Tyson Fury is ready to give Anthony Joshua a "good hiding" and revealed to promoter Eddie Hearn exactly how he will take down the reigning IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion.

A deal is in place for the pair to fight twice, though a location is yet to be disclosed, with Joshua describing Wembley as "ideal".

Fury, nicknamed the Gypsy King, is the WBC champion after dethroning Deontay Wilder last year and is full of confidence ahead of what is primed to be a spectacular double-header.

"I can't wait to get the big dosser in the ring and give him a good hiding," he said on Hearn's podcast, No Passion No Point.

"Prove to the world what a fake he is and that there's only one dominant heavyweight champion – the Gypsy King.

"Undefeated, indestructible, unbeatable – never will lose a fight in the history of this sport, ever. I will retire with the crown."

Asked by Hearn if he thought this would be "an easy fight," Fury replied: "100 per cent, I cannot be beat by a fighter.

"A normal fighting man cannot beat the Gypsy King. The only person that can beat the Gypsy King is me.

"AJ couldn't lace my boots, definitely not."

Hearn declared his belief that Joshua would prevail and Fury credited him with turning the Briton into a "superstar boxer", but said defeat was inevitable for the 31-year-old.

"Your boy, you've built him up from scratch, you've done an absolutely fantastic job by the way, congratulations to you and your team," Fury said.

"You took an amateur boxer and made him into a superstar boxer and the finished article.

"It's just a shame that he has to be in the same era as the Gypsy King."

And Fury even went as far as to describe exactly how he would get the job done.

"When I say I will smash him to pieces and it won't be a tough fight, like I said I was gonna knock Wilder out and I did, I'm gonna say it here again – I will cut Anthony Joshua down like a hot knife through cheese," he said.

"That's how easy it's gonna be. When he gets cracked with all them muscles right in the jaw, he will go.

"I will tell you even what punch it's gonna be, I'll even give my game plan away.

"It'll be a check left hook straight to the temple. His legs will go and he'll fall on his face.

"He may get back up and then I'll knock him out with the overhand right, goodnight."

Former unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr says he would be happy to give Chris Arreola a rematch after he was forced to recover from an early knockdown on his ring return.

Ruiz (34-2, 22 KOs), who stunningly ripped the IBF, WBA and WBO titles from Anthony Joshua in a huge upset, was boxing for the first time since losing an immediate rematch with the Briton in December 2019.

Veteran Arreola (38-7-1, 33 KOs) was widely viewed as a safe step back on the road to championship contention, as Ruiz fought with Canelo Alvarez's trainer Eddy Reynoso in his corner for the first time.

However, an overhand right from Arreola forced Mexico's first ever heavyweight champion to touch down in round two.

A thrilling shootout ensued in the third – Arreola again wobbling his foe with a thudding left hook – before Ruiz made use of his superior speed and boxing skills to close out a unanimous decision win by margins of 118-109 twice and 117-110.

Broadcaster Fox Sports tweeted after the bout to tout a potential matchup between Ruiz and fellow former champion Wilder.

That showdown has been previously discussed due to both men being under the Premier Boxing Champions promotional banner, but Ruiz acknowledged he might have unfinished business with Arreola, who was compromised by a left shoulder injury suffered in the eighth.

"I felt a little rusty but I kept going," he said afterwards. "If he wants to run it back then we can run it back.

"We can have Chris Arreola-Andy Ruiz II."

Ruiz was widely criticised for piling on excess weight before his rematch with Joshua and felt the need to turn over a new leaf by teaming up with Reynoso.

He weighed in almost 30lbs lighter for Saturday's fight in Carson than he did for the Joshua return, although he conceded complacency was still a factor as he diced with disaster.

"He caught me with that good, clean right hand," Ruiz said. "I dropped my guard a little bit and I was over confident.

"Chris Arreola is a veteran and a hard puncher. We did what we had to do and we got the victory.

