Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury ‘not a difficult fight to make’, says Frank Warren

Tyson Fury’s UK-based promoter Frank Warren insists “our door is open” to agree “the fight he wants” against Anthony Joshua.

Fury (WBC) and Joshua (IBF, WBA and WBO) hold every major belt between them and Warren is in “ongoing talks” with promoter Eddie Hearn to stage a fight that would crown the undisputed champion of boxing’s glamour division.

“It’s not a difficult fight to make. Whatever is on the table is 50-50,” Warren exclusively told Sky Sports.

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“Fury is the No 1 heavyweight but we don’t say 60-40. 50-50 down the middle.

“Once we get the offer that we’re supposed to be getting, we’ll be in a position to sit around the table and knock it into shape. It’s not about me or [Joshua’s promoter Hearn’s company] Matchroom. It’s about getting this fight made.

“If we can’t make this happen between us, then we’ve got to point the finger at whoever doesn’t make it happen.”

Joshua is first seeking a UK location for his mandatory title defence against Kubrat Pulev, while Fury is contracted to a third fight with Deontay Wilder.

Fury previously told Sky Sports: “All going well, god willing, we get on the big fight with me and Joshua, the all-British showdown and I can give the fans what they want to see.”

Warren said: “I’m very excited at the thought of this fight. But both fighters have contracts at the moment – AJ against Pulev and Fury against Wilder.

“If an offer came up, that the Pulev fight had to be avoided, or our contracted Wilder fight had to be avoided, then we need to make that happen. Let’s get it on.

“We’ve been waiting for various offers. Nothing has arrived yet. There have been ongoing talks.

“Fury? I know I speak on his behalf – he wants the fight. More than anything, he wants the fight.

“I don’t think Matchroom want the fight.

“All day long, Tyson Fury beats AJ.

“I had this conversation 18 months ago when Tyson came back. It’s not an issue. This is the fight he wants.

“It’s the first time ever four belts would be contested in the ring at heavyweight between two Brits. The No 1 heavyweight champion, undefeated, Tyson Fury is the most popular sportsman in the country at the moment.”

Top Rank’s Bob Arum, who promotes Fury in the US, exclusively told Sky Sports: “If Fury beats Wilder and if Joshua beats Pulev, which I don’t want because [I promote] Pulev, then we would go ahead and do Fury vs Joshua next year.

“I don’t think the negotiations would be fraught with difficulty. We could negotiate the deal, if we met in person, over the course of one day.

“We are not known for playing games. We understand Eddie. I worked for many years with his father Barry.

“My prediction would be: we get a deal done over the course of one day.”

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Joshua would “sign now” for two fights against Fury in 2021, Hearn previously told Sky Sports.

Warren replied: “There will have to be a rematch. But that’s not an obstacle. There are no obstacles to stopping this fight happening.

“Our door is open. We’ve all signed a non-disclosure agreement. We’re waiting for an offer.

“At our end, it is not a problem.”

Joshua previously told Sky Sports: “Logically to prove yourself as No 1, I have to fight Tyson Fury. He has to fight Anthony Joshua.

“What it will prove, me and him fighting? There will be one dominant figure in the heavyweight division that will have all of the belts and become undisputed.”

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Warren insists their dream meeting would be one-sided in the WBC champion’s favour.

He said: “Has AJ got a better jab than Fury? No.

“Is AJ a bigger puncher? I don’t think so.

“Has he got a better chin? I don’t think so.

“Has he got the hand speed or footwork of Fury? I don’t think so.

“Tyson is so good in every department. When you saw him get off the floor from that punch by Wilder it tells you what he’s all about.”

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Floyd Mayweather’s offer to pay for George Floyd’s funeral is not the first time he has displayed such kindness

Floyd Mayweather has still never publicly spoken about the time he paid for the funeral of his former opponent. For the loudmouth nicknamed ‘Money’, his silence is more revealing than the showmanship he is known for.

