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Cristiano Ronaldo says Lionel Messi makes him better, Wenger wanted him at Arsenal and Pep Guardiola thinks he’s the best around

Pep Guardiola once said about Lionel Messi’s supreme ability: “Don’t write about him, don’t try to describe him, just watch him.” There are simply …

Cristiano Ronaldo says Lionel Messi makes him better, Wenger wanted him at Arsenal and Pep Guardiola thinks he’s the best around

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Jordan Henderson, Peter Crouch and Liverpool’s most underrated XI ever

Throughout history, Liverpool has been blessed by some of the greatest players to step onto the football pitch. Under their current mask, this too is…

Jordan Henderson, Peter Crouch and Liverpool’s most underrated XI ever

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Good morning. These are certainly unusual times. The NBA is suspended, Italy is locked down, Tom Hanks has coronavirus, and many of you are currently reading this in PJs.

We’re gonna get through this.And we want readers to know that now more than ever we are laser-focused on bringing you the most important business news every morning. If there’s ever any way we can be more useful to you, our inbox is always open. 

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  • COVID-19: The World Health Organization has officially declared coronavirus a “pandemic.” That sounds alarming, but the agency also said countries can mitigate the impacts if they “detect, test, treat, isolate, trace and mobilize their people in the response.”
  • U.S. economy: Many economists are no longer debating whether we’ll have a recession because of the coronavirus…the questions now are 1) how bad will the recession be and 2) how quickly can we recover.

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Investors, airlines, cruise operators, and newsletter writers who miss their work sweaters were watching President Trump for any news of a stimulus measure to cushion the economic impact of the coronavirus. 

  • Of course, the most important thing is to contain the virus’s spread. But…that’s for health experts, not economists. 

What Trump said

In a brief Oval Office address last night, President Trump laid out his plan to respond to the crisis: 

  • He’s restricting some travel from Europe (minus the U.K.) for 30 days.
  • The IRS will be instructed to push back the April 15 tax payment deadline.
  • The president also called for low interest loans for small businesses and a payroll tax cut from Congress. 

Investors were…not impressed. Futures tied to major stock indexes tanked after the speech, which did not mention any aggressive actions like infusions for suffering industries or paid sick leave. The White House also had to correct some of Trump’s statements following his address.  

Zoom out: There is precedent for government bailouts in times of crisis. The U.S. government provided $15 billion to airlines after 9/11, $700 billion to banks to army-crawl through the 2008 financial crisis, and $17 billion to automakers just after that. 

  • Those episodes show us that timeliness is key. In 2008, Congress dragged its feet until it was almost too late, friend of the Brew and bailout expert Andrew Ross Sorkin writes. 

Will the administration announce something more?

We just don’t know. Fed Chair Jerome Powell recently met with President Trump and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. Powell has already cut interest rates and indicated he’s willing to keep up the slashing.

But it’s important to remember a pandemic is different from a financial crisis—bargain-basement interest rates can help keep businesses afloat, but the “social distancing” measures recommended by health officials mean canceling events and avoiding crowded places, which will curb spending. Interest rates can’t fix that. 

Looking ahead…the U.S. House will vote on a stimulus package compiled by the Democrats (who hold a majority) today.

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Yesterday, sports officially stopped being an “escape” from the problems facing the world.

The NBA suspended the seasonafter Rudy Gobert, a Utah Jazz player, reportedly tested positive for coronavirus. In a statement, the league said it “will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.” 

  • We’re in uncharted territoryhere. The NBA has billions in revenue at stake through TV deals, ticket sales, merch, and more. No one is quite sure what’s going to happen next, including commissioner Adam Silver. 

Basketball couldn’t catch a break

The NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments will be played without public fans this year out of coronavirus concerns. “Only essential staff and limited family attendance” will be allowed, said NCAA President Mark Emmert.

Zoom out: The Division I men’s basketball tournament generates $868 million annually on television and marketing rights alone, the vast majority of the NCAA’s yearly revenue. 

  • CBS and Turner Sports said they support the decision and intend to fully produce and cover the event.

