Jack Catterall is coming after all the best fighters around the super lightweight division.

Off the back of a win over Jorge Linares last month, Catterall’s main aim is to secure a rematch with bitter rival Josh Taylor.

The pair fought last year and Catterall surprised everyone, as he dropped Taylor in the eighth round and seemed set for an upset victory before the judges awarded the Scotsman a split decision win.

Since then, Catterall has insisted that he deserved to win and he told talkSPORT: “It became personal after the fight, he said a lot of things, a lot of direct messages, a lot of back and forth.

Gervonta Davis

“I don’t hold stuff too personally in the sport of boxing, it’s a business but with Taylor it has become a bit personal.”

Catterall is hoping to get out next in February and Taylor could be an option as an opponent, if promoter Eddie Hearn can make it happen.

‘El Gato’ revealed that if the rematch were to take place it would be at a catchweight, as Taylor wants to move up in weight from 140 lbs.

Gervonta Davis

But, if that fight doesn’t take place, there are countless other big names at Catterall’s weight class that he wants to get in the ring with, as he said: “You’ve got Ryan Garcia, the winner of Devin Haney vs Regis Prograis, there’s a bucketful of names.”

Catterall continued: “I’m ranked in all the governing bodies in the top ten and currently holding the WBA International title, so it’s about what fight puts me in that number one spot to challenge for a world title.

“We’ve got Haney vs Prograis on December 9, that’ll be a fight I’ll be keeping a close eye on.”

Gervonta davis and Frank Martin

The Lancashire-born fighter explained that he had previously been in talks with Prograis, before continuing: “That’s a fight I love as well, I’ve been to a couple of his fights and I need and want that opportunity to prove that I can mix it and I can beat these guys.”

Catterall was then asked about Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis and he said: “Yeah I love that fight.

“I’m in the sport of boxing to be involved in these big fights, I don’t want to finish my career in the next four or five years not being that fighter whose taken the opportunities and that’s why I’m staying in the gym and staying ready so when the call comes in I’ll be ready for these fights.”

Michael Buffer reads the judges’ scorecards. The first from Garner is 95-94 for Ngannou. The second from Krebs is 96-93 for Fury. And the third from Pelayo is 95-94 … for Fury. Fury wins a split decision by one point on the third card!

Round 10

Fury has looked awful tonight against an opponent who has shown beyond all expectations, but he’s three minutes away from escaping with his pride intact. Fury lands a couple of scoring jabs. Ngannou isn’t throwing much at all. With a minute left Ngannou lunges in with a superman punch that Fury evades easily. Ngannou lands a lunging left in the final seconds. A very close round! Fury probably did enough to take it, but it really could have gone either way. Waiting on the official scorecards …

Guardian’s unofficial score: Fury 10-9 Ngannou (Fury 96-93 Ngannou)

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Round nine

Fury patient in the opening minute of the ninth. Maybe too patient. He paws with the jab in an attempt to keep Ngannou from closing distance. Ngannou trying to negotiate a way inside without taking damage. The pace has petered out. Fury is outboxing Ngannou in a round with not much action. Fury landed eight punches in the round compared to two for Ngannou, per Compubox.

Fury vs Ngannou, round six

Guardian’s unofficial score: Fury 10-9 Ngannou (Fury 86-84 Ngannou)

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Round eight

Fury batters Ngannou with a one-two combination upstairs. Ngannou takes it well and he’s not going anywhere. Now it’s Fury who lookes gassed, wrapping up Ngannou more and more often. A trickle of blow flows from his nose, a little more from his mouth. Ngannou is hitting Fury with clean shots, but Fury lands the best punch of the round with a massive right,. A very close round, almost too close to call. Ngannou shades it.

Guardian’s unofficial score: Fury 9-10 Ngannou (Fury 76-75 Ngannou)

Follow live coverage of Fury vs Ngannou as well as the undercard bouts as the WBC heavyweight king takes on the former UFC champion

Fury vs Ngannou, round ten

It’s the tenth and final round. Fury needs a knockout. He needs to go for broke.

Fury is staying patient. He’s waiting for that one shot to turn this around. Ngannou is happy to keep him on the outside. He’s controlling the centre of the ring and sitting pretty. Two minutes left.

Fury is waiting for Ngannou to lunge forward but he hasn’t done it all fight and he sure isn’t doing it now. One minute left.

