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.

Nigerian female boxer leaves ring amid fight during Commonwealth Games

By SportDesk,

Nigerian female boxer, Ayisat Oriyomi, abandoned fight against Carly McNaul of Northern Ireland in the women’s boxing flyweight class (51kg) at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games on Wednesday.

Despite a dominant display by Oriyomi, the contest was abandoned after round one and was awarded to McNaul.

Oriyomi took the first round with a score of 10-9, 10-9, 9-10, 10-9, 10-9, before she abandoned the contest.

Earlier on Wednesday, Odunuga progressed into the semi-final after overcoming Caroline Veyre of Canada.

She will face Paige Murney of England in the semi-final on Friday.

Also on Friday, Milicent Agboegbulem of Nigeria will take on Caitlin Parker of Australia in the women’s middleweight class.

Anthony Joshua set for world heavyweight unification battle

A leaner and lighter Anthony Joshua weighed in some six pounds heavier than Joseph Parker on Friday for the battle of the undefeated heavyweight world champions in Cardiff.

The Briton tipped the scales at 17 stones four pounds and two ounces at the weigh-in, attended by a crowd of more than 4,000, compared to the New Zealander’s 16 stones 12 pounds and seven ounces.

Joshua, the reigning WBA, IBF and IBO world champion, is also taller and with a six inch reach advantage over Parker, who will be bringing his WBO belt to the Principality Stadium for Saturday night’s unification fight.

The Briton had stepped into the ring against Cameroonian-French opponent Carlos Takam in Cardiff last October, for a defence he won in 10 rounds, at a career-high 18 stones and two pounds.

“I’ve been running well, training well,” said the 2012 Olympic champion, who has a 20-0 record with all his fights won by knockout.

“Losing that little bit of extra weight has made things that little bit easier.

“I feel better…if everything goes to plan, you’ll see I’ll be a lot sharper and my reactions and timing will be a lot better,” the Briton told the crowd.

Joshua’s camp had made much of just how seriously the 28-year-old was taking training, his obsession with shedding the pounds and how that had been paying off in his ringcraft and training.

Parker, 24-0, took it as a compliment ahead of what will be the biggest fight of his career, with an 80,000-strong crowd expected through the doors on Saturday.

“It makes me think that he’s taking this fight really seriously, he’s trained very hard,” he said after standing face to face and staring into the eyes of his opponent for the last time before they meet in the ring.

“He’s in good shape, I’m in good shape. There’s not much of a weight difference, which is good. we’re both going to be fast for tomorrow night, we’re both going to move well and throw some big bombs.”

Parker said he saw confidence in Joshua’s eyes, and was ready for anything.

“I’m here for a good fight, I’m here for war,” he declared. “You’re going to have to give me everything to beat me…he’s got a bigger crowd but that doesn’t matter, that doesn’t faze us.”

Saturday’s fight will bring the heavyweight title a step closer to undisputed status and put the focus even more on American Deontay Wilder, who holds the WBC crown and is undefeated in 40.

Wilder bags sixty hours community service for drug possession

By Emmanuel Onminyi with Agency report,

Heavyweight boxing champion, Deontay Wilder, has been ordered by a municipal court judge, Ricky McKinney, to perform 60 hours of community service after being found guilty of possessing marijuana.

The 32-year-old American, who last fought in November 2017, when he beat Haitian-Canadian boxer, Bermane Stiverne, with a first-round knockout to retain his WBC heavyweight title, was arrested in Alabama in June, 2017.

Wilder, who received a 30-day suspended sentence and two years of probation, was ordered to perform the community service at a local Young Men Christian Association, YMCA.

Wilder’s lawyer, Paul Patterson, said: “We respect the court’s ruling. Of course we were hoping a dismissal would be granted. “We are going to look at our options of appellate relief and then move on from there.”

When Wilder was pulled over in June, 2017, for having windows tinted beyond the legal limit, officers smelled marijuana coming from inside his Cadillac Escalade.

Patterson said at the time the marijuana did not belong to his client, who had been out of state for several days and returned home from Georgia in his Rolls Royce before switching to his Cadillac Escalade to run some errands.

