Anthony Joshua said he is ready for a showdown with American Deontay Wilder now that he has reclaimed his titles, as he really loves to unify all the boxing titles.
Wilder, since 2015 has held the WBC heavyweight title, but he has a river to cross first in the rematch with Tyson Fury on February 22, 2020, following their draw in 2018.
Joshua reclaimed the WBA (Super), WBO and IBF belts by unanimous decision over Andy Ruiz Jr. on Saturday in Saudi Arabia and live on DAZN, in a rematch with the man who sensationally dethroned him in June.
Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) produced a calculated performance to avenge the only loss of his professional career, the challenger prevailing 118-110 on two of the scorecards and 119-109 on the other.
After Joshua became a two-time heavyweight champion, the attention quickly turned to a potential blockbuster fight with WBC titleholder Wilder, who is set to meet Tyson Fury in a rematch on Feb. 22.
Asked whether he wanted a unification bout against Wilder, Joshua told reporters: “Yeah, definitely. I would love to. I’ve united four.
“It’s hard to keep and unite them. We will see what happens. I think me chasing, same in the fights, it may come crashing down. I’m just going to let the path take its course. When the opportunity presents itself, I’ll step up and take the challenge.”
While Joshua vs. Wilder is the fight everyone wants to see, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist is open to facing Ruiz again in Saudi Arabia to complete the trilogy. Ruiz called for a third bout as well in his post-fight interview.
“The great thing is his view on Saudi Arabia,” Joshua said when asked about Ruiz’s determination for a third battle. “That’s a positive because he was a bit wary at first, so it’s nice to see he has changed his opinion.
“It’s neutral ground and territory. If he is keen, [Oleksandr] Usyk and [Kubrat] Pulev, Ruiz, I don’t want to mention the other guys’ names, you know who they are, but when they’re ready.
“I’ve fought a lot of great names on my record and beaten some good names, too. Andy is still on that list because we make good music. He is a good dancing partner.”
Before any potential bouts with Ruiz and Wilder, Joshua has mandatory commitments to fulfil.
The WBO ordered Joshua to make his mandatory defence against Usyk within 180 days, while the IBF wants the heavyweight champion to face challenger Pulev.
“Let’s rock and roll,” Joshua said. “No problem.”
Victor Moses Joins Inter Milan On Loan
Victor Moses is officially an Inter Milan player. The 29-year-old Nigerian player has joined the Nerazzurri on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season.
He has been handed the number 11 jersey at the club after he was unveiled at Inter’s stadium on Thursday evening.
Inter Milan, one of the European continent’s biggest club, wrote a long article on their official website about Moses after signing him.
Read it below.
“The thread that binds Victor Moses to the ball is infused with passion, deep meaning, joy and suffering. It’s a story of courage and determination, of enormous strength and character.”
“He once played on the streets of Kaduna, Nigeria, the place where he was born. Here, come rain or shine, a barefooted Moses would run with the ball at his feet.”
“And on one of those days, when he was accelerating and dribbling, something happened that would change his life forever: he suddenly found himself without his father Austin and mother Josephine, both of whom were killed in their own home during religious riots.”
“On that exact day, Moses, who was not at home precisely because he was playing football with friends, was forced to grow up. He hadn’t even turned 12.”
“He then set off for England. It was the beginning of a new life in South London, one which was marked by two requirements: to be strong and never give up.
To help him along the way, he had an innate ability to play with the ball between his feet and overwhelming physical power that allowed him to be the dominant figure when up against his peers.”
“After getting involved in local football, he was soon discovered by Crystal Palace. At a young age, he began to dominate. Quite literally.”
“Many still remember the final of the 2005 Under-14 FA Youth Cup, with Whitgift winning 5-0 thanks to five goals from Moses. Three years and over 100 goals later, he made his debut for Palace’s first team.”
“This is how his path in English professional football began. He moved to Wigan in 2010, where he debuted in the Premier League, before making a big step forward in 2012 when he was signed by then European champions Chelsea.”
“During his first season at The Blues, he scored ten goals in 43 matches, winning the UEFA Europa League in the process. But this wasn’t enough to convince Chelsea’s new boss.”
“So, with his usual determination, Victor rolled up his sleeves and went again. Loan spells at Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham followed.
