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Hexagon MMA 16: Explosive Fights and Championship Clash Tonight in Paris

Hexagon MMA 16 is set to deliver an electrifying night of fights today, May 24, 2024, at the Reims Arena in Paris. Headlining the event is a thrilling Bantamweight Championship bout between Michal Macek and Anderson “Fernandes” de Queiroz. Both fighters are known for their aggressive styles and technical prowess, promising an intense battle for the title.

The main card also features a superfight in the featherweight division, where seasoned fighter Dizy takes on the formidable Crol. Adding to the excitement, Ulrich Shaka Zulu faces a tough opponent in the welterweight division, aiming to make a strong statement with his performance.

In the middleweight bout, Fontes squares off against Giordanengo, while the flyweight division sees Mc Nulty pitted against Gui in what is expected to be a fast-paced and dynamic fight. The undercard includes a series of intriguing matchups, such as Hemat versus Sow in the bantamweight division, Bedoui against Radjabou in the amateur bout, and Lukoki taking on Gbeassor in another amateur clash.

Fans can catch all the action live on the www.fightplus.eu platform, ensuring they don’t miss a moment of this highly anticipated MMA event.

I survived being shot twice in the face, now I’m headlining my first UFC show in Las Vegas, says Brit Lerone Murphy

LERONE MURPHY is lucky to be alive, let alone headlining a UFC card in Las Vegas.

But that’s where the Manchester magician finds himself a little less than five years after debuting in mixed martial arts’ top promotion.

Undefeated Brit featherweight Lerone Murphy returns to the octagon this weekend
Undefeated Brit featherweight Lerone Murphy returns to the octagon this weekendCredit: GETTY
The Manchester native tops the bill of UFC Vegas 92
The Manchester native tops the bill of UFC Vegas 92Credit: GETTY
Murphy's journey to a UFC main event included being shot TWICE in the face
Murphy’s journey to a UFC main event included being shot TWICE in the faceCredit: INSTAGRAM@LERONE145
'The Miracle' admits it's surreal to be headlining a UFC card
‘The Miracle’ admits it’s surreal to be headlining a UFC cardCredit: GETTY

The undefeated featherweight tops the bill of UFC Vegas 92 early on Sunday morning at the promotion’s Apex facility, where he’ll lock horns with long-time fan favourite Edson Barboza.

MMA fans would’ve never known the immense talent Murphy has for the sport had he not – by some ‘Miracle’ – survived being shot in the face 11 years ago.

And Murphy – who began his journey in the sport three months after being shot outside of a barbershop – is still coming to terms with where he finds himself after cheating death over a decade ago.

“It feels like a simulation, “Murphy told SunSport. “It just doesn’t feel real.

“Sometimes I just have to pinch myself because it feels like I’m just in a dream.

“It’s strange, it’s night and day the contrast. It’s night and day.

“If I look back ten years now, if somebody said, ‘Where will you be in ten years?’

“It definitely wouldn’t be here anyway. It definitely wouldn’t be here.”

Murphy isn’t in a main event slot against a veteran of the game just by chance, with the UFC brass deeming his five wins in his six outings worthy of a showcase bout against a legend.

The 31-year-old said: “I’ve worked hard for it, though. So there’s no surprise that [I’m here].

“I’ve worked my a**e off. And like you said, I’ve been through a lot.

“I’ve dragged myself out of the trenches and we’re here today.”

Murphy’s journey from the streets of Fallowfield to the Fight Capital of the World is one he hopes inspires the youngsters at Manchester Top Team and others currently not on the straight and narrow.

He said: “The first Mancuian born and bred [to headline a UFC event]. For my team, I’m trying to motivate the younger guys to see the path.

“They see what I do in the gym, they see what kind of work I put in.

“I’m always early, I’m always warming up early and I’m always [the] last to leave.

“They see the work I put in. So I just want to motivate the younger guys to show them that it’s achievable.”

The UFC will return to Murphy’s backyard on July 27 for UFC 304, which is expected to feature both interim heavyweight and welterweight champions Tom Aspinall and Leon Edwards.

And although he’s not looking past Barboza, Murphy can’t help but dream about landing a spot on the card.

