Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez next fight: When is Mexican star in action again? Who is he fighting? Where is it being held?

20 Sep

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez will return to the ring in November as he attempts to win a world title in a remarkable fourth weight division.

Alvarez unified the WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight belts in May when he claimed a points win over Daniel Jacobs.

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He was stripped of the IBF belt after a clash with Sergiy Derevyanchenko well through but the 29-year-old has his sights set elsewhere now.

The 29-year-old former super-welterweight champion claimed glory at super-middleweight with his victory over Rocky Fielding in December.

He is now set for a new challenge later this year.

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez next fight: When is he returning and who is he facing?

Alvarez will face Russia’s Sergey Kovalev for the WBO light-heavyweight title on November 2.

Kovalev defended his belt with a stoppage win over Britain’s Anthony Yarde in August.

Alvarez will move up two weight classes for the clash in one of his toughest tests to date.

The Mexican tweeted: “It’s official. I am happy to announce that I will climb 2 categories to face one of the most powerful rivals in this division.

Canelo Alvarez beat Daniel Jacobs last time out
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“This November 2 will be one of the biggest challenges of my career. Let’s make history together. Let’s go for 4x World Champion.”

The fight will take place at famous MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be Alvarez’s seventh clash at the arena.

The only defeat of his 55 fight professional career came at the MGM Grand when he lost to Floyd Mayweather in September 2013.

Sergey Kovalev had a gruelling win over Anthony Yarde
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Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez vs Sergey Kovalev: Tale of the tape

Alvarez – Kovalev

Nationality: Mexican – Russian

Age: 29 – 36

Height: 5ft 8 – 6ft

Stance: Orthodox – Orthodox

Reach: 70 in – 72 in

Record: 52-1-2 – 34-3-1

KOs: 35 – 29

Rounds: 391 – 173

Debut: 29/10/2005 – 25/7/2009

Nickname: Canelo – Krusher

Vasyl Lomachenko next fight: When is The Matrix in action again? Who is he fighting? Where is it being held?

20 Sep

Vasyl Lomachenko is set to return to the ring before the end of the year in what will be his third fight of 2019.

The pound-for-pound king beat Anthony Crolla in California in April by KO in the fourth round.

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He then defeated fellow Brit Luke Campbell by decision on August 21 at the O2 Arena to add the WBC lightweight title to his already captured WBA and WBO belts.

The Matrix has claimed victories over a host of big names in his professional career to date and he is looking to claim another scalp before the year is out.

Vasyl Lomachenko next fight: When is he returning and who is he facing?

There has been no official confirmation of Loma’s next bout but he is eager to become undisputed champion by claiming Richard Commey’s IBF belt.

However, Commey’s next defence is planned for December 14 against mandatory challenger Teofimo Lopez, meaning Lomachenko will have to wait until 2020 for an opportunity.

He is expected to face the winner of Commey vs Lopez in March but he is also set to fight before as well.

After the win over Campball, promoter Bob Arum interjected: “[We’ll] get the best opponent out there.

“We’ll have to go back to the drawing board, [and see] who will fight him.”

When asked where Lomachenko’s next bout could take place, Arum continued: “There are people around the world that want the opportunity to watch him.

“Muhammad Ali, who was my mentor in effect because I was with him for so long, taught me one thing.

“If you’re gonna be a world superstar in boxing, you have to fight all over the world. He can’t limit himself to the United States or any one country.

Vasyl Lomachenko defeated Luke Campbell by a wide points decision to add the WBC Lightweight strap to his haul
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“I think Loma’s goal is to fight all around the world because I think there is a tremendous market for him.”

Robert Easter Jr. or Rances Barthelemy are believed to be Arum’s preferred opponents but there is also the possibility of Gervonta Davis, Devin Haney or Mikey Garcia.

Whoever his next opponent is, Lomachenko is expected to return to the USA for his next bout having faced Campbell in London and the bout will be held in December.

Khabib Nurmagomedov next fight: When will UFC superstar return? Will he face Conor McGregor?

20 Sep

Khabib Nurmagomedov is in negotiations over his next UFC fight and he hopes it will be held in his home country of Russia.

‘The Eagle’ returned to the Octagon earlier this month after nearly a year out following his controversial win over Conor McGregor.

