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City says new Vancouver park sheltering rules necessary, but some call them ‘inhumane’

New restrictions on where and how the homeless can shelter in Vancouver parks were necessary, the city’s park board says, but some of those experiencing homelessness are calling the changes a misfire. Bylaw changes approved by the Vancouver Park Board Monday night ban sheltering in parks using any kind of structure other than collapsible tents and bans sheltering under trees or near bodies of water. “This is one of the most difficult issues we face at the park board,” Park Commissioner Tom Digby told Global News on Tuesday. Digby said the board knows the issue involves one of the city’s most vulnerable communities, but that clearer rules were necessary to prevent the creation of new entrenched homeless camps. He pointed to the recent cleanup initiative at the city’s only sanctioned homeless encampment as an example of why the stiffer rules are necessary. “There’s nothing civil about the situation that was there. There were rats, there were needles, there were feces, I mean trenches with feces open.” According to the city, crews removed more than 90,000 kilograms of debris, 20 propane tanks and six generators from the site during the cleanup. But the bylaw changes aren’t going over well with some in the city’s homeless community. “It’s challenging for them, I see that, but we need to work together instead of closing off things,” former CRAB Park resident Andrew Hirschpold told Global News. “I find them inhumane, these decisions. I find them inconsiderate.” Sacha Christiano, who is one of 16 people registered to continue sheltering in the sanctioned area of CRAB Park, said many feel that the city simply doesn’t listen to them. “It’s presumptuous of them to think they can ask our advice and have us fill out things, suggestions we would like to be more accommodating to our needs as well, and then disregard them,” he said. “They give us tents that are more flammable … than plywood and stuff,” he added, describing the amount of space residents have been allocated as a “glorified Harry Potter closet.” Monday’s park board vote also directed city staff to reach out to the province to create a working group focused on park encampments. Housing Minister Ravi Kahlon said he had not received any formal requests, but that the province has been active in working with the city both on CRAB Park and on housing and homelessness in general. “If you look at Crab Park, we’ve had, at points, close to a hundred people there. We’ve been working and offering people shelter non-stop, even right now we are on the ground offering people shelters,” he said. “Some people are taking those opportunities. That’s why you’re seeing the numbers. Much smaller than what we’ve seen in the past. And we continue to urge people to come indoors because we’re working hard to create spaces available for them.” The province says 23 people who had been sheltering in CRAB Park have been moved into housing since 2022: four people this year, eight people in 2023 and 11 people in 2022. Once the final 16 people currently sheltering there are placed in housing, the designated area will be closed. The changes to Vancouver’s bylaw approved Monday will also the general manager or parks to inspect tents in designated shelter areas with 24-hour notice to prevent the storage of dangerous goods, and a ban on sheltering at Queen Elizabeth Park, VanDusen Gardens, or within 25 metres of playgrounds, schools and child-care facilities. Under the city’s updated bylaws, with the exception of the designated area in CRAB Park, sheltering is only permitted in public parks overnight and tents must be taken down by 7 a.m. the following morning.

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Poll: Donald Trump Takes Single-Digit Lead over Joe Biden

Former President Donald Trump is leading President Joe Biden by one point among all voters, according to a recent poll. A poll conducted by Morning Consult between April 5 and 7, 2024, showed that Trump had a slight advantage over Biden among all voters. The poll, which surveyed 6,236 registered voters, found that 44 percent would vote for Trump, while 43 percent said they would vote for Biden. Meanwhile, eight percent said they would vote for someone else, and five percent said they either did not know who they would vote for or had no opinion. ?? National GE: @MorningConsult Trump: 44% [+2] Biden: 43% [-1] Net 3 point swing towards Trump [+/- change vs March 29-31]—538: #115 (1.8/3.0) | 6,236 RV | 4/5-7https://t.co/RI5a7YGIdy pic.twitter.com/01QSh7y3mH — InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) April 9, 2024 Out of those surveyed, 86 percent of Democrats said they would vote for Biden, six percent said they would vote for Trump, five percent said they would vote for someone else, and three percent said they did not know or had no opinion. Meanwhile, 90 percent of Republicans said they would vote for Trump, four percent said they would vote for Biden, five percent said they would vote for someone else, and two percent said they did not know or had no opinions. Among independents, 34 percent expressed support for Biden, 36 percent expressed support for Trump, and 19 percent said they would vote for someone else. Trump and Biden also appeared to do well with repeat voters. Among Trump 2020 voters, 90 percent said they would vote for him again, while three percent said they would vote for Biden. Out of the Biden 2020 voters, 83 percent said they would vote for Biden, while five percent said they would vote for Trump, and eight percent said they would vote for someone else. The poll from Morning Consult comes as several recent polls have shown Trump gaining more support among young voters, while Biden has been leading among older voters. An NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist College national poll conducted between March 25 and 28, 2024, found that Trump led Biden by two points among Millennials and Generation Z, with 51 percent expressing support for Trump and 49 percent expressing support for Biden. Among “baby boomers” Biden earned 53 percent of support, while 45 percent expressed support for Trump. Biden fared better among people aged 45 or older, earning 52 percent of support, while 46 percent expressed support for Trump. A similar poll by Fox News, conducted between March 22 and 25, 2024, showed that Trump led Biden by 18 points among voters under 30.

