Vasyl Lomachenko, the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) featherweight champion, will fight Roman ‘Rocky’ Martinez for his World Boxing Organisation super featherweight title on June 11 at the Madison Square Garden Theatre in New York.This fight was arranged by Bob Arum, the head of the Top Rank promotion company, in place of a fight he had planned between Lomachenko and Jamaica’s Nicholas ‘The Axeman’ Walters, the former World Boxing Association featherweight super champion.Arum tried for months to get Walters to agree to a fight with Lomachenko with the Ukranian title at stake, but Walters, who has elected recently to do his own negotiations, instead of allowing his manager Jacques Deschamps to do so, priced himself out of the fight.Arum stated publicly that Walters wanted US$1 million to fight Lomachenko, a purse that Arum rejected immediately. It is reported that Lomachenko agreed to a purse of $850,000 and that Arum made a first offer of US$550,000 to Walters, which he rejected. The negotiations went out of the window quickly, and Arum again stated publicly that he had ceased negotiations with Walters and would move to find another opponent for Lomachenko.He had discussions with two fighters after this, and in a short time, it was agreed that Lomachenko would move up to the super featherweight division, 130 pounds, to fight the champion Martinez for his title. The fight is on and will take place on June 11, and the official announcement was made in New York on ThursdayNO WORD AS YETWalters, in the meantime, is out in the cold. The Gleaner has tried repeatedly to make contact with him without success. His manager, Deschamps, however, told The Gleaner yesterday that he has been following what is going on keenly and he, too, has not heard from Walters.”I am still his manager, and I am ready to get back to doing what I have done successfully for him since before he became a professional boxer in August 2008.”I moulded his career and negotiated the right fights for him until he became world champion. He has made some mistakes recently, but he is still one of the best fighters in the world, and we can get back there. I am optimistic that we will clear this hurdle,” he said.In the meantime, the fight between Walters and Lomachenko, which was supposed to be one of the boxing highlights of 2016, is now on the back burner.
Tottenham Hotspur are interested in France ace Benjamin Pavard, according to reports.Pavard, the defender, has shone for Les Bleus at the World Cup, helping them reach Sunday’s final against Croatia. Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST RANKED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Latest transfer news Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Alderweireld will reportedly leave Tottenham this summer after a contract dispute Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing 2 2 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star The 22-year-old scored one of the goals of the tournament in the round-of-16, with an incredible volley coming in France’s 4-3 defeat of Argentina.He has been played at right-back by Didier Deschamps throughout the World Cup, but he is better known as a centre-half – the position in which he plays for his club Stuttgart. Pavard’s goal against Argentina was an absolute stunner TOP WORK LIVING THE DREAM Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father three-way race targets targets moving on Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland And, according to the Mirror, Pavard appeals to Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino because of his abilities at the heart of defence.Tottenham are expected to lose Toby Alderweireld this summer, and it is said Pavard is seen as a potential replacement for the Belgium international centre-back. IN DEMAND REVEALED Pavard, who started his career at Lille before joining Stuttgart in 2016, played every minute of the Bundesliga side’s league campaign last season. As well as being used at both the centre and the right side of defence, Pavard can also provide cover in midfield.
Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed View comments LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next “Our offense just flowed and we stayed aggressive on defense.”The Batang Pier defense kept the Elite in check for the majority of the game as they jumped to a 31-point lead numerous times in the fourth quarter en route to their second straight win in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFor Anthony, the victory further justified coach Pido Jarencio’s pleas early in the conference to GlobalPort to double down on defense, something which the team has done in the past two outings which both ended up in victories.“When we hold teams below 100 points, those are the two games we win,” said the 31-year-old. “Offense is going to flow because we got guys who can shoot. Some games they won’t drop, but other games it will. But as long as the ball moves, we take the right shots, and play together, we’ll get the win.” Anthony feels that his team is slowly getting its groove after a 0-2 start.“I feel like we started off poorly with NLEX. We kind of grew and had a good game against Ginebra but fell through the end. Then we’ve been building on our two wins, and a lot of it is because of our chemistry. We have a lot of new guys and a new coach, so our chemistry’s building and it’s getting better every day,” he said.However, the tougher challenges are still ahead for the Batang Pier, and it starts next Wednesday against San Miguel.Anthony thinks GlobalPort’s performance against the reigning three-time Philippine Cup champs will dictate how the team will fare this conference.“They’re going to be the team to beat and definitely a barometer. We’ve got some time to get better, so we’ve got to keep working on our weaknesses and continue to get better every day,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netHe may have shot the lights out on Friday night, but Sean Anthony said that the credit for GlobalPort’s 101-76 rout of Blackwater should go to his team’s defense.“We held them under 80 points and that was the key,” said Anthony, who ignited the blowout with his 6-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc to finish with 22 points, 21 coming in the first half, alongside seven rebounds, five assists, and two steals in the 25-point victory.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH SMB stays unscathed, escapes NLEX John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
OTTAWA – Police are investigating after a man with a knife was detained today during the Changing of the Guard parade on Parliament Hill.The Defence Department says the incident took place this morning at 10:15 on the Hill lawns.The department says any threat was halted due to the quick reaction of soldiers, RCMP and the Parliamentary Protective Service.No one was injured during the events.The RCMP say Ottawa police are investigating.Security on Parliament Hill has been bolstered since a man with a gun went on a rampage in the Centre Block almost four years ago.