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    Premier League final day LIVE SCORES: Foden double puts Man City on brink of fourth title in a row – latest updates

    THE final day of the Premier League season is here – and there is still so much to play for.Arsenal and Manchester City are going head-to-head for the title with Pep Guardiola’s side in Pole position for their fourth straight triumph.But all hope is not lost for the Gunners’ first Premier League trophy since 2003/04.Mikel Arteta’s side must beat Everton and hope that West Ham avoid defeat at the Etihad for Arsenal to end their 20-year wait for the title.Meanwhile, the race for Europe is heating up with Tottenham, Chelsea, Newcastle and Manchester United all in the race.
    Kick off times: 4pm BST (all games)
    TV Channels: Sky Sports Main Event/TNT Sports 1
    CASINO SPECIAL – BEST CASINO WELCOME OFFERSFollow our live blog below…First half by numbers
    Here are the stats from that first half as the Arsenal players come back onto the pitch early for this second half.
    Again, Everton are making them wait.
    Arsenal completed 300 passes in that first half with 12 shots on goal.

    Copy linkCopiedHT: Arsenal 1-1 Everton
    Nervy, cagey play early doors. Perhaps a result of Phil Foden’s goal after 79 seconds in Manchester.
    Everton then took the lead late on in the half when Gueye’s free kick was deflected into his own net by Declan Rice in the wall.
    Tomiyasu leveled things up here, just as Kudus was scoring for West Ham to half their deficit against City.
    For a three or four minute spell, it was sheer pandemonium inside the ground.
    The reality of it is Arsenal aren’t winning at the moment and Manchester City are. So that needs to change if the Gunners are going to win the league this afternoon.

    Copy linkCopiedHT: Chelsea 1-0 Bournemouth
    Mauricio Pochettino’s side lead thanks to Moises Caicedo’s first Premier League goal for Chelsea.
    Bournemouth will feel hard done by to go in at the interval trailing, they have created more chances than the hosts.
    If they are to find a way back into this game, they need to be more clinical.

    Copy linkCopiedHalf-time – Man City 2-1 West Ham
    Manchester City are in the box seat and overwhelming favourites to claim the Premier League title…
    …but they go in at half-time not as comfortable as they should be.
    After an incredibly one-sided first half, there is just one goal between City and their opponents, while Arsenal are back in the match at the Emirates.
    Two wonderful – and early – Phil Foden strikes were arguably topped by an audacious Mohammed Kudus effort, and there is still a game and league to be won.

    Copy linkCopiedHT: Brentford 0-3 Newcastle
    It has been a disappointing first half from Thomas Frank’s side but will feel Ivan Toney’s disallowed goal changed the game.
    Harvey Barnes, Jacob Murphy and Alexander Isak with the goals for Eddie Howe’s side.
    Hard to see a way back into this game for Brentford now.

    Copy linkCopiedHT: Arsenal 1-1 Everton
    Thomas Partey has a shot from just outside the box which goes over the bar.
    That’s the last chance of the half as Michael Oliver blows his whistle shortly after.
    A chaotic, frantic end to that half, which ends all square.
    Copy linkCopiedArsenal 1-1 Everton
    45+4. A naughty rumour is swirling around the stadium that West Ham have scored again.
    So once again the place goes nuts and there’s huge cheers from the stands.
    Poor Gunners fans in the stands. One of those that is extremely funny if you’re not a fan of the club it happens to.

    Copy linkCopiedHT: Brighton 0-0 Man Utd
    Roberto De Zerbi will have some choice words for his misfiring attackers.
    The Seagulls have been dominant in this game but have not been able to convert the plethora of chances they are creating.
    Man Utd have been spectators in this game so far.

    Copy linkCopiedArsenal 1-1 Everton
    45. Seven minutes added on and it’ll be a frantic end to the half.
    The atmosphere from that Arsenal goal and news of the West Ham goal has sent this place absolutely bonkers!
    What a noise inside the ground now. They have hope once more…
    Copy linkCopiedChelsea 1-0 Bournemouth
    45. The visitors are certainly not giving up on this game.
    Since the goal, they are giving as good as they get and have created more chances than The Blues.
    Kluivert missed a chance when he could not find the target and moments later Tavernier’s left-footed shot is saved by Petrovic.
    Copy linkCopiedArsenal 1-1 Everton
    44. Maybe not quite a canter anymore!
    Odegaard is slid in down the right and is inside the area. His first time cutback misses everyone that makes a run towards goal.
    That leaves left back Tomiyasu to come steaming in just inside the area to come onto it and strike low and hard beyond Pickford and into the net.
    A similar chance to one he had earlier too!
    Copy linkCopiedMan City 2-1 West Ham
    43, Out of nowhere, Mohammed Kudus has scored one of the most outrageous goals of the Premier League campaign!
    At the same time Arsenal were equalising against Everton, West Ham were preparing to take their first corner of the game here.
    The inswinger to the back post wasn’t particularly dangerous with Tomas Soucek unable to make anything of it but then enter Kudus.
    Flicking the ball up into the air for himself, the Ghanaian then unleashed the most spectacular overhead kick to power past Stefan Ortega and stun the Etihad.
    We may still have a title race…

