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Ronda Rousey called out of retirement by UFC Champion Julianna Pena

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Ronda Rousey called out of retirement by UFC Champion Julianna Pena

Rousey retired from MMA after suffering consecutive knockout losses and Pena has welcomed her return to the cage after she recently won the UFC bantamweight title

Julianna Pena has brought up an old call out from Ronda Rousey in an attempt to lure the retired UFC star into a fight.

Pena provided the biggest UFC upset of 2021 when she submitted two-weight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 269 to win the bantamweight title.

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The fight was Pena’s first-ever shot at UFC gold and it also marked the consensus female ‘GOAT’ Nunes’ first defeat in over seven years.

Pena admitted she didn’t get along with Rousey when she appeared as a contest on season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter in 2013.

‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ was on Rousey’s rival Miesha Tate’s team during the season and was awarded a UFC contract after winning the competition.

And Pena said Rousey vowed to “kick her ass” one day after she won The Ultimate Fighter.

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“We’re not friends, we don’t speak,” Pena told The New York Post.

“She really had a tough time getting along with me on The Ultimate Fighter. She didn’t like me at all because I was friends with Miesha Tate. She wasn’t the nicest.”

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“It would be amazing to pull Ronda Rousey back out of retirement. It would be great to have her come back to UFC and fight again.

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“I don’t know that she’ll recall this because she ended up getting taken out by her entire team.

“But when we won ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ and got out of the house, she told me that, ‘You’re gonna give me a tougher fight than Miesha Tate, but when that day comes I’m still gonna kick your ass.’”

Rousey is considered a pioneer in women’s MMA as she took part in the first women’s fight in UFC history, submitting Liz Carmouche with her trademark armbar in 2013.

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‘Rowdy’ – an Olympic bronze medalist in judo – would go on to dominate her opponents in the UFC even winning two of her title defences in under 20 seconds.

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But after going unbeaten in 12 fights, she finally met her match in 2015 when she was outclassed and brutally knocked by former boxing world titleholder Holly Holm.

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She took a year away from the sport before returning against Nunes in an effort to win back her belt, but was knocked out in under a minute.

If Pena is to lure Rousey into a fight, it will likely have to wait as the champion is expected to rematch Nunes in her next fight.

UFC president Dana White even stated their second fight will will be the “biggest women’s fight of all-time”.

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Tyson Fury fears British heavyweight showdown with Anthony Joshua won’t happen

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Tyson Fury fears British heavyweight showdown with Anthony Joshua won't happen

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WBC Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has pleaded that rival British heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua should fight him instead of having a rematch against Oleksandr Usyk.

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Joshua has already invoked a clause that allows him to rematch the current WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion, Usyk.

Fury believes that Usyk will win the rematch against Joshua and that any chance he has to fight AJ will have passed.

Speaking to Boxing Lowdown, Fury urged Joshua not to go straight into the rematch with Usyk.

“I’d prefer him to just let me fight [Usyk],” said Fury, “because if Joshua goes in again and loses, which I think he will, that fight’s dead in the water for me.

“Because, you don’t lose two fights and then go into a massive heavyweight title fight.

“But if he lets me fight Usyk and I batter Usyk, then I’d come back and fight Joshua, batter him as well.

“Then I can just f*** off and they can all fight for the belts. I’d retire.”

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The Gypsy King has already been told by WBC that he must fight Dillian Whyte next, but Fury is still yet to speak publicly about that fight, insisting that he doesn’t know what the future holds.

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“I’m just chilling, enjoying life, taking one day at a time, and enjoying myself,” Fury told Sky Sports.

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“I’m not really interested, because to be honest it doesn’t really make much sense who I want to fight at this moment. It’s who’s available and what makes sense later on.”

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German fighter Musa Yamak died Saturday after suffering a heart attack and collapsing in the boxing ring following a fight earlier in the day at a small show in Garching, Germany.

Yamak (8-0, 8 KOs), a 38-year-old, and up to that point undefeated Turkish-born German boxer, tried to come out for the third round, but collapsed on the ground and fell unconscious.

The fight was won by Ugandan veteran Hamza Wandera (20-19, 3 knockouts). German and international media report that Yamak tried to come out for the third, but suddenly fell down and was knocked unconscious. He could not be revived.

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Later, the boxer was pronounced dead in the hospital. And as for the cause of what happened, it is reported that his death was the product of a myocardial infarction (heart attack).

Yamak turned pro in 2017 in a low-key career, which of course was affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. And in his last fight in November 2021, he won the WBFI title by knocking out Siarhei Huliakevich.

Second boxing death in 2022
His death is the second recorded in the ring this year following the death of Armenian-born Russian boxer Arrest Sahakyan last January 9.

Sahakyan spent ten days in a coma before being pronounced dead at the age of 26.

