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On Skates And Scandal: I, Tonya Goes Beyond The Punchline To Show Us Tonya Harding, The Person

They had the script, by veteran screenwriter Steven Rogers, the one that had burned up Hollywood with its dark humor, its cast of unreliable narrators and its promise of shedding new light on a story that had wrapped up a quarter century ago. They had the star—Margot Robbie, the 27-year-old Australian who had seemed in most ways to be the opposite of Tonya Harding but who had put in months of work to embody the world-class figure skater. In the early stages of filming I, Tonya, though, its producers and director Craig Gillespie realized there was one thing they didn’t have: the cooperation of the parakeet.

Specifically, of the parakeet’s owner, who told them that the bird could not be exposed to smoke—a problem, as it was supposed to be perched on the shoulder of Harding’s mother, LaVona Golden (played by Allison Janney), who was rarely without a cigarette. Janney suggested a solution: Perhaps her monstrous character could suck, instead, from an oxygen tank. Though the creature kept pecking at its tubes, the fix worked. The filming of what would become the year’s best sports movie, released in select cities last week, could proceed.

I, Tonya is bathed in cigarette smoke, not all of it curling from the lips of Golden. It underscores the unlikeliness of Harding’s emergence from that poisonous haze to become the 1991 U.S. champion, the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition—and then the villain in what remains one of history’s great sporting scandals.

The film shows that Harding’s life was one of abuse and violence, both before and after Shane Stant’s baton struck the right knee of her rival, Nancy Kerrigan, in January, 1994. (Though both skaters participated in the Lillehammer Olympics a month later—a recovered Kerrigan won silver, Harding finished eighth—Harding would plead guilty to one count of interfering with the prosecution of Kerrigan’s attackers, who were linked to Jeff Gillooly, Harding’s ex-husband, and his friend Shawn Eckardt.) Much of that abuse, according to the movie, was perpetrated by Golden, who devoted her life to throwing knives—only most of them figurative—at her improbably gifted daughter. “You skated like a graceless bull d---,” -LaVona tells a young Tonya after a competition. “I was embarrassed for you.” (Golden has denied allegations that she abused her daughter.)

But Harding, growing up in Oregon, suffered at the hands of others, too. Like Gillooly, whom she married when she was 19. While Rogers’s screenplay is largely based on interviews he conducted with both Harding and -Gillooly—who tell stories often wildly contradictory—it’s hard to watch Sebastian Stan, playing Gillooly, slam Robbie’s head into a mirror and believe, as Stan’s character claims, that he never hit her.

Harding was also ill-treated by the skating establishment, which prized the refined image projected by Kerrigan (who’s only a fleeting character in the film) and rejected the hardscrabble Harding—who looked as if she chopped wood every morning because she did chop wood every morning—despite her skill.

“You’re just not the image we want to portray,” a cornered skating judge tells Harding at one point. “You’re representing our country, for f---’s sake. We need a wholesome American family. You just refuse to play along.”

“I don’t have a wholesome American family,” she protests. “Why can’t it just be about the skating?”

Then, too, Harding was victimized by an American public just becoming hooked on a 24-hour news cycle, one in constant need of new heroes and villains. “I thought being famous was going to be fun,” Robbie’s Tonya tells the audience, directly. “I was loved for a minute. Then I was hated. Then I was just a punchline. It was like being abused all over again, only this time it was by you.”

Robbie, also a producer on the film, came to the story with the seemingly impossible: fresh eyes. She was a toddler living on the other side of the world when Harding and Kerrigan became daily fixtures on CNN and Hard Copy. When Rogers’s wickedly clever script crossed her desk, she had never heard of -either of the skaters. “As soon as I finished it, I got on Google,” she says. “Whoa. It’s all true.”

Her nuanced portrayal of Harding—whom Robbie met just a couple of weeks before shooting began—allows us to see the skater anew, too. Robbie’s Harding is never exactly likable, in part because she refuses to accept responsibility for any of her actions. But she does emerge as something our culture never allowed her to be: a full person, deserving of empathy.

Robbie’s skating experience was limited to rec league hockey when she took on the role, and yet months of four-hour-a-day training—combined with seamless special effects, necessary in part because no stunt double in the world could pull off a triple axel—allow her to capture Harding’s athletic greatness.

More than that, though, Robbie’s performance shows us that the ice was the one place where Harding experienced pure, almost weightless joy. “Everything’s different, Jeff,” she tells Gillooly after she surpasses her childhood dream of joining the Ice Capades to become a champion. “People actually smile at me now.”

So it is heartbreaking to see how those who surround her continue to drag her down and tragic when a circuit court judge in Portland rules that part of her punishment for interfering in the prosecution of the Kerrigan assault is that she resign from the U.S. figure skating association. (She was banned for life three months later.) “Just send me to jail, and then I can still skate,” she pleads in court, in a scene that Robbie improvised beyond Rogers’s words. “Just send me to jail, and then I can still skate.”

About the famous assault: The movie doesn’t conclude definitively whether Harding was a conspirator in her rival’s kneecapping or not, though both her character and Gillooly’s suggest she couldn’t have been. That’s because Eckardt—Gillooly’s obese, basement-dwelling friend with delusions of -grandeur—was only supposed to orchestrate a series of threatening messages to Kerrigan, and he hired the hit men, including Stant, on his own.

So began Harding’s descent through the circles of postfame hell: celebrity boxing, a sex tape. That would have probably been the end of her, if not for this gonzo new reckoning. “The haters always say, ‘Tonya, tell the truth,’ ” she says in a voice-over. “There’s no such thing as truth. I mean, it’s b-------. Everyone has their own truth, and life just does whatever the f--- it wants.”

Still, even Harding gets a happy ending: She now works as a professional landscaper, deck builder and house painter in Oregon and is married with a six-year-old son. “It’s very clear that she became the kind of mother she never had,” says Robbie. “And I think that’s hugely important to her. It’s all she wants to talk about.”

Each of us, I, Tonya suggests, is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done—or, in Tonya’s case, the worst thing she might have done.

