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‘Prince’ Charles Martin wants revenge over Anthony Joshua

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“Charles [Martin] desperately wants to fight and KO Joshua before he retires,” manager Mike Borao reveals what is motivating the American ahead of heavyweight clash with Luis Ortiz in Florida on New Year’s Day
Martin returns against Luis ‘King Kong’ Ortiz in an IBF eliminator in Florida on New Year’s Day, with victory keeping the former IBF champion in contention with the top heavyweight contenders.
But the American’s main motivation is to avenge his loss to Joshua, who will attempt to regain the IBF, WBA and WBO belts in a rematch with Oleksandr Usyk next year.
“I think Usyk beats Joshua again, but I am rooting for Joshua,” Martin’s manager Borao told Sky Sports.

“Charles desperately wants to fight and KO Joshua before he retires. He’s been focused on that singular goal since 2016 – it’s what motivates him and it’s the reason why he will beat Luiz Ortiz.
“Charles will do whatever it takes to become two-time heavyweight champion, including fighting a second IBF eliminator against one of the most avoided heavyweights in the world.”

Martin brutally knocked out Gerald Washington in his last bout, but was frustrated in his pursuit of fights against Dillian Whyte and Andy Ruiz Jr.
“Charles instructed me to match him against the only fighter to KO Joshua, Andy Ruiz,” said Borao.
“I tried very hard to make a fight against Andy, but he refused.

“We also tried to make the fight against Dillian with no success – and thank goodness, given his most recent withdrawal [from the Otto Wallin fight due to injury].”

Borao also guides the career of Frank Sanchez and advises Robert Helenius, two other highly ranked heavyweights, who are closing in on world title fights in 2022.

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Unbelievable: Maria Sharapova says she got mobbed in the Olympic village cafeteria

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Many players prefer not to stay at the Olympic village as other athletes tend to get a little star struck at coming face to face with high profile superstars. Maria Sharapova got a taste of this herself when she went into the cafeteria at the Olympic village.

Sharapova is the highest earning female athlete in the world and a global superstar. “I’m usually pretty naïve about like people’s knowledge of me, my career, what I’ve achieved,” Sharapova told the press after her first round win on Sunday in London.

“I try to be pretty humble about it, but the biggest mistake I’ve made in a long time was entering the cafeteria. I didn’t walk out eating any food. I barely got an orange juice. It was quite funny. Actually, I didn’t sign any autographs, it was just pictures. I felt like a little statue.”

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Tyson Fury stunned two female fans by partying at their flat after selfie encounter

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Tyson Fury left two fans “star struck” after partying with them for eight hours after they asked the heavyweight champion for a selfie.

The Gypsy King is still celebrating his knockout victory over Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas earlier this month, which saw him retain his WBC title.

Stella, 21 and Kailah, 24, had asked Fury for a picture before knocking back shots with the champ in a bar.

According to the Sun, Stella and Kailah were “starstruck” when meeting the 33-year-old fighter and called him a “perfect gentleman”.

A source told the paper: “Stella and Kailah are normal hard-working girls who went out for a midweek drink and ended up doing shots and dancing with one of the world’s most famous sporting stars.

Tyson Fury allegedly partied with two fans back at their flat
“They felt very lucky to be out with him and he was very complimentary to them and they loved his fun-loving personality.

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“He’s a beast of a boxer, but out of the ring he’s a gentle, fun-loving guy.”

The pair bumped into Fury, along with boxing pal Andy Lee whilst out in Manchester on Wednesday afternoon.

Outside, they asked Fury for a selfie, which Stella subsequently placed on her personal Facebook page.

Kailah then shared the image with the caption: “Trust me to have no make-up on the day I meet Tyson Fury.”

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After exchanging numbers, Lee made contact with the girls asking them to join them for something to eat.

Stella recalled: “I’m just having a drink in a bar. I’m not looking my best right now to be joining for dinner as I’m in my comfies. I’m heading home but I can get ready.”

The quartet then met back up to drink in Miami Ice Bar, dancing and drinking before the four went to Stella and Kailah’s flat to continue the party.

The report added that Tyson called it a night at around 11.30pm, returning home to wife Paris and their six children.

Fury left the party before midnight to return home to wife Paris
“They had a few cocktails together and were asking Tyson about his boxing career and he really enjoyed being in the company of some down-to-earth girls,” the source continued.

“He might be heavyweight champion, but he’s a man of the people and likes to live as normal a life as possible. They thought Tyson was very charming and he was very complimentary to them.”

Fury has been revelling in his trilogy sealing victory over Wilder, partying in Vegas before making an heroic return to the UK.

His night out in Manchester came hours after he enjoyed a game of bingo in his home town of Morecambe along with A League of their Own stars Andrew Flintoff and Jamie Redknapp.

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Novak Djokovic: ‘As much as it hurts me personally…’

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What a way to close the year for Daniil Medvedev. The world number two won his first Grand Slam title a couple of months ago in New York and is now very close to lifting the “Salad Bowl” in Madrid. On his tie against Germany, where he beat Jan-Lennard Struff, he stated: “It’s never easy, it’s Davis Cup.

Although without a doubt, if you look at the scoreboard, there have been only two individual matches, and I have not faced a break ball until the last game of the match. But it is never easy. I have seen Andrey (Rublev) on television, and he has played with great confidence.

In my game, until 4-4 in the first set, my rival was playing at a high level, serving incredible. Then he had a worse game with fewer firsts and more errors and I was able to break his serve. It was the key to the game. In less than six hours we have taken out both games, with freshness for the final and a lot of confidence, “he added in statements taken up by “Break Point.”

Now in the title series, Russia will face dangerous Croatia. Despite the difficulty that their rival could mean, they start as clear favorites. “It would have been special to play Novak Djokovic in the final. He always is.

But this is the Davis Cup. He won his match, but he’s not in the final. Borna Gojo did an amazing job from what I could tell. Huge stuffy in this competition. Since he had won his match, it was known that even if Novak won it would not be easy against the best doubles pair in the world.”

Nole doesn’t have any regrets in life
When quizzed on whether he felt any regrets about continuing to play after the US Open, Novak Djokovic answered in the negative. He always gives his best when playing for Serbia, as it holds special meaning to him and his teammates as well.

The Davis Cup format is cruel according to him, as one singles win isn’t enough and it’s important to win every match and set as it all counts. “Season finished today, so I don’t regret any tournament that I played after the date that you mentioned,” he said.

“I give my best, as I always do, for national team. There is extra meaning and importance for me, for everybody involved. Unfortunately wasn’t to be this time,” he rued. “One singles win is not enough. This kind of competition is cruel in a way because it just requires you to win every single match that you play or every single set because it counts.

I don’t regret anything in life,” he said. “I try to draw lessons from especially the tough moments like this. As much as it hurts me personally and us as a team, these are usually the biggest opportunities to get stronger, to grow, and develop to be even a better person and a player.”

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