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MIKE TYSON will make his hotly-anticipated comeback to boxing in an eight-round exhibition match against Roy Jones Jr in California on September 12.

Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua has laid out what upcoming opponent Tyson Fury must do to gain his respect.

And Floyd Mayweather has been talking about his future plans, including the possibility of a rematch with Conor McGregor.

Follow all the latest fighting talk from the world of boxing, WWE and UFC below…

  • MIKE DROP

    Mike Tyson has tweeted a promotional video for his comeback fight against Roy Jones Jr in September.

    We're up for it!

  • GOOD MORNING FIGHT FANS

    Mike Tyson is set to make his boxing comeback when he faces Roy Jones Jr in an eight-round exhibition bout.

    TMZ claim the highly-anticipated legendary showdown will take place in California on September 12.

    Tyson, 54, will be making his first appearance in the ring for 15 years.

    Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua has challenged Tyson Fury to dive into the “deep end” and finally earn his respect as a boxer.

    Joshua said on a Sky YouTube broadcast with fans: “If the sport is lacking so much talent, it shows that all you need is feints and a bit of movement to be called a great.

    “I wonder what people see in Fury that is so intimidating that he can’t be touched?

    “When you are willing to challenge the best in the division… Wladimir Klitschko was his first real challenge and he won that.

    “That took him eight years to get there – from the amateurs to there.

    “Then he had years out and fought Wilder.

    “But he has not been in the deep end to prove that he can swim there for a long time, you don’t just come there once or twice, you have to do it repeatedly against championship level fighters, that is how you gain my respect.”

    Finally, boxing legend Floyd Mayweather has refused to rule out a second fight against Conor McGregor – but he has stated the bout wouldn't take place in the Octagon.

    He told Forbes: “For now, I'm happily retired.

    “You never know, but it would have to be worth it.

    “Just like gambling right? Juice worth the squeeze no matter who the opponent is.

    “No [I won’t compete in MMA].

    “We’re working on some things right now for Tokyo, whether 2020 or 2021.”

  • TONY NOT JOSHING

    Anthony Joshua has challenged Tyson Fury to dive into the “deep end” and finally earn his respect as a boxer.

    Joshua said on a Sky YouTube broadcast with fans: “If the sport is lacking so much talent, it shows that all you need is feints and a bit of movement to be called a great.

    “I wonder what people see in Fury that is so intimidating that he can’t be touched?

    “When you are willing to challenge the best in the division… Wladimir Klitschko was his first real challenge and he won that.

    “That took him eight years to get there – from the amateurs to there.

    “Then he had years out and fought Wilder.

    “But he has not been in the deep end to prove that he can swim there for a long time, you don’t just come there once or twice, you have to do it repeatedly against championship level fighters, that is how you gain my respect.”

  • CLASH OF THE TITANS

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    Everybody knows who Mike Tyson is.

    But some may not know the ins and outs of his opponent.

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  • ROY OF THE ROVERS

    Roy Jones Jr has proclaimed that he is ready to fight Mike Tyson if the pair can thrash out a mega comeback deal.

    The retired boxers, both in their 50s, are tipped to fight on September 12 in an eight-round exhibition contest.

    But did you know they were set to clash 17 years ago?

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  • JONES NOT JOKING

    Roy Jones Jr claimed earlier this week he had agreed a fight with Mike Tyson, with the news now set to be made official.

    He said: “Yes, it's true – Mike is a legend. It would be crazy to receive an offer to enter the ring with him and refuse.

    “I had no intention of going back and fighting again but, for the sake of Mike Tyson, I agree to make an exception.

    “For me, this is an opportunity that I cannot refuse.

    “Of all those who wanted to go into the ring with him, he chose me.

    “And since he did that, how can I say no?”

  • MIKE DROP

    Mike Tyson is set to make his boxing comeback when he faces Roy Jones Jr in an eight-round exhibition bout.

    TMZ claim the highly-anticipated legendary showdown will take place in California on September 12.

    Tyson, 54, will be making his first appearance in the ring for 15 years.

  • MAY OR MAY NOT

    Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather has refused to rule out a second fight against Conor McGregor – but he has stated the bout wouldn't take place in the Octagon.

    He told Forbes: “For now, I'm happily retired.

    “You never know, but it would have to be worth it.

    “Just like gambling right? Juice worth the squeeze no matter who the opponent is.

    “No [I won’t compete in MMA].

    “We’re working on some things right now for Tokyo, whether 2020 or 2021.”