    Copy linkCopiedWhat a goal!

    Copy linkCopiedThe Gunners fight back instantly!

    Copy linkCopiedBrentford 0-3 Newcastle
    38. Guimaraes is on his game today as he picks a perfect pass to Isak.
    This time the striker makes no mistake as he finds the bottom of the goal with a right-footed shot.
    Unless Thomas Frank get his side going here, this could become a messy end to the season.
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    Copy linkCopiedArsenal 0-1 Everton
    40. It looks like City are cantering towards the title now!
    McNeil drives 40 yards with the ball before being bundled over by Partey 25 yards from goal on the left of centre.
    The Gunners midfielder is booked and Idrissa Gueye is the man to take the free kick.
    He looks to go over the wall but catches the head of Declan Rice of all people and it flies into the opposite corner of the net, leaving Raya with no chance with his weight shifted the other way.
    Copy linkCopiedThis wasn’t in the script!

    Copy linkCopiedGoal – Alexander Isak (Newcastle)
    Copy linkCopiedMan City 2-0 West Ham
    34. The word from those loveable nerds at Opta is that West Ham have now faced nine shots on target in the first half today.
    It is the most they have faced in the first half of a Premier League game since records began at the start of 2003-04.
    Copy linkCopiedBrentford 0-2 Newcastle
    36. Isak does well as he runs with the ball towards goal before playing a defence-splitting pass to Murphy.
    He makes no mistake as he slots the ball past Flekken to double the visitors’ lead.
    Brentford contributed to the goal thanks to an error from Ethan Pinnock.
    Copy linkCopiedArsenal 0-0 Everton
    36. Sore one for Martinelli there who needs treatment for a couple of minutes or so there.
    His eyes light up as he turns inside the box and looks to get a shot away but Tarkowski slides in superbly well to win the ball and Martinelli ends up kicking the defender.
    He does eventually come back on after a short spell on the sides.

    Copy linkCopiedGoal – Jacob Murphy (Newcastle)
    Copy linkCopiedMan City 2-0 West Ham
    31. Erling Haaland nearly nets a third!
    Breaking the West Ham offside trap, the City striker tries to squeeze a shot through Alphonse Areola but the keeper gets enough on it to turn it behind.
    Meanwhile, Bernardo Silva has has just arrowed the most absurd first time, no-look 50-yard pass to Jeremy Doku. Just ridiculous.
    Copy linkCopiedArsenal 0-0 Everton
    32. It comes from another Everton counter attack.
    This time they are 4v3 running towards the Arsenal penalty area and Calvert-Lewin receives a pass inside the box.
    He strikes low and hard towards Raya’s near post which beats the keeper but comes back out off the woodwork.
    It lands at the feet of the big striker who strikes first time, off balance and sends it into the side netting.
    Some of the travelling supporters thought that was in…
    Copy linkCopiedArsenal 0-0 Everton
    CALVERT-LEWIN HITS THE POST!
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    Brentford vs Newcastle LIVE SCORE: Latest Premier League updates as Toon look to secure spot in Europe next season

    NEWCASTLE travel to Brentford as they look to end their season in the European places.The Magpies are in a race with Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham for those precious spots on the final day.Newcastle need a win in London if they want a strong chance of securing European football.
    Kick off time: 4pm BST
    TV/Stream: Not available on TV in the UK
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    Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk LIVE RESULT: Ukrainian becomes undisputed heavyweight champion after epic bout – reaction

