Boxing

Paulie Malignaggi says he’s not interested in accepting the challenge to face UFC champion Conor McGregor in the octagon under MMA rules. He says if McGregor wants to fight him, it’s got to take place in a boxing ring.

Malignaggi says McGregor talked a lot of trash after their 2 sparring sessions by saying that he knocked him down and got the better of him. Malignaggi wants McGregor to “man up” and prove that he’s better than him in boxing by facing him inside the ring.

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Promoter Eddie Hearn says he’s trying to work on a deal to get former world heavyweight title challenger #7 WBC Dominic Breazeale (18-1, 16 KOs) to face his fighter #3 WBC Dillian Whyte (21-1, 16 KOs) in a fight on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev card on Ocober 28 in Cardiff, Wales.

For the Whyte vs. Breazeale fight to happen, Bermane Stiverne will need to move off his scheduled fight against Breazeale on November 4th and face WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder in the main event on that card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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Now that Manny Pacquiao has announced that he won’t be fighting for the remainder of 2017, it leaves WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs) without an opponent for November.

Horn’s promoters at Duco Events are in the process of cutting a deal with #11 WBO Gary Corcoran (17-1,7 KOs) to step in and take the fight with Horn for November, according to Dan Rafael.

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