Bottom line, via USA Today: “The decision to move March Madness behind closed doors represents a new frontier of sorts for American sports, which have never seen an event of this size and scope take place without fans present.”

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After 11 years, the longest-ever bull market in stocks appears to be nearing the end. If coronavirus put it near the edge, fears over long-term economic implicationstipped it over.

Yesterday, the Dow fell 5.9%, putting it in a bear market (down at least 20% from its recent high). The S&P 500 might not be far behind, closing just 33 points away from a bear designation of its own.

How about a little color? Hope you like red. 

  • 29 of the 30 stocks in the Dow ended Wednesday lower. 
  • All 11 sectors of the S&P were at least 10% off their 52-week highs during Wednesday trading. 
  • Since 1915, the average amount of days it’s taken for stocks to go from peak → bear territory is 255. The Dow took 28 this time. We’ve had milk in the fridge for longer.

+ Wondering how else coronavirus is impacting the markets? Morning Brew’s Business Casual podcast just recorded a special episode to break down what’s happening, why it matters, and what comes next—with the Brew’s Kinsey Grant and markets expert Downtown Josh Brown.

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Harvard University

Colleges and universities across the U.S. are deploying measuresto limit the spread of coronavirus. 

  • For many students, spring break starts tomorrow, which means many of them will be traveling both domestically and internationally. Schools are trying to avoid importing COVID-19 via flights back to campus.

On Tuesday, Harvard asked students to move out by this weekend, leaving students pondering how to tell friends they’ve been kicked off campus without sounding obnoxious. Stanford and the University of Washington were among the first to suspend in-person classes. 

  • UW shifted its 50,000 students to online-only courses through March 20, as many schools in Europe and Asia have already done. 

Plus, schools are axing university-sponsored international trips, sending mildly alarming preparedness messages, and preparing for total shutdowns if a student or faculty infection is confirmed.

Bottom line: Muted activity in college towns could take a substantial economic toll. Everything from prospective student visits to athletic tournaments fuels their financial health, Bloomberg notes.


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The global entertainment market, from the box office to in-home streaming, surpassed $100 billion in annual revenue for the first time ever last year, according to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). 

But like Les Mis, the MPAA report highlights the differences between the haves and the have-nots.

  • Money spent on home and mobile viewing jumped 14% to $58.8 billion. 
  • But the box office barely eked out a 1% gain with $42.2 billion in sales. While overseas moviegoers turned out in record numbers (crossing $30 billion in ticket sales for the first time), sales in the U.S. and Canada fell over 4% to $11.4 billion.

The forecast this year? Another case of red and black. With coronavirus fears spreading across the globe, out-of-home entertainment will likely take a beating—analysts already predict the box office will lose $5 billion in 2020. 

At the same time, in-home entertainment is predicted to skyrocket even further…because we all know “working from home” roughly translates to “rewatching The Sopranos.”


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PepsiCo will spend $3.9 billion to buy energy drink brand Rockstarin order to 1) get Nickelback stuck in your head and 2) expand market share in the fast-growing energy beverage space.

This is a familiar strategy for brands that once sponsored games of truth-or-I-dare-you-to-mix-Coke-and-Hi-C. As sodas fall out of favor with sugarphobic consumers, the Pepsis and Cokes of the world are investing in beverage alternatives like teas, waters, and energy drinks.

Big picture: Neither Pepsi nor Coke currently owns a major brand in the energy drink category—which is slated to grow to more than $80 billion over the next five years.

  • Rockstar is the No. 3 contender in the U.S. energy drink market, behind Red Bull, which sold a can for every person on earth last year, and Monster, which counts Coke as an investor.

Pepsi’s distributed Rockstar in North America since 2009, a deal its CFO says limited Pepsi’s abilityto partner with other energy brands. Nearly $4 billion later, it can again target those deals.


  • Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison for sexual assault.
  • Amtrak said it would lose hundreds of millions of dollars and that bookings have fallen 50% since the beginning of the outbreak. 
  • Coronavirus has disrupted the supply chains of nearly 75% of U.S. companies, per a new ISM survey.
  • Officials banned large gatherings in San Francisco and the Seattle area in an attempt to control the coronavirus.
  • Numerous TV shows, such as Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, are now filming without live audiences. 


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Picture this: You’re interviewing a promising job candidate on Skype when…your husband walks behind you wearing his boxers. 

The year is 2020, #SocialDistancing is trending on Twitter, and more people are working from home every day. That’s resulted in some strange situations for our friends and colleagues, from finding out your boss has a “Live, laugh, love” poster to realizing your neighbor blasts EDM at 11 in the morning.

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F1 2020 season now expected to start at end of May, due to Coronavirus, say Formula 1 and FIA

Following the cancellation of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix and the postponement of the races in China, Bahrain and Vietnam, Formula 1 and governing body the FIA have said they now ‘expect’ the 2020 season to begin at the end of May – though this will be regularly reviewed.

The outbreak of COVID-19 forced the Chinese round of the calender to be postponed last month. Then on Thursday, the opening race of the season in Melbourne was also called off, after a McLaren team member tested positive for the virus.

Today, the Bahrain Grand Prix, which was due to take place next weekend, and the first ever Vietnam Grand Prix, scheduled for the beginning of April, have also been postponed.

Ross Brawn explains the decision to cancel the Australian Grand Prix
A joint statement from Formula 1, the FIA, the race organisers and the relevant governments involved, said: “Following the announcement of the Australian Grand Prix’s cancellation this week and the ongoing and fluid nature of the COVID-19 situation globally, Formula 1, the FIA and the promoters have taken these decisions in order to ensure the health and safety of the travelling staff, championship participants and fans, which remains our primary concern.”

All parties said they were hopeful the races could be staged at a later date, and in light of the impact the virus is having, the statement added that it is expected the F1 season can begin at the end of May.

“Formula 1 and the FIA continue to work closely with the race promoters in Bahrain and Vietnam and the local health authorities to monitor the situation and take the appropriate amount of time to study the viability of potential alternative dates for each Grand Prix later in the year should the situation improve.

“As a result, Formula 1 and the FIA expect to begin the Championship in Europe at the end of May but given the sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in Europe in recent days, this will be regularly reviewed.”

Lewis Hamilton won last year’s Bahrain Grand Prix on his way to the World Championship
Chase Carey, Formula 1 Chairman and CEO, said the safety of the fans and people working in the sport was paramount.

“The global situation regarding COVID-19 is fluid and very difficult to predict and it’s right we take time to assess the situation and make the right decisions,” he said. “We are taking this decision with the FIA and our promoters to ensure the safety of everyone involved in Formula 1 and our fans. The Bahrain Grand Prix is an exciting race in our schedule, and we look forward to being back there as soon as we can. We are also looking forward to Vietnam’s inaugural race and bringing the spectacle of F1 to one of the most exciting cities in the world.”

FIA President Jean Todt added: “Protecting people first. Together with Formula 1, the Bahrain Motor Federation, the Vietnamese Motorsports Association, and the local promoters, postponing both the Bahrain and Vietnam Grands Prix, as with the Australian Grand Prix, was the only possible decision given all of the information currently available to us.

“We continue to rely on the input and advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and governments and will work with them throughout this unpredictable period to safeguard the fans, competitors and all of the motor sport community.”

— Read on www.formula1.com/en/latest/article.2020-season-now-expected-to-start-at-end-of-may-say-formula-1-and-fia.2n6qLwDR90AcXuzVuu7lEa.html

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TOKYO 2020 could be postponed for two years due to coronavirus…

TOKYO 2020 could be postponed for two years due to coronavirus, according to a top Olympic chief.

Haruyuki Takahashi is part of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and believes a delay to push the event back is a more feasible option than scrapping the Games entirely.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics could be delayed by two years according to one top chief – which could cause chaos for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham

IOC and Tokyo 2020 officials remain adamant the Olympics will still be staged in July and August as planned.

But Takahashi admitted contingency plans will need to be drawn up before long.

