Where Does Anthony Joshua Go From Usyk Defeat?

The heavyweight division in boxing has been shaken following Anthony Joshua’s defeat to Oleksandr Usyk.

AJ lost all three of his heavyweight belts to the Ukrainian, who was very impressive as the underdog in what was only his third fight at the weight class.

This was Joshua’s second defeat since turning professional: he was beaten by Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019 but was able to avenge that loss in his rematch with the American. However, the struggle will be substantially more difficult this time around and AJ desperately needs to bounce back from this latest disappointment, to prove his worth.

Rematch Looks Likely

Joshua has the chance to meet Usyk again for all three major belts due to the fact that a rematch clause was added into the contract and he has already said he will exercise that option.

If the British boxer does take on the former undisputed cruiserweight champion, he will need to change his game plan in order to reverse the result. After all, Usyk was in control for the vast majority of the 12 rounds. The Ukrainian has now proved that he is a big force in the heavyweight division as only the third boxer in history to win world titles at both cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions. Evander Holyfield and David Haye were the other two men before him.

A lot of pressure will be on Joshua’s shoulders in the rematch. Defeat again would really damage his reputation and it would push him further back in the pecking order in the division.

Joshua-Fury Bout Off For Now

Boxing fans were hoping to see an all-British clash between Joshua and Tyson Fury finally come to fruition in 2022, having been heavily rumoured for a number of years now. A date had actually been set for this meet, however, Joshua’s defeat may have scuppered those plans. Without the three major titles, this huge showdown would no longer crown the undisputed heavyweight champion. Promoters of both men are likely to hold off talks for now and it’s highly likely that Joshua will need to beat Usyk in his rematch for discussions to begin again.

The two heavyweights look destined to meet at some point in their careers, and belts or no belts, it would still be a huge fight. However, Fury has aspirations of unifying the division so his attention could now rightfully turn to Usyk.

Other Names He Could Fight

If Joshua prefers taking in a fight or two before facing Usyk again, there are lots of options. For example, Dillian Whyte has been keen to take him on again, though Whyte will be focusing on his upcoming bout against Otto Wallin for the time being. As it stands, Whyte is priced at odds of 2/5 in the outright boxing betting markets to come out on top. Another all-British contest would certainly attract interest as a high-profile bout.

Another option could be Joe Joyce, who’s another British boxer with a growing reputation. He is currently ranked number two with the WBO and is the Commonwealth champion, though Joshua would be the heavy favourite to win the bout.

There is also the option of going back out to America for Joshua. Deontay Wilder and Michael Hunter are both highly ranked in the heavyweight division and would be difficult opponents, particularly in their backyard.

Whatever Joshua decides to do next, this moment is an important crossroads in his career. He needs to bounce back with a big performance to return to the summit of the division.

Who will succeed in the Championship – Parker or Silva?

Scott Parker guided Fulham into the Premier League in his first full season in charge of the Cottagers, although it was a brief stay in the top flight as the club descended back into the second tier after only one campaign.

Despite his achievement in lifting the Cottagers into the Premier League, owner Shahid Khan deemed that Parker was not the right man to take the team forward. Parker left Craven Cottage by mutual consent and joined Bournemouth as their new manager. The Cottagers moved on to former Hull City, Watford, and Everton manager Marco Silva.

The fortunes of the two clubs will be fascinating to watch over the course of the season. Both will have ambitions of playing Premier League football in the 2022/23 campaign, with Fulham installed as the favourites in the Championship betting odds to finish top of the second tier. Bournemouth will also be vying for the crown, having narrowly missed out on promotion last term after suffering a defeat at the hands of Brentford in the play-off semi-final.

The two managers will play a decisive role in the success of their respective teams. The question is, which team has made the right choice?

Parker

Bournemouth is banking on the experience of Parker to emulate his previous success at Fulham. After the Cottagers were relegated from the Premier League in the 2018/19 campaign, Parker restored their confidence using the majority of the squad that crashed out of the top flight. Aleksandar Mitrovic was on point in front of goal, while the defence was solid enough to earn the Cottagers a spot in the playoffs after just failing to clinch automatic promotion. Their nous was evident in the post-season to beat out Cardiff City and Brentford to return to the Premier League.