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Nearly Half of U.S. Muslims, Like U.K. Muslims, Support Hamas in War

A recent poll by the Pew Research Center shows that nearly half of Muslims in the U.S. support the Hamas terrorist group in its war against Israel — a similar proportion to that found in a different poll of Muslims in the United Kingdom. As Breitbart News reported April 8: Nearly half of British Muslims would say they sympathise with Hamas while just one in four believe that the Palestinian Islamist terror group had committed murder and rape during the October 7th attacks on Israel, a survey says it has found. … The poll, commissioned by the counter-extremism Henry Jackson Society think tank, found that 46 per cent of British Muslims are sympathetic towards Hamas, which is classified by the UK and U.S. governments as a terrorist organisation. A similar poll by the Pew Research Center in the U.S. released March 21 found that 49% of U.S. Muslims believed that Hamas’s reasons for fighting were “valid.” Only 22% said that Hamas’s reasons for fighting were “not valid.” The Muslim population in the U.S. is largely made up of immigrants and first-generation Americans. The Muslim population in the U.S. is growing “much faster” than the Jewish population, and coincides with a rise of antisemitism on college campuses, as well as the Democratic Party’s drift away from its historically pro-Israel position. Though these developments also have other causes, the poll suggests that Muslim public opinion may be a significant factor. On Tuesday, the White House condemned chants of “Death to America!” and “Death to Israel!” that were chanted by Muslims during an anti-Israel demonstration last week for “Al Quds Day,” an Iranian-backed anti-Israel observance. Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, “The Zionist Conspiracy (and how to join it),” now available on Audible. He is also the author of the e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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Masters favorite Scottie Scheffler talks faith after asked what defines him as person

Scottie Scheffler is among the favorites to win The Masters this weekend after putting on dominant displays at a few PGA Tour tournaments ahead of the first major of the season. On Wednesday, Scheffler met with the media and was asked what defined him as a person. He talked about his faith and belief in God. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM “I’m a faithful guy. I believe in a Creator. I believe in Jesus. Ultimately, I think that’s what defines me the most,” he told reporters. “I feel like I’ve been given a platform to compete and, you know, show my talent. It’s not anything that I did. I think I sat up here a couple years ago doing the interview after the 2022 Masters, and it’s like, yeah, I was underprepared for what was about to happen. I didn’t know what was going to happen. I didn’t — I was very anxious that morning. I didn’t know what to expect. “And it’s hard to describe the feeling, but I think that’s what defines me the most is my faith. I believe in one Creator, that I’ve been called to come out here, do my best, compete and glorify God, and that’s pretty much it.” JASON DAY FINDING HIS IDENTITY AGAIN WITH MALBON GOLF AHEAD OF MASTERS: ‘I LOOK NOTHING LIKE ANYONE ELSE’ Scheffler won The PLAYERS Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational on back-to-back weekends. He finished tied for second at the Texas Children’s Houston Open. If he pulls through and wins, it would be his second green jacket and the second major title of his career. He finished tied for 10th last year. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP He has eight professional wins in his career. Follow Fox News Digital’s sports coverage on X and subscribe to the Fox News Sports Huddle newsletter.