The retired boxing great has offered to pay for the funeral of George Floyd, the African-American whose death in police custody has sparked widespread protests in the USA, but such an act is something Mayweather has done before.

In 2011, he quietly and discreetly took care of the finances when Genaro Hernandez, who he had shared the ring with, was laid to rest.

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Mayweather and Hernandez were hardly friends.

The build-up to their fight in 1998 was spiky and filled with insults – a 21-year-old Mayweather was beginning to understand that making himself a villain was great for business. As such, he provoked and prodded the respected Hernandez before challenging for his WBC super-featherweight championship.

Mayweather was unbeaten in 17 and two years removed from winning an Olympic bronze medal but, by beating Hernandez at the Las Vegas Hilton, he became a world champion for the first time.

He would go on to become king in five divisions and retire with a 50-0 record as an all-time great but his fight with Hernandez was his first major acid test at the top level.

Hernandez had lost just once in 40 fights, to Oscar De La Hoya, but was forced to retire on his stool after eight one-sided rounds in the young and bombastic Mayweather’s favour.

“It took me a couple rounds to feel him out,” said Mayweather. “But after the second round, I started using my jab, and then I took control of the fight.”

Hernandez said: “Father Time caught up with us. He’s a true champion, and he’ll be a champion for a long time. He was just too quick for me.”

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Their paths seemed destined never to cross again. Hernandez retired after the defeat.

Mayweather became the biggest and loudest star in the sport. He beat Arturo Gatti, Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton while flaunting the riches that he was rewarded with. He was absolutely brilliant and knew it.

But fascinatingly, Mayweather was arguably at the peak of his arrogant and obnoxious ‘Money’ alter-ego when, in 2011 when Hernandez passed away aged 45, he made a private gesture that he still refuses to acknowledge.

He paid for the funeral of his former opponent without fanfare or publicity. Hernandez’s medical bills had been picked up by promoter Bob Arum.

Two years later, Mayweather told ES News: “My room had posters. The fighter above me? Genaro Hernandez. He was unbelievable. I said: ‘No fighter will ever beat him’.”

It was a display of generosity not least because he knew the Hernandez family were struggling financially.

It was not the only time Mayweather’s public mask fell.

He also paid for the funeral of heavyweight legend Joe Frazier, who boxed Muhammad Ali.

Mayweather has become known for sponsoring turkey giveaways on Thanksgiving in communities who can’t afford to buy their own celebratory meals.

He paid for the prestigious Golden Gloves amateur boxing tournament to take place in Michigan, his home state, when it threatened to fall through due to financial problems.

The word on the street is that he gives extremely generously to the homeless who he sees in Las Vegas.

It is a remarkable paradox that the boxer who has repeatedly fallen foul of the law while encouraging his own distastefully wealthy reputation is capable of acts of such kindness.

His latest gesture to the family of George Floyd, amid an influx of sportspeople weighing in on his death and the resulting protests, was also done quietly through choice. It comes months after Mayweather lost his uncle and former trainer, Roger, and his ex-partner and the mother of his children Josie Harris.

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It was explained via Mayweather Promotions on social media that the CEO of the boxer’s The Money Team music label, Anzel Jennings, grew up with George Floyd in Houston. Jennings put George Floyd’s family in touch with Mayweather who has committed to covering the cost of four funeral services planned to remember him.

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Drew McIntyre names WWE stars whose careers he hopes to emulate

WWE Champion Drew McIntyre has revealed the two fan favourites whose careers he hopes to emulate.

The imposing Scotsman is riding the crest of a wave as the first ever British world heavyweight champion in WWE history.

The 6ft 5in powerhouse captured the title from Brock Lesnar with a succession of his signature Claymore kicks at WrestleMania 36 in April.

Speaking to Mirror Sport's Tony Quant, the star said he wants to compete for as long as possible.

And he named two superstars – coming up to 23 and 31 years in the ring respectively – whose long run inspires him to stay at the top.

