New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker during a training session ahead of his fight in Christchurch next week. Wreck room, Auckland, New Zealand. Thursday 6 December2018 © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz

Parker ready for make-or-break fight with Flores

Lupesoliai La'auli Joseph Parker said he is looking to finish off a challenging year “with a bang” against Alexander Flores on Saturday night. The former World Boxing Organisation (W.B.O.) heavyweight champion is in the final stages of his training for Saturday’s fight at Horncastle Arena in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Tyson Fury, of England, lies on the canvas after being knocked down by Deontay Wilder during the 12th round of a WBC heavyweight championship boxing match.

Wilder hoping for a rematch with Fury 'ASAP'

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder says he wants a rematch with Tyson Fury "ASAP."

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Tyson Fury, left, of England, poses with Deontay Wilder, right, along with referee Jack Reiss after their WBC heavyweight championship boxing match ended in a draw, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Wilder keeps heavyweight title, fights Fury to split draw

Tyson Fury dominated long stretches of his heavyweight title bout against Deontay Wilder with shifty technique and graceful defense.

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Australia's Jeff Horn.

Jeff Horn beats Anthony Mundine with 1st round KO

Australia's Jeff Horn needed only 96 seconds to knock out veteran compatriot Anthony Mundine on Friday in their non-title catchweight bout at Suncorp Stadium.

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Tony Bellew, left, reacts to a blow from Oleksandr Usyk during their cruiserweight boxing bout Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Manchester, England. Usyk successfully defended his four belts and likely sent Bellew into retirement by knocking out the British fi

Usyk KOs Bellew in 8th round, retains cruiserweight titles

Undisputed world cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk successfully defended his four belts and sent Tony Bellew into retirement by knocking out the British fighter in the eighth round in Manchester on Saturday.

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Tyson Fury, left, and Deontay Wilder face off, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, during a news conference in New York.

Heavyweights Wilder, Fury scuffle at promotional appearance

Heavyweights Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury have wrapped up their three-city publicity tour for their upcoming bout by nearly coming to blows again.

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Anthony Joshua celebrates defeating Alexander Povetkin to retained his WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight boxing titles, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, at Wembley Stadium in London. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)

'We want Wilder': Team Joshua eager to fix unification fight

No sooner had Anthony Joshua brutally dispatched another pretender to his heavyweight titles than attention turned to who the British fighter would face next as he seeks to clean up boxing's most glamorous division.

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British boxer Anthony Joshua, left, fights Russian boxer Alexander Povetkin in their WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles fight at Wembley Stadium in London, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Joshua stops Povetkin in 7th round, keeps heavyweight titles

 Anthony Joshua retained his WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles with a seventh-round stoppage of Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium. Joshua, who fought with a suspected broken nose from the second round, sent the Russian to the canvas with a big right midway through the seventh and was unloading a flurry of punches before the referee stepped in to end the fight.

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Britain's Anthony Joshua, left, and Russia's Alexander Povetkin pose during the weigh-in at the Business Design Centre in London, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin are due to fight for the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titl

Joshua weighs in 11 kilograms heavier than Povetkin

Anthony Joshua has weighed in about 11 kilograms heavier than Alexander Povetkin ahead of their heavyweight title fight in London.

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Boxers, Britain's Anthony Joshua, left, and Russia's Alexander Povetkin pose for photographers with boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, centre, after a press conference at Wembley stadium in London, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. Joshua and Povetkin are due to fight

Joshua back 'home' to face Povetkin for heavyweight titles

This was supposed to be the week Anthony Joshua completed his whirlwind boxing journey from Olympic gold medalist to undisputed world heavyweight champion. Deontay Wilder should have been the opponent, Las Vegas potentially the venue.

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Jai Opetaia’s next fight confirmed

Samoan boxing star, Jai Opetaia’s next fight has been confirmed. 12 Round Promotion ‘Alain Vanackere’ yesterday confirmed that negotiations have been finalized for Opetaia to fight Bilal Laggoune, as the IBF Intercontinental mandatory challenger in Liege Belgium on October 20.

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FILE - In this May 2, 2015, file photo, Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, connects with a right to the head of Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, during their welterweight title fight in Las Vegas. Mayweather Jr. says he's coming out of retirement again to f

On again? Mayweather says he and Pacquiao will fight

Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he's coming out of retirement again to fight Manny Pacquiao for a second time in December.

