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Oleksandr Usyk Defeats Anthony Joshua to Emerge the New Heavyweight Champion of the World

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Oleksandr Usyk, Ukrainian undefeated unified Cruiserweight of the world, defeated Anthony Joshua in a largely one sided fight in Tottenham, United Kingdom.

The Ukrainian won unanimously on the three scorecards, 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113, to emerge the new heavyweight champion of the world.

Anthony Joshua was outboxed and outclassed from the very first round to the 12th round. Flat footed in the first half of the fight and seems confused and lost with Usyk’s classic movements, jab and the aggressiveness expected from Anthony Joshua.

Usyk was the one that imposed himself on Anthony Joshua and consistently push the former champion back while touching him with jabs.

Joshua was slower – although clearly more powerful – and he did hurt Usyk at times but not enough to break the Ukrainian confidence.

Usyk, in the final round, looks bouncier, more mobile, while Joshua seems to know that he needs to try and unload a big shot or two and knock this man out to have any chance. But it was Usyk who keeps coming forward and forces the former champion on to the back foot.

Joshua ducks and dives as Usyk, who is such an awkward figher, keeps coming forward and keeps throwing shots. Joshua winds up a big right hand but misses. The two trade blows before the bell and Joshua is rocked! Joshua was nearly knocked out in round 12.

Anthony Joshua’s manager, Eddie Hearn, who spoke after the fight said: “I spoke to him … obviously it was a tough fight, a gruelling fight … a devastating defeat. Congrats to Usyk, what a fighter, the better man won. The danger was you overthink it and try and be too technical and don’t use your attributes … it was all the things you worry about against a fighter like Usyk. No complaints from AJ, he’ll get up, and he’ll go again. This was just being beat by a better man on the night.”

Chris Eubank Jr, who works as Skysport pundit for the fight, said “I’m gobsmacked, flabbergasted … I didn’t see the fight going that way at all. It’s only his [Usyk’s] third heavyweight fight. It was a masterclass. One of the biggest statements in boxing for a very long time. Full credit to the guy.”

“It was just a boxing clinic,” adds another pundit.

Delighted former Ukrainian world’s heavyweight champion, Vitali Klitschko, told Sky“Excellent fight … very clever. I’m very happy. Actually he did a perfect job.” Usyk then arrives on the scene during the interview and Klitschko congratulates him heartily.

Anthony Joshua is now had 26 fights with 24 wins (22 KO) and 2 losses.

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South Africa Clinches Africa Cup of Nations Bronze in Penalty Drama Against DR Congo

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In a riveting encounter at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) third-place playoff, South Africa emerged victorious against the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) in a nail-biting penalty shootout to secure the bronze medal in the prestigious tournament.

The match, which ended in a goalless draw after regulation time, saw South African goalkeeper Ronwen Williams once again emerge as the hero, making crucial saves during the penalty shootout to propel his team to victory.

The DR Congo team displayed commendable resilience throughout the match, creating numerous goal-scoring opportunities and maintaining an attacking threat against the South African defense.

Ultimately, it was South Africa’s Siyanda Xulu who converted the decisive penalty kick, securing the win for Bafana Bafana.

The victory marked South Africa’s perfect record in third-place playoffs, having clinched a similar victory 24 years prior against Tunisia.

The bronze medal victory serves as a testament to South Africa’s resilience and determination in the face of formidable opposition.

As the tournament concludes, the thrilling encounter between South Africa and DR Congo will be remembered as a highlight of the 2024 AFCON edition, showcasing the passion and skill of African football on a grand stage.

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Anthony Joshua to Face Francis Ngannou on 8th of March 2024 in Saudi Arabia

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Anthony Joshua is set to step into the boxing ring once again, this time facing former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou on March 8, 2024, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

This showdown follows Joshua’s triumphant return against Otto Wallin in December, marking his journey back into the elite heavyweight boxing scene.

Ngannou, the former UFC heavyweight champion, made headlines by knocking down Tyson Fury, the current WBC heavyweight champion, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, last October.

Although Ngannou lost that bout on a split decision, his resilience has earned him recognition, currently holding the 10th rank in the WBC’s heavyweight fighters and considered by many boxing enthusiasts as a true champion.

As anticipation builds for this clash of titans, fans and pundits alike are eager to witness how Anthony Joshua will fare against the powerful Cameroonian.

The match is expected to draw global attention, adding another chapter to the dynamic narratives of these two heavyweight fighters.

The venue, Saudi Arabia, continues to establish itself as a significant hub for marquee sporting events, and this bout is poised to contribute to the kingdom’s growing reputation in hosting high-profile international competitions.

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DStv Dilemma: Multichoice Fails to Secure Broadcast Rights for AFCON 2023

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Multichoice, the parent company of DStv, has announced that its SuperSport channels will not be broadcasting the highly anticipated African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 tournament.

The satellite giant revealed that it failed to secure the rights necessary to air the continent’s most significant football event.

The announcement, made on Wednesday, has left football enthusiasts and DStv subscribers disappointed as SuperSport channels have been a traditional hub for live sports coverage, including major football tournaments.

The upcoming AFCON, scheduled to kick off on January 13th and run through February 11th, 2024, will now be absent from the Multichoice platform.

“SuperSport Channel will not broadcast the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 scheduled for January 13th – February 11th, 2024, because the channel has not secured the rights to broadcast the tournament,” stated the official release from Multichoice.

Despite this setback, Multichoice reassured its audience that AFCON 2023 matches would still be accessible through partner broadcast stations on Free to Air (FTA) channels.

The company emphasized its commitment to providing unrivaled access to entertainment and football games across its platforms, including the Premier League, LaLiga, Serie A, Zambian Super League, and other prestigious football competitions.

The 34th edition of AFCON is set to take place in Ivory Coast, commencing on January 13th. Football enthusiasts were eagerly anticipating the tournament, which will feature powerhouse teams, including Nigeria, facing off against the hosts, Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, and Equatorial Guinea in Group A.

As Multichoice Africa faces criticism for the unexpected exclusion of AFCON 2023 from its SuperSport channels, football fans are now seeking alternative avenues to catch the action and experience the excitement of one of Africa’s most celebrated football tournaments.

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