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Joshua, Ruiz Jr’s Rematch For New York Or Cardiff

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Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr looks set to take place in New York in November or Cardiff in December.
Joshua, 29, lost his IBF, WBA and WBO world titles to Ruiz in New York on 1 June and invoked his contractual right to a rematch.
Dates have been fixed at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on 14 December or a return to Madison Square Garden on 29 November.
A west coast city in the US has also made a late offer to stage the contest.
Two other unnamed countries have also bid for the fight.
Joshua’s team were keen to finalise a date for the bout last week but the offers from new countries have delayed them in confirming Cardiff or New York.
The financial packages put forward in the late bids were lucrative enough to merit discussions, though there is concern the countries in question do not hold a substantial track record in staging high-profile boxing events.
Cardiff is the only UK option because the Principality Stadium can offer a roof along with a large capacity during a British winter but Joshua is said to be keen on a return to Madison Square Garden, where his US debut was wrecked by Ruiz in one of heavyweight boxing’s biggest shocks.
American Ruiz, who fights under a Mexican flag as a result of his heritage, has talked up fighting in Los Angeles or Mexico.
The 29-year-old’s comments and delays in confirming the rematch has led to speculation negotiations have stalled or that the champion was contemplating trying to avoid Joshua.
But Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has said Ruiz would face legal proceedings if he were to pursue another path.

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Diobu Football Competition Is To Foster Peace – Nsiegbe

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The Chairman of the organising committee of the ongoing Diobu Peace/Unity Football Competition (DPUFC), Okechukwu Nsiegbe, has said that the competition is to bring peace, love and unity among youths in the area.
He explained that the competition is intended to discover talents that will excel in the football industry.
Nsiegbe stated this in an exclusive interview with Tidesports on Wednesday at the Roumuowaji play ground after Ikwerre Street FC defeated D/Line FC 9-10 in a penalty shout out after regulation time.
“The essence of the competition this period is to bring peace, l ove and unity among youths,  because Christmas season is time to make peace “Nsiegbe said.
According to him, scout will be around to discover players during the tournament.
He further revealed that 16 teams registered for the tournament.
“The competition is a knock out basis, by this weekend the competition will reach quarter final stage” he stated.

 

By:   Kiadum Edookor

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Rivers Boxing Championship Discovers New Talents

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The President of Nigeria Boxing Federation (PNBF), Kenneth Minimah, says the second edition of the Rivers State Open Boxing Championship (RSOBC) has discovered new talents and exposed them to limelight.
He stated that the competition is an important avenue to discover hidden talents.
Minimah, said this on Wednesday, in an exclusive interview with Tidesports in day two of the Championship,  at the Port Harcourt boxing gym, Basketball court complex, Old Port Harcourt township.
The boxing President noted that the state has been the home of professional boxers in the 80s.
According to him, talents discovered during the championship will be given the right direction for the sport.
“Rivers State Open Boxing Championship is trying to rejuvenate the sport in the state” Minimah said.
The retired general used the medium to call on those who have passion for boxing  and cooperate bodies in the state to support sponsorship of boxing competitions in the state.
“Boxing should also be taken to the grassroots,” he stated.
In the same vein, he commended Anthony Joshua, as he reclaimed his titles after had beaten Andy Ruiz Jr.
According to him, Joshua has his career back on track, adding that he had also put his mother nation back in the boxing board.
He also urged the upcoming boxers in the state to see Joshua as a role model.

 

By:   Kiadum Edookor

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2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Eagles Know Foes, January

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Nigeria’s senior national team, the Super Eagles will know their group stage foes for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying series next month.
The Super Eagles had featured in each of the last three World Cup tournaments and will be bidding to make it four in a row for the first time ever and seventh overall in Qatar in 2022.
Tidesports gathered that Nigeria will be joining thirty-nine (39) other African countries in the second round (group stage) draws, which has been scheduled for the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.
The second round of the qualifiers will kick off in March 2020 and will conclude in October 2021. Group winners will advance to the third round, which is scheduled for November 2021.
The ten group winners from Round 2 will be paired up for knockout matches, with the five winners securing a berth at Qatar 2022, a format reminiscent of the 2014 World Cup qualifying race which saw Nigeria defeating Ethiopia en route to qualification.
The FIFA World Cup 2022 will be played in Qatar between 21 November and 18 December 2022.

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