﹛﹛※Boxing Tonight§ is?i＊s weekly look ahead to the Saturday night action in the UK and beyond, with the details on how to watch and what to look out for.
﹛﹛In 1976, Muhammad Ali arrived in Tokyo, hurling jibes about Pearl Harbour and buoyed by a knockout win over Richard Dunn just a month earlier.
﹛﹛It is a strange quirk of Ali＊s career that when it was not yet over 每 he would fight on for another five years, admittedly with his best days long behind him 每 he deigned to take part in the odd spectacle of 15 rounds with Antonio Inoki. In a closer resemblance to modern-day MMA than boxing, the Japanese wrestler inflicted such serious damage upon the People＊s Champion＊s legs that his famed movement was never quite the same.
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﹛﹛Almost a half century on and the charade of the exhibition fight is taken no more seriously in some quarters, however much Mike Tyson, David Haye, and so many other former champions insist the sport is indebted to the phenomenon of ※YouTube boxers§.
﹛﹛It is not only the Paul brothers who dabble in these strange spectacles, of course. Tyson himself made those comments on the back of his night in the ring with Roy Jones Jr, when the two men had a combined age of 105. Logan Paul, is at least only 26, but he is too inexperienced for his Floyd Mayweather show to be sanctioned.
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﹛﹛That, and the fact that there is a five-inch height difference and a 52lbs gulf in weight between the two men, has meant that Florida State Boxing Commission will not officially recognise the fight.
﹛﹛There will be no judges, though knockouts will be allowed, both camps have switched to 10-ounce gloves, and the younger man＊s army of 23 million fans will not see his arm held aloft even in the event of the shock of all shocks.
﹛﹛Footage of his bagwork which emerged earlier this week suggests that is probably a moot point, but Mayweather is getting ever richer if no longer testing himself. The man who calls himself ※Money§ spoke of ※working smarter, not harder,§ which goes a long way towards explaining why Conor McGregor and kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa are his most recent opponents. He even called the Paul fight a ※legalised bank robbery§ against a man whose record currently reads 0-1.
﹛﹛A vote will be held by promoters to determine a winner on the night. Perhaps the more pertinent question is whether there are any real winners at all.
﹛﹛Date:?Sunday 6 JuneVenue:?Hardrock Stadium, Miami GardensFight time:?Ring walks expected around 4am BSTTV/live stream:?The fight is available in the UK on Sky Sports Box Office (a penny for Josh Taylor＊s thoughts here＃) for ㏒16.95Undercard highlights:?Undoubtedly Badou Jack 每 he＊s now facing Dervin Colina after Jean Pascal withdrew from their rematch at short notice, having tested positive for banned substancesi?predicts:?An official winner won＊t be announced, but for what it＊s worth, a straightforward night＊s work for Mayweather should lie ahead
﹛﹛Enough cynicism, however, as there is an intriguing return for Daniel Dubois on the cards against Bogdan Dinu. Six months have passed since that humbling defeat to Joe Joyce and now the moment has arrived to tell just how damaging it was.
﹛﹛As well as a broken eye socket and nerve damage, what Dubois suffered against Joyce was a barrage of criticism for ※quitting§, albeit that clamour dampened down when it became apparent just how badly his vision had been affected. Indeed, had he not quit, it＊s doubtful whether he would be in a position to come back so soon, or at all.
﹛﹛So ※Dynamite§ has a reputation to restore, and plenty of ground to claw back if he is to reposition himself as one of Britain＊s most exciting young prospects. As part of that mission, he has brought in trainer Shane McGuigan who will be in his corner for the first time.
﹛﹛Dubois could arguably have sought out an easier opponent, but it would have done little to regain his credibility. Dinu is probably the ideal middle-ground; he＊s fought big names like Jarrell Miller and Kubrat Pulev (knocked out by both), but he＊s been back on a diet of journeymen since then.
﹛﹛At stake (for some reason) is the interim WBA heavyweight title.
﹛﹛Date:?Saturday 5 JuneVenue:?Telford International Centre, UKFight time:?Ring walks expected around 10pm BSTTV/live stream:?The fight is being televised on BT Sport 1, which you can also stream on PC, Mac, smartphone, or tablet with the app and online player and if you＊re not a BT Sport subscriber, you can buy a monthly pass for ㏒25Undercard highlights:?Tommy Fury vs Jordan Grant 每 not exactly two world-beaters (Grant＊s record is 2-0 and Fury＊s is 5-0) but there will be plenty of interest in Fury after his emphatic win over Scott Williams in February.i?predicts:?Dubois by KO
﹛﹛The big news out of Matchroom this week was confirmation from Eddie Hearn that he will finally be moving his fights from Sky Sports to DAZN.
﹛﹛The streaming platform has agreed a five-year deal and will show 15 fights per year from the promotion company.
﹛﹛It should offer fighters a better idea of what they＊ll be earning, rather than relying on hit-and-miss pay-per-view numbers which can be very difficult to predict. As for boxing fans, they should be able to pay a monthly subscription rather than having to regularly fork out for PPV bouts. Hearn insisted PPV is not ※dead§ but insisted it ※needs to be for the right occasion§.
﹛﹛Anthony Joshua fights will not initially be part of the DAZN deal, with the British heavyweight still having one fight 每 most probably against Oleksandr Usyk 每 left to run with Sky Sports. Dillian Whyte is also not signed up, but that could change if he continues working with Hearn.
﹛﹛Hatton: ＆I＊m not trying to get away from my name 每 I＊m proud of who I am＊ Shock defeat a ＆crushing blow＊ that leaves Warrington short of options Eubank＊s regret over Watson brain injury still a powerful storyOkolie wants to step out of AJ＊s shadow 每 and then come for the heavyweightsJoshua or Fury 每 but first Usyk: Joyce lays out his big heavyweight plans
﹛﹛No Man＊s Sky is getting yet another big update, this time focused on the way the sci-fi adventure looks. The update is called ※Prisms,§ and developer Hello Games describes it as ※a visual overhaul§ of the game. It＊s available starting today.
﹛﹛The changes include new weather effects, volumetric lighting, furry aliens, skies full of stars, and more. The studio also says that PC and next-gen versions of the game will get ※detailed reflections, improved lighting quality, more detailed biomes, and more.§ You can get a good rundown in the trailer above. As part of the update, No Man＊s Sky is also getting a very cool new feature: flying pets that you can ride. These include giant beetles, flying worms, and huge butterflies.
﹛﹛As always, the update is available for free. Thanks to a steady stream of expansions, No Man＊s Sky is a vastly different game today compared to when it launched in 2016. This year alone has seen added features like alien pets, a new quest structure, and even the Normandy starship from Mass Effect.