Lerone Murphy will face UFC veteran Edson Barboza in his first octagon main event
Lerone Murphy will face UFC veteran Edson Barboza in his first octagon main eventCredit: AP
The Brit admits he faces a tough challenge but is confident he'll have his hand raised
The Brit admits he faces a tough challenge but is confident he’ll have his hand raisedCredit: GETTY

He said of potentially making a quick turnaround to fight on the card: “That’s my dream. To get through Edson Barboza unscathed.

“Have a week out to recover and boom, straight back into fight camp for UFC Manchester.

“The only Mancunian on the roster. I need to be there.

“If not, I’ll come and watch the fights. But I hope to keep on that card.”

Former long-time lightweight Barboza, 38, has looked like his old self in his recent victories over 145lbs prospects Billy Quarantillo and Sodiq Yussuf.

The Brazilian is someone Murphy watched long before he found himself on the UFC’s radar, so he knows full well the dangers the ferocious kicker will pose in their Sin City showdown.

Recalling his reaction to landing the fight, he said: “When that contract came through, it was like, ‘S**t’s real now.

“It’s time to shine and playtime is over. I’m not knocking the guys I’ve fought before, but this is real now.

“This is my biggest test. It’s time to perform, I have to perform. It’s kill or be killed in there.”

I survived being shot twice in the face, now I’m headlining my first UFC show in Las Vegas, says Brit Lerone Murphy | The Sun

Anthony Joshua has stunning six-man hitlist for next fight with Tyson Fury blockbuster targeted

ANTHONY JOSHUA has a stunning six-man hitlist for his next fight – with Tyson Fury among those targeted.

Joshua was ringside in Saudi Arabia to watch as Fury was beaten for the first time when Oleksandr Usyk was crowned undisputed king.

Tyson Fury was beaten by Oleksandr Usyk
Tyson Fury was beaten by Oleksandr UsykCredit: AFP
Anthony Joshua is ready to fight either man
Anthony Joshua is ready to fight either manCredit: Reuters

Fury and Usyk are heading for a rematch in October while AJ is due to return in September in a Wembley homecoming bout.

His opponent remains up in the air but according to promoter Eddie Hearn, anyone can get it.

Hearn told Matchroom Boxing: “He’s ready to fight anybody. He’d love to fight Oleksandr Usyk again, he’d love to fight Tyson Fury.

“Happy to fight [Filip] Hrgovic, happy to fight [Daniel] Dubois, happy to fight [Joseph] Parker, [Deontay] Wilder.

“You have not got a problem with Anthony Joshua. Literally, anybody who wants it can get it.”

Usyk, 37, twice beat Joshua, 34, on points to win and regain the heavyweight titles.

And he became the division’s first four-belt undisputed champ after beating Fury, 35, in a 12-round thriller.

A rematch is contracted but a Battle of Britain bout against AJ has not been ruled out if Usyk opts to enjoy his win with extended time out.

Hearn said: “If Usyk’s injured, can’t make the date, do you make Fury versus Joshua, with the winner fighting Usyk?

“The answer for me is yes please.”

Usyk is also set to be STRIPPED of the IBF belt if he rematches Fury as Hrgovic is the mandatory challenger.

The Croatian contender, 31, faces Dubois, 25, on June 1 in Saudi Arabia for what is expected to be for the vacant IBF belt or an interim version.

The winner is then in line to fight Joshua at England’s 90,000-seat stadium for the title.

Wilder, 38, also returns in Saudi against Zhilei Zhang, 41, looking to bounce back from defeat to Parker.

The loss to the 32-year-old New Zealander cost the Bronze Bomber a fight with Joshua earlier in the year.

Anthony Joshua has stunning six-man hitlist for next fight with Tyson Fury blockbuster targeted | The Sun

Geane Herrera dead at 33: Former UFC star dies after fatal motorcycle accident and leaves pregnant girlfriend behind

UFC legend Geane Herrera has died at the age of 33 after a tragic motorcycle accident.

Herrera enjoyed a stunning MMA career that saw him winning a staggering 10 out of 13 fights.

Geane Herrera has died at the age of 33 following a motorcycle accident
Geane Herrera has died at the age of 33 following a motorcycle accidentCredit: Getty

According to TMZ, the Colombian great died after a fatal accident in Tampa, Florida just a week before his 34th birthday.

The same source cited information from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, who claim the flyweight crashed into the back of another vehicle at a “very high rate of speed”.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver of the second vehicle was unharmed.

The popular fighter is survived by his 16-year-old son and his girlfriend, who is three months pregnant.

