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Justin Bieber

Called Out By Ex-Champion Boxer

... FIGHT MY SON

12/26/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF



Justin Bieber just got CALLED OUT by former two-time boxing champ Fernando Vargas -- who says his teenage son Fernando Jr. would KICK THE CRAP out of the Biebs ...  and wants his chance to do so.

The Vargas' were doing an interview with BBoxingnews.com when the elder Fernando was asked if he'd let Jr. -- an undefeated amateur-- spar Justin since he's been training with Floyd Mayweather.

"Bring him down, we'll meet him anywhere, I'd love to do a fight with Justin Bieber and my son."

The younger Vargas weighed in too, saying he's seen Justin training with Floyd on social media and says he definitely wants to test his pretty Canadian chin.

"He's alright, he's cool. If he's trying to do [Mayweather's famous shoulder roll technique], I don't see it happening for him."

Check out the video -- Both Fernandos seem incredibly serious about the prospect of fighting Bieber and based on what we see of Jr. working the mitts we have a suggestion.

Back away slowly Justin ...

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Mickey Rourke

Boxing Opponent ...

Finally Cops to Taking a Dive

12/16/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

121514_elliot_seymour_launchThe guy Mickey Rourke knocked out last month in Russia is now admitting what everyone with eyes has suspected all along -- the whole match was a total SHAM.

Elliot Seymour tells TMZ Sports the deal was he would go down from a body shot in the 2nd round ... and he would get $15,000 -- $10k up front and the rest when he got back to the U.S.

62-year-old Rourke made headlines for the KO against 29-year-old Seymour because it looked so much like a fix. As we told you ... Seymour initially denied any hijinx, but over the weekend in L.A. he came clean.

You gotta watch him describe the alleged set up -- he claims almost all his punches were choreographed. As for why he's spilling his guts now ... Seymour says the pressure to keep lying was getting to him -- and he's angry Rourke's people "dragged their feet"  on paying up

So, was Mickey in on the fix? Seymour's got a strong opinion on that. 

Rourke's trainer still denies the fix, and tells us he believes Seymour will change his story to whatever he thinks will make him more money. 

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Mickey Rourke's Opponent

PISSED OVER PAYCHECK

... Where's My $5k?!

12/4/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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The man who "boxed" Mickey Rourke in Russia is PISSED -- telling TMZ Sports the actor's people are STIFFING him out of $5,000 he was promised for the fight. 

We spoke with 29-year-old Elliot Seymour who says he was supposed to be paid $15k to step in the ring with the 62-year-old actor ... but only got $10k. 

Seymour says the whole situation was sketchy -- but insists he was NOT paid to take a dive. 

"People can say whatever they want ... if you've never been in a fight before in your life, you have no idea what it feels like to get hit."

Despite the financial dispute, Seymour says he's down to fight Mickey again -- if Mickey wants a rematch.

update_graphic_red_barRourke's boxing manager tells TMZ ... Seymour only got $10,000 because that's the most he can carry through customs. He says Seymour will get the other $5,000 next week, saying, "I think the poor kid is just enjoying the attention a little too much and is beginning to talk to the press about anything just to get more attention."

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Boxer Kid Chocolate

Lands First Movie Gig

I'm Playing Roger Mayweather!

11/30/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Boxing champ Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin is making his silver screen debut next year -- as none other than the original Black Mamba himself Roger Mayweather ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Quillin tells us he auditioned, and landed the small role in an upcoming flick entitled "Bleed For This" -- a true-life story centered around the life of world champion boxer Vinny Pazienza, played by "Divergent" actor Miles Teller

"Only Roger Mayweather can be Roger Mayweather," Quillin says ... "What I tried to do is bring a fighter's mentality to his character."

The 31-year-old champ says the hardest part of the job was nailing down the fight choreography -- since he's not used to scripting out his moves in the ring -- but says there's one part of the gig that came naturally. 

"I remembered all of my lines. I didn't f**k up."

