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Games of Thrones star Hafthor Bjornsson shows off huge hulking body ahead of boxing fight against Brit rival Eddie Hall

HAFTHOR BJORNSSON showed off his incredible figure as he prepares to face rival Eddie Hall in the ring.

The strongmen are set to meet in the ring in September, in what is billed the ‘heaviest boxing match in history’.

Both have dropped a significant amount of weight ahead of the fight, and Bjornsson took to Instagram to reveal his latest transformation.

The Game of Thrones star – known as Thor – boxed in an exhibition against Irish cruiserweight Steven Ward in January.

But Hall, who was hit with criticism of his boxing skills by UFC legend Joe Rogan, has remained unfazed.

The Brit has undergone a drastic body transformation of his own, despite still eating 7,000 calories a day during training.

He revealed he cut down to 25st 5lb in the summer.

And that is still over two stone heavier than Nikolai Valuev, the heaviest champion in history.

But punching legend Eric ‘Butterbean’ Esch weighed as heavy as 29st 7lb the night he fought Joe Siciliano in 2007.

Hall would far outweigh the current crop of heavyweight stars, and his coach wants the former World’s Strongest Man to one day be among them.

Source- Games of Thrones star Hafthor Bjornsson shows off huge hulking body ahead of boxing fight against Brit rival Eddie Hall (thesun.co.uk)

KOK World Series coming back to Poland

After 6 years KOK World Series coming back to Poland, KOK WORLD SERIES 2021 IN WARSZAWA will take place the 21st of May 2021,where the strongest K-1 Polish and Europe fighters will meet in the ring.

This tournament is  very exciting for all martial arts fans.

The main fight of the evening for the KOK HEAVYWEIGHT champion title, 5 rounds 3 minutes each, will happen between the best Polish K-1 fighter Michal Turinsky, who is number one in KOK rating chart,  and heavyweight fighter from Latvia Reinis Porozovs who is number four in KOK rating chart. Porozovs is multiple Latvian and other Baltic countries boxing champion and world vice champion of Kickboxing, he has huge experience in professional kickboxing tournaments and has many fights.

All fights of KOK in Warszawa will be announced soon, follow WWW.KOKFIGHTS.COM

Moments from M13 International Boxing tournament

The 3rd of April in Kazan, „Basket-Hall“, M13 International Boxing tournament took place, the event was broadcasted live on PRIME FIGHT HD.

Whoever were not able to see the event are welcome to watch replay over PRIME FIGHT HD channel.

Moments from the tournament:

PRIME FIGHT HD have signed the cooperation agreement with FIGHT 24 HD channel

PRIME FIGHT HD, the fastest growing premium martial arts channel, are delighted to announce that have signed cooperation agreement with the most popular martial arts/ sports channel in Germany, Switzerland and Austria- FIGHT 24 HD.

From now on PRIME FIGHT HD channel viewers will be able to watch LIVE programs from Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

PRIME FIGHT HD closed a number of strategic collaborations in 2020 and 2021. The cooperation with FIGHT 24 HD will enrich the channel’s viewers experience and reaffirms our commitment to always offer our customers the best content.

M13 International Boxing tournament Live on PRIME FIGHT HD This Saturday !

Prime Fight HD is proud to announce that M13 international Boxing tournament, will go to live action from Kazan, Russia on Saturday April 03rd 2021.

This Boxing event will be will showcase many big names in Boxing world.

M13 provides events of the very highest level by bringing together world class athletes and the most dedicated fans of combat sports. M13 has a wide fan base due to its nature, its intensity and spontaneity and PRIME FIGHT HD is the broadcasting associate.

Rimkenzo Returns at KOK Classic 6

Popular Lithuanian lightweight Dovydas “Rimkenzo” Rimkus is back in action at the KOK Classic 6.

The KOK Classic 6 takes place on 24 April in Lithuania. FightBox HD is televising the event internationally, and KOK Fights TV is streaming the fight card worldwide.

Rimkenzo Crushes “Goliath”
Rimkus was already a fan favorite because of his colorful ring entrances and interviews. He’s becoming a huge star after knocking out Remigijus Virsila last month.

Virsila is a bodybuilder and social media influencer. He agreed to fight Rimkus after the two exchanged words on social media.

Rimkus knocked down the bigger Virsila twice in round one, and finished him with a big body shot early in round two.

The fight attracted worldwide attention, and was also a huge hit in Lithuania. February’s event set pay-per-view records for KOK.

Rimkus’s opponent is to be announced. We’ll keep you updated on the KOK Classic 6 fight card. 