Herrera’s family posted on a GoFundMe page: “Geane you will always be in our hearts.

“Geane leaves behind a 16-year-old son, his 3-month pregnant girlfriend, mother, father, sisters, a brother and a family that loves him and will deeply miss him.”

Herrera’s MMA debut took place in 2011 when he beat Andrew Connors via unanimous decision at Real Fighting Championships 23.

That kick started an incredible career that saw him enjoying an eight-match undefeated run in the octagon.

That ultimately led to a UFC call-up 2015, but he lost his debut in Dana White‘s company to Ray Borg via unanimous decision.

Herrera fought three more times under the banner and beat Joby Sanchez before losing to Ali Bagautinov and Ben Nguyen.

Tributes started to pour in on social media following the heartbreaking news.

Borg posted on Instagram: “He was a good guy, my prayers are with him and his family during this tough time.”

A number of MMA fans also took to social media to share their condolences.

One supporter posted: “Rest in peace UFC gem, Geane Herrera. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family in this difficult time.”

Another tweeted: “Rest in peace, Geane Herrera.”

A third wrote: “He was a talented fighter.”

And a fourth fan said: “Damn, that’s really sad. 33 is way too young. RIP Geane Herrera.”

Herrera’s last MMA fight took place in 2018 when he defeated Darren Mima via submission at ACB 85.

He also competed in bare-knuckle boxing but only fought once in 2021 when he beat Abdiel Velazquez via TKO.

Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk is a classic that deserves a rematch – but feeling is Gypsy King will pick another fight

IF ever a fight demanded a rematch, then it was this instant classic.

Even the clamour for an all-British duel between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua will have to quieten down so that the dethroned Gypsy King can get it on again with Oleksandr Usyk, the new undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk put on a show for the ages in their undisputed showdown
Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk put on a show for the ages in their undisputed showdownCredit: REUTERS
Their Riyadh rumble had thrills, spills and plenty of showmanship
Their Riyadh rumble had thrills, spills and plenty of showmanshipCredit: REUTERS
Former WBC heavyweight king Fury looked to stay long with his jab and land shots from distance
Former WBC heavyweight king Fury looked to stay long with his jab and land shots from distanceCredit: REUTERS
Usyk did a good job of closing the distance and finding a home for his left hand
Usyk did a good job of closing the distance and finding a home for his left handCredit: PA

Usyk, the fighting pride of war-torn Ukraine, confirmed his status as an all-time great by unifying boxing’s gold-standard division having already done the same at cruiserweight.

All in the space of just 22 professional fights.

A rematch is pencilled in for October, back in Saudi Arabia, though Fury refused to commit to it in the immediate aftermath of his first professional defeat at Riyadh’s Kingdom Arena in the early hours of Sunday.

But Fury-Usyk II is what the world is waiting for. Because this fight was a thrilling, white-knuckle ride which fully lived up to its hype and £120million purse.

As Fury put it “we punched the f*** out of each other for 12 rounds — my face is pretty busted up and he’s busted too.”

First, Fury showboated, then he dominated, then he was destroyed by an extraordinary counter-attack from Usyk, which might have seen the fight stopped at the end of the ninth with the Brit flailing on the ropes like a drunken sailor.

Referee Mark Nelson showed leniency — but certainly not clemency — towards Fury, who proved the strength of his jaw and the size of his ticker over the final three rounds.

Just as he had done when poleaxed by Deontay Wilder en route to a draw in the first of his epic trilogy with the Alabama sledgehammer.

This split decision from the judges was harsh on Usyk.

But, outside of that ­explosive bombardment at the end of the ninth, there was nothing to choose between two outstanding technicians who refused to keep it cagey.

No holding, no spoiling, just 12 rounds of brutal, irresistible theatre.

After the judges gave their verdicts, Fury claimed Usyk had got the nod because of a sympathy vote over the Russian invasion of his homeland.

But later, he rode back on that claim. He was black-and-blue, beltless but almost bursting with pride.

It was one of those rare occasions in sport when the loser recognises he has been part of something truly special, in the realisation defeat can be glorious.

And you cannot doubt Fury’s ability to take it on the chin. Certainly not after the clubbing left from Usyk which ignited his demise.

We had waited 25 years, since Lennox Lewis defeated Evander Holyfield, to witness the coronation of an undisputed heavyweight champion.

Usyk is the first to reign supreme in this division during the four-belt era, adding Fury’s WBC title to his own WBA, IBF and WBO crowns.

