Boxing news LIVE: All the latest as Anthony Joshua prepares for Kubrat Pulev, Yarde reaction, Spence wins, Tyson fight

HEAVYWEIGHT boxing is back as Anthony Joshua prepares to take on Kubrat Pulev on Saturday night at Wembley Arena in front of 1,000 fans.

The next week is set to be filled with thrills and spills as a potential Joshua vs Tyson Fury match-up heats up.

Keep up with ALL the news with our live blog below…

  • Richard Forrester

    GOOD MORNING BOXING FANS,

    Dana White has slammed that ‘state of boxing’ after Logan Paul signed a deal to fight Floyd Mayweather.

    The UFC chief was left baffled by the YouTuber getting the green light to fight the 50-0 legend having lost to KSI.

    He told Nelk Boys: “When people ask me about the state of boxing right now, that’s where it’s at.

    “Didn’t that kid get beaten up by the f video game kid from England and now he’s going to fight Floyd Mayweather?”

    Meanwhile David Haye has claimed that Anthony Joshua suffering a first professional defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr was the best thing that could have happened.

    He told Sky Sports: “I think that was the best thing to ever happen to Anthony Joshua.

    “I think he’s going to become the fighter he was always going to be, because he’s got that taste of defeat and he doesn’t like that.

    “None of us winners like that taste of defeat and if there’s anything humanly possible to get back into your winning run, no matter how hard you have to dedicate yourself, what type of sparring, what type of pain behind the scenes, you don’t want that feeling of a loss.”

    And finally, the man himself has been letting sparring partners pound him in preparation for his long-awaited ring return.

    A year ago yesterday, British heavyweight star AJ jabbed and moved his way to a rematch win over Andy Ruiz Jr.

    He said: “I haven’t boxed in such a long time but that’s why in lockdown I’ve done a lot of mental training.

    “Also a lot of sparring, getting my body tough again — just getting punched up.

    “Sometimes in sparring in my head I will say ‘I’m going to take this round off and let this boy punch me up because I need to get tough’.

    “I need to get that thick skin again. That’s the closest way I can prepare — and I hope it now comes to fruition on Saturday.”

  • Joe Brophy

    AJ HIT SQUAD

    Anthony Joshua has been letting sparring partners pound him in preparation for his long-awaited ring return.

    A year ago yesterday, the British heavyweight star jabbed and moved his way to a rematch win over Andy Ruiz Jr.

    He said: “I haven’t boxed in such a long time but that’s why in lockdown I’ve done a lot of mental training.

    “Also a lot of sparring, getting my body tough again — just getting punched up.

    “Sometimes in sparring in my head I will say ‘I’m going to take this round off and let this boy punch me up because I need to get tough’.

    “I need to get that thick skin again. That’s the closest way I can prepare — and I hope it now comes to fruition on Saturday.”

  • Joe Brophy

    BEST OF BRITAIN

    David Haye has singled out Anthony Joshua as the sole genuine threat to Tyso n Fury.

    He told Sky Sports News: "This is a serious test for him now, Kubrat Pulev, and then it's the big one.

    "Then it's the Tyson Fury fight and I think there is only one guy in the world who the odds makers will give a legitimate chance of beating Tyson Fury. That's someone as powerful, as strong, as fast, as motivated as Anthony Joshua.

    "He will be the underdog in that fight, but write Anthony Joshua off at your peril. I don't think we've seen the best of Anthony Joshua yet. I think over the next three years the real Anthony Joshua will come out.

    "He came to boxing late. He hasn't been boxing since he was a little kid, like Tyson Fury. He's had to fast-track himself and there have been gaps as he's been fast-tracking himself, so he's now filling these gaps in."

  • Joe Brophy

    LEARNT MORE FROM DEFEAT

    David Haye has claimed suffering defeat will actually give Anthony Joshua an edge over rival Tyson Fury.

    He told Sky Sports: "It's been a long, long time since Tyson Fury had the taste of a loss. A very, very long time. Many years.

    "Anthony Joshua knows what it feels like recently, so I think that gives him a slight edge. It sounds crazy. I think that gives him an edge, because he doesn't want to rely on his natural attributes. He wants to make sure he wins this fight."