  • GIVING BECK

    David Beckham has offered his condolences to Khabib Nurmagomedov, following the death of the UFC star’s father, Abdulmanap.

    The Russian had taken to Instagram to pay tribute his late father and trainer.

    And Beckham commented on the post, extending his best wishes to his pal Khabib.

    He commented: “Thinking about you and your family, my friend.”

    The pair met last September, when they both attended the Champions League match between Becks’ former clubs Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid at Parc des Princes.

  • GOT TOO PERSONAL

    Conor McGregor let his fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov get “too personal”, according to UFC fighter Sean O’Malley.

    The Notorious suffered a fourth-round defeat to the lightweight champion in October 2018 before a huge brawl broke out in Las Vegas.

    He told MMA Fighting: “For me, it’s always going to be business. I think Conor [McGregor] was really good at that until the Khabib [Nurmagomedov] fight.

    “I feel like that got too personal, and it played games with him.

    “I definitely learned from that experience with Conor vs. Khabib, I can’t let it get personal.

    “I learn from everyone always, especially guys like Chael [Sonnen], Conor, guys that know how to talk and sell fights.”

  • QUIDS IN FOR CON

    He may have retired from the UFC again last month – but Conor McGregor remains one of the most box office names in sport.

    The southpaw superstar made his MMA comeback in January, having not competed in 15 months since losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov in the sport’s highest-ever pay-per-view bout.

    McGregor, 32, took just 40 seconds to dispatch of UFC veteran Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone… and earned a pretty penny for his efforts too.

  • LEEDS LEEDS LEEDS

    Boxer Josh Warrington has been enjoying his beloved Leeds United's Championship-winning title party.

    The featherweight held aloft the trophy after Marcelo Bielsa's side lifted it following their 4-0 win over Charlton last night.

    He posted on Insta: “A long time coming for the club and well deserved for all involved. The players, staff and fans.

    “A shame it couldn’t be celebrated the way everyone wanted it to be, but …

    “The taste of winning is addictive, and I’m certain everyone will want more silverware…

    “BRING ON NEXT SEASON!”

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    CHAMPIONEES! ?? . . A long time coming for the club and well deserved for all involved. The players, staff and fans. A shame it couldn’t be celebrated the way everyone wanted it to be, but … The taste of winning is addictive, and I’m certain everyone will want more silverware…BRING ON NEXT SEASON!. . #lufc #mot #alaw #champions19/20 #winningmentality #Leeds

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  • MORE ON BILLY JOE

    Due to the COVID-19 lockdown and Saunders doing a brief training camp in Fuerteventura, the hearing was delayed.

    But the British Boxing Board of Control – who are depressed at the prospect of the undefeated super-talent spoiling his career with repeated brainless antics – have finally dished out a punishment.

    The Hatfields super-middleweight has escaped a ban but he has been hit in the pocket, with the funds going to a charity.

    The BBBofC said: “Billy Joe Saunders appeared before Stewards of the Board on Wednesday, 22nd July 2020 due to recent comments made on Social Media.

    “Following consideration of Mr. Saunders explanation, the Stewards found Mr. Saunders guilty of misconduct and have fined him £15,000 to be donated to charities.

    “The suspension of his boxer’s licence has been lifted.”

  • HIT IN POCKET

    Billy Joe Saunders has been whacked with a £15,000 fine for his disgusting recent social media posts, writes WALLY DOWNES JR.

    The brilliant southpaw, 30, was facing two charges from the British Boxing Board of Control over a March video that appeared to promote domestic violence.

    And a second case came after he sent bitter rival Chris Eubank Jr a grotesque Tweet.

    The warring pair clashed on social media at the start of July with a string of boxing-related barbs.

    But two-weight world champ Saunders went OTT with an unprintable mention of Eubank Jr's mum.

  • BIG IN JAPAN

    Floyd Mayweather has revealed is set to return to Japan to compete in another exhibition bout.

    The 43-year-old has confirmed he plans to fight once again in Tokyo – the city he won £7million in December 2018 after beating kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa.

    The former five-weight world champion has stated that talks have been discussed about him stepping back into a ring yet again in the Far East.

    Mayweather failed to mention a potential opponent, but SunSport have reported how former WBA super-featherweight champ Takashi Uchiyama is being lined up.

    Uchiyama, 40, won 24 out of 27 fights inside the squared circle, before calling time on his career after suffering consecutive defeats to Jezreel Corrales in 2016.

    Speaking about a future exhibition fight, Mayweather told Forbes: “We’re working on some things right now for Tokyo, whether 2020 or 2021.”

