IBF, WBA, IBO and WBO boxing champion of the world, Anthony Joshua has stated that he will like to fight Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury and he has the necessary style and technique to beat them both.
Tyson Fury and Wilder are the only undefeated heavyweight boxers in the division, and fans are hoping for a mega fight that will involve Joshua and either Fury or Wilder after Joshua defeated Andy Ruiz unanimously in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night to take back his heavyweight belts.
Fury will face Wilder on February 22 in Las Vegas in a rematch that is sure to spin heads with the Lineal heavyweight belt and WBC belts on the link, after their last fight in 2018 was adjudged a draw despite Fury being the more technical and clinical of the pair.
Fury and Wilder have both been critical of Joshua with both fighters accusing Joshua of avoiding them for the last two years but Joshua has now come out to say he will beat both fighters if and when they ever fight.
Speaking to Good Morning Britain programme live from Saudi Arabia on Monday morning, Joshua was asked whether he was going to fight them next and said: “I would love to make that my next fight.
“I’m taking it one step at a time. Whenever they are ready they know where to find us.
I’m not a running champion, I’m someone who will fight the best in the world.
“Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury are those guys. I’d love the opportunity to beat Wilder or Fury.
“You can see I’d beat them.
“I’ve displayed different styles of fighting. Sometimes inside fighting, sometimes knockout fighting and sometimes a boxing man’s fight.
“So I feel like I have their number because I can display a variety of skills when it comes to boxing.”
There’s also the possibility of Joshua defending his IBF belt against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev, and Joshua says he’ll relish it.
Asked about the prospect of fighting the Bulgarian bruiser in London, AJ said: “It would be mega. Looking at how many people came out here shows there’s still a big interest in the heavyweight division, especially now we are taking the belts back.
“To defend them back on home soil would be big news.
It would be better against another Brit but, if not, I will follow my mandatory and crack on that way.
“London’s calling, I think. We’ve been away for the whole year but it’s nice to have a breather.
“It’s nice to have a bit of controversy, a bit of doubt.
It just shows that British supporters do play a big part in my career. Any time I’m on home soil I can’t lose.
“The work begins again because around March I’ll be defending those titles again. I’m already focusing on my next fight.”
Late Kobe Bryant’s Towel Sold For ₦12 MILLION
Late basketball legend Kobe Bryant’s towel has been sold for over N12million ($33,000) at an auction.
Bryant wore the towel over his shoulders during his farewell speech after his final National Basketball League.
With the towel draped around him to help mop up his sweat, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar closed his speech with his signature phrase, “Mamba Out.”
A fan got hold of the towel as Bryant walked off the court at the time. It was then sold several times before the latest online auction.
The winning bid on Sunday was $33,077. The buyer also received two used tickets to the April 13, 2016 Lakers game.
Bryant scored 60 points in the Lakers’ 101-96 win over the Utah Jazz that night.
Speaking about the sale, Jeff Woolf, president of Iconic Auctions, told American news broadcaster CNN that the winning bidder is famous for having a large Lakers memorabilia collection.
“He is a devoted Lakers fan,” Woolf said. “His long-term plan is to create a museum in southern California.”
Bryant died in January at age 41 in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles that killed eight others, including his daughter Gianna.
Bryant played his entire 20-year NBA career with the Lakers. The superstar guard led the club to five NBA titles during his stay.
He was an 18-time NBA All-Star and the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player and also helped the United States capture Olympic gold in 2008 at Beijing and 2012 in London.
Daniel Amokachi Snubs Okocha, Kanu, Names Mikel Obi Greatest Nigerian Player
Former Super Eagles player and current football coach, Daniel Amokachi, has snubbed the likes of Jay Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu and Joseph Yobo to declare former Chelsea player John Mikel Obi as Nigeria’s greatest ever player.
Mikel, 32 has had a distinguished playing career, winning 9 major silverware including AFCON, two Premier League titles, the Champions League, the Carling Cup, the FA Cup, and Europa League while Kanu also had a distinguished career winning trophies and playing in big clubs like Inter Milan, Ajax and Arsenal, but Amokachi who earned 44 caps for Nigeria feels Mikel is Nigeria’s greatest ever player.
‘Mikel (Obi) is the greatest player,’ said Amokachi on Brila FM’s Show “The Bull’s Pit”.
‘He has won everything that a player can hope to; the Champions League, Europa, AFCON in 2013 and he also captained the national team.
‘As a footballer, your laurels count and that will surely count for Mikel because nobody has won that much in Nigerian football.’
Odion Ighalo Wins First Man Utd Award
Odion Ighalo has won his first award at the Old Trafford club after his sparkling effort goal against LASK in the Europa League.
Manchester United made this known in a statement on its official website on Saturday.
“Ighalo has won the club’s March Goal-of-the-Month award,” the statement read.
“The Nigerian’s driven shot to open the scoring against the Austrians, after some skilled ball juggling in the build-up, took home 32 percent of your votes in our Official App.
“Ighalo narrowly beat off fierce competition from Scott McTominay, whose memorable late goal against Manchester City received 26 percent. Bruno Fernandes’ first strike from open play for the Reds, at Everton, finished third in the poll with 16 percent.
“Of course, March was cut short due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with the Reds’ games versus Tottenham Hotspur, LASK and Norwich City being postponed.”
Ighalo joined United in the January transfer window from Chinese side, Shanghai Shenhua.
Odion Ighalo was running to be named Manchester United’s Player of the Month for March but lost to Bruno Fernandes.
Ighalo was nominated alongside Fernandes, Harry Maguire and Fred.
Ighalo only arrived at Old Trafford in January, signing a six-month loan deal with the Red Devils.
In March, he scored three goals including a brace in their 3-0 win over Derby County in the FA Cup. Ighalo also netted once and provided an assists against LASK in the Europa League last 16 first leg.
In total, the Nigerian striker has scored four times in three starts for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team.
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