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Muhammad Ali Hospitalized for Respiratory Issues ... 'Fair Condition'

6/2/2016 10:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0602-muhammad-ali-gettyMuhammad Ali has been hospitalized for a respiratory issue ... and he's currently in fair condition, this according to the boxer's spokesperson. 

The rep says Ali is being tended to by a team of doctors and is expected to remain in the hospital for a short while. 

74-year-old Ali was last seen out in public back in April -- when he attended the Celebrity Fight Night charity event in Arizona ... along with huge stars like Carrie Underwood and Rob Gronkowski. 

Ali was last hospitalized back in January 2015 for follow-up care after a severe infection. 

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Ex-NFL Defensive End I'm a Heavyweight Boxer Now ... And I'm 10-0

6/1/2016 8:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

He spent 7 seasons in the NFL, but now, ex-Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards is thriving in a different sport -- BOXING ... where he's already racked up an impressive 10-0 record. 

The 31-year-old has been fighting as a heavyweight ever since he left the NFL in 2012 -- since, you know, he's massive ... 6'5", 268 lbs. 

But Ray's new career ain't some hobby -- he's sparred with heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder and says he has his sights set on a a real deal title fight. He even has some opponents in mind. 

Tyson Fury I'll Sexually Assault Deontay Wilder ... 'Gonna Be My Bitch'

5/31/2016 11:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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** WARNING -- VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC LANGUAGE ** 

More verbal diarrhea from boxing champ Tyson Fury ... this time he's threatening to sexually assault heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder if the two ever step in the ring. 

The homophobic, sexist, anti-semite was talking with iFLTV about possible fights with WBC heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder and IBF heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua when things got vulgar. (starts around 3:40) 

"I don't want their belts, but I'll let 'em fight me," Fury said ... "I'll bend 'em over and BOOM -- split them down the middle with this long d***."

He then specifically went after Wilder ... saying, "Wilder's my man, 'til I get hold of him. Then he's gonna be my bitch."

#StayClassy

Mr. T Muhammad Ali Was Hood Superman ... Stopped Real Crime

5/30/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Forget Iron Man and Captain America ... Mr. T says there's a real life superhero among us ... Muhammad Ali ... 'cause T claims he witnessed Ali actually stop crimes in rough neighborhoods.

Mr T. was out in NYC when we asked about his old bodyguarding days with Ali ... yes, the greatest heavyweight in history had a bodyguard ... who rocked gold chains and a mohawk. 

That's when T started an awesome reminiscing sesh ... telling our camera guy about how he personally watched The Greatest stop a violent crime from going down in the hood back in the day. 

Listen ... we could tell you more ... but T tells it so much better ... so check it out the clip.

Sly Stallone I'd Pay to See Floyd vs. Conor ... Here's Why

5/28/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Sylvester Stallone says he'd definitely pay good money to see Floyd Mayweather fight Conor McGregor -- though he's pretty sure Floyd would beat that ass!

 "In boxing, you gotta go with the boxer," Sly told us ... but noted "anything is possible" if Conor can land one good clean shot. 

As we previously reported, Floyd's trying like hell to get a deal done ... but we're told it's nowhere near close at this point. 

Floyd Mayweather Backs Break Dancing Family ... Here's $10k, Bust a Move!

5/21/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0520-mayweather-kids-instagram-01Floyd Mayweather just came up HUGE for a crazy talented family of break dancers in desperate need of cash -- shelling out $10,000 to help them make it big, TMZ Sports has learned. 

The dance group is called "The Finest Family" -- comprised of 6 adorable siblings from Chicago ... led by their dad, Henry. 

They're incredible dancers -- but they've struggled financially for years. Henry says the family spent 6 months living out of their van in Chicago. 

That was before Floyd came into the picture roughly 4 years ago ... saw them dance, became an instant fan and vowed to be a mentor for life. They've since been featured on shows like "Steve Harvey." 

But earlier this month, with the family in serious need of cash (they wash cars to make ends meet), Mayweather contacted the crew and flew them out to Vegas to check in. 

Get this ... during the trip, Mayweather pulled out $10,000 IN CASH and gave it to the family ... telling them, "Whatever you need, let me know."

"He's been a blessing," Henry said of Floyd ... "He's amazing."

The better news ... we're told "The Finest Family" recently got an audition with "America's Got Talent" and Henry says it's going well.

Boxer Jermain Taylor Dodges Prison ... In Violent Gun Cases

5/20/2016 8:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0520-jermain-taylor-getty-01Ex-boxing champ Jermain Taylor just caught a HUUUGE break -- he will NOT go to prison for his role in multiple frightening and violent incidents ... as long as he keeps his nose clean. 

Taylor appeared in court for 3 different cases: 

1) The time he shot his cousin in 2014

2) The time he pulled out a gun at an MLK Day parade and fired shots in the air 

3) The time he beat up a fellow patient at the rehab facility where he was being treated 

Taylor had previously pled guilty to 2 counts of battery, 2 counts of terroristic threats, 5 counts of aggravated assault and possesion of a controlled substance. 

On Friday, the former champ was back in an Arkansas courtroom -- where the judge gave him a 19 year suspended prison sentence. 

Which means ... as long as Taylor completes 120 hours of community service, pays fines and court costs and passes regular drug screening tests, he will NOT serve the 19 year sentence. 

