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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.

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.