Light Heavyweight Championship – UFC 235 http://ufc235.com/ Thu, 30 Jun 2022 19:01:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://ufc235.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default-150x150.png Light Heavyweight Championship – UFC 235 http://ufc235.com/ 32 32 UFC 2022 Hall of Fame induction ceremony: Khabib Nurmagomedov and Daniel Cormier headline this year’s class https://ufc235.com/ufc-2022-hall-of-fame-induction-ceremony-khabib-nurmagomedov-and-daniel-cormier-headline-this-years-class/ Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:00:30 +0000 https://ufc235.com/ufc-2022-hall-of-fame-induction-ceremony-khabib-nurmagomedov-and-daniel-cormier-headline-this-years-class/ Getty Images The UFC Hall of Fame induction ceremony is a staple of the promotion’s annual “International Fight Week” schedule. This year, the event takes place on June 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. This year sees three inductions, with no new entries into the pioneer or contributor wings. That doesn’t mean the ceremony […]]]>
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The UFC Hall of Fame induction ceremony is a staple of the promotion’s annual “International Fight Week” schedule. This year, the event takes place on June 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

This year sees three inductions, with no new entries into the pioneer or contributor wings.

That doesn’t mean the ceremony is short of notable inductees though, as two of the most dominant fighters of the modern era and one incredible fight will all be honored.

Let’s take a look at the UFC 2022 Hall of Fame inductees.

Khabib Nurmagomedov (modern wing)

Nurmagomedov already had an impressive 16-0 record when he made his UFC debut. He then tore through the lightweight ranks in the Octagon, picking up 13 more victories and winning the lightweight championship in April 2018, winning the vacant belt in a fight against late replacement opponent Al Iaquinta. Nurmagomedov successfully defended the championship three times, including a bout with bitter rival Conor McGregor that ended in a bitter brawl. After defending the title against interim champion Justin Gaethje, Nurmagomedov announced he was retiring from the sport with a perfect 29-0 record. The decision came after the death of his father, Abdulmanap, who was also Nurmagomedov’s head coach and guiding voice in his career. Nurmagomedov’s legacy is the most dominant lightweight in the history of the UFC, if not MMA as a whole.

Daniel Cormier (modern wing)

One of the great American amateur wrestlers of his generation, Cormier seemed like a hot prospect when he made the transition to mixed martial arts. Cormier found early career success in Strikeforce, rising from a heavyweight Grand Prix tournament reserve to tournament winner. In April 2013, Cormier made his UFC debut with a decision win over multi-heavyweight champion Frank Mir. Despite his 13-0 record and success at heavyweight, Cormier dropped to the light heavyweight division two fights after his victory over Mir so that he and his longtime friend and sparring partner Cain Velasquez wouldn’t ever have to meet in the Octagon. He engaged in a legendary feud with light heavyweight champion Jon Jones which saw Cormier lose his first fight, but after Jones’ legal issues stemming from a hit-and-run, Cormier would win the vacant title over Anthony Johnson. a fight later. After several more title defenses – and a loss to Jones in their rematch which was overturned due to Jones failing a doping test – Cormier returned to heavyweight and knocked out Stipe Miocic to become a two-division champion. . Cormier decided to retire from active competition after losing both the rematch and the rubber match against Miocic. He is now one of the voices of the UFC, serving as both a commentator and analyst for the promotion.

Cub Swanson vs. Doo Ho Choi (Fighting Wing)

Swanson and Choi met in 2016 in a wild featherweight battle. At the time, Choi was riding a 12-fight winning streak, including eight straight knockout wins (three in the Octagon). Swanson was an established veteran who had competed 19 times in the WEC and UFC cage before meeting Choi. The two would immediately engage in a back-and-forth brawl, but each man nearly scored finishes as they went the full distance of three rounds. Swanson took the victory on the scorecards, breaking Choi’s streak. The fight was an obvious choice for Fight of the Night and won numerous awards as the best fight of 2016.

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Aljamain Sterling gets nostalgic watching Jon Jones coach at PFL 5 https://ufc235.com/aljamain-sterling-gets-nostalgic-watching-jon-jones-coach-at-pfl-5/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 18:23:41 +0000 https://ufc235.com/aljamain-sterling-gets-nostalgic-watching-jon-jones-coach-at-pfl-5/ UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling knows what it’s like to get one-on-one advice from UFC legend Jon Jones. Jones made a rare public appearance this weekend at PFL 5 in Atlanta, GA on Saturday. He was one of the PFL heavyweight cornermen and former UFC fighter Maurice Greene for his fight against Denis Goltsov. Jones […]]]>

UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling knows what it’s like to get one-on-one advice from UFC legend Jon Jones.