He told the Wall Street Journal: “We’ll have to start talking about this seriously from April.

“I don’t think the Games could be cancelled, it’d be a delay.

“The International Olympic Committee would be in trouble if there’s a cancellation. American TV rights alone provide them with a huge amount.”

NBC are the Olympic broadcasters in the United States and a delay to the Games until later in 2020 could be problematic, clashing with the other sporting events such as the NFL.

Staging the global festival of sport in empty venues does not look to be a likely scenario, Takahashi added.

That would lead to a significant drop in revenue from tickets and other sales, such as merchandise.

However, should the Olympics be moved back to 2022 as suggested, that would be bad news for Birmingham.

England’s ‘Second City’ won the rights to host the Commonwealth Games between July 27 and August 7 when Durban were stripped of the honour.

So the Olympics taking place at that time as well would lead to detrimental effects for Birmingham.

Elsewhere in sport, Arsenal’s game at Manchester City was cancelled in the early hours of Wednesday morning but Brighton confirmed their game with the Gunners is set to go ahead as planned on Saturday.

That news came after Olympiacos and Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis confirmed he had contracted Covid-19 and visited the Emirates for the Europa League clash on February 27.

A number of Arsenal players and staff will remain at their homes until the 14-day period is completed and so are set to return to training on Friday.

None of them are currently showing any symptoms of coronavirus – which has so far killed six in the UK.

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Jordan Henderson back for tonight’s Champions League Second Leg match against Atletico Madrid…

Champions League

Champions League

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is fit to return for their Champions League last 16 second leg with Atletico Madrid at Anfield.

The midfielder has not played since suffering a hamstring injury in the first leg – which Atletico won 1-0.

Goalkeeper Alisson is out with a hip injury for the defending champions.

“Not a lot of the Atletico players have played at Anfield before and that is what we want to use,” explained Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

“Our crowd will be our advantage and we have to use it with the performance on the pitch. 

“It has to be exceptional because they defend deep and have counter-attack threat. Each player can be dangerous. 

“I have the highest respect for them but there are always ways and we have to find them tomorrow night. We have to show we have really learned from the first game.”

Liverpool have lost three of their past five games in all competitions – more than the rest of the season combined.

But Saturday’s 2-1 comeback win over Bournemouth has taken them to within two wins – or two Manchester City defeats – of the Premier League title.

City play Arsenal in the league at the same time as Liverpool’s tie.

“Our full focus is on our game,” added Reds left-back Andy Robertson – who is fit after missing the Bournemouth game through injury. 

“We can’t affect anything that’s going on over in Manchester tomorrow night. 

“If we win here, that’s all that matters. Of course, if we get one step closer if they do drop points then so be it. But one eye won’t be on that game, it’s a different competition – it’s the Champions League and we know it’s do or die.”

Atletico have only won three of their previous 11 games in all competitions and sit outside the Champions League places in La Liga.


  • Liverpool have never lost against Atletico Madrid at Anfield in two previous European meetings, drawing 1-1 in the Champions League group stage in 2008-09 and winning 2-1 in the second leg of the Europa League semi-final in 2009-10.
  • Seven of Atletico’s 13 visits to England have ended as draws (W2 D7 L4), with Los Colchoneros unbeaten in their last four matches there (W1 D3) since that Liverpool defeat in April 2010.
  • On each of the last two occasions Liverpool have lost away from home in the first leg of a Champions League knockout match, they have progressed to the next round – against Chelsea and Barcelona in the semi-finals in 2006-07 and 2018-19.
  • Atletico have progressed from four of their five previous Champions League knockout ties when winning the first leg, failing only in last season’s last 16 tie against Juventus (2-0 first leg, 0-3 second leg).
  • Jurgen Klopp is yet to lose a home Champions League game with Liverpool (W11 D4).
  • If Liverpool go out, it would be the first time since a run of four seasons between 2004-05 and 2007-08 that the Champions League holders have failed to go beyond the last 16 in consecutive seasons, with Real Madrid having going out at this stage last season against Ajax.
  • Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has been directly involved in seven goals in five Champions League knockout appearances at Anfield (three goals, four assists), averaging a goal or assist every 54 minutes.
  • Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak has conceded only 37 goals in his first 49 Champions League appearances; the record for fewest goals conceded by a goalkeeper in his first 50 appearances is held by Dida (35), followed by Victor Valdes (38).