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Biden criticizes Netanyahu over Israel-Hamas war, says Israeli leader making a ‘mistake’

President Biden harshly criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the way he is prosecuting the war between Israel and Hamas during an interview with Spanish language broadcaster Univision. “I think what he’s doing is a mistake,” Biden said in an hour-long interview set to air Tuesday night about whether the Israeli leader cares more about his political survival than the national interest of his people. “I don’t agree with his approach.” The interview between Biden and Enrique Acevedo was taped last Wednesday, according to media reports. BIDEN WARNS NETANYAHU THAT US WILL CHANGE POLICY ON GAZA UNLESS ISRAEL PROTECTS CIVILIANS Israel has received an increasing amount of criticism for its military offensive in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip following the deadly Oct. 7 attacks by the terror group. The scorn has mounted following the deaths of several World Central Kitchen workers in Gaza by Israeli airstrikes. Israel said the strike was a mistake and that the WCK vehicles were not targeted. Democrats have also called for Biden to withhold arms to Israel unless it does everything possible to limit civilian casualties on the battlefield. Last month, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. called for Israel to hold new elections. In the interview, Biden called for Israel to work toward a ceasefire. ISRAELI POLICE THWART ALLEGED ISIS TERROR PLOT AGAINST JERUSALEM STADIUM, POLICE STATION “So I what I’m calling for is for the Israelis to just call for a ceasefire, allow for the next six, eight weeks total access to all food and medicine going into the country,” he said. “I’ve spoken with everyone from the Saudis to the Jordanians to the Egyptians. They’re prepared to move in,” Biden added. “They’re prepared to move this food in. And I think there’s no excuse to not provide for the medical and the food needs of those people. It should be done now.” Biden’s criticism comes as progressives are calling for voters to cast so-called “protest ballots” rather than support Biden. Many of the those progressives have accused Israel of committing genocide against Palestinians in Gaza. On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said there was no evidence that Israel was engaged in genocide. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP “We don’t have any evidence of genocide being created. We don’t have any evidence of that to my knowledge,” Austin told Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.

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Red Sox honor 2004 championship team, Tim Wakefield’s family ahead of home opener

BOSTON (AP) — When the Red Sox swept the St. Louis Cardinals to capture the World Series title in 2004 to end their 86-year title drought, Johnny Damon was one of the first to grab the trophy. He immediately found Tim Wakefield – who’d bounced back after giving up a season-ending home run to the Yankees in the 2003 playoffs. As Boston celebrated the 20th anniversary of that title team, Damon again put the trophy in the hands of a Wakefield, only this time the knuckleballer’s daughter. “I just thought it was fitting for her to walk off the field with the World Series trophy,” Damon said following Tuesday’s ceremony ahead of the home opener against Baltimore. “Such a great day. Those kids are going through a lot and they know that they have a lot of family, the team that we had in 2004. They can always count on us. And especially if Brianna ever gets a boyfriend, she’s got to check with all of her uncles.” Wakefield died of brain cancer in October at age 57. His wife, Stacy, died less than five months later after her own cancer battle. Boston is wearing heart-shaped No. 49 patches in honor of the knuckleball pitcher this season. A tribute video was played for both, known for their philanthropic work in the Boston area, along with highlights of the 2004 run. It was part of a emotional day at Fenway Park. Ceremonies included former manager Terry Francona, David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez and Damon among the more than 40 members present from the 2004 team. The most noticeable absence was Wakefield. Tim and Stacy’s children, Brianna and Trevor, led the members of the ’04 team onto the field for the ceremony while carrying the World Series trophy. Brianna then threw out the ceremonial first pitch to former catcher and current Red Sox assistant coach Jason Varitek, flanked by her father’s former teammates. The team previously gathered for the 10th anniversary of the championship and Damon, sporting the long hair he was known for during his time in Boston said, “for the most part our team is aging pretty well.” “We still like each other. We’re just missing a few guys that we really wish were here,” Damon said. Damon said the emotion that filled Fenway Tuesday underscored how much Wakefield and the 2004 team mean to the city. “We’re family out there,” he said. ”(Tim’s) kids are going to count on us moving forward and we are all going to be there for them.” ___ AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/mlb

