The fallout from Floyd Mayweather’s underwhelming bout with Logan Paul continued this week, as the 44-year-old boxing icon admitted he ‘probably won’t do another exhibition’ fight again after being taken the full distance by the rookie YouTuber, putting his rematch with UFC star Conor McGregor in serious doubt. Elsewhere, Mike Tyson’s coach confirmed the heavyweight legend will return to the ring for another exhibition fight in September, and one of Tyson Fury’s sparring partners detailed the ‘phenomenal’ preparation the Gypsy King is putting in ahead of his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder. Here’s everything you need to know…
MIKE TYSON CONFIRMS HIS RETURN TO THE RING: Mike Tyson’s coach says the heavyweight legend will return to the ring for another exhibition fight in September. Tyson, 54, made a sensational comeback to boxing when he fought fellow ex-world champion Roy Jones Jr in an eight-round bout last November. The former heavyweight king, who turns 55 at the end of this month, insisted after that fight he would continue to put on more exhibitions and is already in training for his next one.
Tyson’s coach Rafael Cordeiro has revealed negotiations are ongoing over a TV deal for his next fight, which will take place in September. No opponent has yet been decided but his once-fierce rivals Lennox Lewis (pictured) and Evander Holyfield are both possibilities, having expressed their interest in stepping back into the ring.
‘We continue training. He’s an athlete and is always training, hitting pads here in the gym. I think we’re going to have something in September,’ Tyson’s coach Cordeiro told MMAFighting.com. ‘I don’t know who because his company Legends Only League is working on it and negotiating a TV deal so they can announce a schedule, but we’re training. We’ll be fighting in September.’ Evander Holyfield (right, pictured with Jake Paul) has been training for his comeback for close to a year and has expressed a desire to take Tyson on in an exhibition bout.
TYSON FURY IS A ‘MAN ON A MISSION’: According to one of his training partners, Tyson Fury has been sparring 15 rounds with no breaks in 97-degree sauna conditions and will be ready to fight next week. The Gypsy King is deep into his training camp for his heavyweight trilogy clash against Deontay Wilder, which will be his first fight back since dethroning him almost a year and a half ago.
Fury, who has been out in the States since early April, has been putting in the hours in the gym in anticipation of a blockbuster showdown with Anthony Joshua in the summer before he was ordered to face Wilder in a rematch. The third fight with Wilder is still six weeks out, with the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas booked for July 24, but Fury’s training partner Dmitry Salita has claimed he is already in supreme fighting condition, looking ‘unstoppable’ and showing no signs of any ring rust.
‘I have just been in Miami with Tyson and he is in great shape for Wilder next month,’ former world title challenger Salita (pictured) told MyBettingSites.co.uk. ‘I went to the gym and he did 15 rounds straight with no break – he’s training hard, in phenomenal condition and great spirits. From a purely boxing point of view he looks like he’s ready to fight next week. He’s in great shape; strength-wise, cardio-wise, skill-wise. timing-wise. He’s never going to be Mr Olympia, but don’t judge the book by the cover.’
AJ’s promoter told DAZN: ‘I can tell you that this week, that this is a more confident footing than the Joshua – Fury negotiations, because I know Alex Krassyuk (Usyk’s promoter) very well, and I know Usyk very well. This week that fight will be signed. We’re looking at September in London. Just finalizing the details. It’s a great fight, a dangerous fight, it’s not the one we necessarily wanted or expected.’
The venue to host the fight will be Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, according to Sky Sports. It is hoped that the 62,000-seater venue will be able to welcome a capacity crowd by the autumn. Hearn continued: ‘It’s a high level heavyweight fight. It’s a unified heavyweight champion against the undisputed cruiserweight champion, and on we go with that fight – it’s a big event.’ Usyk (pictured) is yet to taste defeat as a professional but Joshua would be a huge step up in quality.
FLOYD MAYWEATHER ‘UNLIKELY TO POCKET $100M PAYDAY’: Floyd Mayweather is unlikely to rake in the $100m payday many expected from his exhibition bout with Logan Paul, an expert in calculating pay-per-view buys has claimed. Mayweather, 44, returned to the ring for the first time since New Year’s Eve 2018 to face YouTube novice Paul in an eight-round contest. Paul, 26, survived the duration of the exhibition fight with the veteran in an underwhelming spectacle for fans.