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Boxer Jermain Taylor

Charged in Shooting

Faces 26 Years In Prison

11/20/2014 11:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1120-jermain-taylor-getty-01Boxer Jermain Taylor has finally been hit with charges for SHOOTING his cousin at his Arkansas mansion back in August -- and if convicted, could face up to 26 years behind bars.

Taylor's wife called 911 immediately following the August 26th shooting ... and Jermain can be heard on tape admitting he shot a man. He also warns police, "Better come get him before I kill him."

At the time, Taylor claimed the man was an intruder and he was protecting his property -- but prosecutors are calling BS ... telling us they're not buying Taylor's self-defense story.

Now, he's been charged with battery and making terrorist threats -- both felonies. If convicted on both counts, he could face a maximum of 26 years in prison.

As for the victim, we're told he survived the shooting. No word on his current condition.

Jermain is currently trying to sell the home where the shooting took place -- asking price, $1.2 million.

Nelly

I DON'T HATE MAYWEATHER

Even If My GF Does

11/6/2014 7:51 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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His GF claims Floyd Mayweather pulled a gun on her ... and repeatedly beat her up ... but Nelly says HE'S not going to bury the hatchet with the boxer because "I ain't got no hatchet to bury."

It's an interesting statement ... considering Nelly's girlfriend Shantel Jackson filed a bombshell lawsuit against Mayweather earlier this year ... essentially saying Floyd terrorized her during their 2-year relationship. 

Floyd and Nelly have also exchanged barbs in the media -- but last night, when Nelly was leaving Pinz bowling alley in L.A., the rapper insisted he's not the one holding the grudge. 

You buyin' that?

Floyd Mayweather

Cops Warning Vegas Strip Clubs

Don't Let Him In!

11/1/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Las Vegas strip clubs are getting a stern warning from cops -- DON'T LET FLOYD MAYWEATHER INSIDE ... because he sexually harasses strippers ... something Floyd denies.

TMZ Sports has learned ... the Vice unit of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department contacted multiple strip clubs in Sin City ... telling them Floyd and his crew have run roughshod in various clubs, manhandling the girls.

As one law enforcement source put it, "[Floyd] goes in and pulls a 'Do you know who I am' and does inappropriate things with some of the women."

We spoke with honchos from multiple strip clubs who tell us they will NOT heed the warnings, because they've never had a problem with Floyd. Plus, everyone knows he spends a TON of cash.

Sources close to Floyd tell us the boxer is adamant he has NEVER done anything wrong at a strip club -- particularly with women -- and has no idea why cops would have him in their crosshairs.


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Leon Spinks

KO'd By a Chicken Wing

10/17/2014 10:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Boxing legend Leon Spinks was taken down after going a few round with some chicken wings ... TMZ Sports has learned.

We broke the story ... Spinks is currently hospitalized in Nevada -- and now, we've learned Leon's medical problems can all be traced back to a chicken wing meal gone bad. 

Leon's attorney tells us Spinks is known to his friends as the "Chicken Wing King" -- and during a recent meal, accidentally swallowed a bone ... which got stuck in his intestine. 

Spinks has undergone two surgical procedures so far -- with a 3rd scheduled for later today. We're told Leon is conscious and on the mend. 

We're also told ... Leon's current wife Brenda is adamant she has power of attorney over Leon -- despite a claim to the contrary by Leon's ex-wife Betty.

As we previously reported, Betty says Leon empowered her to call the shots regarding his health after they divorced back in 2004.

But Leon's attorney tells us, "Brenda and Leon have a power of attorney agreement. Betty's power of attorney was expressly revoked by Leon."

Get well soon, champ.

Leon Spinks

Boxing Legend Hospitalized

'Not Out of the Woods Yet'

10/13/2014 10:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

1013_leon_spinks_launch2Boxing legend Leon Spinks -- who famously beat Muhammad Ali in 1978 -- is hospitalized in Las Vegas, TMZ Sports has learned ... and his friends say the situation is very serious.