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New GO Transit system-wide policy on e-bikes, bicycles now in effect

As officials say they want to address safety concerns related to lithium-ion batteries and crowding, a new policy governing e-bikes and bicycles across the GO Transit network is now in effect. GO Transit staff were set to start inspections of e-bike batteries and e-bike equipment on Tuesday to ensure it all complies with Canadian safety standards. Also, a ban started on bicycles and e-bikes for weekday trains scheduled to arrive at Union Station between 6:30 and 9:30 a.m. and weekday trains scheduled to depart Union Station between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. “We really want to make sure that from a safety perspective, we’re still fit for purpose,” Frank Ibe, an executive vice-president with Metrolinx, told CityNews during an interview Tuesday afternoon. “We’ve worked with Toronto Fire Services, we’ve worked with e-bike suppliers and also we’ve seen some unfortunate events in the news regarding e-bikes, so we really want to make sure our customers are fully safe.” Ibe said the previous set of rules didn’t touch on e-bikes. The updated policy comes as TTC staff mull imposing e-bike restrictions. Toronto Fire Services has seen a jump in fires linked to substandard or damaged lithium-ion batteries and chargers, including an e-bike fire aboard a TTC subway car on New Year’s Eve. On social media, there have been growing reports of crowding on board certain trains with doors, walkways and stairs being blocked. When asked about the increase of couriers and gig workers on GO Transit train lines, in particular the Kitchener and Lakeshore West lines, who rely on the devices for work and what’s being done to increase capacity for all, Ibe said his staff has been turning to data and they will keep watching it in the coming months. “We’ve moved bike coaches to those lines. We’ve also dedicated our service pattern so that they can actually meet the times of day they are travelling with those bikes,” he said, adding eight new bike coaches are being brought into service. As for enforcement of the new policy, riders not in compliance could face a fine of up to $360. CityNews asked about any potential plans to start widely issuing tickets. “We’re hoping we wouldn’t have to go to enforcement. We’ve spent a lot of time on education, communication with our customers,” Ibe said. “Enforcement is really the last approach, and we’ve spent around four weeks already just encouraging and driving that right behaviour. Essentially we’re hoping that it’s just going to be a monitoring process rather than enforcement.” Advocates generally support changes, but concerns remain for some Rajiv Haté, a personal injury lawyer with Kotak Law, said there has been a growing need for action with an increasing number of lithium-ion battery fires connected to e-bikes. “The more frequently it happens, the more concerning it becomes,” he said on Tuesday, adding the changes “make sense” in terms of pushing for higher standards. “When you become aware of a known hazard and you don’t do anything to avoid that hazard from occurring, then that’s where there could be arguments made against you for negligence, for failing … to ensure the safety of patrons.” Haté said since the policy is still new, but further steps could be taken as more information becomes available. He urged people to use equipment rated for the device since there can be lingering liability questions. Alison Stewart, the director of advocacy and public policy for Cycle Toronto — a non-profit dedicated to advocating for cycling, said the changes are a “good news story” for passengers while working to promote active transportation. However, she said she is concerned about the implementation of the changes. “I don’t think many people are aware of how much their bike weighs, what kind of battery … they just want a convenient way to get around,” Stewart said. She said the ban at rush hour peaks will negatively impact commutes, referring to her instances of visiting family in Guelph. She said she faces a three-plus-hour train gap on the Kitchener line after the last train in the evening rush hour leaves Union Station. “I often take an e-bike or an acoustic bike … outside of rush hours, there are very few trains to take so I think that they should revisit that policy … and do their best to add additional bike cars.” Stewart urged GO Transit officials to be consistent, empathic and open to working with people, especially international students who might be gig workers, to avoid issuing fines. “It just seems particularly steep, especially for those earning less than the minimum wage,” she said. Summary of changes to GO Transit rules Under the new policy, e-bikes and batteries must have “UL” or “CE” requirements and certifications. GO Transit staff will now be working to inspect all e-bikes brought onto buses and vehicles, and the ones that meet the requirements will have a tamper-proof seal attached. If the battery is determined to be unsafe, the policy said it can be ordered removed from GO property. Another change specific to e-bikes includes banning battery charging on GO property and banning damaged e-bikes or ones with corroded batteries. There will also be a maximum weight restriction of 55 kilograms (or 25 kilograms if there isn’t a battery). Other changes include: A maximum of two bikes and/or e-bikes per train car, kept in dedicated zones (green bike stickers at doors shows where zones are) If dedicated zones have bikes or e-bikes, customers need to try a different train car or wait for the next train Owners must stay with the bikes or e-bikes, can’t be locked in train Doors and stairs can’t be blocked Bikes and e-bikes can’t be kept on accessibility coaches (unless the customer has a disability and received approval from GO Transit) When a train is equipped with a bike coach, customers are encouraged to use it versus passenger rail cars Mopeds, motor scooters or e-bikes that “resemble” motorcycles will be banned from trains, buses, tunnels and platforms The updated policy also streamlined rules for buses. Bicycles and e-bikes must be placed on the racks at the front of the bus (folding bicycles are exempt from this requirement), and there are only two spots per bus. The maximum weight per bicycle or e-bike is 25 kilograms and e-bike batteries must be removed. Drivers aren’t allowed to assist with loading and unloading. As for the rules at stations, e-bikes can be parked wherever bicycles are permitted. However, charging e-bikes is not allowed at stations. Bicycles and e-bikes aren’t allowed to be ridden in stations or on platforms. If the e-bike “resemble(s) mopeds, motor scooters or motorcycles,” it needs to be parked in a vehicle spot.