Jones made a rare public appearance this weekend at PFL 5 in Atlanta, GA on Saturday. He was one of the PFL heavyweight cornermen and former UFC fighter Maurice Greene for his fight against Denis Goltsov.

Jones had the opportunity to show his vast knowledge of the fighting game, as well as his ability to communicate and inspire his teammates, during the fight. A clip of Jones cornering Greene has gone viral on social media after it aired on the PFL show.

Listen to Jones’ corner work at PFL 5 underneath.

Many MMA fans praised Jones for the brief glimpse into his cornering style. However, it was a tough outing for Greene who ended up losing by unanimous decision to Goltsov.

On an Instagram post from MMA Fighting showing corner work, Sterling reminisced about a time when Jones helped him early on in his development.

“I love this version of Jones,” Sterling said. “It reminds me of my freshman year at SUNY Morrisville, and me checking in and training, with a coach. Good old day!”

Sterling and Jones were briefly teammates at Morrisville State College in New York. Jones studied criminal justice before dropping out and pursuing his career in MMA.

Jones is planning a return to the UFC later this year, potentially against former heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic. The former light heavyweight champion has not competed since his victory over Dominick Reyes at UFC 247.

While Jones has had his fair share of controversy away from fighting, he has had a significant impact on fighters like Sterling who have managed to climb to championship gold.

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Carlos Ulberg stops Tafon Nchukwi early at UFC Vegas 57 https://ufc235.com/carlos-ulberg-stops-tafon-nchukwi-early-at-ufc-vegas-57/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 02:07:42 +0000 https://ufc235.com/carlos-ulberg-stops-tafon-nchukwi-early-at-ufc-vegas-57/ The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us tonight, June 25, 2022, for UFC Vegas 57live from the UFC Apex in Enterprise, Nevada. The event will be led by a pair of lightweight ranked killers in Arman Tsarukyan (#11) and Mateusz Gamrot (#12), and co-led by welterweight contenders Neil Magny (#10) and Shavkat Rakhmonov (#10). ° […]]]>

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us tonight, June 25, 2022, for UFC Vegas 57live from the UFC Apex in Enterprise, Nevada.

The event will be led by a pair of lightweight ranked killers in Arman Tsarukyan (#11) and Mateusz Gamrot (#12), and co-led by welterweight contenders Neil Magny (#10) and Shavkat Rakhmonov (#10). ° 10). 15).

Headlining the preliminary card was a light heavyweight bout between kickboxing champions Carlos Ulberg (19-2 kickboxing, 4-1 MMA) and Tafon Nchukwi (13-1 kickboxing, 6-2 MMA).

Keep reading to see how this epic 205-pound clash unfolded:

Official result: Carlos Ulberg defeated. Tafon Nchukwi via TKO (punches) at 1:15 of the first round

Ulberg opens the fight with a hard shot to the body, before Nchukwi tries to counter, starting to control the center of the octagon. Ulberg then catches Nchukwi with a nasty counter left hook and stuns him badly.

Ulberg follows up with a few hard punches and that’s all she wrote.

Man, for two kickboxing champions to have a fight that lasts 75 seconds… What a performance from Carlos Ulberg! He is now 5-1 as a professional.

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Madani Rahmani takes on Nika Nozadze for the WKN title in Liège https://ufc235.com/madani-rahmani-takes-on-nika-nozadze-for-the-wkn-title-in-liege/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 08:52:44 +0000 https://ufc235.com/madani-rahmani-takes-on-nika-nozadze-for-the-wkn-title-in-liege/ Two WKN World belts are up for grabs at “La Nuit Des Gladiateurs” this Saturday, June 25 in Liège, Belgium. The annual event features some of the host country’s top representatives against international opponents in five-round Muay Thai battles for the prestigious crown. Advertisement In one of the championship bouts, Moroccan-Belgian Youssef Boughanem makes the […]]]>

Two WKN World belts are up for grabs at “La Nuit Des Gladiateurs” this Saturday, June 25 in Liège, Belgium. The annual event features some of the host country’s top representatives against international opponents in five-round Muay Thai battles for the prestigious crown.

