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World heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua has agreed to fight Tyson Fury in no distant time.

 

Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury
Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury
 
Anthony Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn has revealed that two biggest heavyweight boxers in the world, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua have agreed to fight each other.
 
The first of the historic fights could be staged in Saudi Arabia next year. Joshua regained his World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organisation heavyweight titles in Riyadh in December by outpointing Andy Ruiz in their rematch while Fury dethroned Deontay Wilder in February to become World Boxing Council champion.
 
The British pair now hold all four major belts in boxing’s blue riband division and speculation of a unification bout to determine the undisputed world heavyweight champion has been steadily building in recent months.
 
Joshua’s promoter, Hearn, said the fighters were on the same page with regards to the financial terms of both bouts.

"We're making great progress," Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn exclusively told Sky Sports News on Wednesday.

"There is still a lot to overcome. We are looking at venues and dates.

"We have the Dillian Whyte mandatory which is due before this fight.

"It's fair to say [Joshua and Fury] are in agreement regarding the financial terms of the fight.

"We've been talking to [Fury's management team] MTK, giving them the assurances from Joshua's side that all the details on the structure of the deal is approved from our side. And it is from Fury's side, as well.

"We're in a good place. It's fair to say that, in principle, both guys have agreed to that fight. Two fights.

"[There's] a lot to overcome in the meantime. We're moving in the right direction. I'm confident that both guys have given their blessing for the fight to go ahead.
 

"The point of Fury, Joshua and the teams agreeing to the structure of the deal? The first fight could happen next summer. It will be 2021.

"There is a big period of time where Whyte should get his shot at the title. That's important to us.

"The main positive news is that Joshua and Fury have agreed to a two-fight deal, in essence.

"The most difficult part of any deal is the financial element. I believe we're in a great place where both guys have agreed to what that should be.

"We have not signed contracts because there are still things to be worked out.

"We're pushing towards a place where they can be drafted, for 2021.

"Both guys are in agreement. The structure of the deal has been put forward, and agreed to by both parties.

"There is a model in place that both parties are happy with.

"It's the biggest fight ever in British boxing. It doesn't get bigger, and there will never be a bigger fight in our generation.

"Two guys, very different, who fight differently, have experienced different things and have come back from adversity."
Asked about a possible location for the Joshua vs Fury fight, Hearn added: "There are discussions with various sites.

"From a common-sense point of view and without knowing how a deal works, everyone will say Britain is the place to hold the fight. But it is the world heavyweight championship - there will be all sorts of offers from across the world, and there have been already.

"The venue is another obstacle to overcome."

The 35-year-old Juventus star is the third athlete after Tiger Woods and Floyd Mayweather to hit the $1 billion earnings mark.

 

Cristiano Ronado

Ronaldo

Portuguese professional footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo, has emerged as the first soccer billionaire, The PUNCH reports

The 35-year-old Juventus star is the third athlete after Tiger Woods and Floyd Mayweather to hit the $1 billion earnings mark while still actively competing, according to Forbes.

Forbes via its  Twitter handle said Ronaldo earned $105 million in the past year (2019), making him number 4 on the 2020 Forbes list.

Ronaldo raked in £85million last year from his wages and endorsement deals, pushing him into becoming a billionaire.

His capital for the past year was second only to tennis superstar, Roger Federer, in the athletic world and it made him the number one in the game of football.

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Nigerian international, Odion Ighalo has secured a move to stay at Manchester United till next year.

 

 
Odion Ighalo
Odion Ighalo
 
Odion Ighalo has "agreed" a loan extension with Manchester United until end of January 2021 with the transfer awaiting FA approval.
 
The agreement with his parent club Shanghai Shenhua officially expired on Sunday night, and it appeared as though United had failed in a bid to keep the striker at the club.
 
But according to The Telegraph, both sides have now come to an agreement for the 30-year-old to stay in Manchester until the new year.
 
The deal is said to be awaiting confirmation with FA for registration.
 