Asked what gift he would like to wake up with on his upcoming 35th birthday this weekend, McIntyre joked that he would like to "swim around in R-Truth and Rey Mysterio's fountain of youth and start ageing backwards like they both have!"

The grappler has been living in the United States for the last 13 years and also recalled an interaction with a WWE writer in which the pair both were taken aback at how quickly that time has gone by.

He said: "I was speaking with Dave Kapoor backstage at Raw the other day and I told him that he did my first ever backstage pre-tape, when I was talking about getting dual citizenship and I was 22 then. And now I am coming up for 35 – it's just crazy."

McIntyre has certainly had a rollercoaster ride to get to his current position. After being picked out as a future world champion by WWE top brass Vince McMahon in 2009, the Ayr native, real name Andrew Galloway, was released from the company in 2014.

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His career revival on the independent scene led to him re-signing with the promotion in 2017, he then won the 2019 Royal Rumble, and etched his place in the history books by capturing the WWE title at WrestleMania 36.

With McIntyre now in the top spot, his focus is shifting towards his upcoming title defence against former MMA star Bobby Lashley.

The pair clash at the Backlash pay-per-view event, which takes place on Sunday June 14, airing live on the WWE Network and BT Sport Box Office.

You can watch WWE Champion Drew McIntyre and more WWE Raw action every Monday at 1am, only on BT Sport 1 HD.

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Fury teaches son valuable life lesson after spilling Diet Coke in his new car

Tyson Fury taught his young son a life lesson after a mishap involving an accidental spillage of Diet Coke.

Always a man of his word, Fury seems to have instilled these values into his children as Prince Tyson Fury II made no bones about the fact that he'd ruined the new car.

Clearly proud of his son, Father Tyson took to social media to share the clip far and wide.

In the video posted online, Fury asks his son: "What happened this morning?"

His son looks sheepishly at the camera, as he wears a bright yellow t-shirt saying 'SNOOZE'. He is holding a toy rabbit.

"I spilled Diet Coke on the new car," the youngster replies.

"And what did daddy say?", says Fury.

"It's okay," says Tyson II as he hugs his toy and smiles at his dad.

Fury continues: "Ah, so cute – he thought he was going to get in trouble but he told me anyway because I told him if he tells the truth he'll never get into trouble.

"He told me 'Dad, I've spilled Diet Coke on the car floor – I'm sorry.'

"And I said, my boy, it's okay, because it's good when you tell the truth, isn't it!"

The pair then finish off with a cute exchange as Fury asks: "Who's your best friend"

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His son replies: "You."

Father Tyson asks: "Who's my best friend?"

Fury II replies: "Me!"

Fury has taken to social media often throughout lockdown, notably completing a live daily workout every morning at 9am throughout the entire process.

He reunited with a man whose life he saved on Monday morning during a walk on the beach.

Fury took the man – was having suicidal thoughts – on a run in December and talked him out of killing himself.

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Mayweather sends $88.5k cheque after offering to pay for funeral of George Floyd

Floyd Mayweather has offered to pay for the funeral of George Floyd in four separate services.

The retired boxer is prepared to finance funerals in Houston, Minnesota, Charlotte and one further location that is still to be confirmed.

Mayweather's close representatives reportedly told TMZ that "he is just doing what he feels is right in his heart."

A separate news report claims that the family of George Floyd has accepted Mayweather's offer.

TMZ then posted a picture of a cheque sent from Mayweather to Robert Swearington Fort Bend Memorial funeral home for $88,500, to cover the costs.

Floyd died just over a week ago in controversial circumstances after being arrested by police officer Derek Chauvin, who has since been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

The 46-year-old died in police custody in Minneapolis after his arrest for allegedly attempting to use a counterfeit $20 note.

A video emerged online of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes during the arrest.

Floyd pleaded numerous times for Chauvin to remove his knee, complaining he couldn't breathe.

