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Wayne Rooney breaks silence on ‘plans to become a boxer’ with KSI’s Misfits company




Former Manchester United player Wayne Rooney has left the door open for a potential boxing match with Misfits Boxing, as he revealed that the promotion had contacted him about the possibility.

Following his departure from Birmingham City on January 2nd, the Manchester United legend stated that several parties had approached him about stepping into the ring.

When questioned by Gary Neville on the Stick to Football podcast about whether he would consider fighting, Rooney kept fans guessing, saying, “Never know.”

“They’ve been in touch and asked the question but I think at the minute, I want to focus on getting back into management, not boxing.

“They’ve been in touch to fight, yeah. There’s been a few and obviously that Misfits have been in [touch] and that’s been all over the news.

“Not a great title, that, is it?’ quipped Jamie Carragher.”

Rooney added: “Listen, I want to focus on getting back into management. That’s my focus. And I’ve seen all over the last couple of days all the headlines but my main focus is getting back in to football.”

Since its launch in 2022, Misfits Boxing has attracted a wide array of celebrities and aspiring stars to its events. Personalities like internet sensations KSI, Logan Paul, and Jay Swingler, as well as music stars such as Ashley and Myles from Rak-Su, have all participated in fights.

The events are streamed on DAZN, drawing millions of pay-per-view viewers, and have taken place in venues across England and the United States.

Despite his recent managerial struggles at Birmingham City, where he took over from John Eustace and oversaw a drop from sixth to 20th in the Championship, Wayne Rooney’s coaching career has shown promise.

He earned praise for his tenure at Derby County, where he navigated the team through a challenging period, including a 21-point deduction in the 2021/22 season, which resulted in relegation from the Championship.

Rooney also had a stint as manager of DC United in Major League Soccer, though his time there was less successful, with only 14 wins from 53 games in charge.

As he contemplates a potential boxing debut, Rooney will likely want to avoid a repeat of the infamous incident where he was knocked out by then-Manchester United teammate Phil Bardsley during a sparring session in his kitchen. The incident was captured on video and made headlines, leading Rooney to perform a memorable celebration mimicking being knocked out when he scored against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford shortly after.

Bardsley recalled the hilarious moment on the UTD Podcast in 2021.

“We were having a drink, having a laugh, playing guitar and the next minute these boxing gloves appear! I was thinking: ‘what’s going on here?’

“So my brother steps up, has a go with Wazza and obviously he loves his boxing, doesn’t he? He loves scrapping. And then I’m like: ‘give us them, I’ll have a go’.

“He’s throwing a few bombs and obviously he’s a big lad, isn’t he? Strong. We’re exchanging blows – the Crocky [Croxteth] kid and the Salford kid, there’s no holding back!

“He just walked into a jab. He was only out for a couple of seconds but we were all panicking – what’s going on here?

“We didn’t know what to do, panic stations and we had no phone signal. ‘We were all thinking: “if he doesn’t open his eyes, we can’t phone an ambulance, there’s no signal.” So much panic!

“Anyway, he comes around, goes to the sink. I’ve got a big cut lip, blood everywhere and he’s got some blood under his nose and we’re just looking at each other and laughing.”

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Mike Tyson’s purse for Paul fight could earn him massive pay like in his prime vs Lewis



Mike Tyson's purse for Paul fight could earn him massive pay like in his prime vs Lewis

Mike Tyson is set to earn a substantial payday in his upcoming fight against Jake Paul.

The bout, scheduled for July 20 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas and broadcast live on Netflix, has garnered significant attention since it was announced.

Tyson, at 58 years old, will face Paul, 31 years his junior, in what is expected to be a professional bout.

Speculation around Tyson’s earnings for the fight has been rampant, with estimates suggesting he could earn around $20 million (£15.7 million).

This figure reflects the significant draw of the event and the interest it has generated among fans.

“I mean, you know what I respect, Uncle Mike… But it obviously takes two to tango,” he said.

“I feel like there is probably a really good payday for Mike. He’s probably going to wind up making close to about 20 mil, and he’s about to turn 58 years old.”

While the $20 million estimate for Tyson’s upcoming fight is speculative, it would align with the significant purses he commanded during his prime.

Over his career, Tyson reportedly earned approximately $430 million (£337.5 million).

His highest payday was $35 million for his bout with Lennox Lewis, and he earned $30 million for fights against Frank Bruno and Evander Holyfield.

Despite his lucrative fights, Tyson faced financial challenges and filed for bankruptcy in 2003.

However, he has since rebuilt his wealth through acting roles and his cannabis business.

Despite his financial success, Tyson’s decision to fight Paul shows he’s still interested in securing a substantial payday.

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Nigerian-born boxer Joshua sparks dating rumor with UK star Kika Osunde



Nigerian-born boxer Joshua sparks dating rumor with UK star Kika Osunde

Anthony Joshua, the well-known Nigerian boxer, has sparked relationship rumors with Kika Osunde, a prominent hair vendor and businesswoman.

The couple was seen cuddling up during what seemed to be a romantic getaway in the Dubai desert.

Kika Osunde is known for co-founding the upscale Lekki restaurant, Goodhair, and a popular hair brand.

She traveled to Saudi Arabia to support Anthony Joshua during his fight with Francis Ngannou.

Joshua, upon noticing her presence, promptly left the wrestling arena to greet her, expressing his delight at seeing her there.

The couple was later spotted riding a motorcycle together in the desert, holding each other tenderly in a video shot in Dubai.

While neither Anthony Joshua nor Kika Osunde has confirmed or denied the rumors, there are suggestions that they may be romantically involved.

This development follows Joshua’s impressive knockout win over Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia.

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AJ delivers KO of Francis Ngannou to pave the way for huge heavyweight clash vs Tyson Fury (VIDEO)



AJ delivers KO of Francis Ngannou to pave the way for huge heavyweight clash vs Tyson Fury (VIDEO)

Anthony Joshua dominated Francis Ngannou in two explosive rounds, solidifying his position in the heavyweight world title race.

Despite Ngannou’s previous impressive performance against Tyson Fury, where he took the fight the distance and even dropped the WBC champion, he was unable to mount any significant offense against the 34-year-old boxing star.

Joshua said: “It is what it is.

“On the route to the championship you should always stay focused and i had to step away from the mission. I thought it was just a gimmick for the broadcasters.

“When I saw the fight with Tyson Fury I thought damn this guy can fight, I want a piece of that.

“I wanted to welcome him and this does not take anything away from him, he can come again.

“I am still learning and pushing, I don’t know if I am coming into my peak, if that was me down there you would be saying ‘Anthony Joshua should retire’.

“In five years I will be finished fighting and sitting down and all this will be a distant memory.

“I am going to go back and lock myself in my cage and they can let me out when they want me to fight. I just want to fight.”

Anthony Joshua displayed remarkable precision and control in his fight against Francis Ngannou.

Despite Ngannou’s resilience, Joshua’s final blow was nearly devastating. Before the fight began, Joshua took a moment to pray in his corner, showing his focus and determination.

Once the fight started, Joshua was on point with his jab, targeting Ngannou’s body and head. Ngannou, known as the “Predator,” tried to counter with his left hooks, a strategy he believed could exploit Joshua’s weaknesses.

However, Joshua’s right hand proved too much for Ngannou, knocking him down almost to the point of defeat.

Despite this, Ngannou showed incredible heart by getting back up and enduring the rest of the round.

In the second round, Joshua landed another powerful combination, but Ngannou bravely got up again. However, a final devastating blow from Joshua ended the fight, with the referee stopping it without a count.

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