It is claimed Ighalo will then discuss a new contract with Shanghai Shenhua once he returns in 2021.
 
The news comes after his agent Atta Aneke confirmed talks were in place for the ex-Watford man to remain at Old Trafford.
 
Aneke told Nettavisen: "We are nearing an agreement with Manchester United on an extended loan.

"The agreement will mean that Ighalo will remain with them until January 2021."
 
Ighalo swapped the Chinese Super League for the Premier League in a shock deadline day loan deal back in January.
 
And it is understood Ighalo took a 40 per cent pay-cut on his £300,000-a-week wages in China to make his dream switch happen.
 
He scored four goals in eight games before the season was suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic - leaving his loan contract to run up.
 
The Nigerian made a personal plea to Shanghai Shenhua to let him finish the season at Old Trafford, before returning to China, and it appears his wishes have been met.
 
Reported by Sun UK.

Joshua also opened up about the struggles he has been facing while trying to align his career with his personal life.

 

Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua

World heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Joshua, has opened up on his challenges in finding true love, adding that he is yet to find a partner.

Speaking with The Sun UK, Joshua also opened up about the struggles he has been facing while trying to align his career with his personal life.

According to him, he hopes to find a woman who would have to understand what it’s to be famous,

He said, “I think one can date and still be a successful sportsman but it has been very hard for me to find a balance and I would have to compromise which I have not been able to do.

“My dad never gave me advice about much. But in terms of relationships, what I have learned and what I will always tell my son is, it would be nice to find a high school sweetheart and to grow together because as you get older, you get set in your ways.

“For me to have a relationship now, it means I would have to compromise and change my ways and I don’t know how easy that would be for me.

“I date but I don’t get to the stage where I actually put anyone into that position.

“I don’t have a girlfriend and I haven’t had one for a while but as I get older I think it would be nice to have someone to grow with as well but honestly I haven’t found anyone.

”I have been thinking, maybe I need to get off the estate and start going to celebrity parties maybe do something different.

“I really hope that I will probably meet someone who understands fame, that would really make sense.

“But then it needs to be someone down to earth, someone who is family-orientated and would take my mum as their second mum.

“As I get older it would be nice to bring someone into my world but it’s dependent on who and I just haven’t found someone yet.”


Speaking on his boxing fight with British rival, Tyson Fury, Joshua said if he was to fight again this year, it would probably be in November or December.

“In my own mind, I had mentally written off most of this year but, if I am to fight this year, it would probably be in November or December.

“It’s difficult at the moment knowing how you cover the costs, and whether you could charge people in the circumstances for pay per view,”
 he added.

Rodgers is the second manager to confirm he had a positive test for COVID-19 after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.

 

Brendan Rogers

Brendan Rogers

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers said he could hardly walk after contracting the novel coronavirus in March but he has since made a full recovery.

Rodgers is the second manager to confirm he had a positive test for COVID-19 after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.

He said he showed strong symptoms and was left breathless after falling ill shortly after the Premier League season was suspended.

“I could hardly walk and it reminded me of walking up Mount Kilimanjaro,” Rodgers, who climbed the mountain for charity in 2011, said.

“We had a week off when we were supposed to play Watford and then the week after that, I started to struggle.

“For three weeks I had no smell or taste. I had no strength, and a week after, my wife was the same. We were tested and both of us were detected with the virus,”
 the 47-year-old former Liverpool and Celtic boss added.

“I remember trying to run for the first time and it was hard to go 10 yards. I had no real appetite and it was a weird sensation of eating food without ever tasting and smelling what it was. It has made me really appreciate being fit and healthy.”


Since players returned to limited group training last Tuesday, 12 positive tests for the virus have been confirmed at England’s top flight clubs.

The Premier League, which has nine rounds remaining, will restart on June 17, with Leicester in third place on 53 points, four behind second-placed Manchester City.

Tyson Fury also claimed that Anthony Joshua has been avoiding to fight him for 5 years.

