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Joshua: Tyson Fury Is Just Another Opponent For Me

first_img In Fury’s situation, he went overboard in celebrating after he defeated IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, and it cost him three years of his career. Fury has turned things around, captured the WBC belt, and he has a lot of boxing fans convinced that he’s the #1 heavyweight on the planet. Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) saw his career take a hit last June when his replacement opponent Andy Ruiz Jr. stopped him in the seventh round in his U.S debut at Madison Square Garden in New York. Although Joshua avenged the loss with a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision last December, he didn’t get the credit he should have because Ruiz came into the fight a fat 283-pound blob. “I’m here to make history, and I’m fired up,” said Joshua to @BritishGQ. “Fury is just another opponent. Yeah, it’s going to be big for everyone else, but I got to keep myself together. “I’m looking at Fury like he’s just another fighter. Trust me. In terms of the spectacle and the trash-talking and two juggernauts coming together. “I can’t wait. I’ve tasted what being at the top of the mountain feels like, and I’ve tasted what it feels like being knocked off that mountain feels like. “I’ve climbed my way back up, and whoever steps in front of me now, I’m not looking to go back down. So when I’m fighting [Kubrat] Pulev, and I get the opportunity to fight Tyson Fury for the WBC championship of the world, they’re going to see what it feels like for a man that had it all and lost it and got it back. “A man that has experienced that turbulence and doesn’t want to go through it again,’ said Joshua. It’s impossible to take Joshua seriously when he says he sees Fury as just another fighter. He obviously will be concerned with Fury when the two of them face each other in 2021. Right now, it’s still too early to say for sure that Joshua and Fury will be fighting in 2021. If one or both lose their next fights, then it’s safe to say that they won’t be fighting in 2021. Wilder won’t step aside according to Bob Arum:“Tyson Fury, you’re either at the top of the ocean, or you’re drowning under it. I don’t know. There’s no balance. I can’t really comment on Tyson Fury’s issues. I’ve got my own opinions and views of that person. “All I want to know is when I’m going to beat him, and when I’m going to fight him. I don’t really care anything else about Tyson Fury with all due respect,” said an irritated sounding Joshua. Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) has got it together mentally since coming back from near oblivion in 2018, but one destructive loss will likely send him right back to that dark place. If Deontay Wilder knocks Fury out cold in their rematch later this year, it wouldn’t be surprising if he balloons up to 400 pounds again, and loses it in self-pity and food. It’s predictable to assume that Fury will crumble mentally if he gets knocked out by Wilder or Joshua. Coming events cast their shadows before. Anthony Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) is calling Tyson Fury “just another fighter,” but he’s still looking forward to the fight. Both of these two giant heavyweights have found success and then watched it all fall apart. Loading… Fury seems to believe that he’s got the win over Wilder in the bag, and could be in for a rude awakening on the night. If some of those right hands that missed Fury from last time had hit him flush, he likely would have been knocked out again. Before Wilder’s equilibrium was thrown off in round three after being hit with a textbook illegal rabbit punch from Fury, he was throwing scorching right hands that he one-punch knockout written all over them. “I got beat. I got beaten to a pulp and had to pull myself back together,” said Joshua in talking about his loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. “Now they’re going to see the rebirth of me. “Everyone writes me off in this division, but I believe I will go down as this generation’s great. That’s what I’m destined to do,” said Joshua. Andy Ruiz Jr. (33-2, 22 KOs) did a number on Joshua in their first fight in June 2019 in knocking him down four times, and forcing him to quit on his feet in the 7th. It wasn’t a fight in which Joshua’s face was beaten to a pulp. It was more of a case of Joshua’s being hurt by the concussive punches from Ruiz, who unloaded on him. It’s clear that if Ruiz had come into the rematch in shape last December, he would have chased Joshua down and battered him into submission a second time. Joshua looked terrified the entire fight and spent much of the time, either holding or running. That strategy would have been easy for Ruiz to nullify if he was in good shape and if he had a trainer that he listened to. If Ruiz came into the fight in the low 250s, and if he had cut off the ring faster, he would have forced Joshua to exchange with him more. Also, Ruiz needed to throw four-punch combinations when he was near Joshua. He didn’t do that in the rematch because it looked like he was trying to keep from gassing out. Ruiz also let Joshua grab him in a clinch all night long, and he didn’t attempt to keep throwing while being held. Ruiz was giving up and taking rest breaks when Joshua would hold him. Joshua however explains Why He’s Fighting Pulev: “Why am I hanging on with Pulev?” said Joshua. “So there are five belts. IBF, IBO, WBA, and WBO. They belong to me. Tyson Fury has the WBC. Each of thee governing bodies has a ranking. So let’s say, one to ten, and with the IBF, Pulev is number one. “That’s the next belt that I have to defend, so that’s why Pulev is my mandatory. If I don’t defend against Pulev, then the IBF will be removed from me, and then Pulev will fight [for the vacant IBF strap]. Do you know who the next mandatory challenger is? Charles Martin. “That’s the guy that I won the [IBF] belt from [in 2016]. So if I don’t fight and defend my belt, then it’ll be Pulev, and Charles Martin will fight. And so these are the obligations that you have to follow as a champion,” said Joshua. Giving up the IBF belt wouldn’t lessen the amount of interest in a future fight between Joshua and Fury. But for some reason, Joshua has his head wrapped up in the belief that he needs to capture all the major titles. Joshua may have the mistaken belief that unifying the heavyweight division will validate him in the eyes of the casual boxing fans. It won’t. read also:Joshua vs Fury breakdown: AJ’s ‘fragility’ could cost him in heavyweight fight, says Trainer Fans are too busy with their lives to be concerned about whether Joshua has one or all four of the major titles. It hurts Joshua’s career that he’s slowing up the momentum that he’s built up with his recent win over Andy Ruiz Jr. to defend against his IBF mandatory Pulev (28-1, 14 KOs), who the casual fans aren’t familiar with. The hardcore boxing fans see the 39-year-old Pulev as an older fighter, who is the token lamb for Joshua to slaughter in a showcase fight. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. 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Maradona to drag Netflix to court over Hand of God film