It was a difficult challenge to remain in the top-flight amid a truncated summer, but Parker will be richer for the experience. Now at the Vitality Stadium, the former England midfielder has a raft of talent at his disposal with a squad that is not too dissimilar from his Fulham team of two years ago. Dominic Solanke will provide the thrust in the final third in the mould of Mitrovic.

The Cherries’ resolve is further bolstered by the standout forward Arnaut Danjuma, who was sensational last term. Danjuma is a valuable asset to the squad and with him on board, Parker has an outstanding strikeforce at his call.

The middle of the park is equally strong with the likes of Lewis Cook, David Brooks, Jefferson Lerma, and new signing Emiliano Marcondes in place. There is also ample talent in the backline.

Therefore, the pressure will be on Parker to deliver, although as he proved at Fulham he can handle the expectations of a promotion race.

Silva

Silva has not managed in the Championship before and a promotion race in England will be a new experience. He has been out of the game since December 2019 when he was sacked by Everton with the club in peril in 18th place in the Premier League. The Portuguese did earn plaudits for his initial work with Hull City, although he failed to keep them in the top flight in the 2016/17 term. Outside of the Greek Super League win with Olympiacos, he has not been overly successful and seems to have a solid reputation despite his failings in the dugout.

Fulham has been attracted to his potential and will be hoping that he can deliver. Parker set the standard for the minimum expectation two years ago by reaching the playoffs. Therefore, Silva will be under pressure to at the least match that achievement and all eyes will be on the Portuguese leader to push the Cottagers into the automatic promotion spots. There will be no excuse for Silva given the talent available in Fulham’s squad.

Transfer sagas to look forward to this Summer in the Premier League

With the Premier League season in the final couple games of the season, and Manchester City being crowned the Champions this year after Leicester beat Manchester United, the fans will be looking forward to next season already.

However, the football calendar has a busy summer lined up, as we have Euro 2021 to take place after it was cancelled last year due to the global pandemic caused by Covid-19, and the summer transfer window, and we thought we’d investigate some of the biggest rumours of transfer sagas that might just happen this summer.

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One of the most exciting transfer sagas that we are looking forward to this summer is one that is continuing from last year in which Manchester United will be looking to see if they can finally capture the signature of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund and bring the Englishman home.

Sancho has been one of the stars of the Bundesliga for three years now, having registered a combined 30 goals and assists in the past three seasons for the yellow wall.

Last year the transfer didn’t quite get over the line due to a dispute on the transfer fee, but it has been reported that Dortmund is willing to lower their asking price this year.

Another saga that we are certainly looking forward to this summer is where Erling Haaland is going to end up come the end of the summer.

Haaland has quickly become the golden boy of European football and has already been speaking to several top clubs including Barcelona and Real Madrid to see if they are interested.

However, due to the ridiculous price that he is going to cost, we only believe that Manchester City will be able to afford him and what a signing he would be.

And finally, there are rumours about Harry Kane looking to leave his boyhood club Tottenham and stay in the Premier League as it is his goal to become the leading goalscorer in the history of the Premier League.

Kane is 27 years old now and will know that he probably isn’t going to win any major trophies at Tottenham, and with rumours flying around that he might leave for United, it might be his final chance.

 

How The European Super League Is Going To Change Football Forever?

Over the weekend, the entire football world witnessed a bombshell that is going to totally transform the football world forever, and something that certainly shocked a lot of us.

Reports are now emerging around the world that there are plans for there to be a European Super League in which there will be 15 founding clubs starting this summer, but how is this going to change the beautiful game forever – below we look into this further.

So firstly, what is the European Super League and how will the competition work? The intention of the European Super League was to rival the Champions League format in which there will be up to 20 teams competing.

The format would see two groups of 10 in which they would play home and away, with the top four from each group going into a two-legged knockout series to determine a winner from each league and then they would compete against the finalists of the other league. Although this might seem like a good idea at face value, there has

The main way that this will impact football is that domestic football will be totally transformed due to this as many major authorities including the FA has threatened to throw out the clubs who are looking to join the European Super League which includes Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham, and Arsenal.

This would totally take away from the essence of the Premier League in the first place as many teams each year attempt to break into the top 6 however with the introduction of the ESL, this will take away any attempt of this moving forward.

Another way in which this is going to impact football moving forwards is that the big corporations are now threatening to ban players from the clubs of the teams moving into the ESL.

This will mean they will no longer be able to play in any of their competitions which including the Champions League, Euros and World Cup which will take away any ambition for many players to be able to do what they dreamed and set out to do when they first become professional footballers.

