Anthony Joshua Beats Joseph Parker By Unanimous Decision In Cardiff |RN

By Andrew Baldock
Anthony Joshua celebrates with the WBO Heavyweight belt (Nick Potts/PA)© Provided by The Press Association Anthony Joshua celebrates with the WBO Heavyweight belt  

World champion Anthony Joshua won the first heavyweight unification bout held on British soil as he gained a unanimous points verdict against Joseph Parker at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.

British star Joshua added the WBO belt to the WBA and IBF belts he already holds, but he was taken the distance for the first time in his professional career.

It was his 21st straight career victory, although previously unbeaten New Zealander Parker delivered a battling display without seriously troubling Joshua.

The talk will now further intensify of Joshua fighting unbeaten American and current WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder for all four belts.

Joshua, almost a stone lighter than when he beat Carlos Takam in Cardiff last October, did enough without setting the fight alight, while Parker had his moments, even if an upset victory never looked on.

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Joshua appeared relaxed as he walked to the ring in front of a sell-out crowd approaching 80,000, while Parker also lapped up the occasion during his entrance before both fighters got down to business and protected unbeaten records.

Both men tried to get their jabs going in the first round, and Joshua began to back Parker up in the closing stages of an opening three minutes that he shaded after dominating the centre of the ring.

Joshua’s superior reach and jabbing prowess ensured that Parker remained on the back foot in round two, and there were also signs of the Kiwi having a bloodied nose.

Parker’s punches continued to fall well short as Joshua’s jab proved effective for the British boxer to win the second round and continue leaving his opponent with no sign of finding his way into the contest.

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Parker began to cut something of a frustrated figure, and the fight’s pattern seemed well set by the third round as Joshua continued to make the most of his reach advantage, although there was a concerning moment when the pair clashed heads before Joshua banked another round.

Round four followed a similar pattern, then Joshua caught his opponent with a couple of powerful body shots in round five before Parker tried to raise the tempo, and it proved his best spell of a fascinating encounter.

Parker had noticeably increased his work-rate, although Joshua still held control and he got a quickfire combination going at the end of round eight which ended a quiet spell for the British star.

A cut opened up near Parker’s left eye in round 10, and although he produced his most effective punch of the contest in the next round, Joshua had already done more than enough.   (Press Association)

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Tributes Pour In: Boxer, Scott Westgarth, Collapsed In The Ring After Winning Fight, Died

Martin Domin
Scott Westgarth has passed away in hospital          © PA Scott Westgarth has passed away in hospital  

Ring legend Ricky Hatton led the tributes after professional boxer Scott Westgarth died following his fight on Saturday night.

The 31-year-old light-heavyweight was taken ill after returning backstage following his points victory over Dec Spelman at Doncaster Dome.

At different points in the fight, which was at times brutal, both men were knocked down to the canvas.

Westgarth (centre) won seven of his 10 fights            © Facebook Westgarth (centre) won seven of his 10 fights

Westgarth, after being announced as the winner, completed his post-fight interviews before stumbling to the back, where paramedics were called to his aid and he was taken to the hospital.

Rest In Peace Scott Westgarth. Just goes to show how much you put on the line stepping through the ropes. No one should ever go to work and not come back. Rest In Peace Champ 🥊❤️
The show, which was supposed to feature a headline fight featuring former footballer Curtis Woodhouse, was subsequently cancelled when the news of Westgarth’s struggles came to light.Hatton said: “Heartbreaking this. Thoughts to his friends and family. And to anyone involved in the show. Rest in peace young man x.”

Spelman tweeted on Monday: “Absolutely heartbroken and lost for words. I’ll continue to pray for Scott’s family and the people close to him rest easy my friend xxx.”

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Woodhouse, who played professionally for Hull and Birmingham among others, wrote on social media: “Heartbreaking news about Scott Westgarth. RIP champ.”

Promoter Stefy Bull, who organised Saturday’s show, tweeted: “God bless Scott Westgarth.

“To promote a boxing show and a young man doing a job he loves losing his life I have no words. RIP lad thoughts go out to your family and your team. It’s been the hardest few days I’ve had to endure; no idea what to do moving forward.”

