of 42/1 were offered by bookmakers for a seemingly impossible Douglas victory. However, Douglas would start the fight well, with Tyson struggling to avoid the jab of his much larger opponent. Normal order was resumed in the eighth round with Tyson putting Douglas on the canvas for a nine count with a trademark uppercut. However, Douglas somehow managed to drag himself to his feet and survived the round, coming out of the corner in the ninth round and fighting back bravely against the ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’ . In the tenth, Douglas would confound critics and produce one of the most shocking upsets in boxing history, knocking Tyson’s mouthpiece out before unleashing a flurry of punches to send the Champion to the canvas for the first time in his career. Tyson tried – and failed – to put his mouthpiece back in as he tried groggily to rise to his feet, however, he was unable beat the referee’s count. Some feel that Tyson paid the price for a less-than-rigorous training camp in the build-up to the fight that left him unprepared to face the hungry, motivated challenger, who had lost his mother just weeks before the bout. Despite his monumental upset, Douglas would lose his titles to Evander Holyfield eight months later and would never regain his position atop of the Heavyweight tree.
28th November 2015 – Wladimir Klitschko vs Tyson Fury
An undefeated Tyson Fury won the WBA, IBF, WBO, ‘Ring Magazine’ and Lineal Worrld Heavyweight titles with a unanimous decision victory over long-reigning Champion Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Going into the fight, Klitschko had been undefeated in over ten years, with the second most successful World Heavyweight title defences to his name with 23, just two behind the legendary Joe Louis. However, Fury used his awkward 6 foot 9 frame to his advantage, as well as his high ring IQ to befuddle Klitschko and keep him at bay for most of the fight. Fury frustrated the Champion with his rangy jab, with Klitschko struggling to land a clean shot and Fury spending large periods of the fight taunting the older man with his hands behind his back. Fury was awarded a unanimous decision in a country where it is difficult for the away fighter to win over 12 rounds. Despite the scale of his upset, Fury immediately fell victim to boxing politics and was stripped of the IBF title for not fighting mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov. The contractually obligated rematch with Klitschko, scheduled for 2016 in Manchester, was cancelled twice due to Fury suffering from mental illnesses and drug problems. The giant Mancunian would later vacate the WBO & WBA ‘Super’ World Heavyweight titles and has not fought since.
26th August 2017? - Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregorFinally we consider a potential victory for UFC superstar Conor McGregor over pound for pound boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather.
Mayweather has a current record of 49-0-0 (26 KO’s) which he reached in 2015 with a twelve-round unanimous decision win over former Welterweight titlist Andre Berto. The victory equalled the long-standing record of Heavyweight great Rocky Marciano for the longest unblemished record in history. ‘Money’ Mayweather is arguably the greatest defensive fighter in history with few boxers able to land a shot of significance on the former ‘Pound for Pound’ king. While the likes of Zab Judah, Shane Mosley and, most recently, Marcos Maidana have caught Mayweather cleanly and troubled him, each man suffered defeat at the hands of the Grand Rapids, Michigan born supremo. Despite his undefeated record, some point to an April 2002 Lightweight contest with Jose Luis Castillo as the bout in which Mayweather was fortunate to escape with a victory.
With two-weight UFC World Champion McGregor making his professional boxing debut, a defeat for Mayweather would surely go down as the biggest upset in the history of the sport. However, some will point to Mayweather’s age – he turned 40-years-old in February – and the fact that he has been out the ring for two years as potential reasons to point towards the unlikeliest of wins for McGregor. Despite boasting one of the most impregnable defences in boxing history and an almost unrivalled ring IQ, ‘Father Time’ is undefeated. Naturally, muscles begin to deteriorate and the stamina and speed that served Mayweather so well throughout his 21-year career will surely be a notch below their peak.
Conor McGregor has size and age on his side, and while a victory over Mayweather would be a major shock, I would argue James ‘Buster’ Douglas’ knockout victory over Mike Tyson would still remain the biggest upset in boxing history. Tyson was an overwhelming favourite with a 37-0-0 (34 KO’s) record going into the fight, including impressive victories over Frank Bruno, Larry Holmes and Michael Spinks.
Article by: Will Lott
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The hate between Dillian Whyte and Lucas Browne is real – but both men say that there’s more than pride on the line when they clash for Whyte’s WBC Silver Heavyweight title at The O2 in London on March 24, live on Sky Sports.