But one screwup ... and the judge could force him to serve the entire term behind bars. 

Considering the allegations against him, Taylor caught a huge break. 

Conor McGregor Video of Boxing Sparring Session ... With Ex-Boxing Champ

5/17/2016 6:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Here's Conor McGregor BOXING -- trading shots with a former IBO champion at a prestigious L.A. boxing gym ... and TMZ Sports has the footage.

It all went down at Box 'N Burn gym in Brentwood -- when the UFC superstar stepped in the ring with former IBO welterweight champ Chris van Heerden to see if he could hang. 

Check out the video ... he takes some shots, he dishes some out ... but he still needs work if he plans to hang with Floyd Mayweather

We spoke with gym owner Tony Jeffries (who was undefeated as a pro boxer) who says Conor's been training like a maniac ever since he touched down in L.A.

"Conor has been here everyday since Friday. Twice a day sometimes."

As for his skills -- "I never thought [Conor] had a chance at beating Floyd until I saw him box today. Now I am on the fence."

Adrien Broner New Video Evidence In Bowling Alley Robbery Case

5/12/2016 1:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

This is the video cops say could prove Adrien Broner beat up and robbed a man outside of a Cincinnati bowling alley back in January.

The footage, obtained by TMZ Sports, was shot outside of Madison Bowl on January 21st ... while the boxer allegedly demanded thousands of dollars back from a man he was gambling with inside the alley. 

We broke the story ... Broner's accuser claims they had been wagering thousands of dollars in high stakes bowling matches ... with Broner losing a fortune. Broner allegedly demanded the money back outside the alley, and when the man refused, Adrien got violent ... knocking the man out cold. 

In the video, which was submitted as evidence in the case, you can hear a voice which sounds like Broner demanding his money back ... but it's dark and blurry -- so, not exactly a smoking gun. 

You can, however, hear people imploring Broner -- "A.B. chill ... A.B. c'mon!"

Broner has been charged with felonious assault and robbery -- and faces serious prison time if convicted. 

So far, no official comment from Broner. 

Charlamagne Tha God Earning Respek With His Fists Sparring With Boxing Star

5/12/2016 12:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Charlamagne Tha God let former boxing champ Shawn Porter do something rappers have wanted to do to Charlamagne for years ... punch him in the face ... in a live sparring match in NYC yesterday.

It all went down at Gleason's boxing gym on Wednesday afternoon ... and we're told the whole thing was the idea of Shawn's dad and trainer, Kenny, who's pretty good friends with Mr. Tha God.

Check out the clip -- Charlamagne isn't exactly Sugar Ray Robinson in there, but gets in enough good shots to not look like a newbie.

BTW -- Porter is training for a huge title fight against Keith Thurman later this month ... by fighting a guy who sits down for a living.

Good luck.

Michael Buffer Let's Get Ready to ... Sell My Famous Phrase?!

5/12/2016 10:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The end of an era could be near ... 'cause legendary boxing ring announcer Michael Buffer says he's considering SELLING the rights to his insanely famous "Let's Get Ready to Rumble" catchphrase! 

This is a HUUUGE deal ... 71-year-old Buffer has been ferociously protective of the phrase, which he famously trademarked in 1992 -- and the rights to it could be worth a FORTUNE!!!

So, it was shocking when he told us Wednesday night that he's thinking about retiring -- and selling the rights once and for all. 

Buffer made it clear he hasn't made his mind up completely ... but it seems a massive offer could sway him. 

Freddie Roach I'll Train McGregor But He Needs 3 Years to Fight Mayweather

5/11/2016 6:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Good news for Conor McGregor ... Freddie Roach says he's absolutely down to train him as a boxer. 

Bad news for Conor McGregor ... Freddie says CM needs 3 YEARS before he'll be ready to fight Floyd

Roach -- widely regarded as the best boxing trainer in the world -- was talking with "Fight Hub TV" when he said he got a call from someone (presumably from Conor's camp) asking to train the UFC star. 

Freddie insists he's up for the challenge ... but says if Conor thinks he can hang with Mayweather, he's out of his Irish mind. 

"I'd have to train him for at leat 3 years to get him ready for Mayweather," Roach said.

"I mean he's good at MMA ... but boxing? Hell no."

Justin Bieber's Concert Boxing Gloves Were Made For Mayweather

5/9/2016 3:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

050916_justin_bieber_primaryv2Even the props on Justin Bieber's tour have swag ... including the boxing gloves he uses in the show ... which were actually custom made for Floyd Mayweather ... TMZ Sports has learned.

If you haven't seen the show (shame on you) Justin does little a shadow boxing during his (very emotional) performance of "I'll Show You" ... and drapes a pair of boxing gloves around his neck.

We spoke to Elvis Grant -- the guys who makes Floyd's $2,500 gloves -- and he tells us the gloves you see are -- or were Floyd's -- created for his mega-fight against Canelo Alvarez in 2013.

0509-justin-bieber-floyd-mayweather-gloves-tmz-sportsFun Fact -- When a big deal boxer like Mayweather has a bout, multiple pairs of gloves are commissioned in case something goes wrong ... and Elvis tells us Bieber snagged a pair of backups.

Pretty cool ... and ultra pimp considering those gloves are worth around $2,500.

Rumble young man, rumble.

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