Khabib Nurmagomedov beat Dustin Poirier at UFC 242
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He headlined UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi and successfully defended his lightweight title by submitted Dustin Poirier in the third round.

The 30-year-old is now looking to book his next bout and he has discussed his options.

Khabib Nurmagomedov next fight: When will UFC star return?

Nurmagomedov says he is ’80 per cent sure’ his next fight will take place in his native Russia.

“Negotiations are continuing with the UFC. I really want to fight in Russia,” he told Russia’s Channel 1.

“In St. Petersburg there’s a closed arena [Gazprom Arena].

“In Moscow, Luzhniki Stadium is open… I was there at the [football] World Cup final when it rained, if that kind of rain happened it would ruin an [MMA] event.

“In St. Petersburg the stadium seats 75,000 people, I could fight there. In a small arena it wouldn’t work.

“I really want to fight here, talks are continuing, I’m about 80 percent sure my next fight will be in Russia.”

Nurmagomedov added: “I don’t want to put pressure on [Dana White]. I can only give him advice.

“He sees the ratings himself, on Channel 1 [in Russia], from UFC 242, not only in Russia but around the world. I want to fight in front of the fans here.”

UFC fans are still awaiting a rematch between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor
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While rumours have swirled that Nurmagomedov could face Tony Ferguson or a rematch with McGregor next, the Russian’s manager Ali Abdelaziz has suggested otherwise.

Abdelaziz told TMZ: “As far as I know, ‘GSP’ is next. That is what I want.

“Tony doesn’t get what he wants. We get what Khabib wants, and if Khabib calls me and says he wants Georges St-Pierre, Georges St-Pierre will be next.”

Deontay Wilder says Tyson Fury offered to step aside so Bronze Bomber can face winner of Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr in February

20 Sep

Deontay Wilder claims Tyson Fury wanted to step aside in February so he could fight the winner of Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr.

Of course, Fury is said to have done this in order to face the winner of that fight in a unification bout.

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Fury has denied he would ever step aside, but WBC champion Wilder spoke to Tha Boxing recently and insisted he did.

“I’m a warrior, bro. I’m a king, and my mentality is savage. If so be it,” Wilder started.

“If the man wants to get his ass whooped in the ring, then so be it. I tried to give him another road. And I tried to give him what he talked about the first time when he said, ‘Why don’t you and Joshua fight, and I can come back’.

“I’m only giving him what he asked for. Most of these guys get what they ask for.”

 

Fury and Wilder look set to have the sequel to their draw on February 22 while Joshua and Ruiz will contest the other heavyweight belts in Saudi Arabia on December 7.

If Wilder’s suggestion is accurate – which Fury claims it is not – but if it was, Fury would walk into an undisputed title shot instead of having to battle Wilder for the WBC belt to gain entry to that fight.

It’s not the silliest plan when you think about it!

Pep Guardiola press conference: Manchester City boss on injuries, Gabriel Jesus needing to be ‘patient’ and Norwich loss

20 Sep

Manchester City will be looking to get back to winning ways in the Premier League when they host Watford on Saturday.

It will be the first time the two sides have met since City thrashed the Hornets 6-0 in the FA Cup final last season.

Pep Guardiola has not lost back-to-back Premier League games since last December
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City suffered a shock 3-2 defeat to newly-promoted Norwich last weekend, while Watford came back from two goals down to draw with Arsenal last weekend.

Citizens boss Pep Guardiola will know his players can ill-afford to slip up again with the club already five points behind leaders Liverpool.

You can read the highlights from Guardiola’s press conference below…

On any fresh injuries

“No, we will see how the players are.”

On Gabriel Jesus

“He was involved [against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday] and maybe involved tomorrow but it’s difficult to find in Europe a player like Gabriel and how important he is.

“His behaviour in training is outstanding. He has to fight for his place against a legend in [Sergio] Aguero.

Gabriel Jesus scored in Manchester City’s Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday
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“Sergio didn’t play in the last game and he scored in all of the other games. Sergio fights for the team, that’s why I’m so delighted with the striker.

“Gabriel has to be patient. I know when he plays he does absolutely everything like he has done in Ukraine, not just for the goal, but the way he fights and his future at this club is incredible.”

On his centre-back options

“I said we don’t have many other options. Two young players we trust a lot.

“Eric [Garcia] is training last season with us, [Taylor] Harwood-Bellis trained in pre-season and we will count on them.

