News May 2018

Doyle determined to beat Bellotti and take Commonwealth title


By @livefight

On Wednesday June 6th, ‘Ruthless’ Ryan Doyle, travels to the historic York Hall in the East End of London to take on unbeaten Commonwealth featherweight champion Reece Bellotti (12-0, 11 KO’s). The fight will be screened live on Sky Sports and looks certain to be one of the fights of 2018.

A former English featherweight champion, Doyle (16-2-1, 8 KO’s) has been craving a big fight since his an impressive but ultimately unsuccessful challenge for James Tennyson’s WBA International super featherweight title in June 2017. Doyle, 26, accepted the fight on just three days notice and acquitted himself well despite a broken hand before fading and being rescued by his corner. Since that night, Doyle has recorded two victories and is now back in the hunt for major titles.

Doyle enters the fight with Bellotti on the back of the best training camp of his life and his girlfriend today gave birth to his second child, the Gorton pressure fighter is more motivated than ever to make the most of this massive opportunity.

In this video, Doyle talks about his preparation for the fight, what he expects from Bellotti, and just what a victory would mean to him.

Trump asks if he can fight Deontay Wilder


By @Livefight

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday issued a posthumous pardon to boxer Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion, who was jailed a century ago due to his relationship with a white woman.

"If i really went to work, could I take on Deontay Wilder?" Donald Trump jokingly asked Lennox Lewis yesterday during the public ceremony.

"I believe Jack Johnson is a worthy person to receive a pardon, to correct a wrong in our history."

In a case that came to symbolize racial injustice, Johnson was arrested in 1912 with Lucille Cameron, who later became his wife, for violating the Mann Act. The law was passed two years earlier and made it a crime to take a woman across state lines for immoral purposes.

In signing the pardon, the president cited “tremendous racial tension” during the time Johnson was champion. “He really represented something that was both very beautiful and very terrible at the same time,” Trump said.

Actor Sylvester Stallone, famous as the star of the “Rocky” boxing-movie franchise, and former world heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis flanked Trump for the pardon in the Oval Office. In April, Trump tweeted that he was considering the pardon after talking to Stallone.

Earlier on Thursday, Stallone posted a photo of himself at the White House on Instagram with the caption “Waiting for the moment to go into the oval office for the pardon...”

In the Oval Office, Trump said of Stallone: "I love his movies."

"This has been a long time coming," Stallone said, adding that Johnson served as the inspiration for the character of Apollo Creed in the Rocky movies.

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