Boxing: Klitschko retirement means Joshua faces Oritz in WBA title defence…

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Anthony Joshua

British heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua will now face Cuba’s Luis Oritz for the right to defend his world title, according to the WBA.

27-year old Joshua had been due to face Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch of his title win, but the Ukrainian announced his retirement from the sport on Thursday.

Both Joshua and Oritz now have 30 days to agree the fight and Joshua, who beat Klitschko at Wembley in April, has also now been told he must face IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev before December 2 or risk being stripped of his title.

Plans had been in place for Joshua to fight Klitschko in Las Vegas on November 11 and Oritz’s manager Jay Jimenez has said his fighter could fill the void.

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Joshua had been due to fight Wladimir Klitschko for the right to defend his title, however the Ukrainian announced his retirement on Thursday

Speaking to Boxingscene, Jimenez said: ‘We are next. We have no problem fighting on that date of November 11th in Las Vegas. Our mandatory takes precedent over Pulev’s and they know that.’

38-year-old Oritz has 23 knockouts from 27 wins, while Pulev, 36, has one defeat in 26 fights, with 13 stoppages.

Joshua currently holds two of the four major boxing title belts. New Zealand’s Joseph Parker holds the WBO belt, while American fighter Deontay Wilder is the WBC champion.

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Eventing: ‘Horse of a lifetime’ Toytown put down, aged 25…

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‘Horse of a lifetime!’: Toytown in action with Zara Tindall

Zara Tindall’s ‘horse of a lifetime’ Toytown has been put down at the age of 25 for medical reasons.

Under Tindall, Toytown won individual European eventing gold in 2005 and world gold in 2006, before he was retired from competition in 2011.

In a statement, the Queen’s grand-daughter said: ‘I’m heartbroken that I had to say goodbye to my greatest friend and horse of a lifetime, Toytown. He was the most incredible athlete with the biggest heart.

‘He made my career and I couldn’t be more grateful to him for the amazing times we had together. I will miss you forever.’

Tindall bought Toytown as a seven-year-old in 1999. Injuries to the horse prevented them from competing at the Olympic Games in 2004 and 2008.

However, the pair won both the European individual and team gold in 2005. That was followed by world individual gold and team silver the following year and European team gold in 2007.

Paying his own tribute to Toytown on Twitter, Zara’s husband Mike Tindall said:

Ice Hockey: NIHL South, Division 1 conference names announced…

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The member clubs of National Ice Hockey (NIHL) South have voted to name the new Division 1 conferences after two stalwarts of the English Ice Hockey Association (EIHA), Premier League and National League.

The conference containing Basingstoke Bison, Bracknell Bees, MK Thunder, Oxford City Stars and the Solent Devils will be known as the ‘Wilkinson Conference’, after Bob Wilkinson who died earlier this year.

Wilkinson was a hugely respected figure in both the EIHA and Ice Hockey UK (IHUK) and his work with junior and women players. He was also in charge of England and Great Britain teams and was also an NIHL league manager until 2015.

The conference featuring Chelmsford Chieftains, Invicta Dynamos, London Raiders, Peterborough Phantoms, Streatham IHC and Swindn Wildcats will be known as the Britton Conference, in memory of the late Bill Britton.

Britton was the secretary of the EIHA, secretary of the then ENL, chairman of the EPL and Chair of the Women’s Section before his sudden death in 2005. The EIHA women’s playoff championship trophy is also named in his honour.

 

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