There were a lot of disappointed fans when the UFC announced that Conor McGregor had given up the featherweight title he’d won at UFC 194 by knocking out Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds. There was also speculation, including from John Kavanagh, McGregor’s highly respected coach, that the decision wasn’t McGregor’s. UFC president Dana White vehemently disputed that contention in an interview Thursday with Yahoo Sports.
Ali's gloves from the 1970 match at Madison Square Gardens in which he defeated Oscar Bonavena are expected to fetch upwards of $60,000, auctioneer Darren Julien of Julien's Auctions said. Another key item belonging to the late Ali is a box of cigars autographed by Castro, who died last week at age 90.
Billy Joe Saunders will finally return to action this Saturday against lightly regarded challenger Artur Akavov, making the first defense of his WBO middleweight title since edging past Andy Lee to win the belt a year ago. But Saunders’ real goal, he says, is to fight Gennady Golovkin, and he believes GGG is far from invincible: "I'm ready to fight him where ever, in England, in America or in a field. There's nothing that can get in the way of stopping this. I'm not pricing myself out, I will fight any man born. He's a good puncher, a good puncher and has a good chin. But he's a man and he's definitely beatable." Saunders (23-0, 12 KO) says also that he’s not taking Akavov (16-1, 7 KO) lightly,