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Air Force secretary plans to ride in AI-operated F-16 fighter aircraft this spring

Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall told members of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday that he plans to ride in the cockpit of an aircraft operated by artificial intelligence to experience the technology of the military branch’s future fleet. Kendall spoke before the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense panel on Tuesday, where he spoke about the future of air warfare being dependent on autonomously operated drones. In fact, the Air Force secretary is pushing to get over 1,000 of the AI-operated drones and plans to let one of them take him into the air later this spring. The aircraft he plans to board will be an F-16 which was converted for drone flight. PENTAGON SEEKS LOW-COST AI DRONES TO BOLSTER AIR FORCE: HERE ARE THE COMPANIES COMPETING FOR THE OPPORTUNITY “There will be a pilot with me who will just be watching, as I will be, as the autonomous technology works,” Kendall said. “Hopefully neither he nor I will be needed to fly the airplane.” Last month, the Pentagon said it was looking to develop new artificial intelligence-guided planes, offering two contracts for several private companies to compete against each other to obtain. The Collaborative Combat Aircraft (CCA) project is part of a $6 billion program that will add at least 1,000 new drones to the Air Force. The drones will be designed to deploy alongside human-piloted jets and provide cover for them, acting as escorts with full weapons capabilities. The drones could also act as scouts or communications hubs, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. EUROPE SEEKS TO BECOME ‘GLOBAL REFERENCE POINT’ WITH AI OFFICE The companies bidding for the contract include Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, General Atomics and Anduril Industries. Cost-cutting is one of the elements of AI that appeals to the Pentagon for pursuing the project. In August 2023, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks said deployed AI-enabled autonomous vehicles would provide “small, smart, cheap and many” expendable units to the U.S. military, helping overhaul the “too-slow shift of U.S. military innovation.” WHAT IS ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI)? Military officials have been mum on what the drones will actually look like in terms of size – full-sized planes or smaller. But the idea is to not fall too far behind China, which has modernized its air defense systems, which are much more sophisticated and put manned planes at risk when they get too close. Drones have the potential of interrupting such defense systems and could be used to jam them or provide surveillance for crews. “The initial role for the aircraft was going to be counter-air, but it will have the potential to do other things,” Kendall said during the hearing. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP He also said the new drone fleet will likely be cheaper than having new manned jets created. The goal is to have the drones cost about a third or less than the $20 million it costs to build an F-35 fighter. Peter Aitken of Fox News Digital contributed to this report.

