WP Boxing presents a WBC World Youth Super Bantamweight title bout between Chainoi Worawut and Bingcheng Zou

WP Boxing is Back this weekend! Thailand’s top boxing organization, WP Boxing returns this Saturday July 20th and features an epic main event between the WBC World Youth Super Bantamweight Champion Chainoi Worawut (4-0-1) and China’s Bingcheng Zou (7-3-0).

The title will be on the line as the pride of Thailand and undefeated Chainoi, looks to continue his blitz on the division and make it five wins, five KO’s. There’s a lot of hype surrounding this 22-year-old, and he will be looking to sweep aside China’s Zou, who is coming off a defeat and is yet to display any fight changing power, with all seven of his wins coming via decision.

The Co-Main event is equally as mouth-watering and features the current WBC Asia Bantamweight champion, who is ranked no. 4 in the world by WBC, Nawaphon Sor Rungvisai (45-1-1), who will face former Asia Boxing Federation Champion Ryan Lumacad (14-2-3).

Thailand’s “Por Chokchai” is a former World Flyweight Title challenger and since that defeat to Juan Hernandez Navarrete in 2017, has blasted away nine opponents with seven stoppages. He’s back on the World Championship hunt this Saturday against a very game Filipino fighter, who will not be coming to make up the numbers.

This explosive card is free admission and takes place at Workpoint Entertainment in Rangsit, Pathum Thani. If you can’t make it out to Rangsit, you can watch the fights in the comfort of your home via Workpoint 23 TV and also via Workpoint Entertanment Facebook page and the Workpoint Official youtube Channel. The card will commence at approximately 3:15pm and features a host of other thrilling fight involving Thailand’s next generation of boxing talent.

Reports: MS Dhoni to be dropped for West Indies tour; to groom new India wicket keeper as his replacement

MS Dhoni came under a lot of flak at the ICC World Cup for his batting decline and could be on his way out of the Indian team – after passing on the torch to Rishabh Pant first.

Times Now reports that MS Dhoni will not travel with the Indian squad for their upcoming tour to the West Indies. India will play 3 T20 Internationals, 3 ODIs and 2 test matches in the Carribean.

The tour kicks off with the T20 internationals on August 3 and carries on until September 3, which marks the fifth day of the second test match.

Dhoni, who came under immense scrutiny for his batting at the World Cup, will not travel with the squad according to the source and will instead groom Rishabh Pant to take over from him as India’s next man behind the stumps.

The source also clearly stated that the Ranchi man may not play for India actively, but may travel with the squad to lend his expertise and knowledge to the next generation coming through.

“MS [Dhoni] will not go to the West Indies.

“Going forward, he will not travel with the team within India or overseas as the first-choice wicketkeeper. Rishabh Pant will take over and there will be a grooming window for him until he settles down.

“During this time, MS will help in the transition. For all you know, he could be part of the 15 but not part of the 11. This team needs a guiding hand on multiple fronts and wishing MS away is clearly unhealthy,”

 

 

Reports: Lionel Messi signs petition to have Copa America red card revoked but in danger of 2-year ban

Lionel Messi, along with the Argentinian FA, has reportedly signed a petition to have his Copa America red card revoked – but may have to deal with a sobering reality that he could be absent from international football for a long time.

Argentina’s La Nacion outlet claims that the country’s FA has written a letter to CONMEBOL to have Lionel Messi’s red card revoked. Messi himself has co-signed the petition.

In case the sending-off is still upheld, Argentina want the ban to be reduced to just one game.

However, reports suggest that Lionel Messi’s comments that suggested corruption and malpractice within the CONMEBOL to rig Copa America towards a Brazil victory could have farther reaching consequences.

The Barcelona star may even face up to two years on the sideline should he be banned from international football for his outburst.

Messi was critical of refereeing in the tournament after Argentina exited to a controversial 2-0 loss to Brazil in the semifinal and didn’t hold back at all after he was sent off against Chile in the 3rd/4th placing match.

“I did not want to be part of this corruption. We shouldn’t have to be part of this disrespect we suffered during the Copa America.

“We could have gone further, but we weren’t allowed into the final. Corruption, referees and all the rest stopped people from enjoying the football,” he said.

Read Also: Lionel Messi has won most number of MOTM awards in the last 9 seasons – 100 times more than Cristiano Ronaldo

Bayer Leverkusen’s official Twitter handle trolls Manchester United fan about failing to qualify for UCL

Bayer Leverkusen had a stellar 2018/19 season and qualified for the Champions League. Manchester United, however, didn’t – something that came up casually in a fun bit of banter between a fan and the Bundesliga side’s Twitter handle.

