Two-time world heavyweight champion Vladimir Klitschko believes Anthony Joshua may find life tough in a fight against Deontay Wilder declaring it would be dangerous fight for the Nigerian-born British pugilist. Ukrainian Klitschko hung up his gloves after last year’s stoppage loss to Joshua, who went on to add the WBO strap to his WBA and IBF titles by out-pointing Joseph Parker in March. WBA champion Wilder holds the one major belt Joshua is yet to possess and Klitschko believes the American’s size and speed would make him a handful for his former foe. “It would be a dangerous fight for Joshua. I’m not saying he wouldn’t win it but Wilder has something,”
Klitschko said in an interview with the Times. “Due to his weight, he is extremely fast. He has good power in his hands and he’s extremely fast. Maybe he’s kind of wild in his technique but those punches are coming from who knows where. “He is hard to defend against – where is that punch going to land or which side is it coming from? Joshua has all-around more capability but Wilder is taller than Joshua and is faster than Joshua. “He doesn’t have the weight behind his punches but he is extremely fast, and it would depend upon what kind of mood both fighters were in.” According to Klitschko, Joshua would “hands down” beat Tyson Fury.
Fury previously held all three heavyweight belts after beating Klitschko on points in November 2015, though he has not fought since that famous triumph in Dusseldorf in November 2015. The 29-year-old is scheduled to make his long-awaited ring return on June 9, a move that increases the possibility of a money-spinning bout against fellow undefeated fighter Joshua at some stage in the future. However, having faced both men during his distinguished career, Klitschko is in no doubt over the outcome of a potential all-English showdown.
Bazuaye raises the alarm over Eagles’ defence
- Eboigbe, Fuludu hail squad
Ex-international Baldwin Bazuaye has said Super Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr, must work on the defnce line of his squad just as two other former players Sunday Eboigbe and Edema Fuludu hailed the team’s showing in their back-to-back African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Libya.
Bazuaye said Eagles needed to build more on the defence; adding that it was a narrow escape for the team against Libya.
“I think they are doing very well, but the technical crew must do more work on the defence, because if we encounter a stronger side, Eagles might have problems in defending their goals. A serious minded team don’t score goals and go to sleep thinking that it is over; if you are winning, try and keep the pace, you must not give your opponents the chance to come near your goal mouth,” he said.
He said that one of the key problems in the Eagles squad was lack of experienced leader.
“Eagles need another experience like Victor Moses to help ginger the players. In the last two games, Eagles lacked a commander. I know that getting the 2019 AFCON ticket won’t be a problem for Nigeria but we must work harder to make impact at the tournament in Cameroon. I like the good work Rohr is doing, Nigerians must throw their weight behind him,” he added.
Eboigbe, who has been down with health challenges for the past seven years, commended the Eagles for their brilliant performance, adding that it would have been a disaster to have a country like Libya beat Nigeria.
“I was very happy to see Super Eagles beat Libya both home and away; it shows that they are beginning to get very serious about the growth of our football. I will advise our present national team players to do everything within their powers to make sure they take Nigerian football to the apex because in our days, Nigeria Cameroon, Tunisia, Ghana used to be the pride of African football.
“But recently we have suddenly become a laughing stock. You can remember Nigeria exploits in the 80s and 90s, so our FA must work towards repositioning our football. I know that we have very talented players scattered all over the world; football managers must beam their searchlights to fish out these players,” he said.
Fuludu said: “It was a fantastic outing: I knew Eagles were going to come out tough against the Libyans. When you talk about African football, Libya should not give us problem; I know countries that can troubles us and not that North African country. I want to congratulate the Eagles for a good job and by now they should be dreaming about winning the 4TH African Cup of Nations for Nigeria.”
Musa: South Africa under pressure to beat Eagles
Super Eagles forward, Ahmed Musa, believes South Africa are under pressure to beat Nigeria in their November 17 2019 AFCON qualifier in Johannesburg.
Musa, who scored in Nigeria’s 3-0 win over Seychelles as well as the 3-2 victory in their return leg of their double header with Libya in Sfax, also declared that the Super Eagles needed to amend for their home defeat against the South Africans which puts Nigeria on pressure before the team turned around their fortune with three straight wins to assume the leadership of the table heading to the penultimate round of matches.
Musa said: “Next month, we are going there even for a point. We remember what they did to us in Uyo. We are going there for revenge. South Africa are under pressure and not Nigeria.”
The Al-Nassr of Saudi Arabia striker, said victory in the encounter billed for FNB Stadium, Johannesburg would go beyond the search for another round of maximum points that would seal Nigeria’s ticket to the biennial tournament which the three-time champions had, surprisingly, missed the last two editions.
He recounted that the Eagles took that first meeting for granted, as they assumed that Bafana Bafana would not get anything from the fixture, as they had never at that time beaten Nigeria in a competitive match.
Musa, however, admitted that the Eagles were brought down to earth in astonishing fashion back in June 2017, hence the need for them to take atonement from the upcoming reverse fixture at Soccer City.
However, the former Leicester City winger, who played the first leg as a 59th minute replacement for Alex Iwobi, also admitted that Bafana Bafana would aim to get their campaign back on track with a home victory.
Nonetheless, he is of a view that Nigeria’s back-to-back wins against Libya have further boosted the Eagles’ morale for a smooth cruise to Cameroon, and stressed that the urge to make up for defeat at home on the open day would spur them to get all three points in the crucial match.
Eagles round up: Odeh shines, Ekong poor, Mikel suffers defeat
Returnee Super Eagles striker, Isaac Success, was not successful in terms of goals but played his part as Watford claimed a 2-0 win against Wolves at the Molineux.
Two quick fire goals from Etienne Capoue and Roberto Pereyra in the first half secured the three points for the visitors. With Success lasting 75 minutes for the Hornets.
Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun was a non-playing substitute for the sixth successive game as Brighton & Hove registered their third win of the season, beating Newcastle United 1-0 at St. James’ Park. Beram Kayal scored what proved to be the winner in the 29th minute.
In the early kickoff, Victor Moses presumably watched the game from the stands at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea shared the spoils with Manchester United in a 2-2 draw with Ross Barkley’s last-gasp leveler keeping the Blues’ unbeaten run.
In the Chinese Super League, Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi was in action for the entire duration of the match between Tianjin Teda and Shandong Luneng but it was the hosts that came out triumphant by a 2-0 scoreline with goals by Graziano Pelle and Roger Guedes. The defeat leaves Mikel and his teammates struggling for their safety as they are placed 12th on the 16-team log with four round of matches to go.
In Italy, Nigerian defender William Troost Ekong saw action for just 35 minutes as he was replaced in the 3-0 loss to Napoli at the Dacia Arena (Udine) on Saturday evening.
The match was the ninth for the former Bursaspor man. In fact, it was his third match in seven days which saw him post a substandard performance as Udinese have lost their last four matches in the Serie A, conceding nine goals.
In the Swiss Super League, former MFM FC striker Stephen Odey found the back of the net as FC Zürich played out a 3-3 draw with Young Boys on Saturday.
He opened the scoring in the 7th minute for the reigning Swiss Cup champions in the entertaining top flight fixture. Odey has now netted six goals in all competitions for FC Zürich in the 2018/19 campaign.
FC Zürich are provisionally fourth in the Super League standings after 11 games played.
In the Turkish Super Lig, Emem Eduok scored for the third game in a row as Kasimpasa thrashed Akhisarspor 5-0, taking his tally for the season to five goals from nine games. He closed the scoring in the 78th minute.
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