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I can be a champ again, says Parker

Failure is not fatal and it certainly does not mean the end of the world, says former W.B.O champion, Lupesoliai Joseph Parker. Two consecutive defeats as well as a first time knock down in the recent fight against Dillian Whyte has rattled fans and created uncertainty, but the 26-year-old former champion said he is starting from scratch and will not abandon plans to regain the heavy weight boxing world title.

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Tyson Fury, left, and WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder face each other saturday, after Tyson Fury beat Francesco Pianeta during their Heavyweight fight, at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Saturday Aug. 18, 2018. (Niall Carson/PA via AP)

Fury sets up Wilder fight after winning 2nd comeback bout

Tyson Fury says he has signed the contract. Deontay Wilder said the fight is "official." All it needs now is a time and a place

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Sergey Kovalev, left, of Russia, goes down for a second time after a punch by Eleider Alvarez, of Colombia.

Alvarez KO's Kovalev to win 175-pound title in AC

Eleider Alvarez rocked Sergey Kovalev with a right that dropped the Russian on his rear.

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INTERIM COMMITTEE – Chairman of the Committee Laulu Tu'ugatiti Leauanae, Fesolai Va’aiga Tuigamala, Papalii Pasi Poloa, and Leituala Tapusoa Fifita.

Boxing Association reconciles

Members of the Samoa Amateur Boxing Association (S.A.B.A.) have reconciled in a gathering held at the Savaii/Upolu Boxing Ring, the home of Papalii Pasi Poloa, at Vaitele. Chairman of the interim committee appointed by the Court after the tribunal, Laulu Tu’ugatiti Leauanae, said the gathering is to reconcile S.A.B.A. after the court case that was held earlier this year.

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Dillian Whyte, top, knocks down Joseph Parker during their heavyweight bout at the O2 Arena in London, Saturday, July 28, 2018. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)

Whyte beats Parker on points in heavyweight fight

Dillian Whyte moved closer to a dream shot at the world heavyweight title after dramatically securing a career-best victory over Joseph Parker on Saturday. Whyte accepted the risky fight in an attempt to force a rematch with Anthony Joshua or a challenge at WBC champion Deontay Wilder.

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Parker bulks up for Whyte “war”

Lupesoliai Joseph Parker and Dillian Whyte are ready to rumble. Ahead of tomorrow morning’s (Samoan time) all-important bout at London’s 02 Arena, Lupesoliai and Whyte stepped on the scales for the usual prefight weigh in this morning.

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Britain's Anthony Joshua, rear, tries to hit New Zealand's Joseph Parker during their heavyweight title bout in Cardiff, Wales.

Anthony Joshua can't escape talk of Deontay Wilder

Anthony Joshua was welcomed by applause on the stage. He stood front and center, promoting his Sept. 22 bout against Alexander Povetkin.

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He signed, destroying chances of a Deontay Wilder-Joshua fight in 2018. Wilder said if Joshua wanted the fight to happen, it would be happening. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

Anthony Joshua can't escape talk of Deontay Wilder

Anthony Joshua was welcomed by applause on the stage. He stood front and center, promoting his Sept. 22 bout against Alexander Povetkin.

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Rugby

Samoaía head coach Sir Gordon Tietjens, Day 1, World Rugby Sevens series, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand. Saturday, 28 January, 2017. Copyright photo: John Cowpland / www.photosport.nz

Tietjens impressed by Samoa 7s newcomers

Manu Samoa 7s coach Sir Gordon Tietjens is pleased with the performance of his side through the first two rounds of the World Rugby Sevens Series. Samoa finished 9th in Dubai and 10th in Cape Town, leaving them 10th in the overall standings of the ten-round competition.

NFL

Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Jordan Mailata, of Australia, heads off the field after an NFL football rookie minicamp at the team's training facility in Philadelphia. Mailata has made the cut for the Super Bowl

Too big for rugby, Eagles tackle Mailata is ready for NFL

He can laugh about it now, the concept of being "too big" that led him on this extraordinary journey to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Football

Sina Sataraka.

15-year-old Sataraka the centre of attention in 5-all draw

Samoa’s wild 5-all draw in their second game of the OFC Nations Cup against Tahiti had a bit of everything. Perhaps lucky to escape a red card for lashing out in retaliation, 15-year-old striker Sina Sataraka ended up with a hattrick.

Basketball

Teams playing at the Apia Park Gym within the Teuila Festival (Photo Anina Kazaz).

Basketball tournament kicks off

The Samoa Basketball Federation started its four-day tournament at Apia Park gym earlier this week. The various categories competing in the tournament include open women and men, Under 17 and 14 boys, girls’ teams from Upolu, Savaii and an open men’s team from American Samoa. 

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