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Frank Lampard should’ve followed Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham’s example with treatment of Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga, insists Tony Cascarino

Frank Lampard should’ve followed Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham’s example with treatment of Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga, insists Tony Cascarino

Tony Cascarino argues Chelsea manager Frank Lampard should’ve followed the example of fellow Premier League managers and remained loyal to Kepa Arrizabalaga instead of dropping the goalkeeper for Willy Caballero.

The Blues made Kepa, 25, the most expensive goalkeeper in the world when they signed him for more than £70m in the summer of 2018.

However, his Chelsea career is yet to take off, having so far been blighted by the defiance of Maurizio Sarri in the Carabao Cup final and some questionable form between the sticks.

Cascarino has been critical of Lampard’s management style

The Blues have let in 45% of the shots on target they’ve faced in the Premier League this season – more than any other club.

In fact, it’s the the highest such ratio any side has conceded in a single season since this data is available (2003-04).

And Lampard has been ruthless, axing Kepa after the 2-2 draw with Arsenal in January and replacing him with 38-year-old Caballero,.

Kepa hasn’t featured in any competition since January 22

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The Spaniard hasn’t played since, and former Chelsea striker Cascarino has criticised Lampard’s treatment of his No. 1 goalkeeper, insisting he should’ve been shown more loyalty.

“There is something simmering at Chelsea Football Club, and it’s boiling over,” Cascarino told talkSPORT.

“It’s this Kepa situation. Petr Cech has come in to oversee everything that’s going on at the football club, and he was a goalkeeper.

“They’ve spent £70m to bring Kepa to the football club. After the Arsenal game, where they conceded two goals, Kepa got left out and hasn’t been back in since.

“Now, Frank Lampard has got a big call on this one. You’re putting in a 38-year-old goalkeeper when the club has spent £70m on Kepa.

“I’ve been really surprised that Lampard hasn’t shown any loyalty to Kepa at all. Did he make big mistakes? Not really. Could he have done more? Yes, I think that’s a fair point.

“Bernd Leno has kept his place and Arsenal, he’s had a couple of ‘Kepa’ moments. David de Gea has had worse moments than him. Hugo Lloris has had bad moments at Tottenham.

“Managers have shown loyalty to their goalkeepers.”

— Read on talksport.com/football/676415/frank-lampard-arsenal-manchester-united-tottenham-chelsea-kepa-arrizabalaga-tony-cascarino/

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Alexandre Lacazette: the forward will not push to leave if Arsenal fails to reach the Champions League

Alexandre Lacazette: the forward will not push to leave if Arsenal fails to reach the Champions League

Alexandre Lacazette has scored 33 Premier League goals in 86 appearances for Arsenal since arriving from Lyon in 2017

Alexandre Lacazette will not push to leave Arsenal if they do not qualify for the next Champions League season.

When asked if his contract had a safeguard clause for such a scenario, the France striker said he didn’t know.

“I have a contract with the club, so I don’t make sense to leave,” he said. “Everyone is happy with me at the club.”

Lacazette, 28, joined Lyon’s Arsenal in 2017 and has never played in the Champions League for the Gunners.

Arsenal are ninth in the Premier League, seven points behind Chelsea in fourth.

They could also qualify for the next Champions League if they win the Europa League, and take the lead 1-0 in Thursday night’s home game with Olympiakos at the Emirates Stadium thanks to the Lacazette winner in Greece.

Lacazette has only scored twice in ten appearances with new manager Mikel Arteta and has been a substitute in the last two league games.

“Many people can talk,” said Lacazette, whose current contract expires in 2022. “There’s always something to say, so I don’t really think about it.

“If the manager, the coach, my teammates are happy with me, that’s the most important thing.”

