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‘Time to hang up my gloves’: Amir Khan announces end of his boxing career




The 35-year-old Olympic silver medallist became unified world champion in 2011 and has to his credit 34 wins from 40 fights.

Britain’s former light-welterweight world champion Amir Khan has announced his retirement from boxing after defeat to compatriot Kell Brook in February.

Khan, Olympic lightweight silver medallist at the 2004 Athens Games when he was 17 years old, won the WBA light-welter belt from Ukrainian Andriy Kotelnyk in 2009 and added the IBF title in 2011 when he beat American Zab Judah.

He bows out with a record of 34 wins from 40 fights, with six defeats.

His latest was a sixth round stoppage against long-term rival Brook, who retired last week, in Manchester.

“It’s time to hang up my gloves,” the 35-year-old, who turned professional in 2005, said on Twitter.

“I feel blessed to have had such an amazing career that has spanned over 27 years.”

Frustrating end

A controversial points loss against American Lamont Peterson later in 2011 brought the British boxer’s reign to a frustrating end but he was reinstated as WBA title holder after Peterson tested positive for a banned substance in the lead-up to the rematch.

But it was a short reign as he was savagely stopped by Danny Garcia in 2012, a defeat that marked the last time he came into the ring holding a major world title.

Khan leapt two divisions to face Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in 2016 for the WBC middleweight title but the Mexican ended matters clinically with a devastating one-punch sixth-round knockout.

Despite his waning performances in the ring, his appeal with the British public was cemented by an appearance on TV reality show “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!” in 2017.

Khan was also stopped inside six rounds by WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford in 2019 before surprisingly teaming up and training alongside the American in Colorado for his much-anticipated fight against Brook earlier this year.

But there would be no storybook ending as Khan’s face was left battered and bruised before he was stopped on his feet.

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President acknowledges achievements by Tennis Association





President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has highlighted the exceptional talent of the junior tennis team, noting their numerous achievements. He made the remarks at a meeting held at the President’s Office with the members of the Tennis Association of the Maldives (TAM) and the junior tennis team.

Speaking at the meeting, President Solih encouraged the tennis players to continue in their sport and applauded their sportsmanship. He also acknowledged the role of their parents and extended his gratitude for their support.

At the meeting, the members of TAM shared their concerns with the president and briefed him on the actions taken to resolve them immediately. The president said that the administration would take measures to address their concerns.


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Djokovic eases into French Open third round with victory over Molcan





The 35-year-old Djokovic cruised through the opening two sets, breaking Molcan’s serve three times without giving the Slovakian a single opportunity on his own delivery.

World number one Novak Djokovic has completed a solid 6-2 6-3 7-6(4) victory over Slovakia’s Alex Molcan in the second round of the French Open to keep his title defence and quest for a record-equalling 21st Grand Slam on track.

With Djokovic unable to defend his Australian Open title due to his refusal to be vaccinated against Covid-19, Spaniard Rafa Nadal broke a three-way tie for the most Grand Slam titles with the Serb and Roger Federer by winning the Melbourne Park major at the start of the year.

Yet a successful rerun of his 2021 Roland Garros campaign, when he beat 13-time French Open winner Nadal in the semi-finals, will lift Djokovic alongside his great rival.

On a blustery day on Court Suzanne Lenglen, the 35-year-old Djokovic cruised through the opening two sets, breaking Molcan’s serve three times without giving the Slovakian a single opportunity on his own delivery.

The 24-year-old Molcan, trained by Djokovic’s former long-time coach Marian Vajda, was ranked 255th when he went down in straight sets to Djokovic in their only previous meeting in Belgrade last May but since then the left-hander has climbed to a career-high ranking of 38th.

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The 24-year-old Molcan has climbed to a career-high ranking of 38th. (AP)

“Difficult match with a lot of winds”

With nothing to lose, Molcan opened up his shoulders in the third set and with some aggressive all-court hitting managed to cancel out Djokovic’s early advantage to force a tiebreak.

But Djokovic then managed to go up a gear and converted his second matchpoint when the left-hander found the net with a return.

“It was a difficult match with a lot of winds, changing direction,” he said on court. “You have to be fully focused.

“I have a lot of respect for Alex. He’s got a game that’s made for this surface. I hope it’s the last time I play against Marian Vajda as coach of my opponent.”

The top seed will next meet Slovenia’s former world number 43 Aljaz Bedene for a place in the fourth round.

READ MORE: Djokovic finds form ahead of Roland Garros, wins Italian Open crown 

Source: TRT World 

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Premier League approves Chelsea takeover by Boehly group





The deal is yet to be signed off by the British government before it can be completed.

The Premier League board has announced it had approved Todd Boehly’s proposed takeover of Chelsea from Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich who was sanctioned by the British government.

A Premier League statement said on Tuesday: “The Premier League Board has today approved the proposed takeover of Chelsea Football Club by the Todd Boehly/Clearlake Consortium.”

“The purchase remains subject to the British Government issuing the required sale licence and the satisfactory completion of the final stages of the transaction.”

A consortium led by Boehly, a co-owner of baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers, had already agreed a $5.3 billion deal to buy the Premier League club from owner Abramovich on May 7.

Russian billionaire Abramovich put Chelsea on the market in early March, just before he was sanctioned by the British government following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

‘Intense discussions’

But earlier on Tuesday, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed the government were working with the club over the deal.

“We are working closely with Chelsea to progress the sale,” the spokesman said.

“We are holding intense discussions with the relevant international partners to get the necessary approvals and we will set out further details as soon as we can.”

The deal has dragged out as the British government makes sure that Abramovich, who was sanctioned over his links to Russian President Vladimir Putin, does not profit from the enforced sale of the club.

Chelsea has been operating under a government license since Abramovich’s assets were frozen in March and it expires on May 31.

READ MORE: Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich sanctioned over Putin links


Source: TRT World 

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