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Ricky Hatton Conor McGregor's A Lot Like Me ... Here's Why

7/28/2016 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Boxing legend Ricky Hatton says he has a lot in common with Conor McGregor -- and he's even got some advice for the UFC superstar. 

Hatton was a damn good boxer back in the day -- racking up a 43-0 record before finally losing to Floyd Mayweather in 2007. 

We asked how he felt about comparisons between him and Conor over the years -- and Hatton seems pretty flattered by it ... explaining why he thinks they're two of a kind. 

BTW, Ricky has now transitioned into trainer -- and is getting Sergey Rabchenko ready for his big Showtime fight Saturday night at Barclays Center. 

Meantime, check out Hatton's greatest hits -- dude was beast. 

Gigi Hadid Boxing In Heels ... And Hot Leather Pants?

7/26/2016 8:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Here's supermodel Gigi Hadid ... proving she's one hell of an athlete -- by hitting a heavy bag -- IN HEELS!!!

Hadid hit up Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn -- and despite the fact she was wearing (what appeared to be) leather leggings and chunky heels ... she went all Rocky Balboa anyway -- and looked damn good.

Gigi's been boxing for a while -- and she's picked up a pretty solid overhand right.

#Respect.  

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Flavor Flav I Manage Muhammad Ali's Grandson ... He's a Boxer, BOYYYYY!

7/22/2016 6:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Muhammad Ali's legacy ... is in Flavor Flav's hands -- 'cause the rap legend tells TMZ Sports he's managing Muhammad's grandson's boxing career! 

Flav was out in Bev Hills with TV pitchman Ron Popeil -- when he told us all about his 15-year-old prodigy Nico Ali Walsh ... a rising star in the sport (check out video below, he's in white trunks).

"The boy is good," Flav tells us ... "That's all I gotta tell you, he's good. Come see the fight."

Flav says Nico's fighting in L.A. on July 30th.

0722-muhammed-ali-nico-ali-walsh-birthday-january-TWITTER-01Flav's also a huge fan of Nico's brother, Biaggio -- a big-time high school football star and model ... who also happens to be Flav's godson.

Check out the clip ... pretty cool stuff. 

Roy Jones Jr. Considering 5-Fight Farewell Tour ... 'I Wanna Retire This Year'

7/19/2016 6:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

47-year-old Roy Jones Jr. says he's finally ready to hang 'em up ... but he wants to go out by flooring 5 more fighters. 

The boxing legend tells TMZ Sports he was inspired by the way Kobe Bryant called it quits this year -- and says he'd really like a farewell tour of his own.

In fact, RJJ says he wants to line up 5 more fights before the end of the year ... but he wants to take on guys he KNOWS he can beat. 

"Five guys you should be able to deal with and call it a day."

Roy says nothing's in stone yet ... but he's definitely considering it. 

Justin Bieber Boxing with Muscle-Bound Trainer ... At NYC Gym

7/18/2016 9:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Justin Bieber got in the ring over the weekend to fight ANOTHER big guy -- and it wasn't terrible. 

One month after throwing down with a dude twice his size in Cleveland, Bieber rolled into the gym at the Chelsea Piers Sports Center to work on his David vs. Goliath game. 

Sources at the gym tell us ... Bieber arrived to the gym with the other dude, who they kept calling "Doc" -- and they sparred for almost 3 hours. 

We're told Bieber was super nice and didn't pull any diva antics -- he was like any other gymgoer. 

As for the fighting ... Bieber's been training with Floyd Mayweather ... who told us the pop star "ain't no bitch." 

Keith Thurman Bring Me Manny Pacquiao!

6/27/2016 2:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Less than 48 hours after the fight of the year, Keith Thurman is ready to do battle again ... and he wants a piece of Manny Pacquiao!

The WBA champ joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Monday night on FS1) -- and was asked about rumors of a possible matchup with PacMan. 

"I would love to see a contract with Manny Pacquiao's name on it," Thurman said ... "I'm down to fight the best in the world!"

You gotta watch the ENTIRE interview on the show tonight -- "One Time" reveals the awesome bruises behind his shades and tells us how he plans to spend the $1.4 million purse! 

Deontay Wilder Tyson Fury 'Crossed a Line' ... It's Time for an Ass Beating

6/22/2016 6:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Heavyweight boxing champ Deontay Wilder is sick and tired of Tyson Fury -- telling TMZ Sports the guy needs to stop running his mouth and FIGHT HIM already! 

Fury has been trashing Wilder all over the media -- even threatening to sexually assault Deontay ... it's pretty insane stuff. 

Wilder says Fury "crossed a line" -- and now he needs to be dealt with ... IF he beats Wladimir Klitschko next month. 

BTW, Wilder is all set to appear on the "TMZ Sports" TV show on FS1 Wednesday night -- you're not gonna wanna miss it!!! 

