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'Creed' Star Gabriel Rosado 'In Talks' to Fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

6/18/2018 3:31 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Gabriel Rosado -- the real life pro boxer who fought Michael B. Jordan in "Creed" -- says he's ready to return the ring ... and he's got his sights set on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. 

32-year-old Rosado is a middleweight fighter who's squared up against the likes of Gennady Golovkin, Jermell Charlo and Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin

Rosado hasn't fought since Oct. 2017 -- but tells TMZ Sports he's "in talks" to make his comeback against Chavez Jr., the former WBC middleweight champ. 

"We might be out here in the Staples Center," Rosado says. 

Perfect location ... dude loves Hollywood

By the way, Rosado lost when he fought GGG, but the dude was a warrior ... fighting into the 7th round in one of the bloodiest fights of Golovkin's career. 

Rosado's corner wanted to stop the fight, but Gabriel wouldn't let 'em. Gotta admit, dude's got heart. 

T.J. Dillashaw CM Punk Was Terrible ... But, I Respect Him

6/18/2018 2:20 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

UFC champ T.J. Dillashaw agrees with Dana White ... CM Punk showed a lot of balls by getting into the Octagon -- but admits his performance was trash. 

T.J. joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs weeknights on FS1) -- where he talked about his upcoming rematch with Cody Garbrandt at UFC 227 in August. 

Even though the two have had bad blood in the past, T.J. says he respects Cody and anyone else who gets in the Octagon to compete ... including CM Punk. 

"Yeah, sure, he did not look good at all -- but he still went out there and did it ... respect."

There's a lot more with T.J. in the full interview which airs Monday night on "TMZ Sports."

Logan Paul Predicts 3rd Round KO ... 'I Hate' KSI

6/18/2018 9:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Logan Paul says his beef with KSI is 100% real -- telling TMZ Sports he "hates" the YouTube star, and says he's calling his shot in their upcoming boxing match. 

Logan and KSI came face-to-face during a heated news conference this past weekend -- things got physical ... and Logan is adamant the hatred ain't just to sell tickets. 

"It's real beef," Paul told us on the way out of Catch in West Hollywood ... "I hate the kid."

The two will fight for real in August when they square off in Manchester -- but, for now, it's gonna be a LOT of trash talk

"I'm fighting a sack of potatoes. KSI, you suck."

Paul says the fight isn't just a big moment for YouTube stars who want to show they're bigger than social media -- it could also be a HUGE moment for the sport of boxing. 

Tekashi69 Under Investigation In Chief Keef Shooting

6/18/2018 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Cops are taking a hard look at Tekashi69 to see what, if any, role he played in the events leading up to the attempted shooting of Chief Keef ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources say NYPD wants to see if Tekashi has any connection to the 2 men who shot at Keef outside the W Hotel in Times Square. 6ix9ine was in L.A. at the time of the shooting, but we're told cops want to know if he ordered the hit.

We're told NYPD has 2 suspects based on surveillance video, and know they stalked Keef the night of the shooting -- first showing up at China Chalet restaurant where Keef was hanging downtown ... then jumping into a dark-colored Ford Econovan.

After driving to midtown, we're told the suspects parked the van around the block from the W and walked to the hotel to wait for Keef. When the rapper walked outside with a friend to smoke a cig, the suspects pounced. Keef and his friend heard shots and saw a muzzle flash.

As we reported ... the shooters missed, hitting only a nearby sign. We're told the suspects fled in the van. Cops eventually found it in Brooklyn.

Tekashi's denied any involvement. We reached out to NYPD for official comment. So far ... no word back.

Drake's Mom Screw Rap Beefs ... Roll with Cakes Like Me!!!

6/18/2018 7:43 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Drake's mom, Sandi Graham, says rap beefs are for kids ... and she wants 'em dropped, stat.

We got Sandi leaving Delilah in WeHo -- rolling deep with some hotties, btw -- and we ask her about Jay-Z throwing shade. Jay and Bey dropped their new joint album, "Everything is Love," and Jay goes after Drizzy in "BOSS" for turning down his TIDAL offer and choosing Apple Music.

