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Rocky III Backup Statue Hits Auction Block ... Could Fetch $1 Mil

10/21/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Wanna buy the ORIGINAL Rocky Balboa sculpture from "Rocky III?"

Too bad, it's not for sale. But the BACKUP statue is on the auction block. 

The artist behind the piece, A. Thomas Schomberg, made two versions of the iconic sculpture in the 80's for the 1982 flick ... #1 was used in the movie and #2 was a backup in case anything bad happened. 

The original sculpture from the movie is still in Philly. The backup had been on display for years in the San Diego Hall of Champions, but that place closed down and now Rocky #2 is for sale. 

We spoke with a rep for SCP Auctions -- which has auctioned everything from game-worn Babe Ruth uniforms to Michael Jordan game-used shoes -- and they're expecting the Rocky statue to fetch somewhere between $500k and $1 mil. 

Still interested? Hope you've got a freight truck -- 'cause the bronze Balboa stands at nearly 9-feet tall and weighs 1,800 pounds. 

Bidding ends November 4 ... good luck!!

Boxing Champ Jermell Charlo If Floyd Returns I Want Him First

10/21/2017 12:05 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Conor McGregor might have to wait ... another huge fighter says he's gonna take a chunk out of Floyd Mayweather's ass if he returns, and this guy is a boxing superstar.

The guy is WBC super welterweight champ Jermell Charlo, who's fresh off a devastating first round knockout of Erickson Lubin a couple of weeks ago.

Charlo hit the Lakers game Thursday night with Brandon Watson -- co-owner of the Team Watson Boxing Gym in L.A. -- and told us if Floyd (who's been working out) is serious about a comeback, he's down.

For the record, Floyd and Charlo are pretty good buddies -- and Charlo respects Floyd immensely -- but wouldn't you fight your pal for a $100 million payday???

Us too. 

Andre Berto Dana White's Right ... Jon Jones Is The #1 Wasted Talent

10/19/2017 8:43 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jon Jones is the biggest wasted talent in sports history -- so says Andre Berto, who agreed with Dana White's bold statement from earlier this week.

Don't get it twisted -- Andre is a HUGE Jones fan, and told TMZ Sports he "wouldn't say it as harsh" as the UFC honcho ... but the boxing star thinks Jones fits the bill based on all his physical gifts.

"Jon Jones is ridiculously talented, man. Tall, long, rangy, skills."

FYI, Jon is currently facing a suspension for up to 4 years after getting popped for steroids ... but swears on God and his kids that he didn't use.

As for A.B. -- he says he's serious about joining the UFC!

Floyd's TMT Bodyguards He's NOT Planning McGregor Rematch ... At Least, Not Yet!

10/19/2017 6:08 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Floyd Mayweather is telling his TMT bodyguards he's 100% retired -- and will NOT set up a rematch with Conor McGregor ... so says Floyd's hired muscle. 

Of course, Floyd JUST posted footage from his boxing gym hitting the heavy bag -- and he looks pretty good. Plus, with all the money he made from the last fight, ya gotta wonder if he's thinking about a 51st fight. 

So, when we saw Floyd's famous private security team, The Brixx Brothers -- Big G and Jizzy Mack -- we asked for the inside stuff with Mayweather's fight plan. They didn't exactly rule out a comeback. 

BONUS -- With O.J. Simpson living just miles from Floyd's home in Vegas, we asked if Juice should look into private security too. 

Mike Tyson Hated 'Punch-Out' When It Debuted ... 30 Years Ago!

10/19/2017 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Mike Tyson says he was definitely NOT a fan of "Mike Tyson's Punch-Out" when it was first released for Nintendo ... 30 YEARS AGO! 

Yep, it was Oct. 18, 1987 when Little Mac began his 8-bit quest for boxing supremacy ... taking on guys like Bald Bull, King Hippo, Don Flamingo, and of course, Iron Mike Tyson.

We spoke with Mike about how the game has become a cultural phenomenon -- and he dropped this bombshell on us ... he hated it when it first came out!! 

Tyson was super candid with Harvey Levin during a taping of an upcoming episode of "OBJECTified" (airs Sunday nights at 8 PM EST/5 PM PST on FOX News Channel) ... revealing how he came to love the NES game over time.

Salute to MTPO.

Boxing Star Cecilia Braekhus Kissed By Opponent ... During Face-Off

10/16/2017 10:03 AM PDT
Breaking News

Yeah -- that's a pretty effective way of promoting a fight.

Earlier today in Norway, undefeated boxing star Cecilia Braekhus was facing off with Sweden's Mikaela Lauren for their upcoming fight ... when Mikaela decided to show Cecilia some love (literally).

Hard to say if it was mind games or if Mikaela just thinks Cecilia's hot ... either way, that was a serious lip-lock.

Cecilia shoved her face in shock, but took the kiss like a champ -- laughing off the gesture and even thanking her future opponent for giving her some sugar.

Sergey Kovalev Beat The Hell Up ... By Tiny Toddler Son

10/12/2017 12:25 PM PDT

Sergey Kovalev just lost his 3rd straight fight, but it wasn't Andre Ward this time, it was his cute little toddler son, who totally laid the smack down on dear old dad with a vicious right hand.

Sergey is in Oxnard right now training for a big comeback fight with Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (we copy pasted that name) and got some work in with a new sparring partner, his son Aleksandr.