Westgarth (left) in the gym      © Facebook Westgarth (left) in the gym Fighter Cello Renda added:

“Thoughts are with Scott Westgarth and family. So sad to hear he lost his life. Just shows this game isn’t a joke. You’re at risk every time you step in the ring.”

Former world champion Anthony Crolla said: “Heartbreaking news about Scott Westgarth. My thoughts and prayers and with his family and friends. Rest in peace champ.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn said: “Our thoughts and condolences with the family of Scott Westgarth, may he rest in peace.”

Spelman paid tribute after his opponent died          © dec_spelman/Twitter

Spelman paid tribute after his opponent died Westgarth won seven of his 10 professional fights and had inflicted the first defeat of Spelman’s career.

Westgarth (centre) won seven of his 10 fights

Having had no amateur career, the Sheffield-based fighter did not pick up a pair of gloves until he was 24 having carved out a career as a ski instructor.

Westgarth also worked as a chef at Sheffield’s Royal Victoria Holiday Inn.


Floyd Mayweather Considering Coming Out Of Retirement Once Again For One More Fight

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Floyd Mayweather has been telling people close to him that he is considering coming out of retirement once again for a 51st fight.

Mayweather (50-0 record) only recently came out retirement earlier this year when he agreed to take on Conor McGregor in what became the biggest fight in combat sport history on 26 August.

“Money” eventually got his 50th win after he stopped McGregor in the 10th round and retired with over $1bn in career earnings, having made $300m from the big-money superfight in Las Vegas.

However, according to a report by TMZ, Mayweather is now considering yet another boxing fight as he is training “like a maniac” in the gym.

The report claims there is no official movement as of now but that he is ready to go again.

The ideal return fight is a rematch with McGregor but the American has also been linked with a sequel with Manny Pacquiao, while former welterweight champion Amir Khan recently called out the former five-weight champion.

When TMZ asked executive vice president and general manager of Showtime Sports, Stephen Espinoza – who promoted the original Mayweather vs McGregor fight – if a return was possible, he said it was down to the fighter as well as the demand.

“Look, its Floyd’s call to make at some point,” Espinoza said. “And it is hard [to turn down $300m].

“I haven’t yet seen anything from him that suggests he’s thinking about McGregor II or anything else. He seems pretty happy retired, so I don’t think we’ll see him in the ring again.

“But If there’s a demand for it and people want to see it, then sure, we will get behind the business.”  (International Business Insider)

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Anthony Joshua Breaks Down Carlos Takam |The Republican News

Anthony Joshua retained his WBA ‘super’ and IBF heavyweight titles with a 10th-round stoppage win over Carlos Takam after a brutal battle in Cardiff.

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The unbeaten 28-year-old suffered a suspected broken nose after a head clash in the second round, but gradually broke down the brave resistance of Takam to bring up his 20th straight knockout win.

Joshua’s preparations were disrupted last week, with Takam replacing the injured Kubrat Pulev, and the France-based Cameroonian displayed his renowned durability as he dragged Britain’s star boxer into a damaging dogfight.

The flaming letters ‘AJ’ signalled the arrival of Joshua, who resisted the desire to make a blazing start to his latest title defence, deciding instead to test out his heavy artillery in the first round.

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Joshua edged menacingly forward in the opener, pumping out a ramrod jab, and a few range-finding right hands sent Takam scuttling back towards the ropes.

Heads clashed nastily in the second round as the bullish Takam lunged forward recklessly to leave Joshua with a badly bloodied nose, although this stung the champion into action as he landed a cuffing left hook.

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The sight of blood seemed to enliven Takam, who landed a left hand counter in the third, but Joshua would inflict a more serious injury on Takam in the fourth as a slashing right hook opened a cut over his right eye.

He was still blinking through a crimson cloud as Joshua dropped him with a left hand and there were concerned words from referee Phil Edwards in the corner before Takam opted to battle on.

Joshua worsened the wound with more thudding punches in the fifth, while a jolting uppercut had Takam on unsteady legs in the sixth, although he somehow remained on his feet and shared a defiant share with AJ.

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Takam’s swollen face was a mask of blood and yet he still managed to stall Joshua’s march with two right hands in the seventh.

