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Boxing: Amir Khan to take on Garcia, Guerrero fight winner

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LOS ANGELES: British boxer of Pakistan origin Amir Khan who holds a record 31-3 with 19 knockouts will be the mandatory challenger for the winner of the fight between Danny Garcia and Roberto Guerrero scheduled to be held on Saturday.

After Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced his retirement last September the title was vacated.

Garcia and Guerrero will be fist to fist on January 23 for the said vacant WBC welterweight title at the Staples Center in Los Angeles California.

Danny Garcia

Danny Garcia

In their official announcement WBC said Danny Garcia vs. Robert Guerrero will fight for the WBC welterweight championship.

Amir Khan is ratified as (WBC) mandatory contender.

Lamont Peterson vs. Andre Berto for a final elimination bout to determine the second mandatory reported on Tuesday.

He said Anyone with remote knowledge of recent results would have to scratch their head with regard to Guerrero getting a title shot when you consider he had his clock cleaned in a one sided loss to Keith Thurman in March for another organization s welterweight title.

Guerrero currently holds a record of 33-3 1 with 18 knockouts but was easily defeated by Mayweather Jr. in their welterweight title bout in 2013. He also had another chance to get the title from a different organization with his fight against Keith Thruman last March and a close shave with Aaron Martinez in June.

Robert Guerrero

Robert Guerrero

He was as lucky as whomever will win the Powerball jackpot when he was given a generous split decision against Aaron Martinez in June but even if you can stomach Guerrero in a world title fight the WBC clearly is violating its rules since it only ranks Guerrero sixth Rafael added.

Meanwhile in case Garcia gets the win it will be the second time that he and Khan will fight against a title.

Garcia who holds the record 31-0 with 18 knockout victories already fought with Khan for the junior welterweight title in 2012.

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PSL 2019: Qalandars, the first side to reach 200!

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SHARJAH: With the help of Umar Siddiq’s 53 off 38 balls and James Vince’s 84 off 41 balls, Qalandars became the first team to score double centuries in the ongoing PSL here today. 

In the tenth PSL clash, Qalandars representing the Walled City took a solid stand against the Multan Sultans beating them by six wickets. Earlier,  Qalandars won the toss and elected to field. Sultans set a victory target of 201 runs.  S Lamichhane took three wickets. For Lahore Qalandars, AB de Villiers scored 52 runs and D Wiese 45.

Teams: Lahore Qalandars: Fakhar Zaman, Salman Butt, AB de Villiers, Sohail Akhtar, Salman Agha, Brendan Taylor, David Wiese, Sandeep Lamichhane, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Rahat Ali

Multan Sultans: James Vince, Laurie Evans, Umar Siddiq, Shoaib Malik, Dan Christian, Andre Russell, Hammad Azam, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Ilyas, Irfan Khan, Mohammad Irfan

 

 

 

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Umar Amin inspires from Younis Khan’s presence in Peshawar Zalmi

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ISLAMABAD: Peshawar Zalmi batsman Umar Amin Friday says that he takes his inspiration from legendary former cricketer and team mentor Younis Khan, whom he credits for his improved batting technique.
Talking to a private news channel, he said, “I consider myself very lucky to have Younis Khan in our dressing room. He guides us, he is helping me with technical stuff,” adding, he has been getting tips to play the ball more quickly. “I’m just taking it game by game and trying to live in the present. I want to be better with every passing match,” he shared when asked if he is targeting a spot in the World Cup squad for Pakistan.“I’m enjoying the PSL. It’s up to the selectors to decide who to pick,” Amin added. The 29-year old said the players are craving to play in front of their home crowd when the PSL action comes to Karachi and Lahore in the latter part of the tournament next month.

 

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Cricket: S. Africa v S. Lanka scoreboard

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Australia v India second Test scoreboard

Port Elizabeth: Scores at the end of Sri Lanka’s first innings on the second day of the second Test against South Africa at St George’s Park today.

South Africa, first innings, 222
Sri Lanka, first innings
(overnight 60-3)
D. Karunaratne c De Kock b Rabada 17
L. Thirimanne c and b Olivier 29
O. Fernando b Olivier 0
K. Mendis c De Kock b Olivier 16
K. Rajitha b Rabada 1
K. Perera c De Kock b Rabada 20
D. de Silva c De Kock b Mulder 19
N. Dickwella c Elgar b Rabada 42
S. Lakmal lbw b Maharaj 7
V. Fernando not out 0
L. Embuldeniya absent injured
Extras (lb1, nb2) 3
Total (37.4 overs) 154
Fall of wickets: 1-25 (Karunaratne), 2-34 (O. Fernando), 3-59 (Mendis), 4-64 (Thirimanne), 5-66 (Rajitha), 6-97 (Perera), 7-128 (De Silva), 8-154 (Lakmal), 9-154 (Dickwella)
Bowling: Steyn 10-2-39-0, Rabada 12.4-3-38-4, Olivier 10-1-61-3 (2nb), Mulder 3-2-6-1, Maharaj 2-0-9-1
Match situation: South Africa lead by 68 runs on the first innings
Toss: South Africa

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