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Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury get new date for rematch

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            <div id="attachment_415435" class="wp-caption alignnone" readability="32"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-415435" data-attachment-id="415435" data-permalink="https://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2018/12/06/wilder-questions-whether-fury-received-long-count/wilder-fury/" data-orig-file="https://i0.wp.com/www.pmnewsnigeria.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Wilder-Fury-e1544100611487.jpg?fit=700%2C467&ssl=1" data-orig-size="700,467" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Wilder-Fury" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/www.pmnewsnigeria.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Wilder-Fury-e1544100611487.jpg?fit=700%2C467&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/www.pmnewsnigeria.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Wilder-Fury-e1544100611487.jpg?fit=504%2C336&ssl=1" class="size-full wp-image-415435" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.pmnewsnigeria.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Wilder-Fury-e1544100611487.jpg?resize=700%2C467&ssl=1" alt="" width="700" height="467" data-recalc-dims="1"/><p id="caption-attachment-415435" class="wp-caption-text">Wilder and Fury<br/>Photo; Boxing News 24</p></div>

Tyson Fury (28-0-1, 20 KOs) says his rematch with WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay ‘Bronze Bomber’ Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs) has been signed for February 22 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fury, 31, isn’t certain which venue will be staging the rematch, but that’s less important than the fact that the fight has been signed – finally.

Speaking with ESPN’s “Now or Never,” lineal heavyweight champion Fury broke the news that the rematch with Wilder is signed. Fury probably didn’t make his promoters at Top Rank happy that he announced rematch before they did, but it’s all good. The earlier it’s out there the better.

For the Wilder-Fury rematch to be officially a done deal, both guys need to win their upcoming fights. Fury is making a title defense next month of his lineal heavyweight title against Otto Wallin (20-0, 13 KOs) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wallin, 6’6″, was the best tall heavyweight they could find, according to trainer Ben Davison. They wanted Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller, but that fight couldn’t be made. They also looked at Kubrat Pulev, Adam Kownacki, Trevor Bryan, Luis Ortiz, and Alexander Povetkin.

None of them were available. In the end, they had to make a business decision and go with the guy that was willing and able to take the fight with Fury, and that Wallin. He’s obviously not ideal for Fury, because he’s a southpaw, and fights nothing like Wilder. Wallin’s not powerful or particularly talented. He’s just big, and he’s available.

Fury and Wilder fought to a controversial 12 round draw last December in Los Angeles, California. The boxing public is split evenly in who they felt should have won the fight. It depends on what the fans like in a fight. Wilder landed the harder shots, and knocked Fury down twice in the fight. Under those circumstances, Wilder, the WBC champion, should have had his hand raised. But the fans that preferred Fury’s fancy footwork and defensive skills over Wilder’s much harder shots, they saw him as the winner.

Unfortunately, both fighters landed the same amount of shots. given that Wilder knocked Fury down twice, he probably should have been given the win. There’s a lot of second guessing in the way the referee Jack Reiss gave Fury a count after he was knocked down in the 12th by wilder. Most referees would stop a fight when a fighter was as hurt as Fury was, but Reiss stood gave a count while Fury lay motionless on the canvas, East Side Boxing reports.

Wilder convinced he beat Fury last December

“I think with the two knockdowns, I definitely won the fight,” Wilder said. “We poured our hearts out tonight. We’re both warriors, but with those two drops, I think I won the fight.”

It’s pretty clear that Fury would have been knocked out if not for the referee choosing to give a count to him while he was unconscious. Fury is quite lucky that he was given a draw out of the fight, given how badly he was hurt. There’s still a lot of questions whether Fury’s punch resistance is still the same after that knockdown. We didn’t get those questions answered in Fury’s last fight against Tom Schwarz, because he was too poor of an opponent to tell us anything.

