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Boxing: Anthony Joshua To Face Francis Ngannou In Saudi Arabia As Fight Confirmed

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Anthony Joshua‘s next opponent has been confirmed as former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou, with the fight set to take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

On Friday night, promotional teams Matchroom and Queensberry revealed the anticipated clash between former unified world heavyweight champion Joshua and Ngannou, a past UFC titleholder.

A press conference is slated for January 15 to disclose further details, and there are reports indicating that Joshua is set to confront Ngannou on Friday, March 8, in Riyadh.

In his pursuit to reclaim the summit of the heavyweight division, Joshua secured a commanding five-round victory over Otto Wallin on December 23. However, hopes of a matchup with Deontay Wilder dwindled after the American suffered a defeat to Joseph Parker on the same card.

The former UFC heavyweight champion, Ngannou, made an impactful entry into professional boxing last October by knocking down Tyson Fury in his debut bout.

Despite the knockdown, Fury ultimately secured a split-decision victory. Ngannou now finds himself ranked among the top 10 heavyweight contenders by the WBC.

After his impressive win against Wallin, Joshua declared: I’m down to fight anyone. Whenever and whoever.”

Among the contenders for Joshua’s next bout, the IBF mandatory challenger Filip Hrgovic and Zhilei Zhang were also under consideration.

Saudi Arabia is poised to host another significant heavyweight showdown shortly after Fury’s upcoming undisputed world title fight against Oleksandr Usyk on February 17.

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Lionel Messi Explains Why He Hardly Runs During Football Games

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Argentine football icon, Lionel Messi, has stressed that he doesn’t care how much movement he makes in a game as people continue to take note of his walking technique.

In recent times, videos of Lionel Messi practically walking while his team are off the ball have kept many football enthusiasts talking. Many believe that it is a technique to prevent being injured, some say he does that because other players are doing the hard work for him.

But in an interview with Clank Media, Lionel Messi who turned 37-year-old earlier today, June 24, 2024, said not running when he is off the ball has been a part of his game from his days at his boyhood club, Newell, in his native country, Argentina.

“When I was at Newell’s, there were two or three times a week we were sent to run around the grounds. I used to hide behind a tree. Running without a ball was never my thing. Heh”, Lionel Messi said.

“I have always been very self-critical. I am the first to know what I do right and what I do wrong. When I walk, I analyse the opponent’s positioning, how we stand when we don’t have the ball, get away from the marker and be able to initiate a counterattack.

“I don’t pay much attention to GPS, statistics or data. I never cared how much I ran in a match.”

Note that Lionel Messi had used his walking technique while off the ball to win virtually everything in world football including 10 La Liga titles, four Champions League, one FIFA World Cup, and a record 8 Ballon d’Or.

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Euro 2024: Portugal Join Two Other Teams In Round Of 16

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In just two matchdays in the ongoing European Championship (Euro 2024), three countries have secured their place in the tournament’s round of 16.

Interestingly, the Three Lions of England and France, seen as the Super favourites to win the Euro 2024, will have to wait until the last day of the group stage to confirm their place.

Earlier today, June 22, 2024, Portugal’s national team, ably led by five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo, defeated Turkey 3-0 to book themselves a place in the round of 16.

Goals from Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes, and an own goal from Samet Akaydin made all the difference.

Ronaldo provided an assist for Portugal’s third goal, which was his 7th in the history of the tournament, and the all-time highest in the European Championship.

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Recall that Portugal defeated the Czech Republic 2-1 in their opening game in Group F. Hence, the Portuguese side now have 6 points in two games.

Whether or not they beat Georgia in their last group stage game on Wednesday, June 26, the Portuguese side will play in the round of 16. However, they need to win the game to ensure they finish top of Group F.

Other two teams that have already booked themselves a place in the Euro 2024 round of 16 with a game in hand are the hosts, Germany, and Spain.

Germany are topping Group A with 6 points in 2 games, while Spain are topping Group B with 6 points in two games.

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Chelsea Sign Brazilian Youngster Estevao Willian From Palmeiras

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Chelsea have completed their transfer transaction with Brazilian club, Palmeiras, for the services of teenage forward Estevao Willian.

Earlier today, June 22, Chelsea took to X to announce that Estevao Willian is now officially their new player but he wouldn’t join the Premier League side until the summer of 2025.

This means that the 17-year-old forward will remain at Palmeiras throughout the 2024-2025 season.

A statement from Chelsea reads: “Chelsea Football Club has agreed a deal to sign teenage forward Estevao Willian from Palmeiras, with the Brazilian to officially join Chelsea next summer.

“The 17-year-old has already built a strong reputation in South America as one of the most exciting talents around due to his skilful dribbling and electric pace, causing defences plenty of problems in his breakout season in senior football.

“Estevao has featured 10 times in the Brazilian Serie A for Palmeiras, contributing two goals and two assists, as well as also finding the net in the Copa Libertadores and Copa do Brasil.”

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Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Estevao Willian signed a deal with Chelsea which will keep him at Stamford Bridge until June 30, 2033.

The Premier League side paid Palmeiras the sum of €34 million to complete the deal.

The transfer expert wrote on X, “Chelsea have signed all documents for Willian Estevão, deal sealed!

“Final conditions include €34m fixed fee, €6m add-ons based on apps with Palmeiras, €17m add-ons based on being a multiseason starter at #CFC, €4m difficult add-ons Contract until 2033.”

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