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In one of the championship bouts, Moroccan-Belgian Youssef Boughanem makes the first defense of his WKN Super Welterweight Muay Thai title against Spaniard Toni Romero. Boughanem won the belt by TKO in the fourth round against Joe Craven of the United Kingdom in April 2019 in Brussels. Romero held the Spanish WBC Muay Thai national belt with the win over Ignasi Larios.

In another title quest, local star Madani Rahmani takes on Nika Nozadze of Georgia for the WKN cruiserweight Muay Thai belt. The latter replaces previously announced Spaniard Jean Simon Mendes Bass, who was forced to step down due to COVID, World Kickboxing Network reported via his Twitter page (@WKNkickboxing). Rahmani is the winner of the WKN Intercontinental super light heavyweight title by unanimous decision against Jurij Orlov at the previous edition of “La Nuit Des Gladiateurs” last November in Soumagne. Nozadze is a three-time national champion and two-time Asian champion.

“‘La Nuit Des Gladiateurs’ marks a return to the spectacular Muay Thai events in Belgium, which have always produced high-level competition,” said World Kickboxing Network President Stephane Cabrera. “World champion Youssef Boughanem and intercontinental champion Madani Rahmani are two internationally recognized athletes. These fights promise to be explosive, and may the best win.

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Vitaly Bigdash’s sensational submission that secured his ONE 159 title shot https://ufc235.com/vitaly-bigdashs-sensational-submission-that-secured-his-one-159-title-shot/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 07:49:36 +0000 https://ufc235.com/vitaly-bigdashs-sensational-submission-that-secured-his-one-159-title-shot/ Vitaly Bigdash will have the opportunity to reclaim ONE Championship gold when he takes on defending champion Reinier de Ridder at ONE 159 on July 22. The Russian picked up three straight wins en route to a title opportunity, but it was his epic submission win over Fan Rong at ONE: Winter Warriors 2 that […]]]>

Vitaly Bigdash will have the opportunity to reclaim ONE Championship gold when he takes on defending champion Reinier de Ridder at ONE 159 on July 22.

The Russian picked up three straight wins en route to a title opportunity, but it was his epic submission win over Fan Rong at ONE: Winter Warriors 2 that sealed the deal.

ONE Championship recently posted a video of the Bigdash vs. Rong fight on their YouTube channel, reminding everyone of the Russian’s impressive submission that night.

“Before Russian powerhouse Vitaly Bigdash challenges ONE two-division world champion Reinier de Ridder for the middleweight crown at ONE 159 on July 22, relive his sensational submission of Chinese warrior Fan Rong in December 2021!”

Watch the full video below:

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After his submission over Rong, Bigdash picked up a win over rival Aung La N Sang in their trilogy bout to make it three straight wins. Now the traditional wrestler will be able to test his skills against a relentless submission machine in “The Dutch Knight”.

Bigdash excels at chainfighting against the fence, weighing down opponents heavily and making them more susceptible to his strong body locks and single-leg takedowns.

The Russian’s key to victory will be smothering the champion with constant pressure, potentially crushing a five-round decision.


Vitaly Bigdash can come for more than one of Reinier de Ridder’s championships

If Vitaly Bigdash succeeds in reclaiming his middleweight championship from ‘The Dutch Knight’ on July 22, he could still have business with the current champion.

In an interview with ONE Championship, the 37-year-old said his goal is to become a two-division champion before hanging up the gloves:

“To become champion in two weight classes – that’s my life goal now. But let’s not rush it, let’s take it up a notch and if I’m supposed to win it, then that’s how it’s going to be.”

As of now, Reinier de Ridder is the holder of the middleweight and light heavyweight titles. If Bigdash is successful in capturing the middleweight crown at ONE 159, there’s a good chance the two will face off again for de Ridder’s light heavyweight title.

It would be similar to how de Ridder beat Aung La N Sang for the middleweight title in 2020 and then won the light heavyweight title from Sang six months later.

Do you think Vitaly Bigdash could upset Reinier de Ridder or will ‘The Dutch Knight’ maintain their unbeaten streak at ONE 159?


