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Oleksandr Usyk sarcastically offers to TRAIN Anthony Joshua: ‘I can help him”



‘I can help him!’: Oleksandr Usyk jokingly offers to TRAIN Anthony Joshua after criticizing the British boxer’s routine before of a heavyweight bout.
Oleksandr Usyk has mocked Anthony Joshua’s training regime and offered to help the British heavyweight boxer ‘establish a better team’ once he retires from the sport.

Joshua lost his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles to the Ukrainian southpaw at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in September – having been comprehensively outclassed over 12 rounds.

Long-term coach Rob McCracken – who oversaw Joshua’s ascent to an Olympic gold medal and the world titles above – was the major casualty of AJ’s loss, given the fact the 32-year-old decided to part ways with him in October.

There were calls for AJ to sack McCracken in the wake of his extraordinary defeat to Andy Ruiz in 2019. Such as loss broke Joshua’s undefeated record and crowned Ruiz as the new unified heavyweight champion.

Joshua did get revenge of Ruiz in December 2019, but his most recent loss to Usyk strummed up more criticism of McCracken.

As a result, Joshua spent time travelling around the US, sounding out potential new trainers ahead of his rematch with the Ukrainian in June.

Given AJ has not yet named his new trainer, Usyk sarcastically said he would help the British boxer establish a new team once he retires from the sport.

When asked about the situation regard AJ’s training camp, Usyk told Behind the Gloves: ‘I don’t think or care about what he is doing. I don’t care if he changes his trainer or his camp.’

‘In five years’ time when I have retired, if he still wants a new trainer then, I can help him establish a team.’

However, Usyk has had issues of his own as his plans to return to his training base in Kyiv have been complicated by the invasion.

His promoter Alex Krassyuk said he had ‘no idea’ what Usyk would do ahead of the bout, and suggested to Sportsmail that coming back to Ukraine would be ‘impossible’.

Usyk also spoke about his relationship with Tyson Fury given the Gypsy King was recently in talks with the Ukrainian over a potential mega-fight to crown the first undisputed king of the division in over two decades.

The pair were discussing a potential bout before it was agreed that Fury would defend his WBC heavyweight title against mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte in April instead.

However, Fury called Usyk out at the time for ‘ducking’ the fight. However, the Ukrainian southpaw has denied such claims, stating he has ‘never ducked anybody’.

Speaking to Behind the Gloves, he said: ‘Fury is lying, I have never ducked anybody. In all of my career, I have never ducked anybody.

‘I have been to Moscow to fight when national relations were very tight and I could have had big problems there. But I went to Russia, into Moscow, and I showed the people I have no fear.’

Speaking immediately after Fury called him out, Usyk even said he would challenge the Gypsy King to a ‘bare knuckle’ fight ‘in the street’.

He said: ‘If he wants I can fight him right now, with bare knuckles in the street. In all of my career, I never denied to fight anybody, I never ducked anybody.

‘Even when we had to go to Moscow, to Russia [to fight Murat Gassiev], the situation between the countries was very tight.

‘I could have big problems in my country, even then I went to Russia, to Moscow.I fought and I showed everybody what I’m capable to do.’


Buyer, price revealed as Abramovich insists to sell Chelsea [Russian-Ukrainian war]



Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has made an offer to Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss to sell the club for more than £2 billion.

Due to apparent links to President Vladimir Putin, the 55-year-old Russian businessman is in the limelight.

During his broadcast on Thursday, US President Joe Biden promised that the West will confiscate everything belonging to Russian oligarchs, even their residences.

Abramovich has strongly denied any links to the Russian President, but calls for his sanction keeps getting louder.

Wyss, who is reported to have a personal net worth of $5.8billion, says it is the Russian who is trying to engineer an auction, not the other way around.

Speaking to Swiss newspaper, Blick, the 85-year-old said: “Abramovich is one of Putin’s closest advisers and friends. Like all other oligarchs, he is also in a state of panic.

“Abramovich is trying to sell all his properties in England. He also wants to get rid of Chelsea quickly. I and three other people received an offer on Tuesday to buy Chelsea from Abramovich.”

Wyss, however, said that the Russian billionaire businessman has placed the price for the club so high, adding that he has to wait to see what happens in the next four or five days.

“You know Chelsea owe him £2billion? But Chelsea has no money, which means that whoever buys Chelsea has to compensate Abramovich,” he added.

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Trevoh Chalobah’s 15-word Chelsea response to Jamie Carragher on shocking Naby Keita challenge



Trevoh Chalobah was left baffled after Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita somehow escaped punishment for a shocking tackle in Chelsea’s Carabao Cup defeat at Wembley on Sunday.

The Blues managed to hold the Reds for 120 minutes with the game ending goalless despite each side finding the net – the linesman’s flag intervening on a number of occasions.

In the end, it took a Kepa Arrizabalaga penalty miss for Jurgen Klopp’s side to secure the trophy.

There was a hugely contentious moment throughout the match though with Reds’ midfielder Naby Keita catching Chalobah with an extremely high challenge.

Neither the referee nor VAR thought the tackle was just cause for a sending off, a decision that left Chalobah baffled after receiving stitches post-match.

Taking to Twitter, the 22-year-old said: “Had to get stitches because of this. Referee is right there I don’t get it??”

Intriguingly, the Guinean midfielder wasn’t actually meant to be on the pitch at all before the match with Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara originally named in Jurgen Klopp ’s starting line-up.

However, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich man picked up an injury in the warm-up so was thus replaced.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was also shocked at the challenge and suggested in the post-match coverage that Keita could have seen red.

Speaking on Sky Sports, he said: “When it initially happened, I thought the two of them had gone for it and completely missed the ball, that’s why I thought the referee let the game go on.

“The longer you look at it, it’s not a great challenge is it? Obviously slow motion always looks worse but as I said it doesn’t look great.”

Chalobah will certainly be hoping to make a quick recovery from the challenge, with the Blues next in action on Wednesday evening as they face Luton Town in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

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Carabao Cup Final: Kepa finally opens up after missing a crucial penalty against Liverpool



Chelsea goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga has spoken for the first time since he blazed over a crucial penalty in their 11-10 shoot-out loss to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final.

The Spaniard replaced Edouard Mendy in the final minutes of extra time.

However, Kepa failed to reproduce some of his recent heroics and then shot his kick wildly over the bar.

The 27-year-old says he is “disappointed” but will “keep working”.

“To fall and rise. Disappointed after big effort during the tournament. We keep working.

“Thanks @ChelseaFC family for your support,” Kepa tweeted.

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