The Deontay Wilder vs. Dominic Breazeale main event will go ahead as planned - tonight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. While that may be, that doesn't preclude the WBC from looking into personal conduct leading up the fight. The sport of boxing is predicated by ring psychology. Beyond that, a certain element "myth-making" comes into play before each fight. Sometimes that calls for opponents to threaten each other's livelihood to a certain extent, to the point of ridicule it seems.
While threatening physical violence is permissible within the sport itself, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has taken a strong exception to threats Wilder made towards his opponent. Sulaiman's only jurisdiction is an important one: his job is to oversee the title currently wrapped around the Wilder waist, the WBC Heavyweight Championship. In several instances leading up to tonight's contest, Wilder express a desire to "catch a body" at Breazeale's expense. He also made allusions to his opponent's funeral, and at one point he even elicited the word "tragedy" to describe his intentions.
"If he dies, he dies,’’ Wilder told the media on Wednesday. “This is boxing. This is not a gentleman’s sport. This is a gladiator’s sport. And with bad blood, we know I possess the power..."
"If anybody thinks this is a game, you better close your eyes," Wilder continued. "If you’re there, bring a blindfold because this is going to be a tragedy. That’s the least I can do, I can pay for the funeral..."
In turn, Dominic Breazeale pegged himself the "Deontay Wilder's retirement plan," while lauding tonight's matchup as a live event worthy of "Super Bowl" status. His comments obviously pale in comparison to the graphic Deontay Wilder. Which begs the question, how many of the pundits lashing out against Wilder know the full rundown of their beef. Breazeale and Wilder were both present at The Westin in Birmingham, Alabama, prior to a PBC fight card (2017) when things took a turn for the worse.
As they crossed paths in the main vestibule of the hotel, something went tragically amiss for Breazeale to allegedly "sucker punch" Wilder's brother, as Deontay would have it. The rest is history. The only question is: is Wilder's justified because of it, should he be penalized for it? Tune in tonight (Showtime, 9 pm ET). The main event promises to be quite the spectacle.
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Paul Pierce Sued For Tussle At Conor McGregor & Khabib Fight
The L’s just keep coming.
Paul Pierce has been taking a whole slew of Ls lately and it doesn’t seem as though they are going to stop anytime soon. Just a month ago he claimed he was a better player than Dwyane Wade, a comment which drew a ton of jeers. He also disrespected the Milwaukee Bucks before they went on to obliterate the Boston Celtics. He also farted on Michelle Beadle and was mercilessly trolled by Bucks fans who felt they had been slighted by the former NBA player.
Now, Pierce is being sued by Christopher Mostello after an alleged altercation that transpired at the Conor Mcgregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov fight on Oct. 6, 2018. Mostello was working security at the T-Mobile Arena when he was called to take care of a situation between Pierce and a security supervisor, according to TMZ. Pierce allegedly grabbed the arm of the woman working security when she asked for his ticket. The former Celtic pushed the supervisor to the side and when Mostello intervened, he called him a racist.
Mostello explained that his reputation has been destroyed over the incident and that he is seeking $15,000 in damages and lawyer fees, with the lawsuit accusing Pierce of defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Stay tuned for updates regarding this case.
Blac Chyna’s Fight With Hairdresser Played Out On Surveillance Footage
The video seems to support claims that the hairdresser threw soda cans at Blac Chyna’s Bentley.
Earlier this year, Blac Chyna publicly expressed that she was doing her best to change her life, putting the negativity of her past behind her. “Looking back on a lot of my actions, I’m reflecting and realizing that confusion is a serious thing,” she wrote. “Of course I’m not proud of some of the pain I have caused and I’m working to be the best me.” Nonetheless, the mother of two has found herself back in the headlines as she’s been accused of pulling a knife on her hairdresser during an altercation.
According to reports, the incident occurred at her home in Los Angeles when the hairdresser claims she asked Black Chyna, real name Angela White, for payment. However, TMZ reported that their sources said the hairdresser threw soda cans at White’s Bentley, and now there is security footage that may support that claim. In the video, viewers can see a woman repeatedly tossing items to the right of the screen. Moments later a handful of people come toward her, one pointed out to be White, who takes off her shoes before throwing them at the hairdresser.
You can’t make out whether or not there’s a knife in the video because of the distance and video’s quality. The situation has allegedly sparked an investigation by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services because White’s six-year-old son King, whom she shares with rapper Tyga, was present during the altercation.
