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Eddie Hearn hails Tyson Fury’s win over Deontay Wilder, vows Anthony Joshua fight will happen in 2020

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Eddie Hearn has vowed to make Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury happen in 2020.

Britain now has two heavyweight world champions after Fury stunned the world with an electric display in his rematch with Deontay Wilder that forced the American’s corner to throw in the towel.

Wilder has the option to take up a third fight with Fury, but Hearn wants a unification showdown with his man, Joshua, who holds the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO belts next.

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The Matchroom promoter tweeted: “No need for a third let’s go straight to it in the summer!”

Hearn also replied to a message that said there was ‘no chance’ he would allow Joshua to fight Fury after his stunning display by insisting ‘AJ wants it bad’.

Hearn was also full of praise for Fury, as he produced the greatest performance on his career to end Wilder’s unbeaten record and his long reign as WBC champion.

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He knocked the American down in the second round and from that point onwards it looked like the Bronze Bomber was merely surviving.

Fury was too good. His jab was snapping as good as it ever has and he put the pressure on Wilder from the start.

Fans didn’t believe he was going to take middle ring and dictate the fight – more importantly, Wilder didn’t believe it – but that’s exactly what Fury did.

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He won every single round before Wilder’s team finally threw in the towel.

“Wow unbelievable from Fury! Fair play and well done Sugar Hill and Andy Lee on first class game plan,” said Hearn.

Hearn is no doubt licking his lips at the prospect of Joshua facing Fury for the unified titles.

An all-British heavyweight unification fight at a stadium like Wembley is essentially printing money for all concerned.

 

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PSG sign striker Icardi on permanent deal

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French champions Paris St Germain have signed striker Mauro Icardi on a permanent deal from Inter Milan, the Serie A club said on Sunday.

Argentine Icardi, 27, joined PSG in September on a season-long loan with a buy-out option.

“FC Internazionale Milano announces the transfer of Mauro Icardi to Paris Saint-Germain FC; the striker, born in 1993, has permanently moved to the French club.

“The club thanks the player for the six seasons he spent with us and wishes him the best for his future professional career,” Inter said in a statement.

Icardi scored 20 goals in 31 matches in all competitions before the season was officially concluded on April 30, with 10 games remaining due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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He has been competing for a place in the side with Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, PSG’s all-time top scorer, whose contract expired on June 30.

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Ukrainian match postponed after footballers test positive for coronavirus

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Ukraine’s top professional soccer league said on Saturday it had canceled one of its first post-lockdown matches after several players and staff at Karpaty in the western city of Lviv tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The match between Karpaty and Mariupol from the Azov Sea port of Mariupol was supposed to be played on Sunday behind closed doors.

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The football authorities did not specify how many players had been affected by the virus and when a rescheduled match may be played.

“Those infected were immediately transferred to self-isolation. They had no symptoms,” the league said in a statement.

Ukraine’s government has started easing restrictions imposed in March to prevent the spread of the virus and allowed sports events to continue if all participants are tested and comply with other safety requirements.

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The soccer authorities decided to resume competitions in the Premier League and the Cup with no spectators. Two of Ukraine’s most famous clubs, Dynamo Kiev and Shakhtar Donetsk, are scheduled to meet on Sunday.

Ukraine has reported 23,304 cases, including 696 deaths from the coronavirus as of May 30.

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Tennis’ world number 11 undergoes surgery on both ankles

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World number 11 Fabio Fognini underwent surgery on both ankles on Saturday to cure a long-standing problem.

In a statement posted on Twitter, the 33-year-old Italian tennis player said he had hoped the two-month break due to the coronavirus pandemic would have improved his situation.

“I’ve been having a problem with my left ankle for three and a half years now and it’s an issue I’ve learned to cope with,” Fognini said. “Then my right ankle started playing up in the last two years as well.

“After a medical examination and a long discussion with my team, I decided to have arthroscopic surgery on both ankles.

“I believe it’s the right thing to do while the Tour is on an enforced break. I will have surgery today`(Saturday).”

No professional tournaments have been played since the start of March because of the pandemic, and the ATP Tour has been suspended until at least the start of August.

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