He passed out at the scene before later dying in hospital, and his death has since sparked violent protests in 30 cities across America.

Tributes have poured in from the world of sport in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, demanding justice for Floyd.

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Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez tempted to Japan by Ryota Murata, a ‘LeBron James-type’ figure and a national icon

Ryota Murata is the subject of fascination in Japan, a superstar who shines so bright that he is tempting Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez to the Land of the Rising Sun.

It would be a remarkable decision for Mexico’s Canelo, one of boxing’s biggest stars, to have his first fight outside of his home country or the US in a place where the local media admits he is largely unknown.

Japan has its own boxing star, Murata, a handsome and charismatic personality who frequently appears on daytime TV shows and enjoys the type of adulation from his countrymen that the Mexicans bestow upon Canelo. These two forces, heroes in their homes but anonymous in each other’s, are on a lucrative collision course.

Canelo’s promoter, Golden Boy president Eric Gomez, told Sky Sports: “He wants to fight abroad and we have discussed with him fighting in Japan, a homecoming in Mexico, and the UK. He has considered all of those options and, before he retires, he will fight abroad.

“It’s about his brand. He wants to become a more international star, not just fighting in the US. He wants to become an even bigger star than he is now. He has fans all over the world and he wants to build on that.”

Murata’s name was a surprise addition to the list of possible opponents for Canelo earlier this year, adding to Britain’s world champions Billy Joe Saunders and Callum Smith.

He offers something unique.

Murata is “one of the most recognised individual-sport athletes in the country”, according to a Sky Sports source, above the sumo wrestlers who compete in Japan’s national sport.

For Canelo, Murata offers a key to unlocking the Asian market.

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Murata won Olympic gold in 2012 but, crucially, did so as a middleweight. Japan hadn’t won boxing gold since a bantamweight in 1964 but Murata, as the nation’s heaviest-ever Olympic champion, was also their 100th gold medallist. He became a source of wonder for his size and a celebrity was born.

A book-lover with a Bachelor degree and quick wit, a documentary about Murata’s life was a hit and his fights were broadcast to a massive audience.

“He understands what his fans and public are looking for,” a source in Japan said.

A second source added: “He used to be a badass when he was younger, in his teens, but he is now known as an intelligent person.

“It is hard to tell if Murata enjoys his fame or not. He does not try to make himself look bigger than who he is.

“I don’t think he wants to be a rock star. He got into pro boxing, which he had once denied he would do, because he thought [it would give him] the biggest success in his life.

“His nature as a competitor drove him; he certainly knew that he was a rare heavier-weight class Japanese boxer and wanted to achieve something not many Japanese had done by winning a world title, which he has eventually achieved.”

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Bob Arum’s Top Rank sensed an opportunity and snapped Murata up to their promotional outfit, but his American debut was underwhelming.

He outpointed Gunnar Jackson then said: “I could not respond to expectations and it was a lame performance. I’m ashamed by my weak boxing.”

A controversial split decision in his first world title fight went against him in favour of Hassan N’Dam. Such was the dispute, the WBA suspended two of the judges involved and apologised to Murata.

The Japanese hero won the rematch by stoppage in Tokyo and reacted: “I thought that the fans were going to desert me, saying: ‘There’s no way a guy like this can become a world champ’. But they still came out and I want to express my utmost appreciation.”

He picked up the WBA ‘regular’ middleweight title – at the time, Gennadiy Golovkin held the ‘super’ version plus the IBF and WBC.

The humble Murata said: “Boxing lovers will know there’s a stronger middleweight champion than me out there. I’ll try my best to beat him.”

Bob Arum’s dream was to create an Asian mega-fight between Murata and Golovkin, who has Korean heritage, but more disaster struck.

Murata was shocked in 2018 by Rob Brant in what was supposed to be a Las Vegas showcase.

“I’m really bad against boxers who are quick on their feet. I took a lot of blows,” Murata said. “It’s the first time I’ve taken such a beating.”

