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WBC okays Wilder, Fury rematch

By Newsdesk

The World Boxing Council has given the go-ahead for a “direct rematch” between their heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, who battled to a draw in Los Angeles last Saturday.

“Wilder and Fury gave boxing one of the best fights in the heavyweight division in a long time, which has created tremendous popular demand for the fans to see a rematch,” the WBC said in a statement on Friday.

It added that it had conducted voting through the board of governors “which resulted in unanimous agreement” to sanction the rematch.

Wilder (40-0-1, 39 knockouts) retained his WBC belt after a thrilling 12-round battle ended in a split decision draw.

Many thought Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) did enough to win despite being knocked down twice.

On Monday, Fury voiced fears that Wilder would seek to duck a rematch.

But Wilder promptly rejected that claim, saying a rematch with Fury was his priority over a unification bout with Anthony Joshua, holder of the WBA, IBF and WBO belts.

WBC President, Mauricio Sulaiman, is all for it.

“I wish to once again congratulate Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury for their great battle inside the ring and for the exemplary sportsmanship after the bout,” he said.

Joshua KOs Povetkin, retains world heavyweight titles

By Sports Desk,

Alexander Povetkin proved to be a tougher test than some may have expected, but it ultimately did not take long for reigning unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua to stop his mandatory challenger with a seventh-round TKO on Saturday night at Wembley Stadium in London. Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs) defended his titles in a pairing of former Olympic gold medalists that was closer than the opening odds indicated.

Povetkin (34-2) suffered just the second defeat and first knockout of his career despite appearing to win some early rounds against Joshua. Now boxing fans will wait and see whether Joshua and WBC champion Deontay Wilder can come to terms on a bout for the undisputed heavyweight title.

Is Floyd Mayweather returning to boxing in 2018 for Manny Pacquiao rematch?

By Sports Desk,

If Floyd Mayweather is truthful in his latest social media post, “Money” is ready to make another comeback. Mayweather, while in Japan, had a run-in with old nemesis Manny Pacquiao at a music festival. The two talked a little bit of trash before Mayweather dropped his own bit of news that he’s coming back in December 2018 to fight Pacquiao once again.

Mayweather has not fought since knocking out Conor McGregor in August 2017 in the MMA star’s first ever professional boxing match. It was Mayweather’s first knockout in a decade. Pacquiao is also coming off his first knockout win in nearly nine years when he stopped Lucas Matthysse in July in Malaysia. The two fighters first squared off in 2015 after nearly five years of negotiation and build up. The fight itself failed to reach many fans expectation and hopes as Mayweather toyed with Pacquiao for much of the fight.

Pacquiao later claimed that he was battling a shoulder injury during the bout.

If the two did square off in 2018, it would be one of the best caps imaginable for the sport after seeing Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin II, Anthony Joshua vs. Alexander Povetkin, Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder and the rise of top champions like Vasiliy Lomachenko, Terence Crawford, Errol Spence Jr. and Mikey Garcia all looking dominant this calendar year.

Oyekola defeats Nwoye, wins GoTV boxer’s award

By Sports Desk,

Nigerian boxer, Ridwan Oyekola aka ‘Scorpion’ emerged the best boxer of the GOtv Boxing Night 15 when he defeated Price Nwoye by a unanimous decision in their national lightweight bout.

He won N1million and the Mojisola Ogunsanya trophy for the best boxer of the night which held at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, (formerly known as Liberty Stadium) Ibadan-Oyo state.

Hard punching Oyekola scored 80-74, 78-74 and 76-72 points to overcome never-say-die Nwoye who was seeking a revenge as they clashed for the second time in their boxing careers.

Oyekola was pushed in all corners by a determined Nwoye who fought hard to prove his qualities in a scintillating fight that brought the best out of both boxers.

It also gave the crowd a night they would always remember as Oyekola rose to the occasion to impress his home fans.

Oyekola said that he was happy about the victory but could not have done it but for the determination to win which motivated him to prepare very well.

“I am happy about the victory, it did not come easy but I was well prepared for anything Nwoye threw at me.

“I defeated him in Lagos during our years in the amateur level, and it felt good beating him once again at the professional level.

“I give Nwoye his due respect, he is a great boxer, but I am greater and would always strive to prove my quality when called to deliver.

“However, I want bigger challenges so I could continue to tell the world especially my fans how good I am,’’ Oyekola said.

