LONDON (AP) — When the U.K.’s coronavirus death toll surpassed 100,000 this week, it was much more than just a number to Justin Fleming. Lying in a hospital bed, he knew how easily he could have become one of them. Fleming was rushed to London’s King’s College Hospital in mid-January as he struggled for breath. The 47-year-old says he was saved from becoming another death statistic by the “incredible” staff. Fleming is one of more than 37,000 coronavirus patients in Britain’s hospitals, where overworked staff on overcrowded wards are fighting COVID-19 one patient at a time with no end in sight. One nursing manager says the pace is relentless but staff just “take every shift as it comes.”
Andre Rozier, who trains Richard Commey, believes that Teofimo Lopez is not prepared enough to match Commey should the two boxers meet in the ring.A bout between Commey and Lopez looks almost set after American-Honduran won his eliminator against Masayoshi Nakatani on Saturday in Maryland.Lopez won 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109 on the judges cards to record his 14th professional victory. More significantly, Lopez was taken to 12 rounds for the first time in his career.The victory makes him the number one contender for Commey’s belt and he stated after defeating Nakatani that he was eager to face Commey and then, move on to take Vasyl Lomachenko later on.Lopez (left) in action against Nakatani (right) (Image credit: Top Rank Boxing via Twitter)However, Rozier is telling Lopez to be patient and prepare well before trying to take on Commey.“The plan is to face Lopez. I do love Lopez and I think he is a fantastic young man but I do not think he is going to be ready for what Richard Commey has.I think he needs to be given time to develop but he is being pushed so hard and this is coming from someone like me who enjoys his capabilities,” Rozier revealed in an interview with World Combat Sports on their YouTube channel.Rozier continued:“If Lopez has to meet Commey in the ring, it is going to be a very, very difficult task. I do not see anybody stopping Richard Commey on the tracks he is on right now. He is a locomotive with five engines pushing behind him.”It is unclear when the bout between the two boxers will happen but it seems it is inevitable after Lopez got the victory in the eliminator.
The BiH national team player Miralem Pjanić sent a concerning signal to Roma after stating that “if some club is genuinely interested, an agreement can be reached fast and easy”.The midfielder scored a nice goal from the free kick for Bosnia and Herzegovina in the match against Luxembourg. After the match, he was asked about the alleged transfer from Roma, Football Italia reported.“I am happy in Roma. Rumors are often heard in football, I am used to it and I have learned how to live with it. If a club is really interested, agreement can be made easily,” Pjanić said.Manchester United, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Bayern München, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona all expressed interest in Pjanić.Pjanić is under the contract with Roma until June 2018. The value of this player is estimated to 35 million EUR at least.(Source: radiosarajevo.ba)