Pacquiao defeat 'sad' to watch but fellow fighters praise 'one of the best'

By Sports Desk August 22, 2021

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  • Fury warns Ronaldo: 'No matter who you are, age will get you' Fury warns Ronaldo: 'No matter who you are, age will get you'

    Tyson Fury issued a warning to Cristiano Ronaldo, insisting "no matter who you are, age will get you eventually".

    The Portugal captain, who entered the World Cup fresh from his acrimonious departure from Manchester United, has scored just once in four appearances in Qatar.

    That goal came from the penalty spot against Ghana in his nation's opening match.

    Having been criticised by head coach Fernando Santos for his reaction to being substituted during the Group H clash with South Korea, Ronaldo was then dropped for Portugal's comprehensive 6-1 victory over Switzerland in the last 16.

    After being left out of the starting line-up, A Selecao have subsequently strongly denied reports the 37-year-old threatened to quit the squad during what is likely to be his swansong at the finals.

    Fury - the WBC heavyweight champion and a lifelong United fan - insisted he empathises with Ronaldo, who he feels is no longer at the peak of his powers.

    The undefeated boxer drew comparisons with his iconic victory over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015. 

    "At the time, beating Klitschko was the Everest," Fury told talkSPORT. 

    "I was the heavy underdog, people thought I was going to get smashed to pieces, and he was the unified champion for 11 years and at some point, he thought he was unbeatable.

    "But I went over to Germany and beat him. In this game, it's not about how much better somebody is than the other person.

    "A lot of it has to do with natural stuff, like age, and at 38 years old, you are on the decline - whether you want to admit it or not.

    "If you look at Cristiano Ronaldo, he's 37 years old, he's had the best doctors, the best physiotherapists - he's lived like an egg in Mr Kipling's cake.

    "But even Ronaldo is on the slide now.

    "So even someone who has looked after himself like that, it catches up to you - so, imagine a boxer who has been punched to pieces for the last 20 years!

    "The age factor will not wait for anybody, no matter how you've lived. 

    "Whether you've never had a drink in your life, if you've never run on any hard surfaces, no matter who you are, age will get you eventually."

    Ronaldo will hope to be reinstated to the starting line-up when Portugal face Morocco in the quarter-finals on Saturday, with his team aiming to reach the semi-finals for only the third time.

  • Joshua in talks for Wallin bout Joshua in talks for Wallin bout

    Anthony Joshua's camp are in discussions regarding a bout against Otto Wallin, the Swedish fighter's promoter has said.

    Joshua seen his stock in the heavyweight division take a significant dip following back-to-back defeats against Oleksandr Usyk, leaving the Brit with only two wins from his past five bouts.

    However, Joshua continues to be linked with top-tier opponents, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder among them, but taking on Wallin is set to be his next challenge.

    Dmitriy Salita, who represents Wallin, believes the correct approach would be for Joshua to face his client, with the winner then going on to face either Fury - who is expected to meet in Usyk in an undisputed fight.

    "I had discussions with Eddie [Hearn] about Otto for a significant amount of time and as late as last week," he told the Sun.

    "From what I understand it's really up to AJ. I believe he wants to place himself back in the heavyweight picture.

    "Both Otto and AJ want a shot at Fury. By the numbers Otto landed more punches on Fury then anyone else ever.

    "I believe the winner of that fight will have legitimate claim to challenge Fury probably after his fight with Oleksandr Usyk."

    A bout with Dillian Whyte has been touted as the next test for Joshua but that proposal has been slammed by Salita.

    Salita.would instead prefer the Brit to face a rematch with Jermaine Franklin after a majority decision for Whyte at Wembley last month.

    "Whyte is 1-2 and in reality 1-3 in his last four fights. A fight with Joshua would be something like Roy Jones vs Mike Tyson or Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor, big names but not much behind it at this point," he added.

    "Even if it's not against Jermaine, Whyte needs an impressive showing against someone credible to show that he still got the skills to pay the bills at an elite heavyweight level.

    "He had four wins after that including Dominic Breazeale and Travis Kauffman, both credible at time of his victory. Otto is number three in the WBO and is a bona fide top heavyweight in the world.

    "There have been lots of big names thrown around with Joshua including Tyson and Wilder. How serious that is will depend on who he fights next."

  • Fury-Usyk unification bout 'the perfect time', says WBC president Sulaiman Fury-Usyk unification bout 'the perfect time', says WBC president Sulaiman

    A unification bout between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk would come at the "perfect time" for the sport if terms are agreed soon, says WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman.

    The Briton downed Derek Chisora in the pair's trilogy bout on Saturday to maintain both the WBC title and his undefeated record.

    Fury squared off with Usyk, who saw off Anthony Joshua for a second time earlier this year to retain his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts, after his victory.

    Previous hopes for a unification bout over the years have often been hindered by the contradictory mandatory challengers various governing bodies have in place, but Sulaiman is keen to see the pair cross paths imminently.

    "This is a perfect time to do a unification," he told Sky Sports News on Monday. "At this time we have no mandatory contenders, so this is a perfect moment for the unification.

    "Hopefully it will not get to that point [that we have another mandatory challenger] and the four organisations will accept to sanction the ultimate undisputed fight.

    "Mandatories are a complicated process. Each organisation has their own rules, their own agendas, but the importance of this fight is far beyond any organisation.

    "We're supporting it, and we'll do everything possible to make sure it takes place."

    Fury has indicated he could fight fellow Briton Joe Joyce next, and though Sulaiman acknowledges he would not prevent such a bout, his priority remains setting a match up with Usyk.

    Joyce has put together a series of impressive performances to move himself to the verge of title contention, and Sulaiman would not stand in the way of an all-British matchup with Fury.

    "No [issue with a Joyce fight]. At this time, as I mentioned, we don't have the mandatory contender yet," he added. "As soon as we have one, we can set timelines. Our ultimate goal is to have a unification."

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