Joshua: I want the world to bow down

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Anthony Joshua will demand the boxing world “bows down” to him if he wins back his world titles.The former heavyweight champion has the chance to exert revenge on Andy Ruiz Jr when the rivals clash for a second time next month.Ruiz Jr pulled off one of the biggest shocks in boxing history in June when he knocked Joshua down four times before stopping him in the seventh round.The pair will meet again in two weeks time in the Saudi Arabian desert, and Joshua told Sky Sports: “They think he’s so great, so when I beat him I want everybody to bow to my feet and tell me how great I am.“You saw me in the ring [before the fight] – I wasn’t fighting King Kong, was I? [I didn’t have] that mindset.“Apparently I’m fighting the quickest hands and the best fighter in the division. So once I beat him I want everybody to bow to me.”Ruiz accepted the first fight at six weeks notice after replacing drug cheat Jarrell Miller.Joshua was unable to adjust his training camp in time but insists this time his preparation has been on point.He said: “Take competition away from being humble. Being humble is about me respecting you as a person, or respecting a lady on a bus by standing up and giving her my seat. That’s humble.“When you talk about competition, people understand and respect that you have to carry a sense of fire in your belly. It’s not arrogance, it’s confidence.“I’m confident that I know what I need to do now, and I’ve prepared to the best of my capability to go out and perform. Performance leads to the win.” Tags: Anthony Joshualast_img read more

EPL: Arsenal rescue point in Arteta’s opener

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Gunners survive West Ham scare EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp Martinez completes £20m Aston Villa move Arsenal came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth in Mikel Arteta’s first match in charge of the club. The Emirates side came into this match on the back of a wretched run of results, which had yielded just one win in their past 11 games — and that was extended to 12 at the Vitality Stadium. Despite a bright start for Arteta’s side Dan Gosling, who recently earned Bournemouth a 1-0 win away at Chelsea, opened the scoring on 35 minutes. The goal gave Bournemouth positive momentum for the remainder of the half, but it was Arsenal who looked the brighter after the break. And they were level on 63 minutes when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finished off at the near post. Arsenal then wasted a host of chances, with Alexandre Lacazette guilty of missing when put through one-on-one, but saw his effort saved by Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale. Arsenal appeared the likelier team to score next, but it was Bournemouth who then had the ball in the back of the net through Callum Wilson, only to see the goal disallowed for an offside. The draw meant Arsenal stayed 10th, while Bournemouth remained 16th — just two points above the relegation zone.Tags: Dan GoslingMikel ArtetaPierre-Emerick Aubameyanglast_img read more

Super Falcons soar in FIFA World Ranking

first_imgRelatedPosts Nigeria dying under Buhari’s jackboot, by Tunde Odesola Nigeria: We can’t breathe, by Gabriel Agbo Yes, Nigeria is collapsing forward, by Femi Adesina Nigeria’s Super Falcons moved up one spot from 39th to 38th in the latest FIFA Women’s World Ranking. The ranking was published on FIFA’s official website on Friday. In Africa, the Falcons, who are Africa Cup of Nations champions, remain number one. Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon dropped two spots from 49th to 51st and are second in Africa. In third position is Bayana Bayana of South Africa, who are 53rd in the world, while Ghana’s Black Queens remain 60th and fourth in Africa. At the very top, USA’s (1st, unchanged) long reign continues after the world champions lifted the SheBelieves Cup on home soil. But Germany (2nd, unchanged) at least narrowed the gap after impressing at the Algarve Cup, gaining 12 Ranking points – more than any other top-10 team in this edition. The global order also welcomed its newest addition, with Gambia (113th) increasing the number of teams ranked to 159 – the second-highest number on record. The next FIFA Women’s World Ranking will be published on June 26, 2020.Tags: FIFAFOOTBALLNigeriaSuper FalconsWomen’s footballWorld Rankinglast_img read more