Six other fights held at the hall that gave boxing fans in Ibadan a treat they would forever remember.

Eminent personalities such as the Oyo Monarch, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi the third and his entourage were among the teeming fans that graced the occasion. The Alaafin was also a boxer in his teenage years.

In other fights that kept the fans on their feet, Daniel Big Shark Emeka knocked out Sulaimon Olags Adeosun in the second round of their six-round national heavyweight match.

Emeka’s well delivered sublime blows gave Adeosun no chance to recover as centre referee halted the proceedings to avert further disastrous damage on Adeosun’s part.

Vincent Essien and Segun Showboy Olalehin’s national light welterweight challenge was unfortunately called off in the fifth round as both boxers ignored the referees warning of holding themselves.

Olalehin said that he was disappointed about the referees decision as he was not the offender. He blamed his opponent’s immature way of boxing.

“I had a great fight and was sad the referee had to call it off. I had the match in my hands already and the victory would have launched me in my professional career.

“I hope the officials would go back and watch the video clips because I was not the offender but my opponent’s lack of discipline caused the situation to go out of hands.

“I hope to get another chance at the GOtv Boxing Night because it is what I really need now to push my professional career,’’ Olalehin said.

In another action filled fight, Micheal Lion Heart Godwin beat Idowu ID Cabasa Okusote in their national weight bout.

A combination of well delivered blows in the seventh round of their eight round match gave Godwin the victory as both boxers went toe to toe in a bid to subdue one another.

However, Godwin’s ability to receive and respond well proved worthwhile as he ran way with the victory over Okusote by way of technical knockout.

Olaide Fijabi Fijabon also tantalized home fans as he stylishly put away longtime rival Kazeem Iberu Ariyo in a unanimous decision. The judges scored the fight 79-73, 79-74 and 80-74 in favour of Fijabi.

Akeem Dodo also fighting to prove his quality behind home fans impressed spectacularly, crushing Franc Houanvoegbe from the Republic of Benin.

Hard fighting Dodo needed just the third round of their eight round scheduled international light middleweight challenge to knockout Houanvoegbe.

His rapid counter punching was just too much for the Houanvoegbe to handle.

In another fight, Nigeria’s Oto Joeboy’ Joseph defended his crown, beating Nathaniel Nukpe from Ghana in their African Boxing Union lightweight title fight.

However, the victory party did not come for Joeboy until after the 12th round when the judges scored the fight 120-108, 118-110 and 118-110.

An elated Joeboy said that he was happy about the victory but could not have achieved it but for the huge support of the fans cheering him to victory

Whyte defeats Parker, calls out Joshua

By Sports Desk,

Briton Dillian Whyte’s dream of a tilt at a world heavyweight title after a violent and troubled childhood moved a step closer on Saturday with a unanimous points win over New Zealand’s former world champion Joseph Parker.

Whyte, who has been defeated just once in his professional career in 2015 by present champion Anthony Joshua, withstood a late rally from Parker to win with the judges scoring it 113-112, 115-110, 114-111.

The 30-year-old Jamaica-born Whyte, who was shot and stabbed in his youth, will hope to move on to a bout with either Joshua or American Deontay Wilder.

Parker, suffering his second successive defeat — he lost to Joshua in March and with it his WBO belt — faces a tough battle to get back into the world title mix.

“I want to fight Joshua in a rematch (in April),” said Whyte, who is nicknamed ‘The Body Snatcher’.

“We would be ready. I might be out again in October.

“I’m still so inexperienced and have so much to learn. There is still another 40 percent to come. It was a great fight, I love this man (Parker), we showed respect it was really good.”

Parker was gracious in defeat.

“I gave it my best, the better man won,” the 26-year-old, said. “It has been an amazing journey, but it is just the beginning.”

Parker went down in the second round and received a count, although it appeared it was due to a clash of heads rather than a punch from Whyte.

The Briton started to work his way into the bout from the fourth round, even if he swung some wild punches that met fresh air, as Parker tired.

By the sixth Whyte was landing more effectively and Parker looked spent.

Parker’s corner tried to rally their man telling him before he went out for the eighth that Whyte was exhausted and had achieved nothing in the preceding round.

Whyte quickly disabused Parker of that notion as he put him on the canvas with a left hook.