Exclusive interview: Tyson Fury - 'I couldn't be bothered living, waking up and thinking not again, not these feelings again'

Tyson Fury, the self-styled 'Gypsy King', is back: big, bouncing and belligerent.  Having resolved his case with UK Anti-Doping three days ago with both parties agreeing to backdate his two-year absence as a ban, the 29-year-old former WBO, IBF and WBA world heavyweight champion is free to become a prizefighter once more.  In his first interview since, he revealed the dark days of his depression "when life itself seemed pointless" - and said his No1 aim next year was the fight all Britain wants to see, a clash with Anthony Joshua. Fury, who is 6ft 9in, explained he had ballooned to 27 stone in weight, and that letters from around the world from others suffering from mental health issues had "inspired and lifted" him.  As a result, Fury disclosed, he is planning a charity exhibition boxing match soon with Frank Bruno, who has had his own struggles, to raise funds for mental health charities.  In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, Fury made it clear his primary goal is to reclaim the belts he was stripped of and vacated, and he believes next year he will be ready to take on Joshua in what he called "the biggest fight ever seen in Britain". Tyson Fury sat down with Gareth A Davies for his first interview after accepting a backdated drugs ban Credit: Gareth A Davies Fury - undefeated in 25 fights - was delighted at the resolution of the stand-off with Ukad, over a positive test in Feb 2015 for traces of the banned steroid nandrolone in a long-running and complex case. He escaped a career-threatening drugs ban, accepting a backdated two-year suspension, after testing positive - he claimed eating uncastrated boar was to blame - and later refusing to take a random drug test while suffering depression.  "I'm over the moon.  I'm inspired to get back," Fury said at a function in Wolverhampton, where he was the guest of honour at a dinner event with the company Showfighter. Special message to @eddiehearn A post shared by Tyson Fury (@gypsyking101) on Dec 13, 2017 at 4:41am PST "I always thought the truth would come out and and that I'd be able to fight again. It was devastating mentally, but you live and learn. I felt like I'd reached my Everest when I beat Wladimir Klitschko to claim the world title, but now I'm motivated again. There are a lot of naysayers out there, and they don't believe I can beat practically anybody in the heavyweight division." Fury - who has lost four stone from his heaviest weight -  also urged Joshua, the holder of the IBF and WBA belts, not to fight New Zealander Joseph Parker, who holds the WBO title, before the British pair clash. "That is a risky fight for Joshua, and it could ruin a big fight between us if he loses. "Joshua has been a good little polisher boy, polishing up my belts. He is a big strong lad, good power, good physique, but what else can I say ? There are levels to this game, and my boxing ability is way more advanced than his is. Fury revealed that he will not be rushed into making his ring return and first needs to shed another three to 4st "What will they say when the big fat Gypsy King gets in there and makes this Adonis Joshua look like a child in the ring? They'll say he fought me too soon, that he was inexperienced, that he slipped. But you'll see it some time sooner or later." But Fury insisted that he will "not be rushed back." Joshua has been a good little polisher boy, polishing up my belts "I won't be forced into fighting these elite, hard guys until I'm fully fit, mentally and physically. I'll have been out for 2½ years when I fight next, and I've been eating and drinking my way through the country. I've lost four stone. I need to lose another three to four stone. I'm not a silly man. I'm very, very sharp when it comes to the business of boxing. I'll go when I feel ready - when I'm a match-fit fighter again. But I won't be rushed back, because one punch can change everything in a heavyweight fight." The depression hit him hard.  "There was a time I thought to myself in 2016, do I continue ? What am I doing? I didn't really know what I wanted. I had feelings that I couldn't be bothered. There was a period when I couldn't be bothered living, waking up in the morning, wondering what life was all about. Waking up and thinking not again, not these feelings again. It's called depression." Fury spoke to The Telegraph in Marbella last May Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS for The Telegraph "Many people suffer with it and it's a very difficult thing to come to terms with. Nothing mattered to me at that time: family, children, wife, money, cars... nothing mattered. But when you lose the will to live, then you don't care about anything else. And that's the bad place I got myself into." Fury had been stripped of the IBF crown, unable to defend his title in a rematch against Klitschko due to an ankle injury, and then went on a drugs and alcohol binge. He fell out love with boxing, relinquishing the WBO and WBA belts, had his licence removed by the British Boxing Board of Control, and saw no future for himself. "I thought to myself - you have got to break out of this. I'd put the weight on - I'd got up to 27 stone. I had boxed at 18½st 18 months earlier. I had won the heavyweight championship of the world. I jumped on the scales, as fat as a pig, as down as could be, I looked in the mirror and I thought to myself: 'There's only one direction I can go from here, and that's up.'" Fury resolved then not only to get fit, but to become a mental health ambassador.  "I was helped when I got those messages and letters from people from all over the world who had the same thing. I really did find it inspirational. They were asking me for help, for advice. I found it so uplifting. There's a lot of people out there suffering like I was. I thought: 'I'm going to come back from the brink of defeat and turn it all on its head." Could this be the real beginning of the new Tyson Fury era ?  "They say everything happens for a reason. Someone labelled it the four kings right now, four undefeated heavyweight fighters in myself, Joshua, Parker and [Deontay] Wilder. But I labelled it 'three peasants and a king'. There's only one king of the division and that's me. The Mac is Back."  With Fury back, the heavyweight division just got a whole lot more interesting.

Exclusive interview: Tyson Fury - 'I couldn't be bothered living, waking up and thinking not again, not these feelings again'