 

Fury and Joshua

Tyson and Joshua

British boxer, Tyson Fury, has said that he would knock out fellow countryman, Anthony Joshua, in the 3rd round because the 30-year-old has ‘no footwork’.

Fury also claimed that Joshua has been avoiding to fight him for 5 years.

Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua are both on course for a heavyweight unification fight next year.

Fury knocked out American boxer, Deontay Wilder, in his last fight in Las Vegas last February.

Joshua also defeated Mexican-American boxer, Andy Ruiz Jr, in his last fight in Saudi Arabia last December.

“Anthony Joshua’s style is tailor-made for mine,” Fury told Redknapp’s Home Fixture on Sky Sports.

“He is strong and powerful, but he got no footwork.

“I have been offering to fight Anthony Joshua for the last five years, and it has not happened at all.

“I think I would knock him out in two or three rounds.”

Hana, who was signed with Stardom Wrestling, was the daughter of former pro wrestler, Kyoko Kimura.

Japanese pro wrestler Hana Kimura, who starred in Netflix reality show The Terrace, has died at the age of 22.

Stardom Wrestling, who Kimura was signed with, confirmed the news in a statement on Twitter.

"Stardom fans, we are very sorry to report that our Hana Kimura has passed away. Please be respectful and allow some time for things to process, and keep your thoughts and prayers with her family and friends.

She had been a professional wrestler since 2016
Image:She had been a professional wrestler since 2016

"We appreciate your support during this difficult time."

Reports have suggested that Kimura was the victim of cyber-bullying. The cause of death has not been confirmed.

Kimura, whose mother Kyoko was also a professional wrestler, began her career in March 2016 and scooped the title of JWP Junior Championship six months later.

She won the Goddess of Stardom Championship in 2017 after teaming up with fellow pro, Kagetsu. Two years later she was awarded Stardom's 2019 Fighting Spirit Award at the Goddess of Stardom Championship.

Earlier this year Kimura joined the cast of Terrace House, a show where six strangers live together under one roof.

It has restarted after a month-long break due to coronavirus, however, Netflix Japan has paused plans to release a new episode in response to the news.

Tributes have been paid to Kimura from several pro wrestlers and wrestling groups around the world.

Portuguese star Raquel Lourenço, known by her stage name Killer Kelly, wrote on Twitter: "I wish this wasn't true. I only met Hana Kimura a handful of times, but her smile and happiness were contagious.

"I have this image of her putting makeup on the ResGal and just looking so peaceful and beautiful. I feel ill inside... people should be better than this. Be kind."

English pro wrestler Will Ospreay, who currently is signed to the group New Japan Pro-Wrestling, said: "There are so many nights I would go to [Tokyo district] Roppongi & I was joined by one of the most beautiful vibrant women I've ever met.

"I would always smile around her & her laugh would just have [an] effect on everyone. I can't express how heartbroken I am for the Stardom Family. RIP Hana Kimura."

The National Wrestling Alliance, based in the US, wrote on Twitter: "The National Wrestling Alliance sends its deepest condolences on the passing of Stardom star Hana Kimura."

Florida-based group, All Elite Wrestling, said: "AEW and the wrestling community mourn the passing of Hana Kimura. May she Rest In Peace, and our thoughts are with her family, her friends, and her fans."








Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier has been charged by England’s Football Association for climbing into the stand to confront a supporter after Spurs’ FA Cup exit to Norwich.

The England international could face a lengthy suspension for climbing several rows to intervene after he saw his brother in an argument with a fan at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

“It is alleged that the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder’s actions at the conclusion of the Emirates FA Cup fixture against Norwich City FC on Wednesday 4 March 2020 were improper and/or threatening,” the FA said in a statement.

“Eric Dier has until Friday 8 May 2020 to provide a response.”

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho was highly supportive of his player after the incident and said he hoped Dier would not be subject to a ban.

“I think Eric Dier did something that we professionals cannot do but in these circumstances every one of us would do,” said Mourinho at the time.


Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos, will push for a summer exit, if the club appoints Jose Mourinho to replace under-fire Santiago Solari, SportsMail reports.

