Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather will take on Geordie Shore star Aaron Chalmers in an exhibition next month.
Mayweather, who retired with a record of 50-0, was originally set to fight Muay Thai fighter Liam Harrison.
However, he was forced to pull out of the event at the O2 arena in London, with Chalmers now set to face the American.

Mayweather has taken part in exhibition bouts ever since his retirement in 2017, with the lucrative market seeing him face YouTuber Logan Paul and Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa.

Taking to Instagram on Monday, Mayweather wrote: “Different face, different name, same results.

“London we are still rocking and rolling on Feb. 25th at the O2 Arena. Tickets will be on sale soon. Stay tuned!!”

Chalmers, who won his one and only professional boxing fight, also added: “ITS ON. I’m fighting @floydmayweather at the 02 London on 25th feb!!

“It doesn’t get much bigger than this for me!! Someone’s 0 has to go,” he added in reference to their unbeaten records.

Chalmers went 2-2 with Bellator but ultimately retired from mixed martial arts competition – that included three wins in BAMMA – in 2021.

The date of the fight is also due to be on the same day that Jake Paul and Tommy Fury are due to fight.

They will be fighting at third time of asking, with previous attempts seeing Fury withdraw with injury and denied entry into the United States.

A venue for their clash is not yet thought to be decided, but speculation has suggested it could be held in Saudi Arabia.

Boxing fans will therefore have to fights to choose from on February 25th, with Mayweather set to compete in hotly anticipated exhibition bout.

Tyson Fury has been named the best boxer of the year for the second time at ESPN’s prestigious ESPY awards.

The Gypsy King – who retained his WBC heavyweight title with a brutal knockout of Dillian Whyte in April – won the ESPY for Best Boxer of 2021 at the sports network’s annual ceremony in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Fury, however, wasn’t present to collect the award as he’s twice been denied entry to the USA due to his relationship with alleged Irish mobster Daniel Kinahan.

Boxing fans were quick to comment on the Brit’s latest accolade, with one saying: “Well deserved!!!!”

Another said: “Peoples champ the best! Congratulations @Tyson_Fury.”

And another said: “Best in the world.”

One remarked: “Simply the best.”

Another chimed in: “Well done fury best HW by a country mile, and he’s British too so that makes it soooo much better. The king is back.”

However, not all boxing fans agreed with Fury’s scooping of the award, with one saying: “That’s insane.

Tyson Fury

“No disrespect to fury but u got fighters like Jermell [Charlo] and Devin [Haney who legit went undisputed this year.”

Another said: “What the hell? Man, what is wrong with this sport.”

Former WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko was also honoured at the awards ceremony.

Dr. Ironfist – who now serves as Mayor of Kiev – received the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage for his role in helping defend Ukraine from the ongoing Russian invasion.

Klitschko spoke via video message and said: “It is a great honour for me to receive this award.

“I am convinced that this is a recognition of the courage and inviolability of the Ukrainian people, who have been bravely resisting the Russian aggressor.

“This is an award for everyone who defends the independence and freedom of Ukraine.”

Eddie Hearn believes Dillian Whyte was ‘too respectful’ in the build-up to his defeat against Tyson Fury and will ‘kick himself’ for not being more aggressive on the night.

Tyson Fury

Whyte was knocked out in brutal fashion by Fury last weekend, succumbing to defeat at Wembley when a ferocious uppercut sent him tumbling to the canvas in round six.

Despite returning to his feet, the Brixton heavyweight was shaky on his legs when doing so and the bout was therefore called to a halt, ensuring Fury retained his WBC title.

It was a miserable outing for Whyte and his team, who saw their long-awaited crack at a world title end in disastrous fashion.

And Hearn, Whyte’s long-time promoter, admits his performance against Fury was ‘a bit disappointing’, while insisting he paid too much respect to the champion beforehand.

‘I thought it was a bit disappointing. Obviously I was disappointed on Dillian’s behalf,’ he told iFL TV.

‘I think he’ll kick himself a little bit that he didn’t do more in the fight. But it’s very easy sometimes against a very good heavyweight like [Oleksandr] Usyk and like Fury to say, “you should have done this and you should have been more aggressive, you should have cut the ring off and you should have done this”.

Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury

‘Fury’s very, very good. He’s very awkward and he boxed a very smart fight; he didn’t want to engage, he held a lot, he was very clever, he made it scrappy and boring and everything he needed to do, and then he produced a fantastic uppercut and a show-reel knockout.

‘So I have to give him a lot of credit and respect, as I did when he FaceTimed me on Sunday several times.

‘Gutted for Dillian, he’ll come again. I think he was a little bit too respectful in the build-up, especially fight week. Well only fight week, because that was the build-up!

‘I think he let Tyson just friend him a little bit before the fight and I think he’ll kick himself that he wasn’t more aggressive in the fight. But he lost to an excellent heavyweight and congratulations to Tyson Fury.’

Hearn had claimed before the contest that Fury is not a one-punch knockout artist, a statement which the Gypsy King defied by finishing Whyte with an explosive uppercut.

Despite his appreciation for Fury, the Matchroom boss stands by his pre-fight opinion, adding: ‘I did say that Tyson can punch, [but] I don’t feel that he’s a huge puncher in the division.

‘It was a weird shot, to be honest with you. But I have to give him credit because time and time again I’ve wrote him off, and time and time again he’s proved me wrong.

‘When I met him in Monaco and we talked about working together, I thought there was no chance in the world that I’d see Tyson Fury back in the ring – certainly at elite level.

‘What we saw was: he proved me wrong. Then when he boxed Wladimir Klitschko, I felt he had absolutely no chance in that fight whatsoever – he proved me wrong, he won the fight.

Tyson Fury

‘I didn’t think he’d beat Deontay Wilder and I didn’t think that he’d knock out Dillian Whyte in that way. But he’s done all of it. So I give him the credit, I stand by that I don’t feel like he’s a huge puncher in the division – of course he can punch – but again, won by knockout on Saturday and you have to give him props.’