  • Joe Brophy

    NO JOSHING AROUND

    David Haye has claimed that Anthony Joshua suffering a first professional defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr was the best thing that could have happened.

    He told Sky Sports: "I think that was the best thing to ever happen to Anthony Joshua.

    "I think he's going to become the fighter he was always going to be, because he's got that taste of defeat and he doesn't like that.

    "None of us winners like that taste of defeat and if there's anything humanly possible to get back into your winning run, no matter how hard you have to dedicate yourself, what type of sparring, what type of pain behind the scenes, you don't want that feeling of a loss."

  • Joe Brophy

    ICYMI

    Dana White has slammed that ‘state of boxing’ after Logan Paul signed a deal to fight Floyd Mayweather.

    The UFC chief was left baffled by the YouTuber getting the green light to fight the 50-0 legend having lost to KSI.

    He told Nelk Boys: “When people ask me about the state of boxing right now, that’s where it’s at.

    “Didn’t that kid get beaten up by the f video game kid from England and now he’s going to fight Floyd Mayweather?”

  • Joe Brophy

    MIKE DROP

    Triller raked in a whopping £60million for showing Mike Tyson's comeback fight.

    The owner of the platform has revealed that the event received over 1.6m pay-per-view buys.

    Tyson, 54, came out of retirement to take on Roy Jones Jr, 51, in an exhibition bout last month.

    The highly-anticipated bout at the Staples Center in Los Angeles ended as a draw.

    BT Sport Box Office showed the fight in the UK for a price of £19.95.

    Social media site Triller aired the pay-per-view fight for a cost of $50 (£37) in the US.

    According to RT, Triller stand to make £60m as over 1.6m fans tuned in to watch it.

  • Joe Brophy

    FUR REAL

    John Fury revealed he would 'like to have a go' at fighting heavyweight legend Mike Tyson.

    Tyson returned to the ring for the first time since 2005 at the end of November as he boxed to a draw against Roy Jones Jr.

    It caught the eye of Tyson Fury's dad John – who called to face Iron Mike.

    Here's the tale of the tape…

  • Marc Mayo

    FAIRWEATHER FRIENDS

    Anthony Joshua will never forgive the celeb fake fans who ditched him after his shock KO loss to Andy Ruiz Jr.

    AJ was the darling of the chat-show circuit with stars from sport, TV, film and music desperate to be ringside and backstage for his run of 22 victories.

    The Watford fighter regained the WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight titles before Christmas that year — but left the hangers-on in his past.

    Joshua, 31, said afterwards: “I always keep my childhood pals close, I have never been a celebrity brown-noser.

    “When you have a No 1 record, a No 1 film or are a boxing champion and it all goes downhill, the celebrities are on to the next thing.

    “But when you are with your people, who know you for you, nothing really changes. It was the people spectating from a distance who had a lot to say."

  • Marc Mayo

    BENCHMARK

    Logan Paul is fighting Floyd Mayweather next year in what can fairly be called a fight expected to make loads of money.

    But can they break into the top 10 pay-per-view bouts in UK history?

  • Marc Mayo

    THAT’S A RAP

    Snoop Dogg has offered to commentate on Floyd Mayweather's exhibition bout against Logan Paul – much to the delight of his fans.

    The 49-year-old stole the show when he provided commentary on Mike Tyson's return to the ring against Roy Jones Jr in Los Angeles.

    He also left fans in hysterics after he started singing a hymn during Jake Paul's brutal victory over Nate Robinson.

    And the Grammy-nominated artist is now keen to do it all again when Mayweather faces the YouTuber, 25, on February 20.

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  • Marc Mayo

    BUSTED

    Mike Tyson has responded to Bobby Brown’s fears that he was responsible for his stunning loss to Buster Douglas in 1990.

    The musician once admitted their antics on the eve of the bout, saying: “Mike Tyson and I were in Japan. We basically stayed up all night, partying with 12 Japanese girls.”

    In a chat with Vlad TV, Tyson responded: “Bobby’s a good multiplier, but yes.” 

    When asked about whether he would have gone to sleep earlier, Tyson joked: “Why? So he could have all the girls. Right?

    “I was getting some sleep so he could have them all.”