"Remember, I was the lowest of the low and I had to start again at the bottom of the ladder. Now we can move on to the next one."

Joseph Parker overcame the shock of suffering a knockdown inside the opening seconds to record a split-decision points win over a disgruntled Dereck Chisora in Manchester.

A clash between two heavyweights with aspirations of challenging for a world title in the not-too-distant future went the distance despite an eventful start to proceedings.

The first punch by either boxer saw Chisora land a looping right hand that caught his rival cold, dropping him to the canvas.

However, Parker recovered quickly enough to not only beat the count from the referee but also quell Chisora's ensuing attempts to force a stunning stoppage.

The New Zealander – who previously held the WBO belt – was second best in the early going but warmed to his task as the rounds ticked by, aided by a probing jab that set up opportunities to attack.

His work in the second half of the bout was enough to impress two of the judges at ringside, Parker getting the nod by scores of 115-113 and 116-111.

Yet Chisora's strong opening saw the other official on duty give it to him by a 115-113 margin. He made clear his disappointment in the verdict in his post-fight interview, too.

"I can't get upset. It's horrible. I give everything. These are the results I get," 'Del Boy' told Sky Sports Box Office. "If he wants to give me the rematch, I will take it."

Parker seemed ready to do just that in the immediate aftermath, having accepted it was a close call in the final reckoning.

"We can do a rematch in the next fight," he said after improving his record to 29-2, though this was his first victory since switching to work with new trainer Andy Lee.

"It was a tough fight. I got caught at the beginning so I dug deep and stayed focused. It was close. It could have gone either way."

The fight had appeared in serious doubt on Friday due to a coin toss after the weigh-in deciding the order in which they would walk to the ring before the bout.

Chisora made clear he was ready to go home unless he came out second, though his promoter David Haye revealed how the intervention of the British fighter's mother, Viola, made sure her son stayed put.

On the undercard, Katie Taylor retained her WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO lightweight belts with a points win over Natasha Jonas.

The duo did not disappoint in a rematch of their fight at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Taylor edging it 96-94 and 96-95 twice on the scorecards, in the process remaining unbeaten as a professional.

Boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr. and YouTube sensation Logan Paul are set to fight in June after months of talking up the possibility. 

The pair will square off in a pay-per-view clash at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on June 6, Mayweather Promotions announced on Tuesday. 

Mayweather – who retired from boxing with a 50-0 record after beating UFC star Conor McGregor – and Paul had been set to meet on February 20, but the bout was postponed to an unspecified later date. 

Tuesday's announcement did not include the number of rounds or any other details about the fight. 

Paul, who has 22.9 million YouTube subscribers, boasted in November that he was ready to fight Mayweather "any time, any place".

"If I caught Floyd with one punch, I would snap him in half," said the 26-year-old.

Paul has one fight to his credit, dropping a split decision to fellow YouTuber KSI in November 2019. 

Five-division world champion Mayweather (50-0) has not fought competitively since a 2017 10th-round TKO defeat of McGregor in the boxing ring.

The 44-year-old Mayweather beat kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa in brutal fashion in a 2018 exhibition in Tokyo.

Eddie Hearn will succeed his father Barry Hearn as the chairman of Matchroom Sport.

Hearn Sr founded Matchroom in 1982, with the company best known for its involvement in elite boxing, darts and snooker.

Eddie, who was already the head of Matchroom Boxing, will take on a host of new roles in the group, including becoming the chairman of the boxing division and of the PDC.

Steve Dawson will replace Barry as the chairman of World Snooker following the 2021 World Snooker Championship.

Hearn Sr, who will become president of the group in an advisory role, said: "It has been a huge honour to have worked with some of the greatest sports people on the planet across the last 40 years and enjoyed so many wonderful experiences across our spectrum of events in that time."

His son added: "We have seen astounding growth in the last 10 years but we have only just begun.

"I look forward to continuously evolving and continuing the global growth of this astonishing family business."

