Nigerian-born British IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua has been speaking on the possibility of meeting the WBC Champion, Deontay Wilder after he stopped his Mexican conqueror, Andy Ruiz Jr in a rematch in Saudi Arabia last December.
Joshua, who has a 23-1 record with 22 of them coming in KOs is trying to rebuild his image in the eyes of the fans after the way he was blown out in 7 rounds by the chubby 268-lb Ruiz Jr. last June in New York.
Speaking to @SkySportsBoxing, Joshua, 29, said Wilder won’t make it to the 7th round against him, as he would fight the talented 6’7″ American with a record 42-0-1 and 41 Kos, in an exact opposite manner that he fought Ruiz Jr. on December 7.
“He wouldn’t be there in the seventh round. I would go in to knock him out. This is a serious fight, I ain’t going to go in there to try and outbox him for 12 rounds,” said Joshua to skysports.com.
Joshua may be defending against either Kubrat Pulev or Oleksandr Usyk next in April or May but his promoter Eddie Hearn thinks it’ll be Pulev (28-1, 14 KOs), who Joshua ends up fighting next.
The 38-year-old Pulev is Joshua’s International Boxing Federation mandatory challenger and boxing pundits say it seems like a big waste of Joshua’s time to devote the first half of 2020 fighting a guy that few fans want to see him fight, but he values his titles and doesn’t want to vacate any of them.
VAR: EPL Referees To Start Using Pitch-Side Monitors
Premier League referees have been told to start using pitch side monitors for red card decisions where it is felt they should have the final say.
The Professional Game Match Officials Limited, the body that manages elite referees, has issued the guidance.
The only time the monitors have been used this season is by Michael Oliver in an FA Cup third-round tie between Crystal Palace and Derby County.
As a result, he upgraded a yellow card for Palace’s Luka Milivojevic to a red.
This is the sort of incident where they are now set to be used in top-flight games.
The move was welcomed by Premier League managers.
Speaking yesterday Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said “It is a positive move. The referee will be taking responsibility himself. I like that.”
One case that could potentially be handled differently in future was that of Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s sending off against Crystal Palace on January 11.
Aubameyang, 30, was initially given a yellow card by referee Paul Tierney for a tackle on midfielder Max Meyer, but the decision was changed to a red by the video assistant referee.
It is felt by the Premier League that Tierney should probably have made the final call to confirm his authority and make the decision more likely to be accepted by both players and fans inside the stadium.
The Gunners appealed against the decision but that was rejected on Wednesday, meaning Gabon international Aubameyang will miss Premier League games against Sheffield United and Chelsea, and the FA Cup fourth-round tie at Bournemouth.
BREAKING: Man Utd Captain Ashley Young Joins Inter
Ashley Young has completed his move from Manchester United to Inter Milan on a six-month deal with an option to extend for a further year.
Ashley Young is officially an Inter player. The 34-year-old English defender arrives from Manchester United and has signed a contract lasting until 30 June 2020 with an option to extend for a further season.
No transfer fee has been revealed but according to several sources in Italy, Inter have paid Manchester United €1.5 million to secure the services of the former Aston Villa man, a fee that will increase every time Young plays for the Nerazzurri.
Ashley Young’s contract with Manchester United was due to expire at the end of June 2020 but the Nerazzurri wanted to add him to the fold for the second half of the season and so they negotiated this deal with the Red Devils.
Ashley Young joined Manchester United from Aston Villa ahead of the 2011/2012 season for a reported fee between £15-20 million and has since then featured 261 times across all competitions scoring 19 goals in the process.
Billionaire Dangote Makes Huge Arsenal FC Take Over Claims
Aliko Dangote has admitted that he is planning to buy Arsenal Football Club.
The Nigerian billionaire – the richest man in Africa – has made no secret of his desire to take over the north London club in the past and has made several statements about launching a future takeover bid in the past.
And the 62-year-old Gunners supporter, who is at number 136 on Forbes’ rich list, has been speaking up a move for the club again.
Dangote owns nearly 85% of the publicly-traded Dangote Cement through a holding company. He also owns stakes in publicly-traded salt, sugar and flour manufacturing companies.
According to Forbes the Dangote Refinery has been under construction for three years and is expected to be one of the world’s largest oil refineries once complete.
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And it is that project that is keeping the billionaire from making a move to buy Arsenal from Stan Kroenke right now.
Speaking in 2018, Dangote said that he wanted to buy Arsenal this year.
He said back then: “We will go after Arsenal from 2020, even if somebody buys, we will still go after it.”
Now, with the Dangote Refinery still in process, Dangote has altered his plans and made the big claim that he will buy the club sometime in 2021.
Speaking on the David Rubenstein Show in America, in an interview recorded in September, Dangote said: “It is a team that yes I would like to buy some day, but what I keep saying is we have $20billion worth of projects and that’s what I really want to concentrate on. I’m trying to finish building the company and then after we finish, maybe some time in 2021 we can.
“I’m not buying Arsenal right now, I’m buying Arsenal when I finish all these projects, because I’m trying to take the company to the next level.”
Below is the interview which was released on Youtube earlier this month.