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Lee Westwood Proving Age Is Just A Number

Former world number one Lee Westwood has had a fantastic career in golf.

Not only has he won 25 European Tour events, but he has also been inside the top-10 of the Major Championships on 19 occasions.

At the age of 47, Westwood is now in the twilight stages of his career. His form in 2021 is up there with the very best players on the PGA Tour. His most notable performance came in the Players Championship where he finished second behind Justin Thomas.

A week prior to his result at Sawgrass, Westwood was also second in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. On that occasion, it was Bryson De Chambeau who he was involved in a fantastic tussle with on the back nine on the Sunday.

Westwood has always been renowned for being a clean striker of the ball. He is an excellent iron player whose tee-to-green game has been up there with the leading players of the last three decades. If there is one area that has let him down at times, it is his putting. His numbers this season are better than average, which is why he is consistently at the top end of leaderboards.

The Englishman will be hoping he can win his maiden Major Championship in 2021. He is generally considered as one of the best players not to lift one of the four big trophies. It would be extra special for the man from Worksop if that was in the Open Championship where he is 28/1 in the golf betting for the tournament at Royal St George’s Golf Club.

Order of Merit Success

Westwood made history last December by becoming the oldest player to lift the European Tour’s Race To Dubai crown. It was the third time in his career that he had won the Order of Merit in Europe.

The Englishman was second in the DP World Tour Championship behind Matt Fitzpatrick, but it was enough prize money to secure the end of season merit ahead of the likes of Patrick Reed and Collin Morikawa.

Although it was his consistency across the season that helped Westwood lift the Order of Merit trophy, he was successful in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. That success helped him to climb up to the top end of the prize money charts very early into the campaign.

Ryder Cup This Year At Whistling Straits

Given how well he is playing, Westwood will be hoping he returns to the European team for the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits later this year. He has not appeared in the playing team since Europe lost to the USA in 2016 at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

Westwood is very experienced in Ryder Cup golf. He has featured in 10 different Ryder Cup matches stretching all the way back to 1997. With 23 points, he is one of the most successful golfers in the history of the bi-annual team competition.

It is set to be an exciting year ahead for Westwood. He has started 2021 very strongly and with so many big tournaments to come over the next six months, he could be set for one of the best seasons of his career.

Is Major Sporting Considering an Online Shift?

Many of our favourite forms of entertainment are increasingly shifting online – this year could see the movie industry make the big change following the announcement from Hollywood Studio Warner Bros and see a huge changing of the guard, gaming has already made the shift as many non gamstop casinos look to replace brick and mortar locations, and other forms of sporting already have with the huge success being found in the esports market.

One of the big hold outs so far has been within traditional sporting, but with major broadcasting deals set to expire in the coming years, are the big names considering an online shift?

It’s a tough question to answer, as there are clear benefits and drawbacks to both approaches, but a lot can be learned from current examples that have already tested the waters – one of the most popular being the UK Premier League which back in 2019 made its first approach to an online change as a contract was signed for 20 games to be played exclusively on Amazon Prime – initial numbers saw a good increase in viewership, and the three year deal was deemed a success from the offset.

The sum for Amazon to acquire the entire season however is a different story – as it stands, three broadcasters now have the rights with Sky Sports holding the majority, and BT Sport and Amazon holding the rest totalling a sum over £3bn, quite the fee to cover without much knowledge of whether success can be found.

There’s also the other drawback of expanding too quickly into multiple different services – many users in recent years have been cutting back on their different digital subscriptions as a huge number of services have become available each with unique titles, if too many of the different major sporting titles decide to move in different directions that will only add to this problem, the current example of the Premier League being split between three services has the costs add up with many looking at which games will be broadcast where and only choosing to pay for that one service instead of three, and this will likely only continue.

On the other hand, the good news certainly shows the support for change is there – other markets like esports have been so widely successful simply because of how easy to access the content is, and if major sporting can do the same it can certainly help bring in a huge number of new viewers – the next two or three years will be the key changing point as that’s when the big deals start to expire, and decisions will need to be made around whether many stick to the slowly fading television platform, or start a major shift to an online audience instead.

 

The Success Story Of Manchester City: How The Circumstances Finally Led Manchester City Towards The Victory Stand

In the initial days of the league, Manchester City was a small club owing to its low promotional relegation due to low success rates.

