August date for Ashley’s world title fight

first_imgA date in early August is likely for the return World Boxing Council (WBC) world title fight between champion Fatuma Zarika from Kenya and Jamaica’s Alicia Ashley, the former champion. This was disclosed to The Sunday Gleaner yesterday by promoter Luigi Olcese, who also said that the venue would be El Paso, Texas. Zarika and Ashley met on October 1 last year in Michigan, USA, and Zarika dethroned the champion by way of a controversial, 10-round split decision. They had agreed to a return fight in case Ashley lost, however, and Olcese said that this is now being enforced. “There have been some hiccups in arranging the return fight, but I think everything is now sorted out, and we are pretty close to finalising all the details,” he said. Continuing, Olcese said that he had looked at several venues, including Jamaica, for the return fight, but Texas turned out to be the best option. “Alicia really wanted to fight in Jamaica, but I just could not get things sorted out there, but, hopefully, she regains the title, and in that case, Jamaica will, of course, be on the top of the list of possible venues,” he continued. Ashley, in the meantime, is anxious to get back into the ring for the return fight. She told The Sunday Gleaner that she was already in training for the fight and had shifted her training venue from New York to Florida. “I am taking this fight very seriously as I want to regain my title. I have moved my training camp to Fort Lauderdale so as to avoid distractions. It is a costly decision for me, but I want to focus on nothing but this fight, and this is the best thing for me now. I have to be in top condition, and nothing is going to stand in my way,” she added. She, too, expressed her disappointment that the fight would not be taking place in Jamaica but added: “The good thing is that after I regain my title, the venue for my first fight after that must be Jamaica.”last_img read more

A title-winning XI? The almost Arsenal line-up if Gunners had signed top targets

first_img rookie error Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ on target In this formation, Alexis Sanchez would partner Vardy upfront with Mesut Ozil playing at the top of the diamond.Mahrez and Santi Cazorla are on either flank to provide the width while Granit Xhaka is in the holding role.Vardy would have likely thrived with Ozil, Cazorla and Mahrez providing goalscoring opportunities.4-2-3-1 It was just after the Foxes had beaten the odds to win the Premier League title with their top players attracting attention from Europe’s elite.N’Golo Kante was snapped up by Chelsea while Arsenal were linked to both Mahrez and Vardy. Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Buildlineup.com Vardy has nine Premier League goals against Arsenal in his career update statement stalemate Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future How Arsenal could have looked in a 4-3-3 formation in 2016 5 Riyad Mahrez joined Man City in 2018 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Buildlineup.com Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Simon Jordan criticises disruptive and destructive Arsenal fansThe Gunners ended the 2016/17 Premier League season in fifth place, one point behind Liverpool in the Champions League places.Could Vardy and Mahrez made the difference that season? We will never know.But here at talkSPORT.com we have taken a look at how the Gunners could have lined-up that season with the pair in their team.4-4-2 (Diamond) Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Arsenal fans will forever look back at summer 2016 and wonder what might have been given their club failed to prise Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy away from Leicester City.Mahrez, who now plays for Manchester City, recently revealed how he nearly signed for the Gunners in 2016. 5 Getty Images – Getty How Arsenal could have lined-up with Vardy and Mahrez The Premier League winner considered the offer to join Arsene Wenger’s side but he was concerned over whether their playing style would suit his own.He went on to sign a new contract with Leicester and has not looked back. latest Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:29Loaded: 6.62%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:29 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen How Arsenal could have lined-up in the 2016/17 season This system would see Cazorla in a more central role with Mesut Ozil to support the front three.Vardy, Sanchez and Mahrez would likely have been a devastating attack for the Gunners. 5 Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta 5 targets The current City attacker revealed how Leicester blocked his move to north London with the deal verging on completion.He would later seal a dream move to City in 2018 for £60million.The Gunners also triggered a release clause in Vardy’s contract, at around £20million, back in 2016. appointed In a 4-2-3-1 formation, Cazorla and Xhaka are playing in the deeper role with the other four attacking players further forward.Sanchez was often pushed out to the left at Arsenal and later Manchester United and would provide the supporting role to Vardy.4-3-3 5 Buildlineup.com getty images last_img read more