Tyson offered zookeeper $10,000 to fight gorilla

first_imgRelatedPosts Mike Tyson comeback fight postponed Mike Tyson beats up seven prostitutes Mike Tyson to face Roy Jones Jr Mike Tyson has admitted that he once offered a zookeeper $10,000 to fight a silverback gorilla. The former heavyweight champion of the world is a known animal lover and recently made the news discussing his past owning exotic animals, staking his claim as America’s original “Tiger King”. However, Tyson seemingly has less love for gorillas than big cats as he has revealed how in the late 1980s he once told a zookeeper he wanted to climb in a cage and fight a silverback. Fortunately, the zookeeper in question declined his offer. “I paid a worker at New York’s zoo to re-open it just for me and Robin [Givens, his ex-wife],” Tyson once told The Sun. “When we got to the gorilla cage there was one big silverback gorilla there just bullying all the other gorillas. “They were so powerful but their eyes were like an innocent infant. “I offered the attendant $10,000 to open the cage and let me smash that silverback’s snot box. He declined.” With big cats back in the news thanks to the runaway success of Netflix documentary Tiger King, Tyson has admitted that he regrets his history of owning exotic animals. Netflix’s seven-part documentary series has provided a welcome distraction to those in lockdown during the global coronavirus pandemic, quickly becoming the source of an endless number of memes on social media. The documentary charts the demise of Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as ‘Joe Exotic’, the eponymous ‘Tiger King’ currently serving a federal prison sentence on two counts of murder for hire. Tyson, 53, is among those to have seen the documentary and has admitted that he was “wrong” for keeping two tigers at his Las Vegas mansion years ago. “I was foolish,” Tyson said last week, on an Instagram Live with Fat Joe. “There’s no way you can domesticate these cats 100 percent. No way that’s going to happen. They’ll kill you by accident, especially when you’re playing rough with them, you’re punching them back. They get hyped up, hit you back and you’re dead. “I’m just happy I educated myself. I was doing the wrong shit. I shouldn’t have had them in my house, believing they were domesticated. I was wrong.”Tags: Animalsmike tysonSilverback GorillaZooslast_img read more

EPL: Newcastle hit four past Bournemouth

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Newcastle set to extend winning streak Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Newcastle ignited their quest for a top-half finish with a comprehensive 4-1 victory at Bournemouth that deepened the Cherries’ relegation fears.Dwight Gayle punished Jefferson Lerma’s costly fifth-minute error to hand Newcastle the lead, and Sean Longstaff put the Magpies in complete control at the Vitality Stadium with an emphatic second on the half-hour. The offside flag prevented Josh King’s header from halving the deficit in the first minute of the second half after Dominic Solanke’s deflected shot had struck the post.Newcastle took full advantage of their reprieve as stunning goals from Miguel Almiron and Valentino Lazaro inflicted a crushing defeat on Eddie Howe’s side, who grabbed a late consolation through Dan Gosling.Newcastle’s second victory since the restart lifts them up to 13th in the table, three points off Rafa Benitez’s points total last season with six games remaining, while Bournemouth drop below Aston Villa to second bottom due to their inferior goals scored record.Tags: Dominic SolankeDwight Gayle. BournemouthNewcastle UnitedPremier LeagueVitality Stadiumlast_img read more

