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Anthony Joshua floors Kubrat Pulev three times in a spiteful and vicious performance that would have grabbed Tyson Fury’s attention, reports Skysports.

Joshua knocked his opponent out in the ninth round of their world heavyweight championship fight at The SSE Arena, Wembley, on Saturday night.

He floored Pulev heavily on three occasions, twice in the final round, and ended the fight with a vicious right hand to retain his IBF, WBA and WBO titles.

The explosive performance from Joshua would have demanded the attention of Tyson Fury – they remain on a collision course to decide an undisputed champion in 2021.

Undefeated WBC champion Fury holds the only major belt outside of Joshua’s grip and a meeting between them would be the biggest match in world boxing – after delivering this thrilling knockout in front of a crowd of 1,000 people plus boxing great Floyd Mayweather, Joshua moved a step closer to making it a reality.

His first fight since avenging a shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr a year ago would have ended explosively in the third round had his challenger Pulev not possessed a warrior-like determination to continue when he was felled, but there was no escaping the eventual knockout.

Joshua barely broke eye contact with his challenger from the moment he strode over the top rope and into the ring, then their pre-fight fist bump was aggressive and intense.

When the punches began flying, Joshua landed a series of jabs and Pulev clipped him back with a left hook.

When Joshua let his hands go for the first time with a four-punch salvo in the second round, Pulev smiled sarcastically back at him.

Joshua smashed Pulev with a perfectly-timed right hand in the third round that badly hurt his challenger.

Joshua hunted him, desperate for the knockout, and landed a brutal barrage of uppercuts and hooks which eventually toppled Pulev to the canvas.

It seemed likely to be all over but Pulev, whose only previous loss in 29 fights was against Wladimir Klitschko, survived to the bell after which he threw an illegal shot that fizzed past the champion’s face.

Joshua, eyes bulging and tongue out, stared a hole through Pulev and spoke to him as the next round was set to begin.

He regained his composure and, in the fifth, cracked home a big right hand which didn’t budge Pulev, who ended the round strongly after some feisty back-and-forth trash talk.

A spiteful fight became gritty and rugged in the sixth when Pulev began winging wild swings that didn’t hit their target, but did force ugly exchanges.

Three consecutive uppercuts from Joshua hurt Pulev in the seventh but still the tough Bulgarian would not cede ground.

Pulev then landed his best punch, a straight right hand, in the eighth.

But Joshua closed the show in the ninth with another colossal uppercut which crumpled Pulev to the floor for the second time.

Still Pulev rose but a right hand from Joshua sent him flying backwards and split his lip bloodily, ending the fight in a flash.

The fight that the boxing world now craves is Joshua vs Fury – they each have other challengers circling, Oleksandr Usyk and Deontay Wilder respectively – but the two Brits putting every heavyweight belt on the line would be an historic occasion.

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PSG seek huge discount on Osimhen from Napoli

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PSG seek huge discount on Osimhen from Napoli

Paris Saint Germain  have reportedly demanded  huge discount from the staggering 130  euros  clause from Napoli to enable  it prise away  Victor Osimhen  even as the French giants  are willing to part with one or two players in exchange  for the Nigeria international striker.

According to multiple Italian sources, Osimhen’s agent has been holed in Paris over the last few days in order to pull off  the deal since Napoli expect to resolve the transfer  issue as soon as possible with words rife that new coach Antonio Conte  has expressed his desire to reunite with Belgian striker, Romelu Lukaku.

Italian leading tabloid La Gazzetta dello Sport even claimed Napoli sports director Manna has  further resumed  talks with PSG  as club owner Aurelio De Laurentiis  eagerly awaits a deal to be struck.

With no  English Premier League side stepping forward  to acquire  his services, PSG  seems to be the most viable option left  for Osimhen after  coach Luis Enrique identified  the Nigerian ace striker  as  the best replacement for  Kylian Mbappe  who left for real Madrid.

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According to the Italian Pink Paper “The path is set: PSG-Osi is no longer a suggestion,  it is the only possible destination for Victor and his desire for the Champions League.”

In a related development, Osimhen was not listed last night as  Conte oversaw  his first friendly match as Napoli coach against local side Anaune Val di Non  as part of their pre-season preparations in the mountains of Dimaro.