    OLEKSANDR USYK has beaten Tyson Fury to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world after a stunning split decision win in Riyadh.Usyk added Fury’s WBC title to his WBA, IBF and WBO straps after a thriller in Saudi Arabia which saw Fury survive a brutal knockdown in the ninth round.The Ukrainian icon was taken to hospital with a suspected broken jaw after his historic win over the Gypsy King.Post-fight Fury confirmed he would discuss the potential rematch, loosely scheduled for October, with his wife and children.Follow all the reaction from Riyadh with our live blog below…Usyk pays tribute to dad
    Oleksandr Usyk broke down in tears after beating Tyson Fury as he revealed he begged his deceased dad not to visit his dreams.
    He didn’t come to me because the last time he came to me in my dream. I miss my father.
    I said to him, you live there, I live here, please don’t come to me, I love you.
    For me it’s hard when my father comes to me because I remember how my life… I know he is here.Oleksandr Usyk
    Emotional Oleksandr Usyk IN TEARS as he pays tribute to his father after beating Tyson Fury

    Copy linkCopiedLennox Lewis breaks silence
    Lennox Lewis – the last man to hold all the heavyweight titles – took to Twitter to congratulate Oleksandr Usyk for following in his footsteps and becoming the undisputed ruler of the division.
    He tweeted: “Welcome to the club! z@Usykaa.
    “Tonight we witnessed a crackin’ fight and history made.
    “I was happy to welcome either one of these incredible champions to the Undisputed HW club and tonight it was Oleksandr The Great.
    “Looking forward to seeing them do it again. @usykaa has proved that it never too late to add to your legacy. Congrats!
    “Fury will learn from this and he’ll be back! Losing is also part of the game, it’s how u respond to a loss that makes all the difference.”

    Copy linkCopiedFury quizzed about post-fight comments
    Tyson Fury was quizzed about his suggestion that the judges gave Oleksandr Usyk the victory because his native Ukraine is at war.
    He said: “It was what it was. It’s not up to the fighters.
    “One of the judges had me winning, two of them didn’t. It was what it was.”

    Copy linkCopiedSealed with a kiss
    Oleksandr Usyk was quick to embrace his wife, Yekaterina, after fulfilling his dream of becoming undisputed heavyweight champion.
    What a moment for the couple.

    Copy linkCopiedWatch: the moment Usyk dropped Fury
    Tyson Fury was literally saved by the bell in truly dramatic fashion against Oleksandr Usyk.
    After a slow start, the unbeaten Gypsy King looked to be taking control of the undisputed world heavyweight title fight in Riyadh.
    However, Usyk turned the tide again in emphatic fashion in the ninth round.

    Copy linkCopiedBattered and bruised … but still standing
    Oleksandr Usyk had to be helped back to his dressing room by a member of his team.
    The Ukrainian was spotted limping as he made his way backstage.
    It’s unclear what injury he suffered.

    Copy linkCopiedIn pictures – Fury v Usyk
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    Copy linkCopiedHow the fight unfolded …
    An explosive ninth round in which Fury was given a 10 count after reeling from a series of left hands before then being saved by the bell swung the contest in the new WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO champion’s favour.
    Usyk won 115-112 and 114-113 on two scorecards while the third judge saw it 114-113 for Fury, who felt he should have been given the decision.
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    Copy linkCopiedUsyk’s sacrifices
    Usyk has missed children’s birthdays and even the birth of his daughter during his eight-month camp for the Fury fight, originally scheduled for February before the Briton suffered a cut in training.
    His promoter Alex Krassyuk believed that Usyk was denied a knock-out victory when the referee stepped in as Fury looked about to hit the deck in round nine.
    “I believe the referee saved Tyson from a knock-out and stole the ninth-round knock-out, which should have happened,” Krassyuk said.
    But Usyk said: “No knock-out, no problem.”
    “I don’t think about it because we had a win.”
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    Copy linkCopiedSteven Gerrard among the stars in Riyadh
    Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard joined celebs Anthony Joshua and Cristiano Ronaldo to watch the Fury v Usyk fight in Riyadh.

