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Oleksandr Usyk shocks fans with bombshell announcement

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Oleksandr Usyk seems somewhat dissatisfied with his victory over Tyson Fury. Not even three weeks have passed since he became the undisputed

Oleksandr Usyk seems somewhat dissatisfied with his victory over Tyson Fury. Not even three weeks have passed since he became the undisputed heavyweight champion, and the Ukrainian is already thinking about a new challenge to further enhance his legend.

In his 11-year career, Usyk has won everything there is to win in boxing. He was an Olympic champion in London 2012, a world champion in Baku 2011, and a European champion in Liverpool 2008. As a professional, the Ukrainian has also dominated the two top divisions with ease.

In 2018, with a technical knockout victory in the eighth round over Tony Bellew, he became the absolute cruiserweight champion. Shortly thereafter, Usyk decided to expand his horizons by moving up to heavyweight, and six years later, his split decision victory over Fury made him the undisputed champion of the division.

Although his victory on May 18 has him at the top of boxing, Usyk is considering moving down a division, seeking to unify the four main cruiserweight belts again, according to a report by talkSPORT’s Michael Benson.

“Oleksandr Usyk has declared that he is considering moving back down to CRUISERWEIGHT after the Tyson Fury rematch so he can attempt to become the undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF & WBO cruiserweight world champion for a second time,” Benson indicated on X, formerly Twitter.

Shortly before his first fight against Fury, the Ukrainian had already raised this possibility. Speaking to TNT Sports, Usyk assured, “All the historic champions, all these boxers, have done a lot for boxing. Rocky Marciano was never defeated; he died undefeated. Maybe I will go back to cruiserweight and win.”

Usyk’s idea has caused mixed opinions from fans. Some think he wouldn’t find much competition in that division. “He’ll easily become undisputed again if he does move back down to cruiser. There’s no one even close to his level there,” opined a user on X.

Some considered that if he returned to the division, the only real contender for him would be Australian Jay Opetaia. For this reason, they suggested that he should try to go down to bridgerweight, the new division between cruiser and heavyweight, to try to be a champion in three different divisions.

A few others were more cynical, saying Usyk is trying to avoid tougher heavyweight opponents like Anthony Joshua or Jared Anderson.

Despite his words, Usyk still has at least one more fight left at heavyweight, the long-awaited rematch against Fury this December 21. If he then decides to try again at cruiserweight, he will be closer to being considered the greatest of all time (GOAT).

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Olympics: BFN celebrates Opeyori, plans intensive training in Italy

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The Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) on Friday in Lagos organised a special dinner to send forth the country's number one badminton star

The Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) on Friday in Lagos organised a special dinner to send forth the country’s number one badminton star Anuoluwapo Opeyori, who is set to intensify training in Italy ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Opeyori, who has dominated Africa in the men’s singles from 2019 till date, winning four African Championship titles and two African Games titles, secured a spot at the Paris Games last month, becoming the first Nigerian badminton player to qualify for two consecutive Olympics after featuring at Tokyo 2020.

An elated Francis Orbih, President of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria, said on the occasion that Opeyori had broken the badminton jinx after qualification for the Games in Paris.

“History was made in badminton after Anuoluwapo Opeyori secured a spot at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. I am full of joy because Anu is the first Nigerian badminton player to feature in the men’s singles at the Olympic Games and also the first Nigerian badminton player to attend two Olympics back-to-back,” Orbih stated at the Civic Centre, Lagos, venue of the event.

Speaking with the media after the event, Orbih outlined the federation’s programme for Opeyori, which he said would begin with a three-week training tour of Italy this week.

He added, “We titled this programme ‘Send forth’ because we intend him to travel to Italy next week (this week) for a training camp camp for about three weeks. After that, the ministry will open its training camp in Germany July 1, he’ll join the team Nigeria there.

“We also intend him to play the Mauritius International and one other championship. After the training camp he needs to go to the court and put to use the skills he acquired in camp. After that he goes straight to the Olympics.”

President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Habu Gumel, also charged Opeyori to put up a fine outing in France.

“I’ll watch all your matches in Paris no matter how tight my schedule will be, so go make Nigerians proud.”

Also present at the event were top dignitaries, including ace comedian and BFN brand ambassador Ali Baba, a former Commissioner for Sports, Lagos State, Enitan Oshodi, DG of the Lagos state Sports Commission Lekan Fatodu as well as representatives of Mutual Benefits Assurance, Mikano Group, Dufil Prima Foods, Avis, Bond Global Energy, Studio 24, Ikoyi Club 1938 officials and members, amongst others.

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Abidjan African Judo Open 2024: Team Nigeria Pick Third Position Behind Cameroon, Argentina

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The Abidjan African Judo Open 2024 came to an end on Sunday with good performance from Nigerian judokas who came third in .

The Abidjan African Judo Open 2024 came to an end on Sunday with good performance from Nigerian judokas who came third in the 32-nation tournament held in Cote D’Ivoire.

Cameroon came first on the medal table with 4 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medals Argentina was second on the table with 2 gold and 1 bronze, while the Nigerian team were third with 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals.

Competitors of 103 men and 44 women came in from the five continents of the world to attend the Judo Open which was held between 8 and 9 in Abidjan.

President of Nigeria Judo Federation (NJF), Dr. Musa Oshodi who led the Nigerian contingent to the world tournament praised the performance of the judokas, adding that “we are not at the Abidjan African Open 2024 to make number rather our team came to make the nation proud.”

The president assures that the NJC will leave nothing to chance to ensure that Nigerian judokas are given the enabling environment to showcase their talent with necessary exposure to both local and international tournaments.

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NBA Finals: Celtics beat Mavericks 105-98, take 2-0 lead

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In a game full of up and down emotions but one that a very smart and accurate team knew how to put away, the Boston Celtics managed to

In a game full of up and down emotions but one that a very smart and accurate team knew how to put away, the Boston Celtics managed to beat the Dallas Mavericks with a final score of 105-98 in the second game of the NBA Finals to take a 2-0 lead.

Despite the impressive performance of Luka Doncic, who recorded a triple double with 32 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists while not being 100%, the Celtics showed greater strength as a team and delivered clutch baskets.

From the beginning of the game, the intensity could be felt on the court, with both teams fighting for every possession and seeking to establish their dominance. The Mavericks counted on an outstanding performance from Doncic, who led his team’s offense with a display of skills in both shooting and ball distribution in what it seemed to be a game that Dallas could take.

However, despite his outstanding individual performance, the Celtics managed to neutralize his impact through solid defense and a well-executed collective strategy. Boston showed remarkable cohesion as a team, with notable contributions from several key players. Jrue Holiday stood out with 26 points and 11 rebounds, leading Boston’s offensive charge and proving his worth in crucial moments of the game.

Additionally, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown contributed significantly to the team, providing a combination of points, rebounds and assists to keep the Celtics in control of the game.

As the game moved toward the end, the Mavericks fought for a comeback, led by Doncic, who continued to apply pressure on both ends of the court. But the Celtics held firm on defense and found ways to maintain their lead, thus securing the victory and consolidating their lead in the series.

 

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