Eddie Hearn is in the process of negotiating a heavyweight unification bout between British rivals Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury.

Anthony Joshua has declared Wembley would be an "ideal" venue for the first of his two fights against fellow heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury.

Promoter Eddie Hearn this week said the location of the upcoming fight had been agreed by both fighters, but he did not disclose where it would take place.

A deal is in place for the pair to fight twice before the end of the year, with Fury invited to sign off the arrangements after talks with Hearn in Las Vegas.

Joshua holds the IBF, WBA and WBO titles, while the unbeaten Fury is the WBC champion after dethroning Deontay Wilder last year.

Saudi Arabia has been mooted as a potential location for the fight and may still stage the first clash, even if Joshua would love to tackle Fury in London. He has previously fought both at Wembley Stadium and in the adjacent SSE Arena.

"I've signed my side of the deal," Joshua told ITV's Jonathan Ross show.

"We've sent him a good offer, one I'm sure he won't refuse. He wants the fight, no doubt about it, so do I and more than me and him, the whole public want it. I put my crystal ball out there and I say it's going to happen this year 100 per cent."

Joshua added, according to several UK newspapers: "I'm pretty sure it'll be this year. End of July, early August.

"Where? That's what's the delay, because of this pandemic. We want to have people coming to the venue. It's just finding the right location. For me, Wembley would be ideal."

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said last week that the English capital is ready to host the lucrative fight, despite the restrictions in the country amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

A number of pilot events are taking place with spectators, in the hope crowds can return to normal capacity levels in the near future.

Snooker's 17-day World Championship began in Sheffield on Saturday with indoor crowds limited initially to one-third capacity, but there are plans for a full house come the final in May. Hearn's father, Barry Hearn, is the chairman of World Snooker.

Fury's most recent three bouts have all been staged in Las Vegas while Joshua reclaimed his titles from Andy Ruiz Jr in a rematch held in Saudi Arabia in December 2019.

The 2012 Olympic gold medal winner fought once in 2020, with Joshua beating Kubrat Pulev at Wembley Arena in front of a restricted number of fans.

Eddie Hearn has revealed Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have agreed on a location for a summer showdown between the two heavyweight world champions.

The rivals have a deal in place to face each other twice in 2021, though a venue and date had yet to be agreed for the first meeting.

However, having said recently he planned to present "three or four" options to both teams, Matchroom promoter Hearn confirmed on Thursday that a site has been approved and negotiations are "in a great place", having sat down with Fury while the pair have been in Las Vegas.

Joshua holds the IBF, WBA and WBO titles, while the unbeaten Fury is the WBC champion after dethroning Deontay Wilder last year.

"I don't want to talk too much about it because I think people are bored of me talking," Hearn said in an interview with Behind The Gloves.

"All I will tell you – which I haven't said to anyone yet – is that both sides have approved the site offer they want to go with. Now we are just finalising the site deal and we are in a great place.

"I saw Tyson yesterday. We had five or 10 minutes together – and it was good.

"I don't represent Tyson, so I don't know what is in his mind. What he basically cemented in my mind is that this is the only fight he wants. I know that is the same with AJ.

"We've got the offer, we all approve and we are moving forward now. We're good. I'm not going to go into where it is going to be held, but it has been agreed by both sides over the option we will take. You will get the date very soon, plus the official announcement."

Hearn also made clear that the original plan still remains in place, meaning a bout midway through 2021 will be followed by a rematch before the end of the year.

"There is no option for this fight to go at the back end of the year," Hearn said.

"That's been the hardest thing about securing the site deal ... in this world we live in today, most people would like to kick it to November or December. That's not available. It was never available.

"What was available was a summer fight for the undisputed heavyweight championship. That is what you’re going to get.

"Both guys want two fights this year – one will be in the summer, one will be in December. That's the plan."