Patterson said Wilder has a large fleet of vehicles that associates and friends can access, and prefers the Escalade for errands because the tinted windows offer more privacy.

“All in all it’s a lesson learned for Mr Wilder not to leave his many vehicles in the care and custody of numerous people or allow them to use them while he is out of town,” said Patterson.

Wilder, who won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, is scheduled to defend his title on March 3, 2018, against Cuban, Luis Ortiz.

Boxing legend, Tyson, eyes return to ring

By Emmanuel Onminyi with Agency report,

Following an excellent career in the sport, resurfaced footage of Mike Tyson fighting in an exhibition bout has fuelled speculations that he could mount a heavyweight boxing comeback.

The clip shows Tyson, looking understandably slower and slower and more out of shape than his glory years, taking on Corey Sanders in a four-round exhibition fight.

It occurred during Tyson’s recent World Tour, organised to help relieve some of the former world champion’s well-documented money troubles.

He squandered most of his reported 300 million Dollars career earnings, leaving him bankrupt and heavily indebted to creditors.

Tyson instinctively uncorked a power shot to his opponent’s face during the bout.

While clearly past his best, viewers could see that Tyson was taking it easy on Sanders in order to put on a show for the fans.

But during one of the early rounds, he instinctively uncorked one of his trademark right hands, catching Sanders, wearing a headguard, on the chin.

The blow seemed to knock Sanders off-balance and he looked destined to hit the canvas until Tyson moved forwards to hold him up on his feet.

Tyson was taking part in a series of exhibition fights against his former training partner, and the clip has been seen by more than 100,000 people since it was posted online recently.

“Bring him out of retirement. He could still give today’s heavyweight clowns a run for their,” said one viewer.

Another wrote: “Most people think boxing is easy but you can’t teach it if you haven’t got it.

“Look at the foot movement as Sanders pushes out a lazy left jab, Tyson slips it and steps in with the right hand. Absolute class.”

The heavyweight boxer retired in 2005.

Tyson calls out Joshua for potential bout

By Emmanuel Onminyi with Agency report,

Irish boxer,Tyson Fury, has called out British-born Nigerian boxer, Anthony Joshua, by demanding that the IBF and WBA heavyweight champion faces him in his comeback fight.

After a two and a half year absence from the sport, the 29-year-old is ready to step back into the ring following the clearance given by the United Kingdom Anti-Doping Agency.

Fury has not fought since he beat Wladmir Klitschko in Germany in November 2015, and is now looking forward to getting back to his best form .

Fury, also known as The Gypsy King, has brought his weight down from 27 stone down to 23 stone. He is now looking forward to a comeback around April.

The WBC, IBF, WBO, and IBO champion has, however, put out the “sporting challenge” on his Twitter, asking Joshua to face him in his first fight back.

He told Joshua not to let his fans down and prove who is the best heavyweight boxer on the planet.

The Irishman wrote: “As a sporting challenge I Lay Down the challenge for @anthonyfjoshua to fight me in my first fight back in over 2.5 years! I’m the best heavyweight on the planet come prove I’m not?

“The ball is in your court don’t let your fans down CHAMP #wanttoseehowgoodiam”

Fury then added to his comments, tagging in several broadcasters who may be interested in televising the fight.

“I’m that good I don’t need any warmups I can come off the couch & beat up on @anthonyfjoshua don’t run your big arse in the bush.”

Ahead 2018 bout, Parker’s confidence baffles Joshua

By Emmanuel Onminyi,

For the last few weeks, New Zealand’s WBO heavyweight champion, Joseph Parker, and members of his team, have been verbally blasting Anthony Joshua, who holds the IBF, IBO, WBA world titles.

There are ongoing discussions for Parker and Joshua to collide in a unification bout in the early part of 2018, which would  likely be on a date in March or April.

Both teams are currently close to reaching an agreement on the financial terms, after a long lapse where both sides were stuck on a 65-35 financial split in favour of Joshua.

Parker and his team held a press conference in New Zealand recently, where they explained their reasons, with video evidence provided, on why they believe Joshua has a ‘glass jaw’.