Parker needed a knockout to win and out of the blue he raised his game in the 11th and penultimate round landing several punches to the extent Whyte for the first time looked troubled.

Parker threw caution to the wind in the final round and put Whyte down with less than 30 seconds to go, the Briton clambering to his feet and just holding on.

There was a classic heavyweight encounter in the bout preceding the main event between unpredictable Briton Dereck Chisora and Cameroon-born Frenchman Carlos Takam, two fighters who have had their chance at world title glory.

Chisora remarkably got the win he desperately required after three losses in his last six bouts — including against Whyte.

Having looked outclassed early on, he came up with a cracking punch to put Takam down in the eighth. Although the 37-year-old got back up, Chisora sent him back to the canvas with his next punch.

The referee brought the curtain down in all likelihood on the loser’s hopes of another tilt at the world title but 34-year-old Zimbabwe-born Chisora said he could dream again.

“It was tough but this fight was very emotional for me. I want to dedicate it to my daughter and missus. Takam is a true tough African boy,” said Chisora.

“In the later rounds I thought it’s time to send it home. He didn’t hurt me — I’m English nobody can hurt us.

“I’m bad. There’s no two ways about it but when I step in the arena I want to fight for the fans.”

Further down an impressive undercard Rio Olympic bronze medallist Joshua Buatsi eased to his seventh win since turning professional, making light work of Latvia’s Andrejs Pokumeiko, knocking him out in the first round of their light heavyweight bout.

The 25-year-old’s promoter Eddie Hearn predicts great things for Buatsi, who is managed by Joshua.

“You are watching the best prospect in world boxing,” said Hearn.

“In world level he is going to be special.”

Unified world lightweight champion, Katie Taylor, defends title

By Sports Desk,

Ireland’s boxer, Katie Taylor retained her WBA and IBF lightweight world titles with a third-round stoppage win over USA’s Kimberly Connor at London’s O2.

After bossing the opening two rounds, Taylor, 32, produced a barrage of blows on the 37-year-old in the third to earn her 10th professional win.

A swelling appeared under Taylor’s right eye in the second round and she quickly moved to end the contest.

“I knew I had a bump around my eye,” said the county Wicklow woman.

“It was good, Kimberly was very tough. I just happened to catch her with a good shot, stay composed and finished it.

“It has always been the plan [to be undisputed champion]. I have two belts and I have two more to go.”

Taylor, who beat Argentina’s Victoria Noelia Bustos in April to add the IBF title to the WBA belt, will make her next title defence in Chicago on 6 October when she faces experienced Puerto Rico-born Cindy Serrano.

The Irishwoman, in her first fight since her estranged father and former trainer Pete Taylor was injured in a shooting at his gym in Bray, set the tone for Saturday’s contest by producing two sharp punches in the opening 20 seconds.

Taylor continued to land with regularity in round two although the swelling under her eye was noticeable as she went back to her corner.

Taking no chances, the Bray fighter produced a flurry of blows to wobble Connor early in the third and after the stunned American dropped her guard, referee Steve Gray jumped in to end the contest.

Taylor’s beaming promoter Eddie Hearn lauded the fighter after her impressive performance.

“Forget men’s boxing, forget women’s boxing, she is just one of the stars of the sport,” said Hearn.

I have another 10 years in the sport – Joshua

By News Desk,

Nigerian-born British boxer, Anthony Joshua claims Alexander Povetkin is the beginning of ‘Chapter Two’ in his career and the British world champion hopes to fight for 10 more years in order to cement his legacy.

The Russian is the mandatory challenger for AJ’s WBA Super world title, while his IBF and WBO belts will also be on the line on September 22 at Wembley Stadium.

Joshua, now 21-0, having unified world titles against Joseph Parker last time out, insists he is now focused on having fun and securing a legacy in the sport.

“I’ve been fighting 10 years now,” said the 28-year-old. “I’ve always done it for fun. Now I’m dead serious about this business, it’s Chapter Two for me and Povetkin is the first on my list.

“I used to concentrate on the opponents, I don’t want to make any mistakes with this, which meant I boxed within myself. Now it’s not just about Povetkin, or [Deontay] Wilder, it’s about me, my legacy and reaching my potential, in this chapter when my mindset is different, Povetkin is the first on my list.

“I spend a lot of time studying, looking in the mirror, I listen to Rob [McCracken] as well. I’m not too interested in the praise or criticism, sooner or later you’ll find the answers of what you want to achieve.

