Crawford vs Khan - Our experts weigh in ahead of Saturday night's blockbuster

By George Davis,Mariah Ramharack& Lance Whittaker April 19, 2019

Our experts give American Bud Crawford the edge heading into Saturday night's blockbuster with Amir Khan.

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    Former world heavyweight boxing champion, Mike Tyson, is in Antigua and Barbuda in the hopes that a partnership involving the government and his marijuana farm, will reap massive rewards.

    Tyson, who became the heavyweight champion of the world in xxx before losing his crown and his fortune after a string of life-changing mishaps, has the backing of Antigua and Barbuda prime minister Gaston Browne.

    Browne told a press conference that Tyson’s investment went further than marijuana, extending to entertainment, leisure, and accommodation.

    “Their interest goes beyond marijuana products or hemp products; they are also looking at the whole area of entertainment and leisure and one of the most exciting projects that they will establish within the next nine months is the establishment of an annual marijuana conference here in Antigua,” said Browne.

    “It will be like the Davos of cannabis; it will take place on an annual basis and will bring stakeholders from throughout the globe for that matter right here on Antigua to discuss various opportunities within the industry. So, we are very excited about that. They are also interested in establishing a hotel accommodation property and they will be looking at a number of sites to determine suitability.”

    Tyson believes the association will turn his marijuana farm, Tyson Ranch, into a powerhouse.

    Tyson Farm is just one arm of the larger Tyson holistic holdings which sells marijuana strains, edibles and merchandise.

  • I'm gonna cut Fury's eye back open - Wilder threatens heavyweight rival I'm gonna cut Fury's eye back open - Wilder threatens heavyweight rival

    Deontay Wilder has pledged to inflict more eye damage upon Tyson Fury should their much-anticipated heavyweight rematch go ahead as planned.

    WBC champion Wilder held on to his belt after a thrilling draw against Fury last December.

    The undefeated Briton out-boxed his American opponent for long periods but was floored twice – most notably by a sledgehammer Wilder right-left combination in the final round.

    A return encounter has been pencilled in for February 2020 but Fury flirted with throwing those lucrative plans off course when the unheralded Otto Wallin opened up a ghastly cut above his right eye with a chopping left hook during the third round of last weekend's Las Vegas encounter.

    Fury rode out the storm to prevail on points but Wilder told ESPN his rival now has a weakness he intends to exploit.

    "There's nothing Fury will be able to do. Fury looked his best when he fought me and that's the best you will ever see of him," the 33-year-old said.

    "He better be ready, but the way I hit, I'm gonna cut [the eye] back open, period. No matter what they do - he can have plastic surgery, whatever.

    "I'm gonna cut that back open, period. It's over with. I got Fury's number. That's why the dude didn't take the rematch [immediately]. He knows."

    In fact, Wilder believes the prospect of him and Fury meeting again played a part in the gruesome gash not bringing an end to proceedings.

    "See, that fight was supposed to be stopped," Wilder said. "Everybody knows that. But, of course, they don't want this man to lose because of me.

    "They want the big fight. We understand that. People are not dumb. Of course, I am happier that Fury got the win than if he didn't because that would mess up our plans if he lost, big time."

    Wilder still has the matter of his own interim bout to negotiate, with a November 23 date against Luis Ortiz yet to be officially confirmed.

    Veteran Cuban Ortiz wobbled the champion in their March 2018 meeting before being stopped in 10, although Wilder expects a far quicker and more comprehensive display this time around.

    Wilder said he had just weeks to prepare for the first fight because he was "very ill", but vowed: "I'm ready to go now. By me already knowing him it's going to make it even easier. I'm getting him out of there. Expect to see a first-round knockout."

  • Kovalev is my most difficult fight, acknowledges Canelo Kovalev is my most difficult fight, acknowledges Canelo

    Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez acknowledges he faces the biggest test of his career on November 2 when he steps up two weight classes to take on Sergey Kovalev.

    Alvarez is a three-weight world champion and is now bidding to take the WBO light-heavyweight belt from champion Kovalev.

    The Mexican has lost only once in a 55-fight career (52-1-2) but recognises the difficulty of facing a bigger man and a fellow established star.

    "I'm very motivated here," Alvarez told a news conference. "It's an honour for me to share the ring with a fighter like Kovalev. Now we're about to make history.

    "I know it's going to be the most difficult fight of my professional career. I'm going to put all of my strength and effort to give the best that I can in the ring."

    Kovalev described Canelo as "one of the best fighters in the world" and said he was "happy and really excited", while Buddy McGirt, his trainer, paid tribute to both fighters.

    "Both of these guys are really true champions," McGirt said.

    "I have to say to Canelo: I've always admired you, your trainers did a great job. I really have to take my hat off to you for having the balls to step up and do what real champions do, step up to the challenge.

    "Sergey, you're my man, I love you to death. I respect you for accepting the challenge, because you didn't have to. You could have fought any of the other champions.

    "The only losers on November 2 will be the people who don't watch the fight."

    Kovalev (34-3-1) is returning to the United States, fighting in Las Vegas, after surviving a scare against Anthony Yarde back in Russia last month.

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