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Josh Buatsi survives major scare before stopping Marko Calic to keep light-heavyweight world title dreams alive

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JOSH BUATSI came through the eye of the storm to keep his light-heavyweight world title dreams alive.

After almost 400 days out of the ring the Croydon 27-year-old leaped in against undefeated Croatian Marko Calic and suffered a horrible battering around his left eye before a blinding round-seven stoppage.

Josh Buatsi won via a blinding seventh-round stoppage

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Josh Buatsi won via a blinding seventh-round stoppageCredit: ©Mark Robinson Ltd
Buatsi was victorious upon his return to the ring after 400 days out

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Buatsi was victorious upon his return to the ring after 400 days out Credit: ©Mark Robinson Ltd
Buatsi kept his world champ hopes alive after Marko Calic's corner threw the towel in

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Buatsi kept his world champ hopes alive after Marko Calic’s corner threw the towel inCredit: �Mark Robinson Ltd
Buatsi shows his respect to Calic after the fight

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Buatsi shows his respect to Calic after the fightCredit: ©Mark Robinson Ltd

The Anthony Joshua-managed ace – nicknamed Just Business – came through the scariest rounds of his now 13-0 career before shaking off the ringrust with a ruthless stoppage worthy of his heavyweight mentor.

The wounded ace said: “In the third round I felt my swelling. I thought ‘damn!’ But you have to do what you’ve got to do.

“This guy said he was coming to burst the Buatsi bubble. I was here to defend it.

“It was a hard fight but I learned. I couldn’t see his right hands, I adapted. I dealt with it.

“If the world title fight in 2021 opportunity is presented, and I’ve had the right fights, then absolutely I will take it.”

Buatsi ascended into the Marshall Arena, in the bowels of Stadium MK in Milton Keynes, taking a knee for Black Lives Matter surrounded by indoor fireworks.

And the Ghana-born ace took the gunpowder into the ring with a brilliant fire fight that had his backers worried during some hairy moments that will now stand him in good stead.

The second round was the hardest round of Buatsi’s young career with Calic finding a home for his punches too many times on the Brit’s freshly shaved face.

Buatsi came under pressure from Calic and suffered a blow to the eye

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Buatsi came under pressure from Calic and suffered a blow to the eyeCredit: ©Mark Robinson Ltd
Buatsi fought for the first time since August 2019

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Buatsi fought for the first time since August 2019Credit: ©Mark Robinson Ltd
Buatsi and Calic embrace after a tough battle in the ring

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Buatsi and Calic embrace after a tough battle in the ringCredit: ©Mark Robinson Ltd

Ringside trainers Mark Gillespie and Rob McCracken tried to help their charge rediscover his rhythm after 14 months off the dancefloor.

In the third Buatsi roared back to his old form with a cannon of a long straight right that would usually fold a man in two but Calic did more than survive.

The 33-year-old underdog battered his way back into the round and left Buatsi with damage around his left eye.

But the brilliant 2016 Olympic bronze medal winner kept his cool, recaptured his ferocious power and a trademark right hand robbed Calic of all of his senses before his corner hurled the towel in to save him.

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Elliot Daly left out of England’s fixture with the Barbarians because of fitness issue

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Lions full-back Elliot Daly has been left out of England’s game against the Barbarians on Sunday because of a fitness issue.

Head coach Eddie Jones set to give an update on the Saracens centre at lunchtime on Tuesday.

However, he is unfit to train at the moment having done so earlier in the week and so will play no part in the curtain-raiser to England’s autumn schedule.  

Elliot Daly will not feature for England against the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday

Elliot Daly will not feature for England against the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday

England coach Eddie Jones has named 11 uncapped players in his squad for Sunday's game

England coach Eddie Jones has named 11 uncapped players in his squad for Sunday’s game

Jones has named a strong 32-man group to prepare for the fixture, which is England’s first game since March.