And Usyk is an extremely worthy champion — he has class, courage and an obvious human decency which is clear even through his broken English.

And broken English, by the way, is Usyk’s trade. The 37-year-old has now defeated Tony Bellew, Derek Chisora, Joshua twice, Daniel Dubois and Fury in six of his last seven fights.

Fury did, uncharacteristically, admit that his showboating tactics were a mistake.

Tyson Fury hurt Oleksandr Usyk the body nuermous times
Tyson Fury hurt Oleksandr Usyk the body nuermous timesCredit: GETTY
But he was almost taken out in the ninth round
But he was almost taken out in the ninth roundCredit: GETTY

If there were a rematch, the Lancastrian, 35, said: “I think I’d keep my defence a little tighter, more focused and not so much messing around.”

The feeling is that Fury might not take up the rematch option.

That he might meet Joshua next, even with no titles on the line and it no longer being the No 1 must-see contest for British fight fans.

We will soon be back in alphabet-soup territory, with rival governing bodies squabbling over who should fight Usyk, who will not remain undisputed for long.

And it is a shame this weekend’s stirring contest should have been part of Saudi Arabia’s aggressive sportswashing project, where all talk of appalling human-rights records is not tolerated by the regime’s PR attack dogs.

Should Fury take the rematch or fight Joshua, his next contest will surely be back in Saudi.

Saturday night’s show — which had a better atmosphere than previous big fights here, due to a decent turn-out of travelling Brits — will be seen as a major coup for the filthy-rich host nation.

Still, this was a night where politics, both in the fight game and the real world, were forgotten for a brief while as two elite boxers elevated themselves, and their bloody art, to another level.

As Fury pondered his next move, he insisted: “I’m not boxing because I’ve got no money, I’m boxing because I love it.”

In terms of love and money, another crack at Usyk should be his favoured option.

The world patiently awaits the rematch between Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury
The world patiently awaits the rematch between Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson FuryCredit: GETTY

Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk is a classic that deserves a rematch – but feeling is Gypsy King will pick another fight | The Sun

Oleksandr Usyk’s team make complaint about ‘trip hazard’ ahead of huge fight with Tyson Fury in Saudi Arabia

OLEKSANDR USYK’s team have added safety fears to a list of twists ahead of Saturday’s mega match-up with Tyson Fury.

The Ukrainian’s camp have reportedly filed a complaint that the seam on the ring canvas in Saudi Arabia could be a trip hazard.

Oleksandr Usyk is training in Riyadh amid a safety complaint
Oleksandr Usyk is training in Riyadh amid a safety complaintCredit: AFP
Tyson Fury pulled out of a big TV interview on Thursday
Tyson Fury pulled out of a big TV interview on ThursdayCredit: AFP

Sky Sports Boxing say his team have registered concerns over the fabric 48 hours before the first undisputed heavyweight crown bout since 1999.

At the same Riyadh venue three years ago – on the night Usyk landed his second win over Anthony Joshua – Filip Hrgovic and Zhilei Zhang slipped on the mat while talking to the referee.

The canvas controversy continues a dramatic build-up to what Fury calls “the fight for the ages” – one worth well beyond £100million in all.

The Gypsy King, 35, pulled out of a live interview on ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Thursday due to his training schedule.

But that’s nothing compared to what went before as the unbeaten giants of boxing prepare to collide in the Middle East.

Fight week began with Tyson’s dad John headbutting a member of Usyk’s team.

Fury Junior and his 37-year-old opponent then took to the ring for public workouts on Wednesday.

Usyk attempted some mind games by changing from his typical orthodox stance to southpaw.

But Fury had a trick of his own as the switch-hitting Brit also boxed southpaw for his own routine.

The Gypsy King said: “This is the fight of the ages, nothing can compare with this. 

“Not a show fight, not a crossover fight, not YouTube boxing, nothing.

“This is two undefeated world heavyweight championships colliding for all the belts and it hasn’t been done since whenever.”

And in an interview with Sky, Fury added: “We both can’t have the destiny of being the undisputed in this era, and we won’t be young enough to go into another era undisputed.

“So it’s D-Day for both fighters.”

Just how high the extraordinary figure that each icon will rake in from their long-awaited and much-delayed encounter is unclear.

But Fury’s US promoter Bob Arum has a mind-boggling take on the sums involved for his man alone.