“It’s not a problem, it’s a challenge we have to accept it and be positive and we will do it and be happy and work hard.”

On losing to Norwich

“We review the game normally I speak with my staff and listen to their opinion.

“That’s important for me to listen to what they say because they help me to get a better solution and after watching the game against Norwich I was not upset with the way we played.

“I was upset after Newcastle [last season] we forgot to play, but the game against Norwich that didn’t happen. We shot more than 50 times. I didn’t have that feeling in Newcastle.

Norwich stunned Manchester City last weekend
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“At Norwich they shoot three and we gave them most of them and we accept it.

“We have lots of success, [but] when we lose I’m not depressed, I say that’s going to happen. There are 99 points still to play.”

On facing Watford

“It’s totally different. It’s the beginning of the season and they have changed their manager.

“I saw their game against Arsenal and the second-half was incredible the way they played.

“In a good afternoon they can do everything and they are strong and fast so every game has its problems.

“But let’s not compare with what happened in the FA Cup – I don’t see any similarities.”

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FA Cup Third Qualifying Round draw live on talkSPORT 2: Full coverage of draw for famous competition

20 Sep

This weekend will see 160 teams from across the country compete in the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round as they all dream of reaching the competition proper.

The likes of Badshot Lea, 1874 Northwich and Runcorn Town will be in action as the historic tournament edges closer to the first round.

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This season will see the 139th edition of the world’s oldest cup be played out with each team dreaming of reaching Wembley and lifting the famous trophy.

Manchester City beat Watford 6-0 in the final last May to claim their sixth title.

But before the Premier League sides enter the fray once again, we must first complete the qualifying rounds.

In total, 80 ties will be contested this weekend and then we’ll have the draw for the next round.

FA Cup Third Qualifying Round draw live on talkSPORT

talkSPORT will bring you full coverage of the draw for the Third Qualifying Round.

It will take place on talkSPORT at 1:30pm on Monday, September 23.

To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.

FA Cup Second Qualifying Round fixtures

1 Marine v Dunston
2 Southport v Scarborough Athletic
3 Chester v Altrincham
4 Curzon Ashton v Blyth Spartans
5 Bradford (Park Avenue) v Morpeth Town
6 Irlam v York City
7 Ashton United v Pontefract Collieries
8 Colne v Ossett United
9 1874 Northwich v Whitby Town
10 FC United of Manchester v Warrington Town
11 Trafford v Darlington
12 Gateshead v Ramsbottom United
13 Guiseley v Stockton Town
14 Lancaster City v Spennymoor Town
15 Runcorn Town v Farsley Celtic
16 Alfreton Town v King’s Lynn Town
17 Stamford v Boston United
18 Leamington v Chasetown
19 Kettering Town vs Sutton Coldfield Town
20 Belper Town v Witton Albion
21 Loughborough Dynamo v Tamworth
22 AFC Telford United v Nantwich Town
23 Rushall Olympic v Gainsborough Trinity
24 Halesowen Town v Stratford Town
25 Boston Town v Leek Town
26 Buxton v Corby Town
27 Matlock Town v Kidsgrove Athletic
28 Hednesford Town v Barwell
29 Kidderminster Harriers v Stafford Rangers
30 Coalville Town v Stourbridge
31 Beaconsfield Town v Hemel Hempstead Town
32 Corinthian Casuals v Chelmsford City
33 Kingstonian v Grays Athletic
34 Walthamstow v Abbey Rangers
35 Balham v Royston Town
36 Tonbridge Angels v Eastbourne Borough
37 Margate v Concord Rangers
38 Hendon v Deeping Rangers
39 St Ives Town v Canvey Island
40 Maidstone United v Cheshunt
41 Potters Bar Town v Hornchurch
42 Bishop’s Stortford v Peterborough Sports
43 Dulwich Hamlet v Bognor Regis Town
44 Flackwell Heath v Slough Town
45 Billericay Town v Basildon United
46 Tooting & Mitcham United v Dorking Wanderers
47 Hadley v Ramsgate
48 Lewes v Bowers & Pitsea
49 Cray Wanderers v Soham Town Rangers
50 Harrow Borough v Carshalton Athletic
51 Biggleswade v Chertsey Town
52 Biggleswade Town v Ware
53 Badshot Lea v Hayes & Yeading United
54 Lowestoft Town v Needham Market
55 Barton Rovers v Hitchin Town
56 Enfield Town v Braintree Town
57 Maldon & Tiptree v Wingate & Finchley
58 Moneyfields v Whyteleafe
59 Hartley Wintney v Chichester City
60 Horsham v Dartford
61 St Albans City v Worthing
62 Kings Langley v Folkestone Invicta
63 Haringey Borough v Staines Town
64 Farnborough v Wealdstone
65 Welling United v Chipstead
66 Chesham United v Hampton & Richmond Borough
67 Weston Super Mare v Merthyr Town
68 Sholing v Weymouth
69 Hereford v Truro City
70 Portland United v Salisbury
71 Havant & Waterlooville v Taunton Town
72 Cirencester Town v Chippenham Town
73 Tavistock v Highworth Town
74 Tiverton Town v Bristol Manor Farm
75 Poole Town v Hungerford Town
76 Swindon Supermarine v Bath City
77 Oxford City v North Leigh
78 Kidlington v Gloucester City
79 Brackley Town v Cinderford Town
80 Blackfield & Langley v Dorchester Town