Tyson Fury, the self-styled 'Gypsy King', is back: big, bouncing and belligerent.  Having resolved his case with UK Anti-Doping three days ago with both parties agreeing to backdate his two-year absence as a ban, the 29-year-old former WBO, IBF and WBA world heavyweight champion is free to become a prizefighter once more.  In his first interview since, he revealed the dark days of his depression "when life itself seemed pointless" - and said his No1 aim next year was the fight all Britain wants to see, a clash with Anthony Joshua. Fury, who is 6ft 9in, explained he had ballooned to 27 stone in weight, and that letters from around the world from others suffering from mental health issues had "inspired and lifted" him.  As a result, Fury disclosed, he is planning a charity exhibition boxing match soon with Frank Bruno, who has had his own struggles, to raise funds for mental health charities.  In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, Fury made it clear his primary goal is to reclaim the belts he was stripped of and vacated, and he believes next year he will be ready to take on Joshua in what he called "the biggest fight ever seen in Britain". Tyson Fury sat down with Gareth A Davies for his first interview after accepting a backdated drugs ban Credit: Gareth A Davies Fury - undefeated in 25 fights - was delighted at the resolution of the stand-off with Ukad, over a positive test in Feb 2015 for traces of the banned steroid nandrolone in a long-running and complex case. He escaped a career-threatening drugs ban, accepting a backdated two-year suspension, after testing positive - he claimed eating uncastrated boar was to blame - and later refusing to take a random drug test while suffering depression.  "I'm over the moon.  I'm inspired to get back," Fury said at a function in Wolverhampton, where he was the guest of honour at a dinner event with the company Showfighter. Special message to @eddiehearn A post shared by Tyson Fury (@gypsyking101) on Dec 13, 2017 at 4:41am PST "I always thought the truth would come out and and that I'd be able to fight again. It was devastating mentally, but you live and learn. I felt like I'd reached my Everest when I beat Wladimir Klitschko to claim the world title, but now I'm motivated again. There are a lot of naysayers out there, and they don't believe I can beat practically anybody in the heavyweight division." Fury - who has lost four stone from his heaviest weight -  also urged Joshua, the holder of the IBF and WBA belts, not to fight New Zealander Joseph Parker, who holds the WBO title, before the British pair clash. "That is a risky fight for Joshua, and it could ruin a big fight between us if he loses. "Joshua has been a good little polisher boy, polishing up my belts. He is a big strong lad, good power, good physique, but what else can I say ? There are levels to this game, and my boxing ability is way more advanced than his is. Fury revealed that he will not be rushed into making his ring return and first needs to shed another three to 4st "What will they say when the big fat Gypsy King gets in there and makes this Adonis Joshua look like a child in the ring? They'll say he fought me too soon, that he was inexperienced, that he slipped. But you'll see it some time sooner or later." But Fury insisted that he will "not be rushed back." Joshua has been a good little polisher boy, polishing up my belts "I won't be forced into fighting these elite, hard guys until I'm fully fit, mentally and physically. I'll have been out for 2½ years when I fight next, and I've been eating and drinking my way through the country. I've lost four stone. I need to lose another three to four stone. I'm not a silly man. I'm very, very sharp when it comes to the business of boxing. I'll go when I feel ready - when I'm a match-fit fighter again. But I won't be rushed back, because one punch can change everything in a heavyweight fight." The depression hit him hard.  "There was a time I thought to myself in 2016, do I continue ? What am I doing? I didn't really know what I wanted. I had feelings that I couldn't be bothered. There was a period when I couldn't be bothered living, waking up in the morning, wondering what life was all about. Waking up and thinking not again, not these feelings again. It's called depression." Fury spoke to The Telegraph in Marbella last May Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS for The Telegraph "Many people suffer with it and it's a very difficult thing to come to terms with. Nothing mattered to me at that time: family, children, wife, money, cars... nothing mattered. But when you lose the will to live, then you don't care about anything else. And that's the bad place I got myself into." Fury had been stripped of the IBF crown, unable to defend his title in a rematch against Klitschko due to an ankle injury, and then went on a drugs and alcohol binge. He fell out love with boxing, relinquishing the WBO and WBA belts, had his licence removed by the British Boxing Board of Control, and saw no future for himself. "I thought to myself - you have got to break out of this. I'd put the weight on - I'd got up to 27 stone. I had boxed at 18½st 18 months earlier. I had won the heavyweight championship of the world. I jumped on the scales, as fat as a pig, as down as could be, I looked in the mirror and I thought to myself: 'There's only one direction I can go from here, and that's up.'" Fury resolved then not only to get fit, but to become a mental health ambassador.  "I was helped when I got those messages and letters from people from all over the world who had the same thing. I really did find it inspirational. They were asking me for help, for advice. I found it so uplifting. There's a lot of people out there suffering like I was. I thought: 'I'm going to come back from the brink of defeat and turn it all on its head." Could this be the real beginning of the new Tyson Fury era ?  "They say everything happens for a reason. Someone labelled it the four kings right now, four undefeated heavyweight fighters in myself, Joshua, Parker and [Deontay] Wilder. But I labelled it 'three peasants and a king'. There's only one king of the division and that's me. The Mac is Back."  With Fury back, the heavyweight division just got a whole lot more interesting.

Exclusive interview: Tyson Fury - 'I couldn't be bothered living, waking up and thinking not again, not these feelings again'

