Joshua stops Kltischko in 11th-round to win world titles

first_imgBy Ian ChadbandLONDON,(Reuters)-Anthony Joshua delivered one of the great nights in British boxing annals by stopping Ukrainian,Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round to be crowned IBF, WBA and IBOWladimir Klitschko receives a count by the referee after being knocked down by Anthony Joshua(Action Images via Reuters / Peter Cziborra Livepic)world heavyweight champion in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.Britain’s unbeaten IBF title holder earned a sensational victory by knocking down the 41-year-old former champion twice in the 11th and penultimate round before the referee stepped in to save Klitschko from any more punishment.What was hailed as the biggest fight night ever staged in a British ring, watched by the largest crowd for a boxing show in Britain for 78 years, lived up to its billing.It was a thrilling contest which saw both combatants clamber off the canvas seemingly on the verge of defeat,and one which looks destined to be recalled as one of the great heavyweight title fights.Joshua survived a knockdown for the first time in his professional career in the sixth round and looked close to surrendering his unbeaten record until his late bombardment forced the stoppage.In a sensational fifth round, Joshua knocked down Klitschko only to end up hanging on desperately at the end of the round as the Ukrainian launched a remarkable comeback.The veteran had even looked the more likely winner as he defied a 14-year age gap and was outboxing Joshua in the latter stages until the Briton produced a blistering finish to take his unbeaten record to 19 straight stoppage wins.Both men had to dig deep and both looked close to exhaustion before the 27-year-old Joshua’s youth, fitness and sheer power took over in a penultimate round that sent the huge crowd into ecstasy as two barrages sent Klitschko down.“What can I say? 19-0, three-and-a-half years in the game. As I said, I’m not perfect but I’m trying,” Joshua told the cheering crowd from the ring.“As boxing states, you leave your ego at the door and you respect your opponent. So a massive shout out to Wladimir Klitschko.”“The best man won tonight and it’s a massive event for boxing,” responded Klitschko after his second defeat in succession at the hands of a British heavyweight,following the loss of his titles to Tyson Fury 17 months ago after an 11-year reign.“Two gentleman fought each other. Anthony was better today. It’s really sad I didn’t make it.”The fight attracted a gate that had not been matched for a British show since Len Harvey fought Jock McAvoy for the British light-heavyweight title at another London venue, White City, in 1939.The mutual praise between Joshua and Klitschko echoed the civilized and respectful way the two former Olympic champions had behaved in the build-up to the contest,but there was nothing civil about the brutal punishment they dished out to each other.After four rounds of feeling each other out, with Klitschko’s movement and Joshua’s power quite apparent, the crowd were not prepared for an astonishing fifth round.First, Joshua launched a blistering left hook and followed up with a flurry of punches that saw the Ukrainian drop to his knees and, when he rose groggily, take a standing count.Klitschko suddenly looked old and the end seemed nigh as Joshua roared in to finish the job,but that was when he found his champion’s spirit in his desperation, landing a big left of his own to leave Joshua in real peril.The Ukrainian continued in the sixth, setting up his opponent with the jab before a huge right cross sent Joshua down.He scrambled off his knees but it did not look as if he would see the eighth round, uncharted territory for the Briton who had won all his previous fights within seven.Yet after Klitschko had, remarkably, looked almost the younger of the two fighters in the stretch, Joshua demonstrated real heart to go with his power as he unleashed a right uppercut that signaled the final assault on the Ukrainian’s scrambled senses.last_img read more