Joshua continued to chop away at Takam’s tree-like physique with booming body shots in the eighth, but the 36-year-old was not yet ready to topple as he hit back with hooks in the ninth.

But a savage encounter was ended in the 10th as Joshua staggered Takam with an uppercut and then a straight right hand prompted the swift intervention of Edwards, who mercifully waved off the fight.  (Sky Sports)

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McGregor Opens Up On Instagram About Loss To Mayweather |The Republican News

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Aug 26, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor reacts following his loss in the tenth round by TKO to Floyd Mayweather Jr. at T-Mobile Arena.© Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Aug 26, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor reacts following his loss in the tenth round by TKO to Floyd Mayweather Jr. at T-Mobile Arena.  

Floyd Mayweather Jr. proved he’s the best pound-for-pound boxer of all-time with his defeat of Conor McGregor on Saturday.

The GOAT improved to 50-0 lifetime and cruised to victory without even putting forth all that much effort. So really, it was a great deal for him, as well as for McGregor, who will enjoy a $30 million payout.

McGregor also learned some other valuable lessons as well — like, how to box, for instance. When you’re training for, watching tape on and squaring up to the GOAT, you’re gonna learn some things. The Notorious One believes he did, which he recently stated on Instagram.

McGregor will likely come back stronger than ever after this loss — from the skills he developed and flaws in his style that he can now work on correcting.

The Sports Daily

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McGregor Suffers Blow Ahead Of Mayweather Fight As Malignaggi Walks Out Of Training Camp

Martin Domin

Credits: Conor McGregor / Instagram  © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Conor McGregor / Instagram  

Paulie Malignaggi has walked out of Conor McGregor’s training camp after photos were leaked of their sparring sessions.

The former two-time world boxing champion had been helping McGregor prepare for his fight with Floyd Mayweather next month.

But he quit after photos were posted on social media which, Malignaggi claimed, painted a false picture of the sessions.

One showed the American flat on his back on the canvas as McGregor stood over him, and another showed Malignaggi’s face badly marked up.

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But he said: “It’s not my place to dictate terms in a training camp that is not mine, but it’s my place to decide if I want to be a part of it.

“There was a pushdown yesterday. Conor on the inside, he can get a little rough. He shoved me down, you know, but no knockdowns. Obviously, 12 rounds, you’re gonna see there’s a mark on my face.

“[It was] very, very hard work for both of us. I was starting to get in a groove in the middle rounds, starting to land some good shots. Conor really came on strong in the end. It was back and forth.”

Credits: Conor McGregor / Instagram © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Conor McGregor / Instagram  

Malignaggi, who retired from boxing in May, called on McGregor to release footage of their sparring.

He added: “It’s not nice to paint a picture that isn’t true, this was a push down in sparring, post the whole video rounds, one through 12, unedited.

“The @ufc PI has cameras all over the gym recording 24/7. The video exists unedited of rounds one through 12 on Tuesday night, let the fans see.

“I came to help this camp out, not to be exploited, now you’re  gonna get the truth though.”   (Mirror)

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McGregor, Mayweather Continue War Of Words In Toronto |The Republican News

Boxing: Mayweather vs McGregor-World Tour                  © REUTERS Boxing: Mayweather vs McGregor-World Tour  

Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather is the heavy favourite to win his bout against mixed marital arts champion Conor McGregor but the Irishman again won the war of words at their media conference in Toronto

A day after McGregor mercilessly mocked the American in Los Angeles to launch a four-day international promotional tour for their Aug. 26 fight, the flamboyant 28-year-old again went on the offensive, ridiculing Mayweather’s attire and landing a low blow with a comment about his rumoured reading difficulties.

“How do I look?” McGregor asked the crowd, before taking a swipe at Mayweather’s bag. “He’s 40! Dress your age, carrying a school bag on stage. “What are you doing with a school bag on stage? You can’t even read.”

Boxing: Mayweather vs McGregor-World Tour© REUTERS Boxing: Mayweather vs McGregor-World Tour Mayweather, dressed casually for a second straight day in a t-shirt and cap while McGregor again wore a suit, did his best to counter. “I’m the (one) that can’t read? I do numbers, I make money,” he said.

“You owe money,” McGregor responded, referring to reports that Mayweather earlier this month asked the IRS for more time to pay his 2015 tax bill.

