The story of Mike Tyson is hitting the small screen, Devin Haney and George Kambosos Jr are set to do battle once again and Tyson Fury is joining forces with Morecambe FC. Here are five boxing stories you might have missed this week.
Official Trailer Drops For Hulu Mike Tyson Series
Hulu have dropped the first official trailer for their limited series ‘Mike’, a new drama that captures the life and times of one of boxing’s most infamous stars, Mike Tyson.
Set for release on August 25, the eight-part series sees Moonlight’s Trevante Rhodes lace-up as the titular character, while acting royalty Harvey Keitel steps into the shoes of Tyson’s trainer Cus D’Amato and Russell Hornsby stars as promoter Don King.
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The series description reads: “Focusing the lens on Mike Tyson, the series examines class in America, race in America, fame and the power of media, misogyny, the wealth divide, the promise of the American Dream, and ultimately our own role in shaping Mike’s story.”
There’s no word on a UK release yet or platform, but previous Hulu series, such as Wu Tang: An American Saga, have landed on Disney+ recently on these shores, so that could be a decent bet.
Haney/Kambosos Jr Undisputed Rematch Targeted For October
A rematch between Devin Haney and George Kambosos Jr for Haney’s undisputed lightweight crown is being targeted for Melbourne’s Rod Laver Stadium in October, according to Dan Rafael.
Haney comprehensively outpointed Kambosos, who was making the first defence of his IBF, WBO and WBA titles, in their first meeting back in June, also in Melbourne, becoming the first undisputed 135lbs champion in the four belt era in the process.
Adrien Broner Storms Out Of Virtual Press Conference
Four-weight world champion Adrien Broner made headlines for the wrong reasons again this week, storming out of a virtual press conference on Tuesday.
‘The Problem’ was speaking ahead of his 20th August bout with Omar Figueroa when he took exception to the nature of the fight’s promotion. “They don’t do Floyd’s [Mayweather] s**** on the computer when he fight a YouTuber,” Broner fumed, “I ain’t with none of this s*** that they got going on… Why are we doing this press conference on a computer?”.
Broner at least acknowledged the error of his ways on Instagram the following day: “Listen man, I was just frustrated with a lot s*** that’s going on in my life. Me and Showtime Boxing and Al Haymon have no problem whatsoever,” Broner wrote. “Playas f*** up and stand up men can own up to a mistake. Showtime and Al Haymon, we locked in for life. I love ya’ll, see ya some weeks. Let’s go.”
WBO Orders Demetrius Andrade’s Next Title Fight
Unbeaten two-weight world champion Demetrius Andrade has been ordered to defend his WBO middleweight strap against interim-champion Janibek Alimkhanuly.
The two parties have been given 30-days to reach an agreement and if no agreement is reached, a purse bid will be called with a $200,000 minimum bid. Should Andrade be unable to compete, then Alimkhanuly will be automatically elevated to the status of 'full' champion.
Andrade, last seen in action dismantling Jason Quigley in two rounds in November, was set to face Zach Parker at Pride Park in May but was forced to pull out with a shoulder injury. Alimkhanuly captured the WBO's interim-title with a two round stoppage of the previously undefeated Danny Dignum.
Tyson Fury To Sponsor League One Morecambe FC
WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is set to sponsor his local football club, League One outfit Morecambe.
Fury, who claims he has retired from boxing, although still holds a slice of the heavyweight title pie, will see ‘The Gypsy King’ brand featured on The Shrimp’s home and away playing shorts for the 2022-23 season.
Fury said: “Big announcement – the Gypsy King has just sponsored my local club, Morecambe Football Club.
“Let’s have a fantastic season and smash it. Come on the boys! And the girls!”
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