The Heavyweight rivals came face-to-face at a press conference in central London today and left the media in no doubt that there is plenty of true venom behind their fierce social media spats are as they traded barbs before a face-off that ended in a frosty handshake.
That tense show of respect reflected the high stakes in the fight, with Whyte ranked number one in the WBC and former WBA champion Browne hunting a route to becoming a two-time champion – the pair will renew hostilities in two months’ time knowing the winner is in a prime spot to fight for a World crown this year.
“I hope I can fight for a World title this year,” said Whyte. “Sky Sports and Matchroom are behind me and now it's my time to shine. If I can put on a good show in front of a good crowd at The O2 then they can't deny me.
“I'm highly ranked in all the governing bodies and I think I could become mandatory in two of them, so this is a fight with a top contender against an undefeated former World champion - so you have to say that win this, I deserve a World title shot.
“He's a solid fighter and he's got KO power. Any big guy can chin anyone at any time, but he's just got power. A lot of people are in boxing because they are big men - not because they have skill or heart - they're just physically big and over-powering smaller fighters.
“The guy is a bully and calls himself 'an enforcer' so you have to deal with that in a head-on way. Robert Helenius wasn't like that, he was cool, so I was cool, but Lucas has stepped to me in a demeaning way that I don't like, I take that personally and I'm not going to let it slide. He's giving it the big one because he's got insecurities. This is my city, he's in my backyard, and I'm not going to let him take liberties with me.
“You can't intimidate me. I've been right at the bottom and I've risen up, so nothing fazes me and I'm not scared of anything, especially not Lucas Browne. I'm more scared of my Mum than him.
“Of course, I want the rematch with Anthony Joshua, but the fight with Deontay Wilder would make the AJ fight even bigger if I had the WBC belt. I'm always going to want the Joshua fight because we have history and we keep winning then the fight is inevitable, but there's more to this sport for just fighting for pride, it's business, and the fights have to fit my strategy. If you win a World title, you go down in history as a Heavyweight World Champion, it’s the biggest accolade in sport and that can never be taken from you.”
“The build-up will be spicy and fun, but I think it's going to a great fight and all that matters is winning on March 24,” said Browne. “He calls me a ‘bully’ – well I'm going to show him what a ‘bully’ can do. I made my points today, I'm coming to fight, not for a payday or to roll over, I want his belt and I want to be a World champion again.
“I asked him if he was going to shake my hand and he did - I'm a gentleman. I still hate the guy and want to smash his face in at The O2, but man to man, this is a sport and we should respect each other for fighting.
“I don't like judges' decisions - it's not good for me to have my life and my career in the hands of three people outside the ring. If I KO someone - there's no argument, that's what I like.
“We're both at the point in our careers where we need to put in a big performance to stake a claim to fight for a World title, that's going to make me put it all on the line, and I think it'll do the same for him.”
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Cyclone Promotions are delighted to announce that exciting contender Josh Taylor (11-0-0) will face Mexico's former two-weight world champion Humberto Soto (66-9-2) at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on March 3rd. The exciting Super Lightweight showdown will be screened live and exclusively on Channel 5 and is proudly sponsored by Maxi-Nutrition, Ladbrokes and Voltarol.
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Josh Taylor has established himself as one of the best Super Lightweights in world boxing, having become the first man to stop former long-reigning IBF world champion Miguel Vazquez last time out in Edinburgh. The 27-year-old is ranked highly by the WBC, IBF and WBO and is fast closing in on a World Title shot. First, though, Taylor must overcome his toughest test to date against Soto on Saturday March 3rd at the magnificent setting of the SSE Hydro in Glasgow.
This huge night of championship boxing on March 3rd is entitled ‘Scotland’s Finest’ and will indeed feature the brightest lights in Scottish professional boxing on a stacked undercard.
Cyclone’s undefeated Jason Easton (11-0-0)will feature as chief support on the bill on March 3rd. The IBO Inter-Continental super-lightweight champion will box Sunderland’s Glenn Foot (21-3-0) for the vacant Commonwealth Super Lightweight championship, and this intriguing bout has ‘Fight of the Night’ written all over it. The all-action Easton has his hands full against former Prizefighter champion Foot, who also recently held the English title.
Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Charlie Flynn (10-0-1) will make his eleventh appearance as a professional on the big SSE Hydro bill on March 3rd. The undefeated Lightweight will box in a six-round contest against an opponent to be named shortly.
Scotland’s former amateur star Lee McGregor (2-0-0) makes his third start as a professional on March 3rd when he features in an eight-round contest on the undercard.
