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“I Could Have Done a Little Bit Better” – Tyson Fury’s Cousin Disappointed With Debut

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“I Could Have Done a Little Bit Better” - Tyson Fury's Cousin Disappointed With Debut

Tyson Fury’s cousin Joshua Frankham impressed a bunch of fans with a sensational pro debut against Kevin McCauley on September 12.

After a commendable run at the amateur level, Frankham took on a veteran boxer in Kevin McCauley in his maiden professional fight. Although McCauley’s pro record (15-208-12) might appear timid for fight fans, he is still one of the toughest veterans in the sport.

That said, Joshua Frankham and Kevin McCauley went the distance with both of them landing significant strikes. Frankham seemingly dominated and won the contest via a unanimous decision. But he is still unsatisfied.

Joshua Frankham says he could have done better

While Tyson Fury has hailed his cousin for a composed performance, Frankham believes that he could have done better. That’s a sign of a true champion, and the young Brit is showcasing the right mentality in his professional journey.

In a post-fight interview with IFL TV, he was asked to reflect on his performance. Joshua Frankham said, “I suppose I could have done a little bit better, but I am always going to be down for myself. I know how good I can perform.”

He further hailed McCauley for being a tough opponent, claiming to learn a lot from the fight. As per Frankham, he could have fought against a much-easier opponent, but he did not want that to happen.

“Kevin McCauley is one of the toughest gentlemen in the game at the minute. Like I said, they could have chopped me in with someone who I would have blown away probably in 30-40 seconds, and I would have learned nothing from that… So that’s a perfect learning fight tonight.”

Meanwhile, Frankham still has a long way to go and is yet to be tested against some of the best. Well, he can expect some assistance from the undefeated WBC Heavyweight champion if needs it.

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Novak Djokovic Set to Break Another Roger Federer’s French Open Record

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The 2020 French Open’s main draw is all set to commence in a couple of days. The last grand slam of the year is bound to deliver cracking results, and we might see records being broken as well. The most significant one will be Novak Djokovic attempting to overtake Roger Federer’s success rate at Roland Garros! 

We’ve seen Federer try his luck at Roland Garros for the past decade and more, but he’s unfortunately fallen short on several occasions. The Swiss Maestro has only conquered at Paris once, but has reached the finals five times. 

Federer has a decent record at clay, and the second-best wins at Roland Garros. He is obviously behind Rafael Nadal at second, but we feel FedEx can’t hold on to his position for long.

Federer’s 70-17 record in Roland Garros is closely followed by World No.1 Novak Djokovic. The Serbian is very nearby the radar and can eclipse Federer’s tally this year. Djokovic boasts a 68-14 W/L tally at the French Open and just needs three more victories to overtake Roger Federer. (Stats obtained from UTS).

Mandatory Credits: REUTERS/Clive Brunskill

We reckon Novak Djokovic will comfortably surpass Roger’s record with three wins to start off his campaign in Paris. Moreover, Federer is not a part of the tournament this year, which makes it impossible for him to defend his tally. 

Why Novak Djokovic stands out as the favorite to win the French Open this year

Amind the obvious predictions that Rafael Nadal will once again conquer in Paris, there is a different contender this year. While he’s no stranger to winning grand slam titles, Novak Djokovic has only managed to win at Roland Garros once. 

But this year can prove to be a title-winning one, if he plays his best tennis in the clay courts. There are a couple of reasons why Djokovic can win it this year:

The first being the introduction of Wilson balls to the tournament. Clay-dominant players like Dominic Thiem and Rafael Nadal are finding the balls heavier and slower on the surface, compared to the Babolat balls which were being used for the past eight years. 

Thiem has admitted that the results can be different this year, due to this factor. Moreover, the conditions will be different this year, as the tournament is hosted under floodlights. Above all, Rafa Nadal has to get past Dominic Thiem before he can book a ticket to the finals. 

Rafael Nadal at Italian Open 2020
Mandatory Credit: REUTERS/Riccardo Antimiani

Thiem is looking in extraordinary form and has all the qualities to outplay Rafa this year. The Spaniard slipped at the Italian Open and he has every chance of replicating it at Roland Garros too. Can Nadal reign supreme for the 13th time in Paris? 