Wallin is in same class as Schwarz, and he probably won’t be able to test Fury’c chin properly. If Fury can no longer take a hard shot without dropping for the 10 count, then he’s going to have problems against Wallin. The Swedish heavyweight has a little more power and talent than Schwarz, who was embarrassingly bad.

Wilder has a harder fight on his hands with a rematch against Luis Ortiz (31-1, 26 KOs) in November. Ortiz is world’s better than Wallin, and capable of beating Wilder if he can land one of his big lefts on the button. Wilder was wobbled by Ortiz in the seventh round last year in March 2018, and he also didn’t make it out of the round.

-East Side Boxing

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Gov AbdulRazaq urges youths to shun drug abuse, other vices

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Gov AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has called on Nigerian youths to shun drug abuse and other vices that could hinder them from realising their lifetime ambitions.

AbdulRazaq made the call on Wednesday when he received members of the state chapter of Scouts’ Association of Nigeria (SAN), led by its Commissioner, Deacon Olabisi Afolayinka, at the Government House, Ilorin.

The governor, who recalled, with nostalgia, his days as a scout boy in Capital School, Kaduna, said that the organisation had contributed immensely to nurturing youths to become good citizens and contribute to the development of the country.

“This is an association that prepares youths on how to be good citizens and how to relate with their fellow countrymen.

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“These are virtues that the youth of today should maintain. In our own days as youths, there were no rampant cases of drug abuse,” he said.

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The governor urged the youth to use their energy for productive ventures and join the organisation to make positive contributions to society.

AbdulRazaq, who was made the organisation’s Ambassador of Peace, promised to live up to expectations by giving necessary support to the body through relevant government agencies.

Earlier in his remarks, Afolayanka said that the constitution of the body automatically made the governor of any state its patron and the president grand patron.

He commended AbdulRazaq for the audience granted the association, saying that this was the first time any governor would be hosting them in the state in the last 21 years.

Afolayanka said that the association was founded to build young boys and girls to make useful contributions to the country.

The SAN commissioner noted that cultism and other vices were not rampant in schools in the past when the scouts held sway.

He urged the governor to continue to support the association for effective discharge of its responsibilities in the state.

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NYSC: Bwari assures Corp members improved welfare

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The Chairman of Bwari Area Council, Mr John Gabaya has assured members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) of his administration’s readiness to improve on their welfare.

Gabaya gave the assurance when representatives of the FCT NYSC Secretariat, and some members of the NYSC 2019 Batch B’, paid him a courtesy visit on Wednesday in Abuja.

Gabaya, who appreciated the team for the gesture, said that it was the duty of the council, as host of the NYSC Orientation Camp in the city to ensure it gave the Corps maximum support.

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He acknowledged the fact that the camp in Kubwa, was faced with infrastructure challenges, adding that efforts would be made to amendments it and bring succour to the corps members.

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“The council, in its capacity, alongside the management of the scheme, would meet and discuss how it would make the development feasible including our best effort to add a little raise to their allowance,” Gabaya said.

Earlier, the NYSC FCT Coordinator, Mrs Waleeda Isa, said the visit was to acquaint its officials with the new administration of the council as host of the orientation camp.

Isa decried the sorry state of infrastructure at the NYSC camp, saying “their lodge in the camp is dilapidated and needs attention”.

“Also, it would go a long way for those who serve under the council, if your administration can kindly add a little to their allowance to augment what the Federal Government is giving them.

“We will be honoured if you make these efforts so that we feel your presence and know that you have us at heart,” she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the NYSC 2019 Batch B’ corp members have reported and would be inaugurated at the orientation camp on Aug. 22.

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Lagos govt boosts MCC services in Eti-Osa Tribune Online

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THE Lagos State Government says it has completed yet another Maternal and Childcare Centre (MCC) located in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of the state to increase residents’ access to qualitative maternal and child healthcare.

The state Commissioner of Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, made this known on Wednesday in Lagos during an advocacy meeting with community leaders and residents of Badore.

