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Canelo Alvarez leaves Caleb Plant with nasty cut and covered in BLOOD after vicious brawl at pre-fight press conference

CANELO ALVAREZ left Caleb Plant with a bloody gash under his eye as the pair sensationally brawled at a press conference.

On Monday the pair announced they had agreed a deal to fight in Las Vegas at the beginning of November to unify the super-middleweight division.

But the first event to publicise the massive fight descended into chaos on Tuesday in Beverly Hills.

After the pair squared up and exchanged words, Canelo suddenly pushed Plant backwards.

The 29-year-old American then threw a punch at his Mexican rival in retaliation.

But pound-for-pound king Canelo, 31, showed lightning-quick reactions to dodge the incoming hook and then lit up Plant with a stunning counter-punch that left him with a nasty cut under his right eye.

The left hand from Canelo shows just what is in store for the 21-0 Plant, who was left bloodied by the shot.

The Tenessee fighter suffered a gash under his right eye which has the potential to postpone the fight, according to ESPN reporter Mike Coppinger.

Naturally, fans are already going wild on social media in reaction to the brawl.

One fan commenting on Plant said: “Serves him right for trying to hit Canelo with a cheap shot. Elite head movement and counter from Canelo too.”

Another added: “Who threw the first punch? Once you do that you can’t really complain, nevertheless absolutely insane scenes I hope the fight still goes on.”

A third said: “Welp see y’all in January 2022.”

Welterweight champ Errol Spence Jr also weighed in, saying: “Damn can’t get countered like that.”

However, during a fiery press conference – in which Alvarez again became enraged after Plant brought up his past drug use – the American said he wasn’t cut from a punch, but rather his sunglasses.

He said: “It’s just a small cut. It’s from my sunglasses. I had sunglasses on. So when whatever happened, happened, it just scratched my cheek.”

Plant is not the first to test Canelo’s patience during a press conference.

After defeating Billy Joe Saunders in May Canelo’s post-fight presser was disrupted by middleweight rival Demetrius Andrade.

Canelo belittled Andrade for becoming a champion without defeating any big names, before telling the American to “Get the f*** out of here”.

Source- Canelo Alvarez leaves Caleb Plant with nasty cut and covered in BLOOD after vicious brawl at pre-fight press conference (thesun.co.uk)

Results for the KOK World Series from Riga, Latvia 18.09.2021

King of Kings returned to live action on FightBox HD this past Saturday and also made its return to Riga after a nearly two year hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions imposed in Latvia. Regulations are still tight in Latvia and only individuals with proof of vaccination were allowed to attend the show live. Conspicuous by their absence were many notable Latvian fighters including Raimonds Aukstikalnis, Janis Freimanis, Artur Leisans, Jurijs Orlovs and many other familiar faces. However, some new stars were also discovered including Tariq Osario who was victorious in the main event with a crushing 1st round knockout of former KOK Heavyweight Challenger Reinis Porozovs. Full results for the evening can be found below.

Part 1 Results

-71 kg, MMA Rules: Klaidas Lukosevicius (LT) def. Bilol Valekulov (UZB) by submission (RNC), 1st rd

-78 kg, Kickboxing Rules: Egidijus Labanauskas (LT) vs. Raivo Aukstikalnis (LV) – DRAW (ex. rd)

-67 kg, Boxing Rules: Antons Zacests (LV) def. Maksim Tachkasov (RU) by TKO, rd. 1 (three knockdowns)

-73 kg, Boxing Rules: Juris Zundovskis (LV) def. Eduard Belas (BEL) by TKO, rd. 3

-63 kg, Kickboxing Rules: Sigrid Kapanen (EST) def. Ilona Wojda (PL) by UD

Part 2 Results

-84 kg, WAK-1F Pro-Am Title Fight, 5×2 min, Kickboxing Rules

Aleksandr Cerksov (LV) def. Bohdin Winter (NL) by UD

-84 kg, Kickboxing Rules: Einars Goldbergs (LV) def. Mohamed Shushan (CAN / TR) by TKO, rd. 2

-81 kg, Kickboxing Rules: Chico Kwasi (NL) def. Volodymyr Hunzhu (UKR) by UD (ex. rd)

+91 kg, Boxing Rules: Igors Vasiljevs (LV) def. Artisom Charniakevich (BEL) by UD

+95 kg, Kickboxing Rules: Tariq Osaro (NL) def. Reinis Porozovs (LV) by KO, rd. 1

The next KOK event will be in two weeks on Saturday October 2nd from Vilnius, Lithuania.