Watch the fight, the nearly 2-year-old "Little Krusher" clearly controls the action, then lands the defining blow to his pop's face, which is enough to get a decision from us.

Get the kid signed up, he's a natural.

Floyd Mayweather: I'm Not Scared of GGG!

10/10/2017 7:39 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Floyd Mayweather got into a shouting match with a heckler on the streets of NYC on Monday night -- after the fan accused Floyd of running from Gennady Golovkin

Oh, and the video ends with Floyd's bodyguard threatening to choke a dude out. 

Good stuff!!!

It all started after Floyd and his TMT squad left the Knicks game at MSG -- when a very loud fan started screaming at Floyd that he's scared of GGG. 

Floyd yelled back to explain why he's not scared ... more yelling ensued. Floyd tried to jewelry shame the heckler -- asking how many diamonds he has on his watch.

As for GGG, he previously told us he wants to fight Floyd BAD -- and guaranteed he would knock Mayweather out cold. 

Boxing Star Danny Garcia Wanna Get Groupies?? Hit Up McDonald's!

10/9/2017 12:25 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Where should boxers go to find groupies?

Any old McDonald's will do, boxing star Danny Garcia tells TMZ Sports -- 'cause ladies tryna quench their thirst ain't only at the club.

"You just walk down the street -- McDonald's ... buyin' a McGriddle! You can find 'em anywhere!!"

Danny's a 1-woman man ... but we're pretty sure not all his bros have coitus on deck after every fight. Garcia says NFL and NBA guys get waaay more groupie love.

So ... we got D.G. to drop some knowledge on where to look.

Dude's GF is smokin' hot -- so maybe he's right. Maybe.

Boxer Danny Garcia Hey, Conor ... I'll Beat You Worse Than Floyd

10/6/2017 8:16 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

If Conor McGregor really wants to continue his boxing career he might've found his huckleberry ... former welterweight champ Danny Garcia, who says he'd beat Conor's ass ... worse than Floyd did.

McGregor has publicly stated he thinks he'd win a rematch with Floyd, and hasn't ruled out a return to the boxing ring in the future (why not? He reportedly made more than $100 million last time).

We got Danny at Team Watson Boxing in L.A. (where huge fighters train), and he said he's more than willing to kick the damn hell out of Conor, and thinks he'd finish him way faster than Floyd did.

"He ain't going 10 rounds with me, I'm a seek and destroy type fighter, I'm one of the type of fighters you want to run from when you fight, it ain't going past 4."

That's an old-fashioned call out from a legit star ... your move, Conor.

Freddie Roach Teases Conor vs. GSP Super Fight ... UFC Says 'No'

10/5/2017 3:16 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach is currently working with Georges St-Pierre -- and he may have just dropped a huge bombshell about GSP's future fighting plans.

Maybe. 

Roach was leaving Craig's in L.A. when we asked what he thought of Conor McGregor's boxing skills. Spoiler -- he thinks Conor sucks. 

But that's when he dropped this gem -- "GSP's gonna kick his ass anyway."

Here's the thing ... GSP is currently training for his UFC 217 fight against Michael Bisping. If he wins, could a Conor fight be next? That's what Freddy seems to be getting at. 

FYI, GSP is fighting Bisping at 185 pounds -- but he's previously said he can cut to 155. 

Conor is the champ at 155 -- but he fought (and beat) Nate Diaz at 170. 

Let's face it -- this would be a HUGE fight for Conor and the UFC. Maybe even bigger than Conor vs. Nate III. 

So, does Roach know something we don't? Or is it just wishful thinking?

We reached out to the UFC and were told, "GSP is coming back after 4 years off. Conor is looking to defend his title. There is zero talk about GSP vs. Conor."

Mike Tyson Bizarre Personal Treasures Surface At NC Thrift Shop

10/2/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Time for Mike Tyson to listen up ... because if he wants some of the personal (and bizarre) items he USED to own back, TMZ Sports has a way for Iron Mike to recover his crap.

What kinda stuff are we talking about here?

Autographed porn covers (S/O to Heather Hunter, a legend), personal photos with huge stars like Eddie Murphy and Johnny Gill, and even legal documents from Mike's time as a not-so-great citizen.

This haul of goodies ended up in the hands of a guy named Richus Allen, who tells us he bought the stuff from a thrift shop in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

So how'd he get it?

Allen says Mike's personal barber put the stuff in a storage unit, then defaulted on the payments. The thrift store bought the unit, then Allen bought the stuff.

Richus tells us he wants Mike to know he has his old crap, just in case MT wants some of his memories -- including pics of his now deceased mother figure Camille Ewald -- back.

And although Allen says this definitely isn't a cash grab, we have a feeling he wouldn't say no to a finder's fee.

Muhammad Ali Would Be Proud of NFL Protesters ... Says Ex-Wife

9/30/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Muhammad Ali would have been in full support of NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem ... because his ex-wife tells TMZ Sports "he would've been right there with them."

Khalilah Ali -- who was married to the boxing legend from '67 to '76 -- says it brought tears to her eyes to watch all the players kneel "in unity" last weekend ... and thinks Muhammad would've been proud to see the protest he started continuing to this day.

"Muhammad would have been right there with them, rooting them on and giving total support. Because he started it. He started this."

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