Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather poses with camel in UAE desert

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Image from Floyd Mayweather's Instagram page.

Floyd Mayweather, the undefeated boxing legend, who hung up his gloves from the ring after beating Andre Berto earlier this year, has been making the most of his retirement.

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This week, the 38-year-old has been in the UAE (image from the boxer’s Instagram page) and dressed in traditional kandora dress to visit the desert, as well as other landmarks like the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

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Eubank Jr shows his top potential with convincing win over O’Sullivan

Alex Rea 14/12/2015
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Like father, like son: Chris Eubank Jr and Snr.

Chris Eubank Jr dazzled and dominated as he produced a sparkling performance to beat bitter rival Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan on the undercard at the 02 Arena on Saturday night.

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The 26-year-old forced the Irishman to quit after seven rounds and demonstrated his full repertoire of punches, landing right uppercuts and left hooks at will.

O’Sullivan, who had tried to kiss Eubank Jr during their face off at the weigh in, showed a granite chin and great courage after his counterpart landed with big smackers of his own.

“It was very satisfying,” said Eubank Jr of his win over an opponent he had exchanged insults over social media with for several years. “To be in the position I am now – ready to fight for the WBA world title is a dream come true.

“This is just a stepping stone to bigger and better things. I want everyone who has a world title. I will take all comers.

It’s clear that showboating and an appreciation for showbusiness is in the Eubank genes. While he isn’t as outspoken as his father and his style of speaking is less remarkable, there is a ruthless edge to Eubank Jr that accompanies the customary Eubank posturing at the bells and the regular flash shuffle of the feet.

He came out flying in the first two rounds peppering the Cork man with an array of uppercuts and hooks. O’Sullivan stood up, though, and came back swinging in the third but despite wobbling him with a big right hand it was all Eubank Jr from there.

After the seventh round in which O’Sullivan’s punch output dropped markedly, the fight was rightly called off by his cornermen.

Also at the O2 Arena, Essex lightweight Kevin Mitchell was stopped in the fifth round by Venezuela’s Ismael Barroso. Mitchell has some tough decisions to make about his future after suffering his fourth defeat in 43 pro encounters, all by knockout.

Also on the bill, Tony Bellew outpointed Poland’s Mateusz Masternak to secure the European cruiserweight title and climb back into world title contention.

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Whyte fight was the tough test Anthony Joshua needed

Alex Rea 14/12/2015
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Tough resistance: Dillian Whyte (right).

Promoter Eddie Hearn called it the fight Anthony Joshua needed. But Dillian Whyte also provided the type of test Joshua’s hype train required, too.

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Since winning that gold medal in 2012 and then exploding onto the paid ranks, fellow media and fans have clamoured to thrust the heavyweight hope into an unseemly rush for the stars.

And make no mistake, the 26-year-old is the real deal but what these seven stanzas of brutality showed is that there is still some way to go.

He has the size and vicious power on his side but on Saturday night in front of 17,000 ecstatic fans at the O2 Arena, he was exposed at times. The early rounds and in particular the second, highlighted the need for improvements before hitting the world level.

His fundamentals are very basic. Footwoork and head movement were two areas of vulnerability and he clearly needs to utilise the jab more. Still, Joshua landed enough of his murderous right hands to have KO’d a dozen less durable men than Whyte.

In his toughest test so far Joshua proved he can punch, fight, take a shot and box with brains and class at times. For the 15th time he also showed he has that killer finish and encouragingly in the deeper rounds, too. The onslaught ended with a massive right uppercut which dropped Whyte onto his back, his head lolling worryingly through the bottom ropes.

He was not quite carried out and Joshua, sensibly, is not getting carried away.

“Dillian isn’t a top 10 fighter, neither am I, but at the level we’re at it was a good fight,” Joshua said yesterday. “I could do better, but if it was easy and I was the complete article I’d be world champion.

“I’ve got a lot more to work on so there’s a lot I can take away from that fight. What I got from last night I’ve never got from my last 14 opponents so I can take all that away, watch that fight back, go over certain things and I can get myself together moving forward into 2016.

“What can I do now? I can fight David Haye, people want me to fight Tyson Fury, but you can’t just come into pro boxing, show a bit of talent and be thrown in the deep end and people think you’re just going to blitz everyone.”

Talk of progression and not a surge to world glory is as impressive as his skills in the ring. Put it all together and Hearn knows he has a potential box-office superstar on his hands.

But this is a vital stage of Joshua’s development and the idea now will be to rein in that expectation while at the same time, the six foot six inch juggernaut learns more about his tough trade.

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