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By Sports Desk April 04, 2022

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  • Fury challenges Ngannou to 'spicy' boxing bout in a cage with Tyson as referee Fury challenges Ngannou to 'spicy' boxing bout in a cage with Tyson as referee

    Tyson Fury has challenged Francis Ngannou to "kick it up spicy in a cage" in a boxing fight refereed by Mike Tyson.

    WBC world heavyweight champion Fury's team are trying to agree terms for an eagerly awaited unification bout with Oleksandr Usyk.

    Fury revealed his return to the ring is "imminent" and a March date has provisionally been pencilled in for the Brit to do battle with Ukrainian Usyk.

    Ngannou is set to pursue a boxing career after turning down a contract that would have made him the highest-paid heavyweight fighter in UFC history.

    Fury and Ngannou have called each other out in the past and the 'Gypsy King' has laid down another challenge to the Cameroonian-French fighter.

    He said in an interview with Seconds Out: "Francis Ngannou, I know you're out contract with the UFC.

    "You want to earn some big boy money come see the 'Gypsy King' and let's do a big, big fight for the baddest M.F. on the planet.

    "Let's kick it up spicy in a cage, four-ounce gloves, on the Queensberry, and let's have a badass referee like 'Iron' Mike Tyson. Did I just sell that to the world?"

    He added: "If the contract doesn't get signed with Usyk next, the fight of the century in boxing, we'll do the Ngannou fight. Whether it's going to be in Las Vegas or Wembley, who will know. We'll know quite soon, I think."

  • UFC 283: Hill pummels Teixeira for light heavyweight title, Moreno wins by TKO over Figueiredo UFC 283: Hill pummels Teixeira for light heavyweight title, Moreno wins by TKO over Figueiredo

    Jamahal Hill claimed the UFC light heavyweight title with a five-round pummelling of Glover Teixeira by unanimous decision at UFC 283 in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.

    The 31-year-old American won the vacant title in dominant fashion, leaving his opponent bloodied and earning a lopsided vote 50-44, 50-44, 50-44.

    Hill's punching combinations and head kicks were too much for Brazil-born former titleholder Teixeira, with the American claiming victory immediately upon the conclusion of the fifth round, having had 248-108 total strikes and 232-75 significant strikes.

    "Anything is possible," Hill said during his post-fight interview. "Hard work, dedication, accountability. Don't let nobody tell you nothing.

    "Too many people told me I couldn't do it, that it was impossible. I needed to do it in one round. I couldn't go five. What the f*** you got to say now?"

    Teixeira was badly hurt by a second-round head kick, along with a third-round punching combination, leaving him with cuts above his eyes. Teixeira announced his retirement after the fight.

    In the flyweight division, which co-headlined UFC 283, Mexican Brandon Moreno defeated Deiveson Figueiredo by TKO in the third round by doctor stoppage after the Brazilian's right eye closed over.

    Figueiredo sustained the injury from a Moreno left hook, but the Mexican was ahead at the time on all three judges' scorecards.

    The Moreno win came in their fourth meeting over the past 25 months, with Figueiredo declaring his intention after the fight to move up a division.

  • Jones to return to face Gane at UFC 285 as Ngannou makes his exit Jones to return to face Gane at UFC 285 as Ngannou makes his exit

    Jon Jones will return to the octagon for the first time since February 2020 when he takes on Ciryl Gane for the vacant heavyweight title at UFC 285.

    The fight for the March 4 event in Las Vegas was announced on Saturday by UFC President Dana White, who also confirmed that heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou – who many expected to be Jones' opponent – is leaving the organisation.

    Ngannou has a 17-3-0 record, but White confirmed the Cameroonian wanted to seek other opportunities and the UFC has agreed to release him from his contract.

    "We did everything we could to try and make this fight happen and try to give him a fight, but he has got it in his head that there are bigger opportunities outside of UFC with lesser opponents," White said, also confirming he had offered to make Ngannou the best-paid fighter in the history of the company.

    "We're going to let him do that. We're going to release him from his contract. We're going to give up our right to match and he can go wherever he wants and do whatever he wants."

    Jones will now instead face Gane, whose only loss in an 11-1-0 career came by unanimous decision against Ngannou in a heavyweight title bout at UFC 270 last January.

    It will be the 35-year-old Jones' debut at heavyweight, having gone 26-1-0 (1 no contest) at light-heavyweight, before he gave up his title at that weight following a dispute over pay.

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