Kristaps Porzingis Jumped, Left Bloody After Club Fight In Latvia: Report
The Dallas Mavericks are in the midst of investigating Porzingis over his culpability in the mix-up.
Shams Charania, a key contributor for The Athletic and Stadium, was among the first credible sources to confirm a bust-up occurring in Kristap Porzingis' hometown in Lat. A video depicting the Mavericks' big was the subject of a video circulating the net today. As you'll see (below), Porzingis is seemingly accosted by a group of individuals, leaving him with a cut under his eye and a ripped shirt.
According to Charania, the Dallas Mavericks are already investigating the alleged incident. Their understanding of the situation is that Porzingis was jumped by unknown aggressors, then bludgeoned him with blunt objects right outside a local club.
ESPN's Tim MacMahon has since confirmed that Porzingis was not the aggressor in the situation, but once he fought back, the group fired back with inanimate objects they took from the club. Venue security is then said to have rushed the scene, breaking up the melee at once.
Neither Porzingis or his reps have made themselves available for comment in the direct aftermath of the incident. The Mavs forward has been a magnet for controversy ever since he departed from NY. In late March, Kristaps was accused of rape by a woman that lived in his previous tenement. That investigation is still ongoing.
Meek Mill & Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Team Up To Produce DAZN Doc About Anthony Joshua
The documentary will follow Anthony Joshua’s training leading up to his fight against Andy Ruiz Jr.
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Meek Mill and JAY Z’s Roc Nation have partnered with sports streaming service DAZN to produce a docuseries on heavyweight boxers, Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz. The docuseries, 40 Days: Joshua-Ruiz, will launch as short episodes which will premiere on May 21st on Meek’s IG and YouTube page. Episodes will arrive every Tuesday and Thursday over the past weeks leading up to the June 1st fight. The final part of the series will premiere on NBC Sports Network and other sports network ahead of the fight.
“DAZN has created a program that explores a fighter’s heart and soul,” said Mill in a statement. “They tell the story of what makes a true champion. I love being part of a project that tells of their grit, sacrifices, and dedication outside the gym. It’s those things that show true character and should be lauded just as much as the knockouts in the ring.”
Executive VP on content, Jamie Horowitz, added, “It’s a series which is meant to let creative people be creative. We are excited to have Meek Mill tell the story of Anthony Joshua’s first fight in America through his unique lens.”
Sauce Walka Emasculates Young Thug With "Section 8.5 Girl" Characterization
Sauce Walka conjures up the past in his latest swipe at Young Thug.
Sauce Walka isn’t done jousting with Young Thug over the use of the term “Slime.” It’s plain to see, Sauce Walka is standing in a most unyielding position. It’s no secret Walka has a bone to pick with the music industry ever since it’s become “de-centralized,” that’s for certain. Evidently, he feels that he’s been treated unfairly by an array of artists with major label backing – the likes of which include Drake, and a fairly combustible Young Thug, his preferred opponent if a backyard rumble were in the cards.
Sauce Walka tried to re-ignite his feud with Thugger by reposting one of those “Before They Were Famous” videos with him as the target. You might recall seeing the footage yourself. Young Thug and his entourage are shooting a ready-made clip with “Best Friend” playing on the loudspeaker.
Thugger pulls off a couple of slick gang signs. His running mate totes a gun in the most effeminate way imaginable. In the space for a caption, Sauce Walka writes, “So I’m honestly post to be worried bout this section 8.5 girl & his best friend. Gone drop that Weak ass album u tryna get clout for!” So there’s that, Sauce Walka still wants the smoke. Will his posturing ever amount to any fisticuffs, comment below?
Anderson Silva Gunning For Conor McGregor Super Fight
Silva is still going strong at 44 years old.
Anderson Silva is a bonafide legend in the world of MMA and the UFC. At 44 years old, Silva isn't exactly the fighter he used to be, although the UFC is still giving him fights and on Saturday, May 11th, Silva will get to participate in UFC 237 where he will fight Jarden Cannonier. Silva's last fight was against Israel Adesanya back in February, a fight he ultimately lost.
Silva is excited to be getting back into the Octagon and while his focus is on Cannonier, the fighter is already thinking about a potential super fight against Conor McGregor. Speaking to TMZ Sports, Silva said he would love for UFC president Dana White to make the fight happen as it would make everyone involved a lot of money.