Mayweather, who holds a perfect 49-0 record, was jeered relentlessly by the audience but did not appear rattled.

At one point he grabbed an Irish flag from the crowd and posed in front of McGregor. When the flag was passed to the Irishman he tossed it back in the boxer’s face. (REUTERS)

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‘Dance For Me, Boy’: Mayweather And McGregor Feud At NSFW Press Event


Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor met face to face on Tuesday for the first time, at least publicly, as they kicked off a four-city, three-country international press tour to drum up interest in their 12-round super welterweight matchup on 26 August at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Both men lived up – or down, depending on your perspective – to their reputations as two of the most profane, outspoken trash-talkers in all of the sports. Yet their collective showmanship, a side course in most contexts, is as essential an ingredient as ever as they promote an event that’s not expected to offer much in the way of authentic competition. It is, after all, an undefeated boxing champion with titles in five weight classes against an opponent with no professional boxing experience.

McGregor, the two-division UFC from Dublin, was first onto the stage at the 21,000-seat home of the city’s pro basketball and hockey teams. He was dressed smartly in a pinstripe suit with a pink tie but he stood alone and exposed as if he missed a cue. Surely, that was no accident. If the complete lack of UFC branding on the building wasn’t a clear enough signal: this was a Mayweather production.

Moments later, Mayweather entered from the back of the room surrounded by his linebacker-sized bodyguards and entourage. He took the stage in a star-spangled The Money Team jumper, one that McGregor was quick to zero in on when he finally had his turn at the microphone after a brief introduction from Dana White, who never appeared more like a fifth wheel given how the UFC has been marginalised from the promotion.

“He’s in a f*****g track suit,” McGregor said to the delight of the crowd, before taking shots at Mayweather’s reported tax troubles. “He can’t even afford a suit anymore! The Rolls is a 2012 outside. He is f****d!”

Added McGregor: “There’s no other way about it. His little legs, his little core, his little head. I’m going to knock him out inside of four rounds, mark my words.

“The movement, the power, the ferociousness. He’s not experienced this. He’s fought people who have shied away from him. I don’t fear this limited set of fighting. This is a limited set of rules that makes this half a fight, a quarter of a fight. If this was a true fight, it wouldn’t even take one round. … What can I say, I’m a young confident happy man that has worked extremely hard for this.”

Floyd Mayweather Jr v Conor McGregor: Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor met face to face for the first time in public at Tuesday’s kickoff press conference in Los Angeles.© AP Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor met face to face for the first time in public at Tuesday’s kickoff press conference in Los Angeles.  

Mayweather absorbed McGregor’s verbal jabs from his chair, arms crossed, looking almost bored and disinterested. It’s a disposition many expect he’ll reprise in the later rounds of their 26 August meeting in which he’s been installed as a better than 10-1 favourite, but he came alive when the microphone came his way.

After leading the crowd in his “hard word, dedication” mantra, Mayweather’s unleashed a profane tirade as he stalked back and forth across the stage with the energy of a revivalist preacher.

“You line ‘em up and I knock ‘em down like bowling pins,” he said. “On August 26th, I’m gonna knock this b***h out too.”

McGregor fired back from the side – “You haven’t knocked anyone out in about 20 years!” – but only those watching from close range could hear it. Of course, his microphone had been switched off, undercutting the chances of the back-and-forth dialogue many had turned out for.

“Dance for me, boy!” cried McGregor at one point. “Dance for me, son!”

Mayweather ignored the thinly veiled race-baiting, calling for an assistant to bring over a backpack from which he pulled out a $100m check – ostensibly his payday from his 2015 blockbuster fight with Manny Pacquiao.

“Give me that backpack!” Floyd shouts to an assistant, before pulling out a $100m check from his last fight.

“He looks good for, for a seven-figure fighter, he looks good for an eight-figure fighter,” Mayweather yelled to the crowd. “But m**********r, I’m a nine-figure fighter. This b***h made three million dollars his last fight. But we know that’s training camp money for me.”

McGregor fired back from his chair, saying that Mayweather should give the money to the US government.

“You right, I’m the IRS,” Mayweather said, prepared for the line of attack. “I’m gonna tax your a**.”