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said last week that the English capital is ready to host the lucrative fight, despite the restrictions in the country amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Fury's most recent three bouts have all been staged in Las Vegas while Joshua reclaimed his titles from Andy Ruiz Jr in a rematch held in Saudi Arabia in December 2019.

The 2012 Olympic gold medal winner fought once in 2020, with Joshua beating Kubrat Pulev at Wembley Arena in front of a restricted number of fans.

Anthony Joshua declared there is "no place to hide" for Tyson Fury after the first official offer to stage their heavyweight unification fight was lodged.

Promoter Eddie Hearn last week revealed he plans to present "three or four offers" to the respective teams of Joshua and Fury for an eagerly awaited unification bout.

Negotiations over a blockbuster showdown between the British duo have been ongoing for several months, with Hearn revealing a two-fight deal has been signed.

WBA, WBO and IBF champion Joshua has provided a positive update as he eyes Fury's WBC belt.

"Positive news this evening! I'm lacing up my running boots rn [sic]!!!" Joshua posted on social media.

"@258MGT and @Matchroomboxing have received the first official offer to host the Undisputed Heavyweight Championship Of The WORLD! I will be victorious God Willing!

"No place to hide now! IM [sic] COMING."

John Fury - Tyson's father – recently expressed his concerns over the ongoing negotiations in an interview with Boxing Social, citing the financial difficulties due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Hearn, Joshua's promoter, tweeted on Sunday: "Busy day today and a long night ahead!"

Joe Smith Jr. claimed a majority decision over Maxim Vlasov to clinch the vacant WBO light heavyweight title on Saturday.

Smith postponed his honeymoon in order to face Vlasov in the championship bout at Osage Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

It proved to be a wise decision as the judges scored the fight 114-114, 115-113 and 115-112 in favour of American Smith (27-3).

Smith was forced to dig deep against Russian opponent Vlasov (45-4), landing 68 of his career-high 174 power punches over the final two rounds.

In the 11th round, Smith thought he had registered a knockdown, but the referee saw it differently, ruling he had hit Vlasov behind the head.

"It's a great feeling," Smith said as he looks ahead to an overdue honeymoon with his wife after the encounter was originally scheduled for February 13 before Vlasov tested positive for coronavirus.

"It was definitely a close, tough, tough fight. Vlasov is a great fighter and he really put on a great show tonight and toughed it out.

"In that [11th] round I hurt him, I believe he stuck his head down and I should have gotten the knockdown.

"I believe I would have gotten the stoppage. ... I landed the bigger, harder shots, but he landed a lot of punches, too. It was a great fight."

Smith added: "I want the other belts. I want the big fights out there. I believe I'm going to start unifying the belts."

The Jamaican government will provide more than JMD$45 million in direct financial support to athletes preparing for this summer’s Tokyo Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

Eddie Hearn plans to present "three or four offers" to the respective teams of Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury for their heavyweight showdown – and he remains confident the bout will happen.

The British rivals have yet to finalise a date or destination for the first of potentially two fights between the pair in 2021.

Fury - who holds the WBC belt following his impressive win over Deontay Wilder - tweeted a picture saying "the clock is ticking" on Wednesday, along with the words "three days left".

Meanwhile, John Fury - Tyson's father – aired his concerns over the ongoing negotiations in an interview with Boxing Social, citing the financial difficulties in the current climate following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, promoter Hearn has made clear there are proposals ready to be put on the table before he leaves each side to work out which is the best option available.

"At the end of this week, both fighters and the teams will be presented with all the offers and options on the table, of which there will be multiple ones," Hearn told Sky Sports.

"We're in a good place. I saw John Fury's comments. It's almost like they don't really want the fight. I'd like them to talk it up, rather than talk it down.

"We're quite aware that there has been a global pandemic. We're quite aware that it's not easy, but we're out there grafting away every day to get this done. A little support would be nice, John and Tyson, thank you very much.

"But there will be three or four offers presented to both camps this weekend, then it's over to them to discuss which one they want to take.

