Anthony Joshua’s Olympic rival Zhilei Zhang holds the key to ‘mega-fight’ in China – but can it become a reality? | Boxing News

first_img Zhang has not fought since outpointing Andriy Rudenko a year ago Zhang has not fought since outpointing Andriy Rudenko a year ago

From wrestling royalty to MMA for India’s Ritu Phogat

first_img‘One has to take risks’ The nimble but strongly built Phogat said wrestlers were a good fit for the fast-growing contact sport, which is yet to take off in India.”Top seven champions in mixed martial arts are wrestlers, so I believe that wrestlers have an edge in this sport with their ability to take down the opponent,” she said.”It is all a matter of skill. You just have to practice hard. I think MMA is not much different from wrestling in terms of preparation.”Phogat, who said she was inspired by watching Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor of Ireland, admitted she was running a risk by switching sports.”I had a good career in wrestling so this decision was a big risk for me. But I did not want to miss the opportunity,” she said.”One has to take risks to do something new and as an athlete I am ready to embrace every challenge.”She added: “Without the support of my father and sisters I would not have been where I am. My father always taught me to be far-sighted, hard-working and with strong resolve. Three traits will take you a long way.”Phogat won 48kg gold at the 2016 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship and followed it up with a silver in the under-23 world championships the next year.Her father Mahavir, who is now training his niece Vinesh for the Tokyo Olympics, backs his third daughter to make it big in MMA.”She used to watch a lot MMA and one day told me that I will win a gold in this game. So we all backed her and the result is there for everyone to see,” he said. But Ritu, 25, is forging a different career. After winning her first MMA fight in less than three minutes, she will face China’s Wu Chiao Chen at this month’s ONE Championship fight night in Singapore, which will be held behind closed doors because of the coronavirus.The youngest Phogat daughter is trading an attempt at an Olympic medal to tackle MMA, but she said she was attracted by the lure of making history in her new sport.”I got a chance to train with the best in Singapore and there was no looking back,” she told AFP during a promotional event in New Delhi.”There was the 2020 Olympic Games but I thought that I would do well in mixed martial arts. I have come with an aim of becoming the first girl from India to become a world champion in mixed martial art.” An Indian wrestler whose family story was immortalized by Bollywood is hoping to create a blockbuster of her own by becoming her country’s first world champion in the high-octane sport of mixed martial arts.Ritu Phogat, who initially followed her father and two elder sisters into wrestling, is now charting a new path after making an explosive MMA debut in November.Phogat’s father Mahavir, and her sisters Geeta and Babita were the subject of 2016 movie “Dangal”, telling the story of the wrestling coach who raised his daughters to become Commonwealth champions.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Peter Ryan gets Paralympics nod

first_imgThe CEO of Paralympics Ireland and the Irish team’s Chef de Mission informed him last night that he would be on the plane for Brazil.The paracyclist thought he’d missed out on a place in next month’s games when he crashed in a key qualifying race but Russia’s exclusion from the event means he’ll be heading to South America after all.The Drombane native is due to sign the contract that will officially confirm his participation in the Paralympics tomorrow. He’s delighted with how things have worked out.last_img read more

BH Athletes winning in Baku: Excellent results of Tuka, Alić, Mešić…

first_img(Source: BH athletes recorded excellent results at the European Games in Baku in the last couple of days. BH athlete Hamza Alić, won first place in the shot put by achieving a length of 20.26 meters, and another BH athlete, Amel Tuka, broke the European games 800 meter record.A member of the Athletic Club of Zenica, Amel Tuka, ran the 800 meters in a time of 1:50:16, and improved placement of our team in this prestigious competition. Amel held the first position during the whole length of the race, and at the end he celebrated his result by lowering his face to the ground.Kemal Mešić was awarded 3rd place in discus, which is not his primary discipline, and the athlete Gorana Cvijetić, who ran the 100-meter hurdles in 14.11 seconds, was ranked 3rd as well. Another 3rd place went to Osman Junuzović who ran 3,000 meters with a time 8:54.55, while Mladen Petrušić won 4th place with a height of 1.78 meters in high jump.Our team is currently in 6th place with score of 161 points, out of 14 teams, and javelin thrower Dejan Mileusnić will perform as well.last_img read more

Trio get prison for $500,000 in tagging damage

first_imgThree men in their 20s were sentenced Thursday to 16 months in prison for prolific tagging in the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys – causing more than $500,000 worth of damage. The trio, nabbed by sheriff’s detectives, agreed to plead guilty to felony charges. “Just think of every soundwall on the 405 Freeway from the 5 to LAX – that’s the entire San Fernando Valley. Sixteen months in prison, I think, was a gift for the amount of damage they’ve done,” said Santa Clarita sheriff’s Detective Bob Schneider, who helped track the men down. Schneider teamed with Palmdale Detective Greg Bruner for a two-month investigation that culminated in the men’s arrests in mid-March. The Palmdale-based crew is responsible for more than 5,000 separate instances of tagging, Schneider said. The 30-count case, heard in Antelope Valley Superior Court, included charges for possession of firearms and drugs. Joseph Mendoza, 26, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon. He was convicted in 2002 of trafficking in cocaine. Joshua Calderon, 23, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana for sale, and Daniel Lozano, 25, pleaded guilty to felony vandalism. While the three liberally spray-painted their crew name and monikers – tagging crew nicknames – each was charged only with tagging his own moniker. They are due in court June 13 for a restitution hearing, when a judge will determine the amounts to be paid to their victims. The district attorney has asked that Mendoza pay $57,500; Calderon, $77,212; and Lozano, $90,048. If the men do not make good on the criminal fines the charges could convert to civil fines. “If it converts to a civil judgment, then their wages could be docked and their assets could be attached,” said Antelope Valley Deputy District Attorney Maureen Green. The crew’s tagging marked freight trains, billboards, cement freeway divider rails, underpasses, overpasses and soundwalls in the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys and Kern County. Damages in Palmdale exceeded $400,000 and millions more throughout Southern California. In Santa Clarita their markings on bus benches and shelters, business walls and billboards cost more than $40,000 to delete. Overall, graffiti removal cost Santa Clarita a half-million dollars last year, and with the proliferation of tagging, investigators predict costs will rise in 2007. The city’s graffiti hotline receives about 500 calls a month. Los Angeles County has lowered the bar on felony convictions for graffiti vandalism from $5,000 to $1,000 in damages. Bruner said the crew had been vandalizing surfaces in the Antelope Valley for about five years before venturing into the Santa Clarita Valley and beyond. In Culver City and downtown Los Angeles they tagged billboards, businesses and rooftops, often defacing tall structures visible by passing motorists on the freeway. The detectives confiscated an array of spray tips imported from Germany. (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more