He turned down his right to a rematch and considered retiring but eventually a second fight was arranged in Japan.

“He’s like a LeBron James-type figure over there,” Brant said. “When we went to the press conference, there were more people than were at some of my early pro fights.”

Murata knocked Brant out to reclaim his WBA ‘regular’ belt last year. Canelo holds the WBA ‘super’ title.

“I don’t believe Canelo’s name is known by the general public [in Japan],” a source said.

“Everybody knew Mike Tyson back in the day, but not Canelo or any other global stars in the sport today.”

Floyd Mayweather won an exhibition fight against Tenshin Nasukawa in Japan 18 months ago but both Sky Sports sources believe the locals had little idea of who he was.

“Everybody knew Michael Jordan but LeBron James is not as famous among the public, although LeBron is probably as good as Jordan,” the source compared.

“But among the boxing fans here, it would be a big event if Murata fights against Canelo at the Tokyo Dome, at which no boxing matches have been hosted since Mike Tyson fought Buster Douglass in 1990.”

The second source added: “It will be a big event but the market is limited to boxing fans. However, people will learn about Canelo when press conference is held. Canelo is not famous yet. I would say Golovkin is more famous.

“In general, people don’t know boxers outside of Japan.”


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Murata and Naoya Inoue, the three-weight world champion and pound-for-pound knockout artist, are “as famous as Japanese boxers could possibly become” in their country.

How the coronavirus pandemic impacts Canelo’s plans remains to be seen.

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Undertaker opens up about Roman Reigns WWE WrestleMania regret – ‘It bothers me’

The Undertaker regrets not being able to give Roman Reigns his absolute best at WrestleMania 33. Reigns became one of only two superstars to ever defeat Undertaker at WrestleMania in 2017 in a match that was supposed to launch him to superstardom.

Taker, however, is not pleased with the end result and insists it still “bothers” him that he wasn’t able to fight through a hip injury and deliver a five-star match.

Undertaker told The Bill Simmons Podcast: “He’s a really good dude, he deserved it and I just wanted to be able to give the best to him that I could knowing what that match was going to mean to his career.

“When I couldn’t deliver for him, yeah that stuff bothers me. My hip was so bad going into that match, I couldn’t perform at a level I would’ve liked to perform at.

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“The magnitude of putting Roman over was going to be a big launching pad for him, obviously I wanted to perform and wanted that to be the moment where this is the slingshot and I just didn’t have it.”

Undertaker had been the most mysterious figure in all of WWE ever since his debut in 1990 as he performed as a demonic supernatural entity and refused to break character.



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However, The Deadman has loosened up in recent years and even released a tell-all mini series on the WWE Network entitled The Last Ride where he opens about his retirement plans.

The Phenom was supposed to roll credits on his scintillating career three years ago after losing to Reigns but decided to extend his legacy to redeem himself.

The seven-time world champion knew he wasn’t fully fit for months and was sure he wouldn’t be ready for WrestleMania but went ahead regardless.

Undertaker added: “I knew it yeah, I knew it before it even started. I knew I was going to be in trouble at the Royal Rumble in January before that, if you go back and look at the footage you can tell that I’m not in the shape I should be in.


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“I couldn’t train the way I wanted to train but I had already committed. I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place and passing a torch is a really big thing in our industry.

“He’s a really good dude, he deserved it and I just wanted to be able to give the best to him that I could knowing what that match was going to mean to his career. When I couldn’t deliver for him, yeah that stuff bothers me.”

Undertaker has had many matches ever since his loss to Reigns and even competed twice at WrestleMania where he defeated John Cena and AJ Styles.

The ex-WWE Champion’s next appearance is completely unknown but it seems like his retirement date is fast approaching.

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Titus O’Neil addresses George Floyd, ‘uncomfortable conversations’ in chat with Tampa police

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TAMPA, Fla. — WWE superstar Titus O’Neil, a finalist for the 2020 Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award and a former Florida Gators defensive end, said Saturday that it should not fall on minorities to lead discussions on racism in America. He is calling on people from all races to take a vested interest in eradicating racism.

