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Bulgarian challenger Pulev vows to upset Joshua

Bulgarian challenger Pulev vows to upset Joshua

SOFIA, Sep 4 (Reuters) Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev is confident of causing a major upset when he meets world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua for the IBF title next month, confirming the fight will take place on October 28 in Cardiff. "Anthony Joshua is a great and dangerous rival, but his style fits perfectly with mine," the 36-year-old Pulev, who has only one loss in 26 fights, wrote on his page in Facebook on Monday. "In boxing, the boxers' styles dictate the match and there'll be not many hugs, there will be a heavy boxing (on October 28). "My preparations go very intensely because of the short time I have, and I will be perfectly ready when I get into the ring so that he has no chance against me." Joshua, who also holds the WBA and IBO titles, has been told he must face IBF mandatory challenger Pulev before December 2 or risk being stripped of that belt. The 27-year-old Briton, undefeated in 19 fights, had been due to face Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch of their April bout, which Joshua won with an 11th-round knockout, but Klitschko has since announced his retirement. Pulev, one of Bulgaria's most popular sportsmen, turned professional at the age of 28 in September 2009, less than a year after winning the European amateur boxing title in Liverpool. He has held the European heavyweight title twice between 2012 and 2016 and has challenged once for the unified world heavyweight title in 2014, losing to Klitschko in Hamburg on a fifth-round knockout. REUTERS RSD 1647

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Lakshya ensures medal for India; sails into semi-finals at Jakarta

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20 Jul 2018 | 7:58 PM

New Delhi, July 20 (UNI) Sixth-seeded Lakshya Sen caused one of the major upsets so far in the Badminton Asia Junior Championships when he toppled second-seeded Chinese Li Shifeng 21-14, 21-12 to enter the men singles semi-finals on the third day of the individual events at Jakarta on Friday.

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Women Quarterfinalists spotted in World Junior Squash

20 Jul 2018 | 5:41 PM

Chennai, Jul 20 (UNI) Amid intense competitions, the race to the top has begun as the quarterfinalists in the Women's section in the WSF World junior squash championship were identified on Friday.

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Fakhar becomes first Pakistani batsman to score 200 in ODI

20 Jul 2018 | 5:39 PM

Islamabad, July 20 (UNI) Opener Fakhar Zaman has become the first Pakistani batsman to enter the 200 club in One-day International cricket when he scored an unbeaten 210 runs against Zimbabwe, according to the reports here.

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FC Goa announce signing of Senegalese central defender Mourtada Fall

20 Jul 2018 | 4:43 PM

Panaji, Jul 20 (UNI) FC Goa have announced the signing of Senegalese central defender Mourtada Fall.

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PINTO NAMES 25-MEMBER SQUAD FOR U-20 COTIF TOURNAMENT

PINTO NAMES 25-MEMBER SQUAD FOR U-20 COTIF TOURNAMENT

20 Jul 2018 | 4:25 PM

New Delhi, Jul 20 (UNI) India U-20 National squad participating in the
U-20 COTIF International Football Tournament will leave for Valenica,
Spain, on July 21, All India Football Federation (AIFF) said on
Friday.

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