— Read on www.newsarchyuk.com/alexandre-lacazette-the-forward-will-not-push-to-leave-if-arsenal-fails-to-reach-the-champions-league/

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Chelsea XI vs Bayern Munich: Confirmed team news, predicted lineup and latest injuries |

Chelsea XI vs Bayern Munich: Confirmed team news, predicted lineup and latest injuries | Chelsea boss Frank Lampardwill be without N’Golo Kante for their Champions League last-16 first leg clash against Bayern Munich this evening.

The French midfielder suffered an adductor injury early in the 2-0 defeat against Manchester United and the 28-year-old has been ruled out of action for three weeks.

— Read on www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/chelsea-xi-vs-bayern-munich-confirmed-teams-predicted-lineup-latest-injuries-a4371301.html?amp

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Deontay Wilder blames Tyson Fury defeat on ring walk COSTUME as he triggers rematch clause

Deontay Wilder blames Tyson Fury defeat on ring walk COSTUME as he triggers rematch clause.

  • Deontay Wilder lost his WBC heavyweight title to Tyson Fury on Saturday night
  • American was outclassed with his team throwing in the towel in round seven
  • He claims his 45-pound ring walk outfit played a significant role in the defeat
  • The former champion has also activated his rematch clause for a summer trilogy 

Deontay Wilder has laughably claimed the weight of his ring walk costume played a big role in his defeat by Tyson Fury – as he confirmed he will be triggering his rematch clause.

The American wore a black and red armoured body suit with a matching mask and crown as he made his way to the squared circle for his second bout with Fury at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

— Read on www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/boxing/article-8040015/amp/Deontay-Wilder-blames-Tyson-Fury-defeat-ring-walk-COSTUME-triggers-rematch-clause.html

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Anthony Joshua v Tyson Fury: We will make fight happen, says Frank Warren

Anthony Joshua v Tyson Fury: We will make fight happen, says Frank Warren –

Tyson Fury’s promoter Frank Warren says if fans want to see a unification fight with Anthony Joshua “we will make it happen”.

The British heavyweights now hold all of the division’s belts between them, after Fury, 31, beat Deontay Wilder, 34, on Sunday to claim the WBC title.

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn said on Monday that “this fight will happen”.

“Of course we want to see the fight,” Warren told BBC Sport. “We’ve been trying to make it for two years.”

“Hearn kept saying was it’s got to be 70/30 [the purse] in favour of AJ and so on and so fourth.

“The tables have turned now. I have no problem with 50/50. I think Tyson would deserve more but 50/50, no problem.

“This is about the boxers and more importantly the fans. If they want to see the fight we will make it happen.

“In the meantime Eddie Hearn is acting like the guy standing outside your house with his nose pressed up against the window and keeps spouting off about Tyson.”

— Read on www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/sport/amp/boxing/51611934

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Tyson Fury stops Deontay Wilder in magnificent performance in Las Vegas

Tyson Fury stops Deontay Wilder in magnificent performance in Las Vegas

Fury knocked out the most feared puncher in the division (Picture: Getty)Tyson Fury is the new WBC champion after a stunning performance against Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas.Wilder peeled himself off the canvas twice before Fury eventually stopped his rival in the seventh round.Fury had promised to go after his opponent after a draw in their first fight 14 months ago and the British heavyweight made good on his promise.

Almost no one except Fury’s team predicted he would be the aggressor, but the unified champion was all over the Bronze Bomber from the first bell.It was Wilder who landed first, with two hard shots in quick succession, but Fury responded and every shot the Gypsy King threw drew a massive roar from the partisan MGM Grand Arena crowd.

Fury dominated Wilder – The ferocious pace continued into the second round with Fury doing the best work, backing Wilder up onto the ropes with several blows in the final seconds.And then came an incredible third round as Fury floored Wilder for the first time in 15 rounds of action between the heavyweights.Wilder hit the deck after eating a sharp left hook, but was quickly back up. Fury had his arms in the air when Wilder went down a second time, but that was ruled a slip and gave the wounded champion some extra time to recover.

