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Muhammad Ali’s Grandsons Not Interested in Facing Jake Paul

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Muhammad Ali’s grandson, MMA fighter Biaggio Ali Walsh, is scratching his head at the callout from social media star Jake Paul.

Paul, who crossed over from Youtube to a boxing ring and racked up a 7-1 record, signed a contract with MMA organization PFL.

Ali Walsh is also under contract with PFL.

During his boxing run, Paul defeated several MMA stars – including a decision win early this month over Nate Diaz.

He intends to make his debut in mixed martial arts in 2024.

In an interview conducted earlier this year, Paul expressed interest in fighting Biaggio Ali Walsh in MMA and then face brother Nico Ali Walsh in a boxing match. Nico is an undefeated prospect with an 8-0-1 record.

Both of the Ali Walsh brothers are much smaller than Paul – who fights at cruiserweight.

And because of the size disparity, Paul’s interest doesn’t make any sense to Biaggio.

“It doesn’t make sense to me, I fight at 155-pounds because most guys in this division walk around at the weight I walk around at, Jake’s is a lot heavier – probably over 200 I’d assume,” Biaggio told The Mirror.

“He’s a big dude and Jake Paul is Jake Paul. He’s super good at advertising and marketing, he draws a lot of eyes but that to me is a fight that doesn’t make sense. Even if I were to go up in weight I would be slower, so I don’t think it’s a fight that makes any type of sense.

“But I respect what he’s doing and both he and his brother Logan; the Paul brothers, are geniuses when it comes to marketing so that’s inspiring too because I’m trying to help market myself as well.”

Biaggio’s brother, Nico, is also dismissive of a fight with Paul.

“That’s funny… I have been asked that a few times. I would say that for me personally, right now, that’s not something I’d be interested in now,” Nico Ali Walsh said.

“I want to make a career for myself, I want to continue my grandfather’s legacy in boxing and carve my own path as well. I feel like, no disrespect to him but once you fight someone in that category you often get categorized as that type of fighter. I have a hard time as it is proving myself as a real boxer and I haven’t fought a Youtuber or anything like that so I want to stick with fighting the boxers and getting to the top.”

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Dreams FC land in Uyo for crunch clash with Rivers United

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Ghanaian club, Dreams FC have arrived Uyo for their CAF Confederation Cup clash with Rivers United.

Abdul Karim Zito’s side top the Group C table with 12 points from five games.

The Ghanaian FA Cup champions need just a point from the game to secure a place in the quarter-finals.

Rivers United occupy third position in the group with nine points from same number of matches and just 1-0 win will be enough for the Port Harcourt club to qualify for the knockout round.

The encounter is slated for the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo on Sunday.

Tunisia’s Club Africain and Academica do Lobito of Angola will clash in the other group game.

 

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StarTimes to air four NPFL games weekly

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StarTimes has increased its weekly live broadcast of Nigeria Professional Football League matches to four from February, instead of the usual two live matches per week.

The Pay-TV firm said fans should brace themselves for an electrifying weekend as the NPFL serves scintillating fixtures on Beta Sports channel 244 on StarTimes.

As the sun sets on Saturday (today) at 5:30pm, Remo Stars take on Bayelsa United. Remo, renowned for their attacking flair, aim to extend their winning streak, while Bayelsa, hungry for points, will be out to play party spoilers.

Also, Doma United square off against Sporting Lagos on Monday. The stakes are high as both teams jostle for mid-table supremacy.

Midweek, two matches were already aired live. Some of the other matches scheduled for this weekend like the Gombe United vs Shooting Stars match have been rescheduled to Tuesday.

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NPFL U-17 Youth League: Elegbeleye Reveals Major Reason Behind Programme Creation

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The Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) has revealed that the major reason for making inroads into the NPFL Youth League is to have a pool of players the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) can consider for international youth tournaments.

At a media parley in Benin, venue of the maiden edition of NPFL Youth League Playoff, NFF 2nd Vice-Chairman and NPFL Chairman, Gbenga Elegbeleye also said the league body has picked some former Super Eagles players whose recommendation would be relied upon to assemble a solid structure for the junior national teams.

“Nigeria have an enviable record of winning the U-16 World Cup on five occasions. However, we couldn’t even qualify from Africa the last time the competition was held due to our lack of planning.

Now that we know that without good planning, you can’t get result, we decided to come up with the idea of the NPFL Youth League exclusively for players in the elite league.

With that, we hope to have a pool of talented players where NFF can pick for U-17 Africa Cup of Nations or FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

He insisted that NPFL should be the main focus of such players.

Four ex-Nigeria International players were unveiled as brand ambassadors.

They are current Super Eagles coordinator Patrick Paschal; Nigeria’s third highest scorer of all time, Yakubu Aiyegbeni; Seyi Olofinjana, a chemical engineer and NFF technical director, Augustine Eguavoen.

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