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‘Gordon Ryan Vs. Pedro Marinho’s July 14 Rematch https://ufc235.com/gordon-ryan-vs-pedro-marinhos-july-14-rematch/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 20:15:24 +0000 https://ufc235.com/gordon-ryan-vs-pedro-marinhos-july-14-rematch/ Gordon Ryan and Pedro Marinho will meet again at the Who’s Number One: Who’s Next final on July 14 in Austin, Texas. The last time the pair faced off was the 2019 ADCC, with Gordon submitting Marinho via an inside heel hook just 3 minutes into the game. Of course, both […]]]>



Gordon Ryan and Pedro Marinho will meet again at the Who’s Number One: Who’s Next final on July 14 in Austin, Texas.

The last time the pair faced off was the 2019 ADCC, with Gordon submitting Marinho via an inside heel hook just 3 minutes into the game. Of course, both have evolved their games since then, with Gordon Ryan dealing with health issues and remaining relatively inactive, while last year Marinho won double gold at the IBJJF NoGi Worlds and beat Craig. Jones to win the WNO Light Heavyweight Championship.

The match is scheduled for a 30-minute exhibition and will be featured in the Who’s Next finale to serve as the culmination of the 16-man reality show which features up-and-coming grapplers who have been split into two teams, coached by bitter rivals Craig Jones and Tim Spriggs.

Watch the Tezos WNO: Who’s Next Finale on FloGrappling, July 14. It all happens at the Palmer Event Center in Austin, Texas.






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Daily Pro Wrestling History (06/18): CM Punk Wins ROH World Title – WON/F4W https://ufc235.com/daily-pro-wrestling-history-06-18-cm-punk-wins-roh-world-title-won-f4w/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 19:29:16 +0000 https://ufc235.com/daily-pro-wrestling-history-06-18-cm-punk-wins-roh-world-title-won-f4w/ 1933 Waterloo, Iowa:– Joe Stecher beat George Vassell – Abe Kashey drew Bob Jessen 1937 Kansas City, Kansas:– Everett Marshall defeated Nanjo Singh to retain the world title– Lou Thesz defeated Warren Bockwinkel – Dan O’Connor drew Walter Podolak 1943 St. Joseph, Missouri:– Jim Londos beat Ronnie Etchison to retain the world title – Orville […]]]>

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Waterloo, Iowa:
– Joe Stecher beat George Vassell
– Abe Kashey drew Bob Jessen

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Kansas City, Kansas:
– Everett Marshall defeated Nanjo Singh to retain the world title
– Lou Thesz defeated Warren Bockwinkel
– Dan O’Connor drew Walter Podolak

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St. Joseph, Missouri:
– Jim Londos beat Ronnie Etchison to retain the world title
– Orville Brown beat Joe Dusek by DQ

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Abraham Nova seeks victory to set up title shot https://ufc235.com/abraham-nova-seeks-victory-to-set-up-title-shot/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 10:37:23 +0000 https://ufc235.com/abraham-nova-seeks-victory-to-set-up-title-shot/ ALBANY – One win away from a possible world title, undefeated Albany boxer Abraham Nova will fight at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden for the first time on Saturday night. Nova, who is 21-0 with 15 knockouts, will face two-time Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez (9-1) in a featherweight bout on ESPN at […]]]>

ALBANY – One win away from a possible world title, undefeated Albany boxer Abraham Nova will fight at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden for the first time on Saturday night.

Nova, who is 21-0 with 15 knockouts, will face two-time Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez (9-1) in a featherweight bout on ESPN at 10 p.m. Saturday. It’s the co-feature with a light heavyweight championship fight between Artur Beterbiev and Joe Smith Jr.

“You say Madison Square Garden is the Mecca of boxing,” Nova said in an interview this week at Quail Street Boxing Gym. “I’m really grateful and very excited to go out there and show my skills and show my talent in front of all my local fans and my fans around the world.”

The fight is for the USBA and WBO Global titles, which are regional belts.

Nova said a victory over Ramirez would earn him a fight for the WBO featherweight title, currently held by Emanuel Navarrete. Nova was ranked fourth by the WBO as of May 14. A spokesperson for Top Rank, which promotes Nova, said a win would put Nova in a “very good position” for a world title fight – although not guaranteed.

“I’m here and I just need my opportunity and I’m telling you Saturday night is my chance to show the world that I’m the next big thing to come,” said Nova, who goes by the nickname “Super ” and is recognizable. by his beard dyed blond.

Nova, 28, sought to make the U.S. Olympic team in 2016 but lost in the semifinals of the Olympic trials. Ramirez, a native of Cuba, won gold medals in the flyweight division in London in 2012 and at bantamweight in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

“When I was a kid, my goal was to be an Olympian,” Nova said. “I couldn’t win the Olympic trials, but knowing that I had this guy coming in and he’s got two gold medals, when I beat him, that’s gonna make me feel like, hey , I have my gold medal .

