Unified heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua has been talking about retirement this week and says he would be retiring soon.
However, that would not be before a blockbuster bout with fellow Briton, Tyson Fury happens as Joshua says he still has five years left in the sport.
“This isn’t the start of my career. I’m coming towards the end of my career,” he told Sky Sports News.
“Five years left and that’s basically an Olympic cycle. I’ve got an Olympic cycle and a little bit more left, so when you see the next Olympics happen is when I’ll be coming to the end of my career and the next generation will be coming through.”
Meanwhile, Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has said that he is 90% confident a Joshua-Fury clash for the undisputed heavyweight crown will happen this year.
“I don’t see anything getting in the way,” Hearn told Tidesports source.
With talks between the two teams seemingly progressing well, Fury could not help but have a little dig at Joshua on Twitter this week, when he said he would take out Joshua in two rounds and that Joshua suffers from low confidence.
In a related development, the son of a British boxing legend and a skilful and charismatic fighter in his own right, the 31-year-old middleweight Chris Eubank snr has signed with a new promotional company this week, linking up with Team Sauerland and declared that it is now time to fulfill his potentials.
But, so far, his career has not really gone the way many expected.
Having turned professional in 2011, Eubank’s blistering hand speed and uncanny resemblance to his dad, Chris Eubank Sr, sparked the interest of fight fans.
And as videos of brutal sparring sessions with then world champion, Carl Froch circulated, Eubank was considered one of the hottest prospects in British boxing.
He has lost just twice , a close decision to rival, Billy Joe Saunders in 2014 and to another fellow Briton, George Groves in the World Boxing Super Series competition four years later , but has fought only three times since that last loss.
The Brighton-born fighter beat former world champion and Olympic gold medallist, James DeGale in February 2019 and recorded a technical knockout victory over Matt Korobov in December 2019 after the Russian injured his shoulder in the second round.
With inactivity and regular changes in promotional companies, boxing fans seem to have lost their patience with Eubank.
He is now based in the United States and trained by four-weight world champion, and boxing royalty, Roy Jones Jr.
UNILORIN Engages Landlords Association On Students’ Safety
The Management of the University of Ilorin says the institution is interacting with the Association of Landlords within its communities to ensure the protection of students.
Dean, Student Affairs, Unilorin, Prof. Lanre Ajibade, at a news conference in Ilorin yesterday assured that no stone would be left unturned toward ensuring safety of students.
According to Ajibade, the University has been engaging in consistent interactions with the landlord association of the communities to ensure students who live in the area enjoy the best treatment possible.
He said that although no fresh and returning student of the University was set to resume the 2021/2022 academic session, many live off campus, particularly within Tanke and the neighbouring communities,
He recalled the recent murder of a female student of the University and said management had been working vigorously with security agencies to ensure perpetrators of the heinous act were prosecuted.
The dean noted that the University was working assiduously with all the security agencies and other stakeholders within and outside the institution to ensure the safety of the community.
The University’s Chief Security Officer, Mr Abdulwasiu Oyewo, also said that his personnel were working day and night to provide maximum security in the area.
Oyewo said that the security officers were in constant patrol of the environment, adding that vehicles with tinted glasses and without registration number would not be allowed on campus.
Also, Officer-in-Charge of the Intelligence Unit in the University’s Security Division, Mr Ali Na’Allah, said that the unit would continue to engage in discreet information gathering on campus.
Unemployed Man, 22, Docked For Stealing Two iPhones, Laptop
A 22-year-old unemployed man, Akinwunmi Rotimi, yesterday appeared in a Magistrates’ Court in Ota, Ogun for allegedly stealing two iPhones, an Hp Laptop and other valuables.
The police charged Rotimi, whose address was not provided, with two counts of burglary and stealing.
The Prosecution Counsel, Cynthia Ejezie, told the court that the defendant also stole N240,000.
Ejezie said that the defendant committed the offence on April 3 at about 4 a.m.at No.6 Ayoola Adeyinka, off Tetiku road, Owode-Ijako, Ota.
He said that the defendant broke into the house of the complainant, Mrs Adeleye Anike.
She said that the police from the Sango-Ota Police Station, tracked one of the phones to the defendant.
The offence, the prosecutor said, contravened the provisions of sections 383 (1) and 412 of the Criminal Code Vol.11, Laws of Ogun, 2006.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The counsel to the defendant, Mr Ambrose Aisedion, prayed the court to grant the defendant bail in the most liberal terms.
Magistrate Shotunde Shotayo admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N250, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
Shotayo ordered that the sureties reside within the court’s jurisdiction and be gainfully employed with two-year tax payment to Ogun Government.
The case was adjourned until June 17 for a definite hearing.
CDHR Tasks Police On Rescue Of Abducted Ebonyi Children
Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) has urged Police and sister agencies to secure unconditional release of the seven Ebonyi children abducted by suspected hoodlums at Enyigba community.
The children were abducted from their respective homes at Enyigba community in Abakaliki Local Government Area (LGA) of Ebonyi by unknown persons, following alleged renewed conflict over land dispute with Enyibichiri community in Ikwo LGA.
A statement signed by State Secretary of CDHR, Mr Jeremiah Oyibe, yesterday in Abakaliki, urged the police to ensure safe and unconditional release of the seven abductees.
The CDHR added that the police and the state government should ensure the arrest and trial of those involved in the criminal abduction of the innocent children.
The group expressed displeasure that children had become target of attacks in armed conflicts and extreme violence.
It said that abduction of children in armed conflicts for whatever reason was not only condemnable and disturbing but heartbreaking.
“Ensuring accountability for such crimes along with crimes against humanity and genocides is an essential part of upholding responsibility to protection as well as establishing a basis for sustainable peace and reconciliation.
“Not bringing perpetrators to book is tantamount to evading accountability and such impunity not only denies victims justice and reparations, it equally produces an environment conducive for continuous perpetration of such crimes,” the group said.
The Ebonyi government in conjunction with Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ebonyi chapter, had waded into the boundary dispute involving the two sister communities and settled the dispute.
The state government and CAN brokered peace agreement was signed by the two communities and the boundaries clearly demarcated.
CDHR, however, expressed sadness that the recent crisis that led to the abduction of the seven children whom their mothers left at home when they went to the market to buy food stuff.
“We, therefore, wish to urge the Inspector General of Police, Nigeria Government, Ebonyi government to, as matter of urgency, facilitate safe return of the abducted children from Enyigba community,” the CDHR added.
Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi at a recent expanded stakeholders security meeting in Abakaliki, promised to ensure that all the abducted children were released unhurt and reunited with their families.
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