Tyson Fury, the self-styled 'Gypsy King', is back: big, bouncing and belligerent.  Having resolved his case with UK Anti-Doping three days ago with both parties agreeing to backdate his two-year absence as a ban, the 29-year-old former WBO, IBF and WBA world heavyweight champion is free to become a prizefighter once more.  In his first interview since, he revealed the dark days of his depression "when life itself seemed pointless" - and said his No1 aim next year was the fight all Britain wants to see, a clash with Anthony Joshua. Fury, who is 6ft 9in, explained he had ballooned to 27 stone in weight, and that letters from around the world from others suffering from mental health issues had "inspired and lifted" him.  As a result, Fury disclosed, he is planning a charity exhibition boxing match soon with Frank Bruno, who has had his own struggles, to raise funds for mental health charities.  In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, Fury made it clear his primary goal is to reclaim the belts he was stripped of and vacated, and he believes next year he will be ready to take on Joshua in what he called "the biggest fight ever seen in Britain". Tyson Fury sat down with Gareth A Davies for his first interview after accepting a backdated drugs ban Credit: Gareth A Davies Fury - undefeated in 25 fights - was delighted at the resolution of the stand-off with Ukad, over a positive test in Feb 2015 for traces of the banned steroid nandrolone in a long-running and complex case. He escaped a career-threatening drugs ban, accepting a backdated two-year suspension, after testing positive - he claimed eating uncastrated boar was to blame - and later refusing to take a random drug test while suffering depression.  "I'm over the moon.  I'm inspired to get back," Fury said at a function in Wolverhampton, where he was the guest of honour at a dinner event with the company Showfighter. Special message to @eddiehearn A post shared by Tyson Fury (@gypsyking101) on Dec 13, 2017 at 4:41am PST "I always thought the truth would come out and and that I'd be able to fight again. It was devastating mentally, but you live and learn. I felt like I'd reached my Everest when I beat Wladimir Klitschko to claim the world title, but now I'm motivated again. There are a lot of naysayers out there, and they don't believe I can beat practically anybody in the heavyweight division." Fury - who has lost four stone from his heaviest weight -  also urged Joshua, the holder of the IBF and WBA belts, not to fight New Zealander Joseph Parker, who holds the WBO title, before the British pair clash. "That is a risky fight for Joshua, and it could ruin a big fight between us if he loses. "Joshua has been a good little polisher boy, polishing up my belts. He is a big strong lad, good power, good physique, but what else can I say ? There are levels to this game, and my boxing ability is way more advanced than his is. Fury revealed that he will not be rushed into making his ring return and first needs to shed another three to 4st "What will they say when the big fat Gypsy King gets in there and makes this Adonis Joshua look like a child in the ring? They'll say he fought me too soon, that he was inexperienced, that he slipped. But you'll see it some time sooner or later." But Fury insisted that he will "not be rushed back." Joshua has been a good little polisher boy, polishing up my belts "I won't be forced into fighting these elite, hard guys until I'm fully fit, mentally and physically. I'll have been out for 2½ years when I fight next, and I've been eating and drinking my way through the country. I've lost four stone. I need to lose another three to four stone. I'm not a silly man. I'm very, very sharp when it comes to the business of boxing. I'll go when I feel ready - when I'm a match-fit fighter again. But I won't be rushed back, because one punch can change everything in a heavyweight fight." The depression hit him hard.  "There was a time I thought to myself in 2016, do I continue ? What am I doing? I didn't really know what I wanted. I had feelings that I couldn't be bothered. There was a period when I couldn't be bothered living, waking up in the morning, wondering what life was all about. Waking up and thinking not again, not these feelings again. It's called depression." Fury spoke to The Telegraph in Marbella last May Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS for The Telegraph "Many people suffer with it and it's a very difficult thing to come to terms with. Nothing mattered to me at that time: family, children, wife, money, cars... nothing mattered. But when you lose the will to live, then you don't care about anything else. And that's the bad place I got myself into." Fury had been stripped of the IBF crown, unable to defend his title in a rematch against Klitschko due to an ankle injury, and then went on a drugs and alcohol binge. He fell out love with boxing, relinquishing the WBO and WBA belts, had his licence removed by the British Boxing Board of Control, and saw no future for himself. "I thought to myself - you have got to break out of this. I'd put the weight on - I'd got up to 27 stone. I had boxed at 18½st 18 months earlier. I had won the heavyweight championship of the world. I jumped on the scales, as fat as a pig, as down as could be, I looked in the mirror and I thought to myself: 'There's only one direction I can go from here, and that's up.'" Fury resolved then not only to get fit, but to become a mental health ambassador.  "I was helped when I got those messages and letters from people from all over the world who had the same thing. I really did find it inspirational. They were asking me for help, for advice. I found it so uplifting. There's a lot of people out there suffering like I was. I thought: 'I'm going to come back from the brink of defeat and turn it all on its head." Could this be the real beginning of the new Tyson Fury era ?  "They say everything happens for a reason. Someone labelled it the four kings right now, four undefeated heavyweight fighters in myself, Joshua, Parker and [Deontay] Wilder. But I labelled it 'three peasants and a king'. There's only one king of the division and that's me. The Mac is Back."  With Fury back, the heavyweight division just got a whole lot more interesting.

Exclusive interview: Tyson Fury - 'I couldn't be bothered living, waking up and thinking not again, not these feelings again'

Tyson Fury, the self-styled 'Gypsy King', is back: big, bouncing and belligerent.  Having resolved his case with UK Anti-Doping three days ago with both parties agreeing to backdate his two-year absence as a ban, the 29-year-old former WBO, IBF and WBA world heavyweight champion is free to become a prizefighter once more.  In his first interview since, he revealed the dark days of his depression "when life itself seemed pointless" - and said his No1 aim next year was the fight all Britain wants to see, a clash with Anthony Joshua. Fury, who is 6ft 9in, explained he had ballooned to 27 stone in weight, and that letters from around the world from others suffering from mental health issues had "inspired and lifted" him.  As a result, Fury disclosed, he is planning a charity exhibition boxing match soon with Frank Bruno, who has had his own struggles, to raise funds for mental health charities.  In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, Fury made it clear his primary goal is to reclaim the belts he was stripped of and vacated, and he believes next year he will be ready to take on Joshua in what he called "the biggest fight ever seen in Britain". Tyson Fury sat down with Gareth A Davies for his first interview after accepting a backdated drugs ban Credit: Gareth A Davies Fury - undefeated in 25 fights - was delighted at the resolution of the stand-off with Ukad, over a positive test in Feb 2015 for traces of the banned steroid nandrolone in a long-running and complex case. He escaped a career-threatening drugs ban, accepting a backdated two-year suspension, after testing positive - he claimed eating uncastrated boar was to blame - and later refusing to take a random drug test while suffering depression.  "I'm over the moon.  I'm inspired to get back," Fury said at a function in Wolverhampton, where he was the guest of honour at a dinner event with the company Showfighter. Special message to @eddiehearn A post shared by Tyson Fury (@gypsyking101) on Dec 13, 2017 at 4:41am PST "I always thought the truth would come out and and that I'd be able to fight again. It was devastating mentally, but you live and learn. I felt like I'd reached my Everest when I beat Wladimir Klitschko to claim the world title, but now I'm motivated again. There are a lot of naysayers out there, and they don't believe I can beat practically anybody in the heavyweight division." Fury - who has lost four stone from his heaviest weight -  also urged Joshua, the holder of the IBF and WBA belts, not to fight New Zealander Joseph Parker, who holds the WBO title, before the British pair clash. "That is a risky fight for Joshua, and it could ruin a big fight between us if he loses. "Joshua has been a good little polisher boy, polishing up my belts. He is a big strong lad, good power, good physique, but what else can I say ? There are levels to this game, and my boxing ability is way more advanced than his is. Fury revealed that he will not be rushed into making his ring return and first needs to shed another three to 4st "What will they say when the big fat Gypsy King gets in there and makes this Adonis Joshua look like a child in the ring? They'll say he fought me too soon, that he was inexperienced, that he slipped. But you'll see it some time sooner or later." But Fury insisted that he will "not be rushed back." Joshua has been a good little polisher boy, polishing up my belts "I won't be forced into fighting these elite, hard guys until I'm fully fit, mentally and physically. I'll have been out for 2½ years when I fight next, and I've been eating and drinking my way through the country. I've lost four stone. I need to lose another three to four stone. I'm not a silly man. I'm very, very sharp when it comes to the business of boxing. I'll go when I feel ready - when I'm a match-fit fighter again. But I won't be rushed back, because one punch can change everything in a heavyweight fight." The depression hit him hard.  "There was a time I thought to myself in 2016, do I continue ? What am I doing? I didn't really know what I wanted. I had feelings that I couldn't be bothered. There was a period when I couldn't be bothered living, waking up in the morning, wondering what life was all about. Waking up and thinking not again, not these feelings again. It's called depression." Fury spoke to The Telegraph in Marbella last May Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS for The Telegraph "Many people suffer with it and it's a very difficult thing to come to terms with. Nothing mattered to me at that time: family, children, wife, money, cars... nothing mattered. But when you lose the will to live, then you don't care about anything else. And that's the bad place I got myself into." Fury had been stripped of the IBF crown, unable to defend his title in a rematch against Klitschko due to an ankle injury, and then went on a drugs and alcohol binge. He fell out love with boxing, relinquishing the WBO and WBA belts, had his licence removed by the British Boxing Board of Control, and saw no future for himself. "I thought to myself - you have got to break out of this. I'd put the weight on - I'd got up to 27 stone. I had boxed at 18½st 18 months earlier. I had won the heavyweight championship of the world. I jumped on the scales, as fat as a pig, as down as could be, I looked in the mirror and I thought to myself: 'There's only one direction I can go from here, and that's up.'" Fury resolved then not only to get fit, but to become a mental health ambassador.  "I was helped when I got those messages and letters from people from all over the world who had the same thing. I really did find it inspirational. They were asking me for help, for advice. I found it so uplifting. There's a lot of people out there suffering like I was. I thought: 'I'm going to come back from the brink of defeat and turn it all on its head." Could this be the real beginning of the new Tyson Fury era ?  "They say everything happens for a reason. Someone labelled it the four kings right now, four undefeated heavyweight fighters in myself, Joshua, Parker and [Deontay] Wilder. But I labelled it 'three peasants and a king'. There's only one king of the division and that's me. The Mac is Back."  With Fury back, the heavyweight division just got a whole lot more interesting.

