Super Eagles playmaker, Alex Iwobi, has expressed his happiness at winning a bronze medal, at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.Nigeria finished in third place, following a 1-0 win over Tunisia on Wednesday night, with Odion Ighalo netting the winner in the first half.With his appearance against the Carthage Eagles, the Arsenal star featured in all seven matches the Eagles played in Egypt.“It is a great achievement considering the quality of the 24 teams, especially as our team is very young.“I am sure we are happy with this medal, hopefully, we can do better in the next Africa Cup of Nations,” Iwobi said in the mixed zone after the game.On his message to Nigeria fans, Iwobi said: “Thank you for their support, we always want to do them proud, may they continue to always support us because we feel the love they show us, we always do our best for them.”Iwobi also admitted that Algeria were the toughest opponents the Super Eagles faced at the Africa Cup of Nations.“For me, it is a hard one to say considering the quality even in the group stage against Guinea, Burundi and Madagascar, but the toughest one is the team that knocked us out, Algeria. Maybe it was against them because we were not able to win,” he added.
(BBC) Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr., looks set to take place in New York in November or Cardiff in December. Joshua, 29, lost his IBF, WBA and WBO world titles to Ruiz in New York on 1 June and invoked his contractual right to a rematch.Dates have been fixed at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on 14 December or a return to Madison Square Garden on 29 November.A west coast city in the US has also made a late offer to stage the contest. Two other unnamed countries have also bid for the fight.Joshua’s team were keen to finalise a date for the bout last week but the offers from new countries have delayed them in confirming Cardiff or New York.The financial packages put forward in the late bids were lucrative enough to merit discussions, though there is concern the countries in question do not hold a substantial track record in staging high-profile boxing events. Cardiff is the only UK option because the Principality Stadium can offer a roof along with a large capacity during a British winter but Joshua is said to be keen on a return to Madison Square Garden, where his US debut was wrecked by Ruiz in one of heavyweight boxing’s biggest shocks.American Ruiz – who fights under a Mexican flag as a result of his heritage – has talked up fighting in Los Angeles or Mexico.The 29-year-old’s comments and delays in confirming the rematch has led to speculation negotiations have stalled or that the champion was contemplating trying to avoid Joshua. But Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has said Ruiz would face legal proceedings if he were to pursue another path.
(Reuters) – Britain’s 55-year-old Nigel Benn is set to announce his comeback to boxing 23 years after his last professional fight, his promoter was quoted as saying yesterday. “I wouldn’t support Nigel if I didn’t believe he was fit to box,’ Mark Peters told the BBC.Benn is scheduled to attend a news conference in London on Thursday, with British media reporting he would announce a Nov. 23 fight in Birmingham against 40-year-old Cameroon-born Sakio Bika, a former WBC super-middleweight champion.Benn held the WBO middleweight title in 1990 and also the WBC super-middleweight title from 1992-96. His last fight was in November 1996 when he lost to Irishman Steve Collins. The Daily Telegraph reported that the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoc) refused to grant Benn a licence, with the fight to be sanctioned by the British and Irish Boxing Authority (BIBA).“We were approached by Nigel Benn a few months ago inquiring whether we would grant him a licence, but he was told that we would not consider it, given his age and how long he has been away from the sport,” the Telegraph quoted BBBoC general secretary Robert Smith as saying.Benn, nicknamed ‘The Dark Destroyer’, has a 42-5-1 record, including 35 wins by KO.