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Anthony Joshua lands £30m mega-bout with Wladimir Klitschko

LONDON (BBC): £30 million mega-fight between International Boxing Federation world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and former world No 1 Wladimir Klitschko on Dec 10 is set to be confirmed by Matchroom Sport early next week. Negotiations for the contest between the unbeaten London 2012 Olympic su-

per-heavyweight champion and the Ukrainian were near completion late last week, with the Manchester Arena the favoured venue. The O2 Arena in London had been preferred, but concerts by Madness on Dec 10 and Fat Boy Slim on Dec 17 are thought to have ruled it out. Promoter Eddie Hearn had been dropping hints all week that both

heavyweights “should be in the gym focusing on fighting each other” while suggesting that Klitschko was a “big favourite” to meet Joshua in his 18th outing. The two are likely to share the purse, with the contest screened on Sky Box Office. Joshua, the IBF heavyweight titlist, is expected to fight Klitschko, the former champion of the world, in

December in Manchester. It is “very close” to being confirmed, Hearn continued. Even though this is a huge fight for Britain and Europe, one of sticking points was actually the US broadcaster. Joshua has a deal with Showtime, Klitschko is with HBO. “We’ve had

to sort out the US TV issue, which we’ve now sorted out and now we’re just making sure when we make an announcement we announce what belts are on the line rather than announcing two and adding a couple,” Hearn said. “It’ll be with one broadcaster [in Amer-

ica] and then if there’s a rematch the other one will do it.” “I’m just making sure we’re meticulous in that and [when they say] contracts are signed, broadcast deals are done, belts on the line are X rather than just jumping on it.”

Novak Djokovic questions equal prize money in tennis

World number one Novak Djokovic SERBIA (BBC): Earlier, Indian Wells tournament CEO Raymond Moore said the women’s WTA Tour”ride on the coat-tails of the men”. After claiming victory at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, 11-time major winner Djokovic said the men’s tennis tour “should fight for more”.

But the Serb described Moore’s comments as “not politically correct”. Djokovic, 28, said women “fought for what they deserve and they got it”, but claimed prize money should be “fairly distributed” based on “who attracts more attention, spectators and who sells more tickets”. There has been equal prize

money in all four majors the Australian Open, US Open, French Open and Wimbledon - since 2007, and combined Masters events such as Indian Wells and Miami pay the same to men and women. But female players are paid significantly less at women-only events when compared with similar sized men’s events. World number one Serena Williams said Moore’s statement was “offensive”, calling it “mistaken and very, very, very inaccurate”. “There’s only one way to interpret that. Get on your knees, which is offensive enough, and thank a man,” added 21-time major winner Williams, 34. “We shouldn’t have to drop to our knees at any point.”

Goldberg accepted Brock Lesnar’s challenge

Joshua (right) learned through sparring with Klitschko.



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Brock Lesnar (right) in a match with Goldberg 12 years ago.

DENVER (WWE) Oh, yes. Oh, yes.  It is happening. After a 12-year absence from WWE, Goldberg returned to Raw to answer Paul Heyman’s challenge

on behalf of Brock Lesnar with a resounding, to-thepoint “yes.” Given free rein to speak his mind in Raw’s closing moments, the former World Heavyweight Cham-

pion admitted that — even after the “SportsCenter” interview — he was more than willing to stay retired until Heyman’s trash-talk stoked his competitive fire.

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