The Baddest Man on the Planet is set to return to the ring once again, Floyd Mayweather is eyeing up yet another big pay day and Dillian Whyte has been immortalised in a £2 coin. Here are five boxing stories you might have missed this week...
Mike Tyson Announces Return In May
Former Undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is expecting to return to the ring again soon, with plans to fight a new opponent in May. ‘Iron’ Mike fought fellow boxing legend Roy Jones Jr in an exhibition match last year, ending a decade-long retirement from boxing, and now the 54-year-old is ready to fight again.
“May 29th something like that,” said Tyson during his podcast Hotboxin with Mike Tyson with his guest Canelo Alvarez and trainer Eddy Reynoso. “The same arena you fought in.”
Tyson is referring to Miami’s Hard Rock where Canelo stopped Avni Yildirim last month, but there’s no word on who might be in the opposite corner, though there are rumours it could be a third fight with Evander Holyfield.
Canelo Opens Up On Defeat To Mayweather
Meanwhile, on the same podcast Canelo opened up about his sole career defeat at the hands of Floyd Mayweather back in 2013 and the Mexican superstar says that, despite losing, it was a great experience for him as a developing fighter.
"When I fought Floyd I was 23. [I have grown] so much. I needed more experience, maturity. I don't take that fight like a loss, I take that fight like [a lesson]. I learned from that fight."
Floyd Mayweather Says He Will Make $100m Fighting Logan Paul
Floyd Mayweather Jr says his reasons for fighting YouTuber Logan Paul over an actual professional boxer is simple: Cold hard cash.
“I can fight a fighter right now and guarantee myself $35 million,” Mayweather told British entrepreneur Rob Moore. “Eventually, I can probably make $50 million, right? It’s just a regular fight.
“Or me and Logan Paul and a YouTuber can go out and have fun and make nine figures, $100 million or more.”
Frank Warren Blasts Eddie Hearn For Announcing AJ vs Fury
This week started with a bang with an announcement from Eddie Hearn that both Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury had signed their ends of the contract, seemingly paving the way for a mammoth heavyweight unification bout between the two Brits.
Frank Warren, however, isn’t happy that Hearn announced the fight had been agreed, especially with a location yet to be decided. Speaking to TalkSport, he said, “Everybody signed an agreement that there’d be no announcements unless they were joint and that came out the blue.
“We‘re all not happy but it’s out there now. Long way to go yet - we have to sort out venue.”
Special Coin Commemorating Dillian Whyte And Alexander Povetkin Rematch Created
The highly-anticipated heavyweight rematch between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin in Gibraltar on Match 27, titled the ‘Rumble on the Rocks,’ will be commemorated by a special £2 coin.
The Gibraltar National Mint has commissioned and produced the coin, which will be released in Gibraltar ahead of Povetkin vs Whyte 2. "It feels good," Whyte told Sky Sports. "It's something that's sort of surreal.
"Who would think that someone like me would end up on a coin? I didn't think that someone like me would even be boxing at the level I'm boxing, and be a top athlete.