Ramos fought with Jose Mourinho when he coached the club between 2010-2013 and has already clashed with President Florentino Perez, over plans to bring him back.

Despite the fact that Jose Mourinho courted Gareth Bale in 2017 when he was at Manchester United, the Welshman is another player believed not to welcome the managerial change.

And two other veterans from Mourinho’s last spell in charge, Marcelo and Karim Benzema, have also opposed the idea.

However, Perez has told the players they will have no voice in the appointment.
He is expected to meet with his club directors on Monday, to take a final decision on putting Jose Mourinho in charge of the team with immediate effect.

Super Eagles 
 
Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr has dropped Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho and Rottherham United player Semi Ajayi  for the Africa Cup of Nations which kicks off on June 21 in Egypt, TheNation has revealed.
 
Iheanacho who was part of the team for the qualifiers failed to make the final cut as a result of his lack of playing time with his club in England, while Ajayi who was player of the month for his English Championship side last season failed to measure in training. Indications that Rohr was going to drop Iheanacho who has also featured for premier league side, Manchester emerged yesterday when he was not featured for the friendly against Zimbabwe at the Stephen Keshi Stadium.
 
All throughout last week, Rohr had hinted that only players that were in form would be make the 23-man squad for the tournament.
 
The team will fly out later today from Asaba to Egypt on a chartered flight where they would set up a training base in Ismailia.
 
On June 16 they face the Teranga Lions of Senegal in a friendly before their opening group game against Burundi on June 22 in Alexandria.



Pep Guardiola claims he is not nervous ahead of Manchester City’s final-game title decider at Brighton as he reflected on the moment his side knew they could close down Liverpool.
City will win the Premier League with victory at the Amex Stadium on Sunday – but any slip-up could allow Liverpool, who trail by just a point, to pip them at the post by beating Wolves.
It makes for a potential nerve-jangling end to the season but Guardiola claims he is relishing the situation and is not as apprehensive as he was before the champions’ crunch clash with Liverpool in January.
City prevailed on that occasion on what was a tense night at the Etihad Stadium, preventing the Merseysiders from opening up a 10-point lead at the summit.
Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp has also given his thoughts on the final day and the relentless pace both sides have set this season.
And ahead of the final round of fixtures, Guardiola has told Liverpool all his side’s nerves evaporated the day they claimed that momentous win at the Etihad.
Guardiola, the City manager, said: “I am so happy – no nerves at all. I was nervous before Liverpool, seven points behind, and we could have been 10 points behind.
“It was, ‘Ah, it will be so difficult’. But not now, no way. I sleep like a little boy. It is a dream, a privilege, I love it.”
City have won their last 13 games in what has been a remarkable title race in which they and Liverpool have matched each other almost blow for blow.
Guardiola’s men have needed to show all their champion qualities in their last four games – tight victories over Tottenham, Manchester United, Burnley and Leicester.
Dropping points in any of them would have seen the initiative switch to Liverpool, who have won eight in succession and are just a point behind heading into the final round of fixtures.
With such momentum behind them, Guardiola feels his team-talk should take care of itself and is confident his side will do what’s required to keep Liverpool from ending their 29-year title wait.

Real Madrid have made contact with Chelsea about a summer deal for Eden Hazard, the UK Telegraph reports.

The LaLiga club is already planning Zinedine Zidane’s first big transfer, after his return was confirmed on Monday.
It is believed Real made contact with Chelsea about Eden Hazard, shortly before they announced Zidane would be their new head coach on Monday.
Eden Hazard is a huge admirer of Zinedine Zidane as a coach and named the French legend as his idol growing up.

Chelsea’s transfer ban could block Eden Hazard from joining Real, as Chelsea would be unable to sign a replacement. However, the club is hopeful the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will overrule FIFA’s decision to snub a request to freeze the suspension during the appeal process.

The Blues value Eden Hazard at £100million, even though his current deal expires next summer.

Zinedine Zidane has reportedly been handed a £300m transfer kitty.

