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Floyd Mayweather believes Gennady Golovkin is not the pound-for-pound king
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  • Floyd Mayweather believes Gennady Golovkin is not the pound-for-pound king
  • The retired boxing legend also ruled out the highly regarded Vasyl Lomachenko
  • Instead, Mayweather believes Terence Crawford is the best boxer on the planet
  • He said the super lightweight champion reminds him of a young Mayweather

By Jordan Seward For Mailonline

Published: 06:24 EST, 18 December 2017 | Updated: 09:55 EST, 18 December 2017

Floyd Mayweather believes unified super lightweight champion Terence Crawford is the current best pound-for-pound boxer in the world right now.

Ever since former WBA, WBO and IBF light heavyweight champion Andre Ward hung up the gloves following successive wins against Sergey Kovalev, there has been a lot of debate as to who is now the pound-for-pound king.

Middleweight kingpin Gennady Golovkin, who holds four versions of the world title, is one of the main contenders, having most recently fought to a contentious split-decision draw in an enthralling encounter against rival Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.

Floyd Mayweather has revealed who he thinks is the current pound-for-pound best boxer

Floyd Mayweather has revealed who he thinks is the current pound-for-pound best boxer

Golovkin's showdown with Canelo was supposed to be an indicator as to who was the world's best fighter. But the fight was spoiled after the judges returned their scorecards. Adelaide Bird's wide card in favour of the Mexican fighter particularly drew criticism with the result leaving more questions than answers.

Two-weight world champion and current WBO super featherweight holder Vasly Lomachenko, who captured his first world title in just his fourth professional fight, is also highly regarded after he inflicted Guillermo Rigondeaux's first-ever defeat earlier this month.

However Lomachenko, who has drawn comparisons to Mayweather for his slick evasive talents and quick hand speed, failed to impress the latter in his most recent win over his Cuban adversary.

Instead, Mayweather picked Crawford as someone who is more deserving to be spoken of in the same breath as him and as the No 1 fighter on the planet.

Middleweight kingpin Gennady Golovkin is considered one of the best fighter's on the planetMiddleweight kingpin Gennady Golovkin is considered one of the best fighter's on the planet

Middleweight kingpin Gennady Golovkin is considered one of the best fighter's on the planet

'The pound-for-pound top fighter in boxing right now is Terence Crawford,' Mayweather told FightHype.com. 'He doesn't have to be under my company to give a guy props. I'm not like that. If he's a free agent, I would love to work with him, if he's free.

'I know what I can do to take him to that next level. Hell of a fighter, he's one of the guys that – he's a motherf****r. He reminds me of a young Floyd Mayweather. He can fight his a** off. That's what I like about him.'

Crawford, Golovkin and Lomachenko's professional records

Terence Crawford:

Won: 32

KOs: 23

Drawn: 0

Lost: 0

Achievements:

Won WBO world lightweight title

Won WBO world super lightweight title

Unified WBO world super lightweight belt with the WBC strap

Unified WBO and WBC world super lightweight titles with IBF and WBA

Gennady Golovkin:

Won: 37

KOs: 33

Drawn: 1

Lost: 0

Achievements:

Won WBA world middleweight title

Unified WBA world middleweight title with WBC world strap

Unified WBA and WBC world middleweight belts with IBO

Unified WBA, WBC and IBO world middleweight belts with IBF

Vasyl Lomachenko:

Won: 10

Kos: 8

Drawn: 0

Lost: 1

Achievements:

Won WBO world featherweight title

Won WBO world super featherweight title

Crawford, who unified his WBC and WBO straps with the IBF and WBA ones after knocking out the dangerous Julius Indongo in August, is undefeated in his 32 fights.

The 30-year-old is a two-weight world champion, having captured world titles in both the lightweight and super lightweight divisions.

Vasyl Lomachenko is also regarded as one of the most talented boxers in the worldVasyl Lomachenko is also regarded as one of the most talented boxers in the world

Vasyl Lomachenko is also regarded as one of the most talented boxers in the world

But Mayweather was not impressed with Lomachenko's recent win over Guillermo RigondeauxBut Mayweather was not impressed with Lomachenko's recent win over Guillermo Rigondeaux

But Mayweather was not impressed with Lomachenko's recent win over Guillermo Rigondeaux

The American vacated his WBO title in October to move up to the welterweight division amid rumours he would receive a title shot at the WBO belt Jeff Horn holds after he defeated Manny Pacquaio and then successfully defended it against Gary Corcoran.

He is expected to meet the Australian in the early part of next year with Top Rank promoter Bob Arum reportedly planning an April meeting.

Arum recently claimed the winner of a potential Horn vs Crawford bout could face six-weight world champion Manny Pacquiao in a huge blockbuster fight later on in 2018.

Instead, Mayweather has claimed Terence Crawford is the current pound-for-pound kingInstead, Mayweather has claimed Terence Crawford is the current pound-for-pound king

Instead, Mayweather has claimed Terence Crawford is the current pound-for-pound king

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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms

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The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.

The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.

All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.

It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.

British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.

The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.

The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.

It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.

“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.

“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”

The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.

It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.

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Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official

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Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.

The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.

Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.

Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.

“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.

“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.

Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”

However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.

Australia’s tight restrictions

The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.

Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.

A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.

Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.

Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.

Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.

Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.

The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.

While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.

Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.

In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.

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Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection

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The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.

Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.

Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.

It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.

The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.

Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”

“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.

“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”

Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.

Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.

For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.

Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.

A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.

Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane

Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane

At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.

When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.

Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.

While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.

But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.

And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.

And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.

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