Golovkin sur­vives scare to re­gain IBF ti­tle

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NEW YORK (AFP) — Gen­nady Golovkin re­claimed his IBF ti­tle on Satur­day, de­feat­ing Sergiy Derevyanch­enko by a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion in a bruis­ing mid­dleweight fight at Madi­son Square Gar­den. Golovkin knocked Derevyanch­enko down in the first round and cut him over the eye in the sec­ond but had to dig deep to beat the stub­born Ukrainian, who made his op­po­nent look all of his 37 years.

“It’s a bad day for me but a huge ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Golovkin. “Af­ter the first round I didn’t think this was an easy fight. I told my­self this is a tough fight.”

With the va­cant mid­dleweight ti­tle on the line, Derevyanch­enko fought a brave fight, land­ing solid body shots and get­ting Golovkin in trou­ble sev­eral times.

He re­cov­ered quickly from the knock­down but it didn’t help him in the scor­ing depart­ment in what was a sur­pris­ingly close fight.

One judge scored it 114-113 and the other two had it 115-112 for Golovkin.

The 37-year-old Golovkin im­proved to 40-1-1 as he re­gained the belt he first won in 2015.

Golovkin de­fended the ti­tle with wins against Do­minic Wade, Kell Brook and Daniel Jacobs and a draw against Mex­ico’s Canelo Al­varez.

Golovkin was stripped of the IBF ti­tle last year when he failed to make a manda­tory de­fence against Derevyanch­enko, opt­ing in­stead for a re­match with Al­varez — who handed Golovkin the first de­feat of his ca­reer.

The 33-year-old Derevyanch­enko, who falls to 13-2 with 10 KOs, was hop­ing to score a huge up­set and dim the prospects for a third Golovkin-Al­varez bout in 2020.

The shadow of an­other Al­varez fight has loomed large over this bout.

Al­varez is mak­ing a Novem­ber 2 re­turn to the ring against light heavy­weight ti­tle­holder Sergey Ko­valev in a fight that will see Al­varez move up two weight di­vi­sions.

Golovkin, who con­tends that Al­varez “ran away” from a re­match, was clearly wea­ried by re­peated ques­tions about Al­varez in the build up to Satur­day’s bout.

DOHA (AFP) — Si­fan Has­san surged to her sec­ond gold medal of the World Cham­pi­onships with vic­tory in the 1,500 me­ters on Satur­day, shrug­ging off the dop­ing con­tro­versy that has em­broiled her banned coach Al­berto Salazar.

The 26-year-old Ethiopian-born Dutch run­ner romped home in a world lead­ing cham­pi­onship record time of 3min 51.95sec to take gold, with 2017 cham­pion Faith Kipye­gon of Kenya claim­ing sil­ver and Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay bronze.

Her win­ning time was the sixth fastest in his­tory, just un­der two sec­onds adrift of Gen­zebe DiBaba’s world mark of 3:50.07 set in 2015.

It was Has­san’s sec­ond gold medal of the cham­pi­onships fol­low­ing her win in the 10,000m, mak­ing her the first woman to suc­cess­fully dou­ble in the two events.

It capped a tu­mul­tuous week for Has­san, who was left stunned af­ter Salazar’s four-year dop­ing ban was an­nounced on Tues­day.

Salazar was barred from the cham­pi­onships fol­low­ing the ban and his ath­letes from the Nike Ore­gon Project train­ing group were or­dered to im­me­di­ately cease all com­mu­ni­ca­tion with him.

“It’s a very hard week for me,” Has­san told the BBC.

“I was so just an­gry and I could not talk to any­one. I just ran all out.

That hard work can’t be beaten by any­thing.

“It’s what makes me an­gry, I have been clean all my life. I work hard, I’m not an emo­tional per­son but it makes me so mad.”

Qatar faces rocky road to 2022 World Cup

DOHA (AFP) — De­spite tri­umphs on the track, Qatar has come un­der fire for its host­ing of the World Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships with ques­tions raised over Doha’s abil­ity to de­liver the foot­ball World Cup suc­cess­fully in three years’ time.

Per­haps the most sting­ing off­track crit­i­cism of the 10-day event which con­cludes Sun­day was sparked by the spec­ta­cle of a near-empty sta­dium dur­ing the open­ing days, rais­ing fears for at­ten­dances in 2022.

“It’s a clas­sic mega-event fail­ing, be­liev­ing that ‘if you build it, fans will come’“said Si­mon Chad­wick, pro­fes­sor of sports en­ter­prise at Bri­tain’s Sal­ford Univer­sity.

Crowds at the 1976 Mon­treal Olympics and the 2004 Games in Athens also failed to meet or­ga­niz­ers’ ex­pec­ta­tions de­spite am­bi­tious sta­dium con­struc­tion, he noted.

In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions chief Se­bas­tian Coe has come un­der fire for the dis­mal crowds that turned out in Doha to watch blue-riband events in­clud­ing the men’s and women’s 100 me­ters.

“The crowd is an eas­ier sub­ject to talk about rather than some of the more in­sight­ful stuff around the events,” said Coe, who at­tacked what he viewed as neg­a­tive me­dia cov­er­age.

EPA-Yon­hap

Si­fan Has­san of the Nether­lands cel­e­brates af­ter win­ning the women’s 1,500m fi­nal at the IAAF World Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships 2019 at the Khal­ifa Sta­dium in Doha on Satur­day.

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