Germany still winless in UEFA Nations League after drawing with Switzerland

first_imgGermany were still waiting for their first-ever UEFA Nations League win after they gave a tired performance and were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland on Sunday.Ilkay Gundogan gave Joachim Loew’s side the perfect start with a clinical goal in the 14th minute, but Silvan Widmer earned their smaller neighbours a deserved draw just before the hour. In the end, Germany may have been grateful for the result in the League A Group 4 game.The much livelier hosts, unbeaten in their last 17 competitive matches at home, created the better chances.Germany, who also let the lead slip in a 1-1 draw with Spain on Thursday, failed to win any of their four games in the inaugural Nations League two years ago.Now they have drawn their opening two games this time around.Matthias Ginter, in spite of being surrounded by five defenders, laid the ball back to Gundogan who rolled a shot between Yann Sommer and his near post from 20 metres. Julian Draxler should have added a second shortly afterwards but shot straight at Sommer.Switzerland were let down by their old failing in front of goal with Haris Seferovic the biggest culprit, mis-kicking from six metres after Djibril Sow’s pass found him free.The Benfica striker also hit the post just before half-time.Breel Embolo’s runs from midfield constantly troubled Germany and he set up the equaliser in 58th minute.The visitors lost possession in midfield, Embolo burst into the area and laid the ball off to Widmer who scored on his return to the side after a three-year absence. Switzerland have one point after losing their opener to Ukraine.Germany coach Joachim Loew was left frustrated by his team’s failure to capitalise on their early lead.“We didn’t take our chances for a second goal and allowed Switzerland to take control in the second half. In the end I thought a draw was the right result,” he said.“When you lead 1-0 in two games and don’t win either, it’s annoying. It’s a problem that we are not finishing off games…RelatedPosts Gundogan tests positive for coronavirus Denmark hold England to draw Batshuayi double helps Belgium to massive win over Iceland “I doubt that Switzerland would have come back from 2-0 behind.”Loew stuck with his three-man defence and his side made an early breakthrough.Granit Xhaka tested Leno with a long-range shot and was just wide with a free kick as Switzerland threatened a win.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Ilkay GundoganJoachim LoewSwitzerlandUEFA Nations Leaguelast_img read more

Martinez completes £20m Aston Villa move

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Akpom pens Middlesbrough loan deal Emi Martinez has left Arsenal after his £20 million ($25 million) transfer to Aston Villa was confirmed on Wednesday.The goalkeeper played regularly at the end of last season and started in the Gunners’ FA Cup final victory over Chelsea at Wembley in August. However manager Mikel Arteta has chosen Bernd Leno as his number one for the coming season, leading Martinez to end his long association with Arsenal and seek first-team action elsewhere.Villa confirmed that Martinez has joined on a four-year contract, and it is expected that the Argentina international will serve as their first-choice keeper this season as they look to avoid another relegation dogfight, having only stayed up on the final day in 2019-20.Manager Dean Smith said: “We are really pleased with the signing of our new goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez. We know how highly Arsenal rated him and we watched his outstanding performances last season in a trophy-winning top side.“We moved for Emi when we saw the opportunity, as it is rare to be able to buy a top-class goalkeeper who hasn’t yet reached their peak age and who can therefore be a key player for our club for the long term.”Martinez posted an emotional message on his Instagram page before leaving, thanking Arsenal fans for their support across his decade with the club. He said: “Thank you Arsenal. For me, I could not be happier to leave through the front door with the Arsenal fanbase supporting me and the club supporting me.“I had 11 years at the club, and even if it was a hard road for me, and I suffered through my time at Arsenal, today I am happy and I tried to show young goalies how work pays off. When you work hard, you are not going to be happy the whole time, you are going to have frustration, bad times in life.“They all understood at Arsenal and they support me for my decision. The Arsenal fanbase were always there for me, I felt their love.“Even when Bernd got injured this season, I received loads of messages like ‘we trust in you’, ‘you are our goalie’. That made me confident, made me win games and made me the keeper I am today. They understood my story and they love the way I worked in the club. I am so glad to be part of the Arsenal family for 11 years.”Tags: ArsenalAston VillaBernd LenoEmi MartinezMikel Artetalast_img read more