Paulie Malignaggi EXCLUSIVE: I expect Anthony Joshua to win Andy Ruiz Jr rematch, don’t judge Tyson Fury until he fights Deontay Wilder again

20 Sep

Paulie Malignaggi has exclusively told talkSPORT.com that he believes Anthony Joshua will exact revenge over Andy Ruiz Jr when they meet again on December 7 in Saudi Arabia.

The entire boxing world was stunned earlier this year when the Mexican-American dethroned the British champion in New York, though a rematch is now set for the end of the year.

Paulie Malignaggi held world titles at super-lightweight and welterweight, but is now retired
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Saudi Arabia’s selection as the venue has attracted some criticism over human rights concerns.

Malignaggi is unfazed by this though, and told talkSPORT.com: “It’s whoever pays, right? This is boxing.

“If we’re gonna start judging everybody then we can talk about the Europeans had colonisation and the Americans went over to North America when the Indians were there.

“If we’re gonna start judging everybody on their human rights actions we can just go on and on and on.

“Not to say that any of this is right, but if you start to judge and not deal with people based on human perspective of the way they run their government, you’re gonna lose out on a lot of places to hold these events.”

Ruiz and Joshua will meet again in Diriyah
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As for the fight itself, the former two weight world champion predicts both men will improve and provide an even better contest in December.

Malignaggi continued: “I feel like Joshua’s gonna make some adjustments and I feel like Ruiz is gonna also show us the best of him as well.

“The fight came so easy to Ruiz that I don’t think we got to see all of Ruiz either.

“If I had to pick, I’d probably expect Joshua to pull it out, but I think it’s gonna be a good fight.”

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Elsewhere in the heavyweight division, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury are being lined up for a rematch early next year.

America’s WBC champion must first defeat Luis Ortiz again, while the ‘Gypsy King’ survived a serious cut scare and came through his assignment against Otto Wallin on Saturday.

“I think there’s a consistency to Tyson Fury and the consistency is this – he’s consistently inconsistent,” Malignaggi concluded.

“Before the Klitschko fight I don’t think he gave any impression from any of his performances prior that he would be able to do that to Wladimir Klitschko and the bookmakers made the odds accordingly.

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“Before the Wilder fight, he had a long layoff, two relatively pedestrian performances going into the fight. Again we wouldn’t really expect him to give a performance that he gave in the Wilder fight and most people thought he won the fight.

“You kind of see him lower himself or rise to the level of opposition, but then he looked great [against Tom Schwarz] in June.

“With the Wallin fight, and you’ve gotta give Wallin credit, but it’s also down to Tyson as well. He also doesn’t get up as much for opponents that on paper are not supposed to pose a threat to him.

“I think at this point you don’t judge Fury for that, he’s done this in the past and then he’s put on great performance against great fighters.”

West Ham vs Manchester United team news: Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial out – can the Hammers capitalise?

20 Sep

Manchester United will face a tough test against West Ham on Sunday in the Premier League clash at the London Stadium.

Both have near identical records after the first five games with two wins, two draws and one defeat.

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The Red Devils will be hoping to avoid a repeat of last year’s match, under Jose Mourinho, when they were beaten 3-1.

Several players will be missing from both sides due to injury and suspension.