According to Sport Italia, when the line-up was originally announced to spectators, Osimhen was named on the bench, but it quickly emerged he was in fact in the stands.

A note from the club pointed out the striker has been working separately from the squad in training over the last few days due to fitness issues and is therefore “not at the disposal” of Conte.

Inevitably, this is also linked to the on-going reports of negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain for a transfer at below the €130m release clause.

Napoli hope to get a deal done over the next 10 days and might be tempted to lower the asking price to just over €100m.

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Why top clubs don’t want to sign Victor Osimhen – Report

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Why top clubs don’t want to sign Victor Osimhen – Report

Despite telling his club Napoli that he will be leaving at the end of the 2023-2024 season, a destination transfer may not happen this summer despite another year of change in Naples, hence clubs are yet to snap Victor Osimhen away from his club and he is set to return for the preseason this July.

Osimhen penned a new contract that runs until 2026, but this deal includes a release clause believed to be worth around £101m.

At the start of this year, Osimhen fuelled exit reports by revealing he “already has his decision on his next step.”

“I have already decided on the next step to take at the end of the season. I already made up my mind. I already have my plan, I know what I want to do, the next step I want to take.”

In the summer of 2023, Real Madrid scouted Osimhen, at that time, Karim Benzema was about to join Al Ittihad of Saudi Professional League, making Madrid short of a point man. He had just led Napoli to a Serie A title and seemed a perfect fit for Real Madrid, many thought it was a done deal, but the head coach of Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti, opted not to sign him.

Ancelotti explained in an interview with ‘Radio Serie A,’ as reported by Area Napoli, why the club decided not to pursue Napoli’s Victor Osimhen.

When asked about the club’s interest in the Nigerian striker, Ancelotti said: “No, because I think the club thought that Benzema’s absence could be remedied by purchasing Bellingham,” the Italian tactician said.

Real Madrid had a successful season, winning both the league and the Champions League, showing their decision might have been the right one.

Meanwhile, Napoli priced the 25-year-old out of a move elsewhere last summer but an exit is more likely ahead of next season as the club suffered a major fall from grace in 2023/24.

They finished 10th in Serie A but Osimhen impressed as he scored 15 goals in his 25 appearances in the league.

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In a boost to Osimhen, several elite European clubs are in the market for a new striker this summer, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Utd mooted as potential destinations.

Some weeks back, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano confirmed the striker’s “priority remains to leave Napoli this summer.”

“I’ve had some Chelsea fans asking me again about Victor Osimhen as this story has seemed quiet recently. I still see Osimhen leaving, but at the moment the reality is that it is quiet, so we can only wait and see what happens.

“Osimhen will meet with his agent in the next few days to assess all the options and decide what’s best for him. Osimhen’s priority remains to leave Napoli this summer, the plan has not changed,” Romano said.

Arsenal reportedly identified RB Leipzig’s Benjamin Sesko as their main summer target, but they are not looking elsewhere as the 21-year-old has committed his future to the Bundesliga outfit by signing a new contract.

According to reports in Italy, Osimhen is ‘waiting for the Premier League’ and Arsenal have ‘spoken to’ his agent about signing him. PSG and Saudi Pro League clubs are also mentioned in the report as potential destinations.

Soccernet.ng reported that Manchester United and Chelsea are potentially unable to sign Victor Osimhen next summer, this can largely be attributed to financial constraints stemming from their recent heavy spending and the implications of Financial Fair Play, FFP regulations.

Napoli’s owner, Aurelio De Laurentiis, drives a hard bargain, and the tough negotiator’s knack for holding onto players until demands are met is known, reportedly values Osimhen at €200 million, a figure that exceeds what both Manchester United and Chelsea may be willing or able to pay.

This inflated valuation presents a significant barrier to any potential transfer negotiations for the CAF Best Player of the Year 2023.

Further weakening the 24-year-old’s chances of a move this summer is his injury history. However, this requires the necessary context.

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Putting himself in harm’s way by challenging for impossible loose balls has contributed to both major layoffs at Napoli, seeing him miss 14 games with a shoulder injury in year one in Naples and a cheekbone fracture that led to a 12-game absence in year two.