  • Marc Mayo

    SPAR TREATMENT

    Anthony Joshua has carefully picked the perfect sparring partners ahead of his must-win fight against Kubrat Pulev.

    AJ cannot afford any slip ups against the Bulgarian as an undisputed title decider with Tyson Fury could be at stake.

    Joshua, as always, has spent the majority of his training camp up at Team GB's Sheffield HQ.

    Here, SunSport detail the men helping AJ prepare for his IBF mandatory defence, as selected by training camp manager David Ghansa.

  • Marc Mayo

    PHONE HOME

    YouTube group NELK Boys were left red-faced after they accidentally leaked Mike Tyson's phone number after a FaceTime call.

    Heavyweight legend Tyson joined the pranksters in their high stakes gambling stream, which they do live every day in December.

    But you can bet Iron Mike regrets doing so as after he abruptly ended the call, his contact information and number showed up on screen.

    One of the members said: “Oh f*** we just got absolutely faded by Tyson. Another could be heard adding: "Oh. Oh my God. What the f*** is going on?”

    Messages then began to flood the live stream chat revealing the extent of their mistake, which occurred with 26,000 viewers watching on.

    NELK boys responded to the gaffe with a video of the moment Tyson's number popped up on screen. They captioned the post: "That moment you realize you just f***ing leaked Mike Tyson’s number.."

    The group could now find themselves in hot water, as leaking people’s personal information is against Twitch’s Community Guidelines and Terms of Service.

  • Marc Mayo

    FURY-OUS

    Tyson Fury is fuming at Anthony Joshua's cheeky offer to manage him into a 'superstar' and raged: 'I'm only interested in smashing your face in'.

    AJ recently urged his rival to sign with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom promotion stable and his own 258 Management group.

    In response, Fury tweeted: "Anthony Joshua has it ever dawned on you I’m not interested in being a superstar, or famous.

    “I’m a fighting man & only interested in smashing your face in, u keep the stardom, I’ll stay real, #youbigdosser I’m coming for u superstar, tick tock tick tock."

  • Marc Mayo

    WEIGHT A MINUTE

    Anthony Joshua is bulking back up to his brutal best in a bid to bowl over Kubrat Pulev.

    The unified heavyweight champion faces Pulev this Saturday in a IBF mandatory defence.

    It comes a year after he dramatically slimmed down to outbox Andy Ruiz Jr and reclaim his titles – having lost them six months prior.

    But AJ appears to have beefed up in preparation for Pulev, giving the first clue to how he may approach the fight tactically.

    SunSport's boxing supremo Jack Figg runs down Joshua's last four fights and what he weighed beforehand.

    Credit: Twitter
  • Marc Mayo

    WHI OF WHI

    Dana White has slammed that ‘state of boxing’ after Logan Paul signed a deal to fight Floyd Mayweather.

    The UFC chief was left baffled by the YouTuber getting the green light to fight the 50-0 legend having lost to KSI.

    He told Nelk Boys: “When people ask me about the state of boxing right now, that’s where it’s at.

    “Didn’t that kid get beaten up by the f****** video game kid from England and now he’s going to fight Floyd Mayweather?”

  • Marc Mayo

    PERSONALITY CONTEST

    Tyson Fury has made the wrong decision in calling for the BBC to remove him from the Sports Personality of the Year contest – says Sam Quek.

    The former Team GB hockey player says she is a ‘massive’ fan of the heavyweight but worries he is failing to grasp the spirit of SPOTY.

    She wrote in the Mirror: “[The nominees] truly deserve to share the same stage, albeit virtual this year, as our sporting greats such as Lewis Hamilton and, of course, Tyson Fury.

    “Fury has got this badly wrong because it is not about him and him not needing affirmation from an award.

    “It is about us coming together to celebrate all that we have achieved this year.

    “Fury should understand his responsibility to support this, regardless of whether he wins or not. It made no sense to me to hear him say he didn’t need to be recognised for what he has done while standing in front of his various boxing belts.”

    Credit: AP:Associated Press
  • Marc Mayo

    HOLY MOLY

    Evander Holyfield has declared his belief that a fresh fight with Mike Tyson ‘is gonna happen’.