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Pinnick backs Finidi for Eagles job

Former president of the Nigeria Football Federation and FIFA Council member, Amaju Pinnick, has thrown his weight behind ex-international, FInidi George, to become the next coach of the Super Eagles. Finidi is among the frontrunners for the vacant position left by Portuguese Coach Jose Peseiro, following the expiration of his contract at the end of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast. The Nigeria Football Federation is expected to name a new coach for the team in no distant time, and the former NFF boss believes Finidi fits the bill. “A player that was once regarded as one of the best wingers in the world. A player that played and like interned under one of the best coaches in the world Louis Van Gaal. At Real Betis he was excellent. At Ajax, if you know Ajax, you should know that they believe in developmental football. So, he has all the qualities. So, what do we need? This is my strong personal opinion,” Pinnick said on Arise TV. Finidi, who worked as an assistant with Peseiro, was appointed on interim basis by the NFF to handle the team in recent international friendlies against West African rivals Ghana and Mali during the last FIFA break. The 52-year-old won against Ghana and lost to Mali in what was regarded as an audition for him. “He played two friendlies; he lost one against Mali amid negative history and won amid positive history against Ghana. He doesn’t have to be reckoned with but he is a strong personality. And I’m sure Finidi will surprise us. I’ve seen it, I’ve worked with him, as president, I brought him up as one of assistant coaches. He has qualities like leadership, dexterity and most importantly humility. “So, if we have someone who has played under some of the best coaches in the world and also coached at that level, also coaching the most successful club in Nigeria, I think we should build capacity around him,” Pinnick added. Aside from Finidi, a host of aspirants have been linked with the Super Eagles job and what remains to be seen is how soon the NFF will make an announcement, preparatory to the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers in June. Other candidates that have expressed interest in the job include US men’s U-19 coach Michael Nsien, 1994 AFCON winner and former Golden Eaglets and Tanzania coach Emmanuel Amuneke, Ndubuisi Egbo, Henry Makinwa, Sylvanus Okpala, Daniel Amokachi among other foreigners.

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Tyson praises ‘dangerous’ Joshua

Boxing legend, Mike Tyson, has described former heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua as a dangerous boxer while giving his thoughts on the current crop of heavyweight stars. Six-time heavyweight champion Tyson is considered an icon in the sport by peers and boxing fans and has remained in tune with the heavyweight division, where he fought for over 20 years from 1985 to now. He became the youngest heavyweight champion in the world at age 20 in 1986, a feat that remains untouched. Speaking with Joe Rogan on his podcast, Tyson praised the current generation of stars, including Joshua and Fury, who have dominated the division’s new era. Regarding Joshua, Tyson said, “He has never lost hope, he is still learning. That’s why he’s dangerous. Because he’s still learning.” The British-Nigerian boxer has 28 wins and three losses with 25 knockouts. “Joshua needs to pick up the pace. He’s got so much potential. He has got to turn those jabs into something. Joshua is no walkover. He’s going to have a beautiful life after boxing. He’s beautiful,” Tyson added. Joshua’s power punch-hunting methods and inconsistent game plan execution have been criticized throughout his career as he tends to leave himself vulnerable to heavy counterpunches. Many have suggested that the British’s boxers biggest flaw is that the more aggressive he becomes in a fight, the more he will take punishment. However, his recent performances seem to have dispelled those beliefs for now. Tyson Fury’s power and fundamentals have culminated in a nearly flawless record (34-0-1) with two wins against Wilder in their high-profile trilogy. The lineal champ will defend his undisputed heavyweight championship against Oleksandr Usyk in an upcoming contest billed “Ring of Fire” on May 18, 2024, at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. “It’s weird to take him seriously because he’s so funny. He doesn’t take fighting seriously, he laughs at people, licking the blood. What’s wrong with this guy? You’ve got to be out of your mind,” Tyson said on Fury. For Usyk, Tyson admired the Ukrainian fighter’s quickness, precision, and elite movement saying, “Usyk is very hard to hit, he has that elite amateur-level movement. It was too much for Joshua.” Usyk has won world championships in two weight classes, holding the unified heavyweight title since 2021 and the Ring magazine title since 2022. While Tyson praised Wilder’s immeasurable power, the 2007 National Golden Gloves received the most criticism from the boxing icon. Even in acknowledging the “Bronze Bomber’s” power, Tyson said, “Having a hard punch is like having a nuclear war, but it doesn’t serve any military value if it doesn’t land on his target.” Wilder has lost three of his last five fights, including two against Fury. His most recent defeat came by a unanimous decision against Joseph Parker in Saudi Arabia.

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