"It is a summer fight, that's everything we are working towards. I'm as confident as ever that this gets done.

"I know that there are some negative people out there and people that believe we can't pull it off, but we spend a lifetime pulling things off. I believe we will get this done, and I believe you will see this fight in the summer."

Joshua is the reigning WBA, WBO and IBF champion, having successfully defended his titles with a ninth-round stoppage of Kubrat Pulev at Wembley Arena in December.

The unbeaten Fury, meanwhile, has not fought since his rematch with Wilder in Las Vegas in February 2020.

Carl Frampton announced his retirement after his hopes of becoming Ireland's first three-weight world champion were dashed by Jamel Herring in Dubai.

Frampton had patiently waited for a shot at the WBO super-featherweight champion, with the bout initially in the works for 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic forced plans to be put on hold.

A date was finally set for the fight to take place in London on February 27, only for the challenger to suffer a hand injury in the build-up that forced a postponement.

When the two finally got to meet in the ring on Saturday, having switched the venue to the United Arab Emirates, Herring proved too much for Frampton, who tried his best against a much taller fighter but, unable to work his way inside, was picked off repeatedly.

Already dropped in the previous round when walking onto a straight left hand, the Belfast-born 34-year-old was knocked down again in the sixth and while allowed to continue, Herring consistently landed heavy shots to force Frampton's corner to throw in the towel.

Having said beforehand that a defeat would signal the end of the road, 'The Jackal' stayed true to his word. Having dedicated so much of his life to boxing, he made clear the time is right to switch the focus to his young family.

"I'm deeply upset," Frampton said during his in-ring interview. "I said before if I lost the fight I would retire and that's exactly what I’m going to do.

"I wanted to dedicate the fight to Billy McKee [his former coach and mentor who died in February], and my whole career to my wife and my kids, who have made so many sacrifices.

"I've been away for so long and missed them growing up, my own kids, so I want to dedicate my life to my family now.

"Boxing has been good to me – it's also been bad to me – but the last few years with my team have been the best of my career. I just want to go home now to my beautiful wife and kids – that's it."

Frampton did have some success in the fourth round, during which Herring – who had assumed control behind a solid jab, capitalising on his size advantage – suffered a nasty cut on his right eyelid.

However, it was a fleeting moment of joy for the former title holder at super-bantam and featherweight. He ends his pro career with a 28-3 record, including two memorable clashes with Leo Santa Cruz that saw the duo split the score in the rivalry with one win apiece.

Carl Frampton will draw upon a deep well of experience when he faces WBO super-featherweight champion Jamel Herring on Saturday and bids to join an elite club.

Victory would make Frampton only the fourth British boxer in history, after Ricky Burns, Duke McKenzie and the great Bob Fitzsimmons, to become a three-weight world champion.

The Belfast hero would also be the first man from the island of Ireland to accomplish the feat, having experienced unforgettable highs, crushing lows and the bitter fallout of boxing politics en route to this defining outing at Caesar Palace, Dubai.

Nevertheless, a warm affection for the fundamentals of his craft remains.

"I'm 34. I started boxing when I was seven. Twenty-seven years I've been doing this game," he told Stats Perform News.

"The thing I love most about it is the fighting and the sparring. That hasn't changed.

"I'm relishing the fight, I'm relishing the chance to go down in history, I'm relishing the fact that I'm about to fight a big man.

"People will look at the size of me compared to him and completely write me off. I'm just up for this one. I really want to win it."

Those doubters will point to the fact Frampton's spell at the pinnacle of the sport – he was named The Ring magazine Fighter of the Year in 2016 – came half a decade ago.

A super-bantamweight unification victory over domestic rival Scott Quigg in February of that year was followed by a barnstorming triumph against Leo Santa Cruz in New York to lift the WBA featherweight crown.

Santa Cruz won a similarly absorbing rematch and an attempt to reign again at 126lbs came unstuck against Josh Warrington.