Is Fury going to throw caution to the wind? He is still waiting, waiting, waiting. Does he think he’s ahead? Surely not. He throws a big left hook, finally, but it doesn’t land.

Fury vs Ngannou, round nine

Time is slipping away. This is it. The bell rings.

Ladies and gentlemen, I think we may have just witnessed the biggest upset in the history of combat sports.

Fury rushes in and eats a jab. I can’t believe how poorly he has performed tonight.

He attempts to establish his jab but is caught by another straight right, which rocks him backwards. Ngannou isn’t coasting here. He is still the aggressor.

Fury dodges a couple of jabs. Ngannou’s mouth is wild open but he’s keeping the pressure up and again backs his opponent up. Fury attempts an overhand right which Ngannou deflects. He needs to do so much more than that.

Fury vs Ngannou, round seven

Fury keeps flicking out the jab, trying desperately to force an opening. But so far it hasn’t been there. Fury wins the round but unless he does something very special in the final three minutes, he is going to lose this fight.

Ngannou proving he belongs

Nobody — including me — gave the MMA star a shot against the heavyweight superstar in Fury. I didn’t think he had anywhere near the skill to compete with one of the most technical boxers of our generation. But between the Round 3 knockdown and multiple combinations landed in Round 8, we all need to rethink that notion.

Fury vs Ngannou, round eight

Good right hand from Fury to start the round. But Ngannou clinches. Smart boxing. Fury needs to keep the pressure up but he is caught by a counter left. It’s a big shot from Ngannou but Fury wears it well.

Fury vs Ngannou, round five

Fury tries the right uppercut that felled Deontay Wilder. It doesn’t land. Ngannou then attempts to back Fury up and he lands a couple of big, stuff shots. Fury comes back and again he tries that uppercut but, so far, it just hasn’t been there.

Ngannou gets to work. Fury is digging so deep to hang on here. He looks like he is on wobbly legs again and he is so, so ragged. He tries to counter but he’s struggling to land anything meaningful and Ngannou isn’t relenting.

Fury does well to see out the round without touching the canvas again. But that’s not enough at this stage. Fury survives the round but he only has two left to turn this around.

Tyson Fury needs to get on his bike because he only has four rounds to pull this one out of the bag.

And shots like that won’t help! A sharp right hook glances off Fury’s chin. Ngannou is boxing so well in there. And he then lands a straight left!

Fury vs Ngannou, round four

This is truly incredible … Fury is hanging on. He hasn’t yet been able to turn this around.

Fury throws a big right which lands but he then loses his balance as he rushes in. He’s down to the canvas for a second time … but this time it’s ruled as a slip.

The round ends at distance. Ngannou is three rounds away from one of the greatest upset victories in the history of sport. Fury has three rounds to avoid a total humiliation.

Follow live as Tyson Fury boxes ex-UFC champion Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia

Tyson Fury and former UFC champion Francis Ngannou are meeting in the boxing ring tonight, in one of the most controversial fights in recent memory.

Fury, 35, reigns as WBC heavyweight champion but has not fought or defended his title since December, when he beat Derek Chisora for the third time to stay unbeaten. The Briton is due to finally face unified champion Oleksandr Usyk next, but he must first navigate this unique match-up with Ngannou.

Ngannou, 37, vacated the UFC heavyweight title upon leaving the mixed martial arts promotion in January and has not fought since January 2022, but he is deemed the hardest puncher in combat-sports history – potentially giving him a shot at a seismic upset in Saudi Arabia.

Can the Cameroonian, with heavyweight boxing legend Mike Tyson in his corner, shock the world? Or will Fury produce a boxing clinic and coast towards his planned clash with Usyk, which is set to take place in Riyadh like tonight’s main event? Find out with our live fight updates and results, below.

Fury vs Ngannou: Round 4

What now, then? Does Ngannou go for the finish, or does he hold off? I can’t believe I just wrote that…

Fury misses with a left hook. Ngannou lands a cross, then jabs to the body.

Ngannou looks so relaxed in there, he is almost dancing around.

Fury skims a left hook off Ngannou’s head, but Ngannou is unperturbed and responds quickly. A clinch ensues, with both men landing shots on the inside. They separate, and both boxers open up now.

Ngannou has just powered Fury onto the ropes. Fury lands a chopping cross. Now a one-two! Now both men land simultaneously! It feels like either could go down at any moment…

Fury misses with a sloppy right cross as he steps in.