Undefeated IBO World Lightweight championChantelle Cameron (5-0-0) will make her first defence of her belt against an opponent to be named shortly. The talented Northampton star will be looking to build on her title-winning performance in December when she stopped Brazil’s Viviane Obenauf.
Airdrie based Congolese Heavyweight sensationMartin Bakole (10-0-0) will box for the sixth time in the UK as a professional. The IBO Continental champion will look to build on his impressive first-round stoppage of Belgium’s Ali Baghouz last time out in Edinburgh with another solid win on March 3rd.
Elsewhere on the card, Glasgow’s undefeated Scottish Super Bantamweight champion Joe Ham will feature in a six-round contest and Edinburgh’s undefeated prospect Iain Trottermakes his sixth start as a professional on the big bill.
The scene is set for a huge night of championship boxing on March 3rd in Glasgow, headlined by an action-packed encounter between two world-class Super Lightweight boxers in Josh Taylor and Humberto Soto, with the winner moving one step closer to a world title shot.
You can follow all of the build-up on our twitter handle - @CyclonePromo; and/or our Facebook page - www.facebook.com/CyclonePromotions
Doors will open at 5pm at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on March 3rd with boxing starting at 5.30pm.
Source: Cyclone Promotions [Press Release]
– Bellator is joining forces with Boost Mobile, the undisputed value champion of prepaid wireless, in 2018 beginning with Bellator 192
on Jan. 20 in LA and available on the soon-to-launch Paramount Network. In addition to being featured throughout Bellator broadcasts, the long-term deal will see the wireless carrier as a key partner in the launch of unique virtual reality and digital content opportunities.
“Boost Mobile has strong roots in supporting mixed martial arts and we are excited to get back into the sport with the collaboration with Bellator,” said Peiti Feng, director of brand strategy and marketing communications at Boost Mobile. “This is a perfect partnership for Boost as the sport aligns well with our competitive spirit and will give our brand amplified visibility with Bellator’s passionate and growing fan base.”
“I’m thrilled to have Boost Mobile as a part of the Bellator family,” said Bellator President Scott Coker. “We look forward to teaming up with an industry leader like Boost Mobile, who shares the same enthusiasm for their brand as we do, in a partnership that will create new and exciting promotional opportunities that connect with our passionate fan base.”
Boost Mobile and Bellator have come together to offer exclusive 360° virtual reality content and viewing experiences during televised events. Fans will be closer to the action than ever with special access to fighter walkouts, corner cams, locker rooms and fight footage, as well as custom playlists featuring some of Bellator’s greatest comeback moments hosted on Bellator.com .
Boost Mobile will also be featured prominently throughout the broadcast, including on-screen integration and placement inside the Bellator cage.
Additionally, fans can look forward to meeting their favorite fighters and Bellator personalities during Bellator meet and greets at Boost Mobile locations throughout the year.
For more information, please visit Bellator.com .
Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight world champion Oscar Valdez , the man who swims with a fully-grown pet alligator, will begin the third year of his championship reign by defending his title against former World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight world champion and current No. 2 world-rated featherweight contender Scott Quigg . For Valdez (23-0, 19 KOs), of Nogales, Mexico, this will be his fourth title defense since winning it in 2016. Quigg (34-1-2, 25 KOs), of Lancashire, England, will be making his U.S. debut. The Valdez vs. Quigg world championship fight will take place Saturday, March 10, under the stars at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. It will be televised live and exclusively at 10:30 p.m. EST on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and stream live on the ESPN App. Additional fights on the live telecast will be announced shortly.
Promoted by Top Rank ®, in association with Matchroom Boxing, tickets go on sale Tomorrow! Wednesday, January 17, at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT. Priced at $206, $104, $53 and 27.50, including facility fees, they can be purchased online at AXS.com, by phone at (888) 9AXS-TIX, or by visiting the StubHub Center box office.
The all-action undercard will feature undefeated WBC Continental Americas super featherweight champion Andy Vences (20-0, 12 KOs), of San Jose, Calif; top-three world-rated junior welterweight contender Alex Saucedo (26-0, 16 KOs), of Oklahoma City; 2016 U.S. Olympian and three-time U.S. Amateur Champion Mikaela Mayer (3-0, 2 KOs), of Los Angeles; and 2012 Olympic silver medalist and middleweight contender Esquiva Falcäo (19-0, 13 KOs), of Vitoria, Brasil.
