Billy Joe Saunders beats Shefat Isufi to win WBO world super-middleweight title

Billy Joe Saunders raised the Roma Flag on winning the WBO world super middle-weight title. He comes in a long line of fighters that include Henry Cooper, Gypsy Johnny Franklin, Tyson Fury - and many others.

The former WBO middleweight belt holder joined the list of two-weight world champions in dominant style, showing punch variety and classy movement.

The 29-year-old was briefly wobbled by a right hand in the sixth round but found poise again to capture the belt.

Judges scored the fight 120-108 117-111 118-110 in favour of the Englishman.

Earlier in the night British heavyweight Joe Joyce, a 2016 Olympic silver medallist, extended his record to nine wins from nine when a left hook in the third round floored Alexander Ustinov, who could not answer the count.

In memory of the athletic giant Roma Memo Sulejmanov

The exhibition "Memo Sulejmanov - Macedonian athletic recorder" will open on Wednesday (April 3) at 12.30.
The museum items that formed the fund of Memo Sulejmanov in the Historical section of the Museum of Macedonia from the collection for Physical Culture and Sports will be presented.
Memo Sulejmanov was born in 1926 in Veles.

Although they do not know many athletes, especially the younger generations, Suleymanov Memo is certainly the founder of the marathon running in Macedonia. In the years immediately after World War II, Sulejmanov played in the disciplines of medium-long trails. As a long time he was the owner of all records in the disciplines of 3000 meters to the marathon.

At the State Individual Championship of Yugoslavia, held on August 23-24, 1946, Memo Suleimanov won the 2nd place with a score of 2:47. The placement in this race unambiguously confirms the qualities of this athlete not only within Macedonia, but also in the then Yugoslav territories.

In 1949, by the first sports newspaper in Macedonia "Sports Voice", the first selection of the best athletes in Macedonia was made. In a survey conducted by readers, Memo Suleimanov took the seventh place in the top 10 athletes.

Memo Suleymanov will remain remembered as an athlete who played barefoot without sprinters. After finishing his long and rich sports career, he came to the role of a photojournalist at all major sports events. Everyone wanted to be photographed by him.

Memo Suleymanov, because he was a Roma and because of the darker skin color among athletes, he also had the popular nickname "African". At the international rally in Belgrade, at the JNA stadium in 1949, he was vigorously welcomed by viewers who thought he was a runner from Africa.

He died at the age of 58 in Skopje in 1984.

Tyson Fury: Wilder and Joshua can only carry my bags

Tyson Fury still wants a revenge against Diontey Wilder and insists that this should happen. But Furies will not have a chance if they do not meet in the ring, because after the first fight it feels like a winner.

They fought last year, with the match ending. They were close to the second battle, but they did not agree and now they have new opponents. Tyson will fight in June against Tom Schwartz, and Wilder in May with Dominique Brisel. Fury hopes to have a revenge sword after their struggles.

In a recent interview, he said he was not impressed by Wilder and Joshua and could only carry his luggage.

"When both of them fight and lose, I will hire them to work for me. It is clear that they do not have much mental capacity. You will smash them when they spend money. I will fight on June 15 in Vegas ". mentioned Tyson Fury

Roma - Legends of the former Yugoslav karate

Karate is a Japanese martial art that uses all parts of the body for self-defense purposes. The word in Japanese means an empty hand. It appears in the 16th century in ancient Japan. The first began to perfect, nurture and teach from generation to generation, the great teacher (sensej) Okinawa. Karate contains more styles such as Shotokan, Wado-Ryu (kai), Kenpo, Wado Kai and others.
This skill during Yugoslavia was very popular and at the same time the Yugoslav karate performers had great success on the international stage.
It also set standards for quality Yugoslav karate players who could be part of the national team.
That's why our country was full of talented and first-rate karate.
Few people know that among those karatists there were quite successful Roma karate fighters in these areas.
A name such as Veli Amet, during that period, was a standard champion in the KC Rabotnicki and one of the highest quality karatists in Macedonia. We can also mention Miljasim Sakip as well as some others left a deep mark in karate sports in Macedonia and beyond. And they were all Roma.

But we still have to agree in one thing. The best and most talented people in the 70s and 80s were the brothers Ibrahim Kurtis and Bratislav Spasic.

They were always in the first team of then one of the highest quality Karate clubs in the territory of Yugoslavia -KC Rabotnicki.

Under the leadership of the then coach Vencislav Nedev, Ibrahim Kurtis - Kurta and Bratislav - Bato Spasic, were regularly called to compete in the kimono of Yugoslavia by the then karate selector Ilija Jorga.

They scored successes and were inviolable both in battles in their category and in the competition in the kata. They were multiple state champions of Yugoslavia and with acknowledgments both to the Balkan and European championships.
And after so many years with many medals, recognitions, cups and acquired karate titles, karate is more or less still active in them.

Only for example, Ibrahim Kurtish - Kurto is still active with trainings and is the head coach of KC Ulcinj from Montenegro.


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