Manchester United interim manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has blamed his players for giving Arsenal too much room, following their 2-0 loss at the Emirates on Sunday.

Granit Xhaka’s shot swerved past David De Gea to give the Gunners the lead, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sealed victory from the spot in the second half.

Solskjaer feels his players had a hangover from their 3-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain in midweek and started slowly.
Well we started slow and maybe a backlash from Wednesday. We created chances but when they get the first goal it’s a different game.
“We played a better game today than in the cup. We had more chances. Sometimes this happens.

“Today I can’t remember any proper saves De Gea has to make. I think the referee will be disappointed when he sees the penalty again.

“The ball moves so strangely and when you see it again it’s one of those things, but we were too slow. First fifteen minutes we didn’t put them under pressure. We gave him time to hit that ball.

“The first goal decides how the game goes.

“One of those games that you have, it’s now about how we respond against Wolves in the cup,” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told Sky Sports after the game.

Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos, will push for a summer exit, if the club appoints Jose Mourinho to replace under-fire Santiago Solari, SportsMail reports.

Ramos fought with Jose Mourinho when he coached the club between 2010-2013 and has already clashed with President Florentino Perez, over plans to bring him back.

Despite the fact that Jose Mourinho courted Gareth Bale in 2017 when he was at Manchester United, the Welshman is another player believed not to welcome the managerial change.

And two other veterans from Mourinho’s last spell in charge, Marcelo and Karim Benzema, have also opposed the idea.

However, Perez has told the players they will have no voice in the appointment.
He is expected to meet with his club directors on Monday, to take a final decision on putting Jose Mourinho in charge of the team with immediate effect.

Luis Enrique has termed his relationship between himself and Lionel Messi as a time of tension during his spell at Barcelona.

The Spanish national team boss spent three years at the Camp Nou and won nine trophies, including two La Liga titles and one Champions League trophy.
And according to Spanish news media outlet, Football Espana, Enrique admitted that it was difficult getting along with the Barca star man.
In quotes made to Catalunya Radio, Enrique said:

“There was a time of tension between us, which needed to be managed.
“That was not something that I wanted or had pre-empted but we needed to manage it at the time, and now I cannot say anything not good about Messi.”
Enrique, who is now on international duties with Spain left his former club three years ago.

However, the former Celta Vigo boss was quick to address any rumours suggesting his departure at the Camp Nou was unplanned, and stated it was one that had been in the pipeline for months.

He added: “My exit? I had already told the club to begin their search for the replacement at the start of that season (2016/17) because I knew I would not have any more energy for the role.
“It was a special group of players and for me it would have been the easy route for me to continue, to work with such quality players.

“It would have given me a lot of money, I would have the opportunity to win a lot of trophies, unparalleled in world football, but I did not go for this.

“Maybe the players needed a new face, a new vision and a new message.”

Claudio Ranieri
 

Former Leicester and Chelsea boss, Claudio Ranieri has been appointed Roma manager until the end of the season.

Ranieri, 67, was sacked by Fulham eight days ago after winning three of his 17 games in charge.

But the Roma fan – who managed the club between 2009 and 2011 – has been handed a quick return to management, replacing Eusebio di Francesco.

“I’m delighted to be coming back home,” Ranieri said on Friday. “When Roma call you, it’s impossible to say no.”

Di Francesco was sacked on Wednesday after losing 4-3 on aggregate to Porto in the Champions League last 16.

Roma sporting director Monchi also left the club earlier on Friday.

Ranieri took over at Fulham last November after the sacking of Slavisa Jokanovic and beat Southampton 3-2 in his first game, but 11 defeats followed including an FA Cup third-round exit at home to League Two side Oldham.

He left the Cottagers after just 106 days with the club 19th in the Premier League, 10 points from safety with 10 games left.

“We have one objective remaining this season and that is to finish in the highest possible league position and secure qualification for the Champions League.”

