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Anthony Joshua beats Joseph Parker to add another WBO world heavyweight title

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Anthony Joshua added the WBO title to his IBF and WBA heavyweight championships when he comfortably outpointed New Zealand’s Joseph Parker at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.

AJ was taken the distance for the very first time in his 21-fight professional career but came into the unification bout lean, trim and patiently working the jab in a bout that saw viewers in the arena and watching via pay-per-view frustrated by referee Giuseppe Quartarone and his tendency to break the fighters up early.

The victory means just one heavyweight belt remains for Joshua to attempt to claim: the WBC strap held by Deontay Wilder.

Wilder was conspicuous by his absence, despite being invited to attend the bout between his champion peers, and there are fears the logical Joshua vs Wilder showdown to crown an undisputed heavyweight kingpin for the first time since Lennox Lewis will not happen at all.

And while Joshua vs Parker wasn’t a brilliant fight, it was another sign that AJ is the real deal.

Though Anthony’s tendency to struggle most in the middle rounds was apparent and some, including Yahoo Sport UK, had Parker winning a few in the thick of the 12-stanza contest, the three ringside judges and a few others had it considerably less competitive than that.

Though Parker had some noticeable lands and puffed out his chest around the halfway mark, many of his best swings found little more than the gloves of the Englishman.

Parker began the fight with his guard down low, hoping to entice Joshua into expending energy as early as possible. To his credit, AJ resisted and picked his own moments but just like his rousing Wembley win over Klitschko, those middle rounds were his lowlight.

It’s one thing to recognise an opponent will be more vulnerable at a certain point of a contest, but it’s another to get more out of that fact than simply winning those rounds and Parker was unable to get close enough to do much more than look good and end Joshua’s KO streak.

Part of that came courtesy of Quartarone, as the assigned official consistently cut up the action far too soon. What little dynamic action the human chess match offered was further diluted by the ref, which infuriated pretty much everybody watching the bout.

 

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GRAPHIC VIDEO: Angry boxer attacks coach after losing match

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Boxing fans were left shocked when a fighter on the Hughie Fury-Kubrat Pulev undercard attacked his own trainer ring-side.

Levan Shonia gave viewers more than just a warmup spar when he took on unbeaten Spas Genov.

The Georgian fighter went on to lose the match, his 12th career defeat.

But instead of calling it quits, Shonia appeared to take out his anger on his unfortunate coach.

The pair were standing in the corner, with Shonia inside the ring with his trainer standing on the edge.

And for no apparent reason, Shonia was seen throwing a punch with his right hand, hitting his trainer on the shoulder.

The stunned man took a moment to take in what was happening before knocking Shonia back with a slap.

The response then saw Shonia throw another punch, this time with his left.

Watch video here..

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Super Eagles jersey worn by Mikel Obi during 2018 World Cup added to FIFA museum collection

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The FIFA museum located in Zürich, Switzerland has just announced that the jersey worn by Mikel Obi at Nigeria’s 2-0 victory at the Volgograd Arena at the 2018 World Cup has been added to its collection.

 

Below is how they announced it…

Argentina couldn’t claim three points against hardy newcomers, Iceland, but the @NG_Supereagles did – and they did it in style. The jersey worn by @Mikel_John_Obi at Nigeria’s 2-0 victory at the Volgograd Arena at the 2018 World Cup has been added to the FIFA Museum collection

The Super Eagles jersey worn by Mikel Obi during 2018 World Cup has been added to the FIFA museum collection

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Emery demands first-half improvement despite 11th straight Arsenal win

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Unai Emery demanded Arsenal improve their first-half performances despite the Gunners recording their 11th straight win in all competitions by beating Sporting CP.

But, as in Monday’s Premier League defeat of Leicester City, Arsenal did not impress in a flat first-half performance.

Although Arsenal are closing in on Europa League qualification, Emery feels there is an obvious area where his team can get better in the weeks to come.

“Each match there is a big opportunity to improve and one is this,” Emery told a news conference. “We spoke about it before the match.

“When we were in the dressing room at half-time we spoke and said, ‘okay today also, we cannot impose our game in first 45 minutes, but the second half we have the opportunity to change the result and continue in our way, thinking only of winning this match and improving things in the second half’.

“And I think the team did that in the second 45 minutes. But we need to continue finding the solution for the first half to be better.

“The match, for the 90 minutes, there were different things happening tactically and individually.

“The first half is not clear for us, there was not a lot of chances. The second half step by step we imposed our job, our play to win this match.”

Emery has regularly spoken of his desire for Arsenal to thrive in the Europa League, a competition he won three years in a row with Sevilla.

And after Welbeck’s late impact ensured Arsenal moved clear at the top of Group E, Emery reiterated the value he places on the tournament.

“For us it’s very important because we want to finish first in this group,” Emery said of the win.

“And at the moment the other club who is with us is Sporting. But also because we want to continue this process. There were many positive things.”

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