He also believes people must be “willing to be uncomfortable” to have discussions that will bring about positive change.

O’Neil, whose real name is Thaddeus Bullard, hosted an Instagram Live conversation with actor and former WWE star Dave Bautista, Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan and Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister to discuss the death of George Floyd.

Floyd, who was black, died Monday after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, kneeled on his neck for several minutes. Floyd’s death has shaken the Minneapolis community and sparked protests in cities across the United States. Chauvin was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, local authorities announced.

“The reality of it is … it shouldn’t be on the minorities to lead this discussion,” said O’Neil, who credits attending a Sheriffs Youth Ranch camp as a troubled teenager for reshaping the course of his life. “When we talk about America being the greatest country in the world, we need to start by learning how to become the greatest people in the world.”

“When you have stuff like this and many other issues that are systemic and institutional, it’s very hard to have faith in the system because the losses are far greater than the victories. And in this case, we’re hoping and praying and rooting for the justice system to serve. ‘Just give us at least one.’ Let’s start with one victory here. But people from all races have the responsibility to help make this country better and to help eradicate. It’s not all on my back.”

O’Neil spoke about the marches led by Martin Luther King Jr. from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, during the civil rights movement and also about how the power of images of people from different races coming together and getting involved to support the cause — even in the face of danger and violence — continues to resonate today.

“The uncomfortable conversations — the way you feel uncomfortable — some of y’all go to football games all the time. It’s hot or cold as I don’t know what. And you’re still uncomfortable. But you’ll sit through that football game. Because you’re interested. You’re invested. You bought that ticket. It don’t matter how hot it is — especially here in Tampa, you bought a ticket to go see Tom Brady perform — you’re gonna sit in that. It could be lightning and monsooning and you’ll be right there.

“So all I’m asking is that in the midst of this, and prior history before this: Be willing to be uncomfortable. Be willing to ask and have questions and give answers. Don’t brush aside people’s hurt and anger and try to politicize it and say, ‘If Colin Kaepernick was kneeling because of this reason, police brutality, you make it about the flag or you make it about the military and this and that.’ No. This is why he kneeled. We raised fists because we wanted to be liberated from this type of behavior.”

O’Neil has worked to foster better relationships between minorities and law enforcement in Tampa. He partnered with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston to put together an event called Champions of Character Day, which included a kickball game between Tampa youth and police. O’Neil also mentors at-risk youth.

During Saturday’s Instagram Live, O’Neil detailed the challenges of being a parent raising black children today. His sons Thaddeus Jr. and Titus are both teenagers. Thaddeus is now driving, and O’Neil has been looking at having a dashboard camera installed in the car in the event his son is pulled over by law enforcement.

“That’s another layer of something I’ve gotta have a talk about every single time my son gets in the car,” O’Neil said. “And both of my sons are honor roll students, honorable people, great human beings, would never do anything harmful to anybody. And here I am, ‘Superman’ in some people’s eyes. And for the first time in my life, I don’t have one f—ing answer to say, ‘It’s gonna be a OK.’ Because the last time I told them it was gonna be OK, it wasn’t f—ing OK. And the time before that I told them it was gonna be OK, it wasn’t f—ing OK.

“And if I’m feeling that, how do you think people — I heard a woman say earlier today, a 79-year-old black woman say, ‘They tear-gassed those protesters the same way they did us back in the day.'”

Dugan, a friend of O’Neil’s, said he understands the hurt and frustration people feel, which has led to protests all across America, including one in which one federal law enforcement officer was shot and killed and another wounded in Oakland, California. But Dugan wants people to know that the actions of a few bad cops should not reflect on the entire profession.