Source- Results for the KOK World Series from Riga, Latvia 18.09.2021 (fightbox.com)

KOK World Series ’92 – LIVE from Riga, Latvia 18.09.2021

FightBox is proud to announce that King of Kings, one of the most recognizable brands in kickboxing, will return to live action from Riga, Latvia on Saturday September 18th 2021 starting at 6:00 pm CEST (7:00 pm in Latvia).

After a short summer break, King of Kings is back on FightBox HD from the Latvian capital of Riga, which has always been a hot spot for KOK. However, because of tight COVID regulations in Latvia, this will be the first KOK event there since November of 2019.

One highly anticipated bout features the KOK return of former Middleweight WGP winner Chico Kwasi of the world-renowned Mike’s Gym as he takes on Volodymyr Hynzhu. Hynzhu scored a big 3rd round stoppage victory in his last KOK appearance in May of this year in Poland, but now faces the biggest challenge of his career against a top level fighter like Kwasi who is currently ranked #1 in the KOK Welterweight division.

Also on the card is the first ever Dream Boxing Baltic Middleweight Title Fight. Latvians love their boxing and Dream Boxing, the boxing branch of King of Kings, is stepping up with this huge fight featuring Estonia’s Eduard Belas challenging local hero Ivans Levickis. The full fight card for the evening can be found below.

KOK World Series 92 in Riga Part 1 (6:00 pm CEST)

-77 kg, MMA Rules: Edvinas Bubelis (LT) vs. Artur Leisans (LV)

-71 kg, MMA Rules: Klaidas Lukosevicius (LT) vs. Bilol Valekulov (UZB)

-78 kg, Kickboxing Rules: Egidijus Labanauskas (LT) vs. Raivo Aukstikalnis (LV)

-67 kg, Boxing Rules: Antons Zacests (LV) vs. Maksim Tachkasov (RU)

+95 kg, Boxing Rules: Artsiom Charniakevich (BLR) vs. Igor Vasiljevs (LV)

KOK World Series 92 in Riga Part 2 (9:00 pm CEST)

-63 kg, Kickboxing Rules: Ilona Wojda (PL) vs. Sigrid Kapanen (EST)

-62 kg, WAK-1F Title Fight, Kickboxing Rules, 5×2 min

Bohdin Winter (NL) vs. Aleksandr Cerkesov (LV)

-85 kg, Kickboxing Rules: Mohammed Shushan (CAN) vs. Einars Goldbergs (LV)

-80 kg, Kickboxing Rules: Volodymyr Hynzhu (UKR) vs. Chico Kwasi (NL)

-73 kg, Dream Boxing Baltic Middleweight Title Fight, 10×3 min

Eduard Belas (EST) vs. Ivans Levickis (LV)

+95 kg, Kickboxing Rules: Tariq Osare (NL) vs. Reinis Porozovs (LV)

King of Kings provides events of the very highest level by bringing together world class athletes and the most dedicated fans of combat sports to the largest arenas in the world. KOK has a wide fan base due to its nature, its intensity and spontaneity and FightBox is the broadcasting associate for these series of events.

In addition to the live worldwide broadcast on the FightBox TV channel in over 60 countries, the King of Kings coverage will also be available on-line to FilmBox subscribers at www.filmbox.com. Card is subject to change.

Source- KOK World Series ’92 – LIVE from Riga, Latvia 18.09.2021 (fightbox.com)

Evander Holyfield, 58, beaten in round one by ex-UFC champion Vitor Belfort in front of former US president Donald Trump

EVANDER HOLYFIELD’s shock boxing comeback lasted just a matter of seconds as he was stopped by MMA legend Vitor Belfort.

