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Anthony Joshua KOs Previously Unstopped Johnson

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British giant Anthony Joshua has emerged as the future of heavyweight boxing.

He towers over most opponents at 1.98m and combines precision with power.

On the weekend he faced the previously unbeaten Kevin Johnson.

Johnson had never been stopped in 35 fights – including a world title fight against Russian juggernaut Vitali Klitschko.

At 35 Johnson was something of a veteran, but all the more dangerous for that.. Boxing experts considered him likely to be the first man able to take Joshua beyond three rounds.

But Joshua had other ideas.

The 25 year-old giant slammed a right into Johnson in the first that sent the American to one knee. Johnson needed to hold onto the ring rope to steady himself. Those in attendance described the punch as impacting with Johnson like a meteor.

The bell saved Johnson, but the end was nigh.

It didn’t take Joshua long in the second to find a home for his fists. Johnson was clearly rattled and unable to protect himself from the barrage of Joshua’s punches.

The barrage, though, were only there to open his opponent up for the killer blow.

Knocking out Kevin Johnson is something that has never been done before; many thought it impossible to do. The world heavyweight rankings are now paying attention.

Trash Talking Prior to UFC 190 Gets Personal

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The MMA world is shocked by the trash talking coming from Brazilian Beth Correia.

Correia (9-0-0) faces off against undefeated UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (11-0-0) in the upcoming UFC 190.

Correia had plenty of ammunition, using facts from Rousey’s autobiography against her.

“I want to knock her out,” said Correia to Brazilian MMA site Combate, “to show to everyone that she is a lie. “She wants to stand up with me? Let’s see. I want to humiliate her and show the world she has no MMA. She is focused on movies, books …

“Under pressure she is proving weak. When her Mum put pressure on her, she ran away from home. When she lost, it was because of drugs. That’s not a superhero. She is not mentally healthy; she needs to take care of herself. She is winning, so everybody is around her cheering her up. But when she realises she is not everything that she believes @RondaRousey Never knew what happened to ur dad. I’m humble enough to ask u for forgiveness. Family is a godly bless to me. See u in #UFC190.

2:10AM – 29 May 2015she is, I don’t know what might happen. I hope she does not kill herself later on (laughs).”

Correia’s suicide gaffe was a low-blow. Rousey’s father killed himself when Rousey was only young. His death rocked his wife and young daughter.

Rousey laid into Correia on twitter: @bethecorreia: suicide is no joke or selling point. My father will be with me the day I hand you the comeuppance you deserve.

3:57 PM – 28 May 2015

Correia realised her mistake and twittered back: @RondaRousey: Never knew what happened to your Dad. I’m humble enough to ask you for forgiveness. Family is a godly bless to me. see you in #UFC190.

2:10 AM – 29 May 2015.

 

Someone should have told Bethe Correia Ronda Rousey thrives on animosity before a fight. UFC 190 is going to explode!

 

Taishan Dong Pulverizes Hapless Opponent

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Heavyweight boxing giant Taishan Dong has moved to 5-0, 3 KOs with a devastating knockout of his most recent opponent.

American Lance Gauch (5-9, 3 KOs) was poleaxed by Dong in California on Friday. Referee Ray Corona didn’t even bother with a count and waved Dong away.

The hapless American conceded more than 30 cm in height to his seven-foot opponent. He appeared to be on the back foot from the opening bell.

Dong sized up his opponent, pushing him backwards with dangerous combinations.

When the opportunity presented itself, Dong landed a right that put our Gauch’s lights.

Reports say Gauch was left for 10 minutes before being placed on a stretcher and taken to a nearby hospital.

Dong has had his fights carefully chosen by his Oscar De La Hoya ‘Golden Boy Promotions’ managers. The company bought him to America and are hoping to establish him as a serious heavyweight contender. Doing so will allow them to crack into the Chinese sporting market.

“Mr De La Hoya wanted to open the Chinese market,” said Dong to Fox Sports earlier this year,” because he believes in me. He knows I can become a champ.”

Dong has knocked out his first two opponents. His next two went the distance (four rounds).

“Nowadays I am more patient and can overcome any challenges that arise during the fight,” said Dong to Fox Sports. “I will give the best of myself. I will try to understand my opponent’s strategy from the beginning and therefore defeat him.

“My maximum potential has not been revealed yet. That is why I train hard, in order to become a world champion.”

Alex Leapai Prepares for Manuel Charr in Moscow Bout

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Boxer Alex Leapai is stepping into the ring next week, hoping to breathe life into his stalled boxing career.

Leapai, 35, a competitive strongman and former truck driver from Logan, will face Lebanese-born Manuel Charr on Sunday week in Moscow.

At the same time a former opponent of Leapai fights for his life in a Berlin hospital.

Denis Boytsov fought against Leapai in 2013. The Aussie boxer emerged victorious from the bout and went on to face World Champion, Wladimir Klitschko, in Germany. This made Leapai the first Australian to fight for a heavyweight world title in 106 years.