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Last year, Rashed Al-Swaisat died at the age of 19 after collapsing in the ring during a World Youth Championship bout.

Al-Swaisat was rushed to the hospital where he underwent emergency brain surgery, but died ten days later.

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The fight was stopped in round 10, Ayala was already receiving a lot of punishment, the boxer immediately felt bad, the ring doctors gave her the first attentions, but when they saw that the fighter did not react they decided to take her to the hospital.

The promoter Fightzone issued a press release stating that Ayala underwent surgery and that she was recovering without problems, they informed that her condition was stable and they expected her evolution to be favorable.

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Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua sign deal to crown a new heavyweight icon

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Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua sign deal to crown a new heavyweight icon

Though it took the two sides months of discussions and bargaining, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua have finally signed the deal for their two-fight contract to unify heavyweight titles.

“We’d like to get a site deal confirmed in the next month. The hard part is always getting everybody to put pen to paper. But this was a major effort from all parties to get this over the line. You had rival promoters, rival networks and rival fighters,” said Eddie Hearn, managing director of Joshua’s promoter of Matchroom Sport.’

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The signings happened on Saturday, according to ESPN, and they included the two rivals Fury and Joshua, Joshua’s promoter Matchroom Boxing, Fury’s American promoter Top Rank, his English promoter Queensberry and his management company Dubai-based MTK.

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“It’s pending, finding a site and a date that’s acceptable to both (fighters’ camps). We have 30 days from the signing, or the deal could go away,” said Top Rank.

“I actually feel we’ve done the hard part. Speaking for myself, Anthony and his team at 258 management [258 MGT], I know how hard we’ve worked these last couple of months, and I just feel that this fight is so big it’s not a difficult sell. We’ve already had approaches from eight or nine sites. The offers have come from multiple countries in the Middle East, from Asia, Eastern Europe and America,” said Hearn.

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All four major world boxing titles – World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Council (WBC), International Boxing Federation (IBF), and World Boxing Organization (WBO) – will be on the table this time, and the winner claims them all to become the undisputed champion.

Anthony Joshua poses for a photo with the IBF, WBA, WBO, and IBO World Heavyweight Title belts after beating Andy Ruiz Jr. during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, December 7, 2019. /CFP

Since both are British, it will be the biggest fight in British boxing history. Meanwhile, it will also be the largest boxing event since the Fight of the Century between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao in 2015. The first fight is expected to happen in either June or July and in the Middle East and both can earn over 100 million pounds (about $138.2 million).

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“This is the biggest fight in boxing and one of the biggest sporting events in the world. It will be a major, major win for a country that wants to showcase itself,” said Hearn.

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Anthony Joshua says he is ‘rooting’ for Dillian Whyte against Tyson Fury, but insists he still ‘hates’ heavyweight rival

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Anthony Joshua says he is ‘rooting’ for Dillian Whyte against Tyson Fury, but insists he still ‘hates’ heavyweight rival

Anthony Joshua wants Dillian Whyte to beat Tyson Fury, but has made it clear that this doesn’t mean he likes him.

The WBC heavyweight title fight is set to take place on Saturday night at Wembley Stadium, live on talkSPORT.

Anthony Joshua has had his say on Dillian Whyte facing Tyson Fury

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Anthony Joshua has had his say on Dillian Whyte facing Tyson Fury
And Joshua says he wants to see a new champion.

“It’s a good [quality] defence against Dillian Whyte,” he told iFL TV.

“Dillian Whyte needs to come in look at what Tyson Fury does and reacts to the complete opposite. Maybe work the body and be conditioned to go the distance, but I hope Dillian trains hard and doesn’t underestimate Tyson.

“Because it’s his first time fighting for a title, I think he’ll be hungry. This ain’t his 10th time fighting for a title and he can have a little hiccup along the way – this is his first time fighting for a title.

“I’m rooting for Dillian, even though I hate him and I wanna smash him one of these days. Go on Dillian, I’m with you all the way,” Joshua adde with a smile.

Dillian Whyte lost against Anthony Joshua in 2015

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Joshua and Whyte are now promotional stablemates with Matchroom Boxing, but they came together in a bad-tempered showdown in 2015 when they were both unbeaten prospects.

Whyte has been waiting around three years to get his world title shot and will now get it in front of potentially 90,000 people.

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Fury became the WBC champion when he defeated Deontay Wilder in their second meeting in February 2020. He then beat Wilder once again last October.

Prior to his final clash with Wilder, Fury had agreed to face then-WBO, IBF, and WBA heavyweight champion Joshua in an undisputed title fight booked to take place in Saudi Arabia.

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The undisputed title fight would take a lot to revive
Once the court of arbitration forced Fury to face Wilder, Joshua decided to face his mandatory challenger in pursuit of keeping the undisputed title fight alive, Oleksandr Usyk.

