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Premier League Record Broken As $60m Worth Of Cristiano Ronaldo Shirts Sold In 12 Hours

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Manchester United fans will hope that Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to the club brings success on the pitch as his return has already brought commercial success off the pitch.

The famous Manchester United No. 7 jersey given to Ronaldo that will be worn by him this season, has smashed the Premier League record for Jersey sales in just 12 hours after the merchandise was released.

According to LovetheSales.com, that tracks sales data from over 1,000 UK online retailers, in the 12 hours after Ronaldo’s new kit was released, fans splashed out £32.5m ($60m) on his jersey.

According to Fox News, the sales broke a Premier League record for the 12 hours after a player’s official shirt number was announced.

Announcing Ronaldo’s jersey number, Manchester United said, “We can confirm that Cristiano Ronaldo will wear the iconic no.7 shirt after returning to Old Trafford.

“The Portuguese superstar famously wore the legendary shirt number during his first spell with the club and we can confirm that Cristiano will have it on his back once again. Fans can order the new Ronaldo no.7 shirts now from United Direct.

“In his first six seasons at the club, between 2003 and 2009, Ronaldo made 292 appearances and scored 118 goals, winning nine trophies including three Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League.

“As we all know, the no.7 is a special shirt in the history of United.

“It has previously been worn by club icons like George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona and David Beckham. Now, it returns to the man who succeeded Beckham in it, Ronaldo.

“Ronaldo inherits the number from Edinson Cavani, who wore the shirt last season and in our away win at Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend.

“As our new signing is allocated no.7, El Matador will switch to no.21, the same number our prolific striker wears for the Uruguayan national team.”

 

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Anthony Joshua, Eddie Hearn Confirm Rematch Against Oleksandr Usyk

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Anthony Joshua, the former heavyweight boxing champion who was dethroned over 12 rounds by Oleksandr Usyk in Saturday night’s fight, wants an immediate rematch.

Joshua, who remained upbeat despite the surprise defeat, was frank about his take on the loss and ready to get his titles back.

His promoter, Eddie Hearn has confirmed the British boxer’s rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.

Joshua was outboxed and dethroned by Usyk at the Tottenham Stadium on Saturday night.

AJ could not withstand Usyk’s speed, movement and accuracy and the Ukrainian is now the new heavyweight champion.

Although the Nigerian-born boxer recorded some moments of success throughout the fight, they weren’t enough to give him victory.

The bell saved AJ from being knocked out as Usyk ultimately outclassed Joshua and had him out on his feet in the final round.

The Ukrainian boxer recorded 117-112, 116-112, 115-113 against Joshua to emerge a two-division king of the world.

Hearn told Sky sport that AJ has vowed to win the rematch which will certainly be his next fight: “I spoke to him [Joshua].

“It was a tough fight, gruelling fight, he’s not quite talking the way you’d expect him to talk at the moment.

“Devastated. Already talking about training again. They want to look at the eye socket, he says it’s fine.

“That was always the danger of the fight – you overthink the fight, you try and be too technical, you don’t use your attributes and you don’t make your mark early enough in the fight.

“AJ’s desire is still there.

“The fighter in AJ is already talking about, ‘I’ll win the rematch, I’ll win the rematch.’

“It was a tough defeat. Usyk was the deserved winner and he’s got to make changes in the rematch.

“He will want to go straight back into that rematch, he will be the underdog in the rematch this time after that tonight, but that’s what he does.

“He chose tonight to take on a pound-for-pound great. It didn’t work out, but he should get credit for that.

“He was beaten by the better man and congratulations to Oleksandr Usyk.”

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Anthony Joshua Loses IBF, WBA, WBO Heavyweight Titles To Usyk

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Anthony Joshua on Saturday night, lost his IBF, WBA and WBO belts in a stunning fight at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

His reign as IBF, WBA and WBO ended in a stunning fashion, as Usyk won by a unanimous decision.

The judges’ result sheets read: 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113.

The Ukranian’s speed and skill proved to be too much for Joshua, who was saved by the bell.

Joshua was badly hurt in the third round and carried a swelling injury on his right eye at the end of the fight.

This is the second defeat of his career, after he was upset by Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019.

Tonight’s loss will now throw a spanner into the works of an undisputed title fight against Tyson Fury, who again faces Deontay Wilder on October 9.

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Usyk becomes the only third boxer (after Evander Holyfield and David Haye) to win world titles at cruiserweight and heavyweight.

 

 

 

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Anthony Joshua Releases Statement Ahead Of Title Fight With Oleksandr Usyk Tomorrow

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Anthony Joshua has weighed in 19lbs heavier than Oleksandr Usyk ahead of their heavyweight bout tomorrow night, September 25.

The British-Nigerian boxer came in at 240lbs for the defence of his WBO, IBF and WBO straps, the same weight he carried for his fight against Kubrat Pulev in December.

Usyk, the former undisputed world cruiserweight champion, weighed in at a career high 221.25lbs.

That is an increase on the 199.5lbs from his debut at heavyweight and the 217lbs for his triumph over Derek Chisora.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the Watford-born titan hinted at what his game-plan may entail, and plans to outmuscle Usyk.

‘I can out-box him, of course I can,’ Joshua said. ‘And I can out-strength him.

‘You have to have a bit of aggression, boxing skill, head movement. There is not just one factor that determines a fight.

‘Obviously we have our go-to, our strength. I will use my strengths.

‘But it’s called a boxing match for a reason. I love the sweet science. I will display my boxing skills, but I won’t make it too complicated in there.’

He also insisted that he will attempt to knockout the Ukrainian in the fight.

‘You always aim to prepare for a 12-round fight but hope to cut it short – you aim to knock people out,’ Joshua added.

‘You learn where their strengths are, where their weaknesses are. He has good stamina. So we work around, not just losing weight, but rounds of sparring and rounds on the heavy bag to generate good stamina.

‘We build boxing memory in our muscles so they don’t get fatigued when they are exploding on the opponent’s body and face.’

The fight will take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday 25 September.

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