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Anthony Joshua shows off toned physique ahead of Tyson Fury fight

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Anthony Joshua, the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion, has commenced preparation for his historic unification bout with WBC king Tyson Fury.

The 31-year-old started his training a couple of days ago and recently took to Instagram to show fans his toned physique.

“My inspiration is my determination,” AJ captioned the snap, where he could be seen standings in a black training short, with a pair of white boxing gloves in his hand.

Within a few hours, Anthony Joshua’s picture went viral on social media, with fans and fellow pros lauding the Brit’s physique. Among the commenters was ex-footballer Jamie Redknapp, who called AJ a “big inspiration” and the future undisputed heavyweight champion. “That’s why you’re King,” wrote a fan. “Simply the Best. A true champion,” added another.

A couple of weeks ago, AJ’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, confirmed that both the heavyweight champions have signed a two-fight contract, with the first fight scheduled for this summer. A date and venue are yet to be finalised, with late June or early July being the top options for the opening clash. The bout, which was earlier scheduled to take place in the UK, could happen somewhere in the Middle-East, with Saudi Arabia leading the conversations.

According to the reports, both parties are expecting to make around £200 million from the first fight which will be split 50-50. However, the winner of the summer clash will get a 60 per cent purse of the rematch, which is rumoured to happen in November or December. Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury is expected to break major PPV records as it is being hailed as the biggest bout in British boxing history.

Boxing legend Mike Tyson is among many who are excited to see the clash happen after months of discussions and years of back-and-forth. Earlier, while talking to Haute Living, Mike Tyson picked Fury to come out victorious against Joshua. “I f****** love Joshua, but I think Tyson is too elusive. He’s not going to be able to hit him. I like Joshua a lot, and maybe he punches harder than Wilder, but he doesn’t punch faster than Wilder,” Tyson said.

Source: Republicworld.com

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Super Eagles striker Paul Onuachu joins EPL club Southampton

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Super Eagles striker, Paul Onuachu, has joined an English Premier League club Southampton on a permanent deal.

Onuachu who left Genk signed a three-and-a-half year contract with the Premier League side.

The South Coast club beat Bundesliga side, Eintracht Frankfurt to the forward.

Onuachu is coming to the St Mary’s Stadium with huge reputation having scored 17 goals in 22 appearances for Genk this season.

In total, he departs with 85 goals in 134 games for the club, which he joined in 2019 from Danish side FC Midtjylland.

Southampton manager Nathan Jones said, “Paul is a significant signing for us and completes what has been an extremely positive month in terms of recruitment.

“He’s a handful to play against, has got a tremendous record throughout his career and he’s also someone who brings great experience with him, so he’ll be a really positive addition to the squad.”

 

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Everton confirm former Burnley boss Dyche as new manager

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Everton have confirmed the appointment of former Burnley boss Sean Dyche as their new manager on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

The report came on Monday that Dyche had been chosen by the Everton board as Frank Lampard’s successor, after also holding talks with former Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa.

Dyche, according to a Sky Sports report, is the seventh permanent manager hired by Toffees owner Farhad Moshiri since he took over the club nearly seven years ago.

Lampard’s last game in charge was a 2-0 defeat at fellow strugglers West Ham on January 21, which kept them second-bottom on 15 points after 20 games – two points below the safety zone.

The Merseyside club had been floundering under the former England international, having last won a league game in October when they beat Crystal Palace 3-0 at home.

Lampard was appointed by Everton in January 2022 after he managed Chelsea from 2019/2021 and Derby County in the second tier in 2018/19, but Dyche will now be tasked with arresting the slide towards the Championship.

Dyche told the club’s official website, “It’s an honour to become Everton manager. My staff and I are ready and eager to help get this great club back on track.

“I know about Everton’s passionate fanbase and how precious this club is to them. We’re ready to work and ready to give them what they want. That starts with sweat on the shirt, effort and getting back to some of the basic principles of what Everton Football Club has stood for for a long time.”

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Mourinho Compares Victor Osimhen to one of the African legend, Didier Drogba

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AS Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has compared Super Eagles of Nigeria and Napoli of Italy hitman, Victor Osimhen, to Chelsea and Ivory Coast legend, Didier Drogba.

NEWSBREAK reports that the  Nigerian striker netted a world-class goal as his side, Napoli, marched towards the Serie A title on Sunday. Osimhen’s classic goal came against Mourinho’s Roma at the Diego Maradona stadium where Napoli won 2-1.

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Speaking after the match, Mourinho, a former Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid manager, said: “He (Osimhen) is of the same level as Drogba, but Didier didn’t dive.

“If Victor changes, then OK. I’d buy him if I was at a club with a lot of money. However, if he does go to England one day, he needs to change, because in Italy they put up with this sort of behaviour, whereas in the Premier League, they’d come down hard on him.”

He added: “I told him that he scored a wonderful goal and needs to stop diving so much. His goal was fantastic, he did the same thing when we met earlier this season, so he’s a fantastic player. But he mustn’t dive.”

Osimhen, 24, is currently the highest goal scorer in the Italian league Serie A with 14 goals scored in 16 matches.

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