Arum said: “If you told Tyson Fury that he’s going to make $100million [£78m) he would really be upset because he thinks, and I think he’s right, that he’s going to make a lot more.

“I don’t know the figure, but it’s a lot more than $100m.”

Oleksandr Usyk’s team make complaint about ‘trip hazard’ ahead of huge fight with Tyson Fury in Saudi Arabia | The Sun

Eddie Hall will take on TWO BROTHERS at the same time in MMA debut on card featuring dwarves and Ed Sheeran lookalike

EDDIE HALL will face TWO BROTHERS at the same time when he makes his MMA debut next month.

The 2017 World’s Strongest Man will step into the cage for his first fight at the King Georges Hall in Blackburn on June 7.

Eddie Hall will make his MMA debut in Blackburn next month
Eddie Hall will make his MMA debut in Blackburn next monthCredit: Instagram/ eddiehallwsm
Ty Jones, an Ed Sheeran lookalike, will also appear on the card
Ty Jones, an Ed Sheeran lookalike, will also appear on the cardCredit: YOUTUBE /World Freak Fight League
Dwarves Salim Chiboub and Radek make up another undercard bout
Dwarves Salim Chiboub and Radek make up another undercard boutCredit: YOUTUBE /World Freak Fight League

It comes more than two years after Hall boxed fellow strongman Hafthor “Thor” Bjornsson, losing by unanimous decision.

But it will not be a conventional MMA bout as the bizarre details have now been revealed.

According to Bloody Elbow, he will face off against the Neffati Brothers Jamil and Jamel.

It will headline the first event put on by the promotional outfit World Freak Fight League.

Hall stands at 6ft2in and weighs well over 300 pounds, while the Neffati Brothers, who claim to be 5ft3in, tip the scales at just 145lbs each.

It means Hall is set to weigh more than the brothers COMBINED when they step into the ring.

The contest will take place over three rounds, although the duration of the rounds has yet to be determined.

But Hall is not the only recognisable figure on the card.

Ty Jones, who has made a name for himself as an Ed Sheeran lookalike, will also be fighting.

X-Factor winner Myles Stephenson, a former member of the group Rak-Su, is another set to appear.

Dwarves Salim Chiboub and Radek will also fight on the show and came head-to-head at a press conference earlier this month.

Eddie Hall will take on TWO BROTHERS at the same time in MMA debut on card featuring dwarves and Ed Sheeran lookalike | The Sun

Conor McGregor has already broken huge UFC record BEFORE stepping in cage with Michael Chandler, reveals Dana White

CONOR McGREGOR has already broken a long-standing UFC record ahead of his eagerly-anticipated octagon return.

The former two-division champion will make his long-awaited cage comeback next month in the main event of UFC 303 in Las Vegas.

Conor McGregor will make his long-awaited UFC return next month
Conor McGregor will make his long-awaited UFC return next monthCredit: GETTY
The Notorious will be welcomed back to the octagon by Michael Chandler
The Notorious will be welcomed back to the octagon by Michael ChandlerCredit: Getty
McGregor has already set a new UFC record ahead of his octagon return
McGregor has already set a new UFC record ahead of his octagon returnCredit: GETTY

The Notorious will be welcomed back to the octagon by fellow fan favourite Michael Chandler – his rival coach on season 31 of The Ultimate Fighter.

Tickets for the Return of the Mac have sold like hotcakes, with most of the seats at the T-Mobile Arena having already sold out.

And the tickets already sold, according to UFC president and CEO Dana White, have shattered the promotion’s live gate record.

The record was previously held by the historic UFC 205 card at Madison Square Garden, which McGregor headlined.

The live gate for the 2016 extravaganza was a whopping £13,662,593.

But the gate for UFC 303, according to White, is set to dwarf that massive figure.

During the UFC St Louis post-fight press conference last weekend, White said of the gate: “It’s already way over $20million.”

UFC 303 will likely do north of one million pay-per-view buys given the immense interest in McGregor’s return.

The Irishman, 35, hasn’t set foot inside the octagon since shattering his left leg in his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier in July 2021.

McGregor underwent a long and arduous rehab to recover from the shattered tibia and fibula he suffered in the Sin City showdown.

But the Dubliner will have no qualms about firing his once-snapped limb at the dome of Chandler.

In a recent interview with James Corden, the Dubliner said: “I am Terminator now.