Thursday Tap Out: The Year-End Awards Edition

Fighter of the Year: Demetrious Johnson

A lot of fighters had banner years in 2017 and there are a lot of solid resumes and claims to the title of “Fighter of the Year.”

Max Holloway unified the featherweight strap and defeated the division’s GOAT twice. Robert Whittaker fought two of the toughest middleweights on the planet, Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza and Yoel Romero, winning the interim title and eventually being promoted to champion.

Ryan Bader went 2-0 in Bellator MMA, including winning the light heavyweight title. Volkan Oezdemir went from UFC debut to light heavyweight title shot at UFC 220 in January 2018 in one year with a four-fight win streak. Paul Felder had three wins, all via finish and never saw a third round.

But this year’s fighter of the year is flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.

Johnson successfully defend his title twice this year, both via the armbar and both earning him “Performance of the Night” bonuses.

When he defeated Wilson Reis at UFC on Fox in April, Johnson tied Anderson Silva’s record for consecutive title defenses. At UFC 216 in December, Johnson broke the record and in stunning fashion.

While the stigma of a cleared out division and lesser opponents unfairly looms over Johnson’s title reign, he dominated opponents and shocked MMA fans around the world with a never before seen belly-to-back suplex with a mid-air transition into the armbar submission.

With the record locked up, Johnson is out to defend his title in 2018 and perhaps add to his legacy with a super fight against bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw.

Honorable Mention

Robert Whittaker – 2-0 over top middleweights and won the interim real middleweight title. Argument against: Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre casting a large shadow.

Volkan Oezdemir – 3-0, went from non-UFC fighter to light heavyweight title shot in 12 months. Argument against: Shallow division.

Max Holloway – 2-0, unifying featherweight title against Jose Aldo in Brazil and winning the rematch. Argument against: Same fighter twice, and Aldo is now 1-3 in his last four fights.

Fight of the Year

Picking the “Fight of the Year” is a lot like picking the best beer. Some people prefer domestic, some prefer imports. Some prefer IPAs, other people despise IPAs.

Likewise, people are entertained by fights for different reasons. Some people prefer the fighters just letting leather fly with reckless abandon. Some people appreciate technical fights with solid strategy and game planning, appreciate grappling, and some fans don’t find those versions of MMA boring.

But the fight between Michael Johnson and Justin Gaethje was the best of the year.

Gaethje was making his UFC debut after a long, successful career in World Series of Fighting. The question that always loomed over Gaethje’s career was how would he compete against the best and in his UFC debut he got a top-lightweight contender in the main event of a card during International Fight Week.

It also had a lot of build up, from the “Summer Kickoff” press conference at UFC 211 in Dallas, to the clips of trash talk in hotel hallways the spotlight was on.

Gaethje’s fight against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 218 was a contender for this honor, but the fight against Johnson was a back-and-forth war, each fighter willing to go out on his shield. At one point, Johnson dropped Gaethje and it looked like Gaethje’s debut was going to be spoiled.

Gaethje rallied to get the win in remarkable fashion, winning a “Performance of the Night” and “Fight of the Night” bonus.

Honorable Mention

Dustin Poirier vs. Jim Miller, UFC 208 – An incredibly tough, back-and-forth fight.

Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje, UFC 218 – Fans were promised violence and the fight delivered. Incredible knee to end the fight.

Yancy Medeiros vs Alex Oliveira, UFC 218 – Back-and-forth fight, each fighter dropping their opponent.

Upset of the Year: Rose Namajunas over Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Headed into UFC 217, the biggest underdog on the card was Rose Namajunas, who was set to challenge Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the 115-pound strap. In hindsight it was absurd. Namajunas fought Carla Esparza for the inaugural strawweight title, her most recent loss was against Karolina Kowalkiewicz, a fight which earned her a shot at Jedrzejczyk.

