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I’ll make history again – Andy Ruiz Jr vows to beat Anthony Joshua for a second time as he arrives in Saudi Arabia ahead of their rematch

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Andy Ruiz Jr has sent a strong warning to Anthony Joshua ahead of their highly-anticipated heavyweight rematch next week.

The Mexican boxer who first defeated the British-Nigerian boxer in June, arrived at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh on Tuesday, November 26, for their rematch on December 7.

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When asked how he felt about the fight, Ruiz said: ‘It feels good. You know I made history in New York and I’ll make history again in Saudi Arabia.’ 

This comes after Ruiz Jr took a swipe at Joshua, claiming his decision to lose weight ahead of their rematch could be a mistake

‘I saw videos where he looked slimmer. I don’t know if that’s an advantage or a disadvantage, ‘ Ruiz Jr told Sky Sports.

‘I don’t know if he will take the punches as well as he did when he weighed more.’

Ruiz Jr who also lost some weight added: ‘Me? People are saying I lost too much weight, I won’t be strong, he will move me around. I am losing eight pounds from what I weighed on June 1. I’ll still be the same, I’ll still be strong. 

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We don’t owe you – Amaju Pinnick replies Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr

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Amaju Pinnick, the president of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has berated the action of the Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr to have accused the federation of owing him salary.

The German tactician had in a recent interview claimed that the NFF is currently owing him $100,000 in bonuses and allowances, a report that has been debunked by the federation.  

Pinnick has cleared the air on the federation bill with Rohr in terms of payment of salaries. According to him,

“We don’t owe you (Rohr), you cannot come out to say that we owe you salary. We pay you, an employee, and you must respect the employer because we pay you salary religiously.”

Pinnick further advised the technical adviser to be mindful of his utterances in the media.

‘’If they pay you, you don’t come out to say they pay you. There are some things you don’t say.”  

Rohr’s present contract is set to expire in June 2020.

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Former Arsenal and England footballer, Benik Afobe loses 2-year old daughter

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Footballer Benik Afobe is “heartbroken” after the death of his two-year-old daughter.  

The striker, who plays for Championship club Bristol City on loan from Stoke, announced today December 1, that his daughter Amora had died on Friday evening after “unexpectedly developing a severe infection”.

A statement issued by his family said: “It is with an extremely heavy heart that the Afobe family have today confirmed the devastating news that their first child, their beloved daughter Amora, 2, passed away late on Friday evening.

“Amora was taken to hospital for treatment after unexpectedly developing a severe infection.

“Unfortunately she then suffered a number of serious complications and despite doctors doing absolutely everything they possibly could, Amora passed away peacefully with the love of her family by her side.

“The entire family have been left totally devastated and heartbroken, and would like to ask that their privacy is respected at this incredibly difficult time.”

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Gunmen kill FRSC officer on Lokoja road — 20 minutes after FC Ifeanyi Ubah was attacked

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Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers, on Friday, attacked some officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), killing one, and leaving other critically wounded.

In a statement issued on Saturday, Bisi Kazeem, spokesman of the corps, said the two officers who were on their way to Lagos on an official assignment were ambushed by the gunmen about 1:50pm.

”Two personnel who were travelling in a Toyota Hilux pick-up van with registration number; PILOT 01A were ambushed by the gunmen after Zariagi on Lokoja – Okene road precisely at  Oshawa, a town close to Lokoja, the Kogi State capital,” he said.

Kazeem said the gunmen opened fire on sighting the marked vehicle and shot the driver in the head, killing him instantly.

“The vehicle subsequently lost control and veered off the road.  It took hours before the rescue team could locate the vehicle in the bush and evacuate the victims,” he said.

He said Boboye Oyeyemi, the corps marshal, expressed his sympathy to the family of the bereaved, the entire management and staff of the corps, and the country for the death of the officer who lost his life in active service.

The attack on the officers happened 20 minutes after gunmen opened fire on a bus conveying the players and crew of FC Ifeanyi Ubah from Anambra to Kano for a match against Jigawa Golden Stars.

The onslaught on the team bus happened at 1:30pm at Kabba junction, near Lokoja.

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