Players from Bristol, Exeter and Wasps are all unavailable because of the Premiership final, but Jones has otherwise kept the bulk of his squad that featured in the Six Nations.

However, there are also 11 uncapped players in contention to play, including Alex Dombrandt, Ollie Lawrence, Alex Mitchell and Ollie Thorley

‘This is important game for us and we’re looking forward to getting back to Twickenham and playing rugby,’ said Jones.

‘We’ve had two really good camps, going back to basics and how we want to play.

‘The Barbarians squad has a rich blend of talent, so this week we’ll be testing ourselves under pressure and looking to take our game to the next level.’

England squad 

FORWARDS

Tom Curry, Sale Sharks

Alex Dombrandt, Harlequins*

Tom Dunn, Bath Rugby*

Charlie Ewels, Bath Rugby

Ellis Genge, Leicester Tigers

Jamie George, Saracens

Joe Heyes, Leicester Tigers*

Ted Hill, Worcester Warriors

Maro Itoje, Saracens

Alex Moon, Northampton Saints*

Beno Obano, Bath Rugby*

David Ribbans, Northampton Saints*

Will Stuart, Bath Rugby

Sam Underhill, Bath Rugby

Billy Vunipola, Saracens

Mako Vunipola, Saracens

Mark Wilson, Newcastle Falcons

BACKS

Ali Crossdale, Saracens*

Fraser Dingwall, Northampton Saints*

Owen Farrell, Saracens

Piers Francis, Northampton Saints

George Ford, Leicester Tigers

George Furbank, Northampton Saints

Willi Heinz, Gloucester Rugby

Jonathan Joseph, Bath Rugby

Ollie Lawrence, Worcester Warriors*

Joe Marchant, Harlequins

Jonny May, Gloucester Rugby

Alex Mitchell, Northampton Saints*

Ollie Thorley, Gloucester Rugby*

Anthony Watson, Bath Rugby

Ben Youngs, Leicester Tigers

*denotes uncapped players

 

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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson vows to support stricken Virgil van Dijk

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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson admits Virgil van Dijk‘s ACL injury comes as a ‘big blow’ to the club, but insists he will be there to support the No.4 during this ‘difficult’ time. 

Van Dijk is expected to miss the rest of the season after sustaining knee ligament damage during Saturday’s Merseyside derby draw with Everton, but Henderson is adamant he will ‘come back stronger’.    

Henderson has, however, called on his players to continue to ‘fight for trophies’ and hit their objectives without the ever-present Dutchman lining up alongside them.

Captain Jordan Henderson admits Virgil van Dijk's ACL injury is a ‘big blow’ to Liverpool

Captain Jordan Henderson admits Virgil van Dijk’s ACL injury is a ‘big blow’ to Liverpool

Henderson claims the No.4 will 'come back stronger' after he undergoes surgery on his knee

Henderson claims the No.4 will ‘come back stronger’ after he undergoes surgery on his knee

Speaking about Van Dijk’s need to undergo surgery after Jordan Pickford’s reckless challenge, Henderson told Liverpool FC: ‘Yeah, it’s a tough one. It’s a big blow for us. For him personally, obviously. But for us as a team, a massive blow.

‘I’m just gutted for him. So, it’s been a tough couple of days, I spoke to him yesterday. And yeah, it’s a difficult moment, but that’s when you need to be there for each other.

‘I’ll be there as much as I possibly can for him, I’m sure the lads will do the same and his family certainly will, to help him through the journey he’ll go on.

‘But I’m sure he’ll be back stronger. In the meantime we’ve got to do everything we can to help make us stronger and basically go and win as many games as we can for him, really.

Henderson has also called on his players to continue to 'fight for trophies' without Van Dijk

Henderson has also called on his players to continue to ‘fight for trophies’ without Van Dijk

Jurgen Klopp's men will urn their attention to their Champions League clash against AFC Ajax

Jurgen Klopp’s men will urn their attention to their Champions League clash against AFC Ajax

‘That’s down to us as players to make sure that when he is back and he is fit that we’re still fighting to be successful and fighting for trophies.