Wilder was repeatedly knocked down – Fury dominated the fourth round and turned to smirk at his corner when Wilder slipped again, and the crowd could feel a knockout was coming.There was blood pouring from the ear drum of Wilder and Fury finally put him down again in the fifth.

The Brit tried to finish Wilder off there and then, but the American was given time to breath when referee Kenny Bayless stepped in to deduct Fury a point for holding.[metro-zone-post-strip]Just as Fury thought he had control of the fight, Wilder reminded him of his power in the sixth but it was only a brief warning, as the defending champion’s equilibrium was clearly shot after receiving such heavy blows.After dominating every round, Fury was crowned the WBC champion in the seventh when Wilder’s corner threw in the towel.

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Deontay Wilder disappointed corner threw in towel against Tyson Fury

Deontay Wilder disappointed corner threw in towel against Tyson Fury

Wilder was knocked down twice by Fury (Picture: Getty)Deontay Wilder wished his corner had not thrown in the towel against Tyson Fury.

The Brit dethroned Wilder in devastating fashion to become the new WBC champion and stake his claim as the world’s best heavyweight.Wilder suffered a burst ear drum under a barrage of punches and the American admitted he was disappointed his corner pulled him out of the fight.‘I’m doing good. Things like this happen,’ Wilder said.‘The best man won tonight, but my corner threw in the towel and I was ready to go out on my shield.Fury is now the WBC champion ‘I had a lot of things going on heading into this fight. It is what it is, but I make no excuses tonight.

I just wish my corner would have let me go out on my shield. I’m a warrior.‘He had a great performance and we will be back stronger.‘Even the greatest have lost and came back, that is just part of it. ‘You just take it for what it is. I can make no excuses tonight. I had a lot of complications.‘But we’ll come back stronger next time around.‘This is what big-time boxing is all about, the best must fight the best. I appreciate all the fans that came out and supported the show, and I hope that everyone gets home safely.’[metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2020/02/23/tyson-fury-makes-statement-incredible-knockout-deontay-wilder-las-vegas-12286298/” title=”Tyson Fury stops Deontay Wilder in magnificent performance in Las Vegas”]

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Tyson Fury confirms he sustained injury at start of training camp ahead of Deontay Wilder rematch 🇬🇧🥊📰

Tyson Fury V Deontay Wilder update…

Tyson Fury confirms he sustained injury at start of training camp ahead of Deontay Wilder rematch

The Gypsy King is adamant his leg problems will not affect him on Saturday night.

Tyson Fury has confirmed that he did suffer an injury at the start of his training camp ahead of facing Deontay Wilder but insists it will not impact him on fight night.

The Gypsy King takes on WBC heavyweight champion Wilder at the MGM Grand on Saturday night in Las Vegas, though the build-up has been plagued by rumours of issues in Fury’s training camp.

Anthony Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, claimed he had ‘heard a few things in the camp’ that had prompted him to change his prediction for the fight from Fury to Wilder.

Wilder and Fury clashed at their press conference on Wednesday evening (Picture: Reuters)

While the lineal champ has rubbished the speculation, calling Hearn a ‘w*nker’, he has confirmed that he picked up an injury at the start of his camp – which might have been the issue Hearn had alluded to.

Fury was spotted with what appeared to be a limp when he attended Conor McGregor’s UFC fight against Cowboy Cerrone on January 18, and while he did hurt his legs he is adamant it is not a major problem.

Asked about the rumours that he had picked up an injury during his camp, Fury told reporters: ‘Unfortunately I hurt both legs, and both ankles, in the training camp.

‘But it’s not going to affect me in the fight because that was at the beginning of camp. It was an unnecessary accident, but, you know, things happen.’

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Legendary cutman Stitch Duran reveals promise to Tyson Fury ahead of Deontay Wilder fight

Legendary cutman Stitch Duran reveals promise to Tyson Fury ahead of Deontay Wilder fight

Legendary cutman Stitch Duran reveals promise to Tyson Fury ahead of Deontay Wilder fight

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