Source- https://kickboxingz.com/rimkenzo-returns-at-kok-classic-6/

Whyte vs Povetkin 2 LIVE REACTION: Whyte scores impressive rematch knockout, targets Deontay Wilder – latest reaction

DILL ON THE TABLE?

Dillian Whyte returned to the heavyweight division title picture with last night’s brilliant rematch victory over Alexander Povetkin.

The Brit knocked out the Russian in Gibraltar in the fourth to gain revenge for his brutal defeat in August.

And The Sun have listed Povetkin, Deontay Wilder, Andy Ruiz Jr, Trevor Bryan and Joe Joyce as five possible opponents for Whyte to face next.

WILDER NEXT FOR WHYTE?

Will Deontay Wilder step up and face Dillian Whyte next?

Still no word from the American on his comeback contest following the defeat to Tyson Fury. That was more than 13 months ago…

ALL WHYTE ON THE NIGHT

Promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed Dillian Whyte is ‘back’ after he avenged his defeat to Alexander Povetkin with a fourth round stoppage victory.

HEAVYWEIGHT NIGHT

It was a great night not only for Dillian Whyte but also his prospect Fabio Wardley.

The heavyweight moved to 11-0 with a stoppage victory over Eric Molina.

On the charge.

WHYTE LIGHTNING

Whyte’s ringwalk last night was spine tingling.

FAN FAIR

It really was great to see fans back last night, even if it was just 500 spectators.

DILL THE DAD

Dillian Whyte revealed he is yet to meet his four-month-old son due to his intense training camps for the Alexander Povetkin rematch.

Speaking to iFL TV behind the scenes after the fourth-round KO against the Russian, Whyte detailed the extent of his sacrifice.

He said: “My child hasn’t seen me. I’ve never met my son. Never. My son is four months old and I’ve never seen him.

“I call everyday and his mother has been great.

“It’s all good man but I worry because that’s what worriers do. You can’t be a half-term worrier you have to put everything in.”

HEARN ON WHAT’S NEXT FOR WHYTE

“I’d like to see him box quickly again in the summer, maybe go over to the States and have a fight over there,” the promoter said.

“We called for the Deontay Wilder fight for a long, long time. [Wilder] actually DM’d Dillian Whyte and said I will never, ever give you that fight.

“And now he got knocked out and he’s calling for the fight with Dillian Whyte.

“For me that’s a stadium fight, that’s a colossal fight. I’d like to get him back out quickly, maybe to the States for a big fight.

“The ultimate aim for Dillian Whyte has always been to challenge for the world heavyweight title.

POVETKIN DONE?

Will Povetkin retire after that pummeling last night?

The Russian is 41 now and has been in some real hard fights over the last few years.

He is further away from another world title shot than he was 12 months ago, so what else does he have left to achieve?

Let’s remember, he won Olympic gold in 2004. 2004!

WILDER, RUIZ, BRYAN?

What next for Whyte then?

Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz are big names being talked about. Whyte also mentioned that he would like to fight Trevor Bryan for the WBA regular title.

That’s the same belt David Haye won back in the day. Would we like to see that?

WHYTE FLAG

Dillian waved the Whyte flag after KOing Alexander Povetkin – by grabbing a stool for his defeated opponent in a classy gesture.

Povetkin – whose only two previous pro losses were to Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua – was getting treatment from his team standing in his corner.

But the Body Snatcher picked up a stool and brought it over for Povetkin to take a seat.

And then he poured water on the battered boxer to help cool him down.

The two fighters clearly had plenty of respect for one another afterwards as they embraced in the ring.

Source- Whyte vs Povetkin 2 LIVE REACTION: Whyte scores impressive rematch knockout, targets Deontay Wilder – latest reaction (thesun.co.uk)

“Tonight was about getting his career back on track, getting the title ambition back on track, coming back from that KO.

“Now we regroup, we go again and the aim remains the same for Dillian Whyte to get a shot at a world heavyweight title.

“He’ll stay active. He loves to train, he loves to fight, he doesn’t want to rest, he wants to get out and fight.

“If that involves getting out quickly in the summer we’ve got to plan accordingly.”

Francis Ngannou wins heavyweight title with devastating knockout of Stipe Miocic in UFC 260 main event

Francis Ngannou needed a little more time than his recent wins, but the result was still the same as he finally realized his dream to become heavyweight champion with a devastating knockout against Stipe Miocic in the UFC 260 main event.

The fight on Saturday night was not only a second chance for Ngannou to win the title, but it was also a shot at revenge after he lost a lopsided decision to Miocic in their first meeting just over three years ago. The rematch was nearly the complete opposite of that fight as Ngannou was clinical with his striking and showed great takedown defense as well.

