Anthony Joshua could make more than £18 million from Joseph Parker fight

 

Anthony Joshua could make a staggering £18 million – at least – from his heavyweight unification clash with Joseph Parker in Cardiff tonight.

WBF and IBA champion Joshua is bidding to win Parker’s WBO belt in tonight’s fight, and the clash is set to generate £30 million, with 70% of that to go to the British fighter.

The Principality Stadium is a sell-out and more than 1 million people are set to watch the fight on pay-per-view, which will both generate millions in revenue.

Add in sponsorship, advertising and merchandise sales, and the total could be even higher.

This fight shows that Joshua is becoming one of the most bankable stars in boxing and, should he win, he next fight – possibly against Deontay Wilder – would generate even more.

All the factz on Everton v Manchester City including which TV channel its on

 

The tea-time kick off in the Premier League sees champions-elect Manchester City travel to Goodison Park to take on mid-table Everton. The match kicks off at 5.30pm and it is being show live on BT Sport 1. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Wayne Rooney bagged his 200th PL goal as Everton drew 1-1 with City earlier in the season.
* City haven’t beaten Everton in their last 4 attempts (3 draws, 1 defeat).
* Everton have won 4 of their 10 PL matches this year, but have also lost 5.
* If City win, they’ll have beaten all the other PL teams this season. Only Chelsea and Manchester United have done that in the PL era.
* City will also set a club record if they win, which will be their 13th away from home this season.

All the factz you need on the March 31 3pm kick offs in the Premier League

 

There are 6 matches kicking off in the Premier League at 3pm today, among them games that could have a significant bearing on the relegation battle. Here are the factz you need to know:

Brighton & Hove Albion v Leicester City

* Leicester won 2-0 in the reverse fixture, with goals from Okazaki and Maguire.
* Brighton have won their last 3 home matches, and have lost one of their last 6 matches home and away.
* The Foxes have lost 4 of their last 6 away matches, winning just one, at West Brom.
* Glenn Murray has scored 6 goals in 6 matches at home in 2018.
* Jamie Vardy has scored in 4 of his last 5 matches.

Manchester United v Swansea City

* United beat the Swans 0-4 earlier in the season.
* Swansea have won twice in their last 5 visits to Old Trafford, losing 2 and drawing the other.
* United have kept 15 clean sheets this season, the same as Manchester City.
* Swansea have won 4 of their last 8 matches, drawing 3.
* If Romelu Lukaku scores, it will be his 100th PL goal and he will be the 28th man to reach that milestone.

Newcastle United v Huddersfield Town

* Aaron Mooy scored the only goal as Huddersfield beat Newcastle last August.
* The Magpies have lost just 1 of their last 6 PL matches, winning 2.
* Huddersfield have lost 6 of their 9 PL matches this year, winning 2.
* The Terriers have also failed to score in 17 matches – a PL high.
* Newcastle are aiming for their 3rd consecutive home win. Huddersfield have lost 4 of their last 5 away from home.

Watford v AFC Bournemouth

* Watford won 0-2 at the Vitality Stadium back in August.
* Watford have lost their last 2 matches, but have won their last 3 at Vicarage Road.
* Bournemouth are in form, having won 20 points since the turn of the year – only the top 4 have done better.
* The Cherries have scored in 12 successive matches – a club record.
* Watford have conceded 26 goals at home. Only their opponents have conceded has many.

West Bromwich Albion v Burnley

* Albion recorded one of their few wins this season at Turf Moor, winning 0-2 thanks to a Hal Robson-Kanu double.
* Burnley haven’t won at the Hawthorns since 1969.
* Albion have lost 7 on the spin – another defeat would be a club record.
* Burnley have won their last 2 matches, having been winless in their previous 11.
* Burnley have conceded just 14 away from home – only Manchester City have conceded fewer (10).

West Ham United v Southampton

* Saints won a cracking match 3-2 in the reverse fixture last August.
* West Ham are in terrible form having lost their last 3 matches all by a margin of at least 3 goals.
* But Saints are doing as badly, havoc won just once in their last 17 matches (7 defeats).
* If West Ham lose, it will be their 1000th top flight defeat. Only 15 other clubs have hit this milestone.
* Mark Hughes is now in charge of his 6th PL club. Only Sam Allardyce (7) has managed more.

All the factz on Crystal Palace v Liverpool, including which TV channel its on

 

The early kick-off in the Premier League today sees struggling Crystal Palace take on Champions League-chasing Liverpool at Selhurst Park. The match kicks off at 12.30pm and it is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Liverpool won 1-0 earlier in the season, with Sadio Mane netting the winner.
* Liverpool have won 15 of their last 22 PL matches, losing just two.
* The Eagles have won 3 matches in 2018, losing 5 and drawing two.
* Palace have lost all 9 matches in which Wilfried Zaha hasn’t played in.
* Mo Salah has scored in 20 matches this season – if he scores again he will equal the 38-game record, held jointly by Cristiano Ronaldo and Robin van Persie.

Neymar wades into debate over which player is better – Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi

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Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi have been widely regarded as the best players in the world for a decade – winning the last 10 Ballon d’Ors between them – and debate over who is better has raged for just as long.

Their statistics on goal scoring and trophies won are phenomenal, and it often comes down to a matter of personal preference. And its seems that Paris St-Germain striker Neymar – regarded as the player most likely to take over their mantle as world’s best player at some point – has thrown his weight behind Ronaldo in this debate.

“I respect him [Ronaldo] a lot for the history he has made,” Neymar said. “He is the benchmark for someone like me. He has spent the last 10 years at the top, like Messi, and we all aspire to be as good as them.”

Neymar played with Messi at Barcelona, but one of the reasons thought to be behind his £198 million transfer to PSG last summer was that he was frustrated at being in Messi’s shadow. Of course, he is now the main star at PSG.

There have also been rumours that Neymar could be on his way to Real Madrid in the summer, so he may want to keep their main man onside.