WBO welterweight world champion Manny Pacquiao is willing to square up with mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor if his potential superfight with Floyd Mayweather fails to materialise, a spokesman said Sunday. "If McGregor will fight me in boxing, why not? MMA is much different than boxing," a spokesman quoted Pacquiao as saying a few days ago.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- This time, Tito Ortiz went out the way he wanted. Fighting two days shy of his 42nd birthday, the legendary former UFC light heavyweight champion submitted Chael Sonnen to a raucous reception from a partisan Southern California crowd at the Forum. Ortiz, who first retired in 2012 after a loss to Forrest Griffin, won via submission at 2:03 of the opening round Saturday in the main event of Bellator 170. “I’m happy I was able to do this, and I’m so happy I was able to do this in my hometown,” Ortiz said. Ortiz (19-12-1) shot for a single leg takedown early, and while he landed it, Sonnen managed to work Ortiz into a guillotine choke. Ortiz escaped, eventually got Sonnen’s back,
Double gold medallist Nicola Adams is set to turn professional at the age of 34 after being released from her contract with Britain's Olympic boxing programme on Monday. GB Boxing said the first female Olympic boxing champion, who defended her 2012 flyweight title in Rio de Janeiro last year, would not be part of the squad working towards Tokyo 2020 and was free to pursue other career opportunities. The only other woman to win two Olympic boxing golds, American middleweight Claressa Shields, made her professional debut last November.