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rickyben anarfiJune 4, 2019



Eddie Hearn has rejected claims Anthony Joshua suffered a panic attack before his extraordinary defeat by Andy Ruiz Jnr.

The rumour mill has been in overdrive since Joshua’s shock stoppage loss to Ruiz at the weekend which saw the first ever Mexican world heavyweight champion crowned.

However, Joshua’s promoter has dismissed all speculation surrounding the Brit’s well-being ahead of the fight in New York.

Anthony Joshua suffered a shock knockout defeat against Andy Ruiz Jnr at the weekend


It was claimed that Joshua wanted to pull out after having a panic attack moments before his ring-walk and some have used it as explanation for his delayed entrance and his father’s furious reaction to the end of the fight.

Joshua, who had been badly disorientated and knocked down four times during his brutal defeat at the hands of Ruiz Jnr, had to restrain his ‘upset’ father Robert as he tried to confront Hearn in the ring afterwards.

TV were also not permitted access to Joshua’s dressing room as normal after the fight.

The former unified world champion appeared worryingly confused during the fight after taking several heavy blows from Ruiz and was heard asking his trainer Rob McCracken: ‘What round is it? Why am I feeling like this?’

Hearn addressed the rumours this week, writing on Twitter: ‘Panic attack? I’ve heard all sorts of things – there was no issue at all going into the fight.’

The Brit was badly disorientated during the fight and knocked down four times by Ruiz Jnr

Several rumours have circulated in a bid to explain Joshua's performance on the weekend

Joshua had to restrain his father from confronting Eddie Hearn in the ring after the fight

Joshua, who is understood to be house bound by the doctor’s orders until Wednesday following his seventh-round stoppage against Ruiz, is set to cancel a planned 10-day break in America to fly back to London. He is due home on June 10 but is expected to return earlier.

Matchroom boss Hearn has also moved to dispel other rumours circulating, including that Joshua was knocked out in sparring just weeks before the fight.

It has been claimed that he was dropped by Agit Kabayel, the European champion, which has also been held up as a reason why Joshua had marks on his face ahead of his knockout defeat by Ruiz.

But Hearn told Sportsmail on Monday night that Joshua was not decked by any of his partners and that Kabayel was never involved in sparring.

Joshua has also refused to make any excuses for his first defeat in the professional ranks, saying after the fight: ‘I don’t underestimate anyone.

‘He’s a decent puncher, decent fighter. It’s his chance, isn’t it? I always say that anyone who comes to box me boxes 15, 20 per cent better than what we’ve seen.

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👀 Joshua’s eyes all over the show in the intro. Visibly something clearly not right with him..

Promoter Hearn has insisted there was nothing wrong with Joshua prior to his fight with Ruiz

‘It’s funny because it’s easy to overlook someone because of their shape or their record or whatnot, but these guys are coming to win. He’s the better man tonight.’

Joshua’s team confirmed their intent to enforce an immediate rematch set for either November or December, to possibly take place in the UK following his damaging defeat at Madison Square Garden.

Hearn added: ‘He’s not the kind of guy to cry and sulk. He’s going to go away, evaluate his performance and improve.

‘He knows he should be beating Andy Ruiz. He wants the rematch but it’s a must-win now, it’s all or nothing.

‘Last night I saw a guy I knew wanted the belts back. This morning I saw a guy where that was the only thing on his mind, to become heavyweight champion of the world again.’

Some claimed Joshua didn't seem right and suffered a panic attack moments before ring-walk

Ruiz Jnr's victory saw him become the first ever Mexican heavyweight world champion

rickyben anarfiJune 4, 2019


Two-time former bantamweight champion, Joseph Agbeko ( 36-5,26 KOs) now rated the number one contander in the latest WBO rankings is relishing a third shot at the world titleship.

The WBO bantamweight world division is currently without a regular champion as  John Riel Casimerophi of the Philipines is the one with interim belt. That presents a big opportunity for the self styled ‘King Kong’

The Ghanaian made his second defense against 23 year old Shabani Hashimu Zuberi, a Tanzanian boxer whom he decisioned over twelve rounds at the  Aborigenes Beach Resort, Keta in the Volta Region of Ghana on Friday 19, April 2019, a feat that has landed the WBO Africa champion the number contender slot ready for a third shot at the world title this year.

Joseph Agbeko is still undefeated in his last seven bouts after that painful defeat to the stubborn Cuban fighter Guillermo Rigondeaux(18-1,12 KOs) in 2013 losing his World Boxing Association World Super Bantamweight and World Boxing Organisation World Super Bantamweight Titles.

The ‘King Kong’ will be making a second defense against Shabani Hashimu Zuberi, 23, a Tanzanian boxer who made his debut in 2014.