    Copy linkCopiedUsyk – undisclosed injury
    Usyk was taken to hospital for a scan on an injury that his promoter Alex Krassyuk refused to disclose after inflicting the first loss of Fury’s career in an enthralling clash that surpassed expectations.
    An explosive ninth round in which Fury was given a 10 count after reeling from a series of left hands before then being saved by the bell swung the contest in the new WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO champion’s favour.
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    Copy linkCopied’His country is at war – people side with that’
    Tyson Fury appeared to claim that he lost his showdown with Oleksandr Usyk because the judges sided with the Ukrainian over the war in Ukraine.
    “I believe I won that fight,” Fury said. “I believe he won a few of the rounds, but I won the majority of them, and I believe it was one of those what-can-you-do, one of them … decisions in boxing. We both put on a good fight, best we can do.
    “You know, his country is at war, so people are siding with a country at war.”
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    Copy linkCopiedUsyk in tears at press conference
    An emotional Oleksandr Usyk shed tears for his late father after beating Fury to be crowned the undisputed heavyweight world champion on Sunday.
    He shrugged off concerns that he might have suffered a broken jaw while reflecting on defeating Tyson Fury in a riveting battle in Riyadh.
    Usyk said he wanted to focus on his family, rather than boxing, and he shed tears at the press conference as he remembered his late father who died just days after he won the Olympic heavyweight title at London 2012.
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    Copy linkCopiedWally Downes Jr gives his verdict
    Tyson Fury is a dad-of-seven, has £300m in bank and has earned the right to surrender – so why didn’t he against Usyk, writes Sun boxing reporter Wally Downes Jr.
    Read Wally’s big fight verdict in the link, below.

    Copy linkCopiedUsyk speaks after stunning win
    Oleksandr Usyk addressed the media in the early hours of this morning after his stunning victory over Tyson Fury.
    Usyk said: “We have a winner. There wasn’t the knockout but no problem.
    “We have a winner.”

    Copy linkCopiedYou should see the other guy … post-fight in pictures
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    Copy linkCopied’I’ll see what I want to do’
    Tyson Fury says he is undecided about a rematch with Oleksandr Usyk after losing his unbeaten record in one of the biggest fights in boxing history.
    “I’ll have a holiday, go home, put it to the wife and kids I’ll see what I want to do,” the self-styled ‘Gypsy King’ told reporters after the fight.
    Copy linkCopiedFull fight breakdown
    How the big fight went down last night as Oleksandr Usyk became the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world with his stunning win over Tyson Fury:

    Copy linkCopiedWhen is the rematch?
    Here is what we know about when the HUGE rematch will take place.
    Saudi boxing chief, H.E. Turki Alalshikh, confirmed before the fight started that Fury vs Usyk II has been pencilled in for the weekend of October 12/13.
    Alalshikh plans to have the rematch to kick off another Riyadh Season.
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    Copy linkCopiedHow that ninth round unfolded
    How SunSport’s Chisanga Malata saw that dramatic ninth round when Tyson Fury was DROPPED:
    Oleksandr Usyk is slowly but surely allowing the gap to be closed, which leads to him eating a big left hand flush in the corner.
    Fury gets hurt and is stumbling around the ring. It was a left hand that did the damage.
    Fury doesn’t know where he is and is eating a barrage of crisp follow-up shots. He beats the count and the bell thankfully saves him. 
    Score: USYK 10-8
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    Copy linkCopiedEddie Hearn weighs in
    Matchroom Boxing chief and Anthony Joshua promoter Eddie Hearn has given his thoughts on Tyson Fury’s stunning survival of the ninth round against Oleksandr Usyk.
    He told DAZN: “How he survived the ninth [round]?
    “I thought he was very lucky that the referee didn’t jump in.
    He showed unbelievable heart to stay on his feet and unbelievable composure coming out for the tenth and eleventh rounds.
    “He was losing those rounds, but he was recovering.”
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    Copy linkCopiedUsyk to be stripped of title
    Oleksandr Usyk faces only being able to call himself undisputed champion for a matter of weeks.
    Usyk prevailed in what was been dubbed “the fight of the century” after beating Fury via split-decision in Saudi Arabia.
    Fury lost his WBC title, while Usyk added to his WBA, IBF and WBO belts.
    And despite all the attention and build up to the first undisputed heavyweight bout in over 25 years, his status will only last a fraction of that time.
    Boxing journalist Dan Rafael has reported that the winner of tonight’s bout will maintain the undisputed title for “less than two weeks”.
    It’s said that both Fury and Usyk’s contracts dictate that they must vacate the IBF title ahead of overdue mandatory challenger Filip Hrgovic’s bout with Daniel Dubois.
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    Copy linkCopiedLennox Lewis breaks silence
    Lennox Lewis – the last man to hold all the heavyweight titles – took to Twitter to congratulate Oleksandr Usyk for following in his footsteps and becoming the undisputed ruler of the division.
    He tweeted: “Welcome to the club! z@Usykaa.
    “Tonight we witnessed a crackin’ fight and history made.
    “I was happy to welcome either one of these incredible champions to the Undisputed HW club and tonight it was Oleksandr The Great.
    “Looking forward to seeing them do it again. @usykaa has proved that it never too late to add to your legacy. Congrats!
    “Fury will learn from this and he’ll be back! Losing is also part of the game, it’s how u respond to a loss that makes all the difference.”