Jay also references the Pusha-T beef and calls out Drake for sending him a $100k invoice. All of that is kid's play ... according to Sandi, who says it's time everyone act like grown men.

Side note: did we mention Sandi has some pretty hot friends?

Logan Paul I'm Gonna Put KSI In The Hospital ... Then Party With Floyd

6/17/2018 12:05 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Logan Paul says his battle with KSI is gonna be a critical one ... because he plans to put his YouTube foe in the hospital.

We got Logan just a few minutes before he and KSI nearly came to blows at an L.A. nightclub earlier this week ... and when asked which hospital he was gonna put KSI in -- he didn't back away.

"I don't really know the L.A. hospitals, but I feel like he's gonna make rounds to all of them."

What's he gonna do AFTER he checks KSI in? We asked if it involved partying with Floyd Mayweather and, guess what ... IT DOES.

"You got to [celebrate with Floyd], bro," Logan told TMZ Sports.

"I trained at his gym, that was my first training session. So, I feel like it's only right."

The thing is ... KSI's also been in Floyd's TMT gym in Vegas -- with Floyd's pops giving him firsthand lessons ... so, either way, it looks like Floyd will get some turn-up.

Dude just can't lose.

Logan Paul & KSI Super Fight News Conference Trash Talkers Nearly Come to Blows!!!

6/16/2018 11:45 AM PDT
Breaking News

Logan Paul and KSI officially went full Mayweather vs. McGregor today in L.A. ... and the bros' brouhaha to promote their upcoming bout got a little physical on stage.

The YouTube superstars took nonstop shots at each other -- mostly verbal -- at a massive news conference outside the L.A. Coliseum at noon Saturday. Their younger brothers, Jake Paul and Deji, opened up the presser ... because they're the undercard for the mega boxing event at Manchester Arena on August 25.

Heavyweight boxer Shannon Briggs was the surprise emcee, as the Pauls flaunted fancy suits and traded insults with KSI and Deji ... who opted for more casual wear.

The most exciting moment came when KSI put on a Logan Paul wig, which Logan yanked off and followed with a push ... which prompted KSI to charge like a bull. Unfortunately ... no punches were thrown.

As we reported ... Logan and KSI gave a preview of their smack talk during a heated exchange at a nightclub this week. Both guys have been busting their asses training for the fight ... and there's talk it could even haul in more viewers than last year's Floyd vs. Conor extravaganza.

Regardless, it's gonna be huge ... and the hype's already ramping up big time.

David Arquette Hits Double Stunner! ... In Wrestling Comeback

6/15/2018 10:55 AM PDT
Breaking News

David Arquette wasn't playin' when he told TMZ Sports he's heading back to the squared circle looking for respect ... 'cause he threw down an epic DOUBLE STUNNER on two dudes Thursday night!!

The former WCW heavyweight champ jumped in the ring at Championship Wrestling From Hollywood‘s “Peter & Ray’s Surprise Birthday Party Spectacular” ... and rocked The Rockness Monsters!!

The 46-year-old star bounced off the ropes ... threw a haymaker at one ... kicked the other in the groin ... and got 'em both at the same time with Steve Austin's signature move.

Remember, it was just a few days ago Arquette told us he was serious about a comeback to stop fans from hatin' on his heavily-panned WCW championship match. 

Not a bad start ...

Drake 'Degrassi' Vid Wasn't Smoke Screen From Pusha T Beef

6/15/2018 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Drake's new music video for "I'm Upset" -- with his 'Degrassi' castmates -- wasn't a clever distraction from his beef with Pusha T ... but it was a bad, and unavoidable, coincidence.

Drizzy took a ton of heat for releasing the video while fans were dying for him to respond to Push. It came off like he was using the whole 'Degrassi' reunion thing as a smoke screen for the drama.

However, sources close to production tell us they started planning for the single's release and video weeks before it was even shot.

As we reported, Pusha T released "The Story of Adidon" -- a diss track that revealed Drake has a secret son -- on Tuesday, May 29. We're told the "I'm Upset" shoot schedule was set for last weekend, before Push's track came out, and neither Drake nor his team felt it needed to change.

