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Fury finally responds to Wilder’s claim that his costume caused his defeat

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WBC Heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury has responded to his rival, Deontay Wilder’s claim that his heavy ‘warrior-like’ costume weakened his legs and caused his defeat.

Fury bulldozed Wilder during their rematch fight last month flooring the American twice before forcing a 7th round technical knockout win and since then, Wilder has gone on rants claiming he was defeated because his costume was too heavy.

Wilder told Yahoo:

“He didn’t hurt me at all, but the simple fact is that my uniform was way too heavy for me.

“I didn’t have no legs from the beginning of the fight. In the third round, my legs were just shot all the way through.

“But I’m a warrior and people know that I’m a warrior. It could easily be told that I didn’t have legs or anything.”

Fury who resisted the temptation to ridicule Wilder for the outburst has said that Wilder followed the behavior of fighters putting their pride first instead of admitting they weren’t good enough to win.

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Fury responding to Wilder’s claims said;

”He also said he trains in a 45 lbs weighted vest every day,’ Fury said, speaking to ITV’s This Morning. ‘I can understand where he is coming from, in every fighter’s mind there has got to be a reason why he has lost. It can never be the simple fact of, ‘I wasn’t good enough on the night and I lost to a better guy.”

“It’s always got to be, ‘the camp was wrong, it was the trainer’s fault, it was my suit, it was my toe.’ It was always something’s a problem.”

“With me if I’m injured or whatever the problem is it’s like, “okay, the performance wasn’t great but I’m going to move on and crack on”. I beat him the first time, beat him the second time, I’ll surely beat him the third time.”

Fury still resisted the urge to be disrespectful towards Wilder, instead praising the hard-hitting American.

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‘The one thing I will say about Deontay Wilder is he’s a very worthy opponent and he’s a very dangerous opponent and he has that eraser power of 43 knockouts, only the one defeat, and you can never write a guy off like that. It’s always one punch away from disaster with Deontay.

“Like he famously says, ‘they have to be correct for 36 minutes, I have to be correct for one second.’ And that’s so true.”

Wilder has now activated his rematch clause to fight Fury for the third time in their professional career.

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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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