Offer accepted. The British heavyweight boxing duo of Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury will be sparring partners in the run-up to the latter’s rematch with American WBC challenger, Deontay Wilder for their bout scheduled for February next year in Las Vegas.
This was after Joshua, who on December 7 reclaimed his previously lost titles to Mexican-American fighter, Andy Ruiz Jr. extended an offer to be Fury’s sparring partner. Joshua made the offer as he said the 31-year-old would be more likely to agree to fight him at a later date.
“I think, honestly, he might beat Wilder next time,” Joshua told Sky Sports News. “I think Fury would fight me quicker than Wilder would. So, if that’s the case, I want him to win. Imagine that fight on British soil? If Tyson needs me, I’ll go out and spar with him to get him ready for Wilder,” Joshua added.
After recently splitting with trainer Ben Davison and subsequently teaming up with Javan ‘Sugar’ Hill earlier this month, Fury has confirmed he will be taking up the offer having fought to a draw in his previous bout with Wilder, which saw the American retain his title.
“I would love to have you in camp, work out for this fight, and give Deontay Wilder a proper beating,” Fury posted on his Instagram on Tuesday. “I hope you mean it, as I’d love to have you in training camp with me. When I do beat Wilder I will fight you AJ, no problem.”
For the first title defence of Joshua’s second stint as world champion, he is likely to face unbeaten Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk, the WBO’s mandatory challenger, or Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev, the mandatory challenger for the IBF.
Dean Furman “jokingly” chided the Algerian referee in Bafana Bafana’s 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) opening defeat against Ivory Coast on Monday for being the first person to have a drink during an injury stoppage when he did not allow a first-half water breaks.
For the second Group D game running the referee did not allow a first-half water break – though Algerian referee Mustapha Ghorbal did at least allow a second-half break – in a 4.30pm kickoff Group D fixture at Cairo’s Al Salam Stadium.
The previous day Morocco coach Hervé Renard slammed Rwandan referee Louis Kakizimana for not allowing any breaks in the Atlas Lions’ sluggish 1-0 win against Namibia.
Global players’ union FifPro have raised concerns about the 4.30pm games kicking off at near 40 degrees Celsius – Sunday’s started in 38 degrees C‚ and Monday’s in 37.
Furman said Ghorbal did not allow a first-half water break.
“No. I was surprised. Because the first time there was an injury the first person to take a drink was the referee.
“And I had a joke with him because he said‚ ‘No water break’‚” the Bafana midfielder‚ arguably the hardest-working player on the field in the temperature on Monday‚ said.
“But it’s up to the referee and he decided that.
“I don’t know if the temperature was too low for a water break. But you could see from the energy of the players the guys were desperate for a bit of water.”
Also noticeable was that Ivory Coast’s players seemed to feign injuries for water breaks‚ and when they did they had a ready supply from their bench.
Bafana did not have the same service from theirs.
Furman‚ though‚ played down the effect of the heat on Monday‚ saying conditions were not much worse than Rustenburg in a mid-South Africa summer.
“It’s hot. But I would say 75 percent of us play in South Africa where we play a summer league so we play in this kind of weather every week‚” he said.
“It does alter the tempo of the game. But it is what it is. We went to Dubai specifically to get used to this. Dubai was 10 degrees hotter than this.
“It’s similar to Rustenburg‚ Polokwane‚ Thohoyandou. It’s hot. We’ve got to deal with that.
“What we’ve experienced‚ because we’ve been training at 4.30pm‚ 5pm‚ is that by the time of the second half it does cool a lot.
“And that’s the end of our 4.30 games now. We’ve got a 10pm [against Namibia on Friday]‚ and a 6pm game now [against Morocco on Monday].
“So yeah‚ we’re disappointed‚ but the conditions will suit us better in the next game‚ if they had any effect today.”
Bafana meet Namibia at Al Salam Stadium at 10pm on Friday night.
The latest member of the OluwaDolarz online comedy family, Okiki DFT recently claimed that some officers of NigeriaPolice Force carted away his customized necklace and wristwatch after they apprehended him.
This comes after his fellow colleague, Funny Toheeb’s revealed his unpleasant experience in the hands of police officers as he claimed they arrested him and accused him of being a yahoo boy. Okiki saw the post and also narrated his ordeal in the comment section of the post.
In his case, he was arrested and asked to bail himself. However, he was able to reach an agreement with the officers and he was then ordered to make cash withdrawals at an ATM point.
Unfortunately, he did not realise that they had already stolen his necklace and wristwatch. They quickly zoomed off in their vehicle when he backed them to make the withdrawal at the ATM.
In his words:
“Naso in my birthday on my way to @naijaloadedcomng interview that I was already late for , I now rushed down from a school after my presentation and test and then at igboefun on the island after I was coming from my house at lekki , they double crossed me, and then my Taxify as per say we never buy car yet.
So they stopped my Taxify and then instructed that I should come down Naso me I just say wo Baba I no Dey come down make dem search what ever dem won search for inside the ride so they did and then they were taking time and then their boss got down from their van and then instructed that I should go into the van so I just said aii let me just comply with them so I don’t waste more time cuz I was already late for my interview and then they pointed their AKs at me and then I just followed them so I won’t die.
So I entered their van and then they searched my stuffs in the car and then they drove me down to national theater inside the annoying island traffic and then to cut the long story of interrogations and shii they now collected my phone my custom Okiki chain and my wristwatch and said I should go and settle them and then I said aii they should give me my stuffs they said no why that ?