Drizzy revealed Wednesday night he'll release his new album, "Scorpion," on June 29 -- so, it's still possible he'll fire back then.

However, as we've told you, powerful people around him are advising against it.

Naya Rivera & Ryan Dorsey That's a Wrap ... Divorce Final!

6/14/2018 3:47 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Naya Rivera is officially back on the market ... her divorce from Ryan Dorsey is final ... TMZ has learned.

According to court docs ... the L.A. Superior Court judge signed off Thursday on their split. As we first reported ... Naya filed divorce docs back in December ... shortly after she and Dorsey allegedly got into a physical fight over Thanksgiving.

The "Glee" star got arrested for domestic battery, but the charge was later dropped.

Ryan and Naya have one child, 2-year-old Josey Dorsey. As Naya requested ... they will have joint physical and legal custody.

Neither will pay spousal support.

Logan Paul Heated Exchange With KSI ... at L.A. Nightclub

6/14/2018 1:32 PM PDT
Breaking News

Logan Paul and KSI just couldn't wait 'til this weekend to start letting the insults fly ... getting right in each other's faces at an L.A. nightclub Wednesday night.

The YouTube superstars will go after each other at a major news conference this Saturday at the L.A. Coliseum to promote their super fight in Manchester on August 25 ... but gave a preview of their smack talk when they ran into each other last night.

Some of the highlights ... (warning, there's a LOT of "bro" going on)

Logan: "Your head is the size of a watermelon. I really can't miss. I literally can't miss. Dawg, your head looks like a hot air balloon. I can't miss it."

KSI: "Just wait 'til Saturday bro. Saturday bro. Saturday bro. Your mom's going get it, your daddy's going get it."

Logan: "I can literally smell your bandana. It smells horrible. No one's laughing at your jokes."

KSI: "I can't wait to hear your heckling when you gotta shave your head bro. Trust me."

Logan: "I hear crickets, bro. That wasn't funny. You're not funny, you can't box."

Logan: "Look up to me, bro! Look up to me! Yeah, bro. Take a swing at me on the 25! August 25. August 25."

But really though ... August 25. Yes. 

UFC's Derrick Lewis I Can't Wait to Beat Greg Hardy's Ass ... It's Personal

6/14/2018 11:51 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

UFC star Derrick Lewis says he was genuinely impressed with Greg Hardy's 57-second knockout ... but tells TMZ Sports he's REALLY HAPPY that it means he's one step closer to fighting the ex-NFL star. 

Remember, Lewis has previously told us he has real hatred toward Hardy because he believes Greg DID brutalize the ex-girlfriend he was accused of attacking back in 2014. 

Hardy was initially convicted of domestic violence, but appealed -- and won -- and the conviction was overturned.  

Lewis tells TMZ Sports his stepfather abused his mother -- and he still has a lot of built up anger he wants to take out on Hardy. 

Dana White told us Hardy needs a few more fights under his belt before he gets a shot against a big name UFC fighter ... but it's clear Lewis is champing at the bit

Greg Hardy Pumped Over UFC Victory ... Wants to Prove He's a Changed Man

6/14/2018 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Greg Hardy says he's feeling extremely "positive" after his impressive UFC performance on Tuesday -- and says he wants to prove to his haters that he's truly a changed man. 

TMZ Sports spoke with the ex-NFL star after his 57-second knockout victory over Austen Lane on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series ... and you can tell he's excited about his MMA future. 

"I'm feeling great. I'm feeling positive. I'm feeling excited. I'm ready to go ... ready to take this next step and see where it takes us."

Hardy knows his new UFC contract will come with scrutiny because of his troubled past -- including allegations of domestic violence -- but says he hopes people will give him a chance to prove he's not a monster. 

"It would be best to meet me, give me an opportunity," Hardy said ... "I think I can win a lot of people back over to my side."

As we previously reported, Dana White wants Hardy to get a couple more fights under his belt before he matches up with a major UFC opponent ... but Hardy says he's already got his sights on Derrick Lewis

"Soon enough, you're gonna see me in front of the Black Beast!" 

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