Leverkusen’s Twitter handle posted an image of striker Lucas Alario nailing a 3-pointer in basketball to which a Manchester United fan replied, remarking that it was the first time the team has gotten 3 points.

Leverkusen’s social media handle wasn’t about to take that shot lying down and replied in kind, subtly reminind him that Manchester United didn’t qualify for the Champions League while they did.

The hilarious response sparked a bit of banter in the thread that followed, but it was all in good spirit as the Manchester United fan in question took it in his stride.

Manchester United, as Leverkusen’s Twitter handle kindly reminded, did not make the cut for Europe’s elite tournament after limping to a sixth placed finish under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

However, changes have been afoot in the club over the season break as Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have been purchased, with Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes touted to be next in.

Should Romelu Lukaku or Paul Pogba leave the club, Wissam Ben Yedder and Sergej Milinkovic Savic have been earmarked as replacements for them.

Reports: Barcelona target two Bundesliga defenders as alternatives after Matthijs de Ligt chooses Juventus

After Matthijs de Ligt turned down Barcelona to opt for Juventus instead, the Catalan club have lined up two Bundesliga defenders as alternative signings.

Don Balon reports that Barcelona have identified RP Lepizig’s two young centre backs, Ibrahima Konate and Dayot Upamecano, as ideal alternative signings after missing out on Matthijs de Ligt.

It was rumoured for a long time that Barcelona were the front runners to secure the signature of the young Dutchman, but Juventus’ package was a better financial fit for the player and his agent, Mino Raiola.

Read Also: Lionel Messi to prevent Barcelona from signing La Liga defender who insulted him on social media

As a result, they are not left with the task of securing a defender who can offer competition for spots to Samuel Umtiti and Clement Lenglet, as well as be a long term replacement for Gerard Pique.

Konate and Upamecano, both 20, fit the bill perfecty. The report states that RB Leipzig will ask for €35 million for Konate while a bid under €50 million will not be accepted for Upamecano.

Barcelona have moved to confirm the signing of Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid recently and will look to press on with transfer business, with left back Junior Firpo from Real Betis also linked with a move.

FOX Sports Asia probability rating: 3/5; Now that the conquest of de Ligt has officially become impossible, Barcelona would be served well to look for alternatives and this young Bundesliga duo is as highly rated as it comes.

Reports: Lionel Messi to prevent Barcelona from signing La Liga defender who insulted him on social media

Barcelona are interested in signing Real Betis left back Junior Firpo but Lionel Messi has reportedly put his foot down to veto the transfer.

Diario Gol reports that Barcelona’s pursuit of Firpo may end in failure after Lionel Messi is said to be opposed to him moving to the La Liga champions in the summer transfer window.

The opposition to the move stems from the fact that Firpo had tweeted out abusive messages to Lionel Messi in 2012 – something that the Barcelona dressing room is also not comfortable with.

Firpo, 22, broke into public consciousness after he racked up 29 appearances for Real Betis in the 2018/19 season, scoring 3 goals and setting up 5 more.

Given that 30-year-old Jordi Alba is the only left back in the team, Barcelona are on the look out for  a long term replacement for him and consider Firpo to be an ideal fit.

He is reported to have a release clause of €50 million, which would place the transfer within achievable financial means for the club after they just shelled out €120 million for Antoine Griezmann.

For their part, Real Betis seem resigned to lose Firpo to the La Liga champions and have already signed Alfonso Pedraza as a potential replacement.

Any deal between the two teams could also include a player from Barcelona going to Betis, should the clubs will it so.

However, with Lione Messi and co. ticked off at the player, it is far from certain that he will make the move to the Nou Camp in the first place.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer questions Jesse Lingard’s character and future after lewd hotel video

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed that he is big on discipline and that Jesse Lingard’s indiscretionary hotel video was ‘dealt with internally’.

Jesse Lingard landed in hot soup in June, mainly with Manchester United fans, after he posted a video of his friends and him making merry in a hotel room. The video also featured a friend of the footballer simulating sex to a pillow.

Also Read: Manchester United fans express disgust at latest Jesse Lingard hotel room instagram video

Speaking to Telegraph, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer touched on the issue and mentioned that the attacking midfielder had been taken to task by the club over his actions. It had been reported after the incident that the Norwegian was ‘furious’ with Lingard.

“That has been dealt with internally,” said Solskjaer of the video, before going on to elaborate on his point.

“I am old school, old fashioned, quite big on discipline.

“I am quite big on self discipline and I can’t spoon feed all these players. They have got to do it themselves. Of course, I have had many years at this club and I have seen which players have been successful and those characters.