    Copy linkCopiedFury quizzed about post-fight comments
    Tyson Fury was quizzed about his suggestion that the judges gave Oleksandr Usyk the victory because his native Ukraine is at war.
    He said: “It was what it was. It’s not up to the fighters.
    “One of the judges had me winning, two of them didn’t. It was what it was.”

    Copy linkCopiedHospital trip
    Oleksandr Usyk has suffered a broken jaw and has been transported to the hospital.
    So he will not be taking part in a post-fight press conference this morning.
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    Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk LIVE RESULTS: Usyk ROCKED in thrilling main event – latest updates

    TYSON FURY is taking on Oleksandr Usyk in the fight of the century RIGHT NOW – and the Gypsy King is finding his range!Fury puts his WBC title on the line while the Ukrainian’s WBA, IBF and WBO straps will be up for grabs in Saudi Arabia in the first heavyweight undisputed fight in 25 years.A thrilling undercard has concluded in Riyadh which saw Joe Cordina controversially stopped by Anthony Cacace, and a bloody Jai Opetaia outpoint Mairis Briedis.TYSON FURY VS OLEKSANDR USYK: FREE BETS, ODDS AND PREVIEWFollow all the action from Riyadh with our live blog below…Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk – Round 7
    Usyk once again closes the distance after the restart but he’s getting picked off at range.
    And when he does take a step back, his body is getting blasted by nasty hooks.
    Usyk finds a home for his straight left but Fury eats it like a packed lunch made by his loving wife Paris.
    Another straight left snaps back the head of Fury, who circles back out of range to try to create space for a body shot
    Usyk manages to close the distance with seconds remaining ad finds a home for a two-punch combo.
    But Fury manages to circle away to hear the bell.
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    Copy linkCopiedTyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk – Round 6
    Usyk is on the front foot straight after the restart and is looking to put Fury on the back foot again.
    A hard body shot to the solar plexus gives Usyk more food for thought.
    Fury almost closed the show with a huge uppercut with a minute and a half of the round remaining.
    But he finds a home for it 20 seconds later and Usyk is in retreat mode.
    Fury closes out the round with a bit of showboating, put his hands behind his back before resting his arms on the ropes.
    A huge round for the Wythenshawe warrior
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    Copy linkCopiedTyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk – Round 5
    Usyk takes the centre of the ring after the restart and looks to feint his way into range.
    Fury is doing a good job of keeping the Ukrainian at bay when he looks to close the distance.
    A rasping uppercut snaps back the head of Usyk.
    Fury is hurting Usyk to the body with relentless hooks to the midriff.
    Copy linkCopiedTyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk – Round 4
    Fury goes to work to the body with two hard shots after the restart.
    He’s absolutely loving this, dancing around after landing his shots.
    But he’s still allowing himself to get backed up and invite the pressure from Usyk.
    Fury lands a beautiful counter right as Usyk comes forward.
    Usyk has his head snapped back by another hellacious uppercut.
    Both men nearly land hard back hands before the bell, with Fury narrowly missing an uppercut and Usyk an overhand left.
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    Copy linkCopiedTyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk – Round 3
    Fury is on his bike after the restart and lands a stiff straight right from range.
    Usyk has decided to close the distance after eating that shot and is going to work on Fury’s trimmed-down torso.
    A solid overhand left snaps back the head of Fury with just over a minute of the stanza remaining.
    Fury lands a good combo with thirty seconds remaining. But he gets pushed back against the ring again and eats another flurry before the bell.
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    Copy linkCopiedTyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk – Round 2
    Usyk opens up the round with a big one-two that snaps back the head of Fury.
    Fury tries to make light of it but that combo clearly stunned him.
    Usyk is setting the stone and the pressure as he advances forward.
    A big uppercut narrowly misses for Fury, who knows all too well that’s the shot to deploy on a shorter opponent.
    Fury is throwing more punches but isn’t being as accurate as Usyk.
    Usyk backs up Fury into the corner and lands a good three-punch combo.
    But Fury comes roaring back with a hard body shot after circling away from danger.
    Fury finally lands an uppercut, albeit to the body of the former cruiserweight king.
    That round goes to Fury.
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    Copy linkCopiedTyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk – Round 1
    Here we go. Both men look to establish dominance early by taking the centre of the ring.
    Fury marches down the Ukrainian, who opens up with a stiff body shot.
    The Gypsy King looks massive in comparison to Usyk, who is no dwarf whatsoever.
    Usyk is happy to operate on the outside, although the early jab he’s eaten will have given him some food for thought.
    Fury is trying to draw out attacks from Usyk, who is not putting too much into his punches.
    Fury gets backed into the corner and channels his inner Muhammad Ali by doing the rope-a-dope.
    Usyk lands a big overhand left just seconds before backing Fury into the corner.
    Fury dodges the ensuing flurry and gestures to the crowd as if demanding them to acknowledge his head movement.
    Copy linkCopiedFury fans are making themselves heard
    You can hear faint chants of “There’s only one Tyson Fury.”
    There is only one Gypsy King, but within the next 40 minutes, there’ll only be one man who can call themself the undisputed king of the heavyweights.
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    Copy linkCopiedHere comes Fury
    Tyson Fury is on his way to the ring – and he’s pulled out some absolute bangers for his walkout.
    Who would’ve thought we would’ve heard Barry White and Bonnie Tyler would be blaring out of the speakers ahead of the biggest fight of the last 25 years?
    Not me, that’s for sure.