The 58-year-old former five-time world champion pulled on the gloves again as a late replacement for Covid-hit Oscar De La Hoya.

But the legend’s comeback was over in less than two minutes.

The fight, which was being called in the commentary booth by Donald Trump, started cagey with the ‘Real Deal’ edging the jab out before Belfort starting to come forward and had Holyfield on shaky legs.

The ex-boxer swung and missed as he slipped through the ropes as things started looking bad for him.

Holyfield then looked to be on skates whenever Belfort threw a punch and was soon dropped by a left hand.

Belfort then came forward as Holyfield tucked up and the referee quite rightly stopped the fight.

Predictably, Holyfield looked a shadow of himself and completely off the pace, but fortunately it was stopped before any damage could be done.

However, the veteran fight feels the official stepped in too quickly to stop it.

Afterwards he said: “I think it was a bad call.

“I don’t think the referee should have stopped the fight that quick.”

While Holyfield’s fighting days look to be over, Belfort could now be set for a mega-money showdown with Jake Paul.

The Brazilian instantly called out the YouTuber for a $30m Thanksgiving winner-take-all fight.

Ryan Kavanaugh, head of Triller boxing, firstly said: “We at Triller are agreeing to a full pro fight, Vitor versus Jake Paul; 25 million winner-takes-all.

“And we want it on Thanksgiving day at the one-year anniversary, Thanksgiving Saturday.

“Thirty million, winner-takes-all, if Jake says no, we know why.”

Belfort then added: “Hey, Jake Paul, stop running from me, man. I’m going to teach you a lesson.

“You can be my kid, you’re going to meet daddy over here at Triller. Stop running.”

Source – Evander Holyfield, 58, beaten in round one by ex-UFC champion Vitor Belfort in front of former US president Donald Trump (thesun.co.uk)

Watch Anderson Silva, 46, KO fellow ex-UFC champ Tito Ortiz in first round and dedicate win to legendary Bruce Lee

ANDERSON SILVA delivered a stunning first round knockout to defeat Tito Ortiz.

The former UFC middleweight champion pulled on the boxing gloves to face his fellow ex-MMA star.

And ‘Spider’ needed just one minute and 21 seconds to end the contest.

The 46-year-old said afterwards: “I trained hard for this fight and to show my respect to the boxing world.

“Now I go back home to continue training and… we’ll see.”

However, he seems to have hinted at retirement from the fight game when he was asked if this was the last we would see of him.

Silva replied: “Probably.”

Silva dedicated his first-round KO to martial arts icon Bruce Lee.

He said: “The grand master Bruce Lee says, ‘Be water, my friend’. That’s what I did today.”

The left-handed Silva slipped several of Ortiz’s slowly delivered punches in a corner early doors before the clash of the MMA legends exploded into life.

Silva turned Ortiz around and then drilled him with a right hand before unleashing two lefts that sent Ortiz crashing to the canvas face first to the canvas.

Ortiz did not even make an attempt to get to his feet as the referee stopped the contest at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

The fight occurred shortly after David Haye had made his successful return to the ring by easily defeating Joe Fournier.

Source – Watch Anderson Silva, 46, KO fellow ex-UFC champ Tito Ortiz in first round and dedicate win to legendary Bruce Lee (thesun.co.uk)

Badr Hari KO’d by Arkadiusz Wrzosek at GLORY 78

Unknown Threat’ causes major upset

K-1 legend Badr Hari was floored on his back when he faced a little known Arkadiusz Wrzosek in the headliner of GLORY 78. Kickboxing event aired live on pay-per-view from Rotterdam Ahoy in Rotterdam, Holland on September 4 (Sept 5 AEST).

All way until the moment of impact Hari was dominating his opponent, dropping him and securing a number of eight counts with strikes. During another attack by Dutch-Moroccan favorite Polish heavyweight was once again pushed back to the ropes and was getting owned. But, out of nowhere he managed to throw left kick to the head knocking Badr Hari out.