Manchester United was a very large and prestigious club with high financial status and back-to-back success in their records then. But in recent years a drastic change in the pattern has been observed with Manchester City emerging as a threat to Manchester United which is one of the most successful clubs known in the history of the premier league. Manchester City witnessed a back-to-back win in the league in recent years increasing its dominance and power over Manchester United emerging as one of the most powerful as well as a successful club in the league. 

Manchester United understood Manchester City as a potential threat to their glory and success which can be well understood from the following statement- “What he recognised with Manchester City very early on was that there was potential to cause United to bother,” said Simon Bajkowski about Sir Alex Ferguson manager of the Manchester United Club. It was obvious that such a situation gave rise to a significant rivalry between the two clubs. 

This can be well understood from this statement by Sir Alex Ferguson the then manager of Manchester United Club after they won the derby at Old Trafford dramatically with a score of 4-3 – “Sometimes you have a noisy neighbour. You cannot do anything about that, they will always be noisy. You just have to get on with your life, put your television on and turn it up a bit louder.” The rivalry between the two clubs was indirectly acknowledged by the former manager of Manchester United Club through this statement. 

But what could have led to such drastic changes in the equation between the clubs and the gradual emergence of Manchester City club as powerful and glorious winners? Let’s analyse it in detail.

Manchester City’s dramatic takeover by Sheikh Mansour

The most dramatic decision of Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan during September of the year 2018 to acquire the Manchester City Club which was on the defeating side for the last 32 seasons and finished the premier league in the ninth position changed the fate of the Manchester City Club for the better. Sheikh Mansour’s takeover of the Manchester City club had placed the club in an equal and strong financial position and status like that of Manchester United. This enabled the club to buy talented and efficient players in their team ensuring the success of the club and increasing its prestige.

Joining Of Efficient Players In The Manchester City Club After The Acquisition

As mentioned earlier, the takeover of the Manchester City Club made it financially stable may have motivated many of the efficient players to join the team resulting in the success of the team. One of the most important reasons for the change in power dynamics between Manchester United and Manchester City is Carlos Tevez who is such a talented and successful player leaving Manchester United at the end of his contract with the club and joining the rival club Manchester City. 

This situation added fuel to the fire of rivalry already present between the two clubs. Moreover, players like David Silva, Yaya Toure, Mario Boutelli, Striker Sergio Aguero played vital roles in the journey of the Manchester City Club towards the victory stand. One of the most noteworthy contributions was that of Richard Dunne who was seen more than 350 times playing for Manchester City as the captain. His dedication to the club is depicted through the following statement- “WhenI was playing, it meant everything to City fans. For us, it was the biggest game of the year” was said by Richard Dunne. “It had that period where the game meant everything and not just in terms of local bragging rights.”

Sir Alex Ferguson’s Retirement From Manchester United

It can be rightfully said that Sir Alex Ferguson was one of the backbones of Manchester United club and he was extremely efficient in managing the team. Manchester United club depended very much on the managerial abilities of Fergusson for successful coaching and winning the games. Hence it is obvious that Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in the year 2013 was a strong blow for the club that made the club unstable. Moreover, the club was going through a transient period and adapting to the new changes and was in search of an efficient manager who was responsible for the deteriorating performance of the club.

Finally, from all these, it can be easily implied that the turmoil situation in Manchester United’s managerial position and economic stability owing to the acquisition of Manchester City club and joining of talented players in the club led the club to achieve back to back success in the Pep Guardiola during the years 2019 and 2020 by winning league titles leaving the Manchester United behind and it is expected by the Goal’s Manchester United correspondent Charlotte Duncker that “City aren’t going to start a downward spiral any time soon.”

Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney take over Welsh side Wrexham

Wrexham isn’t known for being particularly glamorous, but it presented itself well enough to Hollywood stars and new owners of the town’s football club, Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney.

The duo shocked the football world when they announced they were to take over as owners, following a vote.

In fact, a whopping 98.6% of the votes from Wrexham Supporters Trust (WST) were backing the bid.

2,000 votes from trust members were eligible, and 1,809 approved.

Following the result of the vote, WST has now wished the pair “the very best of luck in charge”, and “look forward to what the future brings”.

A statement distributed by WST read: “Subject to final agreement, league and FA confirmation – the RR McReynolds Company, LLC will take 100% control of Wrexham Football Club Limited from the WST.