    Copy linkCopiedHere comes Usyk
    Oleksandr Usyk is making his way to the ring for the biggest fight of his career.
    And he’s paying homage to the ancient Kossack warriors of yesteryear with his out.
    He couldn’t get any cooler if he tried.
    Oleksandr Usyk looks imperious during his ring walk at Fury fight
    Copy linkCopiedFury faithful in full voice
    The travelling army of Tyson Fury fans were in full voice before this impromptu JID concert.
    And, unsurprisingly, they were belting out Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’.
    Fury fans are in full voice with renditions of ‘Sweet Caroline’ and ‘Fury’s on Fire’ ahead of undisputed clash with Oleksandr Usyk
    Copy linkCopiedWe have a pre-fight concert, really?
    Unsurprisingly, we have an impromptu pre-fight concert.
    JID – who is signed to J. Cole’s label – currently spitting bars in a glass box above the ring.
    I’m a fan, but this isn’t what we’re wanting to see right now.

    Copy linkCopiedTale of the tape
    Here is how Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk stacked up before Friday’s weigh-ins.

    Copy linkCopiedIt’s almost time, folks
    The Fight of the Century is just moments away.
    Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk for all the heavyweight marbles.
    History will be made as the first undisputed king of the heavyweights in the four-belt era will be crowned.
    I’ve got goosebumps just thinking about the pair FINALLY trading heavy leather.
    Not long until we get to see the pair try to outfox one another.
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    Copy linkCopiedWally’s word
    SunSport’s Wally Downes Jr, who is perched ringside, spotted an unusual shirt choice from referee Howard Foster.
    Usually, a ref wears a white shirt and any blood turns it a bright and flamboyant pink.
    But Howard Foster is in a blue number and the claret has mixed to create a purple-to-brown hue.
    He looks like he’s just really enjoyed a good plate of BBQ ribs – not officiated a bloody world title fight.
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    Copy linkCopiedOpetaia wins!
    Jai Opetaia regains the IBF cruiserweight title with a second successive win over Mairis Briedis.
    The fight went to the final bell and the judges turned in scorecards of 117-111, 116-112 and 116-112.
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    Copy linkCopiedWally’s word – Ronaldo and AJ’s natter
    AJ and Ronaldo didn’t even watch much of that round 11 action between Opetaia and Briedis, they were nattering away like a pair of grannies in the Co-Op.
    “Oh you should have heard what Carl Froch said about you.”
    “Ohh that Ten Hag was so mean to you…”
    Anthony Joshua and Cristiano Ronaldo chat and smile at ringside ahead of Fury vs Usyk
    Copy linkCopiedOpetaia vs Briedis – Round 12
    Briedis is going for broke and swinging for the fences.
    And who can blame him given the success he had in the 11th round.
    This is the most trouble we’ve seen Opetaia in. He needs to establish the distance and pump out the jab to keep the Latvian at range.
    A HUGE right hand from Briedis stiffens the legs of Opetaia. But Opetaia recovers.
    Briedis is sensing a big, big upset in the final seconds of the fight. But he fails to land the Hail Mary he needs to level their series.
    What a fight.
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    Copy linkCopiedOpetaia vs Briedis – Round 11
    Briedis landed a good right hand towards the end of the tenth and is coming on strong after the restart.
    The momentum has shifted and the Lativan is putting Opetaia on the backfoot.
    And he’s trying to turn this contest into a dogfight. Opetaia would be wise to get on his bike and box at range in the final round.
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    Copy linkCopiedWally’s word – A quiet Kingdom
    The packed Kingdom Arena is silent but it’s out of respect and intrigue instead of ambivalence.
    The crowd claps at the end of every exciting round. But they are spellbound during the action and have no bar to race to during every break.
    There are the occasional loud shouts for a favourite, the Irish went nuts for Cacace.
    But the travelling Traveller army will light the place up when they bundle in soon.
    AJ is sat next to Ronaldo, Teddy Atlas and Roberto Duran have been having a laugh.
    David Haye has one of his girlfriends here with him. IT’S ALL GOING OFF
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    Copy linkCopiedOpetaia vs Briedis – Round nine
    Opetaia is clearly up on the scorecards and cruising to a victory.
    But the Aussie has extremely high standards and will no doubt be disappointed with his display so far.
    Briedis, despite being outclassed, is still chipping away – albeit with singular telegraphed shots.
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    Joe Cordina’s career at super-feather looks over after Anthony ‘Apache’Cacace took his scalp and IBF world title.
    The Welsh Wizard looked more haggard than Hagrid as he had abused himself to make the 9st 4lb limit.
    Cacace dropped him and bullied him before ref Bob Williams finally jumped in – it should have been earlier.
    If Cordina cannot safely make the weight in 40-degree Riyadh heat – over three weeks – he won’t be able to make it anywhere, if he tries to rebuild.
    Up to lightweight or into the Wales history books he goes.
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    Say what you like about Briedis, but he’s well and truly giving it his all.
    He’s out-skilled and somewhat outgunned, but he’s turning in a hell of an effort.
    All at the ripe old age of 39.
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    SunSport’s Wally Downes Jr is live on the scene at the Kingdom Arena.
    And here are his thoughts on Agit Kabayel’s upset of Frank Sanchez.
    Frank Sanchez, the Cuban prospect who looks like a veteran of the world’s hardest paper round, was undone perfectly by Agit Kabayel.
    The German pinged the Team Canelo heavyweight all over the Riyadh ring before the referee stopped the beatdown.
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    Briedis, despite being up there in age, is still a live dog in this.
    And the cracking right hand he landed as Opetaia wildly entered range is a testament to that.
    A huge shot from Opetaia seemingly shatters the nose of the Latvian, who is bleeding like a stuck pig.
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    Bolton vs Oxford LIVE: Josh Murphy puts Yellows ahead in League One play-off final – latest updates