While “Bad Boy” was trying to get back on his feet the referee was counting. He waved the fight off at 1 minute and 30 seconds into the second round.

With the win Arkadiusz Wrzosek updates his record to 13-5-0, 8 KO and scores the third straight victory.

Badr Hari suffers the third defeat via stoppage in a row and drops to 106-16-0, 92 KO. His previous bout against Benjamin Adegbuyi ended in a similar manner, as he was dominating the first half of the fight to only be stopped in Round 3. His rematch with Rico Verhoeven saw several knockdowns scored by Hari, who then got injured and was unable to continue also in the third.

You can watch Badr Hari vs Arkadiusz Wrzosek fight video highlights below.


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Video: Badr Hari KO’d by Arkadiusz Wrzosek at GLORY 78

Parviz Iskenderov9 hours ago

Arkadiusz Wrzosek knocks out Badr Hari at Glory 78
Arkadiusz Wrzosek delivers head kick in his bout against Badr Hari at GLORY 78 | Twitter/sgsmit

‘Unknown Threat’ causes major upset

K-1 legend Badr Hari was floored on his back when he faced a little known Arkadiusz Wrzosek in the headliner of GLORY 78. Kickboxing event aired live on pay-per-view from Rotterdam Ahoy in Rotterdam, Holland on September 4 (Sept 5 AEST).Advertisementshttps://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-9000726840130589&output=html&h=162&slotname=9869970295&adk=1169288529&adf=1049826168&pi=t.ma~as.9869970295&w=645&fwrn=4&lmt=1630829169&rafmt=11&psa=0&format=645×162&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fightmag.com.au%2F2021%2F09%2F05%2Fvideo-badr-hari-kod-by-arkadiusz-wrzosek-at-glory-78%2F%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR2_1gau_9ei6y8CNiiX1iv42hfv_wph5HNjrILuOY2-UjTHr8OK46TAsLU&flash=0&wgl=1&uach=WyJXaW5kb3dzIiwiMTAuMCIsIng4NiIsIiIsIjkyLjAuOTAyLjg0IixbXSxudWxsLG51bGwsbnVsbF0.&dt=1630828724414&bpp=60&bdt=1391&idt=535&shv=r20210831&mjsv=m202109010101&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3D3203bf7202e1600e-22abb985f3c8004a%3AT%3D1630828725%3ART%3D1630828725%3AS%3DALNI_MaNk9JTKOiK17hzJ7B0yQuOWgej6g&prev_fmts=0x0%2C1579x762&nras=2&correlator=467177905158&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=1591102783.1630828725&ga_sid=1630828725&ga_hid=1159952000&ga_fc=0&rplot=4&u_tz=180&u_his=1&u_java=0&u_h=720&u_w=1280&u_ah=680&u_aw=1280&u_cd=24&u_nplug=3&u_nmime=4&adx=276&ady=1044&biw=1579&bih=762&scr_x=0&scr_y=0&eid=44747621%2C31062297&oid=3&pvsid=2775354721092173&pem=777&wsm=1&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fl.facebook.com%2F&eae=0&fc=896&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C1280%2C0%2C1280%2C680%2C1600%2C762&vis=1&rsz=o%7Co%7CoeEbr%7C&abl=NS&pfx=0&fu=128&bc=31&ifi=1&uci=a!1&btvi=1&fsb=1&xpc=4XMhZVslqA&p=https%3A//www.fightmag.com.au&dtd=M

All way until the moment of impact Hari was dominating his opponent, dropping him and securing a number of eight counts with strikes. During another attack by Dutch-Moroccan favorite Polish heavyweight was once again pushed back to the ropes and was getting owned. But, out of nowhere he managed to throw left kick to the head knocking Badr Hari out.

While “Bad Boy” was trying to get back on his feet the referee was counting. He waved the fight off at 1 minute and 30 seconds into the second round.

With the win Arkadiusz Wrzosek updates his record to 13-5-0, 8 KO and scores the third straight victory.

