Fury wants Anthony Joshua in 2021

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Dillian Whyte to face Povetkin in November rematch Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Tyson Fury has reiterated his call for Anthony Joshua to fight him next year, now that the path to their showdown has been somewhat cleared. Dillian Whyte’s KO defeat to Alexander Povetkin on Saturday night removed the WBC mandatory that threatened to disrupt a potential undisputed fight next year.The issue of WBO mandatory Oleksandr Usyk still remains in play, and both men must first come through against Deontay Wilder and Kubrat Pulev respectively.Fury told BT Sport: “I know Eddie Hearn and Matchroom were trying to protect Joshua by not letting him fight me.“Trying to put a hurdle in the way with Dillian Whyte and, ‘If you don’t fight Dillian Whyte, you and Joshua won’t fight.’“But the fact of the matter is, I don’t need any of their fighters, they need me.“I’m the only undefeated world heavyweight champion that’s left out there.“All the rest have fell by the wayside, been chinned, knocked out, stopped and battered.“They need me, I’m a standalone ‘Gypsy King’ giant ruling the roost.“I don’t need any of them, I don’t need any of their money, what they can bring to the table.“But for the fans you want the biggest fight possible.“The biggest fight out there now is me and Joshua.“So let’s make it happen. Stop running away, stop making excuses, put your nuts in your handbag and let’s fight.“It is what it is, it’s a boxing match, you’re gonna win some, you’re gonna lose some.“They’ve got nothing to lose, they’ve already been knocked out and beat.“I’m the one who’s got something to lose – that big zero I’m carrying around with me.”Tags: Anthony JoshuaDillian WhyteTyson Furylast_img read more

Esports Integrity Coalition widens international scope

first_img Parimatch combats esports corruption with ESIC membership February 20, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Share ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Cyber.bet tackles esports corruption joining ESIC June 17, 2020 The Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) has announced the addition of three new members to the organisation, as it reinforces its position as a global body dedicated to combating all forms of corruption and cheating in the world of esports.The first member, Geem, is a digital esports platform based in Dubai. Geem is positioned to provide daily online competitions to the largely untapped, burgeoning esports community in the Middle East.The second, UMG, is a rapidly growing esports platform, matchmaker and tournament organiser linking players of every level across a range of games.Meanwhile LVP is a Spanish tournament organiser and gaming platform.Esports Integrity Commissioner Ian Smith said: “We are delighted to welcome all our new members to the Esports Integrity Coalition. Each one is doing something remarkable in their country or with exciting new technologies and we can’t wait to work with them to continue keeping the world of esports free from corruption, match manipulation, betting fraud and doping.”Geem Founder Charles Wright added: “One of our first moves after curating GEEM, before we had even launched our platform or hosted a tournament, was to join ESIC. We have a staunch outlook on creating a credible and safe environment for esports growth in the MENA Region. As we pivot and scale the platform, ESIC’s mission will remain at the core of all our offerings. The Middle East region is one to watch out for!.” UMG CEO Dave Antony said: “All of us at UMG believe in having the highest level of standards for ourselves, our products, and our gaming community. Joining the ESIC solidifies our commitment to our community and partners that we are making every effort to keep our gaming space fair and safe for all gamers everywhere, online and at live events.” Sergi Mesonero, Head of Institutional Relations at LVP, said: “The LVP enters the Esports Integrity Coalition with great pride and a greater sense of responsibility. As the engine that has powered the Spanish esports ecosystem since 2011, at the LVP we aim for competitions 100% free of manipulation and fraud, true to the values that have governed us from the very beginning: sportsmanship and fair play.”last_img read more

Veteran catcher Carlos Ruiz’s pinch hit home run is a vintage performance

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was 15 years old when Carlos Ruiz was putting together one of the best Octobers in baseball history.Ruiz batted .385 in the 2009 National League Championship Series against the Dodgers, including a three-run home run in Game 1 against Clayton Kershaw. The Phillies eliminated the Dodgers that year, and Ruiz hit .333 in a six-game World Series against the New York Yankees.Now the Dodgers’ backup catcher, Ruiz delivered a vintage performance Monday with his pinch-hit home run against Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez. The two-run shot pulled the Dodgers within 4-3 and knocked Gonzalez out of the game, which the Nationals eventually won 8-3.“That was a big swing for us, a big AB for us,” Seager said. “It got us back into the game, one run (behind). Unfortunately we couldn’t find the big hit again.” It was the first pinch-hit home run by a Dodger in the postseason since Orlando Hudson in the 2009 NLCS.Ruiz cemented his reputation as a postseason performer in 2009. The following year, he helped Philadelphia reach the NLCS again.But Ruiz’s home run Monday was his first postseason hit of any kind since 2011. At age 37, his October magic was fading further into the rear-view mirror. So was his power. Ruiz had collected 36 singles, seven doubles and no triples since his last home run — against Solis back on April 27.“I always say that I think my job is behind home plate, call a good game, play some good defense and also I know I was not a power hitter,” he said. “I always try to have some good at-bats. Home runs come once in a while, that’s good.”AlsoSeager has exactly one hit in six of his eight career postseason games. He’s batting .231 in the series (3 for 13) but all three hits have been run-scoring extra-base hits — two home runs and a double. … Maeda’s three-inning start is tied for the shortest postseason start ever by a Dodger pitcher not named Odalis Perez. … Perez lasted 2 2/3 innings in Game 1, and 2 1/3 innings in Game 4, of the 2004 NLDS. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Ruiz grounded out as a pinch hitter in Game 2, his only other at-bat in the series. This was the role the Dodgers envisioned for Ruiz when three catchers — he, starter Yasmani Grandal and rookie Austin Barnes — were selected to the division series roster. Barnes had already batted and been replaced by the time Dodgers manager Dave Roberts chose to use Ruiz with the pitcher’s spot due up in the fifth inning. That left Grandal as the Dodgers’ only catcher.“I didn’t think that they were going to (Ruiz) that early,” Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. “It’s a cat-and-mouse game, and you know, Chooch won that one.”Ruiz had already hit home runs this season against the two pitchers at Baker’s disposal. Nationals reliever Sammy Solis was warming up in the bullpen, and Ruiz homered off both Solis and Gonzalez when the Phillies played the Nationals in April. “Sometimes you face a pitcher like (Gonzalez), you feel good at the plate, and it was a 3-1 count,” Ruiz said. “I was ready for the fastball and I put a good swing.”last_img read more