GOtv Boxing Night 20: Fans tip winner of Joe Boy, Real One clash

first_imgRelatedPosts GOtv Boxing Night 20: Ehwarieme eyes world title Esepo delighted at winning best boxer prize at GOtv Boxing Night 20 Ehwariemi wins WBF title as Agbaje emerges best boxer at GOtv Boxing Night 20 Ahead of the African Boxing Union lightweight title bout, boxing fans have been giving their opinions on who they think will triumph between reigning champion, Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph, and West African Boxing Union champion, Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu.The bout, which headlines GOtv Boxing Night 20 slated for 12 October at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium in Lagos, is widely rated as the biggest boxing bout on Nigerian soil in more than two decades, the reason it has provoked enormous interest among boxing fans who have taken to the social media to express their views.Both boxers remain undefeated since turning professional and are currently involved in a long-running war of words which, on four occasions, saw them being pulled apart to prevent an exchange of bare-knuckled punches. The rivalry dates back to their amateur days, during which they were said to be the best of the crop and view each other with no little degree of sporting animosity.A boxing fan, Moses Adejoh Mansa, believes that Joe Boy is a better boxer and will retain his title.“Joe Boy all the way. Anyday. Any time,” he posted on a Facebook thread on the coming bout. Sharing the same sentiment is another fan, who identifies himself simply as Adeola. He is convinced that the ABU champion is more skillful and will win the fight.However, many others are rooting for Real One. Adetokun Abayomi Mike, for instance, admits that both boxers are very good, but tipped Real One to carry the day. “I go for Real One. I know both boxers well, but power will change hands on that day,” he wrote. He found many others agreeing with his sentiment, with Oluwatobi Sunday, Martins Abiola and Oladunjoye Lateef Olawale both posting “Real One all the way”.To others, the fight is too close to call. Rising lightweight boxer, Isaac “I-Star” Chukwudi, is torn between the two boxers, who he described as his favourites on the domestic scene. He stated that if it was up to him, he would prefer that they do not meet at this stage in their careers.“I never wanted this fight to happen now because both are the best we have in Nigeria. I was hoping that Joe Boy would vacate the ABU title for Real One, while he goes after a bigger title. I don’t want either to lose,” he said with barely disguised regret that they two have been paired.Another Facebook user, Zeezo Reezo, is similarly in two minds and just wants to see the better boxer win. “Real One is good, but Joe Boy is a good puncher, so let the better man win,” he wrote.  Joe Boy, a three-time winner of the best boxer award at GOtv Boxing Night, is facing arguably his toughest opponent yet in Real One, who has also won the award on two occasions.Tags: GOtv Boxing Night 20Real Onelast_img read more

Hoddle unsure Real can afford Bale

first_img Interest in Gonzalo Higuain, Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez has failed to materialise into signings and Hoddle insists manager Arsene Wenger faces a challenging season if he fails to strengthen. “It baffles me that they want quality players when there have been lots of quality players moving around that would have improved Arsenal, only to miss out,” Hoddle said. “So they have been chasing it a little bit. Maybe they put all their eggs in the Suarez basket, but I don’t think Liverpool will sell him to Arsenal because they’ll be competing with them for fourth place. “There’s a lot of work to be done between now and when the window shuts if Arsenal are to bring in the quality players that Arsene wants. “If the squad stays as it is then he has a battle ahead of him this season. They turned it around last season, but the writing was on the wall for them then.” Former Tottenham playmaker Glenn Hoddle has questioned whether Real Madrid can afford the vast transfer fee needed to sign Gareth Bale. Madrid still owe Tottenham a portion of the £33million fee they paid for Luka Modric last year and Hoddle wonders if they have the financial muscle to capture Bale. “A big question is have Madrid got the money? Spurs don’t have that big transfer fee at the moment,” Hoddle said at the launch of Zapsportz.com. “It’s all well and good saying he’s going for £90million, but it’s pie in the sky at the moment because only they know if they have the money “But whatever happens, at least Spurs have not left it too late to replace their top player. Willian is real quality, so they’ll have made some good acquisitions.” Hoddle fears that if Bale leaves for the Spanish capital, the move may have come too soon in the 24-year-old Wales winger’s career. “I think it’s a tad too early for him as a person. I went abroad and you have to be ready for what happens off the pitch as well as on it,” said Hoddle, who spent three full seasons at Monaco as a player. “How content you are in your personal life influences how you perform on the pitch, especially when you’re abroad. I’d urge him to think long and hard about it. It’s a good deal for Spurs and a good deal for Gareth, but he’ll find it hard to adjust.” While Tottenham have embarked on an expensive recruitment drive, north London rivals Arsenal are approaching the end of the transfer window without having made a single signing of note. Madrid are expected to make an improved offer of £90million to lure Bale away from White Hart Lane as one of the summer’s most protracted transfer sagas reaches a critical phase. Spurs have invested heavily in strengthening their squad in expectation of the move with new arrivals Roberto Soldado, Nacer Chadli, Etienne Capoue and Paulinho set to be joined by Brazilian playmaker Willian. Press Associationlast_img read more