Badr Hari suffers the third defeat via stoppage in a row and drops to 106-16-0, 92 KO. His previous bout against Benjamin Adegbuyi ended in a similar manner, as he was dominating the first half of the fight to only be stopped in Round 3. His rematch with Rico Verhoeven saw several knockdowns scored by Hari, who then got injured and was unable to continue also in the third.

Arkadiusz Wrzosek knocks out Badr Hari.

VIDEO

(1) Michael Morgan on Twitter: “Damn Badr got Ko’d…https://t.co/5DtuKxp3JK” / Twitter

Source- Video: Badr Hari KO’d by Arkadiusz Wrzosek at GLORY 78 – FIGHTMAG

Darren Till choked out by Derek Brunson at UFC Vegas 36 as Paddy Pimblett and Molly McCann shine at Apex

DARREN TILL’s hopes of fighting for the UFC middleweight title next year have been shattered by the in-form Derek Brunson.

The Gorilla was tamed by the American on Saturday night in the main event of UFC Vegas 36, where he suffered a third-round submission defeat.

Till, 28, had hoped to jump ahead of former opponent Robert Whittaker in the pecking order with a statement-making victory over nine-year UFC vet Brunson.

But the pride of Liverpool’s bid to fight for another world title ended up being derailed courtesy of a rear-naked choke.

Immediately after having his hand raised, the in-form Brunson – who has won his last five in a row – called for a rematch with 185lb champ Israel Adesanya.

He said: “Israel Adesanya, boy, I ain’t been working all this time for nothing boy. You next, boy. You next!”

Team Kaobon standout Till started well, immediately taking the centre of the octagon and gauging the range for his piston left hand.

He found the mark early doors and successfully fended off Brunson’s attempts to ground the fight.

Brunson struggled with the speed of the Scouser’s straight left and eventually shot for a double-leg takedown, which he landed and used to jump into half-guard.

After a quick transition, the 37-year-old quickly postered up and landed big punches on the grounded Gorrila, who was left with a massive shiner on his right eye.

Till eventually worked his way back to his feet with a minute of the stanza remaining after Brunson gave him some space.

Muay Thai specialist Till looked to establish his jab early in the second but quickly found himself fending off another yet takedown attempt.

But the former welterweight title challenger showed great defence as he negated the attempted step-around sweep.

Brunson, however, eventually brought the fight back down to his domain with a beautiful double-leg takedown against the fence and once again went back to work in half-guard.

Till, to his credit, did a better job of avoiding Brunson’s ground-and-pound by tieing him up before forcing his way back to his feet with ten seconds of the round remaining.

A big straight left landed for Till early in the third and forced Brunson to shoot for another takedown.

As he did early in the second, Till stuffed the attempt and responded with a nasty knee and elbow inside the clinch.

And moments later, he put Brunson in a world of trouble with another nasty straight left – although he was quickly taken down after recklessly going in for the kill.

As he tried to buck Brunson off him, Till inadvertently put the Sanford MMA ace into full mount.

A fatigued Till tried to twist his way out of the position but ended up giving his back and his neck, which Brunson didn’t waste any time in taking.

Defeat to Brunson was Till’s second at middleweight and fourth in his last five outings.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Brits on deck at the UFC’s Apex facility as Tom Aspinall, Molly McCann, Jack Shore and debut boy Paddy Pibmblett all recorded victories in Sin City.

Heavyweight prospect Aspinall – a team-mate of Till’s – made light work of Sergei Spivak, TKO’ing the Moldovan in the first round to stretch his octagon record to 4-0.

Fan favourite, meanwhile, McCann saved her UFC career with a unanimous decision victory over Ji Yeon Kim in the final prelim of the night.

Meatball survived adversity in the first round after being dropped by an accidental clash of heads but stormed back in the second and third – the latter of which she ended by roaring in the face of the South Korean and urging her to hit her in the face.

Welsh bantamweight Shore stretched his UFC run to 4-0 with a dominant display against Armenian Liudvik Sholinian, which he hopes will secure him a clash with one of the 135lb division’s elite.