But the biggest underdog on the card she was, partly because of Jedrzejczyk’s dominance. Jedrzejczyk was on the cusp of tying Ronda Rousey’s record for title defenses and looked dominant in most of her fights. She had won six out of seven title fights in the division’s history.

And Namajunas needed just over three minutes to stop history, in impressive fashion to boot. Namajunas didn’t get a close or controversial decision win, she dropped Jedrzejczyk, one of the best striker’s in women’s MMA, twice.

She overcame the pressure, she overcame the trash talk from Jedrzejczyk and won the title in emphatic fashion on the biggest stage possible in Madison Square Garden.

Is it the biggest upset in UFC history? Perhaps not. History will judge the upset when Namajunas finishes her career, and that title depends on where Namajunas goes from here.

But, the biggest upset of 2017? Definitely, and it came on a night when three champions were upset.

Honorable Mention

Nicco Montaño – Was the 14th seed on The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion and won the show and the inaugural women’s flyweight title.

Darren Till vs. Donald Cerrone – Till was a young fighter making his debut against a veteran of the sport in the main event and got a big win.

Georges St-Pierre – Came back after a four-year layoff, moved up in weight and defeated Michael Bisping for the middleweight title, though technically he was the favorite according to the odds.

Rookie of the Year: Cynthia Calvillo

Cynthia Calvillo is 4-0 in 2017, including 3-0 in the UFC. Calvillo made her debut at UFC 209 on 10 days notice against Amanda Bobby Cooper and got a first-round win via a rear-naked choke.

In her second UFC fight, Calvillo was given a pay-per-view slot right before the co-main event and defeated Pearl Gonzalez in the third round with another rear-naked choke.

Then, Calvillo went overseas and defeated Joanne Calderwood in her home country.

Calvillo still has one fight left, against former strawweight champion Carla Esparza at UFC 219, and a win would really put an exclamation point on a tremendous rookie campaign in the UFC, and perhaps cement a claim to “Fighter of the Year.”

Honorable Mention

Volkan Oezdemir – 4-0 in the UFC and earned a light heavyweight title shot against Daniel Cormier.

Nicco Montaño – Wasn’t considered a contender for the women’s flyweight title on The Ultimate Fighter. Knocked off the second, third and sixth ranked fighter on the show. Then beat the No. 1 overall seed, veteran Roxanne Modafferi, to win the inaugural belt.

Paulo Costa – 3-0, including a win over former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks.

Bold Prediction for 2018

Conor McGregor doesn’t defend the belt

There is a lot of talk about McGregor’s future in combat sports. Does he stay in boxing? There are reports Manny Pacquiao is interested in a boxing bout. Does he retire? Dana White thinks with a loaded bank account he might lack the motivation to get punched in the face anymore.

And more importantly does he return to the UFC at all?

McGregor has always been drawn to the next challenge and the most marketable fights, and is proven he isn’t keen to defend belts. Unlike the typical thought process—you’re not a real champion till you defend the belt—McGregor seems to see it as a mountain summitted and looks for the next precipice to tackle.

If he does return to the UFC, could it be for a super fight with Georges St-Pierre? Does he challenge for the welterweight strap? Does he drop back to 145 pounds to win his first UFC title back, a belt he never lost?

All those scenarios have McGregor returning and not defending the belt.

Conor McGregor fans ranked best of year in Sports Figures

Every year, FanSided ranks the best fandoms in the world in a ranking called Fandom 250. Not only does it include sports franchises and athletes, it includes movies, TV shows, celebrities, musicians and brands.

And UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor finished fifth overall, first in the sports figure category. That’s ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, the Chicago Cubs, the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Yankees.

The UFC came in at 48th on the list.

It’s hard to contest. McGregor’s popularity has brought an influx of new fans into mixed martial arts, and the UFC. Despite not fighting in the UFC, he still looms large over the company as a whole drawing comments from fighters in all divisions and ire from those in at least two.

But the large reason for McGregor’s prominence in the rankings was the Floyd Mayweather fight. The undefeated boxer acknowledged fan demand as a reason he unretired to take the crossover fight. McGregor’s social media presence exploded, gaining over 10 million followers on Instagram alone.

Mayweather vs. McGregor was the third most searched sporting event in the world according to Google data, behind only Wimbledon and the Super Bowl. The fight was the sixth biggest search in the United States, ahead of the solar eclipse and Hurricane Harvey. How to watch the fight was the fourth most searched in the “How to…” category.

Thursday Tap Out: The Year-End Awards Edition

Fighter of the Year: Demetrious Johnson

A lot of fighters had banner years in 2017 and there are a lot of solid resumes and claims to the title of “Fighter of the Year.”

Max Holloway unified the featherweight strap and defeated the division’s GOAT twice. Robert Whittaker fought two of the toughest middleweights on the planet, Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza and Yoel Romero, winning the interim title and eventually being promoted to champion.

Ryan Bader went 2-0 in Bellator MMA, including winning the light heavyweight title. Volkan Oezdemir went from UFC debut to light heavyweight title shot at UFC 220 in January 2018 in one year with a four-fight win streak. Paul Felder had three wins, all via finish and never saw a third round.

But this year’s fighter of the year is flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.

Johnson successfully defend his title twice this year, both via the armbar and both earning him “Performance of the Night” bonuses.

When he defeated Wilson Reis at UFC on Fox in April, Johnson tied Anderson Silva’s record for consecutive title defenses. At UFC 216 in December, Johnson broke the record and in stunning fashion.

While the stigma of a cleared out division and lesser opponents unfairly looms over Johnson’s title reign, he dominated opponents and shocked MMA fans around the world with a never before seen belly-to-back suplex with a mid-air transition into the armbar submission.

With the record locked up, Johnson is out to defend his title in 2018 and perhaps add to his legacy with a super fight against bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw.

Honorable Mention

Robert Whittaker – 2-0 over top middleweights and won the interim real middleweight title. Argument against: Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre casting a large shadow.

Volkan Oezdemir – 3-0, went from non-UFC fighter to light heavyweight title shot in 12 months. Argument against: Shallow division.

Max Holloway – 2-0, unifying featherweight title against Jose Aldo in Brazil and winning the rematch. Argument against: Same fighter twice, and Aldo is now 1-3 in his last four fights.