“You have got to be a strong character to play here,” he said, hinting that Jesse Lingard’s conduct may even invite scrutiny over his Manchester United future.

 

 

WATCH: Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain do sprints during Juventus training – and the difference is plain to see

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain took turns to do sprints during Juventus’ pre-season training and the difference in intensity and speed was painfully apparent to see.

Not for nothing is Cristiano Ronaldo considered to be the best player in the world alongside Lionel Messi. His consistency is phenomenal and despite being 34 going on 35, his physical fitness is always in peak condition.

It wasn’t too surprising to see then, when juxtaposed, that Gonzalo Higuain’s sprints seemed slow and lethargic when compared to Cristiano Ronaldo’s fiery effort.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored 28 goals and picked up 10 assists in 43 appearances last season for Juventus. However, while his individual statistics weren’t up to his usual lofty standards, it was collectively a superb season for the Portuguese star as he ended up winning three trophies – the Italian Supercopa, Serie A and the UEFA Nations League, the third of which was fuelled by a ridiculous hattrick from him against Switzerland in the semifinals.

Ahead of the upcoming campaign, new Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri set a meeting with Cristiano Ronaldo and urged him to breach the 40 goal mark in 2019/20.

It was also reported that Sarri would be playing the Portuguese talisman as a false 9 in his famed Sarriball system.

WATCH: UCL star touches down in Turin to join Juventus after Cristiano Ronaldo asked him to

Reports: Real Madrid star to be replaced after being unable to cope with intense pre-season training

Real Madrid star Luke Modric is almost 34 and his physical peak is behind him – something that has become increasingly apparent after his inability to cope with pre-season training.

Diario Gol reports that Zinedine Zidane’s new fitness coach, Gregory Dupont, has been putting the team through their paces and ramping up the intensity of pre-season training.

However, 2018 Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric, now almost 34, has been unable to cope with the increased physical load and has let the French coach know about it.

It is reported that Modric is having a hard time recuperating between sessions and has informed the French coach to start looking for replacements for him, especially since he feels he cannot produce 90 minutes week-in, week-out in the upcoming season.

Read Also: Lionel Messi has won most number of MOTM awards in the last 9 seasons – 100 times more than Cristiano Ronaldo

However, having reportedly agreed a new contract at Real Madrid, Modric has trusted the discretion of Zidane to not let Florentino Perez known that he is physically not up to scratch ahead of the new campaign.

For his part, Zinedine Zidane is pushing Perez to sign either Paul Pogba or Christian Eriksen as a replacement for Modric, without spilling the beans about the real issue at hand.

The report states that even Dani Ceballos, who is strongly linked with a move away from the club, may be allowed to stay as a backup option for the 2018 World Cup finalist.

 

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus to be renamed in FIFA 20 after signing exclusive deal with PES

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus will not retain their name in FIFA 20 after they signed an exclusive deal with Pro Evolution Soccer.

It would mean that Juventus will be called ‘Piemonte Calcio’ in the game. The player names and likeness, however, will all be retained.

This is a major call for the Serie A champions, especially after Cristiano Ronaldo decked out in Juventus colours was the face of FIFA 19. However, following rape allegations against him from Kathryn Mayorga that resurfaced, EA Sports dropped the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in favour of ‘celebrating other talent.’

Perhaps, that was also a factor in Juventus consummating their deal with PES.

A statement from the club on their new deal read as follows:

“The new and exciting partnership with Konami will see the eFootball PES series have exclusive use of Juventus intellectual property within console football video games, including the team name, the crest, and official kits.

“In addition, the development team has been granted in-depth access to the players themselves, via full-body 3D scan, in order to recreate their likeliness in the game as accurately as possible.”

The club’s CFO Giorgio Ricci also provided his thoughts on the partnership.

“We are particularly proud of the partnership signed with Konami. This agreement sees two global football and entertainment icons, PES and Juventus partnering together for the next three years.

“And it will allow us to easier identify with our younger fans, as well as increase our appeal to both sports fans and those of e-sports.”

Also Read: Lionel Messi has won most number of MOTM awards in the last 9 seasons – 100 times more than Cristiano Ronaldo

WATCH: UCL star touches down in Turin to join Juventus after Cristiano Ronaldo asked him to

The latest signing-to-be of Juventus, Matthijs de Ligt, touched down in Turin and was all smiles as his transfer to the Serie A club nears completion. 

Football’s most pursued centre back talent, Matthijs de Ligt, has touched down in Italy to complete the formalities surrounding his move to Juventus from Champions League semifinalists Ajax.