first_imgArgentina legend Diego Maradona is threatening to sue Netflix over the Hand of God documentary, which is set to be released on the streaming platform later this year, according to dailystar. Maradona, 59, says he did not give Netflix permission to use his image for the upcoming film which is directed by Oscar winning Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino. Netflix is adamant that it is not a sports movie and is not about Maradona, instead stating that it will be a personal story about Sorrentino’s youth in 1980s Naples. Maradona’s lawyer Matias Morla said in a statement he posted to Twitter: “Diego Maradona did not authorise the use of his image for this film. “With our colleagues in Italy we are now drawing up the legal strategy to file a formal complaint with the justice system for the improper use of a registered brand.”Advertisement Loading… Sorrentino’s relationship with the Argentine superstar is a complex one – with the movie maker having credited the Napoli legend with unknowingly saving his life. “Aside from all the things I’ve said before about Maradona, he involuntarily saved my life,” he told Variety in 2015. “I lost my parents when I was 16 in an accident with the heating system in a house in the mountains where I always used to go to with them. Read AlsoBooze Addiction: Maradona’s daughters set to drag him to court “That weekend, I didn’t go because I wanted to go watch Maradona and S.S.C Napoli play a match in Empoli, and that saved me.” Maradona previously sued Japanese video game producers Konami for including him in their PES 2017 game without his permission. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more


OPERATION BEAT ALGERIA: Work Begins on Akpabio Stadium Pitch

first_imgWork has commenced apace on the pitch of the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo ahead of next month’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Nigeria and Algeria.In line with the NFF’s promise to get the Akwa Ibom State Government to work on the turf, following some complaints by Super Eagles’ players after last month’s 2017 Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania, the NFF wrote to Governor Udom Emmanuel on the issue and followed up with a first inspection of the pitch last Saturday.The NFF’s inspection team, led by the Deputy General Secretary, Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme, and including Assistant Director (Technical) Siji Lagunju and Chief Sports Officer, Sunday Okayi, was received and taken on the tour of the venue by the immediate past Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Hon. Monday Uko,  and his Special Duties counterpart, Etido Inyang. The Consultant to Julius Berger, the world-renowned construction company handling the work, was with the team.A second inspection has been fixed for Tuesday, October 25, 2016 while the final inspection will come up on Wednesday,  November 2, 2016.“It is a task that we are approaching with all seriousness, and we want to appreciate the Akwa Ibom State Government for the seriousness that it is also attaching to this important task,” Ikpeme told thenff.com.Earlier on Thursday, October 13, NFF 1st Vice President Seyi Akinwunmi and Chairman of the Technical and Development Committee, Chris Green, as well as Ikpeme, held a meeting with Hon. Uko to discuss logistics in order to ensure seamless organisation of the big match.Also on Thursday, the NFF Deputy General Secretary, Dr. Ikpeme led Mr. Abdelwahab Djahid Zefizef, 1stVice President of the Algeria Football Federation on a guided tour of the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, following a written request to that effect by the FAF.African Qualifying Series Group B leaders Nigeria host Algeria’s Fennecs at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on November 12, 2016 in one of the Match-day 2 encounters.Nigeria defeated Algeria to lift her first-ever Africa Cup of Nations when hosting in 1980, but Algeria returned the compliment when hosting 10 years later. Algeria defeated Nigeria home and away in 1981 in the qualifying race for the 1982 FIFA World Cup, but Nigeria returned the compliment in 2005, in the race for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.In the qualifying race for 1994 FIFA World Cup, Nigeria defeated Algeria in Lagos and drew with the Fennecs in Algiers to qualify for her first ever World Cup.Algeria came from behind to beat Nigeria at the 1982 Africa Cup of Nations in Libya. Both countries played a 0-0 draw at the 1984 Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire, but Nigeria ousted Algeria on penalties in the semi finals of the 1988 Cup finals in Morocco.Nigeria defeated Algeria 1-0 at the 2002 Africa Cup in Mali, and by the same scoreline at the 2010 Africa Cup finals in Angola to win bronze.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