Angels bullpen lets game get away after Shohei Ohtani’s outing shortened by rain

first_imgOhtani said he had never pitched through a rain delay in Japan, where most of the ballparks have domes. He said that was a learning experience, as was warming up on a humid night. Ohtani said he was sweating so much that he figured he was ready.When he came out for the first inning throwing 91 mph, he realized he wasn’t.“I haven’t thrown a 91 mph fastball since high school, so I knew there was something wrong,” he said.Ohtani gave up a run in the first, but he bounced back and his velocity improved. He escaped a jam in the fifth, getting Jeimer Candelario to bounce back to the mound on a 101 mph fastball, the hardest pitch he’d thrown in the majors.Unfortunately for the Angels, it was also his last pitch of the night. Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousRain clouds darken the Detroit skyline during the fourth inning of a baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the Los Angeles Angels, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT, MI – MAY 30: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels throws a first inning pitch while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 30, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)DETROIT, MI – MAY 30: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels throws a second inning pitch while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 30, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDetroit Tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario steps over Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons as Simmons is out on a fielder’s choice hit into by Martin Maldonado during the second inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout catches a fly ball for the out on Detroit Tigers’ Niko Goodrum during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Mike Fiers throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Detroit Tigers shortstop Dixon Machado (49) and center fielder Leonys Martin can’t come up with a fly ball by Los Angeles Angels’ Martin Maldonado during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Detroit. Andrelton Simmons was forced out at third on the play, and Maldonado was safe at first. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT, MI – MAY 30: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels waits to throw a first inning pitch while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 30, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)DETROIT, MI – MAY 30: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels throws a first inning pitch while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 30, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)DETROIT, MI – MAY 30: Zack Cozart #7 of the Los Angeles Angels smiles at third base while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 30, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)DETROIT, MI – MAY 30: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels throws a third inning pitch while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 30, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)DETROIT, MI – MAY 30: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels throws a second inning pitch while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 30, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado looks towards the dugout during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT, MI – MAY 30: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates scoring a third inning run with teammates while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 30, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)DETROIT, MI – MAY 30: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels throws a third inning pitch while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 30, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani tags Detroit Tigers’ Jeimer Candelario after Candelario grounded out to the pitcher during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani puts on his jacket during the second inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)A Canada goose lands near the pitching mound during the sixth inning of a baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the Los Angeles Angels, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT, MI – MAY 30: JaCoby Jones #21 of the Detroit Tigers slides under the tag of Martin Maldonado #12 of the Los Angeles Angels to score in the fifth inning at Comerica Park on May 30, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)DETROIT, MI – MAY 30: JaCoby Jones #21 of the Detroit Tigers slides past the tag of Martin Maldonado #12 of the Los Angeles Angels to score in the fifth inning at Comerica Park on May 30, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The Tigers’ JaCoby Jones slides past the tag of Angels catcher Martin Maldonado to score during the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game at Comerica Park in Detroit. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)DETROIT, MI – MAY 30: Dixon Machado #49 of the Detroit Tigers scores a sixth inning run past Martin Maldonado #12 of the Los Angeles Angels at Comerica Park on May 30, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Rain clouds darken the Detroit skyline during the fourth inning of a baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the Los Angeles Angels, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT, MI – MAY 30: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels throws a first inning pitch while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 30, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 22DETROIT, MI – MAY 30: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels throws a first inning pitch while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 30, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)ExpandDETROIT — Shohei Ohtani’s strong start was undone by two rain delays and two rough outings by Angels relievers.After a second rain delay ended Ohtani’s night, Cam Bedrosian and Jim Johnson gave up five runs in the sixth inning of what became a 6-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers – and the Rally Goose – on Wednesday night.Bedrosian gave up a hit to the first batter he faced, followed by a walk and a hit batter to load the bases. After a strikeout, he gave up a two-run single to José Iglesias, ending his night and putting the Angels behind 3-1.“I just had a rough time getting a grip on the ball,” Bedrosian said, citing the humidity. “I couldn’t locate my pitches. No matter what I did, I couldn’t seem to get a grip on the breaking balls.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 center_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“He pitched a great game,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “It’s a shame we had those rain delays because he would have been able to keep going.”Ohtani had come back after the 23-minute delay, which began immediately after he recorded the final out of the fourth. The Angels were batting in the sixth when the rain returned for another 41-minute delay. It’s standard procedure to pull pitchers once rain delays get to that length, because of the risk of injury from cooling down and heating up again.“I felt like the rain delay gave me a good rest,” Ohtani said through his interpreter. “I felt like I could go back out there. The medical staff said no. I tried to fight my case a little bit but it didn’t work out, so I have to listen to them.”Related Articles Although Bedrosian had allowed only two earned runs in his previous 8-1/3 innings, this game was more in line with his struggles since coming off the disabled list last summer.While his troubles have been all too familiar, this outing was followed by something that was unique.A goose had parked itself in right field during the night’s second rain delay. After the grounds crew came to chase it away, the goose took off and flew directly into a scoreboard on the first-base side, plummeting to the lower deck about 10 rows behind the Angels’ dugout. Some fans and ballpark staff attended to the goose, and the Tigers soon announced that the bird was OK, safely set free outside the ballpark.The Rally Goose – as some Comerica Park fans had dubbed the bird – arrived just when the Tigers were about to get a boost from facing a pitcher other than Ohtani.Pitching his first game since May 20, after the Angels gave him a few extra days for “workload management,” Ohtani gave up one run in five innings, on three hits, with five strikeouts. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros last_img read more