UPDATE: Since the time of writing, Anthony Taylor has claimed that the fight is now still on as planned.
The problem has been fixed! I’m still fighting!!!!
— Anthony PrettyBoy Taylor (@anthony_foreal) November 13, 2022
Anthony Taylor, who was set to face Jack Fincham on Floyd Mayweather’s undercard in the UAE, has reportedly stormed out of the venue and claimed he’s going home.
Taylor, who has had five fights with two wins and three losses, has been very much the star of the show in the build up via a set of bizarre antics to drum up publicity. The scrap was set to be Fincham’s first as a professional following an amateur career as a youth. In between, he has become best known for being a contestant on Love Island UK.
Just hours before the event is due to start, Boxing Social’s Charlie Parson’s took to social media following Taylor declining in an interview.
I have just asked Anthony Taylor for an interview and he told me he is on his way to the airport and leaving Dubai, claiming his fight with Jack Fincham is OFF.
What is going on 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
— Charlie Parsons (@CharIieParsons) November 13, 2022
A video from IFL TV shows a raging Taylor storming off and claiming that the fight is off.
“I’m going home. I’m going to the airport. Fight’s off. I’m not fighting no prelim, bro, after I was promised pay-per-view. Fight’s off, I’m getting my sh*t and leaving.”
— IFL TV (@IFLTV) November 13, 2022
This follows news from Paul Bamba that his fight with Tommy Fury has been cancelled due to confusion about contracted weights for each fighter. Bamba weighed in at just over 174lb for the bout, whereas Fury tipped to scaled at over 182lb.
The American was attempting to negotiate compensation for the disparity when he claims the organisers stepped in and called it off. Whether or not the promotion can come to terms with any of the fighters involved remains to be seen.
The two last minute cancellations – although neither officially confirmed by Global Titans – perhaps show the extremely volatile nature of this type of event. As it stands, it looks like the card may have more special ringside guests than fights.
With so many big personalities involved from an array of backgrounds and skillsets, weight disparity, and contract confusion, these crossover shows are proving to be even more chaotic than the professional side of the sport manages to be on many occasions.