“I know that my March 10 world title defense against Scott Quigg will be a fun one for all the boxing fans because our styles combine perfectly to make a real war," said Valdez. "As usual, on March 10, I will leave it all in the ring at StubHub Center, to show everyone that I’m one of the best featherweights in the world"
“This is a fight that I’m really looking forward to. It’s a great fight," said Quigg. "I have a lot of respect for Oscar and his team. We’ve been in the gym together in the past, helping each other prepare for a fight. They are good people. I’ve been in training for four weeks already and now I’ve just linked up with Freddie Roach to begin the last eight weeks of camp. This is a great opportunity for me -- making my U.S. debut on a great platform on ESPN -- and I’m confident on March 10 I’ll become World champion again.”
"Oscar Valdez has passed every in-ring test with flying colors, but the biggest test of his professional career will take place on March 10 against Scott Quigg, who like Oscar, rarely leaves a fight in the hands of the judges. The fans watching at StubHub and live across ESPN's platforms are in for an exciting night and a sensational card, which will be announced shortly," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum ,.
"I'm delighted to get this fight made - I feel it's one of the best fights in the division right now," said Quigg's promoter Eddie Hearn. "Both guys like to come forward and throw aggressive combinations and I do not believe we will hear the final bell. What I do believe is that on March 10 Scott Quigg will become a two-weight World Champion in a fight of the year contender, live on ESPN"
"We’re very excited for the fight against Quigg. This fight will further showcase Oscar’s skills and will demonstrate that he is a star," said Frank Espinoza, manager of Valdez. "Oscar is one of the best in the world and against Quigg he’ll prove it once again.”
Valdez, who represented México in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, was the first Mexican fighter to qualify for two Olympic games. He is considered one of the bright lights of the featherweight division and a new face for boxing's next generation. He will be making the fourth defense of the world title he won on July 23, 2016 via a second-round knockout of undefeated No. 2 rated Matías Rueda. Rueda entered that fight having won his previous 10 bouts by stoppage. In his first defense, which took place, on November 5, 2016, Valdez blasted out No. 1 contender Hiroshige Osawa via a seventh-round TKO. On April 22, in his 2017 debut, his first pay-per-view event that featured him in the main event, Valdez went toe-to toe for 12 rounds with No. 1 contender Miguel Marriaga, winning a unanimous decision. Marriaga, a three-time world title challenger, went into that fight having won 15 of his previous 19 bouts by way of knockout. In his most recent fight, on September 22, he again went mano a mano in a 12-rounder that had the fans on their feet throughout the fight. This time Valdez won a unanimous decision over Genesis Servania, the No. 4 world-rated contender.
Quigg, who has fought all but once in his native England, is trained by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach. After capturing the WBA interim super bantamweight world title in 2012 and making one successful title defense that same year, he was elevated to WBA super bantamweight world champion in 2013. Quigg successfully defended that world title six times, four of them by way of knockout during his three-year reign. He lost the title via a split decision to International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion Carl Frampton in a 2016 title unification bout. Since that fight, Quigg has moved up to the featherweight division and won his past three fights, including a 12-round featherweight title elimination bout against Simion Viorel. Quigg is currently world-rated No. 2 by the IBF and No. 4 by the WBA.
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Source: Top Rank [Press Release]
Tickets for the blockbuster Heavyweight World title unification clash between Anthony Joshua MBE and Joseph Parker go on pre-sale to Matchroom Fight Pass members at midday on Monday January 22 and general sale on Tuesday January 23 ahead of the March 31 event live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Tickets for the event are priced at £40, £60, £80, £100, £150, £200, £300 and £600 – with VIP tickets priced at £2000.
Tickets go on sale for the fight by the official ticketing partner, www.StubHub.co.uk
Coach packages also go on sale at midday on Tuesday via www.seetickets.com with various pick up/drop off locations available throughout the UK.
For accessibility, ambulant and wheelchair tickets – please contact the Principality stadium via 02920 822432 – also on sale from midday Tuesday.
Don’t miss out on tickets. Sign up now and add your delivery address and payment details on StubHub here
Official Hospitality packages are available to purchase directly from Principality Stadium Experience. Both private suite and premium lounge packages are available to purchase, with prices starting from £450 per person + VAT. For further information please call the team on 02920 822 413.
Official Hospitality packages are also available via Sportsworld via www.sportsworld.co.uk or by calling 0208 9712966
You are strongly advised to plan your travel to Cardiff before purchasing your tickets and will need to allow plenty of time for additional security checks at Principality Stadium.
Source: Matchroom Boxing [Press Release]