Fury vs Ngannou: Round 3

Ngannou laughs in Fury’s face, as the Briton sits on the canvas! WHAT JUST HAPPENED?

Fury beats the count. I am shaking. Fury survives to the end of the round, and he and Ngannou touch gloves.


Fury vs Ngannou: Round 3

Fury pawed at his forehead after leaning into the left hook that cut him. Later in the round, Ngannou got good head control in the clinch and fired off a nice uppercut.

Round 3. Both men are back to standing orthodox. Lots of jittery feints from Fury. Ngannou stays calm in front of him. Stern jab by Ngannou. Fury comes back with a cross up top.

In case anyone was wondering: Yes, Ngannou can box. And you know what? He can box pretty well.

Ngannou covers up to block a cross, then DROPS TYSON FURY WITH A LEFT HOOK! OH, MY WORD!

Fury vs Ngannou: Round 2

Strong jab to the body by Ngannou, who then bites heavily on a jab effort by Fury.

Slick jab by Fury, who then steps off to his left. Ngannou chases Fury, missing with a left hook to the body but landing on his next attempt.

Another couple of jabs by Fury, who then ducks into a left hook! Great shot by Ngannou!

Fury has been cut on the forehead! Yeah, against a martial artist?

Now both men go southpaw! Decent cross from Ngannou in that stance.

The heavyweights barrel into a clinch, but they don’t stay there long. Fury initiates another one, though.

Fury vs Ngannou: Round 1

Both fighters stand orthodox. Everyone in the crowd is on their feet.

Fury misses with a hook. Ngannou jabs to the body but is tagged with a counter cross. Both men miss with left hooks. Ngannou tries for a right overhand but misses.

Decent, step-in jab by Ngannou, then a bit of punching in the clinch. The heavyweights separate. Fury jabs to the chest.

Both fighters land simultaneous jabs. Ngannou can’t quite time a left hook, but it’s almost on point.

The Cameroonian fires to the body again. Solid right hook to the body by Ngannou! Good right cross from Fury upstairs, though!

Ngannou with a grazing cross of his own! Fury steps in with a jab; Ngannou’s counter left hook partially lands!

A fun first round!!

Claressa Shields to fight late replacement Maricela Cornejo in Detroit after Hanna Gabriels is removed from card

Claressa Shields’ original opponent Hannah Gabriels was removed from the fight following results from a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association test, with the pair having previously met in 2018.

Claressa Shields will now face Maricela Cornejo for her marquee homecoming fight in Detroit, Michigan next month.

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The two-time Olympic gold medallist and women’s middleweight champion is now scheduled to face the top-ranked contender on June 3 at Little Caesars Arena.

Shields was originally scheduled to take on Hanna Gabriels, before the Costa Rican was removed from the card on Thursday due to results from a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association test earlier this month.

Gabriels (21-2-1, 12 KOs) floored Shields (13-0, 2 KOs) for the first time in her career when the pair met back in 2018, the latter eventually emerging victorious by unanimous decision at the Masonic Temple in Detroit.

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The 36-year-old Cornejo, who is from Prosser, Washington, is ranked No 1 among contenders in the 160-pound division after winning three straight fights that improved her record to 16-5 with six knockouts.

“I told my team to get me the best,” the 28-year-old Shields said.

Shields will fight for the first time since settling her long-term rivalry with Savannah Marshall in a unanimous decision victory as the main event of the first televised all-female card in UK history in October.

Boxing Star Claressa Shields, PFL Agree to Multiyear Contract for MMA Return in 2024

Undisputed middleweight boxing champion Claressa Shields is going back to mixed martial arts in 2024.

Shields announced on Wednesday she has signed a new “seven-figure deal” with PFL.

“It is a privilege to announce the PFL has re-signed the most dominant women’s boxer in the world, Claressa Shields, to a new multi-year agreement. Claressa and the PFL share a fighter-first, merit-based value system and take on the world attitude. We are proud to welcome ‘The GWOAT’ back to the PFL and the sport of MMA.”

Shields’ new deal continues a positive trend for PFL of landing marquee stars. Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou signed a multi-fight deal with the promotion in May that also gives him the ability to pursue boxing fights.

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Shields originally signed a three-year deal with PFL in November 2020. The agreement allowed her to compete in non-tournament mixed martial arts bouts as a lightweight. She went 1-1 in two fights during the 2021 season.

Her first MMA bout was a TKO victory over Brittney Elkin on June 10. She lost by split decision to Abigail Montes in her second fight three months later.

