Tanner Boser vs. Andrei Arlovski set for Nov. 7 UFC event

Alberta’s Tanner (The Bulldozer) Boser will face former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei (The Pit Bull) Arlovski on Nov. 7.

UFC officials confirmed the matchup, saying a location will be announced at a later date.

Boser (19-6-1) is currently ranked 15th among UFC heavyweight contenders after winning three of his four UFC bouts including his last two outings.

It will mark the 51st pro fight for the 41-year-old Arlovski (29-19-0 with two no contests), who made his UFC debut at UFC 28 in 2000. He has fought 32 times in the UFC, over two stints, with an 18-13 record with one no contest.

Arlovski defeated Tim Sylvia for the UFC interim championship in 2005. He eventually lost the undisputed title the next year to Sylvia. Arlovski won a decision over Philipe (Monstro) Lins last time out in May but is 2-4-0 with one no contest in his last seven UFC outings.

Boser, a native of Bonnyville, Alta., who fights out of Edmonton, also holds a win over Lins. He stopped Raphael Pessoa last time out in July.

The UFC also announced that Canadian flyweight Gillian (The Savage) Robertson (8-4-0) will face Brazil’s Poliana Botelho Lopes (8-2-0) on Oct. 17 in Abu Dhabi.

Robertson, a native of Niagara Falls, Ont., who fights out of Coconut Creek, Fla., is 5-2-0 in the UFC and has won three of her last four including a submission victory over Cortney Casey last time out in June.

The main event Oct. 17 sees Brian Ortega, ranked second among featherweight contenders against No. 4 Chan Sung Jung, better known as The Korean Zombie.

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Thiem, Nadal, Halep all reach French Open 4th round

PARIS — Waking up early Friday for his third-round match at the French Open, Dominic Thiem was surprised to see the morning skies were still dark.

Yup, Roland Garros in autumn, when the sun is slower to rouse itself than during the usual May-June slot, takes some getting used to. But, on court, the U.S. Open champion is adjusting just fine to the peculiarities of what is the last Grand Slam tournament in a pandemic-hit year.

The runner-up last year and in 2018, both times to Rafael Nadal, advanced to the fourth round for the fifth consecutive time, with another straight-set victory in this week’s first encounter in Paris between seeded men.

The victim of the third-seeded Austrian’s fierce backhand and super-quick court coverage under the new roof on Court Philippe Chatrier was No. 28 Casper Ruud by 6-4, 6-3, 6-1.

Long after early bird Thiem was done, Nadal also marched on in his pursuit of a 13th French Open title and record-tying 20 major overall. His opponent, Stefano Travaglia, was among five Italian men in third-round play, an Open Era record at a Grand Slam. But he proved no match for Nadal’s overpowering clay-court game. Nadal was on court for just 95 minutes, winning 6-1, 6-4, 6-0.

Sebastian Korda, Nadal’s next opponent, is the 20-year-old son of 1998 Australian Open champion Petr Korda. Korda and his third-round Spanish opponent Pedro Martinez reached the main draw via the qualifying tournament. Korda won 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 to become the first qualifier to reach the men’s fourth round since Alejandro Falla in 2011.

The 2015 champion, Stan Wawrinka, fell to French wild card Hugo Gaston, who wrapped up the 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 win with spectators’ cries of “Hugo! Hugo!” ringing in his ears. Ranked 239th, Gaston next plays Thiem.


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Mayweather willing to fight Khabib or McGregor for $300M

FILE – Floyd Mayweather Jr. stands in the ring before Errol Spence Jr takes on Mikey Garcia in an IBF World Welterweight Championship bout at AT&T Stadium on March 16, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFP

MANILA, Philippines—Floyd Mayweather Jr. is once again willing to step inside the ropes and do a cross-sport boxing match with either UFC superstars Conor McGregor or Khabib Nurmagomedov.

For the right price, that is.

Speaking with Club Shay Shay podcast, h/t BoxingScene.com, Mayweather said that he’s open to fighting either of the two mixed martial artists atop a boxing ring but for the minimum purse of $300 million each.

“I had my time, I had my era, so it’s these young fighters’ era now. But it’s okay for me to go fight a Khabib or a Conor and pick up – with those two fights alone I could pick up $600 million. So that don’t hurt,” said Mayweather who stepped away from boxing with a perfect 50-0 record.

Mayweather was officially retired for nearly two years before he stopped McGregor in their 2017 bout that drew 4.3 million pay-per-view buys making it the second-most bought PPV boxing event behind the American’s mega fight against rival Manny Pacquiao in 2015 that had 4.6 million buys.

That cross-sport bout against McGregor earned Mayweather $275 million—not bad for a workday that lasted less than an hour.

“So as far as me going out there competing against a guy like Conor McGregor, oh absolutely. $150 million? Not enough [to get me back in the ring]. Absolutely not, my health is more important… you give me $300 million, absolutely,” said Mayweather who even described the Irishman as lacking the punching power in boxing.

“I was having fun. I was like, ‘ah this dude punches so soft, it’s

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