Boxing News Round-up 5.2.18: Joshua, Bellew & KSI

Joshua sh*ts on Mayweather’s MMA career

Anthony Joshua has given his brutally honest option with regards to the rumours that Floyd
Mayweather could be set to go up against Conor McGregor in an MMA fight.

Mayweather took on McGregor in a boxing match in August last year and though the Irishman
delivered a strong fight during the early rounds, the veteran Mayweather ultimately outclassed his
opponent and went on to win the fight during the 10th round through a T.K.O.

Over recent days, speculation has began to emerge that Mayweather could be considering a MMS
fight against the Notorious as he has been posting pictures of himself on social media in an Octagon.

After the boxing match against McGregor, Mayweather did indicate that he had retired, but
considering that “Money” had previously retired and reversed his decision, one cannot put it past
him to stage yet another comeback if he gets a good pay-day.

When talking about the possibility of Mayweather doing an MMA fight, Joshua said: “I don’t know
about that, that’s Mayweather. You’ve got to ask Mayweather. I don’t really care about that s***.
I’m focused on my own s***. I’m not really interested in what other people are doing.”

Joshua defends his heavyweight title against Joseph Parker on March 31st.

Sanchez challenges Canelo to live up to his words

Abel Sanchez has challenged Canelo Alvarez to be a man of his words this time around and knockout
Genady Golovkin when the two fighters re-match on May 5th.

Sanchez noted that Alvarez promised that he would knockout GGG when he was speaking ahead of
the first match between the two which ended in a draw on September 16.

However instead of living up to his words, the Mexican instead run around the ring in order to avoid
the ferocious punches of GGG.

Many pundits and observers felt that GGG was hard-done by during the fight and that the judges
should have called the match in his favour rather than awarding the draw.

“Canelo is saying the same things he said before the first fight,” Sanchez said to RingTV.com. “He
chose to run and not try to knock out Triple-G. He is talking brave again.”

The fight promises to be a thriller.

IOC threatens to scrap boxing at 2020 Olympics

Amateur boxing is facing threats of expulsion from the 2020 Olympic Games due to concerns about
the way in which the sport is governed and financed.

Thomas Bach, the IOC president warned on Sunday warned that the IOC had not been impressed by
a report prepared by AIBA Which is the world governing body for amateur boxing.

Bach added that that the IOC was “extremely worried” about the way in which the sport was being
managed and added that the IOC are prepared to make bold decisions.

The issues emanate from the international governing body for Olympic boxing having made Gafur
Rakhimov, a man shrouded in controversy, its new interim president.

The previous president Dr Wu Ching—kuo stepped down last year after a dispute over allegations of
financial mismanagement at AIBA.

“The IOC reserves the right to ­review the inclusion of boxing in the programs of the Youth Olympics
2018 and Tokyo 2020,” Bach said, adding the IOC would be freezing all contacts with AIBA,
“excluding the ones on a working level necessary to implement the respective IOC decisions”, with
the Olympic body’s chief ethics and compliance officer.

Tony Bellew has hit out at drug cheats

The problem of drug abuse in the sport has increased during recent years which has coincided with
the sports increase in popularity.

Though those who have been found to have transgressed the official policy have faced bans, many
do feel that all violators should be given life-time bans from the sport.

Bellew is one who feels that bans should be more severe and he said: “It disgusts me what’s going on in boxing.”

“Once someone fails for performance-enhancing drugs and it is steroids, if it’s proven without a
shadow of a doubt they have been injecting steroids, ban the first guy for life. Once that first guy is
banned for life, you will get the reaction you need.”

Meanwhile Luis Ortiz who tested positive for performance enhancers twice is set to face WBC
heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder on March 3 while Alexander Povetkin who failed two drugs
tests in 2016 is set to face Anthony Joshua.

Vlogger KSI challenges Rio Ferdinand to boxing match

Youtube sensation K.S.I has called out Manchester United football legend Rio Ferdinand to verse him
in the boxing ring.

K.S.I got a taste of the boxing ring this weekend as he stepped into the ring against fellow Youtube
sensation Joe Weller and convincingly won the bout.

Former footballer Ferdinand is currently training to step into the boxing ring and has enlisted the
help of credible people in the sport of boxing to help him such as former world champion Richie
Woodhall who is part of his training team.

K.S.I is seeking an opportunity to take on Ferdinand and speaking following his win during the
weekend, he said: “Where’s Rio? Where’s Rio Ferdinand? I know he’s doing his Betfair thing.. if you
want some bro, I’m ready.”

Ferdinand’s boxing venture is being sponsored by betting company BetFair but it has yet to be
confirmed who he will verse in his first match or whether he has obtained his boxing licence as yet.

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