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Mortal Kombat KO of Kubrat Pulev, Jake Paul stealing Floyd Mayweather’s hat and John Fury imitating Conor McGregor… boxing’s craziest moments of 2021

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Mortal Kombat KO of Kubrat Pulev, Jake Paul stealing Floyd Mayweather’s hat and John Fury imitating Conor McGregor… boxing’s craziest moments of 2021

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As 2021 draws to a close, talkSPORT.com looks back on what has been one of the craziest years for a sport that continues to amaze.

Whether it was a sensational knockout, a fiery press conference, or a spellbinding fight, boxing had just about it all.

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Boxing in 2021 exceeded even our wildest expectations

Despite the hardships presented by the resurgence of the COVID-19 virus that has gripped the world, fans have always been treated to spectacular and insane boxing moments in equal measure.

“The Mountain” faltering in an exhibition fight – May 2021

While Hafthor Bjornsson may not yet have secured his lucrative boxing fight with Eddie Hall, the former world’s strongest man has continued his foray into boxing.

“Thor,” as he is affectionately known, faced off against veteran MMA Simon Vallily and underwent a thorough examination.

After being unsettled at first, ‘Thor’ hit the bridge in round three and it turned out to be a rather frantic affair.

“He’s awkward, he’s a big man, he’s getting physical,” Vallily said after the fight. “I saw his last fight and I thank him, he came a lot.

“He has a lot of potential. I’m not just saying that.

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Then Thor hit the canvas, but it wasn’t a knockdown

Tyson Fury’s reaction to the loss of Billy Joe Saunders – May 2021

Billy Joe Saunders knew the odds were stacked against him when he traveled to Dallas, TX to face pound-for-pound superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in May.

Holding the WBO super middleweight title, the Briton knew he was standing in the way of Canelo’s unchallenged super middleweight dreams and was ready to shock the world.

However, after suffering a fractured orbit, the 31-year-old was taken out of combat and it sparked scenes of savage jubilation.

Fury and his half-brother Tommy were in the front row and got caught up in a ruckus, all of which was caught on camera right after the fight was over.

Jake Paul steals Floyd Mayweather’s hat – May 2021

Before Logan Paul was scheduled to fight arguably the greatest boxer of all time, his own brother had to be banned.

Jake Paul – who had just eliminated Ben Askren – went to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami for a standard pre-fight press conference.

However, the former YouTube star ensured it was anything but when he faced off against the 50-0 star and started to pull the hat off his head and shout ‘Gotcha hat’.

A brawl ensued between Mayweather’s security team and Paul’s friends, with the end result being Paul’s younger brother was banned from the fight and started getting a ‘Gotcha hat’ tattooed.

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The idea of ​​stealing Mayweather’s hat didn’t turn out to be smart

Mike Tyson reacts to Floyd Mayweather vs. Jake Paul – June 2021

A month later the two men who were supposed to be fighting did just that and it was as much a freak show as it was a show.

As well as appearing to guard Paul after knocking him out, Mayweather bragged about the money he was making from a sponsor on his shorts.

Still, it was the reaction of heavyweight legend Mike Tyson that really made the headlines afterwards, with “Iron Mike” massively confused by what he saw.

“I think Floyd should keep trying,” he said on Instagram Live. “I don’t think he should be fighting an af ****** cruiserweight.

“I think he should keep fighting guys with his own weight. What the hell is he doing? To fight [Manny] Pacquiao again or something, keep in shape.

“Come to think of it, he should have made Paul lose a lot of weight. I was surprised. [he didn’t do that]. An intelligent fighter would have made him suffer, would have starved him.

“It was harder than Floyd expected, I think.”

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Big brother Logan put in a solid performance against the best boxer of his time

Joe Rogan yells “mistake or corruption” affected Fury vs Wilder III – October 2021

The trilogy fight that no one seemed to want has exceeded expectations and then some as it turned out to be one of the biggest heavyweight fights of recent times.

Fury faced some adversity before triumphing and retaining his WBC title, being given up twice in the fourth round.

Rogan alleged referee Russell Mora gave the Briton a “long count” and suggested the official may have panicked.

“The referee is supposed to say ‘One two …’ when the guy falls. But if for some reason he has to stop the count… you are supposed to resume the count where the ringside counter has it, ”said the host of the event. Joe Rogan Experience.

“So there is a guy who matters at ringside, and he will continue to count. So if you’re at “One, two” and you’re like “Go to a neutral corner,” that guy is supposed to be “three, four, five”, but he didn’t.

“He went back, ‘three, four’, but the guy had already been down for a few seconds. Without a doubt, it was a long count. I think it’s a mistake or a corruption. Most likely a mistake, most likely the guy is panicking.

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The Gypsy King came back twice from knockouts before sealing the knockout

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John Fury impersonates Conor McGregor – November 2021

In a virtual press conference ahead of Tommy Fury’s planned fight with Jake Paul, Father John Fury almost lost his rag and looked like he was about to hit the TV screen.

Although Tommy Fury retired from combat with a severe chest infection and broken ribs, “Big John” once again managed to steal the show.

While talking about a lilo in a swimming pool wearing sunglasses and sipping a cocktail, Paul continued to goad the Elder Fury until he finally hit a boiling point.

“You thank your good stars that I am banned from your country,” he said to Paul, before getting up and appearing to face the TV.

Eagle-eyed fans made the comparison to Conor McGregor, who literally paced around while staring at his own screen ahead of Max Holloway’s fight with Yair Rodriguez.

After Fury retired from the fight, Paul replaced Tyron Woodley instead and duly knocked out the former UFC champion in just six rounds.

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John Fury was so exasperated with Paul that he got up from his chair during a virtual press conference

Kubrat Pulev defeats former UFC Champion Frank Mir with ‘Mortal Kombat’ knockout – November 2021

Kubrat Pulev left former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir cold on his feet with a clubbed right hand in their Triad Combat Rules bout.

The Bulgarian heavyweight, who has not fought since being knocked out by Anthony Joshua in December 2020, has ruthlessly arrested Mir and made him wobble alarmingly.

Pulev made nine rounds with Joshua in London less than a year ago, but only needed one to seriously injure Mir with an overhand right followed by a handcuffed left hook.

The rules of Triad Combat ensured that both men wore MMA gloves and were allowed to land and strike inside the triangular ring.

Mir, 42, was a UFC fighter for 16 years and has held the world heavyweight title twice – registering the most finishes and most submissions in heavyweight promotion history.

Despite both men being grizzled combat sports veterans, the disparity in boxing levels was embarrassingly obvious and referee Dan Miragliotta faced criticism for not stopping the fight sooner.

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Pulev celebrates triad Combat Rules victory alongside Shannon Briggs


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