"Come on, boss," Silva said "Give this show for the fans. Give this show for the fans of UFC. It's good money for you, Dana. And, a good challenge for me and Conor."
The UFC legend also explained that he would want to fight McGregor at 180 pounds which is 25 pounds above Conor's usual weight of 155.
"That's the good fight for me and Conor. It's a super, super, super fight," Silva explained.
Who do you think would win this bout?
Conor McGregor Spotted Training In Ireland Despite "Retirement"
McGregor fans have been anxiously awaiting his next fight.
The last time Conor McGregor stepped in the Octagon, he got beat badly by Khabib Nurmagomedov in a spirited grudge match. Since then, McGregor has been through a plethora of controversies, none of which have really seemed to phase him. In the midst of speculation of who his next opponent would be, McGregor shocked everyone by announcing his retirement although many saw through it. McGregor has been known to try to build hype in unconventional ways and his retirement announcement was thought to be yet another trick in McGregor’s bag of antics.
Now, it appears as though McGregor has forgotten about his retirement plans as he’s back in his native Ireland where he is training hard to get himself in shape. McGregor has been spotted at Straight Blast Gym and according to TMZ Sports, sources close to McGregor say the fighter is “ready to fight right now.” In the footage below, McGregor can be seen sparring with Hans Molenkamp. Molenkamp is the man behind MMA equipment company, Triumph United.
After his win against Al Iaquinta, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone called out McGregor urging for a fight. The two have been teasing a match for a while now although it seems like McGregor keeps ducking him.
Willie D Addresses Bushwick Bill’s Fight With Cancer: "I Was Aware Of Bill’s Condition"
Fellow Geto Boys’ member Willie D chose to remain silent about Bushwick Bill’s cancer diagnosis.
Several hours ago, it was reported that beloved Geto Boys member Bushwick Bill is dealing with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The rapper explained the scary buildup to his prognosis in a video issued to TMZ. As he outlined in the following video PSA, the diagnosis was unexpected, because, in previous check-ups, he and his doctor were under the impression they were dealing with nothing more than a benign mass over his pancreas.
TMZ held onto to the video as per their agreement, until Bill was ready to come forward with the news. At the time of recording, Bushwick Bill hadn’t told his bandmates Willie D and Scarface about his cancer, and the ongoing chemotherapy he was undergoing as a consequence. Only family members sworn by blood were privy to this information.
Sometime between there and now, his fellow Geto Boys were brought up to speed. Roughly 10 hours after the fact, Willie D has come out with the first public showing of support for his bandmate, by which he described coming to grips with the illness, by the header: “Bad News Family.” In the following passage, mirrored on his Twitter feed as well, Willie D talks about learning of Bushwick’s illness months ago but chose to keep mum out of respect for his privacy and such.
“As many of you learned today, our bandmate, fellow Geto Boy Bushwick Bill has Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. Scarface and I was made aware of Bill’s condition months ago, but wanted to respect his privacy and allow him to speak on it in his time, which he did today,” Willie D wrote out of respect to his lifelong riding partner. He then promised to elaborate on his feelings in a recorded video reserved for his “Willie D Live” YouTube channel. Our thoughts and wishes go out to Willie, Scarface, and Bushwick Bill in this painstaking moment in their lives.
Greg Hardy Wants To Fight ASAP After First Career UFC Victory
Hardy dominated his last fight.
Greg Hardy is a controversial man when it comes to his past. Hardy went through a domestic violence scandal while he was playing for the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL and was eventually blacklisted from the league because of it. Since then, Hardy has taken up mixed martial arts where he now competes in the UFC. Hardy was 3-0 in MMA before his first UFC fight back in January where he was disqualified for an illegal knee to the head of his opponent.
Since then, Hardy was granted another fight which went down on Saturday against Dmitrii Smoliakov. Hardy ended up winning the fight with ease after a first-round TKO. Hardy spoke to TMZ Sports where they asked him about his future plans in the sport and when exactly he plans to fight next.
“As soon as possible, dude,” Hardy said simply. The former NFLer says he has been training nonstop to make sure he gets better and can continue to compete at a high level.
After his fight on Saturday, Hardy explained how he didn’t want to make the same mistakes he did in January.
“I wanted to make sure it wasn’t the same as last time,” Hardy said. “Every day, I’m getting better. Every month, I’m getting more violent, more nasty in the Octagon, more humble and peaceful outside of it. I’m just coming into my own. I love this sport.”