Sales struggles in loss; Lemon sets program record for receptions

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories DIGGING A HOLE: Multiple turnovers, miscues cost Syracuse in 17-10 loss to MinnesotaMinnesota leads Syracuse 7-3 at halftime in low-scoring affair filled with penaltiesOffensive struggles cost Syracuse in 17-10 loss to Minnesota MINNEAPOLIS— The game was nearly over when Marcus Sales finally made his way onto the stat sheet.After turning in 100-yard receiving performances in each of Syracuse’s first three games, the senior wide receiver was held without a catch for the first 57-plus minutes of the game on Saturday night. The Minnesota secondary rendered Sales invisible in the Orange’s pass-happy, no-huddle offense for the first time in 2012.“We tried to move him around, get him in spots where we could get some one-on-one looks,” SU quarterback Ryan Nassib said. “But they had a plan for him and they did a good job taking him out of the game.“It’s something that we’re going to have to think about and game plan for.”Sales finished with two catches and a touchdown, but both came on the Orange’s meaningless scoring drive in the final minutes to cap a 17-10 loss to Minnesota at TCF Bank Stadium.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSales emerged as the team’s go-to receiver with his stellar play in the first three games. He easily found seams in the defense on slants and chased down lob passes for grabs during the streak of 100-yard games, but Nassib rarely looked his way on Saturday as the Gophers ran their game plan to perfection.“Mostly they clouded him and played a safety over the top,” SU head coach Doug Marrone said. “They did a nice job of that, take him out of the game and that’s what most people do to take people out.”Lemon sets program record for receptionsLemon returned to his 2011 form in the loss. After undergoing offseason shoulder surgery and dealing with a nagging lower-body injury early in the season, the senior broke through with nine catches against Minnesota.His performance moved him past Shelby Hill and Scott Schwedes to become Syracuse’s leader in career receptions with 145 — six more than the previous record. Lemon’s historic night went without any celebrations, as he and the team focused more on a disappointing 17-10 loss after the game.“It means a lot,” Lemon said. “It would mean more if we won the game. It’s nice to be on a list with people like that, but I don’t play this game to get individual records. We go out there to win the game.”Lemon’s first catch came midway through the first quarter with SU trailing 7-0. The wideout lined up with about 15 yards separating him and Minnesota safety Derrick Wells. Nassib hit a wide-open Lemon in the slot for a 24-yard pickup and then called his number on the next play for eight more yards.From there, Lemon became Nassib’s favorite target, just as he was in 2011.Bye weekHeading into the bye week, Marrone’s team isn’t where it wanted to be. Syracuse has fallen in three close games, and the program looks to be on the path to another losing season.Marrone tried to impress on his players the need to remain positive and continue to believe if they’re going to rebound from the bad start.“Like I told the players, we know that we’re a good football team,” Marrone said. “The perception of it is we’re 1-3 and the three teams we’ve lost to are a combined probably 11-1. That doesn’t make us feel any better.”Marrone said he stressed that the players can’t get caught up with outside expectations and distractions this week. Right now, the Orange can only continue to work hard and improve before taking on Pittsburgh in a Friday night game in the Carrier Dome on Oct. 5.The head coach still calls his group a good football team. To back up their coach’s statement the rest of the season, Nassib and his teammates know this week’s preparation is crucial.“We got to go into this bye with a full head of steam and try to get as much better as we can,” Nassib said. “We got to get our bodies back. We’ve been in four dogfights so far this year and we just got to get ready for the second half of the season.” Commentscenter_img Published on September 24, 2012 at 2:52 am Contact Ryne: [email protected]last_img read more