Ramirez, a southpaw, has won nine straight fights since losing his pro debut.

Nova, who is 5-foot-9, has a four-inch height and an advantage over Ramirez.


“I feel like I have everything set up in my favor,” Nova said. “The only thing buzzing about him is that he has two gold medals. Other than that, I feel like I have the experience, I have the power, I have the height, I’ve got the reach and I’m fighting at home. I have everything in my favor. I can’t guarantee anything but a win. I’m going to win.”

Nova is coming off an eighth-round technical knockout against William Encarnacion in January at the Turning Stone Resort Casino. That set up the Ramirez fight, co-promoted by Top Rank president Bob Arum, who became Nova’s promoter two years ago.

“They had high hopes for me. They still do,” Nova said. “They want me to become world champion, which I know I am capable of.”

Prior to this fight, Nova spent two months training at the Boston site of EverybodyFights, a chain of boxing gyms.

“It’s hard to train at home when you know everyone and everyone is calling you,” Nova explained. “I step away and focus on training, going through a path where I’m disciplined, eating well and having no distractions.”

Otherwise, Nova is still very much from Albany. He was born in Puerto Rico and moved to the capital region when he was 9 months old with his parents, both Pentecostal ministers. He attended Giffen Elementary School, Hackett Middle School, and Albany High School. He started boxing in Quail Street aged 12.

Nova, her four brothers and five sisters still live in the Albany area. He said he wanted to be the first ‘legitimate world champion (to) come out of Albany’, not counting Mike Tyson, who grew up in Brooklyn and trained in Catskill before winning 11 of his first professional fights. in the capital region.

“I’m going to be that guy to make it happen for 518 and bring that real organization world title and show the world that I’m No. 1 and show Albany if you work hard no matter what city you’re from. you come, you can make your dreams come true,” Nova said.

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Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith Jr. set up light heavyweight for exciting fights and an undisputed champion https://ufc235.com/artur-beterbiev-vs-joe-smith-jr-set-up-light-heavyweight-for-exciting-fights-and-an-undisputed-champion/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 22:29:06 +0000 https://ufc235.com/artur-beterbiev-vs-joe-smith-jr-set-up-light-heavyweight-for-exciting-fights-and-an-undisputed-champion/ For all its shortcomings in recent years, the sport of boxing remains on the rise for the second straight calendar year, with much of that success fueled by the increase in undisputed title fights. Of the eight male boxers to unify all four recognized world titles in a single division over the past two decades, […]]]>

For all its shortcomings in recent years, the sport of boxing remains on the rise for the second straight calendar year, with much of that success fueled by the increase in undisputed title fights.

Of the eight male boxers to unify all four recognized world titles in a single division over the past two decades, six have performed since 2017, including four times alone in the past 13 months. On the women’s side, four of the five undisputed champions of the four-belt era have been crowned in the past three years.

Much of the talk around having a single champion reign over boxing’s top divisions has included the hope that welterweight and heavyweight, the sport’s two financial divisions, would quickly follow. Given the ongoing talk of a fall clash between Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford and rumors that Tyson Fury is looking for the winner of the scheduled rematch between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua, it’s clear we’re getting closer. .

One of the sometimes overlooked splits that is closing in on its own undisputed peak weighs in at 175 pounds as unified WBC and IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev (17-0, 17 KOs) takes on WBO champion Joe Smith Jr. (28 -3, 22 KOs) on Saturday at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York City. The winner could be heading to a four-belt showdown against WBA champion Dmitry Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs), who recently upset pound-for-pound king Canelo Alvarez.

Alvarez’s inclusion in one-off light heavyweight bouts in recent years hasn’t been enough to garner the division’s attention and anticipation for a single big fight that former champions Sergey Kovalev and Adonis Stevenson were hoping for. 10 years ago circling each other in expectation of a four-belt clash that never materialized. The closest to that split was Kovalev headlining a pair of pay-per-view fights against Andre Ward for three world titles and the crown of best P4P in play.

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If there’s one thing Bivol’s recent upset of Alvarez has done, it’s raised the stakes as to the magnitude of a potential undisputed fight. Not only does Alvarez remain determined to get a rematch with Bivol after his fall trilogy at super middleweight against Gennadiy Golovkin, Bivol did well to raise his profile and P4P rankings with the win.

