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So close, so far, as Nigerian duo, Kamaru Usman, Anthony Joshua, face harsh defeats

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Kamaru Usman, popularly known as “The Nigerian Nightmare” has lost the defence of his welterweight title after losing Saturday night UCF bout to Leon Edwards.

Usman was defeated in a fifth-round knockout.

Edwards became the first person to take Usman down. The Nigerian Nightmare bounced back in the second round with boxing combinations that put the challenger against the fence.

Edwards fired back some strikes of his own, but Usman started mixing in the wrestling and started looking like the usual juggernaut fans are used to seeing.

But the bout didn’t last for too long as Edwards knocked out the champion with a stunning left high kick that immediately ended Usman’s night and title reign.

Edwards knocked out Usman with a stunning left high kick

Outside displacing Usman of the title, Edward’s victory also comes as revenge, as the fighters met back in 2015 in a fight that Usman won via unanimous decision on his way to becoming a champion.

Usyk beats Joshua again

In another fighting sport, boxing, and what looks like an unlucky night for Nigerian fighters, Oleksandr Usyk once again defeated Bristish-Nigerian Anthony Joshua to retain his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight world titles on Saturday night in Saudi Arabia.

Although Joshua gave an improvement from the first fight – when he lost by unanimous decision, the night was just not his as the Ukrainian appeared too good once more at the King Abdullah Sports Centre Arena in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Two judges rightly scored the fight for the champion who retained his titles by split decision with scores of 115-113 Joshua, 115-113 Usyk, 116-112 Usyk.

Angry Joshua gave a shocking reaction after the fight, the Briton stormed from the ring not long after the final bell following a gruelling 12 rounds, only to return and give a passionate speech soon afterwards.

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Nigeria’s John Obi Mikel retires from football as one of African most decorated stars

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Former Nigerian international footballer, John Mikel Obi has retired from the sport after a boisterous career both home and abroad.

The 35-year-old Nigerian started his career at the age of 12 when picked as a talented footballer by over 3,000 young talents to play in Pepsi Football Academy. Mikel would later have his professional career in Norway, England, China, Turkey, and Kuwait.

His most successful club career stint was at Chelsea football club of England which he joined after a dramatic transfer battle between Chelsea and Manchester United.  Mikel enjoined eleven years of stay at the London club where he won 2 Premier League titles, 3 FA Cup, 1 Football League Cup, 1 FA Community Shield, 1 UEFA Champions League, and 1 UEFA Europa League.

On the national stage, Mikel won the Africa Cup of Nations with the Super Eagles of Nigeria in 2013 and a third-place finish in 2006, 2010, and 2019. He was also the captain of Nigeria’s Summer Olympic team that won bronze in 2016

Meanwhile, there have been congratulatory messages and accolades to the former Nigerian star by his former clubs, football bodies, and colleagues.

 

His personal honour includes FIFA World Youth Championship Silver Ball in 2005, CAF Most Promising Talent of the Year in 2005, Chelsea Young Player of the Year: 2007, and 2008, He was part of the CAF Team of the Year in 2005 and 2013, Africa Cup of Nations Team of the Tournament in 2013, and ended as African Footballer of the Year runner-up: 2013.

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(VIDEO) Big shame as Mali women’s basketball players fight following World Cup match loss

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It was a show of shame on Monday when two members of Mali’s women basketball team at the ongoing FIBA Women World Cup in Sydney, Australia, threw caution to the wind and engaged each other in fisticuffs afterafter the team was defeated 81-68 by Serbia.

The two players, Salimatou Kourouma and Kamite Elisabeth Dabou, were caught on video going at each other’s throat during a post-match interview with Serbian player, Sasa Cado, in the post game mixed zone and was captured by a Serbian news camera.

Prior to the shameful fight, Mali which is lowest-ranked side at the tournament at number 37 in the world, had lost their first four games of the tournament and were no longer in contention for the knockout stage.

They even managed to set a record by losing to hosts Australia by a 118-58, a whopping 60 points difference.

Meanwhile, basketball’s world governing body, FIBA, in a statement on Tuesday, says it has opened an investigation into the fight.

The two Malian basketball players engaging in a shameful fight

The two Malian basketball players engaging in a shameful fight (Photo Credit: SNA)

The statement issued by a FIBA spokesperson, confirmed it was aware of the incident.

“FIBA acknowledged today that there was an altercation between Mali players in the mixed zone following the Group B game Serbia-Mali at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022.

“Following the incident, FIBA has opened an investigation. Once the investigation is concluded, FIBA will decide on any applicable disciplinary measures.”

Mali was only a late replacement for at the World Cup after the Nigeria withdrew from the tournament due to administrative issues around the sport in their country.

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