There was a lot on the line for Phil Mickelson on Sunday. After a roller coaster final round at the PGA Championship, Mickelson took home the trophy, winning his sixth major and becoming the oldest man to win a major tournament.
With so much at stake, there was a lot of nervousness. Not from Mickelson, but from his mother, Mary, who was watching at home.
Tina Mickelson, Phil’s sister, fielded what she called “nervous texts” from Mary all afternoon. She shared one of their exchanges on Twitter, which was absolutely adorable.
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That text might be the most mom thing ever. The world might know him as “Phil Mickelson,” but to his mom he’s still “Philip.” And Mary knows what mothers everywhere know: no matter how old they are, kids don’t listen to their mothers.
Since Mary didn’t think her son would listen to her advice, she asked Tina to text him instead. But Tina knew the real way to get to Phil: through Tim, who was not just his caddy but their brother.
Tina didn’t reveal whether or not she actually texted Tim, but she did share an exchange they had at a recent family dinner where Phil and Tim warned the whole family that his victory on Sunday might be coming.
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The world may have been surprised by Mickelson’s victory at the PGA Championship on Sunday, but his family may have been a little less surprised than everyone else.
KIAWAH ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA – MAY 23: Phil Mickelson of the United States gives a thumbs up during the Wanamaker Trophy presentation ceremony after winning the final round of the 2021 PGA Championship held at the Ocean Course of Kiawah Island Golf Resort on May 23, 2021 in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Phil Mickelson’s mother was very nervous watching her son play the final round at the PGA Championship. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Tyson Fury admits he was ‘wounded’ by Anthony Joshua’s loss to Oleksandr Usyk with £200m super-fight in doubt
Tyson Fury was left “absolutely wounded” by Anthony Joshua’s defeat to Oleksandr Usyk.
Joshua relinquished his heavyweight belts following a unanimous points decision at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, leaving the prospect of his £200million super-fight against Fury in major doubt.
Fury, who fights Deontay Wilder next week, said: “Did I watch the fight? Yes, I did. Was I absolutely wounded that he won? Yes, I was. I was hoping Joshua could win the fight but he couldn’t.”
Joshua is set for a rematch against the new champion in February or March time, with the UK the preferred location for the fight. Victory would inevitably pave the way for the Fury double header.
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But Fury said: “The only thing I’m bothered about is beating Deontay Wilder and that’s the most dangerous heavyweight out there. In my opinion, Wilder beats Joshua, Usyk, all the rest of the division, comfortable but he cannot beat me.”
Of Joshua’s chances of beating Usyk, Fury said: “My advice to Joshua in the rematch is get stuck in the best way he knows how, put his best foot forward and swing away, Jack, swing away.
“But I don’t care about anybody else – they are not on my radar only the Bronze Bomber aka the big dosser. After him, we will talk, the promoters will do their job, and I will always do mine. When I beat Wilder, I’ll be on to the next one.”
DID ANTHONY JOSHUA JUST ADMIT TYSON FURY IS THE BEST HEAVYWEIGHT AROUND?
Firstly, the current four-belt world heavyweight champion has some tale to tell about goings-on over the past eighteen months of his career.
From discussions to fight Deontay Wilder for all the top division marbles to an opponent falling out due to failed drug tests for three separate substances. To a shock defeat, a redemption victory, and a subsequent deal to face Tyson Fury – again for every strap on offer – it’s never a dull moment for the Briton.
But reflecting on his recent spell, coupled with a look back to how far he’s come, Joshua is philosophical about his future.
AJ says he’s in a position far exceeding where he thought he would be at 30 years old.
Winning the 2012 Olympics just a few years after taking up the sport, Joshua still believes he’s way ahead of the game.
On how a loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. in New York, the first of his career had affected him, Joshua surprisingly holds no regrets.
“There were certain things I was talking about perhaps two years ahead of that loss, and the defeat just showcased them,” Joshua told GQ Middle East.
“I know people say crazy things like, ‘Oh, we were planning on that loss,’ but it really was a blessing in disguise.
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“It highlighted everything I had been concerned about. After that it was simple: these are the changes I’ve been talking about, now you need to listen.”
Needing to listen was maybe advice he could have given himself before the Ruiz implosion, Joshua is quite content with how his path has panned out.
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The Londoner even says being considered alongside the likes of his rival and two-time lineal champion Fury, means he’s ahead of himself at the moment.
“I changed everything after that first fight,” says Joshua. “Losing to Andy made me rethink and restructure. I took the positives out of it, but it wasn’t easy.
“My training camp was six weeks of pure hell. I had new team members. I had injuries I was trying to overcome. There were so many different issues.