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Usyk defeated Joshua last September and now AJ has a contracted rematch with Usyk that is expected for July.

talkSPORT will bring you live coverage of the huge heavyweight world title fight between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte at Wembley on Saturday night, with our coverage starting from 7.30pm and featuring expert ringside analysis from Ben Davison

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Tyson Fury taunts Anthony Joshua with ‘Nigeria’ gumshield during Deontay Wilder victory

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Tyson Fury taunts Anthony Joshua with ‘Nigeria’ gumshield during Deontay Wilder victory

Tyson Fury appeared to taunt heavyweight rival Anthony Joshua by wearing a ‘Nigeria’ themed gumshield during his emphatic victory over Deontay Wilder on Saturday night.

The Gypsy King gave a dominant and powerful display in Las Vegas, twice knocking Wilder to the canvas before the American’s corner threw in the towel in the seventh round.

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Having claimed the WBC title, all eyes are now on a unification fight between Fury and fellow Brit Joshua – who holds the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles.

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Fury’s gumshield appeared to reference Joshua’s Nigerian roots (Pictures: BT Sport/Getty)
And Fury appeared to pre-empt that talk with eagle-eyed viewers spotting a reference to AJ’s Nigerian heritage, with Fury wearing a green and white mouth guard with ‘Nigeria’ written on it during his win over Wilder.

Joshua, who is actually in Nigeria at the moment, has a tattoo of the African country on his right shoulder and is incredibly proud of his roots, recently registering for a national ID card in the nation’s capital Abuja.

AJ’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has already made it clear they want a unification fight this summer, while Fury’s camp would also prefer a unification bout next.

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However, Wilder holds the key to any heavyweight Battle of Britain, with the American having a rematch clause which he can trigger at any time in the next 30 days.

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Given the comprehensive nature of Fury’s victory, though, he may opt against a trilogy fight.

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TYSON FURY WOULD BE ‘51% FAVOURITE’ IF HE FOUGHT ANTHONY JOSHUA, CLAIMS ANTHONY OGOGO

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TYSON FURY WOULD BE '51% FAVOURITE' IF HE FOUGHT ANTHONY JOSHUA, CLAIMS ANTHONY OGOGO

Tyson Fury vs. Anthony Joshua almost happened this summer, until Deontay Wilder’s successful arbitration led to a trilogy bout with Fury for the WBC belt the Brit took from ‘The Bronze Bomber’, while Joshua moved on to grant Oleksandr Usyk his WBO mandatory defence, which will air on DAZN in over 170 countries (check for availability here).

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Many remain hopeful the fight can still happen in 2022, if Fury gets past Wilder again on their rearranged date of Oct. 9 and Joshua retains his WBO, IBF and WBA belts vs. Usyk on Sept. 25. However Anthony Ogogo, who was part of Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics alongside super-heavyweight gold medalist Joshua, cannot help but lean towards Fury in that hypothetical scenario.

“It’s the million dollar question, right?”, Ogogo told DAZN at the Hooked On Wrestling watch party in London for AEW All Out, where Ogogo currently works as a professional wrestler.

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“It’s heavyweight boxing, so anything can happen. But if I had to put my life on it, I’d back Tyson Fury. Even then, I’m leaning towards him by like 51% to 49%.

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“It also depends on which Tyson Fury shows up as well, of course. If the Fury who beat Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 turns up, Fury wins for sure. But then, if it’s the same Fury that had a shocker against John McDermott all those years ago, he gets stopped.

“Either way, it’d be a brilliant fight to watch happen.”

Ogogo has impressed many in his new life as a menacing villain as part of a stable called The Factory, tearing through fellow rookies before being handed his biggest wrestling spotlight to date at the company’s big ‘Double Or Nothing’ event when he lost a competitive singles bout to one of the promotion’s biggest names, Cody Rhodes.

Shortly after that match, Ogogo returned to the UK for surgery on a severe facial injury which ran the risk of further aggravating the damaged eye which forced his boxing retirement, and hopes to be back in the United States on AEW television soon.

In the meantime, he was one of the most enthusiastic cheerleaders for Team GB during the postponed Tokyo 2020 Games which took place last month. Ogogo was over the moon with the entire British team, but had a couple of names to single out for extra praise.

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“For me, Pat McCormack stood out, he’s a cracking boxer,” explained Ogogo. “But especially, for me, big Frazer Clarke.

“I’ve known ‘Fraz’ for a long time and he’s admittedly not the most naturally gifted boxer, but he works f—king hard, man.

“I was on the squad with him in 2010 and watched Anthony Joshua come in and take his place, then Joe Joyce come in and take his place, but he stuck at it, and stuck at it, and he finally made the Games.

“He ended up winning the bronze, too, so I’m over the moon for him. Such a top guy.”

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