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Roach not impress with Thurman, praises Pacquiao\’s aggression

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By Ponciano Melo Jr.
In preparation for the upcoming Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) and Keith Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs, 1 NC) welterweight clash, Pacquiao’s trainer-coach Freddie Roach is not impressed on how WBA Super World Welterweight Champion\’s perform in his previous bout.

Thurman\’s last fight was against the tough Josesito Lopez, where Thurman won with a majority decision after returning from a long 22-month lay off due to elbow and hand surgeries.
But the win did not come easy for the undefeated Thurman as Lopez pressured the champion from the get-go and rocked Thurman many times before \”One Time\” shook off the rust and poised out a victory.
A very vocal Roach showed his confidence that Thurman is way past of his old self.
“I thought I was watching a four-round fighter,” Roach told BoxingScene.com following a Pacquiao training session this week at Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club.
“I mean, he was terrible. He didn’t do well at all. But if you look at each of his last three fights, he’s faded in each one. I’m not sure if it’s the biceps injury or whatever they’re crying about, but he hasn’t looked good in the three fights that I’ve seen and I do have his last seven fights on tape.”
It would be the biggest fight for the 30-year-old Thurman and this fight will bring him back in the boxing spotlight, and for Pacquiao, he would be the first one to blemish the immaculate record of the WBA Super Welterweight champ and prove that he still can compete on a high level.

Pacquiao\’s longtime trainer and coach felt that the Filipino fighter had this one in the bag after seeing PacMan\’s renewed aggression as they enter the last phase of their training for the July 20 showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Roach praised the never-changing work ethic of the fighting-senator, as Pacquiao showing no sign of slowing down in their training sessions.
For the past weeks, the American pugilist has been very consistent on throwing verbal jabs directed to Pacquiao as he vowed to \”crucify\” the boxing icon and put an end to the legendary career of Pacquiao.
Asked for his response to Thurman\’s retirement jibes, Pacquiao replied: \”My response to him is we\’ll see. He is giving me more motivation and determination to work hard and prove that it\’s not true.
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\”I\’m happy that he\’s saying that … It gives me inspiration to focus and do the best that I can in the ring.\”
But reports from PacMan\’s camp contrasted with the 40-year-old eight-division champion interview, as Former Australian heavyweight Justin Fortune, Pacquiao\’s strength and conditioning coach, said the Filipino icon was \”pissed off\” by his opponent\’s tirades.
\”Manny\’s motivated for all his fights and this time, this guy\’s talking a little trash,\” Roach said.
\”So that helps. Manny has got a bit upset. He wants to win this one a little bit more than usual.\” he added.
Pacquiao has carried that sense of grievance into his training sessions. For the first time in several fights, Roach is wearing protective padding around his torso during his mitt sessions.
\”I was really happy I brought my padding back,\” Roach said. \”Because I haven\’t worn that in a while. I came up with that idea because I didn\’t want Manny to go easy on his opponents.
\”We went 10 rounds yesterday and he was really happy to see I had the padding. It does make a difference. I want him going full blast on the mitts.\” With AFP

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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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WBC, Dela Hoya warrant Ryan Garcia vs Athletic Commission

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WBC, Dela Hoya warrant Ryan Garcia vs Athletic Commission

After the controversial posts of Ryan Garcia and the alleged Mental Health evaluation request of the Athletic Commision, the World Boxing Commission (WBC) assured that they are in talks with New York State Commission (NYSC) for the April 20, 2024 bout.

Ryan Garcia (24 wins 1 loss) will clash with undefeated Devin Haney (31 wins – 0 loss) in April however, Ryan faces a number of issues. Though it may be part of marketing their fight, the fans are alarmed how Garcia is behaving in social media.

Boxing Hall of Famer, Golden Boy Promotions founder Oscar Dela Hoya said that Garcia is in great spirits in the gym.

“Don’t mind the posts, that takes like five, 10 seconds of his time. He’s working hard every single minute of the day.” he exclaimed.

WBC president Mauricio Sulaimán said that the fight is not cancelled.

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