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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Joshua title defense to be streamed on new service

Anthony Joshua's heavyweight title defense against Alexander Povetkin will be aired on the streaming platform DAZN on Sept. 22 as part of the U.S. debut of the service, promoters announced Tuesday.

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FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, World Heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua walks in front of his own picture after a media conference in London.   Joshua's next two fights are at Wembley Stadium, it is announced Thursday July 5, 2018,

Joshua to fight Povetkin in London in September

Anthony Joshua will defend his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles against Alexander Povetkin of Russia in London on Sept. 22. Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn on Monday confirmed the fight, which will take place at Wembley Stadium.

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Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines poses after defeating Lucas Matthysse of Argentina during their WBA World welterweight title bout in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. Pacquiao won the WBA welterweight world title after knocking out Matthyss

Pacquiao wins 60th career fight with seventh-round knockout

Manny Pacquiao won by knockout for the first time in nine years to claim the World Boxing Association welterweight title, and made a proclamation.

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Argentine WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse speaks as Philippine senator and boxing hero Manny Pacquiao smiles during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, July 12, 2018. Matthysse and Pacquiao were scheduled to fight on July 15,

Pacquiao predicts action-filled fight against Matthysse

Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao said Thursday he is prepared for an action-packed fight against aggressive Argentinian Lucas Matthysse in Sunday's world title bout that could put his illustrious career at stake.

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From left, International Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2018 inductees Ronald Wright, Steve Albert, Vitali Klitschko, Jim Gray, and Erik Morales present their Hall of Fame rings to the crowd gathered in Canastota, New York on Sunday, June 10, 2018. (John Br

Vitali Klitschko honors brother in his Hall of Fame moment

Vitali Klitschko had a difficult time grasping the moment."It's not reality. It's dream," Klitschko said Sunday during his induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. "I never expected I will be in (the Hall of Fame).

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Britain's Tyson Fury, left, and Sefer Seferi gesture to one another during their heavyweight bout at the Manchester Arena, in Manchester, England, Saturday June 9, 2018. (Nick Potts/ PA via AP)

Tyson Fury wins farcical comeback fight

Tyson Fury clowned his way through his first fight in more than 2 1/2 years and still outclassed Sefer Seferi who retired after four farcical rounds in Manchester Arena on Saturday.

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DREAMING BIG: The team from Faleseela Club who were in the Youth Oceania boxing.

Boxing project finds momentum

Against The Odds (A.T.O.) project is on the roll. A.T.O is owned by young boxer, Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali. He has partnered with the Marist Boxing and has visited two rural villages in Siumu and Falese’ela/Lefaga in the past month to promote the sport of amateur boxing as part of his A.T.O. mentoring project. 

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A BIG STEP FORWARD: Malcolm Preston Matches (back row in the middle) received a gold medal and will be representing Samoa in the Youth Olympic and the World Championship with other boxers as well as the management of the Samoa Boxing Association.

Samoan boxer heading to Youth Olympics

Eighteen-year-old boxer, Malcolm Preston Matches, is going to represent Samoa in the Youth Olympic and the World Championship. This was confirmed by Head Coach Tialii Lautapaa Wong King.

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Members of the community involved in the project.

‘Against the odds’ changing lives in rural villages

Commonwealth Games boxing sliver medalist Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali is taking boxing back to the grassroots level. In partnership with Marist Boxing, they have visited two rural villages in Siumu and Falese’ela, Lefaga to promote the sport of amateur boxing in those areas.

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Rugby

Rieko Ioane celebrates his try. New Zealand All Blacks v South Africa Springboks. Rugby Championship test match. Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand. Saturday 15 September 2018.

Winger Ioane signs new 4-year deal with NZ Rugby

All Blacks winger Rieko Ioane has agreed a new four-year contract with New Zealand Rugby. The 21-year-old Ioane, who has scored 18 tries in his 18 tests, has signed through 2022 in a deal worth several million dollars.

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

Malae Sofe far right officiating in the 2017 OFC Womens U16 Champs Photo FFS Media.

New appointment for Samoan Referee

Malae Sofe has been appointed to officiate as an assistant referee in the OFC U-16 Men’s Championship taking place in the Solomon Islands, this week. Sofe is one of only two Assistant Referees from Samoa to officiate in Oceania competitions.

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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