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JUST IN: Napoli Appoint Gattuso To Replace Ancelotti as Manager

  Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG at PRESS TIME has it that Gennaro Gattuso on Wednesday took over as coach of Napoli after Carlo Ancelotti was sacked despite guiding them to the Champions League last 16, the troubled Serie A side announced. Gattuso, who left AC Milan at the end of last season after failing to qualify for the Champions League, takes charge of a club who sit seventh in Serie A. “The aim is to recoup points and get back into the Champions League positions,” said Gattuso, who won the 2006 World Cup as a player with Italy. “We need to work hard, win back points and come [Read]

Anthony Joshua is My Spiritual Husband – Nigerian Actress

  Nollywood actress, Daniella Okeke has revealed that heavyweight boxing title holder, Anthony Joshua, is her spiritual husband. The actress disclosed this a few days after after Anthony Joshua reclaimed his titles from Andy Ruiz in a second bout which took place in Saudi Arabia last Saturday. Daniella Okeke wrote on social media: “See as person Spiritually husband Fine. Baby wat soup should I make for u 2day?” Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua has explained the role Islam played in his life. [READ ALSO] Joshua to make $262m in Wilder fight Shortly after the match against Andy Ruiz dubbed Clash of the Dunes, a reporter reminded him that it was in Saudi Arabia [Read]

Napoli Sacks Ancelotti hours after 4-0 Champions League win

  Carlo Ancelotti has been sacked as Napoli manager just hours after guiding the club to a 4-0 Champions League win over Genk. The veteran former AC Milan and Bayern Munich boss has been in charge at San Paolo since the summer of 2018 and oversaw a second-place finish in Serie A last term. However, they now sit in seventh, some 17 points behind current leaders Inter Milan thanks to a nine-match winless run and there have been widespread rumours of internal strife. La Societa Sportiva Calcio Napoli ha deciso di revocare l’incarico di responsabile tecnico della prima squadra al signor Carlo Ancelotti.Rimangono intatti i rapporti di amicizia, stima e [Read]

Joshua to make $262m in Wilder fight

  Following a victorious win against Andy Ruiz Jr., Anthony Joshua could double his purse by fighting WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. Last Saturday, British boxing superstar Joshua out-boxed Ruiz to reclaim his heavyweight title. Ruiz even had a cut above his left eye while Joshua barely bore a mark of the contest. After regaining his crown, Joshua reportedly has doubled his worth. Mark Seltzer, a member of Team Joshua, boxing manager and cut man with 50 world title bouts to his name, has told The Mirror that the Brit has increased his fortune by £52 million ($68 million) after winning his rematch with Ruiz. More importantly, Seltzer revealed that [Read]

I want to defend my titles in Nigeria – Anthony Joshua

  Anthony Joshua has confirmed that he would “definitely love” to defend his heavyweight titles in Nigeria after defeating Andy Ruiz in their rematch. The IBF, WBO and WBA champion recovered from a devastating upset in his first fight against the Mexican-American to reclaim the belts via a wide unanimous decision in Saudi Arabia. Joshua, who is of Nigerian heritage, visited the country between the two fights and is keen to bring the first world heavyweight title fight to the continent since the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ in 1974. Promoter Eddie Hearn, has received numerous offers to stage Joshua’s next fight. However, with the Briton likely to be forced to [Read]

C. Ronaldo’s son wins Cavour Trophy, Best Striker Award with Juventus’ U9 side

– Cristiano Ronaldo’s son has won the Cavour Trophy with Juventus’ Under 9 side – The eldest son of the Portugal international scored three goals in this tournament – He was also named as the best striker by the organizers of the championship Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo will be proud of his son after winning youth tournament with the Old Lady’s Under 9 team where he was also named the best striker. Since Cristiano Jr joined the Juventus’ youth team, he has been impressive and has also made headlines many times. By the end of October, he was sitting on 58 goals and had a further 18 assists in just [Read]

Slovenian Team Cancels Contract Of Nigerian Player For Impregnating Club President’s Daughter

  A second division team in Slovenia has terminated the contract of their Nigerian winger who was signed in the summer after it emerged that he impregnated the daughter of the president of the club. The player (name withheld) has since returned back to Nigeria where he revealed to Mr Mowiz the issue behind the cancellation of his contract six months after he was signed and unveiled by the club. ” I signed a three year deal with the option of another year but last month I ran into trouble when my girlfriend who happens to be the daughter of the president said she was pregnant for me”, he said. [Read]

He ran around the ring, his mentality was to survive, Wilder taunts Joshua

  WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, has launched a subtle attack on Anthony Joshua after the Briton handed Andy Ruiz his second career defeat to reclaim his heavyweight belts.  Joshua won the rematch showdown in Diriyah Arena in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night, December 7, albeit on a unanimous point decision. The 30-year-old heavyweight champion landed a brutal flesh-cutting punch on Ruiz’s upper left eye but was dragged to the 12th round by the resilient Mexican star before avenging his Madison Park defeat in style. Reacting to the victory, Wilder who is Joshua’s biggest rival in the heavyweight decision, fiercely slammed the Briton for using Wladimir Klitschko’s “boring jab-grab-hold” tactics. [Read]