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Allen Iverson Recalls the Scare of Playing Against Lakers’ Duo of Kobe Bryant And Shaquille O’Neal

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Allen Iverson Recalls the Scare of Playing Against Lakers' Duo of Kobe Bryant And Shaquille O'Neal

Which game, in particular, comes to mind when you think of Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, and Allen Iverson? It has to be the 2001 NBA Finals when the Philadelphia 76ers took a game 1 against the Lakers. Although the Lakers took home the trophy, it is a memory every Sixer fan will remember for decades to come. Recently, Allen Iverson reminisced on what it was like playing against the two legends.

The pressure of playing against Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal

On All The Smoke podcast by Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, Allen Iverson recollected what it felt like to be playing against the best players to have ever walked the court. He started off by saying, “I don’t know how you have a great series if the guy you’re guarding was averaging 30-18”. Hinting towards Shaq he explained, “Well, Shaq had his way with damn there everybody! Especially in 2001”.

Barnes reiterated that the Lakers were undefeated at that time during the Playoffs until the Sixers took Game 1 of the Finals. “They were just rolling,” responded Iverson. “And it was just too much Shaq in his prime and then you got Kobe in his prime. Damn man!” Barnes reacted with a scoff and exclaimed. “Scary!”. Allen continued, “And then all you gotta have is other guys out there playing defense. And then all you’ve got to do is make plays for Shaq. You get millions of dollars to hit at Shaq.”

Iverson narrated the different strategies the players would try, but nothing worked. “How are you going to beat them? Kobe getting all the attention, Shaq getting all the attention. You can’t double Shaq, and if you don’t double him, that’s a bucket. You gotta double Kobe because if you don’t, that’s a bucket and it might be three or two.”

The relationship between AI and Kobe

Allen Iverson, as dominating as he was during his prime, the only thing he failed to achieve was a ring. The credit for the same goes to Lakers and their then duo of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. AI has always held Kobe in high regard and continues to honor him in interviews, podcasts and public appearances. The two competitive players had huge respect for each other and we would have loved to see the two interacting post their retirement.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Teammate Zubaira Tukhugov Misses Weight for UFC 253

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Khabib Nurmagomedov's Teammate Zubaira Tukhugov Misses Weight for UFC 253

Zubaira Tukhugov is set to face Hakeem Dawodu this weekend at UFC 253. However, a teammate of UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov, Zubaira came in over the weight limit of a non-title featherweight fight. The UFC has not yet given any confirmation on the status of the fight.

Zubaira weighed in four pounds over the non-title fight featherweight limit of 146 pounds. On the other hand, Dawodu weighed in at 145 pounds. Apart from Tukhugov, late replacement L’udovit Klein also weighed in at 150 pounds for his featherweight fight against Shane Young.

Barring any medical hurdles, they will most likely step inside the Octagon this weekend. In all likelihood, they will end up forfeiting a portion of their purse to their respective opponents.

Zubaira Tukhugov feels it’s different fighting without Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father

The MMA community mourned the loss of the father of Khabib Nurmagomedov, Abdulmanap Nurmagoemdov, earlier this year. A highly acclaimed coach, Abdulmanap had played a pivotal role in the development of fighters from in and around Dagestan. Therefore, his absence is something that Zubaira can’t overlook.

“Yes, this is different,” Tukhugov said at UFC 253 media day. “Abdulmanap, he’s close with me, he helps me, I feel better. He’s now not here, it’s very sad. It’s not good. We need to keep going.”

Zubaira Tukhugov caught the attention of the MMA media at UFC 229 post-fight melee. People began referring to him as the fighter in Khabib’s corner who punched Conor McGregor during the brawl. Due to his involvement in the brawl, the Nevada State Athletic Commission handed him a ban of one year.

While talking to RT Sport, Zubaira had also brought up the role of Abdulmanap in his successful weight last year. Looking at how his weight cut turned out, it seems that he could’ve used some help from the veteran coach had he been around.

“When I was getting nervous about my weight cut he came to me and encouraged me. I’m having problems now and I think: ‘If Abdulmanap was here, I’d give him all my trust and cut weight easily.’ But, what can you do? That’s life. One day you’re here, the next day you’re gone. He’s no longer with us, sadly,” Zubaira told RT Sport.

While he can’t change anything about his weight now, he will still look to go inside the Octagon and dominate his opponent. A solid performance could open the door for him into the top 15 of the division.

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