And I was like ah ahhnnn !!!! Like brooo why!!! So I said aii one of them would follow me and then they said” ah ahnn no ooo you won make people Dey snap us or me Dey put for internet “ and then as we argued I just said no they should at least give me my phone and then we argued over that one too and then I later collected only the phone.
As I turned to go to the ATM and then I looked back for them they had already drove off with my chains and wristwatch and they wore bullet proof vests to cover their names and then I couldn’t capture it to remember…., we are all mad in this country !!!!!”
Johannesburg – South Africa’s biggest city and commercial epicentre. Also known as Jozi, Joburg, or Egoli (City of Gold in Zulu), it began as a gold-mining settlement in the 19thcentury.
There is more to this cosmopolitan city than shopping. If you are visiting Johannesburg, or on a staycation in the city, here is a list of family-friendly things to do in Johannesburg . However even if you don’t have kids with you, you will still enjoy them. I have written about several of these places before – individually – but as lists are more concise and easier to access, I have compiled them below.
City Sightseeing Johannesburg Bus
This is a great way to see Johannesburg if you are visiting the city for the first time. However, even if you have stayed here all your life, you can see the city from a different perspective and learn things about the city you never knew. Many of the attractions listed here are stops on the tour. The bus also has a Soweto extension, which I would highly recommend.
This is South Africa’s only theme park. Located on an old gold mine, it has over 30 rides catering for different age groups. You can also watch a 4D show, visit an underground mine, witness a gold pouring demonstration and much more.
Sci-Bono is an interactive science centre where scientific concepts are explained with colourful and interactive gadgets, devices and experiments. Kids are encouraged to experiment to their heart’s content. Special exhibitions are often hosted at the museum.
The Johannesburg Zoo
Even though this is not my favourite way to see wildlife, not everyone can afford to go on safari. The Johannesburg Zoo is a fun and educational outing.
Fun Fact: Did you know that Johannesburg is one of very few large metropolitan areas in the world not built near a sea or a major river?
Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens
One of South Africa’s nine National Botanical Gardens, the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens are the best place to get back to nature in Johannesburg. It boasts a waterfall and a breeding pair of Verreaux’s Eagles.
This is a popular picnic and recreation area surrounding a lake. You can row boats and feed the ducks.
The Nizamiye Mosque is a smaller replica of the Selimiye Camii mosque in Turkey. It is the largest mosque in the Southern hemisphere. The mosque complex also contains a Turkish restaurant, museum and bakery. Entrance is free and guided tours are available.
The Apartheid Museum illustrates what life was like for South Africans under apartheid. Every South African, and visitor to South Africa, should visit this museum at least once to understand what our nation has been through and why our current achievements mean so much more.
Liliesleaf Farm is a heritage site which played a vital role in the fight against apartheid. This is where incriminating evidence was found, which led to the Rivonia trialists, including Nelson Mandela being arrested and convicted.
Visit No 8115 Vilakazi Street in Soweto which was the house of Nelson and Winnie Mandela from 1946 until the 1990’s. The house is now a museum containing memorabilia belonging to the Mandela family.
Constitution Hill is a former prison and military fort where world-renowned heroes including Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi were imprisoned.
James Hall Museum of Transport
This is South Africa’s largest land transport museum. It has a large collection of vintage transport dating back to 400 years ago!
Johannesburg might be the last place you would expect to find a Victorian house but there is one and it is fascinating. The owner Katharine Love, who still lives there will give you a tour and you can enjoy a high tea once you’re done.
The Collectors Treasury
Get lost in a literary labyrinth at the largest used and rare bookshop in Africa, and possibly in the Southern Hemisphere. With over two million books spread over eight floors, it is a sight to behold.
Top of Africa
Visit the Top of Africa, on the 50th floor of Carlton Centre – the tallest building in Africa – for the best panoramic views of Johannesburg.
Maropeng and the Cradle of Humankind
This is one of the richest fossil sites in Africa. You can explore ancient caves and marvel at the interesting discoveries. The well-designed visitors’ centre is an attraction on its own.
Learn about the history of South African money at the Absa Money Museum. They have a collection of different forms of money used in South Africa dating back to 4500 Years ago..
2. Johannesburg Planetarium
This was the first full-sized planetarium in Africa. They have regular shows on space.
3. Origins Centre
The Origins Centre is home to an extensive collection of palaeo-anthropological and archaeological materials, including rock art and fossils.
4. Cullinan Diamond Mine
Tour the Cullinan Diamond Mine where some of the largest diamonds in the world today were found including the 3106-carat Cullinan Diamond, which is now part of the British crown jewels.
5. Bill Harrops Balloon Safaris
Floating in a hot air balloon over a scenic valley as the sun rises is a magical bucket-list experience.
6. The Adler Museum of Medicine
Learn about the history of medicine at The Adler Museum of Medicine, home to over 40 000 objects that illustrate the history of medicine and dentistry through the ages.
7. Hartebeestpoort Dam
Ride the Harties Cableway or go for a cruise on the dam.
8. Orlando Towers
Originally the cooling towers of a decommissioned coal-fired power station, the Orlando Towers are now an extreme sports adventure site. Attractions include the world’s first bungee jump between two cooling towers and the world’s highest Suspended Catch Air Device (SCAD) Freefall.
9. Satyagraha House
Visit the former home of Mahatma Gandhi. He stayed there from 1908 to 1909.
10. Kromdraai Gold Mine
Tour one of the oldest gold mines in Johannesburg and get a feel of what it was like to be a gold miner in the 19th century.
11. Happy Island Waterworld
This is one of Johannesburg’s newest attractions. This aqua adventure park is home to the two largest wave pools in Africa.
12. The Joburg Theatre Complex
Local and international productions are held here for children and adults.