Clubs like Barcelona, Manchester United and PSG were also seriously interested in the services of the 19-year-old Dutch international but it was Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus that won the battle to sign him – in no small part due to the Portuguese sensation.

After defeating Netherlands in the Nations League final, Cristiano Ronaldo told Matthijs de Ligt that he wanted him to join Juventus.

Duly, the young centre back followed suit, choosing the Serie A champions over Barcelona, Manchester United or PSG.

The deal is reported to cost Juventus £67.5 million, in a summer where they’ve already recruited former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey. It is also rumoured that they were interested in Manchester United’s Paul Pogba but withdrew after baulking at the English club’s valuation of the player.

De Ligt played 77 times in total for Ajax, scoring 9 goals. He was named the club’s youngest ever captain in March of 2018. He has also earned 15 caps for the Netherlands senior side, with his solitary goal coming against England in the UEFA Nations League semifinals.

Lionel Messi has won most number of MOTM awards in the last 9 seasons – 100 times more than Cristiano Ronaldo

Lionel Messi has racked up an incredible 225 Man of the Match (MOTM) awards since the 2010/11 season – which is 100 more than his arch rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

Sport Bible floated statistics that reveal that Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi has won the MOTM award a grand total of 225 times in the previous 9 seasons.

In that same time, Cristiano Ronaldo has (only) won the award 125 times.

However, it is worth mentioning that Messi and Ronaldo comprise the only duo to have won MOTM awards more than a 100 times in the past 9 seasons.

Third on the list is now Real Madrid galactico and former Chelsea player Eden Hazard. Former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Neymar and Luis Suarez are the other players who make the top 5.

Familiar names such as Gareth Bale, Antoine Griezmann and Marco Reus are also part of the top 10. A surprising inclusion is that of Barcelona’s all-action midfielder Arturo Vidal, however.

It is expected once again that Lionel Messi will be at the forefront of the Ballon d’Or favourites after notching up another 50 plus goal season.However, his inability to win either the Champions League, Copa del Rey or the Copa America is said to have made Liverpool defender Virgil can Dijk favourite to claim the award.

Cristiano Ronaldo, meanwhile, has fallen back in the pecking order despite claiming three trophies this season.

Reports: Real Madrid players urging club to sell star at a loss instead of risking dressing room fracture

Real Madrid players have become disillusioned with the presence of Gareth Bale and are reportedly pushing Florentino Perez to offload him, even at an acute loss, if it means they would be rid of him ahead of next season.

Diario Gol reports that Gareth Bale’s inability to gel with the squad and fill in the shoes of the departed Cristiano Ronaldo has left him as an outsider at the club.

Moreover, manager Zinedine Zidane does not rate the player either.

As a result, despite their public stance that he is happy to stay at Real Madrid, Gareth Bale and his agent are aware that his immediate future lies elsewhere.

In this scenario, Tottenham have reported expressed interest in the player as long as he can be included in a potential deal for Christian Eriksen. According to the report, the London club are demanding Bale plus €50 million for the player.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is unhappy with their valuation of the Welshman who he feels should command a fee of €80 million. However, it is being reported that the players at Real Madrid are urging Florentino Perez to give in to Daniel Levy’s demands and off load Gareth Bale, even if it means the club incurs a loss doing so.

 

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer issues public message to Paul Pogba; reveals how he can win fans over

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has claimed in an interview with the Telegraph that he can offer Paul Pogba the growth and success he requires as a footballer at Manchester United, in an attempt to dissuade him from leaving.

It has been no secret Paul Pogba’s desire to leave Manchester United, with the player and his agent publicly expressing that they are on the look out for a new challenge next season.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come out with a statement of his own on the matter, claiming that while he understands where the French midfielder is coming from, that he can still offer him what he wants at United.

“I’ve not been upset by anything he’s said because we’ve had many conversations and I know exactly what Paul is thinking,” said the Norwegian.

“I can give him a new challenge.

“I’ve said many times about Paul that he’s a top, top boy and a great player and he’s never, ever been a problem. If we get him playing like he did when I came in again, he will win you [the fans] over.”

There has been somewhat of an outcry against the World Cup winner in fan circles ever since he openly admitted that he is looking for a ‘new challenge’ earlier during the season break.

However, Solskjaer maintained that the club hasn’t received a bid for his services.

“But we’ve not had offers [for Paul Pogba]. I can say the same about whichever player. If we don’t get an offer for a player we would have to pay them out for them not to be here, don’t we, so we haven’t had offers,” he concluded.

(Quotes R/T Telegraph)