The 28-year-old has had three boxing matches since the start of 2022. She most recently defeated Maricela Cornejo by unanimous decision on June 3 to retain the undisputed middleweight title.

In her career, Shields has a 14-0 record as a boxer and has won two Olympic gold medals as a middleweight in 2012 and 2016.

Female boxer Claressa Shields challenges Jake Paul to a fight

Not the first time she called him out

Claressa Shields, the reigning champion in women’s boxing, believes she has what it takes to defeat Jake Paul.

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During Saturday night’s match, Paul managed to go the distance against former UFC star Nate Diaz in a 10-round contest.

While the social media influencer-turned-boxer succeeded in knocking down Diaz, he fell short of securing a knockout and Shields has issued a challenge to Paul for a bout.

“Yes facts remains I’ll get Jake Paul too,” Shields wrote on Twitter. “The level that of skill being displayed is mediocre.”

Challenged him in the past too

This is not the first instance of Shields calling out Paul, as she previously asserted in 2021 that she could triumph over him in a boxing match due to her experience sparring with male fighters of higher caliber.

Jake Paul is making his money, he’s doing his thing, but stay away from us real fighters,” she told TMZ.

“And anybody out there that say ‘Oh, Jake Paul will destroy her because she’s a woman’, … I’m the greatest woman! So, no, Jake Paul won’t do nothing with me and if he think he can, he can come see me.”

Despite Shields‘ assertive comments, it appears highly improbable that Jake Paul would seriously entertain the notion of facing her in a fight.

DORAL, Fla. – One of the last people you’d expect Phil Mickelson to quote after a lost match at the 2023 LIV Golf Team Championship would be a PGA Tour board member, right? Well, that’s precisely what happened Friday at Trump National Doral.

Mickelson, the captain of the HyFlyers GC, got drubbed by Smash GC’s Brooks Koepka, 6 and 4, in Friday’s quarterfinal round of the upstart circuit’s $50 million finale. After the round, when asked about his quote earlier in the week that he “knows” more talent is coming to LIV Golf, Mickelson doubled down and invoked a quote from PGA Tour board member Jimmy Dunne.

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During a congressional hearing to discuss the groundbreaking framework agreement between the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund – LIV’s financial backer – Dunne said if LIV continued to lure just five PGA Tour players per year to its ranks then “in five years, they can gut us.”

Phil Mickelson

Mickelson refused to give any names or detail how many new players may be joining, but he couldn’t help but smile when talking about the new blood joining his team.

“I’m excited about who’s coming for next year and over time, we’ll just keep getting better and better and getting better and better players and that’s the game plan and I love the commitment. I love that I’m a part of it,” Mickelson told Golfweek after his match. “I know that, just like Jimmy Dunne said in Congress, like it’s exactly what’s gonna happen.”

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Similar claims were made around Trump National Doral last year about an influx of new talent joining for 2023, and that amounted to the likes of Dean Burmester, Danny Lee, Sebastian Munoz, Thomas Pieters, Mito Pereira and Brendan Steele, who, with all due respect, don’t quite move the needle in LIV’s direction. Mickelson believes the framework agreement opens the door for better talent to make the jump to LIV.

Phil Mickelson

“The reality is I’ve been fielding calls, as we all have, from players that are free agents to PGA Tour players to DP World Tour players that want to come over and the spots probably going to be filled by the time the qualifying tournament is here,” Mickelson said earlier in the week. “I think the merger talks allow for it. I think it kind of opens the door for it, yeah.”

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The offseason transfer window opens Monday, and LIV officials envision four to six spots being open across its current 12 teams. With its shotgun start format, the league can accommodate up to 15 teams, which would open the door for more players to join its ranks. Until then, we wait and see.

Champion Claressa Shields has changed the face of women’s boxing

Boxer Claressa Shields has a seemingly endless list of accomplishments during her amateur and professional career. The Michigan native won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London at the age of only 17, and repeated the feat at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, competing in the middleweight division.

As a professional, it’s easy to see why her nickname is the GWOAT (greatest woman of all time). Not only is she 14-0, but she is the only boxer, male or female, to be undisputed champion simultaneously in two weight divisions. Shields is also a pioneer in the sport for women, as she headlined the first women’s boxing main event on premium television when she defeated Szilvia Szabados in her second professional fight.