Abayomi was represented by the Director of Projects, Ministry of Health, Dr Olusola Oduwole.

He said that the continuous implementation of strategic maternal child survival interventions, policies, programmes and projects by the government was geared toward the reduction of maternal and child mortality in the state.

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According to him, the local and national statistics of maternal and child mortality and morbidity rate are of utmost concern to the government hence, the adoption of various strategies to combat it.

“One of these strategies is the construction of MCC, a specialised healthcare centre for mothers and children.

“It is aimed at taking maternal and child healthcare closer to the people by reducing the travel time and improving the quality care to the highest possible standard,” the commissioner said.

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Abayomi said that the MCC was located on Ogombo Road along Abraham Adesanya Estate in Eti-Osa local government area.

According to him, the facility is a four-floored 110-bed complex designed to respond to maternal and child health issues.

“It will provide quality services for the restoration, improvement and promotion of the health and well-being of women, babies and children in the local government area and adjoining communities.

“It has two theatres where surgeries can be done; consulting rooms; treatment rooms, antenatal and postnatal wards; baby nursery; pharmacy, laboratory and offices, among others,” he said.

Abayomi said that the construction of MCCs in the state was designed to stem the tide of maternal deaths which occurred as a result of delivery by unskilled birth attendants, haemorrhage, infection, obstructed labour and malaria, among others.

He said that women should not die in the course of life procreation process.

“The concept of the construction of MCCs was mooted with the conviction that these interventions will impact positively on the health indices of our mothers and children who constitute a significant percentage of clients attended to at public health facilities.

“The Eti-Osa MCC will commence operation before the end of the week and will serve as a referral centre to all primary health facilities in Eti-Osa local government and accompanying communities.

“It will yield the much desired and anticipated impact towards the reduction of maternal and child mortality in the area,” the commissioner said.

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Psychiatric resident doctors vow to continue strike %

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THE Association of Resident Doctors, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, has resolved to continue its ongoing indefinite strike demanding for optimal mental healthcare for patients.

The President of the association, Dr Afeez Enifeni, said in a statement on Wednesday, in Lagos, that the strike would continue until the management addressed the work experience of the overworked doctors.

Enifeni said that the doctors had on Aug. 19 held a meeting to review the current industrial action.

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The doctors accused the hospital management of being insensitive to the plight of the in and outpatients, who according to him, are receiving suboptimal mental health services.

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“The hospital management has blatantly refused to replace the annual exit of resident doctors for the past four years.

“Instead, they have let patient load and clinical work increase significantly for hapless resident doctors whose health and academic pursuits have suffered irreparably.

“In light of the above, the management’s insistence on employing only five locum doctors is highly provocative of our demands.

“It hardly improves the status quo which already puts overworked resident doctors at the brink of academic failure, health challenges and malpractice suits,” he said.

He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on the hospital’s management to do the needful in line with the administration’s next level agenda.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the resident doctors had embarked on an indefinite strike on July 31 over non-employment of more resident doctors at the hospital.

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AIDS: Society says self-stigma more destructive than HIV/AIDS

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THE Coalition of Civil Society Network on HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (COCSNHAN) on Wednesday said that self-stigma was more destructive to people living with HIV than the disease.

Mr Ikenna Nwakamma, first Co-chairman of the society, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that it was the major reason people living with HIV default from treatments.

Nwakamma, who called for the incorporation of mental health services in the national HIV programme, said it was imperative to rescue patients from the dangers of self-stigma.

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“Very important, the issues of self-stigma is hardly talked about and that is even more destructive; it is the major reason people living with HIV default in their treatment,” he said.

The society’s co-chairman explained that mental health would make people living with HIV become co-managers of their health.

According to him, mental health problems among people living with HIV is the new epidemic and we must deal with it squarely.

Nwakamma restated the plans of the society to set up a monitoring system that would capture and report cases of stigma and discrimination in health facilities.

He promised that any identified case would be used to send a strong warning to others.

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