Is Floyd Mayweather “ruining his legacy”? That is one fighter’s accusation because the pound-for-pound nice considers exhibition bouts in opposition to rapper 50 Cent and YouTubers Jake and Logan Paul. Struggle Discuss delves into the gossip.
There’s deal with the heavyweights too as Daniel Dubois plans his return to boxing, Joe Joyce confirms he is near signing a combat with Oleksandr Usyk and Derek Chisora plans to settle unfinished enterprise with Joseph Parker.
And, in one thing of a twist, former super-middleweight champions Carl Froch and George Groves reminisce like outdated friends on their as soon as bitter rivalry.
Mayweather plans 4 exhibition bouts in 2021
Floyd Mayweather Jr has an unblemished skilled document of fifty wins, is a 15-time world champion in 5 weight divisions and is arguably the best self-promoter of the fashionable period.
Like him or detest him, it is exhausting to query Mayweather’s capability and achievements.
The 43-year-old retired from the game after his 2017 victory over Eire’s UFC star Conor McGregor – in what was probably the most profitable fights in boxing historical past.
However the American brought on a stir this week after saying he needs 4 exhibition bouts in 2021, in opposition to YouTubers Logan and Jake Paul, an unnamed Japanese opponent and … rapper 50 Cent.
Mayweather was scheduled to combat Logan, 25, on the finish of this month however the exhibition has been postponed.
In the meantime Jake, the youthful of the Paul brothers, has two skilled wins – over fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib and former NBA basketballer Nate Robinson.
The 24-year-old could not assist having a bit chew again at Mayweather’s problem within the type of a poem.
Posted on Instagram, Jake’s verse went like this: “Do us a favour and keep off social media. It’s best to deal with studying to learn, retirement or perhaps an encyclopaedia.
“You name me out to combat, however you are half my top. You would possibly beat my brother however Jake Paul is a distinct sort.”
No person is suggesting Jake’s phrases are on par with Muhammad Ali’s lyrical brilliance, nevertheless it did appear to impress Britain’s former UFC star Michael Bisping…
Jake is ready to tackle ex-UFC fighter Ben Askren, in a boxing bout, in April.
And issues began to get out of hand when Askren additionally put his personal title within the combine for Mayweather…
Askren quickly clarified that he was joking. Trying humour on Twitter would not all the time work out as meant.
‘Floyd man, you are ruining your legacy’
Mayweather has stunned a couple of individuals by searching for out money-making exhibition bouts.
However – after a stellar profession that included wins over Oscar de la Hoya, Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Manny Pacquiao – has he earned the suitable to combat who he needs?
Unified light-weight world champion Teofimo Lopez did not maintain again when requested the query.
“Floyd, man, you are ruining your legacy,” American Lopez informed Sirius XM Boxing.
“It is a rattling disgrace to see all of it occur like that. I really like Floyd, man. I appeared as much as him.”
Maybe surprisingly, given they will often be fairly dismissive of those exhibition bouts, most boxing followers are siding with Mayweather on this one…
Dubois ‘again with a vengeance’
Lower than three months in the past, heavyweight Daniel Dubois was thought of one of many hottest prospects in world boxing.
However all that modified after the 23-year-old misplaced to fellow Briton Joe Joyce in November.
Dubois suffered a damaged eye socket and retinal bleeding throughout the combat, however has now introduced he’s clear to return to the game after profitable surgical procedure…
Based on the Mail, Dubois can be set to nominate Mark Tibbs – who used to coach British heavyweight Dillian Whyte – as his new coach.
Joyce-Usyk practically signed & Chisora needs Parker
Whereas Dubois appears to rebuild his profession, Joyce is near signing a combat with Ukraine’s former cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk for the interim WBO heavyweight title.
“It is wanting like April, negotiations appear to be going properly,” Joyce informed BT Sport. “Appears just like the combat is lining up properly and it is nearly confirmed.”
Usyk was final in motion when he beat Derek Chisora on factors in November.
We did not know if that was the final we would see of 37-year-old Chisora – however the Londoner says he has unfinished enterprise…
Chisora was meant to face former world champion Joseph Parker in October 2019 however the combat was referred to as off as a result of the New Zealand heavyweight was ailing.
Froch-Groves III on the cobbles
They’d probably the most fierce British rivalries in recent times however Carl Froch and George Groves look like good buddies lately.
Froch controversially stopped Groves within the ninth spherical in November 2013, earlier than a extra convincing eighth-round knockout six months later in entrance of 80,000 followers at Wembley.
The fights have been simply as memorable for the build-up, with the notorious verbal exchanges and head-to-heads.
Virtually seven years later, Groves appeared on the Preventing with Froch podcast final week because the pair reminisced on these two fights and even hinted at a doable third combat…
Froch-Groves III? They don’t seem to be severe… I do not suppose.