Archive for the ‘Boxing’ Category

LeBron James and his production company SpringHill Entertainment have several film and television projects in the works, but there’s one that has the Los Angeles Lakers star particularly excited.

As HBO first announced in 2016, James and Maverick Carter will serve as executive producers on a multi-part documentary about the life of Muhammad Ali titled “What’s My Name.”

After HBO shared a trailer for the documentary Saturday, James tweeted, “One of my favorite projects we’ve done!! My GOODNESS it’s so good!”

Other upcoming projects produced by James and Carter include the Showtime documentary series “Shut Up and Dribble,” a competition series for CBS, an NBC comedy series inspired by the upbringing of reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons, and an NBC basketball drama called “Hoops.”

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Mike Tyson is eyeing a role in the movie version of “Downton Abbey.”

Tyson is a big fan of the British period drama series, and told The Sun’s Rod McPhee he’d be thrilled if he was approached about starring in the film, which is reportedly set to begin production this year.

“If the producers of the new movie were to call me up, the answer would be a ‘Yes.’ I’d love to appear in ‘Downton Abbey,'” he said.

The boxing legend also has some ideas on what character he could play.

“Maybe I could play an American musician, or I could be very aristocratic,” he said. “An aristocrat would be a good role to play. That would be great fun. God willing.”

Tyson stars alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme and Hafthor Bjornsson, aka “The Mountain” from HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” in the action flick “Kickboxer: Retaliation,” due out later this month.

It’s become quite clear Conor McGregor’s brand transcends mixed martial arts, but if his longtime coach, John Kavanagh, has it his way, the fighter will be stepping back into the Octagon this year.

Kavanagh, who was in the Irishman’s corner as he fought Floyd Mayweather Jr. in August, believes the next 12 months will be a successful venture, regardless of what avenue his fighter decides to travel down.

“I think 2018 will be another big year for us,” Kavanagh told BBC Northern Ireland on Sunday. “Exactly what that is, I don’t know yet. The plan is forming, but as they say, stay tuned. … My opinion, I’ll be pushing very hard for MMA. The boxing was a nice detour from what we’ve done, but mixed martial arts is my passion.”

While McGregor is still deciding what his next move will be – whether it be in the Octagon, a boxing ring, or wherever else life takes him, Kavanagh says the fighter has gotten back to training regularly recently and reminded the rest of the UFC who still owns the lightweight division.

“Conor’s still the champion. They can say what they want – I have his belt at home, actually,” Kavanagh said. “He’s still the champion.

“He’s making the decision on what makes sense for the next move. It’s kind of early days yet. We’re just watching how that has developed while he’s been away – he’s had other things on. Let’s see what happens in 2018. I’m excited about it, anyway.”

“If I have anything to do with it, he’ll be in the octagon this year.”

Mike Tyson is looking to cash in on the legalization of recreational marijuana in California.

The former heavyweight boxing champion recently broke ground on Tyson Ranch, a 40-acre plot of land in California City – about 60 miles southwest of Death Valley National Park – that will be used to produce high-quality strains of THC and CBD and conduct research on the health benefits of marijuana, according to Gary Trock of The Blast.

The property will also house a plant and supply store, extraction facility, edible factory, “glamping” campgrounds and cabins, amphitheater, and a Tyson Cultivation School to teach growers how to develop their own strains.

One of Tyson’s business partners, Robert Hickman, told The Blast the “undeveloped lands are primed to be cultivated.”

Floyd Mayweather has filed a lawsuit against his ex-girlfriend, Shantel Jackson, claiming she stole an undisclosed amount of money from him.

According to court documents obtained by TMZ Sports, Mayweather alleges Jackson gained access to his credit cards and took cash from around his house to go on shopping sprees. The lawsuit also claims Jackson shipped the items she bought to a secret location so Mayweather wouldn’t find out.

A lawyer representing the boxing star says Jackson would publicly praise him when he was being criticized solely to gain his confidence, and he didn’t find out about the alleged stealing until a mutual friend told him Jackson had bragged about it.

“As a result of that confidence, Mayweather, whose education ended at eighth grade, did not audit or otherwise inspect either his cash or his credit card statements for theft by Jackson,” the lawsuit states.

Jackson filed a lawsuit against Mayweather in 2014 accusing him of assault, battery, defamation, and invasion of privacy.

Russell Westbrook might be the most aggressive basketball player on the planet.

That approach to the game had Jason Kidd comparing the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard to one of the most feared boxers ever.

“He is the (Mike) Tyson of basketball,” the Milwaukee Bucks coach said Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Nick Friedell.

“When the jump ball (goes up), he is coming as Tyson did (in getting) off the stool. When the bell rings, he’s coming for you. Whenever he’s on the floor, he plays at one speed and that’s fast and hard.”

Kidd, who had a Hall of Fame-worthy career as an NBA guard, wasn’t done praising Westbrook.

“He’s the best in the game,” the 10-time All-Star said. “Puts a lot of pressure on your defense, offensively and defensively.”

Those words rang true later Tuesday, as the reigning league MVP registered 12 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists in 26 minutes as OKC stomped the Bucks 110-91 at Bradley Center.

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Floyd Mayweather is in the IRS’ good books again.

The retired boxer paid $23.5 million to the IRS just days after his Aug. 26 win over Conor McGregor to settle an outstanding tax liability from 2015, according to Bryan Koenig of Law360. Both parties filed a joint motion in U.S. Tax Court to dismiss the payment dispute in September.

While he’s off the hook for the 2015 tax lien, Koenig notes that a lightly redacted account transcript states Mayweather had a late-payment interest charge of more than $551,000 and a $1.2-million late-payment penalty assessed against him on Sept. 25.