  • MTK ON HAWLEY’S RANT

    A statement said: “Many thanks for taking the time to reach out to us and bring this to our attention.

    “The management team have made the decision to terminate Mr Hawley’s contract with MTK Global with immediate effect and will no longer be representing him in any format.

    “The boxing community is about respect and unity and MTK Global prides itself on its community focus and inclusive ethos.

    “It has always been our mission to make boxing accessible to all, embracing individuality and being a safe space where community can express themselves and support one another.

    “MTK Global does not in any way condone, or support the views that were shared in any way, nor will these comments ever be considered as acceptable from any of our fighters hence the decision that was made by management.

  • KO'D

    Unbeaten middleweight prospect James Hawley has been dropped by his management company for his vile homophobic rant on TikTok.

    The clip of Hawley’s views was shared by Drag Race UK star Baga Chipz on Twitter on Wednesday, which showed the Hitman candidly speaking about homosexual and transgender people.

    Replying to the question, Hawley said: “I 1,000, 1million per cent do not agree with this stuff. Listen, I can understand girls get with each other all the time at parties and all things like that.

    “I don’t care, not a problem. I’d want them to get with each other in front of me.

    “But boys on the other hand, and transgenders, there’s something seriously wrong with you. What in the earth makes you want to change your gender and get f***** in the a***.

    “What is up with you dirty c****. I feel sorry for your families.”

  • ONE PUNCH KO

    Unbeaten boxer Elvis Rodriguez proved he’s the King in the ring after he destroyed Dennis Okoth in the second round with a brutal one-punch knockout.

    The 24-year-old left his super-lightweight opponent All Shook Up on Tuesday night as the pair fought in a behind closed doors event at Viva Las Vegas.

    Rodriguez – who hails from the Dominican Republic – sent Okoth crashing to his opponent after flooring him with a straight left having set up his punch with a jab from the southpaw stance.

    Okoth, 26, was snapped on the floor with a dazed and stunned look on his face as the referee immediately waved away the contest.

    Rodriguez now has eight victories in his professional career – with all of his wins ending by way of KO – to bring his record to 8-0-1.

    And he celebrated his emphatic stoppage by living up to his iconic namesake as he performed an air guitar celebration.

  • TAUGHT ME EVERYTHING

    UFC superstar Khabib Nurmagomedov has spoken for the first time since his father’s death.

    The undefeated lightweight champion’s dad and mentor, Abdulmanap, passed away on July 3 aged 57 after contracting Covid-19.

    Khabib, 31, has not spoken publicly since that devastating news.

    Now he has broken his silence on Instagram with a touching post.

    Sharing a picture of him hugging the late Abdulmanap, he wrote: “Father, you will be missed.

    “You were a father, friend, brother and coach in one person. You taught me almost everything that I know. I hope you were pleased with me.”

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    Quran 17:23-24. And your Lord has decreed that you not worship except Him, and to parents, good treatment. Whether one or both of them reach old age [while] with you, say not to them [so much as], "uff," and do not repel them but speak to them a noble word. And lower to them the wing of humility out of mercy and say, "My Lord, have mercy upon them as they brought me up [when I was] small." – ‎۞ وَقَضَىٰ رَبُّكَ أَلَّا تَعْبُدُوا إِلَّا إِيَّاهُ وَبِالْوَالِدَيْنِ إِحْسَانًا ۚ إِمَّا يَبْلُغَنَّ عِندَكَ الْكِبَرَ أَحَدُهُمَا أَوْ كِلَاهُمَا فَلَا تَقُل لَّهُمَا أُفٍّ وَلَا تَنْهَرْهُمَا وَقُل لَّهُمَا قَوْلًا كَرِيمًا ‎وَاخْفِضْ لَهُمَا جَنَاحَ الذُّلِّ مِنَ الرَّحْمَةِ وَقُل رَّبِّ ارْحَمْهُمَا كَمَا رَبَّيَانِي صَغِيرًا Сура «аль-Исра’» 23-24 аяты. Всевышний говорит: Твой Господь предписал вам не поклоняться никому, кроме Него, и делать добро родителям. Если один из родителей или оба достигнут старости, то не говори им: «Тьфу!». – не кричи на них и обращайся к ним почтительно. Склони пред ними крыло смирения по милосердию своему и говори: «Господи! Помилуй их, ведь они растили меня ребенком». Тебя будет не хватать Отец, ты был Отцом, другом, братом и тренером в одном лице. Ты научил меня практически всему что я умею, надеюсь ты был доволен мною. Ведь в довольстве родителей довольство Аллаха.