“I only box for fun. I know I’m good at this, now I feel very confident, I’ve learned about my weight.

“I’ve got 10 years left in boxing, I want to cement my legacy; [George] Foreman, Bernard Hopkins, and my friend [Wladimir] Klitschko, [Floyd] Mayweather done it – I believe I can as well.”

Povetkin became the obvious opponent for the first of two Wembley dates once negotiations broke down for a super fight with Wilder which would produce an undisputed heavyweight world champion.

Up to 90,000 fans will pack out Wembley Stadium for Joshua vs Povetkin, with the second of AJ’s confirmed dates at the iconic stadium set to command up to 100,000 on April 13.

Pacquiao knocks out Lucas Matthysse, claims WBA welterweight title

By Sports Desk,

Manny Pacquiao stopped WBA champion Lucas Matthysse in the seventh round to win back the welterweight world title at the age of 39.

Pacquiao rolled back the years with a devastating display, initially knocking down his Argentinean opponent in the third round at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur.

And when Matthysse went down for the third time in the seventh, referee Kenny Bayless stepped in to stop the contest.

It was Filipino icon Pacquiao’s first win inside the distance since 2009 and the 60th victory of his incredible 23-year career, which now looks certain to extend beyond his 40th birthday in December.

Matthysse is renowned as a big puncher himself but he was floored by a stunning left uppercut in the third.

The 35-year-old had no answer to the speed of Pacquiao and went down again in the fith, before a right-left combination finished him off two rounds later.

“I’m surprised I knocked him down so early,” said Pacquiao who extended his record to 60 wins, seven losses and two draws.

“I’m surprised I knocked Matthysse down in the third, fifth and seventh. It was a long time ago since I’ve done that, I came out smoking hot.

“We did a good job in training. We were not pushing hard, we controlled our pace and ourselves.

“I’m no longer young, so thanks to my trainer and all my team members.”

A shell-shocked Matthysse had come in with a record of 36 knockouts in 39 wins with just four defeats.

“It’s most difficult to be fighting Manny Pacquiao,” he said. “He’s a great fighter. I lost to a great legend.”

Britain denies ManUtd ex-defender, Ferdinand, pro boxing licence

By Sports Desk

Manchester United and England defender, Rio Ferdinand, has expressed how disapointed he was after refused a professional licence by British boxing authorities on Thursday.

The 39-year-old, who retired from football in 2015, launched his new career in September.

Ferdinand, coached by former WBC super-middleweight champion Richie Woodhall, was being backed by betting company Betfair as part of the “Defender to Contender” challenge.

The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) said, they would not be reviewing his application, Ferdinand said.

“It is with a heavy heart that I am hanging up my gloves,” he said.

In his statement, published on Facebook, Ferdinand added: “To not be given the chance to demonstrate my ability to the BBBofC through the standard assessment afforded to others is hard to take.”

“Boxing is a physically tough, demanding and dangerous sport. I always gave it my utmost respect and never underestimated how difficult it would be,” he said.

“It’s important to approach everything with success in mind, and to give it your all, but sometimes things work against you.”

Cameroonian athletes missing at Commonwealth Games

By Sports Desk

At least, Eight Cameroonian athletes have been reported to have been missing from their accommodation at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Austria.

However, officials at the games claims the vanishing act  is viewed as “desertion” and that the missing athletes had been reported to Australian police.

Monday and Tuesday were the last time three weightlifters and five boxers from Cameroon were seen.

According to Cameroon officials, the group had valid Australian visas until 15 May.

Officials named the missing athletes as weightlifters Olivier Matam Matam, Arcangeline Fouodji Sonkbou and Petit Minkoumba, and boxers Christian Ndzie Tsoye, Simplice Fotsala, Arsene Fokou, Ulrich Yombo and Christelle Ndiang.

“The authorities are very disappointed with the deserters – some did not even compete,” Press attache.

“The pious hope is that they come back to the village and travel home with the others.”

The Australian government has warned athletes against overstaying their visas.

The Commonwealth Games Federation said it would monitor the situation but athletes had “the right to travel freely” on their visas.

The Australian Federal Police has been notified of the development, according to Kate Jones, a Queensland state government minister.

In 2012, seven Cameroonian athletes disappeared while in London for the Olympics.