Undeniably the BANTAMWEIGHT (118 lbs) (53.52 kgs) is hotting up by the day, but the experienced Ghanaian warrior is very confident of becoming a three time world champion before hanging up his boxing gloves.

rickyben anarfiJune 4, 2019


Ghana’s Michael Pappoe (24-6, 20 KOs) could not improve his record as he missed the opportunity to book his name on the IBF World Rankings and the vacant International Boxing Federation International Featherweight Title when he succumbed to the might of Italy’s undefeated Mauro Forte (13-0-1, 4 KOs) via a round 7 TKO at the Palestra Forza E Coraggio in Milan, Italy.

Michael, prior to the fight, was very optimistic of his chances, and held his nerve in the early exchanges of the bout against an Italian fighter ten years younger than the Ghanaian. As the rounds wore on, the very vibrant Michael Pappoe was a stamina suspect, as he finally gave in in the seventh round via a technical knockout.

The Jamestown native is a very experienced boxer and has a rich CV which included a World Boxing Organisation Africa Featherweight Title, which he lost by a shade on February 20th, 2016 to former WBO world champion, Isaac Dogboe, at the Azumah Nelson Sports Complex in Accra-Ghana.

Michael Pappoe is also a former West African Boxing Union Super Featherweight Titlist, and a lot was expected of him in this bout, but what is undeniable is the fact that even though he is physically challenged, the Ghanaian gave a better account of himself, and could have gone notch higher given the right conditions.

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The WBO Cruiserweight African champion, Abraham Tabul, is scheduled to square it off with Evgeny Tishchenko at Uralets in the city of Yekaterinburg, Russia on June 15.

The fight will be the first for Tabul (16-1-1, 13 KOs), 28, after his fight with Patrick Ferguson for a vacant WBO cruiser-weight African title at the Bukom Boxing Arena which was headlined by Michael “one bullet” Ansah and Sherrif Quaye on March 8th 2019. Tabul was handed a unanimous decision win to Ferguson, to win the African title. Tabul recounted the fact that this has been the much awaited opportunity for him after winning the African title, and it has really come early for him.

“I’m grateful to God and my team for this opportunity. This is my next step to getting a higher rating in the division, to getting closer to the world title”. He said.
” I’m going all the way to Russian and annex the WBO international title to the African title to get a shot at the world title. It is an exciting time for me” he added.

Tishchenko (4-0-0, 2 KOs), 27, an Olympic heavyweight gold medalist at the Rio 2016 and Russia’s prospect in the cruiser-weight division will have a major opposition in this encounter. His last fight in February this year resulted in a unanimous decision win against Gregorio Ulrich, an Argentine.

Tabul is expected to arrive in Russia by June 13. Boxing will follow with updates on this fight.

Nanaama sakyiwaaApril 17, 2019


NEW YORK CITY (April 16, 2019) — WBO welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and Amir “King” Khan hosted a media workout today at EverybodyFights, as the pair prepares for Saturday evening’s Top Rank on ESPN PPVshowdown at Madison Square Garden.

The stacked undercard will feature a pair of highly anticipated co-features: Lightweight sensation Teofimo Lopez will fight Edis Tatli in a 12-rounder, while featherweight phenom Shakur Stevenson will face former world title challenger Christopher Diaz in a 10-rounder.

In the 10-round televised opener, Felix Verdejo seeks to return to lightweight contention versus former interim world champion Bryan Vasquez.

Here is what the PPV fighters had to say.


Terence Crawford

“I feel like I’m already the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Beating Amir Khan would only solidify my place in the sport. Amir Khan is undefeated as a welterweight and can’t be underestimated. He has great hand speed, movement, and some power as well. I want to showcase all of my talents in this fight.”

“I don’t worry about the bigger names. My focus is on Amir Khan. He is the task at hand. I’ve never overlooked an opponent.”

“I feel like a lot of times people don’t give me credit for who I’ve beaten. I’ve defeated gold medalists, undefeated fighters, world champions. It doesn’t matter. Before my fights, people talk about how it’s going to be the hardest fight of my career. Then I beat them, and people make them seem like they were nothing. I am going to keep doing what I’m doing and keep being victorious.”

“I am on a high level right now, and the way I beat people makes it seem like they don’t belong in the ring with me. Against Khan, I will show everyone again why I’m the best fighter in the world.” He expressed.




Nanaama sakyiwaaApril 11, 2019


Sam Maxwell stepped into Vasyl Lomachenko’s heartland and gives a hint of what lies ahead for Anthony Crolla after his amateur duels with a ‘special’ opponent.

There’s no ideal way to prepare for Vasyl Lomachenko. Joe Gallagher and Anthony Crolla will have spent the last few months scrutinising video footage of the Ukrainian, and a number of southpaw sparring marvels will have provided Crolla with their best impression of the two-time Olympic gold medallist. Sam Maxwell, the current WBO

European champion, thanks to a marvellous last-minute knockout last month, knows everything that is going through Crolla’s mind right now ahead of his world title fight with Lomachenko in the early hours of Saturday, live on Sky Sports.

rickyben anarfiApril 1, 2019


Floyd Mayweather will return to boxing against Manny Pacquiao or when ‘the right man gets in his face,’ his father has claimed.