By the time of that 2018 points loss in Manchester, Frampton had endured an acrimonious split with manager Barry McGuigan and his son and trainer Shane McGuigan. A multi-million pound legal battle with Barry McGuigan was settled last November.

As that feud rumbled on, the fighter established his ongoing relationship with former British and European light-middleweight champion Jamie Moore and assistant trainer Nigel Travis.

"I want to win a world title with Jamie and Nige," he said. "I know they're fantastic coaches. I'm still annoyed with myself that I didn't win the fight against Josh Warrington.

"I hold my hands up, I got it completely wrong. It was more a case of me getting it wrong than me being 'done', which some people would like to think.

"Jamie's won a world title with Chantelle Cameron. I'd like to become his first male world champion and kind of repay them for everything they've done for me."

Frampton credits Moore with significantly developing his capabilities as a body puncher, something that could be key against rangy southpaw Herring, who has a five-inch height and seven-inch reach advantage.

"I think the improvements in body punching that Jamie Moore has made, it's kind of sensible," he said.

"Look at my size and stature, why was I not a better body puncher before I went to Jamie?

"I've fought big guys my whole career, I've sparred big guys. There's more than one way to skin a cat.

"People think I'm just going to have to jump on this guy because of the difference in stature from me to him, people think I'm just going to have to kill the space and get on his chest. I don't see it like that.

"I think that my footwork is one of my best attributes. If I can use my feet and control the distance well, I can win the fight a couple of different ways."

The showdown with Herring has been a long time coming, with a minor hand injury for Frampton in February causing a further delay after the champion endured coronavirus and a scratched cornea in 2020.

Nevertheless, as is often the case in boxing, another money-spinning clash looms on the horizon, with rising American star Shakur Stevenson mandated to face the winner.

"He's openly said he'll come to Belfast to fight me," Frampton said of Stevenson, raising the prospect of one more raucous blockbuster in his home city.

"He's an unreal fighter. Really, really good. Not the biggest puncher in the world – well, I thought that against Josh Warrington, didn't I?

"I would go into the fight, I'm sure, with Shakur Stevenson as a big underdog. But, again, that's another thing that excites me."

Amir Khan has reiterated he is ready to take on domestic rival Kell Brook and is hopeful the fight can take place at Manchester United's Old Trafford home.

Despite years of talk, a bout between the British former world champions has yet to materialise.

The prospect of the pair facing off appeared to be over, with Khan absent from the ring since beating Billy Dib in July 2019.

However, the 34-year-old is motivated to make a return in 2021 and has set his sights on Brook, whose most recent fight was a stoppage loss to Terence Crawford five months ago.

Should the British showdown get the green light, Khan would love it to be hosted at the iconic Old Trafford, rather than in the Far East or the United States like his last two fights.

"I was on the phone to Eddie [Hearn]. I said, 'Let's get the fight made'. We're not getting a clear response from Kell's team, that they want to take the fight," he told Sky Sports.

"It has been a fight that we've been talking about and it obviously didn't happen because I was campaigning in America, fighting over there.

"When I came back to the UK, I had mandatories. I had to defend my titles.

"But I think now is the right time to make that fight happen with Kell. We have both been world champions. We're both British and in the north as well. 

"Imagine making a huge fight like that happen at the Old Trafford football stadium. It would be a massive fight."

Khan has won 34 of his 39 professional fights, 21 of those by knockout, while Brook has 39 wins and 27 knockouts from 42 bouts.

Bolton-born Khan is confident he can still challenge for titles, but first he wants the chance to finally settle an old score with Brook.

"Look, I'm still up there in the top 10 in the world," he said. "Getting a world title fight I don't think will be a problem.

"But what would be even bigger than a world title, because I've won a world title before, would be a British rivalry fight between myself and Kell Brook.

"That's something that would be big in Britain. I don't know how big it would be in America, but I know for a fact that us both being British, it would be a massive showcase here."

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