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Joshua, Fury’s Unification Fight Likely For December

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Promoter, Eddie Hearn, says he is “ready to conclude a deal” for a heavyweight unification fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury in December.
The two British fighters hold all four belts between them after Fury beat Deontay Wilder to take the WBC title last month.
Joshua, the WBA, IBF and WBO champion, will fight Kubrat Pulev on 20 June.
Fury is set to face Wilder for a third time this summer after the American triggered a rematch clause.
“There’s no reason why we can’t put that deal in place now for the winner of those two fights,” said Joshua’s promoter Hearn.
He added he had reached a point in talks with Fury’s US promoter Bob Arum “where we’re ready to conclude a deal and try to move forward to get that deal done for December”.
“We’ve just got to iron out some basic things like broadcasters and where the fight is going to take place, but I believe there’s a real desire from both sides to get that fight done now.
“To have two British heavyweight champions is unbelievable but to have them fighting for the undisputed championship is something that will never, ever happen in our lifetime again.
“December limits us in the UK, it just really leaves us with the Principality Stadium [in Cardiff], so we’re going to look at all options but first thing’s first, let’s get the deal papered and know exactly where we stand.
“So we’ve got to make it happen, let’s get the deal made now and let those guys concentrate on their big fights in the summer.”
Arum, who also promoted Pulev, said that Fury will fight Wilder before the 2020 Olympics, which are due to begin in Tokyo on 24 July.
However, he is backing mandatory IBF challenger Pulev to knock out Joshua in their bout at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this summer.
Joshua won back the belts with a unanimous points victory over Andy Ruiz Jr in December, having lost them in a chastening defeat in New York last June.
“We’ve just got to keep focus on the Pulev fight,” Hearn told Tidesports source.
“Last time the talk was all about Wilder and it all unravelled at Madison Square Garden in June.
“We don’t want any unravelling at Tottenham. We want a brilliant, brutal performance.”

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Infantino Reveals How Nigeria Can Host FIFA Competitions

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FIFA President, Gianni Infantino last Thursday, in Abuja, revealed how Nigeria can be made a destination for top Grade A football matches and FIFA competitions.
Infantino gave the insight when the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare took him on a tour of the renovated main bowl of the MoshoodAbiola National Stadium.
The FIFA boss, who was visibly happy with the re-grassed pitch at the stadium, said well-maintained stadia with good pitches were key to hosting grade A matches.
He said FIFA was ready to work more closely with Nigeria to develop the game and host more grade A matches in the country.
“We (FIFA) have to make sure when a country, when a government with the President, the minister and private persons are investing in football, in stadia, we work with them to give something back.
“It’s obvious that stadiums like this (MoshoodAbiola stadium) and others in Nigeria deserve the best quality games.
“They deserve top national team games, top club games and it’s not just about Nigerian football or African football, it’s about global football.
“We are working together to see what kind of new opportunities, competitions we can bring for men and women to fill this stadium and make the heart of the stadium beat for the fantastic spectacle that all of the Nigerian love, which is football,” he said.
Earlier, the minister said the Federal Government will continue to invest in sports development and facilities.
Tidesports source reports that the FIFA President, in the company of the minister, had earlier visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Statehouse, as part of his engagement.

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Why NFF Must Offset Rohr’s Salaries, Bonuses  – Aikhomogbe

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Former Nigerian goal keeper, Andrew Aikhomogbe has called on the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to resolve every outstanding salaries and bonuses owed to the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr before the next World Cup qualifiers against Central Africa Republic (CAR).
Aikhomogbe made this known on the backdrop of the football body’s recent deal with Baba Ijebu.
Although the financial details of the deal was not disclosed, Aikhomogbe in an interview with Newsmen from his base in Cairo, Egypt, stated that the NFF should use this platform to offset Rohr’s salaries and bonuses.
“It’s a big delight to know that the Nigeria Football Federation have signed a deal with Baba Ijebu and this will serve as an opportunity for them to use part of the money to pay Rohr’s salaries and bonuses.
“There is no better time to motivate him than now before Nigeria’s next 2022 World Cup qualifiers against the Central Africa Republic (CAR) on October,” he said.

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Enyimba Players Vow To Support  Finidi

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Enyimba FC Goalkeeper, John Noble has stated that the players of the People’s Elephants will be key to the success of the newly appointed coach of the team, Finidi George.
Finidi, signed a two-year deal with Enyimba and oversaw his first full training session with the team on Thursday after a cameo appearance on Wednesday.
Speaking in a chat with Tidesports source, Noble  gave his assessment of the coach in his first session under the manager and believes the former Super Eagles winger has what it takes to lead the team to the next level.
He added that the Enyimba players will be the ones to hand Finidi George his success at the club.

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