Korger: Too early to worry about men’s hoops

first_imgThere is always talk about how Wisconsin basketball doesn’t get enough respect, and for good reason. It seems every season sports writers, analysts and talking heads pick the Badgers to finish somewhere in the middle or bottom half of the Big Ten. But somehow, Bo Ryan and his time-tested methods bring the Badgers to the top tier of the Big Ten and to the NCAA tournament.In a young season that has already seen the Badgers ranked as high as No. 7 in the polls, Wisconsin has tripped up lately in two back-to-back losses. A loss to North Carolina and a rare home loss against Marquette have many people questioning their stance on the Badgers this season and what the rest of the year holds for them.It seemed like there were two schools of thought going into the season. The first was that the Badgers were well deserving of the preseason rankings and that Bo would once again turn out a great squad despite losing three starters from last year to graduation – and Jordan Taylor would lead Wisconsin once again to a deep tournament run. The other view was that the Badgers were overrated. People questioned the Badgers’ depth on the bench, the lack of a dominant scoring forward and the team’s reliance on Jordan Taylor’s hot shooting on possessions with the shot clock winding down. Others simply questioned if the Badgers could consistently win shooting a high number of three pointers each game.With two back-to-back losses, it seems easy to give in to the naysayers. The Marquette game saw Taylor commit five turnovers and record zero assists.“Teams will key on Jordan Taylor,” the negative fan will say. “He doesn’t even have a real supporting cast to back him up. What happens when his shots aren’t falling? You can’t always rely on the senior to have a hot hand.”“Shut your filthy mouth,” the optimist will respond. “If these two losses have taught us anything, it is the fact that Wisconsin’s defense can keep them in any ball game no matter how poorly they shoot. North Carolina is probably one of the most athletic teams in the nation next to Kentucky, and the Badgers held them to 60 points. Wisconsin only shot .359 from the floor and still managed to keep the game close.”“Yes, but they lost,” the pessimist will retort. “You can’t rely on the three ball that much in your offense and expect to consistently win. Nobody can keep up the high shooting percentage from beyond the arc, not even the Badgers. If they don’t find a real post presence besides Berggren, they won’t be able to score consistently in the paint, and that’s the only real safety blanket you have when you’re shooting cold from the field.”“It’s still early in the season,” the optimist will reply. “Kaminsky shows promise. Berggren can only get better. Brust is a great athlete and Gasser will get his shooting stroke going from three again. You can’t abandon a team after just two games. Basketball is a long season; there will be ups and downs, peaks and valleys, highs and lows. It happens every year. All you can do is move on and learn from your defeats.”Like the argument laid out above, there are some positives that can be drawn from the pair of losses. Wisconsin held both its high-scoring, ranked opponents well below their season averages for points – Marquette averaged 88 points, but Wisconsin held them to 60. North Carolina also averaged 88 points per game coming into the game against Wisconsin, yet the Badgers held them to 61.While there were questions about Berggren coming into the season, the junior has largely shown a good feel for his talent, as the center averages 12 points and five rebounds per game. The big man is still shooting better than .350 from three, despite a rough outing against Marquette.However, there is a point on the Badgers needing another scoring threat to emerge on the blocks. Besides Berggren, none of the Badger post players averages double figures.Across the board, the Badgers don’t physically look much different on paper. Last year’s starting lineup included Tim Jarmusz (6-foot-6, 205 pounds), Keaton Nankivil (6-foot-8, 240 pounds) and Jon Leuer (6-foot-10, 228 pounds). Wisconsin replaced last year’s senior starters with Ryan Evans (6-foot-6, 210 pounds) Mike Bruesewitz (6-foot-6, 220 pounds) and Jared Berggren (6-foot-10, 235 pounds).However, the new starters seem to be experiencing a bit of a learning curve as of late. During last week’s games, Wisconsin was outrebounded 26-39 against UNC and 28-41 against MU, giving up 16 offensive rebounds to the Golden Eagles.Don’t worry about the Badgers. Bo Ryan is a great coach, and he has seen rough stretches before. As long as the Badgers continue to play solid defense, it seems logical that the team will continue to win games and make the strides necessary to improve in areas of concern and once again make the NCAA tournament as a high seed.Nick is a senior majoring in History and English. Think Nick left out a major argument about the team? Think Nick is truly one of the pessimistic fans? He will never tell you, but he would be glad if you let him know what you think at nkorger@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