Here is how both teams could line-up on Sunday at the 2pm kick-off.

West Ham team news

The Hammers do not have too many injury issues ahead of the game and boss Manuel Pellegrini gave an update in his pre-match press conference.

The West Ham manager said: “The injuries – Winston Reid is recovering from his injury. I hope he will next week start working with the squad.

“Manuel Lanzini also has a problem that we will review tomorrow before the game.”

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Left-back Arthur Masuaku is suspended following his red card in the previous game.

Aaron Cresswell is likely to be his replacement in the side, according to the Hammers boss.

“He (Cresswell) started the season and played last season with me. He played 50 per cent of the games. For a manager, the best performances come from players when they have competition behind them.

“Aaron wasn’t playing because Arthur was playing well but now he has the chance to show his ability.”

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Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to have few options in attack with Antony Martial unavailable due to injury.

Solskjaer expected the forward to miss the trip to the capital along with Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw.

United are also unsure if Daniel James will be fit after missing the match against Astana with a knock sustained in the victory against Leicester.

“I don’t know,” Solskjaer said. “He’s not trained the last few days. Hopefully, but not sure.

“We’ll have a recovery day with everyone tomorrow and we’ll see on Saturday.”

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Solskjaer said the likes of Axel Tuanzebe and Fred are knocking on the door to be in the starting line-up on Sunday, as is 17-year-old Greenwood after his display against Astana.

“It’s always hard to keep players who perform well out of the team,” the 46-year-old said.

“I remember when I came in here… and if he keeps scoring goals, he’ll play.

“If he keeps scoring goals when he’s on the pitch he’ll get more minutes in the Premier League as well and he’ll get his first start soon.”

How Manchester United could look

How Manchester United could line-up on Sunday
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WWE news: What Vince McMahon texted Triple H as soon as NXT went off the air after USA Network debut

20 Sep

NXT made a successful debut on the USA Network this week, a good seven years after it’s initial inception.

In fact, fans were calling the show one of the ‘best episodes of wrestling’ ever.

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Triple H couldn’t help but be a proud father after the show went off the air and he even went into the Full Sail University crowd to chant “NXT” with the fans afterwards.

Many reporters and fans have speculated that Vince McMahon will have to get involved with NXT if ratings fail to hit satisfactory numbers, especially with All Elite Wrestling debuting in the same time slot in around 10 days time.

But, all things considered, NXT made a solid start on Wednesday with 1.179 million viewers and Vince McMahon was said to be delighted, too.

Triple H revealed after the show what the Chairman texted him.

“I received a bunch of texts from him throughout the day. You know, excited, and excited to see it, and wishing us luck especially as it got close. You know, he was sending me little texts counting me down, ‘20 minutes!’ Which I thought was great. It was just fun.

“Then he sent me a few texts after the show. He watched the entire thing. I’m sure he was at the office, probably in a meeting while he was doing it. But he enjoyed it, he loved it.

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“He thought the talent did a hell of a job, and thought they knocked it out of the park. You know, he was excited. He sent me a massive congratulations after it was over, and was thrilled with the product.”

Arsenal vs Aston Villa team news: Nicolas Pepe set for first-team return but will wonderkids get another chance?

20 Sep

Arsenal’s Europa League victory over Eintracht Frankfurt went someone to expunging the collapse against Watford from the minds of fans.

The 3-0 win still had its downside with the Gunners once again conceding far too many shots – 24 in total.

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Manager Unai Emery has his work cut out improving his side defensively and Aston Villa will be willing to test them just as they did north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Villa have their own issues too and failed to capitalise on a man advantage against West Ham United on Monday night, with a result now needed to keep them away from the relegation zone and boost their confidence.

It could be a mighty scrap at the Emirates on Sunday night but how will the teams look?

Arsenal team news

The Gunners will have Mesut Ozil back in their squad after he was rested for the Europa League win over Eintracht Frankfurt.

Sead Kolasinac is hopeful of being fit despite coming off early on Thursday night, while Rob Holding is pushing for a return.

Wonderkids Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka will be hoping to be under consideration after their performances in Germany too.

How Arsenal could look

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Aston Villa team news

Trezeguet returns to the fold after a one-match ban but whether he will start is a matter for Dean Smith to consider.

Matt Targett may also come in after his injury problems but Jonathan Kodjia and James Chester are still absent.

How Aston Villa could look

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