Anthony Joshua 'making a big mistake' in agreeing Parker bout - David Higgins on title unification fight

Duco Events boss David Higgins is stepping up the war of words between Joseph Parker and British heavyweight Anthony Joshua, as the two camps come close to agreeing a title unification bout for next year.

With the two unbeaten fighters all but having agreed a deal to see them come face to face in a winner takes all unification bout, Parker's promoter Higgins is provocatively stoking the fires between the two camps.

"We think they're making a big mistake putting Joshua in against Parker," Higgins told 1 NEWS today.

"I think Joseph Parker has won the first round, which is the mental battle.

"Joshua's saying some strange things in the media. He's rattled, he's not used to it."

Higgins also pointed out again that his team are aware of Joshua's weakness.

"Joshua has a glass jaw - he's been flattened in nearly every training camp.

"Parker has never been knocked down."

The Duco Events boss says Parker has a mental edge over Joshua. Source: 1 NEWS

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Watch as boxing champion Deontay Wilder breaks jaw of mascot in promo stunt gone wrong

Heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder has apologised after reportedly breaking the jaw of a mascot he punched during a US television appearance.

Wilder was doing a promotional appearance on Spanish language show Nacion ESPN to promote his upcoming fight with Tyson Fury when he punched a man dressed in a mascot suit.

The WBC heavyweight champion also denied he did not know there was a person in the suit.

"Anything headlining I didn't know a human being was in there is just straight click-baiting," Wilder said on Instagram.

"I sincerely apologise to the brave man that was injured (if this is true). I have the utmost respect for him, his participation, willingness and courage.”

Wilder said reports of the injury were true, he would like to invite the man to his fight on December 1 against Fury in Los Angeles where he will defend his title.

A promo for Wilder’s upcoming fight with Tyson Fury went badly wrong for the person in the suit. Source: Breakfast

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Conor McGregor, Khabib suspended by Nevada Athletic Commission

UFC fighters Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor are being suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission for a brawl that erupted inside and outside the octagon after their lightweight title fight last weekend in Las Vegas, an official said.

Letters were sent Wednesday informing both mixed martial arts fighters that they will be suspended for at least 10 days effective Oct. 15, commission executive Bob Bennett.

A commission investigation is pending and the panel can extend the temporary suspension when it meets Oct. 24, Bennett said.

Nurmagomedov and McGregor could also appeal Bennett's executive action at that time.

Nurmagomedov, who was praised by Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting Wednesday in Moscow, responded with an angry Instagram post saying he was being unfairly punished.

The fighter complained that discipline didn't follow an incident last April in Brooklyn, New York, when McGregor shattered windows of Nurmagomedov's bus with a hand truck after Nurmagomedov confronted one of McGregor's teammates days earlier.

"They could have killed someone there, why no one says anything about insulting my homeland, religion, nation, family?"

Nurmagomedov posted. "We have defended our honor and this is the most important thing. We intend to go to the end."

McGregor's manager, Audie Attar at Paradigm Sports Management, said he was confident the investigation will clear McGregor.

"It will be clear who and where the blame lies," Attar said in a statement. "We are focused on the future."

Nurmagomedov's manager, Ali Abdelaziz at Dominance MMA Management, did not immediately respond to emails. Abdelaziz's telephone was not accepting messages.

However, Fighting erupted outside the octagon late Saturday, after McGregor (21-4) tapped out during a chokehold by Nurmagomedov (27-0) in the fourth round of UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena.

The Russian champion from Dagestan then stepped away from McGregor, climbed over the cage and scuffled with a fighter in the Irishman's corner.

Members of Nurmagomedov's entourage climbed into the octagon and attacked McGregor, and McGregor also tried to climb out of the cage during the brawl.

Nurmagomedov's $2 million for the fight has been withheld by the commission pending the outcome of the investigation, Bennett said. McGregor received his $3 million purse.

"You can keep my money that you are withholding," Nurmagomedov posted. "I hope it won't get stuck in your throat."

UFC President Dana White said three members of Nurmagomedov's camp were detained by police but released because McGregor refused to press criminal charges.

White said the UFC might strip the lightweight title from Nurmagomedov.

Khabib Nurmagomedov, right, tries to take down Conor McGregor during a lightweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Khabib Nurmagomedov, right, tries to take down Conor McGregor during a lightweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 229 Source: Associated Press


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Khabib threatens to quit UFC over McGregor brawl, says he doesn't want the $2 million prize

The man who took down Conor McGregor last week has threatened to quit the UFC and says he doesn't even want his prize money.

Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated McGregor at the UFC 229 competition by way of a submission hold, but the end of the fight was marred by an ugly brawl where punches were thrown by both camps.

It's unclear exactly what happened, but during the brawl McGregor was hit by members of Nurmagomedov's camp.

McGregor has decided not to press any charges, but UFC authorities have withheld Nurmagomedov's $US2 million prize and are considering sanctions like kicking him out of the UFC.

Nurmagomedov - the undefeated lightweight champion - posted a message on his Instagram page early this morning, New Zealand time, saying he no longer wanted the prize money.

Taking aim at the UFC itself, he asked "why didn't you fire anyone when their team attacked the bus and injured a couple of people?

"They could have killed someone there, why no one says anything about insulting my homeland, religion, nation, family?"

The comments relate to an incident during the lead-up to the McGregor fight where McGregor threw a heavy metal dolly at Nurmagomedov's tour bus.

The dolly shattered glass, which causes facial injuries to two of Khabib's team.

"Why do you have to punish my team, when both teams fought ... if you say that I started it, then I do not agree, I finished what he had started.

"In any case, punish me, [team mate Zubaira Tukhugov] has nothing to do with that ... if you think that I’ll keep silent then you are mistaken.

"You cancelled Zubaira’s fight and you want to dismiss him just because he hit Conor ... but don’t forget that it was Conor who had hit my another Brother FIRST, just check the video.

"If you decide to fire him, you should know that you’ll lose me too. We never give up on our brothers in Russia and I will go to the end for my Brother.

"If you still decide to fire him, don’t forget to send me my broken contract, otherwise I'll break it myself.

"And one more thing, you can keep my money that you are withholding ... you are pretty busy with that, I hope it won’t get stuck in your throat.

"We have defended our honor and this is the most important thing. We intend to go to the end."

The message also seemed to unofficially confirm that UFC had cancelled Tukhugov's upcoming bout against Artem Lobov - a team mate of McGregor.

Khabib Nurmagomedov's message on Instagram about the McGregor fight.
Khabib Nurmagomedov's message on Instagram about the McGregor fight. Source: Khabib Nurmagomedov/Instagram/1 News Graphic


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