Gennady Golovkin Last Opponent Beat Up Woman ... Before Fighting GGG

6/20/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0617-dominic-wade-showtimeGennady Golovkin dished out karmic justice when he KO'd Dominic Wade back in April -- 'cause Wade had beaten the hell out of a woman in the months before the fight ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Triple G annihilated Wade during their April 23rd fight -- but it's shocking Wade was even allowed in the ring considering he was facing some pretty disturbing domestic violence allegations at the time.  

According to official records, obtained by TMZ Sports, Wade was charged with assault for a Dec. 23rd incident -- in which he allegedly attacked the mother of his child ... and then punched her niece in the face. 

The niece told cops she had heard the commotion in the home and ran into the room to help her aunt when Wade socked her in the mouth -- knocking out one of her teeth. 

The case went under the radar before his big fight with GGG -- but weeks later, he pled GUILTY to one count of assault with significant bodily injury.  

He's facing up to 3 years in prison when he shows up for his sentencing hearing in August. 

Boston Bombing Survivor Boxing Training ... With George Foreman's Son!

6/16/2016 7:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0616-adrianne-haslet-instagram-01Another bad ass notch on Adrianne Haslet's belt ... 'cause the woman who lost her leg in the Boston Marathon bombing -- is now BOXING with George Foreman's son! 

Haslet was training with George Foreman III earlier this week at his EverybodyFights boxing gym in Boston. 

FYI, GF3 was a pretty good boxer himself -- racking up a 16-0 record as a pro. 

It's another impressive feat for Haslet -- who already completed the 2016 Boston Marathon on a prosthetic leg ... and picked up ballroom dancing again after the incident. 

#BostonStrong

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Floyd Mayweather Buys 2nd Private Jet ... AND IT'S SICK!!

6/16/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0615_floyd_mayweather_jet_photos_launch_2File under: "You know you're rich when" ... you buy a 2nd jet 'cause you're bored with the 1st one! That's exactly what Floyd Mayweather did ... snatching up a new private jet 2 weeks ago ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Floyd's rep tells us, "It’s a 12 passenger Gulfstream III with gold cup holders, gold sink, gold accents throughout. It has all white leather seats and a fully stocked kitchen. He now has two jets. Air Mayweather 1 and 2."

We're told similar planes can cost several million dollars -- but we don't know how much Floyd dropped on this particular jet.

Either way, it's good to be rich!!

Jose Canseco I'm Fighting Michael Lohan ... For Real.

6/15/2016 8:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0615-jose-canseco-michael-lohan-TMZ-01Wanna see Jose Canseco beat up Lindsey Lohan's dad? 

Well, your wish may finally come true ... because the Bash Brother is signed on to fight Michael Lohan in a celebrity boxing match ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

It's being hailed as the "Battle of the Hollywood Bad Boys" -- and celeb fight promoter Damon Feldman tells us it's all going down in September at a venue in Los Angeles. 

Feldman says the fight won't be a cakewalk for Canseco ... Lohan is 3-0 in celeb boxing fights, beating up guys like reality star Jonny Fairplay.

Canseco is 5-1 in the celeb boxing world ... with victories over Danny Bonaduce and 'Real Housewives' alum Tareq Salahi. 

And get this ... we're told Dean McDermott will ref the fight. 

Deontay Wilder Sues Disgraced Boxing Opponent Your Doping Test Cost Me Millions!

6/13/2016 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0613-deontay-wilder-alexander-povetkin-TMZ-GETTY-01Heavyweight boxing champ Deontay Wilder is suing the man he was SUPPOSED to fight back in May -- claiming Alexander Povetkin's positive doping test cost him MILLIONS ... and he wants his money. 

In a lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports, Wilder claims he was guaranteed 70% of the $7.15 MILLION purse for the May 21st fight (math translation: $5 million). 

Problem is ... Povetkin tested positive for the banned substance meldonium (the same stuff Maria Sharapova was using) and the fight was called off 6 days before the bout. 

Wilder says he was suspicious that Povetkin was doping since he had traveled to Spain in the months before the fight ... and "[Spain is] notorious as an epicenter of doping."

Sources close to Wilder tell the the champ was PIIIIIIISSSSED in the days after the fight was cancelled -- and now we know why ... a $5 million loss would probably ruin your week too. 

Shane Mosley Ordered to Fork Over $300k to Ex

6/13/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0610-shane-mosley-jin-tmz-facebook-01Shane Mosley just got hit with a costly hook after a judge ordered him to hand over $300k to his ex-wife.

According to docs obtained by TMZ Sports ... Mosley must pay Jin Mosley $180k in back child support dating from December 2014 to November 2015. He also has to pony up almost $85k for his share of a tax debt the couple owed.

To add insult to injury, Shane's gotta pay Jin's attorney fees to the tune of $50,000.

It's been a nasty divorce since jump street -- as we've reported, Shane claims they were never really married since Jin two-timed him.

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