There was plenty to take note of about Anthony Joshua’s rematch, revenge victory over Andy Ruiz in 2019.
For the now 31-year old Joshua (23-1, 21 KO), there was his willingness to just win and correct his ship. Joshua boxed a disciplined, safe twelve rounds and won almost all of them.
There was the extra fifteen pounds Ruiz carted into the ring on his frame that might have made it easier for Joshua to keep the fight at range.
Perhaps the most interesting, notable element of the fight for Joshua revealed itself on the scale the day before the fight.
That was how many pounds Joshua weighed for what for now rates as his most significant fight.
It wasn’t his biggest night to date. That remains his epic win over Wladimir Klitschko, one of the great heavyweight scraps of the 21st century.
But for Joshua, rebounding from his lone defeat has to stand out for career significance. One of the best promoted fighters in recent years, a stadium filling brand, Joshua took a hit in the loss to Ruiz but consecutive losses would have done immense damage to bigger goals. The Ruiz loss leaves lingering questions but if Joshua can win Saturday (DAZN, 5 PM EST) against 39-year old challenger Kubrat Pulev (28-1, 14 KO), he’ll get to answer many of those questions in as big a fight as boxing can make.
There may yet be obstacles, including any legal rights to a rubber match for one Mr. Deontay Wilder, but all signs point to a showdown in 2021 between Joshua and lineal heavyweight king Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO).
It was his lightest weight since 2014. If the Ruiz rematch signalled the beginning of a more cerebral, selective Joshua, that number could be a harbinger.
It was impossible to miss as Joshua rose through the ranks that he steadily seemed to be adding bulk. Pictures of Joshua doing things like powerlifting gave hints as to the sort of workouts he was doing between sparring sessions. It looked great on a poster and certainly made him stand out in ads but was it the best for his boxing career?
There can be a case made that Joshua’s biggest night remains his best as well. At a heavy 250, he survived some rough moments against Klitschko where he seemed for several rounds to be hanging on by a thread before he found his second wind. In the fights that followed, he got as high as 254 for Carlos Takam in an underwhelming outing and as low as 242 for Joseph Parker in a dominant if also underwhelming performance. At 245 and change, he looked to be struggling early with the speed of Alexander Povetkin before he physically overwhelmed the veteran challenger.
Take a look at a few minutes of the first Ruiz fight and then the second. It’s more than the ten pound difference on the scale for Joshua. Joshua was leaner, more on his toes, more agile in the second fight. It’s all relative to a degree. Joshua will always be a big heavyweight; he’s never going to float like a bee.
But a lighter Joshua, one focused more on functional weight rather than mass for the sake of it is an interesting thought. Joshua, despite his Gold medal and professional achievements to date, is likely still a work in progress. With less than 50 recorded amatuer bouts and still shy of 25 paid starts, Joshua has been moved aggressively.
Wilder, like Joshua, had a truncated amatuer career and was developed over a longer period of time before he tested the contender level of the sport. Joshua’s learning curve has been impressive but we’re watching him learn hard lessons in real time. The adaptations he showed for the Ruiz rematch suggest a fighter who can absorb those lessons and find new wrinkles.
Simone Biles and Boyfriend Jonathan Owens Wear Matching Outfit Colors for Date Night
Simone Biles and NFL boyfriend Jonathan Owens have been the internet craze since they made their relationship public. The two met during the pandemic, and have been inseparable ever since.
The two spent the entire holiday season together, and often take to social media to share glimpses with fans who can’t help but adore them. Recently, they left fans drooling with pictures from their date night.
Simone Biles and Jonathan Owens twin in blue for a dinner date
Simone Biles met Jonathan Owens during the pandemic in 2020. Because of the lockdown soon after they met, the two were able to spend a lot of time together.
With a shared love for bulldogs, the two soon started going out and in August 2020, the lovebirds made their relationship official. Biles clearly is head over heels for Owens. Meanwhile, Owens himself has all the love and admiration for her.
The two spend the entire holiday season together, from Thanksgiving to New Years. They clearly love spending time with each other and can’t bear to stay apart.
On Sunday, the couple was out for a dinner date, wearing matching outfits. The duo looked stunning as they twinned in blue and black.
They took to their social media to post pictures of their date night.
“Just trying to match yo fly,” posted Owens.
While Biles wore a beautiful blue crop top with black leather pants, Owens decided to match her wearing a black t-shirt with a blue imprint and finishing it off with black pants.
Owens admired Biles’ personality
Jonathan Owens has earlier also revealed that he really admired Biles’ personality. Biles is a happy-go-lucky person, even though she has gone through insurmountable odds.