The night, however, well and truly belong to former Cage Warriors lightweight champion Pimblett.

The Scouser, who twice turned down the UFC, made his long-awaited octagon bow against Italy’s Luigi Vendramini.

The Baddy looked on course to make the worst possible start to his UFC career as he was rocked early in the first.

But he came roaring back moments later to produce highlight-reel stoppage and send UK MMA fans across the globe into raptures.

UFC Vegas 36 results

Derek Brunson vs Darren Till – Brunson def. Till via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3

Tom Aspinall vs Sergei Spivac – Aspinal def. Spivac via TKO (elbow and punches) – Round 1, 2:31

Alex Morono vs David Zawada – Morono def. Zawada via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Modestas Bukauskas vs Khalil Rountree Jr – Rountree Jr def. Bukauskas via TKO (oblique kick) – Round 2, 2:31

Paddy Pimblett vs Luigi Vendramini – Pimblett def. Vendramini via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:25

Prelims

Molly McCann vs Ji Yeon Kim – McCann def. Kim via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Jack Shore vs Liudvik Sholinian – Shore def. Sholinian via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Julian Erosa vs Charles Jourdain – Erosa def. Jourdain via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 3, 2:56

Dalcha Lungiambula vs Marc-Andre Barriault – Barriault def. Lungiambula via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Source- Darren Till choked out by Derek Brunson at UFC Vegas 36 as Paddy Pimblett and Molly McCann shine at Apex (thesun.co.uk)

UFC Vegas 36 results: Paddy Pimblett survives knockdown, swarms Luigi Vendramini for successful debut KO

Paddy Pimblett and Luigi Vendramini faced off in a Lightweight clash tonight (Sat., Sept. 4, 2021) at UFC Vegas 36 from UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Pimblett opened the bout with an athletic kicking game, landing well while Vendramini swung back with counters. The two traded calf kicks, and Pimblett scored with a hard left. Vendramini then cracked his foe with a left hook, switched to the double leg, and threw his foe to the mat. From top position, Vendramini landed a few elbows before Pimblett escaped to his feet. Hard low kick from Vendramini, but Pimblett did answer with with a couple punches. Pimblett’s kicks began to flow again, but Vendramini landed heavy with another left. The Brazilian was bullying his foe a bit. Pimblett’s high chin was getting him caught by looping shots, and his takedown was denied along the fence.

All of a sudden, Pimblett went wild with a combination, and his right hand stunned Vendramini! “The Italian Stallion” backed into the fence and Pimblett flurried wildly, landing a huge series of shots that sent his opponent crumbling to the canvas.

It wasn’t easy, but Pimblett lived up to his pre-fight promises.

Result: Paddy Pimblett defeats Luigi Vendramini via knockout

Source- UFC Vegas 36 results: Paddy Pimblett survives knockdown, swarms Luigi Vendramini for successful debut KO – MMAmania.com

Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort fight card scheduled for Sept. 11 shifts to Florida

With a little over a week before the return of Triller Fight Club, the promotion has made the decision to move the card across the country.

Sources at Triller confirmed to MMA Fighting’s Damon Martin that the Sept. 11 boxing event, now expected to be headlined by Evander Holyfield and former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort, will now happen at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. Yahoo! Sports was first to report the change.

The event was originally scheduled to take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. but Holyfield, 58, was not cleared to compete by the California State Athletic Commission. Sources at the CSAC confirmed Holyfield couldn’t be licensed in time to make the fight due to his age.

Holyfield is stepping in to replace Oscar De La Hoya, who was forced to withdraw from his comeback fight after testing positive for COVID-19. The multiple-time heavyweight champion was in talks to make his own return in an exhibition bout against Kevin McBride on the undercard of the Teofimo Lopez vs. George Kambosos Jr. undercard on June 5, but that event was postponed after Lopez tested positive for COVID-19.

The Triller Fight Club event will also feature a battle between former UFC champions as Anderson Silva takes on Tito Ortiz.

Source- Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort fight card scheduled for Sept. 11 shifts to Florida – MMA Fighting