first_imgBy Chris WilliamsSHAKUR Stevenson has only held the WBO featherweight title for five months, and already his promoter Bob Arum is calling the three-year pro the next Floyd Mayweather Jr. The 2016 Olympic silver medalist Stevenson (13-0, 7 KOs) was supposed to have defended his WBO 126-lb title last Saturday night against Miguel Marriaga on ESPN at Madison Square Garden in New York, but the fight was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.Arum is pushing hard to make the 22-year-old Stevenson into a big name as fast as possible, but it’s not easy with the COVID 19 pandemic putting a clamp on his fight cards. Top Rank Boxing had to cancel their March 14th and March 17th cards because of the coronavirus crisis.Arum still wanted to go ahead with the cards behind closed doors without fans attending, but the inability to test the fights due to testing kits not being available foiled the plans to have the fights to go ahead. “He’s the second coming of Floyd Mayweather,” Arum said to ESPN.com. “Shakur is tremendously confident in his abilities, just like Floyd. He is a super defensive fighter, just like Floyd. And he is like a genius in the ring, the way Floyd was.”Stevenson doesn’t fight anything like Mayweather, and he doesn’t possess the hand speed that he once had. When Floyd was 22, he was beating the likes of Justin Juuko, Carlos Rios and Carlos Gerena. Mayweather looked a lot more polished and considerably quicker than Stevenson. Personally, I think it’s a bad comparison on Arum’s part. However, Arum has been comparing Terence Crawford with a young Sugar Ray Leonard, and that makes no sense either. Crawford fights nothing as Leonard did.For Stevenson to become popular as Mayweather did, Arum is going to need to keep him busy and upgrade on the level of competition he’s facing. Putting Stevenson in with Marriaga is a waste of time if the objective is to turn him into a star. Marriaga (29-3, 25 KOs) has already been beaten by Nicholas Walters, Oscar Valdez and Vasiliy Lomachenko.When the green light is given for fight cards to commence again after the coronavirus problem goes away, then Arum should look to put Stevenson in with talented fighters.Guys Stevenson needs to fight to take his career to the next level. (Boxing News 24).last_img read more

first_img“Just two old guys having fun,” Bryant said. “I haven’t been able to get to his fadeaway, I was timing him up to try to catch him before he gets up high because he’s too damn tall. Once he’s up there, I can’t get it. I figured I’d try to catch him. But he has great footwork, so he was able to catch me and made the step all the way through. We kind of laughed about it.”There was plenty to laugh about the Lakers’ performance. Lakers center Roy Hibbert and forward Julius Randle both became plagued with foul trouble. The Lakers committed 20 turnovers. Randle, Lou Williams, Metta World Peace and Nick Young shot a combined 5 of 33 from the field. “Sometimes in basketball, the round thing doesn’t go in the round thing,” said World Peace, who missed all nine of his shot attempts. “Defensively, I was like Michael Jackson and pretty outstanding. Offensively, I was like Milli Vanilli.”Yet, the Lakers traveled back to Los Angeles convinced their problems will not follow them.“We could’ve mailed this one home, but our guys competed,” Scott said. “Our youngsters are learning and getting better. We’re not reaping the benefits right now. But in the long run, we will.” DALLAS >> The spasms in Kobe Bryant’s back went away. So did his shooting inaccuracy. But the Lakers could not find the cure to stop another persisting ailment: their bottom-line results. The Lakers lost, 90-82, to the Dallas Mavericks on Friday at American Airlines Center, cementing a four-game losing streak to end a five-game trip. The Lakers (1-8) coughed up a 10-point lead with an atrocious third quarter in which they shot 5 of 18 from the field. Bryant and Metta World Peace missed consecutive 3-pointers after they trailed 88-82 with 33.9 seconds remaining. Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson missed a driving bank shot, and rookie guard D’Angelo Russell missed another 3-pointer as Dallas (5-4) led, 90-82, with 6.8 seconds left.“These hurt more than the ones we lose by a lot,” said Russell, who had nine points on 3-of-7 shooting, six rebounds and five assists in 23 minutes. “You know you’re out there and then you look at the minor mistakes you make that cost the game.” Despite contending the Lakers could have won three games out of this five-game trip if not for those minor mistakes, coach Byron Scott still argued the team made “big-time progress.”After recently lamenting the team’s league-worst rebound differential (7.4 ppg), Scott saw the Lakers dominate the glass 57-48. Clarkson (21 points) and Russell both hit two fourth-quarter jumpers. More importantly, Bryant posted 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting, five rebounds and three assists in 32 minutes after missing the previous two games because of back tightness. He also missed Friday’s shootaround because of a stomach bug.“I can’t believe he was sick the other day and his back was hurting,” Scott said. “But I’m not surprised.”Bryant reported that his “legs felt pretty good” and that his back “wasn’t painful.” But he wore long sleeves underneath his jersey for the third consecutive game to keep his surgically repaired shoulder warm. Bryant also experienced a hiccup when he became cross-matched on Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki. He faked Bryant out with his footwork to convert on an up-and-under layup in the second quarter, prompting the two future Hall of Famers to smile at each other afterwards. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgEdin Dzeko, made a transfer from Wolfsburg to Manchester City in season 2010/2011, and the transfer amounted to 37 million euros.In the recent transfer the Chinese Super League teams dominated, but the transition of Oscar from Chelsea to Shanghai SIPG become the largest winter transfer ever. The Chinese paid 60 million euros for Brazilian.On the second place, there is a transfer of Fernando Torres in the same period when Dzeko arrived in England. Chelsea paid 58.5 million euros to Liverpool for the services of Spanish.The third most expensive transfer in the last winter was the transfer of Alex Teixeira from Shakhtar in JS Suning which amounted to 50 million euros.More expensive transfers than Dzeko’s to Manchester City were: transfer of Juan Mata from Chelsea to Manchester United (44.73 million – 2013/14.), Jackson Martinez from Atletico Madrid to Guangzhou Evergrande (42 million – 2015/16.), Andy Carroll from Newcastle to Liverpool (41 million – 2010/11.), Lucas Moura from Sao Paulo to PSG (40 million – 2012/13.) and Julian Draxler from Wolfsburg to PSG (40 million – 2016/17. ).(Source: klix)last_img read more