However, Joshua is very confident that he will deal with Parker and snatch away his title, but he is now wondering why the WBO champion is so confident about the outcome of their potential clash, and he also feels Parker is acting very strange when compared to his past behavior in the lead-up to other contests.

Meanwhile, Parker has continued to throw verbal bombs, but Joshua states that he will not take part in a public war, as he feels Parker is attempting to get in his head before the fight.

While speaking with, Joshua stated: “Parker, I don’t know, it’s unpredictable, because from a fighting perspective, I know I can beat him. But he’s now trying to challenge me mentally, the things he’s saying, the way he’s acting, this is out of character.”

“So I have to reassess Parker. I don’t get where he’s got this lease of confidence, I just don’t get it but I’m going to have to assess Parker because he’s not going to trouble me physically, he’s trying to get to me mentally.

“I have to keep my cool and not get involved in any trash talking.”

Both sides are hoping to reach a full agreement soon in order to begin the promotion of the fight.

Turkey wants NBA player, Kanter, jailed for insulting her president

By Emmanuel Onminyi,

A Turkish prosecutor has reportedly asked for NBA’s New York Knicks star, Enes Kanter, to be jailed for up to four years for insulting Turkish President, Tayyip Erdogan.

According to state-run news agency, Anadolu, Kanter’s passport was revoked by Turkish authorities earlier this year, and an arrest warrant was issued after he was named a “fugitive” by a Turkish court following his support for U.S-based Islamic preacher, Fethullah Gulen, who was accused of orchestrating an attempted coup in July 2016.

Kanter is a long-time supporter of Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999 and whose extradition Erdogan is seeking. Gulen denied involvement in the failed coup.

The news agency disclosed that the indictment on December 20, followed Kanter’s use of Twitter to “defame and deride” Erdogan.

The 6-foot-11-inch center tweeted on Wednesday in response to the indictment, adding screenshots of the media reports.

“I have said less than that honorless (man) deserves. Add another 4 years for me, master,” he told his 526,000 Twitter followers.

Kanter was detained in Romania in May when authorities learned his Turkish passport had been revoked. He later returned to the United States.

Kanter lashed out at Erdogan at a news conference following his detention, calling him the “Hitler of our century.”

He holds a U.S. green card that allows him to live and work in the country on a permanent basis.

In 2016, Turkish media published a handwritten letter signed by Kanter’s father, Mehmet, disowning a son he accused of having been “hypnotized” by the Gulen movement.

In response, the 25-year-old Kanter, the third pick in the NBA draft when he joined Utah Jazz in 2011, said he was dedicating himself to Gulen and the cleric”s Hizmet movement.

Egypt’s boxer, Ahmed, vows to beat Nigeria’s Joe Boy

By Emmanuel Onminyi,

Egyptian and Mediterranean Lightweight Champion, Abdulrahim Ahmed, has vowed to defeat Nigeria’s Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph when they clash for the African Boxing Union, ABU, Lightweight title fight at GOtv Boxing Night 13 on December 26, at Landmark Events Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Speaking from his base in Cairo, Ahmed said he is ready, willing and able to win the title. He stated, “Joe Boy is a small boy. I hold the Egyptian and Mediterranean titles, I have fought better boxers and Joe Boy is in big trouble. It does not matter that the fight is in Lagos. I am going to win.”

 GOtv Boxing Night 13 will feature seven bouts including an international title bout involving Nigeria’s Abolaji “Afonja Warrior” Rasheed, who will seek to defend his West African Boxing Union, WABU, title against Arye Ayitteh of Ghana.
Two national title bouts are also scheduled for the night, with Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde taking on Chijioke “Painless” Ngige for the national light welterweight crown. The other bout will be between Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu and Kehinde “Ijoba’ Badmus for the lightweight title.

A lightweight challenge bout will feature Rilwan “Scorpion” Oyekola and Jimoh “Hogan Jimoh Jr” Lukman, while Matthew “Wizeman” Obinna and Cosmos Awosika, will clash in the super middleweight category.

Aside the boxing events, the night will also feature music performances from top Nigerian music acts.