“You should have a problem with this. That’s what I want people to understand. You should be outraged at what happened,” Dugan said. “And just because you are mad about this and outraged doesn’t mean you’re against the police. You’re against bad cops. And everybody — even cops — the thing that good cops hate is a bad cop. I want people to be upset. They need to be able to vent. They need to be able to realize that they can still be angry about this and still be pro-police.”

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Jones demands 'RELEASE' from his UFC contract, as White spat continues

UFC lightweight champion Jon Jones demands to be ‘RELEASED’ from his contract and hints a move to boxing, after Dana White claimed that ‘being the greatest of all time doesn’t mean you get $30m’

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Dana White and Jon Jones have continued their spat over financial demands for the UFC lightweight champion’s next fight, with ‘Bones’ even hinting he could quit the promotion to take up boxing.

The pair have been embroiled in a back-and-forth row in recent days over negotiations that have broken down in regards to Jones stepping up to the heavyweight division to take on Francis Ngannou.

White claimed that Jones had been asking for an ‘absurd’ amount of money for the potential fight, causing Jones to launch a Twitter tirade that blasted the claims as ‘absolute b******t’ and that White had tarnished his name.

Jon Jones has demanded to be released from his UFC contract in his ongoing spat with Dana White over his financial demands for his next fight

Many have since questioned why White cannot pay Jones the money he wants, with the UFC president having called him the ‘greatest of all time’.

But White hit back, claiming talent alone does not earn the money for a fight and that his draw numbers and personal conduct outside the octagon have not helped his cause.

‘Being the greatest of all time does not mean he will get $30 million [£24million],’ White said. ‘[It’s] being able to sell. In one of his Tweets he said I tarnished him [his image]. I tarnished you?! You’ve done a very good job of tarnishing [yourself]. I haven’t done that.’ 

‘Hunter [Campbell, White’s lawyer] told him, “You can come in here and walk through the numbers.” He [Jones] said, “I don’t give a f*** what the numbers are! I want what I want. That’s it!” That’s not how life works.

White has claimed that ‘Bones’ does not warrant the money he is asking for to compete

‘Why don’t you guys fly back and tell you bosses, ‘F*** what this company makes! This is what I want. You’re gonna give it to me.’ See how that f****** works out for you.’

Jones has been strong in denying he wanted a specific amount of money from White to make the step up, and his fury led to him threatening to quit UFC if the promotion ‘undervalue me this much.’

White though brushed off the threat, claiming the 32-year-old is free to do as pleases, while also stating he has thus far failed to fulfil his potential.

‘I’m always looking at what Jon Jones could have been,’ he added. ‘He could have been the LeBron [James] of this sport. He really could have been that big.

‘For stuff that he’s been through, to show up and basically demand $15 million or $20 million or $30 million? It’s crazy! So he can do whatever he wants to do. He can sit out, [or] he can fight. You know how this works. You guys know how I am. Jon Jones can say whatever he wants.’

Jones had been hoping to step up to heavyweight and take on Francis Ngannou 

Jones though responded once again on Twitter on Sunday, slamming White for bringing up his life outside of UFC as a reason why he doesn’t deserve more pay and demanding a UFC release so he could potentially earn more from going into boxing.

‘The reporter asked Dana to show the text messages instead he gives a 55 second response talking about why would I lie,’ Jones said.

‘At no point did I ever demand anything from you Dana, I simply asked for a Super fight and asked to be compensated for it. You are the one who started talking negotiations publicly and showing the world how much you’ve been withholding from your athletes this whole time.’

‘Hunter and I had a very respectful conversation, I love how you’re trying to paint this picture of me being some angry guy disrespectfully demanding money. And then bringing up my out of the cage affairs to justify under paying me by tens of millions for years.’

‘You’re talking all that big guy stuff about not caring, put your money where your mouth is and release me from that contract.

‘I’d probably make more in my first boxing match than my next three UFC fights combined. There’s real estate, acting, just kicking it and being a dad. No one needs to put up with Dana‘s lies.’

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