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  • GOOD MORNING FIGHT FANS

    Holly Holm's clash with Irene Aldana on August 1 has been postponed and replaced by Derek Brunson and Edmen Shahbazyan.

    The middleweight clash will now main event the show at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas after Aldana was forced out of action with an as yet unknown reason.

    UFC president Dana White made the announcement on his official Instagram account on Wednesday while speaking with the legendary Ronda Rousey.

    Holm’s manager Lenny Fresquez then confirmed to MMA Fighting that Aldana withdrawal now means that the showdown may not take place until October after they failed to find a replacement.

    In other news, The Big Show joked he would rather have his head crushed by a car than become a WWE producer.

    The 7ft powerhouse, 48, has achieved legendary status since he signed to WWE in 1999.

    But he has made it very clear that he has no intentions of helping to produce the shows.

    Speaking with Newsweek, Big Show said: “[You] may as well put my head under a car and back over it.”

    Meanwhile, Roy Jones Jr says a showdown with Mike Tyson would persuade him to come out of retirement.

    He said: “Yes, it's true – Mike is a legend. It would be crazy to receive an offer to enter the ring with him and refuse.

    “I had no intention of going back and fighting again but, for the sake of Mike Tyson, I agree to make an exception.”

  • THREESY DOES IT

    Canelo Alvarez is in line to face Callum Smith in his next fight before moving on to a trilogy bout with Gennady Golovkin.

    The Mexican superstar, 29, was due to challenge WBO super-middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders, 30, this summer until the coronavirus pandemic KO'd the clash.

    Canelo has since remained in the gym as he targeted a return to the ring in September.

    Saunders ruled himself out of headliner, citing an inability to train, sparking a host of contenders putting their name into the Canelo sweepstake.

    John Ryder, 32, Jason Quigley, 28 and Sergiy Derevyanchenko, 34 were among those considered.

    But WBA super-middleweight champion Smith has now emerged as the frontrunner, according to The Athletic.

  • WHAT THE KELL?

    Kell Brook has warned Terence Crawford and Keith Thurman he is “light and ready”.

    Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “I'm staying busy and ready. I'm going to put myself in the best position for when things come back to normal.

    “I'm very keen on fighting Crawford. I think Keith Thurman was spouted that he would love the British pound.

    “He'd like the fight, so I'm keeping myself active in Fuerteventura with Josh Taylor, Billy Joe.

    “They're a good bunch of lads out here. We're working hard.”

    Before he added: “I'm very light. I don't like to say what weight I am, but I'm very light, especially for me having no date.”

  • DELAYED

    Holly Holm's clash with Irene Aldana on August 1 has been postponed and replaced by Derek Brunson and Edmen Shahbazyan.

    The middleweight clash will now main event the show at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas after Aldana was forced out of action with an as yet unknown reason.

    UFC president Dana White made the announcement on his official Instagram account on Wednesday while speaking with the legendary Ronda Rousey.

    Holm’s manager Lenny Fresquez then confirmed to MMA Fighting that Aldana withdrawal now means that the showdown may not take place until October after they failed to find a replacement.

    He said: “Holly is very disappointed and saddened that her fight was postponed, but stuff happens.

    “We’re only interested in fighting someone that’s going to help us get a title shot.

    “So there’s only really two girls, and that’s Aldana and [Aspen] Ladd, and Ladd’s out.”

  • 'CANNOT REFUSE'

    Roy Jones Jr says a showdown with Mike Tyson would persuade him to come out of retirement.

    Iron Mike, 54, has reportedly rejected a £16million to compete in a Bare Knuckle Boxing match.

    Speaking to sports.ru, he said: “Yes, it's true – Mike is a legend. It would be crazy to receive an offer to enter the ring with him and refuse.

    “I had no intention of going back and fighting again but, for the sake of Mike Tyson, I agree to make an exception.

    “For me, this is an opportunity that I cannot refuse. Of all those who wanted to go into the ring with him, he chose me.

    “And since he did that, how can I say no?”

  • BANK ON IT

    Chris Eubank Sr has revealed why he decided against fighting Roy Jones in the 1990s.

    He told Sky: “I had brains. I never had to fight Roy because he was never number one contender to my WBO championship.

    “I was not mindless enough to go looking for something that I couldn't achieve.

    “I would have fought Roy if he was number one contender – I would have had to, because my integrity would not have allowed me to dodge him.

    “But I was WBO champion and he was IBF. I didn't have to, I wasn't forced to.”

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