When Antonio Conte became Chelsea’s Coach in 2016, a new chapter began in Victor Moses’s career.”
“He became an important part of the current Nerazzurri Coach’s side, contributing to the Blues’ 2016/17 Premier League triumph and FA Cup success in 2018. Over two seasons, he played 78 times, scored eight goals and provided eight assists. “
“Conte used him out wide in midfield, whereas in the two years prior to this he’d often been used as an out-and-out winger or a second striker. More recently, Moses has spent time at Fenerbahce in Turkey.”
“On an international level, Moses played for all of England’s youth teams, also finishing as the top scorer at the U17 European Championship. In 2012, however, he made the decision to play for Nigeria, the country where he was born.”
“He’s since scored twelve goals in 38 matches for the Super Eagles and taken part in two World Cups. Most notably, he won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, at which he left his mark with an assist for the winning goal in the final.”
‘Fast and determined, shy but aware of his abilities: Victor Moses, who possesses a great affinity for the ball, knows that every time he’s taken to the pitch, his father Austin and mother Josephine have been watching on proudly.’
“And now he’s ready to start a new adventure. He’s the eighth Nigerian player in Inter’s history and follows in the footsteps of big names like Nwanko Kanu, Taribo West and Obafemi Martins.”
On behalf of the Nerazzurri family, we’d like to wish Victor all the very best!
Paris FC Sign Rivers Angels Goalie Nnadozie Chiamaka
French Feminine Division 1 club Paris FC sign Rivers Angels and Super Falcons goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie on an 18-month contract.
The 19-year-old earned huge plaudits for her impressive performance at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France as the African Champions during reaches the knockout stage of the tournament.
FC Naija reports that Nnadozie linked up with Paris FC on a free transfer following the expiration of her contract with Port Harcourt based outfit and Nigeria Women Football League side Rivers Angels but the French giant will pay a ‘compensation fee’ and she will be drafted into the first team in February.
Super Eagles goalie who is expected to be the first choice, will return to Nigeria to sort out her document before returning in February.
Nnadozie has also represented Nigeria at the U-17 and U-20 levels may miss Paris FC’s fixture against Dijon on February 8, the Nigerian goalkeeper is expected to lead the squad in their home game against Stade De Reims on 22nd February 2020.
Announcing her signing to a new club on her Instagram page, she wrote:
“FROM GRASS TO GRACE, FROM ZERO TO HERO THIS IS GODS DESIGNING. NEW SEASON NEW HOME. THANK YOU JESUS
GOD IS THE GREATEST.. AKACHUKWUDIYA.. MUNACHIMSO.. 2020 MUST BE BETTER ❤️ ❤️.”
Paris FC sit in sixth position in the table with 17 points from 13 games.
Cristiano Ronaldo Is Now The 5th Highest Goalscorer In Football History
Cristiano Ronaldo is now the fifth highest goal scorer in the history of football.
The Juventus star has overtaken Gerd Muller on the top goalscorers in football history list, with the Portuguese beating the Germany legend to fifth position after his goal scoring run for Juventus.
On Sunday night, the Portuguese superstar scored twice to secure a 2-1 win against Parma in Serie A. He’s now netted 18 times already this season – not bad for a 34-year-old.
The Portuguese grabbed a cool brace, scoring in each half of the game to open a four-point gap with close league challengers Inter.
Ronaldo also increased his tally to 16 goals in Serie A, becoming the only player in the top five European leagues to score at least 15 goals in each of the last 14 campaigns.
The feat means the former Man United talisman has now reached another significant landmark of his glistering trophy-laden career.
At 34, Ronaldo with a goal per game ratio of 0.72 has now scored staggering 736 goals in 1028 games at the top level.
Hungarian icon Ferenc Puskas has 747 goals behind Selecao legend Pele who has 767. It seems Ronaldo may overtake both legends should his goal-scoring form continue this season.
Romario is the second highest goalscorer in history with 772, while Czech-Austrian legend Josef Bican is the most prolific goal-scorer with 805 goals.
Here are top goalscorers in history according to Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF)
1. Josef Bica: 805 goals
2. Romario: 772 goals
3. Pele: 767 goals
4. Ferenc Puskas: 747 goals
5: Cristiano Ronaldo: 736 goals
6. Gerd Muller: 735 goals
7. Lionel Messi: 717 goals