Anthony Joshua Will Present Belts To Buhari, Says Sunday Dare

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Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare has said Anthony Joshua, world heavyweight boxing champion, will present his championship belts to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Dare said this while briefing journalists at the end of Wednesday’s federal executive council (FEC) meeting presided by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

Dare said no date has been fixed for the presentation of the belts.

Joshua reclaimed his titles from Andy Ruiz Jr, a Mexican boxer, six months after the Nigerian-born-boxer lost the titles.

Ruiz had won the match in Madison Square, New York, while Joshua reclaimed the tiles in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

The judges unanimously adjudged Joshua winner with 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109 over Ruiz Jr and made history by winning the first world heavyweight title bout in the Middle East.

The 30-year old now has his WBO, WBA, IBF, IBO heavyweight titles back.

He is the 4th deposed world heavyweight champion to win an immediate rematch in 127-year history of the category — 11th fighter to have attempted it.

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'Dotun Akintomide's journalism works intersect business, environment, politics and developmental issues. Among a number of local and international publications, his work has appeared in the New York Times. He's a winner of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Award. Currently, the Online Editor at The New Diplomat, Akintomide has produced reports that uniquely spoke to Nigeria's experience on Climate Change issues. When Akintomide is not writing, volunteering or working on a media project, you can find him seeing beautiful sites like the sandy beaches that bedecked the Lagos coastline.

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