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Kwara Boxers Shine In Inter-State Tourney

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Kwara boxers have emerged overall winners of the inter-state boxing tournament concluded at the Indoor Sports Hall at the weekend after winning six of the 10 bouts in the final of the three-day tournament.
The boxers started their winning streaks with Balogun Qudus out punching Tobi Rafiu of Oyo State in the 48kg while entertaining Ahmed Suleiman of Kwara State beat Kehinde Akanmu of Oyo State in the 52kg bout. Saheed Jamiyu, fighting in the 56kg class, gave Kwara another victory against Rasheed Adeniran from Oyo State while Ishola Nurudeen cleared the fourth straight victory for Kwara State over Sanmi Sunday of Ekiti State in the 60 kg.
The contingent of Oyo State, who also gave good accounts of themselves, claimed their first victory in the 64kg bout when Arewa Ridwan boxed Omolola Oyewale of Ekiti State to victory.
Fatai Jimoh, another Oyo State fighter, went ahead for second victory when he out boxed Ismail Jimoh of Kwara State in a split decision.
The Oyo State team, in its classical display, got its fourth win in the 75kg and in the only U15 bout as Idowu Rasheed beat Ogundare Ebenezer of Ekiti, while Oladokun Isaac defeated Tijani Issah of Kwara State.
The female bouts of the day were anchored by Kwara State in grand style as Fausiyat Tijani claimed split victory over Seun Omowaye of Ekiti State while Risika Abdulrazaq beat Olamide Oluwamuyide of Oyo State
In his remark at the closing ceremony, Mr Ahmed Rufai, the chairman of Kwara Boxing Association, appreciated the state government for providing the enabling environment for sports in the state.
He explained that the aim of the competition was to bring boxing closer to the youth as “the association is bringing Gotv to Kwara at the end of August to further aid boxing development in state”.

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Neymar Doubtful Against Dortmund

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Neymar hit out at Paris Saint-Germain over the management of a rib injury after making his comeback in the Champions League.
After missing four matches, Neymar returned on Tuesday and scored for PSG, who lost 2-1 at Borussia Dortmund in the opening leg of the last-16 clash.
Neymar hurt his rib against Montpellier on February 1 and the Brazilian star was in doubt for the trip to Dortmund before returning for Thomas Tuchel’s side.
However, Neymar – who equalised in the 75th minute before two-goal hero ErlingHaaland restored Dortmund’s lead – was not happy post-match.
“It is hard after four games without playing. It was not my choice not to play, the club took this decision,” Neymar said amid ongoing links of a possible move back to LaLiga champions Barcelona.
“The club made this decision with the medical team. I wanted to play, I felt good.
“The club were afraid, and it is I who suffers from it.”
It has been another injury-interrupted season for Neymar, who reportedly tried to engineer a return to Barca at the start of the season, having left Camp Nou in a world-record €222million deal.
Neymar has scored 13 goals in 14 Ligue 1 appearances for leaders PSG this term.
The 28-year-old forward has netted 16 goals across all competitions.

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Eto’o Tips Mahrez For Ballon d’Or

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Algeria international Riyad Mahrez can win the prestigious Ballon d’Or award according to legendary Cameroon strike,r Samuel Eto’o.
The Manchester City’s attacking midfielder has established himself as one of the best attackers in the world having won two English Premier League titles.
Mahrez also won the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title as Algeria captain in Egypt.
“He is one of the great players in world football today,” Eto’o told Al Araby as per Le Buteur.
“We are very likely to have it [Ballon d’Or] in our continent.
Mahrez was ranked at number 10 in last year’s Ballon d’Or rankings with fellow African Sadio Mane of Liverpool FC finishing third.
“I really hope that he will not only dream of being the best African player,” he added.
“But also the Ballon d’Or because he has all the qualities to be there.”
The 28-year-old was named 2016 CAF Footballer of the Year following a successful season with Leicester City.

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Boxing: Wilder Will Never Out-Point Me In Vegas -Fury

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Tyson Fury has said that a points defeat against Deontay Wilder is impossible as his style of boxing suits Las Vegas.
Fury, 31, drew with Wilder in Los Angeles in 2018 and he
Fury continues to predict a second-round stoppage of Wilder and trainer Steward told our source”.
“To knock out a knockout artist you have to make them go backwards and back them up,” Fury told Tidesports Radio 5 Live Boxing podcast.
“Wilder is used to coming forwards his whole career. He has never knocked anyone out on the back foot.
“All bullies when they are backed-up, fold. Wilder is no different to any other playground bully. When someone stands up to Deontay Wilder, he will fold. I will prove that on Saturday.
“Technically he is not so great. Fighting Deontay Wilder is like giving a seven-year-old an AK-47 in a room, fully loaded. He is easy to control but could let rip any time.
“He can throw punches from novice angles that usually a world champion or high-level professional wouldn’t throw. They come from the floor sometimes or around corners so you have to have your wits about you.”
hopes to avoid controversy by securing a knockout in their rematch on Saturday.
But he said similarities in his style with Floyd Mayweather – who landed 15 wins by decision in Vegas is reason for his confidence in the judging.
“That slick style works and the judges here like that,” Fury told Tidesports sourcet.
“Wilder can’t beat me on points, it’s not possible. This is Las Vegas, not Los Angeles.
“One of the greatest boxers that has ever lived in Mayweather has come from this town and they can appreciate a master boxer here.
“If it goes 12 rounds I have won.”

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