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Why Usyk will be stripped of title despite win over Fury

Oleksandr Usyk secured a victory over Tyson Fury in their undisputed world heavyweight title bout in Saudi Arabia, but the Ukrainian could lose one belt before their rematch

Despite his victory over Tyson Fury in Riyadh on Saturday, Oleksandr Usyk won’t be able to hold on to all of his world title belts.

Usyk claimed victory over his British opponent by split decision, with two judges scoring the bout 115-112 and 114-113 in his favour and the other going 114-113 in favour of Fury. The Ukrainian got emotional after the fight when speaking after his victory about how much he misses his late father.

The win means Usyk remains unbeaten throughout his professional boxing career. His record now stands at 22 fights and 22 wins, with 14 of the 22 coming via knockout.

In beating Fury, he added the WBC heavyweight title to add to his other belts and become the undisputed champ. However, he’s set to have to give up his IBF title before he next steps into the ring.

Fury is expected to get a chance for revenge in an autumn rematch. “We’ll go back, have a rest up then get back to it in October,” he said after his defeat. “As I said, I believe I won the fight.”

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“I don’t think about boxing now, please,” Usyk said after the Fury bout when asked about a rematch. “My camp started in September 2023, I worked for nine months. Yes of course, rematch I am ready. Listen, we have more time to do a good fight,”

While Fury and Usyk will take a few months to recharge, one man less willing to wait is Filip Hrgovic. The Croatian is the IBF’s mandatory title challenger, and Usyk’s belt is expected to be vacated in time for Hrgovic to battle Daniel Dubois for the honours in early June.

The winner of Hrgovic vs Dubois is expected to then meet Anthony Joshua in September, with Usyk and Fury to do battle the following month. There is no word yet on whether the winner of that rematch would subsequently attempt to reclaim the IBF belt.

“He’s [Usyk] done something no one else has done,” promoter Frank Warren told Sky Sports. “He’s unified the four belts. Four belts on the line is the start. I’m quite sure they’ll fragment after that. And then it’ll happen again.

“We’re in such a good place as a sport and they’re such good things happening you just can’t see it ending, because there’s so many good fights to be made,” he added, while indicating Joshua can remain in the mix providing he keeps winning. “Hrgovic and [Dubois] is a great fight and the winner of that, I think everybody’s going to be happy with who the winner fights,” Warren continued.

Hrgovic, who turns 32 in June, boasts a 17-0 career record with 14 knockouts. His last victory came by first round TKO against Mark de Mori, on the undercard of Joshua’s December victory over Otto Wallin.

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I’m dead, don’t exist anymore – Paul Pogba

Former Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, has sent the football world into a frenzy and hysteria after making some deeply disturbing and disconcerting statement about his life.

In a viral video on social media, Pogba in a moment of deep emotional vulnerability, opened up about his struggle with life and how football, a sport he once loved passionately, has now become a source of misery and turmoil.

“I’m over. I’m dead. Paul Pogba doesn’t exist anymore.”, the French national team midfielder Paul Pogba said.

The footage captures the visibly unsettled 31-year-old football star, seated in what appears to be a tranquil outdoor setting, letting it all out in a no holds barred conversation

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“I don’t know who I am anymore. Football used to be my life, my passion. Now, it feels like I’ve lost myself,” Pogba confessed in the deeply poignant footage, which has elicited an outpour of sympathy and concern from fans and fellow athletes alike.

The French midfielder, known for his flair and dexterity on the pitch, has been a prominent figure in global football, having played for top clubs including Juventus and Manchester United, as well as representing France at international tournaments. His career has been marked by highs and lows, including pivotal moments in the sport’s spotlight and personal challenges.

Pogba’s heartfelt declaration has sparked speculation and concern among his supporters, with many expressing hopes for his well-being and eventual return to the sport he loves. The video underscores the pressures and uncertainties faced by athletes in the public eye, highlighting the toll that fame and expectation can take on individuals beyond their professional achievements

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Napoli new manager Conte hopes to convince Osimhen

New Napoli manager, Antonio Conte, has expressed his desire to speak privately with Victor Osimhen.

He wants to discuss Osimhen’s future amid uncertainty over a potential exit from the club.

Conte is looking at persuading the Super Eagles striker to continue plying his trade with the Serie A side.

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At the moment, nobody is willing to pay Osimhen’s €130m release clause.

Chelsea and Manchester United interest in the Nigerian star has dwindled as both team shifted their focus to younger forwards like Samuel Omorodion and Joshua Zirkzee, while Arsenal are now reportedly in talks with Viktor Gyökeres.

There is no bid forthcoming from PSG at the moment with only Al Ahli and Al Hilal looking as the only serious interested clubs. But the 25-year-old is not interested in a move to the Saudi Pro League

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Mikel Obi undergoes surgery in UK hospital

Former Super Eagles and Chelsea FC  footballer, Mikel Obi, says he recently underwent surgery at the Princess Grace Hospital in the United Kingdom.

Obi who shared the photos on his Instagram handle did not disclose the nature of the surgery he went for.

The former professional aged 37, began his career with local club Plateau United, before joining Norwegian club Lyn at the age of 17 in 2004.

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He switched to Chelsea in 2006 where he played as a defensive midfielder.  Obi spent 11 years in Chelsea where he won  two Premier League titles, four FA Cups, and the 2011–12 Champions League.

He  later played briefly for Tianjin TEDA, Middlesbrough, Trabzonspor and Stoke City.

He played both in the age grade and senior  teams for Nigeria over a period of 14 years between 2005 and 2019.

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