“But we got there in the end through will, determination, and intelligence.
“Being world champion, with all those knockouts, you do feel kind of unstoppable. But realistically, in boxing terms, I’m way ahead of where I should be.
“I’m working at such a quick pace. I shouldn’t even be in a position where I’m mentioned in Tyson Fury’s era. He’s five or six years ahead of me in terms of turning professional.
“In fact, when he was turning pro, I was just putting on my gloves for the first time.”
With Kubrat Pulev, a mandatory challenge from the IBF in his future, Joshua is simply waiting for the date to step up preparations.
The heavyweight clash has already been delayed from June due to the ongoing pandemic.
“I’m OK with (waiting), to be honest,” he says. “It’s saved me weeks of getting punched in the head. That can never be a bad thing.”
Tyson Fury sets out training rules after offering to coach rival Anthony Joshua
Tyson Fury has told Anthony Joshua he will need to adopt his old school training methods if he is to accept his rival’s coaching offer.
Fury, who defends his WBC heavyweight title against Dillian Whyte on Saturday night, has offered to coach Joshua for his planned rematch against Oleksandr Usyk this summer. Joshua lost his belts when he was outpointed by Usyk last September
For the first time in his professional career, Joshua will change his trainer for a rematch with Usyk. ‘AJ’ has partnered with Angel Fernandez after parting ways with Rob McCracken, who received criticism for Joshua’s approach in his first bout with Usyk.
Fury has now vowed Joshua will have to ditch modern training methods if he wants to partner with him for his next bout. “I’m willing to train him, but he’s got to be willing to learn,” Fury said. “In my world, numbers on a screen on a heart rate monitor are not welcome.
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“You train hard, you put your life and soul into something and you fight until the end. You don’t quit when you get knocked down, you don’t look out of the ring like you don’t want to fight on, you go and throw the kitchen sink when you’re behind in a world title fight.
“You don’t cruise to a points loss because in my world, getting knocked out in round one is better than losing on points and not trying to win.”
Since teaming up with coach SugarHill Steward for his rematch with Deontay Wilder in 2020, Fury’s style has drastically changed as he focuses on knockouts rather than out-boxing his opponents.
Tyson Fury said he would coach Anthony Joshua alongside SugarHill Steward
Tyson Fury said he would coach Anthony Joshua alongside SugarHill Steward ( Image: Top Rank via Getty Images)
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His approach for his fight with Whyte is much the same, as Fury has vowed to knockout his former training partner in what could be the final fight of his career.
Fury thinks that if Joshua could adapt a similar approach to his game, he would “definitely” be able to beat Usyk and become one of the few three-time heavyweight champions in boxing history. “I know that if I trained Joshua – me and SugarHill Steward – he’d definitely beat Oleksandr Usyk,” Fury told BT Sport.
“That’s a fact and I would be open to doing it. I’d be very open to me and SugarHill training him. I’d do it for free, because I don’t need the money. I wouldn’t take his money anyway, we would take on that challenge no problem.”
Poll: Will Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua actually happen in 2021?
We’ve heard all the talk, all the predictions for who will win when the magical fight happens, but here’s a question: will it actually happen?
Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua have agreed to terms in principle on a two-fight deal that would start in 2021. As of now, it the fight would crown a true, bona fide, undisputed heavyweight champion, the first since Lennox Lewis beat Evander Holyfield in 1999, and the first in the era of four belts recognized as legitimate world titles.
But there’s a lot of ground to cover between now and then, too.
Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO) still has to meet Deontay Wilder in a third fight. Though Fury dominated Wilder in their February rematch, Tyson himself will tell you that he cannot take Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KO) lightly, as no matter what else anyone thinks, Deontay has dynamite in his hands and can knock anyone out if he lands the clean shot.
He may also have to deal with a potential WBC mandatory title defense against Dillian Whyte, but honestly, I’d bet against it; the WBC have been incredibly reluctant to actually give Whyte the fight he’s thought he’s been owed. But it’s not impossible, at least.
Joshua (23-1, 21 KO) has an IBF mandatory against Kubrat Pulev due, and while the IBF aren’t pushing the issue, them not setting a deadline doesn’t mean they’re going to wait forever, or that they can. Pulev would certainly look to push the issue. There’s also the WBO mandatory, which is Oleksandr Usyk, who does not intend to step aside.
While promoter Eddie Hearn is right that getting the financial details sorted is probably the biggest step of all, there’s also just the chance that whatever deal is currently agreed to will fall apart for whatever reason. It would not be the first or 500th time that has happened for a big fight.
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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.
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.”
Fury vs Whyte?
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.
“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.
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.
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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