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President Buhari hails Anthony Joshua’s victory over Pulev

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President Buhari has celebrated the victory of Nigerian-born boxer, Anthony Joshua over Kubrat Pulev on Saturday night, December 12.

A statement released by presidential aide, Femi Adesina, says the President said that by retaining his IBF, WBA, and WBO titles, Joshua has given boxing lovers round the world, and particularly in Nigeria, something to cheer.

President Buhari recalled his meeting with the heavyweight champion in London earlier in the year, describing Anthony Joshua as a humble, well brought up young man, “who will still go places.”

President Buhari went on to wish Joshua all the best in his dream fight against Tyson Fury, saying he has the prayers and goodwill of Nigerians going with him.

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Time for action, Anthony Joshua tells Tyson Fury ahead of fight

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British Professional Boxer Anthony Joshua had earlier tweeted that he and his fans were looking forward to the fight against fierce opponent Tyson Fury.

He tweeted;

“Spartan.” 

I’m tired. 

My fans are tired. 

Your fans are tired. 

We’re all tired of the talk. 

Less talk. More action! 

@Tyson_Fury

Promoter Eddie Hearn stated talks are still ongoing and hopeful the fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury would hold on August 7 or 14 in Saudi Arabia.

KFN recalled that Anthony Joshua has made it clear he’s prepared for ‘torture’ when he faces Tyson Fury in a keenly anticipated boxing clash.

The fight will unify the heavyweight division and the winner will go down as the undisputed king of his generation.

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Michael Schumacher’s son Mick aims dig at Lewis Hamilton over who the greatest Formula 1 driver of all time is

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Mick Schumacher, the son of.the legendary Formula one racer, Michael Schumacher has aimed a dig at Lewis Hamilton, calling his dad the best Formula One driver of all time.

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Lewis Hamilton equalled Schumacher’s record of seven World Drivers’ Championships and broke his record for the most wins in F1 history this year.


Mick, 21, will make his own F1 debut next year, having signed a multi-year contract to drive for Haas alongside Nikita Mazepin.


In December 2013, Schumacher suffered a severe brain injury in a skiing accident. He was placed in a medically induced coma until June 2014. He left hospital in Grenoble for further rehabilitation at the University Hospital of Lausanne, before being relocated to his home to receive medical treatment and rehabilitation privately in September 2014.
 

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In an interview with German outlet Bild, Mick Schumacher was asked about the constant comparisons with his legendary father and revealed they do not bother him because he considers his father to be the best ever.


“I’m okay with that; all the questions and comparisons with my father do not bother me,” he said. “For me, he is the all-time best in this sport, to which he has given his all. I don’t see why I should disregard that.”

Asked about his impending debut, Schumacher added: “It will generally be a very special moment. It will certainly be a very moving moment, but I want to stay focused on my objectives, my races and the work with the team.”


He is also looking forward to racing against fellow German driver Sebastian Vettel, who will be representing the newly-branded Aston Martin team.


“Of course it’s funny, now we’re racing against each other,” he added. “I didn’t think I’d ever say that. But I’m looking forward to it!


“Seb is the one I’ve talked to the most and who I know best. Of course there are also guys in Formula 1 who I already know from karting. But I’ve known Seb the longest.”


Vettel has previously spoken about trying to help Mick improve, saying: “I am a Michael fan. I’m happy to help where I can, Mick is a great guy, I have a very special connection to his father.

“I’m happy to help where I can, Mick is a great guy, I have a very special connection to his father. From my side, I really like him, we get on well, and I’m happy to tell him everything I know.


“I watched his father winning a lot more races than he could have watched me win! I would be happy to help. The way I look at him, I see him as a person, where I can help him in his life or on track with some of the things I went through in my career.


“I’m happy to help, but I think it’s important for him to find his own path, follow his own way. As much as it helped me that Michael had things to say when I asked, I’m trying to do the same thing to him.”

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Black Lives Matter movement gave me extra drive in 2020 – Lewis Hamilton

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Reigning Formula One champion, Lewis Hamilton has stated that the Black Lives Matter movement gave him extra motivation in 2020, a year he didn’t just only win his seventh Formula 1 world title, but he equalled Michael Schumacher’s F1 record of winning seven World Championships and passing the German’s total of 91 grands prix victories.


He was also voted the 2020 BBC Sports Personality of the Year earlier this month.


This year, Hamilton, 35, was always taking a knee on the grid and wore anti-racism slogans in support of the cause during the season.


His team, Mercedes, also adopted a black livery for the 2020 campaign in a stand against discrimination.

Black Lives Matter movement gave me extra drive in 2020 - Lewis Hamilton


Hamilton, speaking to BBC Radio 4’s program on Saturday, December 26, said: “I had this extra drive in me to get to the end of those races.”


Speaking to historian and BBC presenter Professor David Olusoga: “It was a different drive than what I’ve had in me in the past – to get to the end of those races first so that I could utilise that platform [for Black Lives Matter] and shine the light as bright as possible.”


Asked by Olusoga if he had been concerned about the response to his stance, Hamilton replied: “There is no way that I could stay silent. And once I said that to myself, I didn’t hold any fear.”


Hamilton was also asked by presenter Nick Robinson about racism in his sport and the fact that he is the only black F1 driver.


“There are many other young kids of colour that deserve the opportunity to progress, have a great education, [who could] be an engineer or whatever it is they want. But the fact is, the opportunity is not the same for them,” said Hamilton.


Hamilton also hinted that activism might be his next focus when he retires from racing.


“The happiness and success of winning these championships is a wonderful thing, but it’s short lived,” Hamilton added.

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