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TYSON FURY is gearing up for his massive rematch with Deontay Wilder, who has revealed he broke his hand when facing the Gypsy King in 2018.
And Eddie Hearn says Fury must win, if the world is to ever see a unification fight with Anthony Joshua.
But, Bronze Bomber Wilder has revealed that his famous right hand was broken during the first bout between him at the Brit.
Follow all the latest updates from the world of boxing below…
MORNING, BOXING FANS
We are now just eight days away from Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder: The Rematch.
And it is no surprise that things are continuing to hot up ahead of the heavyweight bout.
Wilder revealed that he was only 50 per cent fit for the first bout in December 2018 – because of a broken hand.
Heavyweight champs past and present have weighed in with their predictions for the Las Vegas showdown.
Wladimir Klitschko thinks Wilder will win by KO or Fury will win on points… and he wants the Brit to win.
Anthony Joshua, meanwhile, reckons Fury will learn from going so close to winning last time out and deliver the win this time around.
Speaking of AJ, he was mocked by Wilder for having a "pitty pat" style and declared “irrelevant” in the heavyweight division by the WBC champ.
Elsewhere, Floyd Mayweather revealed he has spoken to UFC boss Dana White about fighting Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov – on the SAME day.
And The Money also added that he barely did any training before his fight with McGregor with just a few sit-ups and push-ups doing the trick before his tenth-round TKO in August 2017.
Finally, Josh Warrington has ordered new promoter Eddie Hearn to land him a Hollywood horrorshow.
The IBF featherweight king has returned to the Matchroom stable after three years with Frank Warren, during which he won and defended the belt in sensational wins over Lee Selby and Carl Frampton.
MAY DAY BANK HOLIDAY
Floyd Mayweather revealed he has spoken to UFC boss Dana White about fighting Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov – on the SAME day.
The 42-year-old officially retired in August 2017 after beating former two-weight UFC champion McGregor – though Mayweather returned a year later to beat kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in a Japanese exhibition bout.
Mayweather told Drink Champs: “I even talked about fighting Khabib and Conor in the same day.
“Khabib in the day and Conor at night.
“You pay one fee, probably $250 (£190), and you get both fights.”
HEARN'S STICKING TO BOXING
Eddie Hearn reckons Newcastle will be the “biggest club” if the ruling family of Saudi Arabia complete a £350million takeover.
Hearn Jr has denied his dad Barry has been part of negotiations and is sticking to boxing, but he had a word of warning for fans of Newcastle's rivals.
Speaking to The Shields Gazette, Hearn said: “They love their combat sports, but football? Another thing altogether.
“But they are major players in everything that they do. They are not around to mess around.
“And if they get involved in a football club, they are going to be spending money.
“They are not short of money, put it that way.”
TALE OF THE TAPE
Here is how the two heavyweight stars match up going into next Saturday’s mega bout.
Both fighters will put their unbeaten records on the line once again as they step into the ring again.
Deontay Wilder is the most brutal hitter I have ever seen and WILL KO tiring Tyson Fury in rematch, writes SunSport columnist Colin Hart.
Imagine a Royal Engineer bomb disposal officer clearing a minefield knowing if he makes one false move he’ll be blown to smithereens.
Now think of Tyson Fury — because that is the kind of danger he’s facing when he attempts for the second time to relieve deadly Deontay Wilder of his WBC world heavyweight title.
The Gypsy King cannot be under any illusions at the perilous position he will be in a week tomorrow — as he experienced the pulverising power in Wilder’s fists when they first met in Las Vegas 14 months ago.
Brit Fury just about survived. Twice he had to haul himself off the canvas and we are still in awe at how he beat the count in the 12th and final round.
The fight ended in a controversial draw. Despite Tyson losing four points as a result of the two knockdowns, the majority view was he had done enough to win.
I’ve seen nearly 70 world heavyweight championship battles and have had a close-up view of some of the hardest hitters in the 131-year history of the division.
George Foreman, Smokin’ Joe Frazier, Earnie Shavers and Mike Tyson are a few lengths in front of the field.
Coming up on the rails are Lennox Lewis, Riddick Bowe, Evander Holyfield, Larry Holmes, Frank Bruno, Anthony Joshua and Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko.
But for me, Wilder is the most terrifying of them all. That rigor mortis right hand of his is the most devastating punch I’ve ever seen.
When it comes to taking a man out with a single shot the Tuscaloosa time-bomb is in a league of his own.
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