    BOLTON go head-to-head with Oxford in the League One play-off final this afternoon.The two sides will battle it out at Wembley for a spot in the Championship next season.Bolton beat Barnsley 5-4 over two legs to secure their final spot, while Oxford got past high-scoring Peterborough.
    Kick off time: 4.15pm BST
    TV channel: Sky Sports Main Event
    Live stream: NOW
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    45. The board goes up to signal five minutes of stoppage time at the end of the first half.
    A goal before the break for Bolton would change the complexion of this one massively – but I’m not sure they have it in them at the moment.
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    44. Who saw this coming?!
    (Maybe those of us who backed Oxford for promotion…)
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    42. Oxford United are in dreamland!
    Josh Murphy has his second and his side’s second, and they are now within touching distance of promotion.
    Ruben Rodrigues is the creator once again, punting through a measured pass for Murphy to sprint through, round Nathan Baxter and steer into the net.
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    40. Bolton are growing increasingly frustrated.
    Perhaps their best course of action is for Ian Evatt to get them back into the dressing room for half-time.
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    38. Not only has Ruben Rodrigues registered his fourth assist of the season, he also wears a shocked-at-that-decision-against-him face as well as anyone in League One.
    The midfielder can’t believe he’s been penalised for a coming together with Josh Sheehan, and gives it the full open mouthed, arms out expression.
    Casemiro, take note.
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    35. Ten minutes to half-time, and you can see that Bolton are trying to make something happen – but still they struggle to get their forwards into the match.
    And for that, you have to give Oxford credit.
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    33. Now what have these Bolton players got? A small number had regroup while they were waiting for Oxford’s Mark Harris to receive treatment ahead of the restart.
    That effort from Murphy is the first goal that Oxford have scored against Bolton this season – they drew 0-0 at home and lost 5-0 away.
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    31. First blood to the underdogs of Oxford!
    The U’s lead at Wembley thanks to wonderful work from Josh Murphy – and a little bit of luck.
    The winger – arguably the most talented player in the Oxford ranks – took over possession from Ruben Rodrigues just inside the area, cut inside and curled towards the top corner.
    Nathan Baxter in the Bolton goal may have had it covered but a slight touch off the top of captain Ricardo Santos’ head lifts it over the keeper and into the back of the net.
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    29. The television cameras cut to Cameron Jerome on the bench.
    There’s a player who knows where the goal is.
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    26. Aaron Collins – like strike partner Dion Charles – not really involved as yet, drops deep to win a free-kick in a semi-dangerous position.
    Forty yards out with the area busy, a good delivery will cause Oxford problems.
    Unfortunately, it’s nowhere near a good delivery and nowhere near the area.
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    24. Rodrigues goes for goal! Wide.
    Space opens up nicely for the Oxford midfielder, who pushes forward and attempts a left-footed curler for the top corner.
    However, it lacks the necessary direction and swerve, and ends up heading for the fans.
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    22. Midway through the first half and still no shots on target.
    The possession, meanwhile, is exactly 50-50.
    Nothing between them so far.
