Miguel Cotto has vowed to produce a classic performance when he battles Sadam Ali for the WBO super-welterweight belt in his farewell fight. The four-weight world champion wants to bring a fitting end to his 46-fight career by defeating Ali at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday night. Cotto has battled some of the biggest names in boxing such as Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, and promised to deliver a final memorable encounter for the fans.
Tony Bellew has revealed Tyson Fury's dismissive response during a recent phone call but remains confident he could topple the former heavyweight world champion. The Merseysider called for a fight against Fury after the postponement of his rematch with David Haye, who suffered a bicep injury last month. Promoter Eddie Hearn expects to firstly reschedule the Haye fight, but admits a domestic clash with Fury could be a 'simple deal' and Bellew has already discussed it personally with his potential opponent.
When Bobby Roode challenged Baron Corbin for the United States Title on SmackDown LIVE, The Lone Wolf replied with a curt, “No.” He might end up wishing he had taken the offer. At WWE Clash of Champions, a night where every championship is on the line, The Lone Wolf will now face two challengers for his title: Roode and, in a surprising twist, Dolph Ziggler, who has been a thorn in the side of The Glorious One since his debut late into the summer. The title match provides ample opportunity for both Superstars to reassert themselves. Roode came up short as part of Team SmackDown at Survivor Series, and Ziggler hasn’t been seen since losing a 2-out-of-3-Falls Match to The Glorious One on Halloween, a night he openly wondered what would be next for his career. Corbin, meanwhile, is
Conor McGregor is one of the few fighters who has the power to enact positive change in mixed martial arts. If McGregor believes that a rule change is required to make the sport safer for the competitors, a few public comments from him will go a long way toward making that happen. Jumping over the top of the cage, shoving a referee and going on a wild rant at a show in which he’s not competing or licensed as a cornerman is just about guaranteed to make others view him as an entitled rich guy and pay him little heed. McGregor is an astute man but he didn’t present himself that way at Bellator 187 on Friday in Dublin. McGregor’s friend and training partner, Charlie Ward, defeated John Redmond at 4:59 of the first round. But McGregor leaped over the cage, slapped a Bellator employee a
Fernando ''Ferdie'' Pacheco, ''The Fight Doctor'' who served as Muhammad Ali's ringside physician, has died. He was 89. Pacheco's daughter, Tina Louise Pacheco, told The Associated Press that he died Thursday morning at his Miami home after prolonged illness. Pacheco was born in Tampa and opened a practice in Miami after earning a medical degree from the University of Miami. He met Cassius Clay, who would later become Muhammad Ali, in 1960 when the fighter began training with Angelo Dundee at the 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach. Pacheco worked as Ali's cornerman from 1962-1977, which included three successful title bouts. Pacheco has said he left his position after suggesting Ali retire because of serious injuries. Ali fought four more matches, losing three. Story Continues
Deontay Wilder can't wait to get Anthony Joshua into the ring. He's just not sure when it's going to happen. ''I just want to prove who is the best, that's all I want to do,'' Wilder said Thursday. ''I want people to see a great fight and witness the two best heavyweights compete with each other one night in the ring.'' Wilder, who is coming off an impressive first-round knockout of Bermane Stiverne, said his representatives have been in contact with Joshua's camp, and the two sides are exploring ways to stage the heavyweight unification fight. It could happen sometime next year, Wilder said, if Joshua's handlers aren't too protective of the British fighter. ''I think they're hesitant for a reason,'' Wilder said by phone to The Associated Press. ''They've got a great thing...