According to Transfermarkt, 1864 minutes played in all competitions ranked 17th in the Napoli squad in 20-21, 2310 the following season saw Osimhen move to 10th in the side and 3021 minutes last season placed eighth in the team. This indicates an improvement and demonstrates how the Nigerian’s full-blooded nature makes him his worst enemy.

Former Chelsea midfielder, Emmanuel Petit has warned the club against signing Osimhen. Petit said his former club should focus on nurturing their current squad rather than pursuing reinforcements.

“I don’t think Chelsea need Gyokeres or Osimhen.

“With Chelsea, there are so many players who are not playing to their level and can do so much more,” Petit told Genting Casino.

However, many Nigerian football lovers would argue that his Osimhen’s lack of transfer may be termed to his attitude, most recently, with ex-Super Eagles manager, Finidi George.

In June 2024, Osimhen lashed out at coach George, stating that he had lost respect for him, over some comments on his attitude towards the national team.

Finidi was quoted to have said he can’t beg Osimhen to play for the national team after the player withdrew from their last two 2026 World Cup qualifiers due to injury.

The striker was said to have been ruled out by a four-week injury and was replaced by Enugu Rangers defender, Kenneth Igboke.

But following the Super Eagles wobbling performances against South Africa and Benin Republic, the narrative of Osimhen’s absence changed as an unknown online medium reported that Finidi used Osimhen’s absence as a poster for the players’ bad attitude towards the national team when he and the Nigeria Football Federation chiefs met with the Sports Minister, John Enoh.

Osimhen was infuriated by the comments and, in a live Instagram video, opened up on the circumstances that led to his withdrawal from the Super Eagles last two World Cup qualifiers, adding that Finidi was adequately briefed by him and his doctor.

“I knew things like these would happen and that’s why I have the videos and screenshots of when I called Finidi while I was with the doctor in Germany.

“I got injured in our (Napoli’s) last game against Lecce and I went to the MRI scan. And I called Finidi there for him to listen to the doctor too.

“I called him (Finidi) and asked him to allow me to come to the camp to be with the boys and I spoke to some of my teammates too but he said I have to be with my family.

“I’m not addressing anything; everybody knows I play my heart out whenever I’m playing for the club or national team. I’ll share the screenshot and videos of my conversation with Finidi for the sake of those believing what Finidi said.

“I’ve lost respect for that man because before I disrespect anybody, I always sense of respect them,” Osimhen said.

With all these said live online, many question his respect and if he can call out his manager this way and call him by his name, it would be difficult for foreign managers to trust him when things go awry.

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Colombia soccer federation head, son arrested after Copa America final

The head of the Colombian Football Federation, Ramón Jesurún, and his son have been arrested, following a brawl at Sunday’s Copa América final in Miami.

Mr Ramón, 71, and Ramón Jesurún and Ramón Jamil, 43, were held on charges of battery involving an official or an employee, said the Miami-Dade Police Department.

The charges relate to the brawl at the stadium after Colombia lost to Argentina 0-1 in extra time.

Neither Mr Ramón nor his son have publicly commented on the issue.

In a statement sent to the BBC, the Miami-Dade Police Department said the incident had happened just after the football match ended at the Hard Rock Stadium in the south-eastern US state.

Mr Ramón and his son were “walking towards the entrance of the field”, it said, but they became “irate and began shouting” at one of the security officers, who was instructed by his management to temporarily delay people from going further.

The police said the officer had “placed an open palm” on the chest of Mr Ramón’s son to guide him back.

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Mr Ramón then pushed the officer, they said, while his son grabbed the officer’s neck and pulled him to the ground, punching him and kicking him in the head.

Mr Ramón’s son also grabbed and pushed a female official who tried to assist, the police said.

It added that the two men had also punched a security manager.

Mr Ramón, his son and other family members are believed to have been trying to go on the pitch to take part in the awards ceremony.

The Colombian Football Federation made no immediate comment on the issue.

The start of the final of the Americas’ most prestigious football tournament was delayed by 80 minutes after ticketless fans forced their way into Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium.

Several arrests were made after clashes with police and security personnel, while several supporters needed treatment from paramedics.

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