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.”
NFF Denies Amokachi’s Appointment
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has denied rumour making the rounds about the appointment of former Super Eagles Captain and Coach, Daniel Amokachi as Head of its Technical Department.
In a statement on Wednesday, Ademola Olajire, NFF Director of Communications, said Bitrus Bewarang still remained the federation’s Technical Director.
Olajire quoted Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, Alhaji Yusuf Fresh, as saying that at no time did the body call for applications from candidates for that position, not to talk of appointing anyone.
“This clarification becomes necessary against the background of wide-circulating, but totally misleading reports of the appointment of Amokachi, a former Super Eagles captain and coach, as head of NFF technical department.”
“’The NFF has been bemused by this unfounded story, which no doubt must have embarrassed Amokachi himself,” Fresh said.
JUST IN: Jubilation As Anthony Joshua Arrives In Sagamu
There was jubilation in Sagamu on Wednesday when Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua arrived at the palace of Akarigbo of Remo.
It was gathered that Joshua met Akarigbo and other chiefs in Sagamu around 1.15pm.
Head, Anthony Joshua Supporters Club, Sagamu, popularly known as Mr Naira, confirmed Joshua’s presence to The PUNCH.
He commended the boxer for yielding to their calls to visit Sagamu.
Footballer Suspended For 5 Years For Biting Opponent’s Penis During A Match In France
An amateur player was handed five years ban in a local league for biting one of his opponents’ penis during a post-match fight in France.
The incident reportedly occurred after a second division game between Terville and Soetrich in a local league that ended 1 – 1 on 17 November 2019.
According to a local news website in Lorraine, a player from each side started fighting, another Terville player joined in, apparently trying to separate them. The Soetrich player responded by biting the peacemaker’s penis. The victim required about 10 stitches and had to take four days off work.
‘The events took place after the match, in the stadium car park. There was an altercation, an escalation and things got worse,’ said Emmanuel Saling of the Mosellan football district, adding that the blame was ‘more or less shared’.
Saling also said that because the ‘case was quite original’, the disciplinary committee had called an expert witness before deciding to suspend the Soetrich player for five years.
The injured Terville player was also suspended for six months for his part in the fight.
‘It’s quite rare to have sanctions of several years, there are less than 10 per year,’ Saling said. ‘The case was a bit saucy, but … there must have been some nasty tension, so the smiles on the disciplinary committee quickly faded.’
The publication also revealed that the two clubs were punished with two penalty points and a fine of 200 euros ‘for failing to meet their safety obligations’ and ‘for the lack of reaction from club officials when the fight broke out.’