If Bivol did end up fighting Beterbiev in a clash between undefeated champions who are both ranked among the best in the world, the idea of ​​Alvarez fighting the winner is the best form of escalation to money and exposure for any the world at the top of the division.

But a victory for Beterbiev on Saturday is far from guaranteed. Although Beterbiev was listed as a 7-1 betting favorite, the 37-year-old Russia native has only fought twice in three years and has looked just human enough lately despite his knockout streak to wonder if the competition has caught up with him. with him.

Smith, 32, has been his usual stable self since a 2019 decision loss to Bivol. The hard-hitting Long Islander has won four straight, including a 2021 majority decision over Maxim Vlasov to claim the vacant WBO title, and slowly added seasoning to his game after arriving on the scene as an overachieving puncher who once retired Hall of The famous Bernard Hopkins.

The only potential problem with making an undisputed winner’s fight against Beterbiev is whether the promoters and networks representing the two champions will be willing to work together in a way that Kovalev and Stevenson were not. Additionally, is the potential four-belt title fight in question commercially significant enough to make sense for two competing networks to put on a common PPV card?

In a perfect world, problems like these would never be a problem. Unfortunately, boxing doesn’t exist in this world, which is why Alvarez’s inclusion in the mix could end up being crucial. Although Alvarez currently works with DAZN and promoter Eddie Hearn, the same couple who support Bivol, the Mexican superstar has used his influence and star power to make his own decisions in recent years and bridge the political divide in the sport.

But before Bivol (or even Alvarez) can harbor any hopes of undisputed glory, there must first be a crowned winner between Smith and Beterbiev. And given the punching power of both and the opportunities at stake, we can expect another thrilling clash in a division that has managed to capture the attention of casual fans.

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Roy Jones Jr. felt ‘disrespected’ by ‘gifted’ fan comments https://ufc235.com/roy-jones-jr-felt-disrespected-by-gifted-fan-comments/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 19:30:00 +0000 https://ufc235.com/roy-jones-jr-felt-disrespected-by-gifted-fan-comments/ Roy Jones Jr. is one of the best boxers of his generation. Defeat fighters like Reggie Johnson, James Toney, etc. The four-division champion was resilient and hard-working. Therefore, Jones does not attribute all of his success to talent alone. ADVERTISING The article continues below this ad LAS VEGAS – NOVEMBER 18, 1994: Roy Jones Jr. […]]]>

Roy Jones Jr. is one of the best boxers of his generation. Defeat fighters like Reggie Johnson, James Toney, etc. The four-division champion was resilient and hard-working. Therefore, Jones does not attribute all of his success to talent alone.

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LAS VEGAS – NOVEMBER 18, 1994: Roy Jones Jr. celebrates his win over James Toney at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Roy Jones Jr. won the IBF super middleweight title by a UD 12.
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Recently, fans called Jones an extremely gifted fighter, a comment the American fighter didn’t appreciate too much.

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Why did Roy Jones Jr. feel looked down upon by fans?

The 53-year-old has worked tirelessly throughout his career spanning over two decades. Therefore, when fans praised Jones by calling him “Gifted”, the four-division champion felt insulted by the comments. During an interview with SHOWTIME BoxingRoy Jones Jr. explained why he felt disrespected.

According to him, by calling him gifted, fans discredited the hours of hard work he put into perfecting his craft and being the best. He said, “It’s disrespecting my hard work. You understand me. So people say oh he’s the most gifted. I mean that’s cool, but that’s bullshit. That’s bullshit because I’ve spent more hours in the gym going over things day in and day out than anyone you know.

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Additionally, Jones added that other than Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali, no other fighter has worked harder than him in the ring. He said, “Who up there today but Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali can give you highlights that come close to making you want to watch them.”

Jones’ greatest moments in the ring

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Jones has a career highlight reel that every boxer dreams of. “Captain Hook” has beaten great boxers over the years to rack up 66 wins in 75 fights. One of his best moments came when he won his world championship, the IBF middleweight title, beating Bernard Hopkins by decision.

Moreover, another big moment in the 53-year-old’s career came after his first loss to Montell Griffin, as he was disqualified for hitting Griffin when he was knocked down. However, Jones got his hands on Griffin again as he soundly defeated Griffin by knockdown and again won the WBC light heavyweight championship.

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