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Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou fight date set as boxer takes on MMA star

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Tyson Fury confirms he got an offer from UFC to fight Jon Jones in a hybrid setting
Ever since Francis Ngannou jumped on the ring to face-off Tyson Fury, the entire world of combat sports started savoring the moment these two closed a deal to fight. We had no idea if any of them would agree to fight each other but there were some clues sprinkled around.

Ngannou left the UFC precisely to get chances like this one because Dana White wouldn’t allow him to do anything outside of the company.

Ngannou felt he deserved far more money and benefits than what Dana White was offering and he decided to bounce. After he signed a new contract with the PFL, the stage was set to seal the deal on a fight that could chance the combat sports landscape for good

After literally ducking several opponents due to money disagreements, Tyson Fury finally got around to close a deal to fight Ngannou. He got to convince the former UFC champion to get inside the ring with him and potentially get an easy win against a non-boxer.

The fight is reportedly taking place on October 28 and it will happen in Saudi Arabia. The announcement was made by combat sports journalist Ariel Helwani and there is a set of rules both fighters will need to follow. Given that this fight will be outside of the traditional boxing circuit, there will be 3 judges ring-side adopting the 10-point must system. But the fight won’t be an exhibition only as both sides promised to go out and try to knock each other out

Promotion banners Queensberry, Top Rank, and GIMIK Fight Promotions were the ones that reached an agreement to make this fight happen.

Before this announcement took place, Tyson Fury responded to allegations from Oleksandr Usyk’s camp that he should be stripped of his WBC Heavyweight title if he fought Ngannou next. The WBC didn’t have a mandatory fight for him to keep the division active because they were waiting for a proper opponent to materialize.

Given that he couldn’t reach agreements with any other heavyweight, Tyson Fury does seem like he is taking the easy road once again. Maybe those head punches he suffered against Deontay Wilder were more serious than people initially thought.

Ngannou is one of the best MMA fighters in the world but boxing Fury is literally getting into a lion’s den.

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Odigie returns to Bendel Insurance after spending time in classroom

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Odigie returns to Bendel Insurance after spending time in classroom

Bendel Insurance head coach Monday Odigie has rejoined the team ahead of their Nigeria Premier Football League matchday 30 encounter against Kano Pillars.

Odigie has been away in the classroom to upgrade his knowledge.

His assistant, Greg Ikhenoba took charge of the team during his absence.

Bendel Insurance will host Kano Pillars at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium on Tuesday.

The Benin Arsenals suffered their first home defeat in 17 years against Niger Tornadoes last weekend.

Insurance currently occupy the 10th position on the NPFL table.

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NNL solicits for funds from cooperate organisation

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NNL solicits for funds from cooperate organisation

The Nigeria National League, NNL, has appealed to cooperate organisations for funds to assist in the effective running of the second tier league.

NNL chairman, George Aluo noted that the unavailability of funds has hindered the progress of his administration.

“I must continue to express my appreciation to Alhaji Gusau for finding me worthy to serve as NNL chairman and a board member of the NFF,” he stated.

“My appeal is that corporate organizations should come to our aid and do what GTI is doing for the NPFL.

“We’re not saying they should give us money to put in our pockets. Let them take care of referees indemnity and once this is done, the referees will not be intimidated but rather be at their best and it will now be possible for teams to be winning more on the road as is presently being witnessed in the NPFL.”

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NPFL reschedules matchday 30 fixtures

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NPFL reschedules matchday 30 fixtures

The Nigeria Premier Football League, NPFL, has rearranged the matchday 30 fixtures, DAILY POST reports.

Three games were initially scheduled to take place on Saturday April 13th, 2024.

The games have now been moved to Sunday April 14th.

The matches affected are the ties involving Doma United and Remo Stars, Bendel Insurance versus Kano Pillars and the Oriental derby between Rangers and Abia Warriors.

The remaining matchday fixtures will be played on Tuesday, April 16th across all venues.

The NPFL Chief Operating Officer Davidson Owumi disclosed this in a memo sent to the affected
clubs.

Rangers currently occupy the top position in the NPFL table with 51 points from 29 games.

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