Mayweather, now 42, supposedly hung up his gloves for good after victory over Conor McGregor in August 2017.

But he returned to the ring in December for an exhibition fight against Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa and has since been teasing a possible rematch with Pacquiao.

Floyd Mayweather has been spending time in Dubai

The American could soon make a return to the ring

The American hung up his gloves following victory over Conor McGregor back in August 2017

But his father Floyd Snr believes he will fight again, claiming his son 'has still got the fire in him'

Mayweather, who has been spending time in Dubai, outpointed his rival in the richest fight in boxing history back in 2015 and Floyd Snr believes his son will lace up the gloves again soon.

‘Right now I have to say myself that Floyd’s still got the fire in him. I’m not just saying it because it’s the way it is,’ he told the Las Vegas Sports Network.

‘When a person says he’s retired, he’s retired. But it seems right now to me that he’s doing that (supposed to be fighting) pretty much every month.

‘I don’t know whether he (is training) sometimes. I know one thing, he’s going to get back in the gym and terrorise some things… I’m saying that because it’s going to happen, for real.’

Mayweather outpointed rival Manny Pacquiao in the richest fight in history back in 2015

The pair have since teased a money-spinning rematch and bumped into each other in January

Pacquiao, who beat Adrien Broner in his last outing in January, has been chasing the rematch for years.

The Filipino sensation, a veteran of 70 professional fights, complained of injury in the wake of the first fight. But Mayweather Snr insists his son will return, whether Pacquiao is in the opposite corner or not.

‘I think he’s going to return when the right man gets in his face. Pacquiao was mouthing off so he can get it again too. I heard they were speaking about fighting again, but I don’t know what the talks at the fights were (really) about.

‘But it doesn’t make any difference if the fight with Pacquiao is on or not. I think there’s some kind of return for Floyd. I don’t know exactly who.’

Mayweather looks to be enjoying his retirement

The unbeaten American has won all 50 of his fights

The 42-year-old returned to the ring in January to face Tenshin Nasukawa in an exhibition fight

rickyben anarfiMarch 29, 2019


Ghana’s Isaac Paa Kwesi Ankrah, one of the experienced boxers will be looking forward to relaunch his career at the SKYCIT Convention Center, Auckland, New Zealand.

“The Volcano” Ankrah as they call him will lock horns with Robert Berridge from New Zealand. The fight which was originally scheduled for March 30 has been postponed to May 8 due to visa acquisition hitches. When caught with him, this is what he had to say “this is a great opportunity for me to rekindle my career and I have adequately prepared to stop Berridge in New Zealand.” said Ankrah.

Ankrah 39, (14-9, 12KO) has had two losses in his recent outings including a terrible lost against Firat Arslan in a vacant WBO cruiserweight intercontinental championship.

Berridge 38, (30-7-1, 22KO) will also want to entertain his home crowd and win convincingly.

rickyben anarfiMarch 29, 2019


National Lightweight boxing champion, Michael Ansah has declared his readiness to fight any opponent including undefeated Patrick Ayi aka The Alligator who recently challenged him.

Ansah whose hard work has earned him being rated number one in his division by the Commonwealth Boxing Council says he will switch off anyone who faces him in the ring as he has found his rhythm and secret to success after being advised by top stars like former Black Stars captain Stephen Appiah and former world boxing champion Ike Bazooka Quartey.

He said the top sports heroes have taught him many things that are good for sportsmen and he is practicing them.

Now managed and promoted by Box Office, the leading boxing promotions entity in Ghana, he accepted the challenge and has signed to fight Patrick Ayi who trains at the Wisdom Boxing Gym under national coach Asare.

Alex Ntiamoah-Boakye, CEO of Box Office Sports Promotions disclosed that Michael Ansah has agreed to fight and already signed the fight contract.

He said “One Bullet Ansah on March 26, 2019 joyfully signed the fight contract to fight Patrick Ayi aka Alligator for Commonwealth Final Eliminator/ National Super Featherweight Super Championship (D.K. Poison Honorary Championship Belt) on June 28, 2019 slated for Bukom Boxing Arena. We will make it happen by the Grace of Almighty God. The fans shall surely see this fight as Box Office Sports will make it happen.

The venue will certainly be the Bukom Boxing Arena, and it is going to be another great fight by two great boxers from Ghana who are finding a way to break through to hit the international front.

Both have fans and supporters in the James Town, Bukom, Chorkor, Korle Gonno and Mamprobi where the fans will massively come from to cheer the boxers.

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