Sources connected to the 61-year-old Olympic gold medal winner tell us ... Spinks underwent surgery this weekend for abdominal problems (his 2nd surgery for the issue) and there were complications during the surgery. 

We're told the situation seemed dire at first ... but Spinks seems to be doing better. 

Leon's wife issued a statement saying, "It's going to be a long road ahead, but he's strong and he's starting to recover."

Leon's good friend Tony Orlando -- the famous singer -- is asking people to "Please pray for my friend Leon Spinks" ... and said the boxer is "facing the greatest fight of his life."
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Wladimir Klitschko

STALKED IN THE OCEAN

By Ex-Heavyweight Champ [Video]

10/8/2014 1:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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A former heavyweight boxing champ who's OBSESSED with fighting Wladimir Klitschko has taken his pursuit to the sea ... chartering a boat to HARASS Klitschko this morning while he was out paddleboarding in Miami. 

The video is maniacal -- showing Shannon Briggs hammering Klitschko with taunt after taunt ... while buzzing right by the guy ... eventually knocking him off his paddle board. 

At one point during the incident, you can see and hear Klitschko tell Briggs, "You crossed the line."

Briggs has been all over Klitschko recently in an effort to coerce him into stepping back in the ring so they can fight.

Briggs recently found WK while he was eating lunch at an Italian restaurant and ignited a physical confrontation in which Briggs cut his foot on broken glass and ended up in the hospital. 

We spoke with Briggs who tells us, "I'm not getting off his ass until he fights me. He's a chump."

Floyd Mayweather

I'm Gonna Train Michael Jackson's Son

... To Fight!

10/8/2014 7:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Michael Jackson's son could be the next great boxing prodigy -- because Floyd Mayweather says he is going to PERSONALLY train Prince Jackson ... now that he's apparently joined The Money Team. 

Floyd was PUMPED when he saw the pics of Prince rollin' around Calabasas this weekend in a truck covered in "The Money Team" decals -- and yesterday, Mayweather told us he can't wait to train the kid. 

"I haven't worked with him yet, but I look forward to working with him when I get back to Las Vegas," Mayweather told TMZ Sports.  

But Prince's uncle Jermaine Jackson says all is not as it appears ... telling TMZ Sports his nephew is NOT an official TMT member and only got into the TMT vehicle because he likes big trucks. 

Doesn't seem to matter to Floyd ... at this point, seems Prince is officially in the crew ... whether Jermaine likes it or not.

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Boxer Andre Berto

CHICK FIGHT AT BDAY PARTY

'That S**t Was Nuts!'

10/1/2014 6:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Two hot, young chicks strapped on boxing gloves ... in bikinis ... and went at it INSIDE a Miami nightclub to celebrate Andre Berto's 31st bday ... and TMZ Sports has the footage. 

The 2-time welterweight champ turnt all way up Mokia Lounge in Miami Beach recently -- alongside big stars like MLB pitcher Aroldis Chapman and fellow boxer Adrien Broner.

The scene was crazy ... huge bottle of champagne, scantily clad women, fancy cake -- and Berto tells TMZ Sports the whole thing was "epic!"

"We partied all night! That s**t was nuts!"

Happy bday! 

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Boxer Adrien Broner

1-MAN DANCE PARTY

... Gets Wild at ATL Nightclub

9/23/2014 6:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Here's some pretty amazing video of boxing superstar Adrien Broner turning ALL THE WAY UP in a  nightclub in ATL this weekend. 

Dancing like his life depends on it? Check.

Clutching a bottle of expensive champagne? Check.

Wearing a half-open shirt that would make Magnum P.I. proud? CHECK! CHECK! CHECK! 

It all went down at Mansion Elan nightclub ... where Broner was partying with a bunch of big stars like Lil Boosie and Yo Gotti who were all in town for the BET Hip-Hop Awards.

Check out the clip -- it's clear why Broner was the champ that night.

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