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Floyd Mayweather will take on Don Moore in an exhibition fight on May 14 on a helipad in Dubai. The retired GOAT had been due to face YouTube star Money Kicks in February but talks broke down weeks before the two men were due to walk to the ring. Mayweather will now take on Moore who won 18 of his 19 professional fights – but never faced an opponent with a winning record.

Moore last fought in 2018, a year after Mayweather’s final professional fight against Conor McGregor, and enjoyed an undistinguished career. His bout with Mayweather will take place over eight rounds but may not be scored given its exhibition status.

Featuring on the card is UFC legend Anderson Silva versus fellow Brazilian veteran MMA fighter Bruno Machado. He will be joined on the undercard by former boxing world champion Badou Jack.

It is unclear whether Mayweather’s bout will be scored but it may follow his clash with Logan Paul last summer which had no official winner after going the eight-round distance.

Mayweather said after his win over Paul that he would not contemplate a return to the paid ranks but that he would continue to pursue money-spinning exhibition bouts, taking a swipe at long-time rival Manny Pacquiao at the same time.

Oleksandr Usyk has confirmed he is preparing for a rematch with Anthony Joshua in a post on his Instagram page.

The Ukrainian star returned to his home nation to help defend against the Russian invasion, but Usyk is now set to continue his boxing career.  The 35-year-old heavyweight champion had resumed preparations for another showdown with Joshua, who activated a rematch clause after losing his belts in a unanimous decision loss at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last September.

In the 42-second video, the undefeated Ukrainian went into further detail about his reasons behind switching his focus to a rematch with Joshua, revealing the support friends and family have given him in resuming his boxing career.

“That’s how I will help my country more and it’s better than being in territorial defense and running around Kyiv with a machine gun”.

Luis Ortiz, Otto Wallin, and handsoy Joe Joyce were on a shortlist of alternative opponents for Joshua, but Usyk is now set to finalize terms for their second fight before finding a suitable location for his training camp.

Joshua recently confirmed that he started preparations for his next fight with Angel Fernandez, ahead of the rematch win over Andy Ruiz Jr in December 2019.

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