FG Will Invite Anthony Joshua To Nigeria – Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government has said it will invite World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua to Nigeria soon.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said this in a statement congratulating Joshua on his victory over Ukranian Wladimir Klitscho on Saturday, which made him the unified World Heavyweight Champion.

“Nigeria is proud to be associated with the new unified World champion, whose Nigerian heritage he has publicly acknowledged,” the statement issued by a Special Adviser to the Minister, Segun Adeyemi, on Tuesday read in part.

The minister praised Joshua for his humility, despite his success in boxing, and his undying spirit, which saw him come off the canvas after he was knocked down by Klitschko in the sixth round to win by a technical knockout in the 11th round of their pulsating fight.

Anthony Joshua Knocks Klitschko Out

Anthony Joshua, Britain's Anthony Joshua, IBF heavyweight title, Eric Molina
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British boxer Anthony Joshua has knocked out Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko to win the World Heavyweight title.

Joshua had to wait till the 11th round to earn victory in what was a highly combative fight.

With one minute left to the end of the round, a flurry of punches from the young British boxer, including a massive upper cut sent Klitschko down.

Although he wobbled to his feet, it wasn’t long before a right from Joshua took the fight out of him.

Haye spoiling for a Klitschko fight after Chisora demolition

British boxer David Haye after fifth round final pounding of heavyweight boxer, Briton Dereck Chisora on Saturday declared he is ready to throw fists with Vitali Klitschko.

Haye, a former heavy weight and cruiserweight initially lost one of his world titles to Wladimir Klitschko, little brother to Vladimir and he was criticised for not showing a good performance despite his claims that he had a broken nose before the fight.

But David Haye managed to do what Vitali failed to do in the last defence of his World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight title in February which is knocking out Chisora.

But Haye felt an amount of redemption after twice leaving Chisora slumped on the canvas at Upton Park, from left hooks and hopes it will earn him another crack at a Klitschko.

Wladimir, who holds three of the world title belts, insists he is not interested in a rematch with Haye for the moment.

Vitali, who holds the other world title belt, was linked with a defence against Haye earlier this year.

But WBC champion Vitali’s next challenger on September 10 is Germany-based Syrian Manuel Charr, who gate-crashed the Haye-Chisora post-fight press conference to announce he would be prepared to fight Haye once he beats the WBC champion.

Haye, however, expects Vitali to prevail and hopes to face the Ukrainian later this year or in 2013.

“I held a version of the world heavyweight championship and I would like to regain a version of the world heavyweight championship,” Haye told a news conference.

“If Vitali beats this gentleman [Manuel Charr] I would love to challenge him for his title. If it’s not meant to be, so be it.

“If this was my last performance, I have gone out with a bang and everyone is happy. After a performance like that and him getting on, if you were one of his advisers you wouldn’t tell Vitali to fight me.

“I’ve proved my punching power against someone who pushed Vitali to the wire. It was a measuring stick to show how I performed against his last opponent.

“I would be very confident of beating Vitali.”

Vitali, 40, may well retire after facing Charr to pursue a full-time political career, which would leave Haye trying to convince Wladimir, 36, to give him a rematch.

Haye’s rediscovered his knockout power – he has stopped 24 of 25 opponents – against Chisora and was well ahead on all three scorecards at the time of the stoppage, with one judge scoring it 40-36 and the other two seeing it 39-37.

But Haye had to take some shots from Chisora, who kept marching forward until he was caught by a brilliant left hook in the fifth round. Another quick right sent Chisora stumbling backwards onto the canvas.

He got to his feet at the count of seven but after a ferocious onslaught, he was left open and Haye seized his chance with a swinging left hook to the jaw.

This time, referee Luis Pabon waved the contest over as Chisora sluggishly got to his feet.

But after the distasteful pre-fight trash-talk, which followed the pair’s punch-up at a press conference following Chisora’s point’s loss to Vitali in February, the two Londoners embraced in the ring.

Haye then paid tribute to Zimbabwe-born Chisora, who has lived in London since the age of 16.

“It was tough,” he said. “I thought it would be easier than it was but I trained for it to be tough. I trained for the best Dereck Chisora and that guy turned up.

“He stepped up a level here and took some amazing shots and landed some amazing shots. It felt like a great fight. After sharing the ring with Dereck I have a new-found respect for him.”

Chisora, 28, will pay Haye #20,000 for him to donate to a charity after the pair had a bet on their fight for the minor World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organisation (WBO) International heavyweight titles.

“For a split second I didn’t concentrate and it was the sort of shot that puts you down,” said Chisora.

“Vitali has not got power and isn’t interested in fighting anymore, so David probably wins.”

Boxing:Dereck Chisora’s boxing license withdrawn

Former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion; Dereck Chisora will not be in the best of mood right now as the British Boxing Board of Control decided to withdraw his boxing license over the brawl he had with David after his loss to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko last month February 18th precisely in Munich Germany.

The British Boxing Board decided to withdraw his boxing license for an indefinite period of time as the promoter of the former British heavyweight champion Frank Warren is yet to decide if the Chisora clique will appeal the decision or not as they now have exactly 14 days to appeal the decision.

There are chances that Dereck Chisora will explore the option of going outside of the UK to fight as he does not stand a chance of getting back into the ring in the UK for another six months because it was an indefinite withdrawal of his license as it may take more months or even years to get back the boxing license.

So is sitting and waiting for the boxing board advisable for Dereck Chisora?

The Board’s decision was not only based on the brawl he had with David Haye but the fact that Chisora also slapped Vitali in the face in the weigh-in a day before the fight, and then on the night of the fight, Chisora spat water into the face of Wladimir Klitschko.