That all culminated in a huge exchange in the second round that saw Ngannou drop Miocic with a jab and then launch another straight punch that sent the Ohio native crashing to the canvas. Ngannou delivered one more hellacious hammer fist, but the fight was already over as he began his celebration as the new heavyweight king of the world.

“I don’t know if I can find the vocabulary to express this, but it feels so amazing,” Ngannou said with a smile on his face after earning the knockout win. “Even though I’ve been winning fights, I had this thing inside of me that I never released. It was like a promise that I made to myself since I was young. To prove the doubters and the people that thought I was beneath them that it wasn’t my fault. If I ever had the opportunity, I would do great and even greater and that’s what I’m here for.

Showing patience early, Ngannou landed the first big shot of the fight with a huge overhand right that clubbed the heavyweight champion, but Miocic ate the punch without much trouble. Miocic then turned to his wrestling while grabbing onto a leg but Ngannou was quick to defend and he actually returned fire with several hard punches before the fighters worked back to the feet.

While Miocic survived the opening round, he wasn’t producing much offense, and he went back to his corner with a mouse forming under his eye from the damage delivered by Ngannou.

As the second round got underway, Miocic started to move forward a bit more but that proved to be his undoing. Ngannou unleashed a perfectly timed jab that sent Miocic stumbling to the mat and that was all the Cameroonian born knockout artist needed to see to know the end was near.

Ngannou pressed forward, but to his credit, Miocic recovered well enough to fire back with a punch of his own that seemed to land flush. Perhaps that gave him a bit of false confidence, because Miocic then became willing to engage in an exchange, and that provided the opening for Ngannou to land the punch that finished the fight just a split second later.

“He touched me with that punch, but I was stepping back to reset,” Ngannou explained. “He did a mistake following me. That’s when I caught him. We’ve been putting on a lot of work, me and my team.”

After coming up short in his previous bid to become champion, Ngannou can now enjoy the spoils of war as he exorcized those past demons while proving he is the best heavyweight in the sport.

Ngannou has now set himself up for a monstrous showdown against former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who is expected to get the next shot at the title.

Source- Francis Ngannou wins heavyweight title with devastating knockout of Stipe Miocic in UFC 260 main event – MMA Fighting

Oscar De La Hoya, 48, Announces Comeback Under Snoop Dogg’s Fight Club Banner And Via Ryan Kavanaugh’s Triller Platform

Hot on the heels of Mike Tyson lacing them up vs. Roy Jones last September, 11-time world champion Oscar De La Hoya on Friday announced his return to the ring.

De La Hoya strode onto the stage as Snoop Dogg was talking up his Triller Fight Club 2021 event on April 17. Talking about De La Hoya’s successful career as a promoter himself, Snoop said, “I keep seeing you in the ring, but I’m not seeing you in the ring.”

“July 3rd, I’m making my comeback,” responded De La Hoya, before dropping the mic and walking offstage.

There was no mention of an opponent or venue — or even a weight class — but given De La Hoya’s literal Golden Boy status in the sport, there should be interest. Especially on a Saturday the night before the 4th of July. De La Hoya has not fought since 2008.

It’s also worth noting that, while he often got dinged as a “pretty boy,” De La Hoya was relatively unique among modern champions for not ducking tough opponents — even with his belt(s) on the line. That makes guessing at potential matchups all the more intriguing.

Of course, any fighter out of the ring for over a decade needs a tuneup fight. It is unclear whether this will be that or something more aggressive.

The bout is being promoted by Triller Fight Club, which is co-owned by Snoop and the social media platform co-owned by former Relativity Media boss Ryan Kavanaugh. Triller’s involvement is made even more interesting by the fact that De La Hoya is himself one of the top boxing and MMA promoters in the world. So why partner with another organization?

The official particulars of the arrangement have not been announced, but one answer may lie in the social media and PPV competencies that Triller provides. The company says the Tyson-Jones fight “shattered digital PPV records and became the 8th highest selling Boxing PPV of all time.” That’s no small feat for a relatively new entry in the space long lorded over by more traditional outlets like Showtime and HBO.

Another appeal of the Triller collaboration may be the unique way in which Kavanaugh and co. are seeking to “eventize” fights. For instance, the April 17 fight is surrounded with entertainment, beyond the bought itself. Of course, Jake Paul vs. former Bellator and ONE Championship champion Ben Askren will have buzz, but having Pete Davidson, Snoop Dogg, Mario Lopez, supermodel Taylor Hill and Internet stars Dixie and Charli D’Amelio as part of the team calling the action should be festive in and of itself. Then there are scheduled performances by Justin Bieber, The Black Keys, Doja Cat, Saweetie, Diplo, Major Lazer and the exclusive world premiere of hip hop supergroup Mt. Westmore — featuring Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Too $hort and E-40 — performing for their first time ever together.

