Anthony Joshua survived a desert storm to wrest back his world heavyweight titles with a unanimous points win over Andy Ruiz Jr at the Diriyah Arena in Saudi Arena. Joshua stuck to his back-foot game plan to pick off a clear 118-110 (twice), 119-109 verdict in a bout that boasted little of the five-knockdown drama which saw him lose to Ruiz in June. In a bout which had been threatened with delay by a rare desert rain-storm moments before they took to the ring, the champion banked almost entirely on landing another big left money-shot. Second time round, a more composed and disciplined Joshua for the most part resisted the urge to join Ruiz in battle, and there was no doubt as to the clear winner once the bell ended the final round. Confirmation of Joshua's win was greeted with roars of approval from a capacity 16,000 crowd in the purpose-built venue in the ancient Saudi capital, which was hosting a major title fight for the first time. Speaking in the ring, Joshua said: "This is about … [Read more...] about Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz scorecards after heavyweight world title fight
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Anthony Joshua is ready to fight Deontay Wilder after taking back his belts from Andy Ruiz Jr. Joshua avenged his shock defeat to Ruiz Jr in June by outclassing the American-Mexican with an 118-110 118-110 119-109 win in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night. The Brit will likely take on his mandatories Oleksandr Usyk and Kubrat Pulev next but has put American superstar Wilder firmly in his sights. "I'm ready," Joshua told Sky Sports. "I've got my belts back and I'm ready to fight him. But I'm not looking too far into the future because it takes your eyes off what is front of you. "I take it step by step and, by the time I get to unification, I will be ready. "I'll knock them down one by one and, when the big boys are ready, I'll be ready to become the next undisputed champion of the world. "I really want to make that happen." Wilder had produced a blistering attack of Joshua's performance in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night. "Joshua did what he had to do to get the win," Wilder told The … [Read more...] about Anthony Joshua calls out Deontay Wilder and insists he is ‘ready’ for unification fight
MICHAEL HUNTER dressed as Predator on the way to the ring but failed to kill off Alexander Povetkin. The American wore a mask in tribute to the legendary films starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and then stalked his Russian opponent for much of the fight. Povetkin deserves huge credit for surviving a heavy onslaught in the very first round. Hunter was landing at will, but incredibly the Russian managed to stay on his feet. In the end it went to the judges scorecards, who gave it 115-113 to Povetkin, 115-113 Hunter, and 114-114 split draw. Hunter was heartbroken to be handed the controversial draw.HUNTER HEARTBROKEN The American boxed beautifully for long spells and almost won the fight in the very first round. But the wily old Russian veteran used all his skills to sway one judge his way. After 12-rounds of impressive action before the Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz main event, the judges scored it level. Hunter said: “I don’t make the scores so there is nothing I can say, I … [Read more...] about Michael Hunter dresses as Predator but can’t kill off Alexander Povetkin in draw on Joshua undercard
JACOB Payne's status as a professional American football player may be deceiving, as he was an Arena Football League player, not a star of the NFL. These days, the Michigan native is better known for his appearances on reality TV and has reportedly separated with his wife Natalie Nunn, but when did they get married and how many kids do they have? Who is Natalie Nunn's husband Jacob Payne? Jacob Payne was born July 18, 1990, in Detroit, Michigan where he grew up to play college football at Central Michigan University. The 28-year-old stepped into the limelight after dating Bad Girls Club star Natalie Nunn in October 2011. They first appeared on screen together on Bridezillas and then later on season four of Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars 2. Jacob proposed to Natalie in April 2012 and they tied the knot a month later, which was then aired on TV.Have Natalie and Jacob split up? The seven-year relationship between Natalie and Jacob may be over after the sports star was seen moving … [Read more...] about Who is Natalie Nunn’s husband Jacob Payne, have they split up and what has he said about Dan Osborne?
ARSENAL are about to complete the blockbuster signing of Nicolas Pepe - but the winger almost lost his football career over a CHOCOLATE BAR. The £72million star, who was today pictured in North London with a Gunners goody bag, took a topsy-turvy route to the Emirates. It all could have been very different for the 23-year-old - Ligue 1's hottest property last season after scoring 22 goals and adding 11 assists Born to Ivorian immigrants, Pepe was born in Mantes-La Jolie, 45minutes outside Paris, where his parents grew up in relative hardship. His father eventually found work as a PRISON GUARD while his mother was a housekeeper. Pepe's career may have panned out very differently if he stuck to his first position.While at amateur club FC Paris Solitaires Est, Pepe played in goal for a whole season as the club didn't have anyone else. Guy Fraineau, president of the club told Bleacher Report: "He was just as good in goal as he was on the pitch." His father would later move his family … [Read more...] about Arsenal £72m signing Nicolas Pepe almost lost career over a stolen chocolate bar