“Both parties will now proceed with finalising the details of the takeover, and we will update Wrexham supporters as soon as we can.”

Reynolds and McElhenney told trust members they intended to make their club a “global force”.

Wrexham currently sit 14th in the Vanarama National League standings, but with this news a free bet on PaddyPower app could be a good shout on the club going on a good run of form, due to the feel-good factor surrounding the team.

The duo released a comical video on Monday afternoon, following their successful bid to take charge:

The club has been in fan ownership since 2011, but could now be set to see more than £2m invested in it.

Certainly an interesting story to keep an eye on over the next few seasons.

Dubois Expected to Deliver in All-British Bout with Joyce

At the age of 23, Daniel Dubois is already the next big thing in British heavyweight boxing. At a time when fighters from the UK hold all four major world titles in the premier division of the sport, his obvious future potential of joining those elite ranks should not go unnoticed or unheralded.

Nicknamed Dynamite and Triple D, Dubois is undefeated in 15 professional fights. He has also picked up several minor championships since joining the paid ranks in 2017.

In just his fourth pro bout, Dubois was crowned WBC youth heavyweight champion – a clear sign of him being a serious prospect. He has since added the English, British and Commonwealth, WBO European, global and international, and WBC silver titles to his collection.

Dubois now fights for the vacant EBU European heavyweight belt, and defends his British and Commonwealth straps, against compatriot Joe Joyce in one of the most anticipated UK bouts of 2020. This encounter on 28 November has a classic youth versus experience dynamic to it.

Joyce is 35, has a more extensive amateur background than Dubois and competed at the Rio Olympics of 2016 in Brazil. Only France’s Tony Yoka denied him a gold medal but, since Joyce turned pro in 2017, he hasn’t lost in 11 fights.

Something has got to give. Joyce has already reigned as Commonwealth champ, like Joyce winning a minor belt in his fourth fight in the paid ranks. He has since added the WBA continental and gold heavyweight titles to his CV.

Bookmakers are siding with the youth of Dubois in the boxing betting on their all-British bout, though, and make him the odds-on 2/9 favourite for victory. Joyce is 3/1, meanwhile, to cause what would be viewed as an upset.

However, this may not be as straightforward a task for Dubois as the market suggests. Joyce defeated former WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne, one of the best boxers in Canada of modern times, in 2019.

That sixth-round stoppage was huge for his career. Joyce arguably presents the most difficult challenge to date for Dubois whose previous opposition didn’t have that sort of feather in their caps.

These two London lads know full well there is more than area, national and continental championships at stake here. The WBO rankings have Dubois next in line after Ukraine’s former undisputed cruiserweight champ Oleksandr Usyk for a shot at Anthony Joshua.

Joyce is also among the top 10 rated contenders going into the fight with that governing body. The WBC places both men lower in their pecking order, meanwhile, with Dubois only seventh and Joyce down in eleventh.

Getting to Tyson Fury requires more, then, and neither man may get to share the ring with The Gypsy King who has hinted at retirement following a few more fights.

Whether Fury does hang up his gloves sooner rather than later, or Dubois goes on to tangle with Joshua, the feeling is very much that British boxing is in good hands with him. All he has to do is continue his upward trajectory and stop Joyce.

Kvitova talks of difficulties surrounding being a leading tennis player

The two-time Wimbledon Champion, Petra Kvitova, has admitted she sometimes wishes she could have lived life as a more “normal human being”.

This comes after she spoke of the “real life” negatives that come with being one of the best tennis players in the world.

“It’s tough to find friends, honest friends I mean. It’s tough to spend time with your family,” she admitted.

Despite the difficulties, the 30-year-old Czech claims she is still in love with the game, and remains motivated to continue winning accolades at the highest level in women’s tennis.

“If I don’t have the motivation to be great I will not play.

“I think we don’t really have a real life to be honest.

“Because we are still on the road, we are still practising, playing matches, eating, sleeping.

“I love the game itself so for me I can enjoy it, for sure, when I am on the court itself. I love matches. I don’t really like practice but that’s how it is.

“We have to deal with so many things, with our nerves, with the pressure, with the pressure from outside. To be a public person is not easy.”

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Kvitova won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, but has since returned to the top of the game following a robbery in the Czech Republic in December 2016, which left her with a stab wound in her playing hand. 

Since returning to the sport five months later, Kvitova has gone on to win eight WTA titles.