“I have a titanium rod that goes into the knee and down to the bone, right down to my ankle.

“It’s unbreakable.

“I wish for and I will work on landing this kick – with this steel bar in my leg – against an opponent and getting them out of there.”

Conor McGregor has already broken huge UFC record BEFORE stepping in cage with Michael Chandler, reveals Dana White | The Sun

Tyson Fury says Deontay Wilder trilogy took YEARS off his life but vows to ‘live for today’ in Oleksandr Usyk showdown

TYSON FURY goes into his career-defining Oleksandr Usyk undisputed fight feeling his iconic Deontay Wilder wars took YEARS off his life.

The Brit, 35, climbed off the canvas twice to secure a 2018 draw against one of the most vicious punchers of the modern era.

Tyson Fury was dropped four times in his trilogy with Deontay Wilder
Tyson Fury was dropped four times in his trilogy with Deontay WilderCredit: Getty
Fury will face Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight title on Saturday night
Fury will face Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight title on Saturday nightCredit: EPA

His Lazarus-like revival in the 12th — after a skull–shaking shot — remains the stuff of legend.

Two years later the 6ft 9in Morecambe ace obliterated Wilder in seven sensational rounds to grab the WBC title.

But in the trilogy bout — after weeks sleeping on the floor of Alder Hey Hospital and running laps of the grounds after his daughter Athena was born premature — he was in another thrilling slugfest and survived two round-four knockdowns to triumph in another fight for the ages.

Sadly, when the father-of-seven — usually more prone to trash talk and tall tales — reflects on those magnificent moments he fears they have chipped away at his life expectancy.

With a new steely sincerity this four-belt fight seems to have brought out of him, Fury said: “I believe that.

“I believe every time you go in the ring you leave with less than you had when you went in. It takes a little bit more out of you.

“But it’s a good job I live for today and don’t think about the future otherwise I’d be screwed.”

In trademark Fury showman style he quotes his Lord and Saviour next — as well as Sylvester Stallone.

He said: “There is no tomorrow. As Apollo Creed said to Rocky: ‘In my faith there is no tomorrow’.

“Jesus said he’d come back like a thief in the night, no time, date or hour. So be prepared and live for today as tomorrow ain’t promised.

“There are a few people I’ve known who went to bed and didn’t wake up, so every day is a blessing so I take that and enjoy every day.

“Whenever people ask how I am, I say I’m alive, which is a good start.”

Former undisputed cruiserweight king Usyk, 37, does not wield the same power as Alabama slammer Wilder — who idiotically claims to want a ‘body on his record’.

But Fury still underwent a gruelling camp sparring hundreds of rounds.

And, if his new Saudi paymasters want to maximise his pulling power, he wants the mega-money autumn of his career over quickly — after watching the years fly by as daughter Venezuela approaches her 15th birthday in September.

And contemplating the five years that has lapsed since his first Wilder battle and with a click of his fingers, he said: “Five years have passed like that. 2019 feels like yesterday.

“My daughter was a little girl then and now she’s massive.

“When you’re doing something and doing your thing, years pass by quite quickly.

“So I’m not too concerned about the negative stuff about staying around and boxing.

“If it’s ten fights over the next five years then I want them quickly. If I’m going to have them, let’s rack them up quickly.”

The Wilder draw sparked a drastic change in Fury’s style, overnight he transformed from a gangly and elusive jab-and-mover to a 20st power puncher and crushed Wilder in the return, Tom Schwarz and Dillian Whyte.

It remains to be seen which Fury will turn up in Riyadh on Saturday to take on the little southpaw Usyk, who bamboozled Anthony Joshua over two one-sided fights.

Surprisingly Fury reckons he was a far better fighter long before his switch from point-scoring pugilist to PPV-selling slugger.

He added: “I was probably better back then. I was younger, in my early 20s, now I’m in my mid-30s.

“I was a better fighter 12 years ago, I had the fountain of youth, now I have the wisdom of age.

“My youth has evaded me and my experience has to take over, I’m no spring chicken.

“If you look at the greats, when they were 35 they were said to be finished and over the hill. I’ve got to put youth to one side and use my experience and mentality.”

Meanwhile, Fury has told Joshua his week-long Riyadh trip will be a waste of time.

AJ, 35, landed in the Saudi capital on Sunday night and will watch his two-time conqueror Usyk take on Fury.

