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Breaking: Joshua to defend heavyweight title in September

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Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title defence against Oleksandr Usyk will take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 25 September.

 Joshua, 31, will risk his IBF, WBA and WBO belts against the Ukrainian, who is his mandatory challenger.

Usyk, 34, has not fought for a title as a heavyweight but held all four belts a division lower at cruiserweight.

Joshua was ordered to defend his WBO title after the collapse of his bout with fellow Briton Tyson Fury.

“We are two Olympic gold medallists who have fought our way to the top and never avoided challenges,” Joshua said.

“The venue is exceptional, the atmosphere will be electric, I’m honoured to be the first person to fight in such an awe-inspiring venue. The stage is set and I am ready to handle business.”

Despite months of negotiations a fight between Joshua and WBC world champion Fury for all four belts failed to materialise.

Joshua called Fury “a fraud” after their proposed meeting on 14 August in Saudi Arabia was called off.

Fury will face American Deontay Wilder, who he defeated to become a two-time world heavyweight champion in his most recent bout in February 2020, for a third time in Las Vegas on 24 July.

Former undisputed world cruiserweight champion Usyk has 18 wins from 18 bouts.

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has a capacity of over 60,000, although vaccination proof may be required to attend sports events of about 20,000 or more capacity by the end of September.


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Breaking: Nigeria’s D’Tigresses lose again at Tokyo Olympics

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Nigeria’s women basketball team D’Tigresses on Friday lost their second game 87-62 versus France in the ongoing Olympic games in Tokyo Japan.

The Nigerian team had lost to USA during their first encounter at the games 

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Chelsea make ‘audacious’ Lukaku €130m bid

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Chelsea have tabled a monstrous €130million (£110.6m) bid to sign Romelu Lukaku as they ramp up their search for a No.9, according to reports in Italy.

The Blues have monitored Lukaku throughout the summer transfer window after he scored 24 goals to fire Inter Milan to the Serie A title last season.

Stamford Bridge chiefs have also kept tabs on Erling Haaland but they are said to be resigned to missing out on the Borussia Dortmund sensation.

As such, they have stepped up their interest in Lukaku and aim to lure their former player back to west London with an offer Inter may not be able to refuse.

That’s according to Corriere della Sera , which claims Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is keen to bolster Thomas Tuchel’s side with a marquee centre-forward signing.

The report adds Inter have not received an official offer, but they are already tempted by the huge money Chelsea are preparing to put on the table.

A nine-figure fee would make Lukaku the Premier League’s record signing, while the Belgian is no stranger to big-money moves having joined Chelsea, Everton, Manchester United and Inter for sums totalling almost £200million.

Lukaku spent a brief spell with Chelsea after arriving from Anderlecht in 2011 but failed to make an impression before joining Everton on loan in 2013 and permanently the following year.

The report from Italy explains Abramovich is desparate to give Lukaku a second chance at the Bridge and has sent his son to Milan to make contact with Inter chiefs.

Talks are understood to be underway, although the player himself appears to favour extending his stay at San Siro rather than moving back to the Premier League.

Inter chief executive Giuseppe Marotta recently declared Lukaku is not available for a transfer, telling Sportmediaset : “From our side, we can yes absolutely, Lukaku is not for sale.

“Lukaku is an important piece on the chessboard available to Simone Inzaghi.”

Inzaghi replaced Antonio Conte as Inter manager earlier this summer after the latter fell out with his bosses over the club’s transfer policy, despite the fact he led the club to the league title.

The crux of the problem between Conte and Inter supremos related to the club’s financial crisis and need to sell players, which means Marotta’s resolve regarding Lukaku is not as strong as it may appear.

Inter parted ways with star wideman Achraf Hakimi earlier this month after agreeing an initial £51.3million fee with Paris Saint-Germain.

But the club’s finances remain in a dire state and the huge bid Chelsea are readying for Lukaku may convince them to cash in.


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Chinese billionaire sent to prison for ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble’

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ByKyle Barnett

Sun's sentencing on Thursday is one of many high-profile cases the Chinese government has pursued against outspoken entrepreneurs in recent years. File Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI

July 29 (UPI) — A Chinese court on Thursday sentenced an outspoken billionaire businessman to nearly 20 years in prison for “provoking” trouble and conspiring to oppose state institutions.


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