 Finally! Manchester United set to install Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager on a permanent basis after Champions League win over PSG
Norwegian manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will reportedly be installed as Manchester United manager on a full-time basis after the club's stunning Champions League 3 -1 win over Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.
According to Mail Online Football, the 46-year-old held talks with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward at the team hotel in Paris on Wednesday morning and also spoke with co-chairman Avram Glazer after the game.
But the club will not be rushed into an announcement to make it official.
'I think it has been decided,' said striker Romelu Lukaku. 'I think he is going to get it = he should get it. When we've won at Tottenham, Chelsea away, at Arsenal in the FA Cup, now this, what else does he have to do?' 
Solskjaer who replaced sacked Jose Mourinho has won 14 of his 17 games since arriving on loan from Molde, losing just once, as United have moved into the top four in the Premier League as well as the quarter-finals of the Champions League and FA Cup.

There was a heated exchange between Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos and club president Florentino Perez following the side’s Champions League elimination at the hands of Ajax, MARCA reports.
Florentino Perez had told the players that they were to be blame for the club’s lacklustre outing this season, but Sergio Ramos, who didn’t play the second leg as he was suspended, told the president that they’d warned him during the summer of the need to sign a striker.
The captain made clear that the players weren’t the only ones to blame for the crisis.
Florentino Perez threatened to kick Sergio Ramos out of the club as the pair argued and the centre-back replied by saying that the rest of his contract would need to be paid and that he’d leave with his head held high.
“Pay me, I’ll go,” Ramos was quoted as saying.
Also present as the pair argued were members of the coaching and medical staff.
This clash comes at the worst moment of the season for Los Blancos, as they were knocked out of two competitions in one week and also fell 12 points behind Barcelona in LaLiga Santander.

Roma have sacked head coach  following Champions League last-16 defeat by Porto on Wednesday.
The Italian side lost 4-3 on aggregate after an Alex Telles extra-time penalty in Portugal, having led 2-1 from the first leg.
Roma are fifth in Serie A and lost 3-0 to city rivals Lazio on Saturday.
Eusebio di Francesco , 49, took over in June 2017, leading Roma to last year’s Champions League semi-finals, where they were beaten by Liverpool.
“On behalf of myself and everyone at AS Roma, I’d like to thank Eusebio for his work and his commitment,” said club president Jim Pallotta.
“Since returning to the club, Eusebio has always acted professionally and put the club’s needs ahead of his own. We all wish him well for the future.”

It was a remarkable night for Manchester United in the Champions League as their 3-1 away win, clinched in the most dramatic of circumstances Wednesday, ended up putting them in the quarterfinals at Paris Saint-Germain's expense.
The victory was sealed in injury time with a VAR-assisted penalty that Marcus Rashford duly converted to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer & Co. the victory on away goals, which prompted a flurry of social media celebrations from players past and present. And rightly so: Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata, Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard were all absent from the matchday squad, which further added to a magnificent night at the Parc des Princes.
Lingard was the first to register his pure, unbridled joy on Instagram:
This was soon followed by ex-Man United and France legend Patrice Evra, who sat next to the suspended Pogba in the stands ...
Sir Alex Ferguson and Man United chief executive Ed Woodward watched the game side by side, and nearby was United legend Eric Cantona, who very much enjoyed Wednesday's remarkable comeback:
The sweat had barely dried on defender Chris Smalling's brow after a torrid night of marking Kylian Mbappe, but even he had the perfect tweet after a heroic performance:
And last but not least, the oft-criticized Fred, who's struggled to settle at United but played brilliantly in midfield to deny PSG's vaunted attack amid nine Man United injury absences.
As if that wasn't enough, the legendary player, legendary manager and current golden boy Solskjaer got together for a merry postmatch photo.
It's a night United fans will not soon forget, not to mention the boost it might give Solskjaer in his quest to get the manager's job on a permanent basis. But for now, the celebrations are just beginning, and you'd imagine that a lot of Wednesday night's festivities will not be happening in front of a smartphone.
Congrats, United, on a famous European night.

Source: ESPN
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