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The Amsterdam News spoke exclusively with Dmitriy Salita, president of Salita Promotions, who has been the promoter of Shields since 2017, about what he saw in the young fighter that made him want to work with her, and the progression of her history-making career.

“I read that article and I read her story and I read about her incredible amateur boxing accomplishments and I said to myself, there’s no better fighter coming out of the 2016 Olympics than Claressa Shields,” he recalled. “Because [it] could be that there are great American fighters, but someone like Clarissa is historic.”

Salita also saw something in this country happening in 2016 that made him believe that signing Shields would be fruitful.

“2016 was the year that Hillary Clinton was running for president and the women’s empowerment movement was coming alive in a real significant way,” he said.

Salita also aimed to share the uniqueness of Shields earlier in her career.

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“It’s all interconnected because boxing is about promoting and boxing is about storytelling,” he said. “HBO and Showtime are great networks, great networks that tell stories. And one of the things that I wanted to do was tell her story, tell her life story to make her appeal to boxing fans and more important then non boxing fans because true superstars in the sport can cross over.”

Shields is the recipient of a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Award and won a 2023 ESPY Award earlier this year for best boxer.

It’s easy to imagine how many young girls and boys watching Shields are so inspired by her.

Salita, whose fighters have appeared on ESPN, HBO, Showtime, Sky Sports, and DAZN, relishes his underdog role.

“I really had to build everything from scratch,” he said. “I’m very blessed to have had the eyes to identify top-tier talent very early in their career.”

Caroline Dubois talks about her sporting idols in conversation with Sky Sports News’ Chris Reidy for Black History Month; the 22-year-old named four Black sportswomen as the inspiration behind her rise in boxing: Claressa Shields

‘​​​​I needed to have someone like Shields when I was a kid’

Caroline Dubois’ first role model is fellow boxer Claressa Shields. The 28-year-old is the only fighter in the sport’s history – male or female – to hold all four major world titles simultaneously in two weight classes.

She is widely regarded as the world’s top pound-for-pound female boxer and is 14-0 with two knockouts as a pro.

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“I didn’t have many female boxers that I looked up to growing up,” Dubois said. “Luckily, I remember watching her at the Olympics.”


Shields won gold medals in the women’s middleweight division at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, making her the first American boxer to win consecutive Olympic medals.

“I became a No 1 fan; everything she has represented to me. I remember going up into squads and being the only Black girl there. I felt very insecure about how I looked and who I was,” Dubois said.

“Shields, she was so big, strong, and good. I saw her shows, and she never lost. I really needed to have someone like Shields when I was a kid.”

‘Shields proved that looking the way I did was normal’

“I remember when I was nine, I started boxing and got mistaken for a boy,” Dubois said.

Repton Amateur Boxing Club was the gym she attended, and as it was a boys-only club, she had to go by the name Colin.

Caroline Dubois and Claressa Shields

“I’d walk into the gym, and they’d say, ‘Oh, that boy is over there.’ And at the time, it didn’t matter to me.

“But as I got older, I realised all the other female boxers had long hair. They didn’t have such big muscles. They looked more feminine.

“And then I saw clips of Shields. I swear she wore the same shorts I used to wear, and her hair was all crazy, exactly how I looked after training.

“When I saw that, it was exactly what I needed to see. It was normal.”

‘Blown away’ by Shields’ Instagram message

The current lightweight champion will always remember her first interaction with Shields.

“I remember lying in bed the first time I spoke to her,” she said.

“I was scrolling through Instagram as you do, and then a message pings through. I’m like, ‘Who is this person?’ I click on it, and it’s Claressa!

“I screamed. My sister was on the bunk bed below me, and I was like, ‘Oh my God, you won’t believe who just messaged me.’ Then she sent me a picture, and I was blown away by it.

“I spoke to her and it was good. The respect is there; now she’s watching my journey, so it’s a privilege.”

Shields will go down as the greatest female boxer

The conversation turned to where Dubois put Shields in her list of greatest of all time. Unsurprisingly, it’s at the top.

“As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realised that to be able to say how good you are is a statement on its own. And I think she’s like Muhammad Ali,” she explained.

“He used to call himself the greatest. And everyone used to laugh at him and then he proved it. And now, even though he’s gone, we all know his name. I think the same is going to happen.”

Shields already holds the record for becoming a two and three-weight world champion in the fewest professional fights.

“When she retires from boxing, and it’s all said and done, many people will say Claressa Shields was the greatest female boxer ever.”