Fernandes: I won’t walk away from QPR

first_img He added: “I just wanted to put on record that no-one else would take responsibility but the leader, and the leader of the club is me.” Pressed as to whether he was planning to step down, Fernandes said: “At the moment, no.” QPR are six points adrift of safety in the Premier League with 13 games left to play this season. In an effort to bolster their survival bid, Fernandes provided the funds for current boss Harry Redknapp to make high-profile signings in the January transfer window, such as striker Loic Remy and defender Christopher Samba. And Fernandes has rubbished reports that have suggested the latter, a deadline day arrival from Anzhi Makhachkala, is on a salary of £100,000 a week. Asked how much Samba was earning, the Malaysian entrepreneur said: “It is not right for me to say, but it is nothing like £100,000 – it is more around the £65,000 mark. You would be close (with that).” The R’s are bottom of the Barclays Premier League and on January 27, the day after they were eliminated from the FA Cup following a 4-2 home defeat to MK Dons, Fernandes wrote on his Twitter account: “I take all responsibility and will face the music… If can’t fix it I will be first to go.” Asked about that on BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek on Sunday morning programme, Fernandes said: “If it goes wrong and people think that I’m the wrong chairman, then I’ll step down, but my investment will stay and I will continue to be a board member and support the club, because I have a lot of ambitions for the club.” QPR owner Tony Fernandes has vowed to maintain his financial backing of the club even if he steps down as chairman.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Saints shock sorry City

first_img Jason Puncheon slotted home after just seven minutes and it was 2-0 after Rickie Lambert’s fierce drive squirmed through Hart’s grasp, allowing Steven Davis to bundle home. Edin Dzeko reduced the deficit as half-time approached but Barry then passed into his own goal unchallenged to put Saints on course for a first win since Mauricio Pochettino replaced Nigel Adkins at the helm. Saints dominated the proceedings early on and, after Barry was dispossessed, Puncheon burst down the right flank and played through the unmarked Jay Rodriguez. Hart managed to deny the winger but the ball fell kindly for Puncheon, who slotted home calmly in front of the Northam End. City were struggling to deal with Southampton’s attacking intent in an opening 15 minutes in which a tame Sergio Aguero effort was all they had to show for their efforts. They eventually began to settle but were soon rocked by a second Southampton goal in the 22nd minute. Lambert collected the ball on the right and played a neat one-two with Puncheon, before cutting back and firing a shot that Hart let slip through from his midriff, allowing Davis to poke home. Pablo Zabaleta floated ball to the back post just evaded Aguero as City looked for a goal, which came six minutes before half-time. Dzeko got himself in the way of terrible Saints corner, before bursting up the field and tucking home a Zabaleta cross. It was harsh on the hosts, who felt hard done by in stoppage-time when Rodriguez was brought to ground in the area by Yaya Toure, captaining the side on his return from the African Nations Cup. Referee Martin Atkinson awarded a corner instead of a spot-kick much to the home fans’ frustrations – but they were celebrating soon after the restart. After Puncheon hammered over moments into the second half, the winger could then not quite latch onto a Lambert pullback, which Barry inexplicably passed into his own goal. Inexplicable mistakes by Joe Hart and Gareth Barry gave Manchester City’s Barclays Premier League title hopes a potentially decisive blow as Southampton secured a 3-1 win at St Mary’s.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

United duo on course to be fit for derby

first_img Press Association Wayne Rooney and Rafael have returned to training and should be available for Manchester United’s Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester City on Monday. Ferguson is also hopeful skipper Nemanja Vidic and Jonny Evans will have recovered from back and hamstring injuries respectively. “They are not there yet, but we have time on our hands to get them right,” he said. One player who definitely will be involved is Robin van Persie, even though his barren spell in front of goal for United extended to nine games with failures at Sunderland – when the winner was credited to Titus Bramble – and Chelsea. “Robin doesn’t need a rest that’s for sure,” said Ferguson. “He is a strong lad with a great physique. “It’s disappointing that he wasn’t awarded the goal at Sunderland, I can understand that because it took a wicked deflection, because the shot was fantastic. “All strikers have little dry spells – you always hope it ends quickly. It is just part of being a striker.” center_img Rooney returned from international duty with a groin injury, while Rafael suffered a similar problem during Saturday’s win at Sunderland. “Wayne and Rafael started training this morning, which is good news. They should be fine by Monday,” United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said. last_img read more