    Iron Mike’s impressed in his comeback bout with Roy Jones Jr and has vowed to continue fighting at the age of 54.

    And 58-year-old Holyfield, who beat Tyson in 1996 before his rival was disqualified in their 1997 rematch, is keen to sign on the dotted line.

    He told TMZ: "I'm a very confident person.

    “I think it's gonna happen.

    "Let's do it, baby! Simple as that. Let's do it!"

  • Marc Mayo

    WHOLE NINE YARDES

    Anthony Yarde has declared his dismay at Saturday's points defeat to Lydon Arthur.

    The 29-year-old wants a rematch after losing the Commonwealth and WBO Inter-Continental light-heavyweight titles in London.

    He said: "I watched the fight with sound and then again on mute.

    "I believe I won the fight at least 7-5 and I won the last round big.

    "I felt I was winning a fight that was lacking a bit of entertainment so I pressed the last round to try and get the knockout.

    "Congratulations to Lyndon and his team. I want this rematch.”

  • Marc Mayo

    LOGGED IN

    Floyd Mayweather will fight Logan Paul in an 'exhibition' clash on February 20, it has been confirmed.

    With the unbeaten 'Money' previously saying he will 'muzzle' the YouTuber before a fight in Japan next year, the announcement was made late last night.

  • Richard Forrester

    GOOD MORNING BOXING FANS

    Lyndon Arthur will happily hand Anthony Yarde a fan-filled 2021 rematch – as long as he gets the A-side pay and respect he deserves.

    He said: “I’m happy to do the rematch, if the money is right

    “But I will be pushing the fact that I am the A-side now.

    “I have handled being the B-side for long enough now. They even tried to make me walk second here and we only got it changed last minute.

    “They also kept cutting my music off too, I won’t be standing for none of that next time.” 

    Meanwhile, John Fury has defended Daniel Dubois’ decision to take a knee in the tenth round of his bout with Joe Joyce last weekend.

    Fury told TalkSport: “The lad done very, very well. He’s 23 years old. It’s only a boxing match. He’s not gonna lose his eye over a boxing match, is he?

    “I think he’s done the right thing. Joe Joyce is a gigantic man and he was hitting hard with the jab.

    “Who knows? It could be a career-threatening injury. You’re not gonna lose your career over a boxing match, are you?”

    Finally, Anthony Joshua has cheekily suggested that Tyson Fury should hire him as his manager.

    Joshua said: “I do think he should come over to Matchroom and 258 Management and let us handle his career.

    “He’s a superstar, he’s a superstar in the making with the right management. He could go all the way.

    “We’ll have a look at his PR, we’ll strip it all back and make this fight what it’s supposed to be. He’s got a lot of potential.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    NUTHIN' BUT A 'GGG' THANG

    Gennady Golovkin defends his IBF middleweight title against Kamil Szeremeta next month.

    His last fight came in October 2019 against Sergiy Derevyanchenko.

    Can 38-year-old Golovkin keep hold of his belt?

  • Anthony Chapman

    JOHN POINT

    John Fury has defended Daniel Dubois' decision to take a knee in the tenth round of his bout with Joe Joyce last weekend.

    But Fury warned that Dubois would 'probably get his head boxed off' by son Tyson.

    Fury told TalkSport: "The lad done very, very well. He’s 23 years old. It’s only a boxing match. He’s not gonna lose his eye over a boxing match, is he?

    “I think he’s done the right thing. Joe Joyce is a gigantic man and he was hitting hard with the jab.

    “Who knows? It could be a career-threatening injury. You’re not gonna lose your career over a boxing match, are you?”

  • Anthony Chapman

    FROM SUNSPORT’S WALLY DOWNES JR

    Lyndon Arthur will happily hand Anthony Yarde a fan-filled 2021 rematch – as long as he gets the A-side pay and respect he deserves.

    After jabbing underwhelming Yarde to a split decision loss – that should have been a wider unanimous score – he said: "I'm happy to do the rematch, if the money is right

    "But I will be pushing the fact that I am the A-side now.

    "I have handled being the B-side for long enough now. They even tried to make me walk second here and we only got it changed last minute.

    "They also kept cutting my music off too, I won't be standing for none of that next time." 

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