“She’s always happy, giggly, bubbly. If I’ve had a tough day at the office, I wouldn’t want to take that home to her. Her personality, man….,” said Owens.
Owens really admired Biles’ energy and loves to spend time with his girlfriend.
Simone Biles and Jonathan Owens first went public with their relationship in August 2020
The two of them are extremely supportive of each other and encourage each other. Biles is often spotted cheering on Owens during his matches. Meanwhile, Owens also doesn’t fail to reciprocate the same.
Owens was also standing tall with Biles while she went through her struggles, backing up her decision to step down from Tokyo 2020. He really is her pillar of strength.
Revealed: The Insane Amount of Earnings That Have Propelled Lewis Hamilton’s Net Worth to $300 Million Mark
The thing about athletes like Lewis Hamilton that differentiates them from the rest is that they set such a high standard of results that anything below a win is termed as a disappointment. But in Hamilton’s case this year, everybody seemed to agree that he had one of the best seasons of his career.
And despite not being able to add his eighth and record-breaking championship to his mountain of achievements, the Mercedes driver added a lot of digits to his earnings.
In 2021, Lewis Hamilton earned a massive $70 million from Formula 1 in terms of salary and bonuses. And an additional $12 million from sponsorships.
This meant that the total earnings of $82 million made sure that for the first time in his career, Lewis Hamilton’s estimated net worth crossed over the mark of a quarter of a billion dollars.
Now with a net worth of $300 million, Hamilton is the eighth highest-paid athlete in the world.
Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after finishing first in qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron
But in 2022, Lewis Hamilton might earn less compared to 2021.
How much will Lewis Hamilton earn in salary in 2022?
In 2021, Lewis Hamilton agreed to a two-year contract extension. This saw him earn a salary of $55 million (excluding bonuses) as reported by Forbes. But in his final year of the contract, the one he is currently on, it is reported that Hamilton’s salary will take a dip.
According to a report, the Mercedes driver will earn $40 million in salary in 2022.
It’s also worth pointing out that the 2021 champion Max Verstappen retains his $25 million paycheck.
The reason for the pay cut in salary of the seven-time world champion could be the fact that he is edging towards the end of his career. But also because of the cost cap that F1 introduced in 2021.
Yet it’s not as if Lewis Hamilton doesn’t have an income flow from outside the sport.
He is undeniably one of the biggest names in the global sports landscape, and his magnanimous achievements have already made sure that he’ll remain an incredibly marketable name for years to come.
Serena Williams’ Daughter Olympia Shows Off Impressive Tennis Backhand Swing: ‘Practice Makes Better’
Serena Williams’ daughter, Olympia Ohanian, showcased her talents on the tennis court in a video posted to her Instagram on Monday
Olympia Ohanian is following in mom Serena Williams’ famous footsteps.
The 4-year-old tiny tot showed off her seriously impressive tennis skills in a new video posted to her Instagram account on Monday, showcasing a swing that rivals tennis players of all age groups.
“Practice makes better,” reads a simple caption accompanying the video, in which Olympia can be seen sporting a black-and-white workout getup while she effortlessly practices her backhand on the court.
“It’s Oracene [Price] all over again!” Williams’ sister, Venus, commented, referring to their mom, who also served as their tennis coach when they were younger.
Olympia’s tennis skills shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, considering Serena, 40, is one of the most decorated tennis players in the history of the sport, and the mommy-daughter duo spend a considerable amount of time practicing together.
“Honestly, we started because it’s a socially safe sport, and when COVID happened, it was like, we’re just in the house with a 3-year-old, what do we do?” the 23-time Grand Slam winner told PEOPLE of how Olympia got involved with the sport, adding, “There was only one answer, to my dismay.”
Serena shares Olympia with husband and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, whom she wed in a star-studded event at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans in November 2017.
And although Olympia clearly takes her tennis training seriously on and off the court — Serena recently showed fans her daughter’s personal gym equipment in a series of Instagram Stories earlier in January — Olympia also has an ear for music, as evidenced by her incredible piano playing.
“She likes tennis, but I don’t know. Honestly, she likes playing piano,” the fashion designer told Jimmy Kimmel during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last November. “When she was in my belly, I played a lot of piano music.”
“And she’s teaching me! Like, I’m not even kidding,” the tennis pro replied when Kimmel asked if Olympia was taking piano lessons. “I have a baby Mozart, [but] of course every parent thinks they have like, a baby Beethoven or whatever.”