He continued: “I’m an old man. I’m not the same fighter I was 20 years ago, I’m not the same fighter I was 10 years ago, I’m not the same fighter I was five years ago, heck, I’m not the same fighter I was two years ago, but I can beat you.”

“We knew I was the A-side,” Mayweather said. “That’s why it says Mayweather first. That’s why this b***h had to come to the boxing ring.”

The American then took aim at McGregor’s three career losses by submission.

“We know Mr Tapout like to quit and you will,” Mayweather said. “You going out on your face or you going out on your back. Which way you want to go? Which way do you wanna go?

McGregor paused for a beat, saying nothing. A tactical mistake.

“That’s right, be quiet you little b***h.”

Eventually, the fighters came together for the traditional staredown. Dana White was forced, it seemed, to separate them.

The same routine will be repeated as the world promotional tour chugs on Toronto on Wednesday, New York City on Thursday, London on Friday.  (The Guardian)

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BIAFRA: Biafrans Remembering Boxing Legend, Dick Tiger And His Heroic Acts


Boxing legend and Biafran soldier and trainer, Late Dick Tiger Ihetu

By Kimberly Ada B
As Biafrans are getting ready to immortalized those who gave their lives to Biafra struggle and to those that gave up everything they have amidst social criticism just to be ” Biafran” on the May 30th sit in, we must remember one man that took our fight globally, Middleweight and Light Heavy Weight Boxing Champion of the world, the Biafran, late Dick Tiger Ihetu.
Dick Tiger was a lieutenant during the Biafran war. He trained young soldiers. When he sensed how his people were slaughtered, he rushed home to help. Most of his boxing money was used to cater for them during the war.
Dick Tiger called a press conference one morning in New Jersey Atlantic city where he was scheduled to fight, and said ” pressmen, I called you to let you know that I am relinquishing this O.B.E title I won in London because I can not wear this around my waist while the British government are supplying ammunition to kill my people in Biafra.
In the morning, he mailed the title back to London, with a note.” I am hereby returning the O.B.E, because every time I look at it, I think of the millions of men, women, children who died and are still dying in Biafra because of the arms and ammunition the British government is sending to Nigeria and its continued moral support of this genocidal war against the people of Biafra. Signed, Dick Tiger Ihetu.
Such a Heroic act. They called me Dick Tiger of Nigeria, they still claim me. They would kill me, they would kill us all. I am a Biafran, he said to a radio personality.
Dick Tiger said, ” Without Biafra, the championship title is no good to me. The United States is a good country, a very nice country, but Biafra is my home. I was born a Biafran, I will die in Biafra. He said.
DickTiger was the greatest boxer to come out of Africa, and not taking anything away from one man that invited him to America, the boxing great, Hogan Bassey.
On June 15th, 1967, Dick Tiger publicly declares his allegiance to the Biafran State and renounced all association with Nigeria.
On each of his fights. He requests for the Biafran anthem to be played before he fights. Six times Ringman of the year. Knocked out Ruben Carter, whom Denzel Washington portrayed in a movie called ” Hurricane”.
Dick Tiger died in 1971 from cancer at 42 and was buried in Amaigbo.
Biafrans remembers you always. Rest on, the great Biafran Hero.
All hail Biafra.

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Tyson Fury Returns, Announces Super Bout Against Anthony Joshua In 2018

Returned Tyson Fury announces new super camp in boxing to
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In April 2018 the British enfant terrible boxing Tyson Fury and his compatriot and world champion Anthony Joshua will fight against each other at Wembley Stadium.That leaves Fury Monday at least as recorded in the Daily Telegraph.

According to Fury’s promoter Joshua, Eddy Hearn, fully engaged in organizing the camp. “Hearn has already captured the Wembley Stadium in April 2018. There is no other stadium where the fight would take place. I’d have boxed him in October but I suspect Joshua and Klitschko a rematch plans, “said Fury.

Anthony Joshua beat Vladimir Klitschko on April 30 at Wembley and thus took the IBF and WBA titles at heavyweight. Fury had the Ukrainians, in turn knocked out in November 2015. Fury was provisionally last camp. A cocaine addiction and mental problems kept him out of the ring since.  (BELGA)

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