Fight of the Year

Picking the “Fight of the Year” is a lot like picking the best beer. Some people prefer domestic, some prefer imports. Some prefer IPAs, other people despise IPAs.

Likewise, people are entertained by fights for different reasons. Some people prefer the fighters just letting leather fly with reckless abandon. Some people appreciate technical fights with solid strategy and game planning, appreciate grappling, and some fans don’t find those versions of MMA boring.

But the fight between Michael Johnson and Justin Gaethje was the best of the year.

Gaethje was making his UFC debut after a long, successful career in World Series of Fighting. The question that always loomed over Gaethje’s career was how would he compete against the best and in his UFC debut he got a top-lightweight contender in the main event of a card during International Fight Week.

It also had a lot of build up, from the “Summer Kickoff” press conference at UFC 211 in Dallas, to the clips of trash talk in hotel hallways the spotlight was on.

Gaethje’s fight against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 218 was a contender for this honor, but the fight against Johnson was a back-and-forth war, each fighter willing to go out on his shield. At one point, Johnson dropped Gaethje and it looked like Gaethje’s debut was going to be spoiled.

Gaethje rallied to get the win in remarkable fashion, winning a “Performance of the Night” and “Fight of the Night” bonus.

Honorable Mention

Dustin Poirier vs. Jim Miller, UFC 208 – An incredibly tough, back-and-forth fight.

Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje, UFC 218 – Fans were promised violence and the fight delivered. Incredible knee to end the fight.

Yancy Medeiros vs Alex Oliveira, UFC 218 – Back-and-forth fight, each fighter dropping their opponent.

Upset of the Year: Rose Namajunas over Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Headed into UFC 217, the biggest underdog on the card was Rose Namajunas, who was set to challenge Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the 115-pound strap. In hindsight it was absurd. Namajunas fought Carla Esparza for the inaugural strawweight title, her most recent loss was against Karolina Kowalkiewicz, a fight which earned her a shot at Jedrzejczyk.

But the biggest underdog on the card she was, partly because of Jedrzejczyk’s dominance. Jedrzejczyk was on the cusp of tying Ronda Rousey’s record for title defenses and looked dominant in most of her fights. She had won six out of seven title fights in the division’s history.

And Namajunas needed just over three minutes to stop history, in impressive fashion to boot. Namajunas didn’t get a close or controversial decision win, she dropped Jedrzejczyk, one of the best striker’s in women’s MMA, twice.

She overcame the pressure, she overcame the trash talk from Jedrzejczyk and won the title in emphatic fashion on the biggest stage possible in Madison Square Garden.

Is it the biggest upset in UFC history? Perhaps not. History will judge the upset when Namajunas finishes her career, and that title depends on where Namajunas goes from here.

But, the biggest upset of 2017? Definitely, and it came on a night when three champions were upset.

Honorable Mention

Nicco Montaño – Was the 14th seed on The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion and won the show and the inaugural women’s flyweight title.

Darren Till vs. Donald Cerrone – Till was a young fighter making his debut against a veteran of the sport in the main event and got a big win.

Georges St-Pierre – Came back after a four-year layoff, moved up in weight and defeated Michael Bisping for the middleweight title, though technically he was the favorite according to the odds.

Rookie of the Year: Cynthia Calvillo

Cynthia Calvillo is 4-0 in 2017, including 3-0 in the UFC. Calvillo made her debut at UFC 209 on 10 days notice against Amanda Bobby Cooper and got a first-round win via a rear-naked choke.

In her second UFC fight, Calvillo was given a pay-per-view slot right before the co-main event and defeated Pearl Gonzalez in the third round with another rear-naked choke.

Then, Calvillo went overseas and defeated Joanne Calderwood in her home country.

Calvillo still has one fight left, against former strawweight champion Carla Esparza at UFC 219, and a win would really put an exclamation point on a tremendous rookie campaign in the UFC, and perhaps cement a claim to “Fighter of the Year.”

Honorable Mention

Volkan Oezdemir – 4-0 in the UFC and earned a light heavyweight title shot against Daniel Cormier.

Nicco Montaño – Wasn’t considered a contender for the women’s flyweight title on The Ultimate Fighter. Knocked off the second, third and sixth ranked fighter on the show. Then beat the No. 1 overall seed, veteran Roxanne Modafferi, to win the inaugural belt.

Paulo Costa – 3-0, including a win over former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks.

Bold Prediction for 2018

Conor McGregor doesn’t defend the belt

There is a lot of talk about McGregor’s future in combat sports. Does he stay in boxing? There are reports Manny Pacquiao is interested in a boxing bout. Does he retire? Dana White thinks with a loaded bank account he might lack the motivation to get punched in the face anymore.

And more importantly does he return to the UFC at all?

McGregor has always been drawn to the next challenge and the most marketable fights, and is proven he isn’t keen to defend belts. Unlike the typical thought process—you’re not a real champion till you defend the belt—McGregor seems to see it as a mountain summitted and looks for the next precipice to tackle.

If he does return to the UFC, could it be for a super fight with Georges St-Pierre? Does he challenge for the welterweight strap? Does he drop back to 145 pounds to win his first UFC title back, a belt he never lost?

All those scenarios have McGregor returning and not defending the belt.

Conor McGregor fans ranked best of year in Sports Figures

Every year, FanSided ranks the best fandoms in the world in a ranking called Fandom 250. Not only does it include sports franchises and athletes, it includes movies, TV shows, celebrities, musicians and brands.

And UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor finished fifth overall, first in the sports figure category. That’s ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, the Chicago Cubs, the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Yankees.

The UFC came in at 48th on the list.

It’s hard to contest. McGregor’s popularity has brought an influx of new fans into mixed martial arts, and the UFC. Despite not fighting in the UFC, he still looms large over the company as a whole drawing comments from fighters in all divisions and ire from those in at least two.

But the large reason for McGregor’s prominence in the rankings was the Floyd Mayweather fight. The undefeated boxer acknowledged fan demand as a reason he unretired to take the crossover fight. McGregor’s social media presence exploded, gaining over 10 million followers on Instagram alone.

Mayweather vs. McGregor was the third most searched sporting event in the world according to Google data, behind only Wimbledon and the Super Bowl. The fight was the sixth biggest search in the United States, ahead of the solar eclipse and Hurricane Harvey. How to watch the fight was the fourth most searched in the “How to…” category.