Boytsov went on to win his next three fights. But he was recently found beaten and unconscious on an underground train track in Berlin.

Police say Boytsov had been drinking heavily; but they are concerned with the seriousness of his injuries and where he was found.

Boytsov, 29, was the World Junior Heavyweight Boxing Champion in 2004. He had a 33 winning streak before faceing Leapai.

“I just pray Denis recovers,” said Leapai. “He’s a nice guy, a tough opponent, but a nice guy out of the ring.

“Denis was very strong. He gave me a great fight. No one really expected me to beat him, but getting the decision over him in Germany changed my life.

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Alex Leapai Fighting image: sport-xl.org

“Because of that win I got to make history against Klitschko; and even though I didn’t become world champ I still fought for the title, something no Australian had done for more than 100 years.”

Leapai flies out from Brisbane on Sunday. He will have a week to acclimatize and ready himself to face Charr at the enormous 78,000 seat Luzhniki Olympic Stadium in Moscow.

“Two big hitters going toe-to-toe,” said Leapai about the forthcoming bout. “I’m backing my punch and my chin against Charr’s.”

The Dangers of Too Much Sparring

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Jamie Varner, former UFC fighter and WEC lightweight champion has spoken out on the dangers of excessive sparring.

Verner had an impressive 11 year, 35 professional fight career. During this time he has fought some of the biggest names in MMA. These include former UFC champion Ben Henderson and contender Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone.

But Varner believes his career was cut short because of the high volume of sparring done during training.

In preparation for his fight against Drew Dober last December, Varner took a series of blows to the head, giving him concussion.

After taking scans, doctors estimated Varner had suffered more than 30 concussions throughout his fighting career.

More concussions, they were quick to point out, will have serious and long-term consequences. They strongly recommended Varner retire after his fight against Dober.

Varner lost the bout via first round submission.

But he followed the medical advice and retired soon after.

“I don’t think I was really ready for retirement or prepared for it,” Varner said to Cage Fanatic.

“If  I wasn’t so concerned with my brain I would still be competing; but I want to have kids some day and I don’t want to have early onset Alzheimr’s or dementia when I am 40 or 50 years-old.”

Varner was completely unaware he’d suffered so much head trauma through training.

“I felt like I was in a perpetual state of just constant migraines,” he said (referring to training) to MMA Hour.

“I thought it was nomal and that’s what we have to do as fighters. Part of the cross that we bear is having headaches and being beaten up.

“My career got cut shot because I was aparrng three days a wek, with bigg3er opponents,” said Varner to Cage Fanatic.

“I had Ryan Bader, Aaron Simpson and Carlos Condit. Those were my sparring partners from like 2006 to 2010. So I had a lot of head trauma just sparring with those big guys.”

Varner believes most fighters are doing the same thing – cutting short their careers with too much heavy sparring.

“Sparring is a tool that is used to work on game plans and to see where you are, condition-wise, caridovascularly. You don’t need to spar three days a week to prove you’re tough.

You don’t need to spar in off-season. You don’t need to spar 12 weeks out from a fight. Sapr maybe four to six weeks out from a fight.

“You don’t need to get hit in the head to become a better fighter.”

Varner believed the protective head gear worn by fighters was enough to protect them from cuts, but not enough from concussion: “It’s still blunt force trauma.

“You can still gt a concussion and not get knocked out. So headgear or no headgear, I just think spar once a week.”

Varner now works with a cognitive therapist several times a month. They are trying to arrest and reverse the damage already done to his brain through the concussion he suffered throughout his career.

Varner says he has some occasional short term memory loss about small things – like whether he brushed his teeth.

Paris-Roubaix Nearly Ends in Tragedy

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The blood, sweat, and tears of the Paris-Roubaix one-day classic cycle race nearly ended in tragedy. Several riders had a near miss with a high speed TGV train as they sought to cross the line as the safety barrier was descending.

One of the rider, from the Belgian Lotto team, was actually clipped by the barrier as it descended, with the train hurtling towards him only seconds away.

Organisers shudder to think what might have happened if he’d fallen onto the track.

The incident took place about 87 kilometres from the Roubaix finish.

The race, known (almost feared) as The Hell of the North, has stretches of brutal, bone-breaking cobblestones; winding dirt tracks; tortuous, spirit sapping climbs; and leg burning open bitumen straights.

But riders are aggressive and willing to take risks in order to win this prestigious event.

The riders who chose to cross as the boom gate was lowering were, technically, breaking the rules. In 2006, three riders working together to reel in a lone breakaway (eventual winner Fabian Cancellara) found themselves disqualified after skirting a lowered railway line barrier only 10 kilometres from the finish.

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Race organisers, however, were quickly onto the riders who had slipped through the barrier. They were told to slow down so that those behind them could catch up – which was only fair.

The riders agreed and the race officials let them off with a frown and a hard gaze.

Guy Dobbelaere, the president of the jury of race commissioners, told reporters: “It wasn’t possible for the leading riders to stop sufficiently safely.

