Three Olympic boxers, including beaten Irish bantamweight Michael Conlon who had accused the judges of robbing him of victory, have been sanctioned by the IOC for betting on fights during the Rio Games. The International Olympic Committee said on Wednesday that Conlon, compatriot Steven Donnelly and Britain's Antony Fowler had been given severe reprimands for their breach of the regulations. Conlon, who vowed in Rio never to fight again in any competition organised by Olympic boxing body AIBA after his quarter-final defeat by Russian Vladimir Nikitin, has since turned professional.
Light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev, who was idle from June 2015 until this past June because of a right shoulder injury and subsequent surgery, is set for the second bout of his comeback. Beterbiev, a native of Russia who fights out of his adopted hometown of Montreal, will face Paraguay's Isidro Ranoni Prieto in a scheduled 12-round bout on Dec. 23 at the Casino du Lac Leamy in Gatineau, Quebec, promoter Yvon Michel announced Thursday. "Despite the claims of some promoters and light heavyweight challengers, it's a fact that Artur Beterbiev is the most dangerous and biggest threat to all of the world light heavyweight champions," Michel said. Isidro Prieto is a fierce fighter who accepted the challenge, also believing he has the style to repel even the most courageous boxer.
Floyd Mayweather ain't ready to close the book on a possible Conor McGregor fight -- saying it's still up in the air ... and hinting that he'll do it if the money is right. With McGregor once again hinting at a match with Floyd during the UFC 205 media event on Tuesday, we had to ask Floyd how he felt about it. Long story short ... Floyd says it's super difficult to put the fight together -- as we all know from the first time he tried to make it happen -- but wouldn't say it's completely off the table. "Are we going to fight? I just don't know." Mayweather also praised Conor as a great fighter who's "very good" at stand-up fighting. One last thing ... we asked Floyd if he was planning to