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Anthony Joshua Challenges Tyson Fury in Unification Battle

first_imgAnthony Joshua has thrown down the gauntlet for a heavyweight title showdown with Tyson Fury as the WBO, WBA and IBF champion made his case for an all-British unification bout.All heavyweight belts reside in the UK, with Joshua recapturing his three belts after avenging his shock defeat by Andy Ruiz Jr in December, while Fury blitzed Deontay Wilder in February to win the WBC belt.It means that, should Joshua and Fury face off in the ring, the victor will be the first unified champion of the division since Lennox Lewis. And Joshua has made his case for the all-British showdown.‘If you really want to say you’re No 1, come fight me. Let’s get it on,’ he told Sky Sports. ‘I’ve got the rest of the belts so it only makes sense.‘I’m the unified heavyweight champion of the world, he’s the WBC champion. What it will prove, me and him fighting? There will be one dominant figure in the heavyweight division that will have all of the belts and become undisputed.“Logically to prove yourself as No 1, I have to fight Tyson Fury. He has to fight Anthony Joshua.”While both fighters have expressed their desire to fight as soon as possible, some obstacles stand in the way of the fight happening. Wilder has triggered a rematch clause to face Fury for a third time while Joshua is to defend his belts against Kubrat Pulev.Speculation has been rife that Bob Arum, the promotor of Fury and Pulev, could arrange for the pair to skip their bouts so Joshua and Fury can fight.Joshua fired shots at Wilder, who has for some time obstructed the path to a unification bout with a series of farcical negotiations between his and Joshua’s teams.“It would be amazing to tell Pulev ‘I think it’s best if you step aside for now’ and to tell Wilder “we have bigger fish to fry”,’ he added.‘”Enjoy your Alabama chicken while we get cracking in the UK!” That fight needs to happen because there will never be another time like this again.’Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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FB : Syracuse defense fails to contain Cincinnati’s Pead in blowout loss to Bearcats

first_imgSyracuse knew heading into its matchup with Cincinnati that Isaiah Pead was the Bearcats‘ key player.Head coach Doug Marrone called him the best running back in the Big East during his press conference to start the week. Chandler Jones called him great. Shamarko Thomas said the Orange figured the Bearcats would try to get him the ball all over the field, especially with quarterback Zach Collaros sitting out due to a broken ankle.But what caught SU by surprise was the variety of ways Cincinnati got the ball to Pead throughout the game.‘Walking him out (as a receiver) and stuff, they did a little bit of that at times,’ defensive coordinator Scott Shafer said. ‘Not as much as they did this week in the game. They did a nice job. They knew what they had.’What the Bearcats had was a workhorse back who touched the football 28 times, amassed 246 total yards and scored twice in Cincinnati’s 30-13 rout of Syracuse (5-6, 1-5 Big East) Saturday at the Carrier Dome. Pead led the Bearcats (8-3, 4-2 Big East) with 17 carries, nine catches and even returned his first two punts of his career on the way to a huge day.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd his performance ultimately was the difference Saturday.‘He’s probably one of the best backs in the Big East,’ linebacker Dan Vaughan said. ‘They just wanted to give him the ball. They gave him a lot of screens out in space, and he was running up the middle, too. He was splitting us pretty good. He’s just a good back and he was making plays.’Pead’s biggest play was the backbreaker that put the game out of reach for the Orange.With SU trailing 23-13 and the clock ticking down under 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Cincinnati senior lined up in the slot to the right. The Orange had a blitz called and was in man-to-man coverage, a defense susceptible against a screen pass.Most of Pead’s nine catches came via the screen and his last was exactly that. He took one jab step forward before coming back to the middle as the SU rush flew upfield. Quarterback Munchie Legaux dumped the ball to Pead, and the back followed his blockers for a 69-yard touchdown down the middle of the field.‘They had a good play call against our defense,’ the strong safety Thomas said. ‘We had man-to-man back, so they got their blocks on all of us. That’s just a touchdown regardless of any situation. They had a great scheme on.’Though Thomas felt that play would have been a touchdown no matter who was running it against the Orange, Pead made plays throughout the game that flashed his versatility. SU held him to 36 yards on the ground in the first half, but he also hauled in seven passes for an additional 37 yards before the break.And then there was his first career punt return.SU’s Jonathan Fisher launched a 50-yard punt down to the Cincinnati 10. Pead caught the ball on the left side, weaved his way back across the field and down the right sideline for a 34-yard return that set up the Bearcats‘ first field goal of the day.‘Isaiah Pead is a great player,’ the defensive end Jones said. ‘He’s versatile. He can catch the ball out of the backfield, and you can hand it off to him and he’ll split you. He just showed exactly his ability, and they did a great job of out-executing us.’On the running back’s first touch of the second half, he scampered untouched for a 24-yard touchdown run to put Cincinnati up 17-6 just 17 seconds after halftime. He returned another punt in the third quarter, and despite muffing it at first, he picked up 20 yards to set up another field goal.Shafer said the Orange defense failed to execute at times, but Cincinnati simply did a good job putting Pead in good positions to make plays.And even though Syracuse knew entering the game he was the key to the Bearcats offense, it couldn’t stop him from having a career day in the Dome.‘I knew that I had a major role, bigger than it had been all season,’ Pead said. ‘I felt that I had to embrace it. With everything going on, it was a big game, and with a rookie quarterback, I had to be a veteran.’[email protected] Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on November 25, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more