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Boxing comeback: The new trend in the sport

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By Ponciano Melo – Two of the biggest names in the last generation in boxing are reportedly set to square off in an exhibition bout. The Puerto Rican periodical El Nuevo Dia reported Miguel Cotto and Juan Manuel Marquez are finalizing an agreement to fight on June 12, per Michael Benson of talkSPORT.

Boxing exhibitions are suddenly the new rage after last fall’s showdown between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. Even former UFC stars such as Anderson Silva and Ben Askren will be lacing up the gloves to go at it in the ring. Miguel Cotto and Juan Manuel Marquez are also hopping on board.

Both Cotto and Marquez have been out of the sport for some time. Cotto (41-6) won titles in four weight classes before retiring following a loss to Sadam Ali in 2017. Marquez (56-7-1) has not fought since 2014 when he beat Mike Alvarado.

There were talks for a fight between the two back in 2016, though those talks were never finalized because of a dispute regarding weight. Former Marquez trainer Ignacio Beristain said in December of 2017 he regretted the fight not being finalized:

“[Cotto] was about to measure himself against Juan Manuel Márquez, but it was never achieved. I would have liked to be in that fight, it would have been a big fight and I really like to work in big fights,” Beristain said at the time, via Boxing Scene.

It turns out the fight between the two stars will be happening.  Miguel Cotto is 40-years-old and Juan Manuel Marquez is turning 48 in August, so it will be interesting to see what both these veteran fighters have left in the tank. Whether the quality will match the hype after such long layoffs is another question entirely.


Juan Manuel Marquez has links to a comeback against Miguel Cotto over the summer, and this will no doubt have filtered through to long-time rival Manny Pacquiao. The Mexican is reportedly in talks to taceCotto in an exhibition battle seven years after announcing his retirement. Marquez vs. Cotto will be a battle of two former opponents of both Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Beaten by both Marquez and Cotto have considerably different stories to tell on the boxing legends. Marquez was wronged on three occasions by the judges. Eventually, he got his revenge in a stunning turn of events at the MGM Grand in 2012. Wiping Pacquiao out as nobody had ever done before, Marquez was finally content with his career achievements.

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Francis Ngannou cries ‘deception’ vs Anthony Joshua camp

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Francis Ngannou cries ‘deception’ vs Anthony Joshua camp

Former UFC fighter Francis Ngannou accused AJ camp of ‘trickery’ when he suffered devastating knockdowns in the first and second round last March 8, 2024 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The MMA fighter and former UFC heavyweight champion said that AJ camp sabotaged him by letting him go early in the arena.

“We both fought at 3am. What I think, something that’s happened is that they get me to the arena very early. Like my pickup time was 10.30pm to go to the arena. And then when we get to the arena, they tell us that we are scheduled around 1.45am. right?” Ngannou blurted.

He believed that he came exhausted, which resulted in his humiliating defeat.

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Texas Department urges Mike Tyson to pass EEG, EKG tests

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Texas Department urges Mike Tyson to pass EEG, EKG tests

The 57-year old legend Mike Tyson (50 wins – 6 loss) vs 27-year old YouTuber Jake Paul (9 wins – 1 loss) must undergo major tests before the fight to materialize at AT&T Stadium in Texas Arlington on July 20, 2024.

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations (TDLR) urged Tyson to undergo or pass a brain test Electroencephalography (EEG) and Electrocardiogram (EKG) for the heart.

“A person aged 36 or older applying for a contestant’s license must submit a report of favourable physical testing conducted within the previous 12 months, including but not limited to an EEG and an EKG.” TDLR elaborated.

Meanwhile, the American youtuber explained that he picked Tyson because he wants to change the history of boxing. He already fought Floyd Mayweather Jr but he lost.

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Victor Wembanyama hits Tim Duncan, O’ Neal records

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Victor Wembanyama hits Tim Duncan, O’ Neal records

Victor Wembanyama broke a record of 100 blocks as a rookie last January 8, 2024 in Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, Ohio vs Cavaliers.

Spurs center and power forward Wemby has played 31 games so far and his 4th block on the said game made him the 6th player in NBA history to reach that mark in their first 35 games.

The NBA records show that Wemby (2023-24) hit Tim Duncan at the 6th place as a rookie with the most games played. Shaq had 28 and Alonzo Mourning 18 in 1992-93.

The other NBA players who also reached that 100 blocks record as rookie are Shawn Bradley (1993-94), Alonzo Mourning (1992-93), Shaquille O’Neal (1992-93) Manute Bol (1985-86), Terry Tyler (1978-79).

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