Play video content Exclusive TMZSports.com Mike Tyson is the only man to ever knock out Larry Holmes ... still, the boxing legend tells TMZ Sports "Iron Mike" ain't the toughest fighter he fought. Holmes was a beast in the ring who scrapped with Tyson, Holyfield, Spinks and just about every other dominant heavyweight of his era. So, when we saw him in NYC, we asked if Mike was the hardest guy he ever faced. His answer ... nope. "My toughest opponent was Kenny Norton. I fought Mike Tyson, I was kinda over the hill a little bit. I had retired then I came back and fight Mike Tyson. I really wasn't in that good of shape." "If I could do it all over again, I'd take more time and do it right." FYI, Holmes -- 69-6 as a professional -- was 39 years old when he was dropped 3 times and KO'd by Tyson in the 4th round of their January 1988 fight. In his 75 pro fights ... it's the only time Holmes was knocked out. As for his 1978 fight with Norton ... it was a 15 round war that Holmes … [Read more...] about Larry Holmes Says Mike Tyson Wasn’t Toughest Opponent, It Was Ken Norton
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Andy Ruiz had six weeks to prepare for the fight of his life. He'll have a lifetime to celebrate one of boxing's biggest stunners in heavyweight history. Ruiz flattened Anthony Joshua and capped one of boxing's biggest upsets to win his share of the heavyweight championship on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. Ruiz won it at 1min 27sec by TKO in the seventh round to become the surprise champ in a bout that had shades of Buster Douglas' upset over Mike Tyson in 1990. READ MORE:Andy Ruiz Jr given little hope of beating heavyweight king Anthony JoshuaAndy Ruiz lands big shot against Anthony Joshua as Joseph Parker's career stallsAndy Ruiz rips Joseph Parker as he's confirmed to fight Anthony Joshua Ruiz barely was on anyone's heavyweight radar when he was summoned as a replacement to fight champion Joshua in front of a packed Garden. All he did was dominate the British champion. The 122kg Ruiz knocked … [Read more...] about Late replacement Andy Ruiz stuns Anthony Joshua to claim world heavyweight titles
At the end of the fourth round of his disastrous United States debut, Anthony Joshua heard his trainer reassure him: "You're back in the game." For three rounds, he was, but then he was out of it again. And he could be gone for good if he loses to Andy Ruiz Jnr a second time. Joshua has a fatal flaw, common among British prizefighters. In old boxing parlance he "fights with his face". He is too easy to hit. In British gyms, defensive skills are taught less enthusiastically than how to attack. Passion and machismo rate more highly than self-protection. But Joshua has an additional weakness. When a fight opens up, and boxers start trading, he can resist everything except temptation, and he lacks the chin to be able to withstand hard counterstrikes. In search of clues as to why Joshua has ended up in this predicament – fighting outside the Saudi Arabian captail Riyadh to recover his world heavyweight belts – I re-watched the first Ruiz fight in New York in June and saw … [Read more...] about Andy Ruiz Jr v Anthony Joshua II: Brit’s fatal flaws that could cost him his career
The Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather superfight was the hottest ticket in town. So naturally a parade of stars were ringside at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the welterweight title clash. The biggest names in Hollywood, the sporting world and music watched as the pair traded blows for 12 rounds, Pacquiao's attacking style neutralised by arch counterpuncher Mayweather. Some stars picked sides, some had personal bets riding on the outcome but all could admire two men who are masters of their craft. Here is your guide to the who's who of the audience for boxing history... Claire Danes looking super-hot Husband Hugh Dancy wasn't looking too shabby either. The Hurricane Denzel Washington He won a Golden Globe and was Oscar nominated for his role as Rubin "The Hurricane" Carter in 1999 movie The Hurricane. The Fighter Mark Wahlberg Playing boxer Micky Ward earned Mark Wahlberg a Golden Globe nomination. In Vegas, he was backing Pacquiao. Southpaw Jake Gyllenhaal The Brokeback Mountain … [Read more...] about Who was ringside when Floyd Mayweather beat Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas?
Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has congratulated Nigerian-born boxer, Anthony Oluwafemi-Joshua, for defeating his opponent Andy Ruiz Jr in Saturday’s World Heavyweight Boxing fight in Saudi Arabia, thus reclaiming his World Heavyweight titles. Dabiri-Erewa gave the commendation in a statement by NIDCOM’s Head of Media and Public Relations, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, on Sunday in Abuja. She said that the victory over the Mexican was not only a thing of pride to Nigerians, but to Africa as a whole. “I congratulate you on this wonderful feat, for winning this tensed but historical fight. “We are truly proud of you and urge you to continue to use your professional prowess to extol the virtues of Nigerian heritage. “Your shinning beacon serves as inspiration to the youth of Nigeria. ALSO READ: Clash on the Dunes: Pictures as Anthony Joshua reclaims titles “Your victory is also a testimony to the fact that Nigerians are great people, … [Read more...] about Anthony Joshua’s victory, testimony Nigerians are great people ― NIDCOM