‘You’ve got to use times like this to be stronger and to be even more together than we already are. And use it as a positive in some way – I know it sounds ridiculous at the moment, but that’s what you need to try to do. We need to try to look forward and try to help us in the next however many months Virgil will be out for.

‘And also stick by him and be there for him whenever he needs us. But he’s a strong character, he’s strong mentally and he certainly will be back stronger and hopefully it’s not too long.’ 

Liverpool left Goodison Park with just one point after the game ended in a 2-2 draw, with Henderson’s stoppage-time winner dined due to a controversial offside call.    

Nevertheless, Liverpool will turn their attention to their Champions League clash against AFC Ajax in the opening game of Group D. 

The Reds will get their 2020-21 European campaign under way on Wednesday evening at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

Liverpool won the competition in the 2018-2019 season but will need to re-establish their superiority in Europe after crashing out early last season after losing to Atletico Madrid. 

Speaking of their clash with Ajax, who reached the semi-finals two years ago, Henderson said: ‘It’ll be a tough game, the Champions League always is. Ajax are a good team.’ 

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PSG vs Man Utd FREE: Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and team news for TONIGHT’S Champions League game

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MANCHESTER UNITED visit beaten Champions League finalists Paris Saint-Germain in a game full to the brim with subplots.

The Parisians will be out for revenge after a controversial last minute Marcus Rashford penalty saw United beat them on away goals in the 2018/19 competition.

Marcus Rashford will have happy memories of the Parc des Princes after his winning penalty there in 2019

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Marcus Rashford will have happy memories of the Parc des Princes after his winning penalty there in 2019Credit: AFP
Edinson Cavani will not make a debut against his former club after not travelling with the squad

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Edinson Cavani will not make a debut against his former club after not travelling with the squadCredit: Getty Images – Getty

And Man Utd flop Angel Di Maria, who reportedly hates the club so much he turns the TV off whenever they are playing, is fit to start for Paris Saint-Germain.

18 months ago the Argentine wildly celebrated PSG’s two goals at Old Trafford and taunted the home fans during their 2-0 first leg Champions League win.

Man Utd will also meet 2017 Player of the Year Ander Herrera, who is likely to receive a much warmer reception from his former team-mates and coaches.

But new Red Devils signing Edinson Cavani will not have a fairytale return to the French capital after the Uruguayan was ruled out by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

What time does PSG vs Man Utd kick off?

  • PSG vs Man Utd takes place on Tuesday, October 20.
  • The match kicks off at 8pm UK time – 9pm in Paris.
  • It will be held at the Parc des Princes, Paris.
  • While PSG matches have been held with fans this season, the French capital is now under a 9pm curfew and this match will therefore be played behind closed doors.

What TV channel is PSG vs Man Utd on and can I live stream it?

  • PSG vs Man Utd will be live on BT Sport 2.
  • Coverage commences at 7pm – one hour before kick-off.
  • To stream the game live, head to the BT Sport website or app.

How do I watch PSG vs Man Utd for free?

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Team news

SPORT PREVIEW TEAM LINE UP GRAPHIC MAN UTD 2 1

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Man Utd could be a bit short in the centre-forward role with Cavani out and Mason Greenwood a doubt after being left out of the squad to face Newcastle with an unspecified fitness issue.

Alex Telles may be in line for a European debut after joining from Porto on deadline day while Solskjaer will need to decide whether to stick with first choice David De Gea or give Dean Henderson European experience.

PSG have a somewhat lengthy injury list with Mauro Icardi, Juan Bernat, and Thilo Kehrer all out and Marquinhos, Marco Verratti, Julian Draxler and Danilo Pereira serious doubts.

Latest odds

PSG 3/5

Draw 16/5

Man Utd 21/5

*Odds from Ladbrokes correct as of Monday, October 19.

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