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    20. Branagan is certainly pumped up for this one.
    This time he grabs a handful of Maghoma’s shirt and literally throws him to the ground as Bolton consider a counter.
    Sam Barrott gives him a quick talking to, but there’s no yellow card – much to Andy Hinchcliffe’s disappointment.
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    18. Dion Charles enjoyed his trip to Wembley last year when he scored in Bolton’s 4-0 Football League Trophy win over Plymouth.
    But the 20-goal striker is not having so much fun.
    Starved of service and well-marshalled, Charles has touched the ball just once today.
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    16. Bolton apply some pressure for the first time today.
    An Ogbeta shot from just inside the box is well blocked by Long, and then Sheehan decides to try his luck from distance.
    The midfielder comes inside and hits one crisply from 25 yards. It keeps low – but it also keeps wide.
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    13. Rodrigues curls a teasing free-kick into the box that Jones does very well to deal with.
    The defender gets in front of his opponent and cooly clears behind for a corner.
    As it happens, the whistle had gone for a shirt pull on the Bolton player.
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    11. Branagan thumps into another challenge on the near side, this time dispossessing Ogbeta.
    In fact, Bolton’s Thomason is not happy with the aggressive nature of the Oxford man, and comes across to prove his point by…
    …erm…shouting and pointing his finger in Branagan’s face.
    Referee Samuel Barrott quickly deals with the matter.
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    9. Lovely play from Goodrham in midfield, who turns away from his man and then spreads play out to the right.
    Oxford have made a bright start at Wembley.
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    7. Bolton play out from the back for the first time.
    The three centre-backs pass it between themselves for a few seconds, and the decide to launch it long anyway.
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    5. Maghoma is back on, but moving very gingerly. One to keep an eye on.
    Meanwhile, Oxford have won the first corner of the game – but fail to trouble their opponents with a long delivery that is floated over the head of Elliott Moore.
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    3. There’s early concern for Bolton and their manager Ian Evatt.
    Paris Maghoma makes his first burst along the left touchline, only for Cameron Branagan to put the ball out of play.
    However, it playing it off the pitch, the Oxford midfielder thumped into Maghoma with his follow through to leave the Bolton man flat out on the turf.
    He looks in a lot of discomfort.
    Copy linkCopiedKick-off – Bolton v Oxford
    1. Game on! Referee Samuel Barrott blows his whistle and Bolton get this League One play-off final underway.
    It’s pleasing to say that both clubs are in their traditional colours for this one; Wanderers wear white shirts and navy shorts while Oxford are in yellow and blue.
    Copy linkCopiedHere come the two teams!
    More than 70,000 supporters inside Wembley Stadium let out a deafening roar at a first glimpse of the Bolton and Oxford players making their way out of the tunnel.
    Tracksuited and focused, the two groups line up for the pre-match formalities – and this being a final mean lining up, being introduced to a random guest of honour, and belting out the national anthem.
    Eventually, they break off to warm-up and – for many – that’s when reality sets in. This is as big as it gets.
    Captains Ricardo Santos and Elliott Moore gather with the officials for the coin toss, and then it’s time for a last get together for words of encouragement.
    It’s a beautiful day in the capital. Proper football weather, as they say. Kick-off comes next.
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