But any chance he might be able to jump in and fight Fury next — kiboshing the mega-money rematch clause — have been floored by the Gypsy King.

The 6ft 9in Morecambe ace said: “There’s not much he can build because we have a two-fight deal, so he has to wait until it’s all over. Then we can negotiate. And it’s always about money in these deals.

“All fights are easy to make in any weight division.”

But if Fury demolishes Usyk, why would he not move to rip-up a pointless rerun and move on to the biggest fight in British boxing history?

WBC champ Fury grinned and said: “What are we in this for? Money. If I can get double bubble for one job, there’s not much more to be said.”

Tyson Fury says Deontay Wilder trilogy took YEARS off his life but vows to ‘live for today’ in Oleksandr Usyk showdown | The Sun

Vasiliy Lomachenko batters George Kambosos, captures IBF lightweight belt

After losing his unified crown nearly four years ago, Vasiliy “Loma” Lomachenko is once again a world champion.

Lomachenko (18-3, 12 KOs) captured the vacant IBF lightweight world title by defeating hometown hero “Ferocious” George Kambosos Jr. (21-3, 10 KOs) via 11th-round TKO on Sunday afternoon at RAC Arena in Perth, Western Australia.

Though the 36-year-old two-time Olympic gold medalist hadn’t fought since last May’s undisputed title bid, he took three rounds to figure out Kambosos. After absorbing an early body attack, the Ukrainian legend began peppering Kambosos with his signature short punches in round four, seemingly looking to end things early.

The onslaught continued into the fifth as Kambosos’ face began to reflect Lomachenko’s nearly 50 percent connect advantage. In round eight, Kambosos suffered a cut above his right eye as Lomachenko continued to tag him.

In the 11th, Lomachenko landed a left that dropped Kambosos, who rose off the deck only to be dropped again with another left, but this time to the body.

Lomachenko said, “It looked like a knockout today, not ‘No-Mas-Chenko.’ But, you know, we trained hard for this moment. I want to thank my opponent. He is a strong man and a true warrior.

“My plan was to adjust to my opponent. This is what I did during the fight. I knew I needed to finish strong. And in the last three rounds, I was trying to find his body.

I never ran around during my boxing career. I always take fights. Right now, I want to come back to my home, spend time with my family, and after I rest a little bit, we can talk about my future.”
 
Kambosos said, “He’s a true champion. He’s a legend of the sport. I give him the utmost respect. We knew what we are coming up against, and I tried my best. But it wasn’t enough today.

He’s one of the best fighters in history. So, I’m not ashamed. I wanted to finish the fight on my feet. I wanted to finish the rounds like I always do. But there’s no shame in losing to a man like Lomachenko.”

Guevara Upsets Moloney on Aussie Soil

Pedro Guevara (42-4-1, 22 KOs) promised to give Mexico a new champion today, and he delivered in hostile territory.

Guevara won a disputed split decision verdict over Andrew Moloney (26-4, 16 KOs) to claim the WBC interim junior bantamweight world title.

Moloney boxed from the outside, stepping in and out to land punches on a rangier Guevara. The 34-year-old Mexican responded with counters, especially the left hook to the body.

In the third round, Moloney gained momentum with close-range combos, which set the tone for the middle rounds. And by the eighth, the Australian former world champion landed hard as Guevara tried to change the tide of the fight.

As they entered the championship rounds, Guevara’s body shots began to make a difference as Moloney became more cautious with his offense.

Two judges scored the bout 115-113 in favor of Guevara, overriding a 116-113 card for Moloney.

“I really want to come back here. It’s amazing here,” Guevara said. “I’d have no problem giving him a rematch.”

Moloney said, “I felt in total control. I did what I had to do in there tonight to get the win. I don’t want to make excuses, but I went into this fight with a torn biceps, so I couldn’t throw the left hook unless I needed to. I didn’t feel like I needed to throw it because I was in total control. “
 

In other results:

Bantamweight: Cherneka Johnson (16-2, 6 KOs) MD 10 Nina Hughes (6-1, 2 KOs). Scores: 95-95, 96-94 and 98-92. Johnson captures the WBA bantamweight world title.

Light Heavyweight: Imam Khataev (7-0, 7 KOs) TKO 6 Ricards Bolotniks (20-8-1, 8 KOs). Time of stoppage: 1:34.

Max Boxing – Main Lead – Vasiliy Lomachenko batters George Kambosos, captures IBF lightweight belt