Emmy-winning filmmaker Bert Marcus — Netflix’s The American Meme and Starz’ Champs and recent Cannes Un Certain Regard selection Bull — is leading Triller’s re-imagining of boxing as a new kind of cinematic entertainment

“This group of headline talent from all areas of music and entertainment will make this the must-watch event of 2021,” said Kavanaugh. “Nowhere else will you be able to see this mix of pop culture, comedy and hip-hop legends and top-notch fights in one place. April 17 will be the new standard not just for boxing, but for a new genre of entertainment and sports that Triller Fight Club is creating and implementing for fans of every demo, genre and age. We’ve already broken pre-sale records, and just wait for what’s to come.”

Finally, De La Hoya may have been attracted to the more inclusive nature of Triller’s business model. Kavanaugh has said he wants it to be an agnostic fight platform willing to work with multiple promoters to put on the best events. Competition among promoters and an unwillingness to collaborate have been a tragic part of boxing’s decades-long spiral. For a fighter like De La Hoya who has always wanted to face the best, having a partner willing to make those deals — no matter the promoter — may be attractive.

The April even will be available via cable, satellite & telco PPV providers, including Xfinity, Spectrum, Contour, Fios, and Optimum in the U.S., as well as leading providers in Canada. It will be streaming on FITE.TV and all FITE mobile, Smart TV, game controller and OTT apps as well as the event microsite hub: TrillerFightClub.com

Triller Network is a consolidation of companies, apps and technologies and the first of its kind leading the move into Internet 3.0. Triller Network pairs the culture of music with sports, fashion, entertainment and influencers through a 360-degree tech and content-based vertical. The Triller Network—which includes the globally popular Triller app used by musicians, celebrities, athletes, and overall culture setters—has more than 300 million users worldwide. Kavanaugh’s Proxima Media owns Triller.

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Bellator light heavyweight grand prix gets shakeup with bouts shifted

The Bellator light heavyweight grand prix received a shakeup Friday – but don’t worry: All four quarterfinal matchups are still on.

Bellator announced Friday that Corey Anderson vs. Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov – originally scheduled for April 9 – has been moved back one week to Bellator 257 on April 16. In addition, the highly anticipated bout between former UFC title challengers Anthony Johnson and Yoel Romero also has been postponed – from April 16 to May 7 at Bellator 258.

No reason was given for the change in dates. Both grand prix bouts will serve as the co-main events of Bellator 257 and Bellator 258, which take place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

With the changes, below are the updated lineups for Bellator 256, 257 and 258:

Bellator 256

MAIN CARD (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Ryan Bader vs. Lyoto Machida
  • Liz Carmouche vs. Vanessa Porto
  • Adam Borics vs. Jeremy Kennedy
  • Olivia Parker vs. Cat Zingano

PRELIMS (Bellator YouTube, MMA Junkie)

  • Tony Johnson vs. Dalton Rosta
  • Jessica Borga vs. Talita Nogueira
  • Cass Bell vs. Jornel Lugo
  • Nathan Ghareeb vs. Cody Law
  • Jaylon Bates vs. Jeffrey Glossner
  • Nainoa Dung vs. Izzy William
  • Diana Avsaragova vs. Tara Graff
  • John Douma vs. Will Smith

Bellator 257

MAIN CARD (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Vadim Nemkov vs. Phil Davis
  • Corey Anderson vs. Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov
  • Paul Daley vs. Sabah Homasi
  • Veta Arteaga vs. Desiree Yanez

PRELIMS (Bellator YouTube, MMA Junkie)

  • Aiden Lee vs. Aaron Pico
  • Lance Gibson Jr. vs. Marcus Surin
  • Grachik Bozinyan vs. Demarques Jackson
  • John DeJesus vs. Alfred Khashakyan

Belllator 258

MAIN CARD (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Juan Archuleta vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Anthony Johnson vs. Yoel Romero
  • James Gallagher vs. Patchy Mix

PRELIMS (Bellator YouTube, MMA Junkie)

  • Josh Hill vs. Raufeon Stots
  • Weber Almeida vs. Johnny Soto
  • Johnny Eblen vs. Daniel Madrid
  • Henry Corrales vs. Keith Lee
  • Bryce Logan vs. Alan Omer

Source- MMA news: Bellator shifts Johnson vs. Romero, one other GP bout (usatoday.com)