Saudi Arabia boxing showdown is postponed after Oleksandr Usyk suffers injury

Oleksandr Usyk and Murat Gassiev are now scheduled to meet in July instead of next month. (Getty)
Updated 17 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia boxing showdown is postponed after Oleksandr Usyk suffers injury

  • Usyk pulls out with elbow problem
  • Fight will still take place in Jeddah, according to sources

The World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight final between Oleksandr Usyk and Murat Gassiev that had been scheduled for May 11 in Jeddah has been postponed after Usyk suffered a minor elbow injury.
Ukraine's Usyk, 31, was preparing to defend his WBO and WBC cruiserweight titles against Gassiev, the IBF and WBA champion from Russia, at King Abdullah Sports City in what was expected to be the most significant fight of the year.
In addition to crowning an undisputed cruiserweight champion and the winner receiving $10 million, the two undefeated fighters would have been vying for the first ever Muhammad Ali trophy.
Arab News understands that the fight is likely to remain at the same venue and be rescheduled for July, regardless of rival interest from Russia to also host it. The super-middleweight final, between Britain's George Groves and Callum Smith, could also take place in July, so should that happen before Usyk-Gassiev, they would instead fight for the first Ali trophy.
“Team Usyk has informed Comosa AG that Mr Usyk suffered a minor elbow injury whilst training for his World Boxing Super Series final against Murat Gassiev, for the Muhammad Ali Trophy,” read a statement from competition organisers Comosa AG.
“It has been confirmed by all parties, including Comosa AG appointed independent medical staff, that Mr Usyk is unavailable for the scheduled date of the event, May 11th. As such, the May 11th event, due to take place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has been postponed.
“Comosa AG is working in partnership withTeam Usyk and Team Gassiev as well as Sela Sport, the local event organisers, to establish a new date for the event. Comosa AG wishes Mr Usyk a good and speedy recovery. Further information on the rescheduling of the final will be released in due course.
“In the meantime, Comosa AG looks forward to announcing the weight classes that the World Boxing Super Series will employ for Season 2 of the Ali Trophy. Fans can expect to find out the divisions in the coming weeks.”


Mohamed Salah named Premier League’s best player of the year at PFA awards

Updated 23 April 2018
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Mohamed Salah named Premier League’s best player of the year at PFA awards

  • Egyptian superstar currently has 30 Premier League goals this season
  • Salah beat the likes of De Bruyne and Kane to the award

LONDON: Liverpool’s star forward, Mohamed Salah, was named the best player in the Premier League at the English PFA Player of the Year awards on Sunday.

Salah said  when he left the Premier League he had always wanted to return as he did not get a chance at Chelsea. “It was very clear in my mind, I will return back to the Premier League and I will show everyone my football,” he said after receiving the award adding that he was a changed person when he return to England’s top league. “I am very happy for this award, and very happy for my teammates and what we are doing in the Premier League,” the striker said.

When asked about his impressive form, Salah said “I play for the team, not just for myself,” and praised his teammates for their support: “The players help me a lot to be here.” 

The Egyptian, who was the clear favorite to pick up the prize, was going head-to-head with Manchester City’s Premier League-winning midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.
The other four nominees were David De Gea, Harry Kane, Leroy Sane and David Silva, though nobody expected them to pip Salah.
The PFA Player of the Year award is voted for by the players from England’s 92 professional clubs in the Premier League and Football League.
Salah, in his second spell in England following an unsuccessful move to Chelsea in 2014, also leads the race for the Premier League’s Golden Boot.
Currently top on 30 goals for the season, Tottenham’s Harry Kane is just four goals behind with four games left to play.
The Tuesday after the PFA awards, Liverpool and Salah face the Eygptian’s old team Roma in the Champions League semifinals.