Ruddock knocked out in Canada heavyweight bout

first_imgJamaican Donovan ‘Razor’ Ruddock had his dream of once more becoming the Canadian heavyweight boxing champion, at age 51, dashed to pieces on Friday night when he was knocked out at two minutes and five seconds of the third round in Toronto, Canada, by current champion Dillon Carman.Ruddock, who was the Canadian champion in 2001 when he walked away from the ring without formally retiring, tried to turn back the clock and had two successful outings in March and May this year. This, in addition to his former impressive record and world rating, obviously were the reasons he was given the opportunity to challenge Carman.The dream did not come true, however, as after two tentative rounds, in which both boxers did very little, Carman exploded in round three and floored Ruddock twice. He beat the count the first time, but was knocked out cold on the second occasion and laid flat on his back for several seconds before being revived.He has had a great career and is now 40-6-1, while Carman, who is 29, won the title on October 2, 2014, and has a 9-2 record.The consensus after the fight is that he should now formally retire and not put himself at risk.- Leroy Brownlast_img read more

US sanctions Congo election officials

first_img…says they obstructed voteThe United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on three senior officials from Democratic Republic of Congo’s electoral commission, accusing them of corruption and obstructing December’s presidential election.The US Treasury said in a statement that the commission’s organization of the Dec. 30 election, which led to Congo’s first ever transfer of power via the ballot box, “failed to ensure the vote reflected the will of the Congolese people.”Even so, the statement stopped short of calling into question the legitimacy of President Felix Tshisekedi’s victory, despite what sources told Reuters was outright rigging to deny runner-up Martin Fayulu the win.The US sanctions target commission President Corneille Nangaa, Vice President Norbert Basengezi and Marcellin Mukolo Basengezi, an adviser to Nangaa and son of Norbert Basengezi.Nangaa and Norbert Basengezi were not immediately available for comment. Marcellin Mukolo Basengezi could not be reached for comment.The Treasury statement focused on what it said were efforts by the three “to obstruct and delay preparations” for the election, which had originally been due in 2016, and corruption related to procurement of voting machines and other materials.File photo: President of Congo’s National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI), Corneille Nangaa, speaks during a press conference announcing the results of the presidential election in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, January 10, 2019 (REUTERS/Jackson Njehia)Former President Joseph Kabila was required by the constitution to step down in December 2016 following an election to choose his successor, but the commission repeatedly postponed the vote, citing logistical obstacles.Treasury said the three officials facilitated the delays by embezzling money meant to finance the vote into shell companies and accused Nangaa and Norbert Basengezi of bribing justices on Congo’s top court to approve an election delay in 2016.It also said that commission officials, under Nangaa’s leadership, inflated by as much as $100 million the cost of electronic voting machines “with the intent to use surplus funds for personal enrichment, bribes, and campaign costs to fund the election campaign of Kabila’s candidate.”Kabila’s preferred candidate, former Interior Minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, finished a distant third in the official results.Congolese sources in contact with Nangaa and other senior government officials told Reuters that Fayulu actually won the election but that top officials instructed the commission to award the vote to Tshisekedi, who the Kabila’s camp viewed as less hostile to its interests.Kabila and Tshisekedi’s camps both deny the vote was rigged.The United States sharply criticized the conduct of the election but eventually recognized Tshisekedi’s victory and said it was committed to working with his Government. (Reuters)last_img read more