Unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua could face fellow British fighter Dillian Whyte next, According to Tidesports source
Joshua reclaimed his three world titles by beating Andy Ruiz Jr on points in a rematch in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.
The 30-year-old previously beat Whyte, 31, in 2015.
The WBO said Joshua must now face mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk while IBF equivalent Kubrat Pulev is another potential next opponent.
But according to the source, a rematch against Whyte might be Joshua’s first fight in 2020.
Whyte beat Joshua as an amateur in 2009 and his only professional defeat in 28 bouts was a seventh-round knockout by his fellow Briton at the O2 Arena in London.
After having a charge for a doping violation dropped by UK Anti-Doping last Friday, Whyte beat Poland’s Mariusz Wach on a unanimous points decision on the undercard of the Joshua-Ruiz bout in Riyadh.
“Dillian Whyte at Wembley next year makes all the sense in the world,” said Bunce after the all-British fight – was suggested.
“Ukad has cleared him, Whyte and Joshua have got an old beef – that’s perfect.”
WBC champion Deontay Wilder is set to face Britain’s Tyson Fury in a rematch on 22 February.
Joshua said he is no longer interested in calling out American Wilder for a fight with all four world titles on the line but will fight Wilder and Fury “if the opportunity presents itself”.
“Once their rematch is out of the way they can start mentioning my name,” he said.
“I can’t keep on fighting all the champions, the best in the division and then other people who say they want to step up don’t step up.
“All challengers are welcome to take on this current unified champion.”
Joshua’s win over Ruiz and the fact many bookmakers were offering near even odds in any contest against Wilder or Fury showed he was “back on the top table” after his shock defeat by Ruiz in June.
“We are on the cusp, possibly, of having this great heavyweight era that we’ve been talking about for so long over the next two years,” he added.
Joshua was meant to face Pulev in Cardiff in October 2017 but the Bulgarian withdrew through injury and was replaced by Carlos Takam, who Joshua stopped in round 10.
Bunce also said Joshua could well “fight a guy like Pulev next” before possibly facing the winner of a bout between Usyk and Britain’s Dereck Chisora in the summer and then a third fight in November or December.
Joshua said on Sunday that defending his belts “on home soil would be big news” after promoter Eddie Hearn revealed he had been in discussions over a fight at Tottenham’s new 60,000-capacity stadium, most likely against Pulev.
“It would be mega,” Joshua added. “Looking at how many people came out here shows there is still a big interest in the heavyweight division, especially now we are taking the belts back.
“Sometimes it would be better against a Brit, but if not I follow the mandatories and defend them that way.”
Regardless of the opponent, Woodhall said Joshua’s next fight “will not be too far away” because he has a “feel-good factor” after beating Ruiz.
“He’s got that hunger back and he wants to keep boxing because he knows that if he’s boxing regularly, he’s boxing at his best.”
Rangers’ Forward Recounts Poor Continental Performance
Enugu Rangers forward, Ibrahim Olawoyin has recounted his team’s disappointing loss against Al Masry of Egypt in the group stages of this season’s CAF Confederation Cup.
It was a poor performance from Rangers at the Alexandria Stadium after losing their opening fixture against Pyramids FC.
The Flying Antelopes failed to come to the party and subsequently fell to a 4-2 loss against the Egyptian.
Goals from Austin Amutu, Ahmed Yasser, Muftah Taktak and Hassan Ali ensured the Coal City club left Egypt empty-handed, but Eziekwe Chinoso’s effort and Saidou Simpore’s own goal made the scoreline more respectable.
Rangers would then go on to pick a paltry three points from their subsequent four games and ultimately exited the competition in the group stage.
Three months later, Olawoyin has expressed his disappointment at the defeat, insisting his side gave up a good fight.
The former Abia Warriors winger, in a video clip posted on Twitter, also highlighted his overall contribution to the game.
NNL To Wait For NPFL’s Decision
Ex-international and Chairman of Nigeria National League side, Kogi United, Abdul Sule has stated that the decision on the status of the Nigeria National League which has been on hold since December 2019 after just five and four games respectively will largely be dependent on some of the decisions taken by the topflight league.
Sule speaking in a chat with brila.net said the incidents of the Covid-19 induced break coupled with the league that has been hold means it remains clearly uncertain when the league will resume, how the league will run and whether the second tier league will be played.
“We know it’s going to take time for the Corona virus thing to disappear but also it depend on the Nigeria Premier league, we have to follow the status quo. We have to see what the Nigeria Premier league will do. Are they going to stop the league and start afresh?”
Obuh Against Plans To Slash NPFL Players’ Salaries
Former Akwa United Coach, John Obuh, has stated that it would be unfair for teams in the NPFL to be thinking of slashing the salaries of the players in the league because of coronavirus.
The former Flying Eagles handler seems not too cool with the news that some NPFL Clubs have slashed and some are planning to reduce the salaries of their players due to the COVID-19 induced break.
Obuh’s reaction was timely with a resolution of the committee signed by Yobe Deserts chairman, Hon. Goni Bukar Lawan that the monthly allowance of the players and technical crew of the main team was reduced by 75% while the Feeder and Under 15 teams would receive 50% of their monthly allowances.
In a chat with brila.net, Obuh asked if the clubs in the Nigerian professional football league pay their players well in the first place before considering a pay cut.
“Some clubs don’t even pay these guys during breaks, now you want to go into the idea of a pay cut, pay cut of how much? How much are you paying the players before talking of pay cut? Obuh fumed!”
Obuh also said most of the NPFL clubs have terrible welfare packages for their players, and sometimes don’t treat the boys as the asset they are.
Sports activities including the domestic league in the country was earlier suspended by the government as part of measure to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
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