Jim Brown’s criticism of Kobe Bryant is off-base

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Give Jim Brown credit. At least he’s consistent.Back in 1992 the NFL Hall of Famer had this to say about Michael Jordan:“He’s more interested in his image for his shoe deals than he is in helping his own people.”Then in 2009, he had this to say about Tiger Woods: “He’ll run you over, he’ll kick your (butt), but as an individual for social change or any of that kind of (stuff) … terrible. Terrible.” So Brown calls him out publicly for not thinking like him, acting like him or fighting the exact same fight he does.Ironic, isn’t it?For someone who stood so tall in the fight for black America’s inalienable right of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, Brown sure seems offended when a fellow black American pursues his contentment exactly as he pleases.For someone who fought so diligently for blacks to be treated and judged as human beings rather than by skin color, Brown certainly seems angry that a fellow black thinks and acts as an individual rather than be perpetually bound by the singular message of one race.The greatest irony of all is a man who assisted the movement to eradicate skin color as a basis for treatment is calling out Bryant for not being black enough.Bryant, who spent ages 6-13 growing up in Italy while his dad played professional basketball there, understandably was stunned by Brown’s harsh comments and initially took to Twitter to respond:“A “Global” African American is an inferior shade to “American” African Americans?? #hmm.. that doesn’t sound very #Mandela or #DrKing sir”He later expounded on his feelings.“It surprised me in the sense that it came out of left field. I’ve never even met him. It came out of left field. But I do think it’s a great opportunity to have this conversation, to have this discussion. No matter where you come from, whether you come from Italy, whether you come from Inglewood, whether you come from London it doesn’t matter.“Ultimately the conversation is that it doesn’t matter what color skin you are to begin with. But I think it’s a good place to start and have a good conversation.”It was an eloquent response to a completely unnecessary and unprompted personal attack by Brown. While Brown has a right to his opinion, off base and presumptuous as it might be, it seems rather petty and judgmental for someone who fought so hard to broaden the view of black Americans well beyond skin color.He questions where Bryant fits in black America as if there is room for just one voice in that community, conspicuously neglecting the reality the beauty of every race lies in its wide range rather than narrow scope.He insinuated because Bryant didn’t spend his entire childhood in America he isn’t well-versed enough in the black culture — as if it’s some secret club — and therefore wouldn’t be welcome if Brown ever called a summit of black athletes to discuss black issues.Doesn’t that contradict everything Brown’s devoted so much of his life to?The sin of silencing someone because they are different than you?And how incredibly short-sighted to close yourself off to contrary ideas and diverse thinking when the greatest solutions typically derive from well-rounded discussions in which more voices are heard, not less?Brown has been a worthy solider in one of the great human rights battles in the history of mankind, and he is correct in believing the battle is not yet over.But the dynamics of today’s fight simply are not the same as they were when he stood front and center in the civil rights movement the 1960’s — iconic figures like Bryant, Jordan and Woods gleaming examples of that progress.And the battleground isn’t confined simply to America. A global star like Bryant reaches well beyond his own borders to raise money and awareness for a variety of causes world-wide.I would urge Brown — and anyone else for that matter — to visit the the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation website at http://kvbff.org/ to see exactly what kind of impact he makes nationally and internationally.It might not satisfy Jim Brown’s notion of where Bryant fits into the African-American community, but in the larger context of the human race Bryant needs not defend himself to anyone.vincent.bonsignore@langnews.com @DailyNewsVinny on Twittercenter_img And this week, while appearing on the Arsenio Hall Show, Brown said this about Kobe Bryant: “He threw (Shaquille O’Neal) under the bus and he is somewhat confused about (African-American culture) because he was brought up in another country. He doesn’t quite fit what’s happening in America.”And then this:“In the days when we had a summit and we called the top black athletes together to talk to Muhammad Ali about his status with the armed forces, there were some athletes we didn’t call. If I had to call that summit all over, there would be some athletes I wouldn’t call. Kobe would be one of them.”Notice a trend?An African-American athlete rises to iconic status but isn’t lock and step with Brown’s idea of what a black superstar should be about.last_img read more