Mayweather claimed he could earn as much as $100million (£71m) in total from the fight when PPV figures and everything else was accounted for. However, Dave Meltzer, an American journalist whose calculations of pay-per-view buys are well-respected in boxing, has estimated that Mayweather v Paul garnered between 600,000 and 650,000 buys. Mayweather is understood to be entitled to 50 per cent of the PPV buys for the event – priced at $49.99 (£35) in the States – equating to roughly $16.5m (£11.6m), according to The Mirror.
The 44-year-old was reportedly guaranteed a $10m (£7m) flat fee to appear in the Miami fight, and told reporters after the contest that his short sponsors contributed another $30m (£21.2m). In total, those sums would equate to $56.5m (£40m), meaning Mayweather would fall short of the nine-figure projection, although the PPV calculation from Meltzer does not account for international buys.
WILL MAYWEATHER FIGHT AGAIN? Floyd Mayweather has admitted he ‘probably won’t do another exhibition’ fight ever again after being taken the full distance by novice boxer Logan Paul. The American, 44, could not land a concussive blow on his younger and heavier opponent and has now said that could be the last time he ever fights again, ending any chances of a rematch against Conor McGregor.
Speaking afterwards, Mayweather said: ‘I wanted to give people a show and he was fighting to survive, he was the bigger guy but his background was wrestling so was good at tying me up… A guy that’s retired, training a few days a week, for me to be retired, be a grandfather and fight a guy in his 20’s. When the money comes, we will see who the winner is.’
Mayweather continued: ‘I could have pressed really hard but it was fun. His whole goal was to survive and that was a win for him. If he’s happy, so be it. In the history books I will always be the greatest.’ He added: ‘Will I make a comeback? Absolutely not. I have retired from the sport of boxing. I probably won’t do an exhibition again either.’ That ends any chance of Mayweather fighting UFC star Conor McGregor (pictured) in a rematch.
LOGAN PAUL INSISTS HE’S ‘NOT TOO BAD’ AFTER MAYWEATHER FIGHT: Logan Paul says he’s ‘not too bad’ after surviving eight rounds with Floyd Mayweather in their exhibition fight on Sunday. The YouTuber-turned boxer managed to avoid being knocked out by the undefeated Mayweather, who could pocket $100m from the bout depending on TV revenues. Though Mayweather dominated the bout, Paul indicated he had not come off worse for wear.
The social media star, who lost his only professional fight to KSI in 2019, shared a picture of him sporting minor bruises around his eyes and one at the top of his chest alongside the caption: ‘not too bad’. Rules stated there could be no official winner but that there could be a knockout, determined by the referee. The fight went the distance but both boxers have been criticized by fans, who paid up £17 each to watch the fight in the UK and about $50 to watch in the US.
Paul himself joked that Mayweather may have let him ‘survive’. After the bout, he said: ‘This is still one of the greatest moments of my life… damn, I’m happy. You never know with this guy, I’m going to go home thinking, “Yo, did Floyd let me survive?”.’
CARL FROCH CLOSE TO AGREEING COMEBACK: Former super-middleweight world champion Carl Froch is set to make a sensational return to the ring to take on legend Roy Jones Jr. Froch, 43, has been in talks with the 52-year-old American, who held world titles in four different weight divisions, over an exhibition bout. And Nottinghamshire Live reports negotiations could be completed this week.
Froch has not been in the ring since he famously knocked out George Groves at Wembley Stadium in 2014. Jones’ last outing occurred in November 2020 when he took part in an exhibition contest with Mike Tyson in Los Angeles. The result was scored as a split draw in a pay-per-view event that attracted the sixth largest pay-per-view audience in boxing history.
Jones believes he still has plenty to offer. ‘Carl Froch says I’m shot to bits,’ he told IFL TV. ‘Well, okay. But show me, show me that I’m shot to bits. Show me. I don’t care, show me that I’m shot to bits. Wembley Stadium, live – 80, 100,000, I don’t care.’ Jones (left) took part in an exhibition contest with Mike Tyson in Los Angeles last year.