Buhari appreciates Anthony Joshua for bringing joy to Nigeria

  President Muhammadu Buhari has thanked World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Anthony Joshua, who regained his belts Saturday night in a rematch with Mexican Andy Ruiz Jnr, for bringing joy to Nigerians. According to a statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari, while congratulating Joshua, noted that his victory brought joy to millions of Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora, who had rooted for him to regain the titles he lost about six months ago. “The downfall of a man is truly not the end of his life. There’s always another, and better day. This is a lesson we must all learn from [Read]

I partied for three months without training – Andy Ruiz states why he lost to Anthony Joshua [VIDEO]

Nigerian-born British Fighter,  Anthony Joshua has humbled Andy Ruiz and reclaimed his heavyweight titles. Defeated Mexican-American boxer, Andy Ruiz who was mercilessly beaten by Anthony Joshua to reclaim the world heavyweight titles yesterday, has blamed his defeat in their rematch on three months of partying and celebration. Andy Ruiz at the post match conference, blamed his defeat in ‘three months partying’ he claimed he partied, became overweight and under-trained for the rematch which took place in Saudi Arabia on Saturday December 7. [READ ALSO] Anthony Joshua reclaims Heavyweight titles, defeats Andy Ruiz [PHOTOS] Andy Ruiz said: “Three months of partying and celebrating affected me, what can I say?  “Being overweight, [Read]

You’ve Exhibited “Ogun Standard” – Gov Abiodun Showers Encomiums On Boxing Champion, Anthony Joshua

ABEOKUTA – The Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun Sunday morning felicitated with world boxing champion for displaying the “Ogun standard of excellence by reclaiming all the titles in the re-match with his opponent, Andy Ruiz Jr.” In a recent press statement issued by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Kunle Somorin, an elated Prince Abiodun said that the Ogun-born Anthony Joshua made Nigerians proud and restored confidence that the Nation will be great again. “I congratulate Anthony on this successful outing. May he continue with the winning streak ad infinitum,” Abiodun prayed. [READ ALSO] Joshua, Ruiz rematch: Over 1000 viewers besiege Joshua’s Sagamu family house [PHOTOS] The world [Read]

Joshua, Ruiz rematch: Over 1000 viewers besiege Joshua’s Sagamu family house [PHOTOS]

Over a 1000 persons stormed the family compound of Anthony Joshua in Sagamu, Ogun State on Saturday night to watch his fight against Andy Ruiz. Apart from the Baba Josh Memorial hall that that was filled to the brim, a large crowd was also seen outside the hall. The mammoth crowd took over Cinema Street, where the hall is located causing a slow movement of vehicles on both sides of the road. While some fans sat on the fences of nearby buildings, others climbed vehicles and tricycles. Some of the viewers sat on the floor of the poorly-ventilated hall. [READ ALSO] BREAKING: Anthony Joshua reclaims Heavyweight titles, defeats Andy Ruiz [Read]

Man Utd dents City’s title hopes with 2-1 victory at Etihad

  Manchester United on Saturday dented the title hopes of their neighbours, Manchester City with a superb counter-attacking victory in the Manchester derby. City stay third but are now 14 points behind leaders Liverpool, who won at Bournemouth. United move up to fifth. Marcus Rashford’s first-half penalty, which was awarded after a VAR check, put United ahead. [READ ALSO] BREAKING: Anthony Joshua reclaims Heavyweight titles, defeats Andy Ruiz [PHOTOS] Anthony Martial scored the second with a left-foot shot and Nicolas Otamendi’s brilliant header was nothing short of consolation as United held on to beat City. United’s win was no more than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side deserved after they repeatedly carved [Read]

BREAKING: Anthony Joshua reclaims Heavyweight titles, defeats Andy Ruiz [PHOTOS]

Anthony Joshua reclaimed the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles with a 12-round masterclass over Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia. Joshua is now the two-time heavyweight champion after a unanimous decision victory over Ruiz. And the Brit hailed his heroic spirit but vowed to stay humble with victory. See round by round scores as adjudged by the judges:   [READ ALSO] Nigerian – born British Fighter, Anthony Joshua To Earn $60m in Ruiz Rematch See more photos from the much publicized bout as obtained by NEWS FLAKES NG; [Read]

Andy Ruiz Warmly Greets Joshua’s Mother Yeta Odusanya At Pre-fight Dinner [PHOTOS]

– Andy Ruiz shows rare humility with pleasant handshake exchange with Joshua’s mum – The Mexican’s camp and Joshua’s met at Al Faisaliah Hotel on Thursday for pre-match dinner – Donned in popular Arab wear, Ruiz walked down to Joshua’s mum seat and greeted her Andy Ruiz may be the boxing champion but the heavyweight star shows some humility courtesy ahead of his rematch with Joshua after he was seen greeting his opponent’s mum during Thursday, December 5 gala dinner. The Mexican star will be up against the Briton this Saturday, December 7, in the second showdown to hold in 15,000 capacity Riyadh stadium. Ruiz, who stunned Joshua in June [Read]