‘By neutralising the race for a few moments to not penalise those who stopped, we respected the spirit of the rule.

“In theory, those who pass when the barrier is down are thrown out of the race. This time, that would have been unjust in respect of those riders who weren’t identified.”

Miocic Wary But Confident Against Super Samoan Hunt

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Croatian-American heavyweight Stipe Miocic (12-2) is wary but confident ahead of his May 10 showdown against ‘Super Samoan’ New Zealand born Aussie Mark Hunt (10-9-1).

Miocic is ranked fourth among the UFC heavyweights, has only recently lost a razor thin decision against incumbent champion Junior Dos Santos (17-3), and is a gifted athlete.

Hunt, on the other side of the Octagon, has KOed some of the biggest names in the division. He is a former K-1 Kickboxing World Champion and veteran of the PRIDE MMA franchise.

Both men have the skill and power to end the night early. Both men will need all their cunning and ability to be the one dishing out, not receiving, the punishment.

“I think in the heavyweight division you’ve always got to watch (for) the big shots,” said Micoc. “They’re big boys, they can throw some leather. I just go out and do what I do, and I’ll be alright.”

“He’” (Mark Hunt), “has definitely got a lot better. He’s definitely worked on his game. But I think I’m better in a lot of the aspects of the game.

Miocic doesn’t expect his fight with Hunt to go the full five rounds. “I don’t care how it’s going to happen,” he continued, “I’m going to win. But I don’t expect five rounds.”

Betsy Andreu Gets Last Say On Armstrong

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After testifying under oath in 2006 about the doping practices of Lance Armstrong Betsy Andreu (wife of former Armstrong teammate Frankie Andreu) has finally been vindicated.

Mrs Andreu testified before the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Tuesday.

She described to reporters the twenty years since she first made her allegations: “He (Armstrong) destroyed my entire life and during 10 years he tried to destroy my reputation.

But after having her say before the WADA meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland she felt vindicated.

“The truth has emerged and it’s a victory for me to be here today and to talk to WADA’s members.”

Mrs Andreu, and her husband, testified in 2006 that Armstrong had been using banned performance enhancing drugs as early as 1996.

Armstrong and Andreu rode together on the Motorola team in the early 1990s and again for the all-conquering US Postal team from 1998-2000.

“Cycling is my husband’s passion, he’s been riding since he was ten.

Mrs Andreu said her husband’s doping admission in 2012 had taken its toll. It was enough to turn their three children away from the sport for good.

Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tours de France victories and banned from competitive cycling for life.

‘We are still personae non grata in American cycling,” she said.

Armstrong’s TDF Charity Ride Slammed

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This year’s Tour de France organisers are outraged by an announcement made by Lance Armstrong. The disgraced ex-cyclist says he plans to ride several stages of this year’s Tour one day prior to the professional peloton.

Armstrong was approached with the idea by ex-footballer Geoff Thomas. They plan to ride several stages of this year’s course to raise money for the ongoing fight against blood cancer.

Although the charity ride is as-yet unofficial, the pair hope to raise $1.5 million.

But not everyone agrees it is a good idea.

UCI President Brian Cookson slammed the idea, suggesting to the Associated Press: “It’s an ill-advised plan … it’s disrespectful to the current riders in the peloton, it’s disrespectful to the Tour de France.”

Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France victories for being found (and subsequently admitting to) using performance enhancing drugs in the Tours of 1999 – 2005.

“Just the very fact he’s going to be there for some or all of it is going to detract and distract from the Tour de France itself, and the current riders … and from current efforts to get over the problems that Lance and his colleagues caused in that era.”

Armstrong said in an email that he was “Honoured and humbled to have been invited by legendary footballer and fellow cancer survivor Geoff Thomas to accompany him on parts of his ride around France.

“Since my own diagnosis, I’ve been 100 per cent committed to fighting this dreadful disease that affects millions, and that holds true today.”

Cookson suggested there were other ways Armstrong could raise funds for cancer charities. “Doing it in such close association with the Tour de France is a bad idea … I’m asking him not to do it.”

Could Lesnar and Mir Meet in First Ever New York UFC?

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The mixed martial arts world is buzzing with the speculation that UFC juggernauts Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir may square-off in New York.

Until recently New York hasn’t hosted a UFC. This was because of one man: Politician Sheldon Silver has fought against the UFC, and mixed martial arts in general, at every turn.

But Silver has recently been arraigned on charges of fraud and extortion.  And with his removal from the political scene in New York goes the greatest obstacle to the UFC hosting an event in one of the world’s most lucrative markets.

Having Lesnar fight his return match in the Big Apple would be a fitting celebration.

Lesnar holds the record for highest Pay-Per-View audience ever. His loss to the franchise was a devastating blow.

But with his highly publicised departure from the WWE, and whispers of meetings with UFC supremo Dana White, rumours are flying about his return.

No contracts have been signed. No announcements have been made. There are still plenty of legal and contractual hoops to jump through. But should everything work out the way UFC fans hope it will the clash between Mir and Lesnar will stop the world.