ICC confirms playing conditions for four-day Test ahead of South Africa and Zimbabwe

South Africa will play Zimbabwe in a four-day Test on the Boxing Day, as BCCI decided to give India some rest ahead of the gruelling tour.

ICC confirms playing conditions for four-day Test ahead of South Africa and Zimbabwe

South Africa will play Zimbabwe in a four-day Test on the Boxing Day, as BCCI decided to give India some rest ahead of the gruelling tour.

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MD102. MANAGUA (NICARAGUA), 13/12/2017: El boxeador costarricense Cast Rodríguez (i) golpea al boxeador hondureño Figuero Molina (d), en el combate de boxeo de los 46-49 kg. hoy, 13 de diciembre de 2017, durante los juegos centroamericanos en Managua (Nicaragua) EFE/Jorge Torres

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Katie Taylor vs Jessica McCaskill - WBA Women's World Lightweight Title

Boxing - Katie Taylor vs Jessica McCaskill - WBA Women's World Lightweight Title - York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, Britain - December 13, 2017 Katie Taylor in action against Jessica McCaskill Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

Katie Taylor vs Jessica McCaskill - WBA Women's World Lightweight Title

Boxing - Katie Taylor vs Jessica McCaskill - WBA Women's World Lightweight Title - York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, Britain - December 13, 2017 Katie Taylor celebrates winning the fight Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

Katie Taylor vs Jessica McCaskill - WBA Women's World Lightweight Title

Boxing - Katie Taylor vs Jessica McCaskill - WBA Women's World Lightweight Title - York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, Britain - December 13, 2017 Katie Taylor in action against Jessica McCaskill Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

Katie Taylor vs Jessica McCaskill - WBA Women's World Lightweight Title

Boxing - Katie Taylor vs Jessica McCaskill - WBA Women's World Lightweight Title - York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, Britain - December 13, 2017 Katie Taylor in action against Jessica McCaskill Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

Katie Taylor vs Jessica McCaskill - WBA Women's World Lightweight Title

Boxing - Katie Taylor vs Jessica McCaskill - WBA Women's World Lightweight Title - York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, Britain - December 13, 2017 Katie Taylor in action against Jessica McCaskill Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

Katie Taylor vs Jessica McCaskill - WBA Women's World Lightweight Title

Boxing - Katie Taylor vs Jessica McCaskill - WBA Women's World Lightweight Title - York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, Britain - December 13, 2017 Katie Taylor in action against Jessica McCaskill Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

Katie Taylor vs Jessica McCaskill - WBA Women's World Lightweight Title

Boxing - Katie Taylor vs Jessica McCaskill - WBA Women's World Lightweight Title - York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, Britain - December 13, 2017 Katie Taylor in action against Jessica McCaskill Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

Katie Taylor vs Jessica McCaskill - WBA Women's World Lightweight Title

Boxing - Katie Taylor vs Jessica McCaskill - WBA Women's World Lightweight Title - York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, Britain - December 13, 2017 Katie Taylor in action against Jessica McCaskill Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

Conor Benn vs Cedrick Peynaud

Boxing - Conor Benn vs Cedrick Peynaud - York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, Britain - December 13, 2017 Conor Benn at the start of the fight Action Images/Peter Cziborra

Conor Benn vs Cedrick Peynaud

Boxing - Conor Benn vs Cedrick Peynaud - York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, Britain - December 13, 2017 Conor Benn is declared the winner after his fight with Cedrick Peynaud Action Images/Peter Cziborra

Conor Benn vs Cedrick Peynaud

Boxing - Conor Benn vs Cedrick Peynaud - York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, Britain - December 13, 2017 Conor Benn in action against Cedrick Peynaud Action Images/Peter Cziborra

Conor Benn vs Cedrick Peynaud

Boxing - Conor Benn vs Cedrick Peynaud - York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, Britain - December 13, 2017 Cedrick Peynaud after knocking down Conor Benn for the second time in the first round Action Images/Peter Cziborra

Conor Benn vs Cedrick Peynaud

Boxing - Conor Benn vs Cedrick Peynaud - York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, Britain - December 13, 2017 Conor Benn after the fight Action Images/Peter Cziborra

Conor Benn vs Cedrick Peynaud

Boxing - Conor Benn vs Cedrick Peynaud - York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, Britain - December 13, 2017 Cedrick Peynaud in action against Conor Benn Action Images/Peter Cziborra

Conor Benn vs Cedrick Peynaud

Boxing - Conor Benn vs Cedrick Peynaud - York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, Britain - December 13, 2017 Conor Benn after knocking down Cedrick Peynaud Action Images/Peter Cziborra

Conor Benn vs Cedrick Peynaud

Boxing - Conor Benn vs Cedrick Peynaud - York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, Britain - December 13, 2017 Conor Benn knocks down Cedrick Peynaud Action Images/Peter Cziborra

Conor Benn vs Cedrick Peynaud

Boxing - Conor Benn vs Cedrick Peynaud - York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, Britain - December 13, 2017 Cedrick Peynaud in action against Conor Benn Action Images/Peter Cziborra

Conor Benn vs Cedrick Peynaud

Boxing - Conor Benn vs Cedrick Peynaud - York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, Britain - December 13, 2017 Cedrick Peynaud in action against Conor Benn Action Images/Peter Cziborra

Conor Benn vs Cedrick Peynaud

Boxing - Conor Benn vs Cedrick Peynaud - York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, Britain - December 13, 2017 Conor Benn receives treatment to a cut between rounds Action Images/Peter Cziborra

Conor Benn vs Cedrick Peynaud

Boxing - Conor Benn vs Cedrick Peynaud - York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, Britain - December 13, 2017 Cedrick Peynaud in action against Conor Benn Action Images/Peter Cziborra

Conor Benn vs Cedrick Peynaud

Boxing - Conor Benn vs Cedrick Peynaud - York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, Britain - December 13, 2017 Cedrick Peynaud in action against Conor Benn Action Images/Peter Cziborra

Conor Benn vs Cedrick Peynaud

Boxing - Conor Benn vs Cedrick Peynaud - York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, Britain - December 13, 2017 Conor Benn in action against Cedrick Peynaud Action Images/Peter Cziborra