[News] Anthony Joshua takes the title of world Heavyweight champion in just two rounds

Anthony Joshua says the British public's desire to see him fight Tyson Fury means it will take place

Anthony Joshua stopped Charles Martin in two rounds at London’s O2 Arena to claim the IBF heavyweight title in only his 16th professional fight.

The Briton floored his American opponent with a peach of a right-hand counter and after Martin was knocked down again, the referee called a halt.

The 26-year-old is his country’s sixth bona fide heavyweight world champion.

Joshua is also just the fourth man to win a pro heavyweight world title while still a reigning Olympic champion.

And he is the first Briton to win both the super-heavyweight Olympic gold and a version of the world heavyweight title – London-born Lennox Lewis was fighting for Canada when he won the 1988 Olympic super-heavyweight title in Seoul.

Listen to BBC Radio 5 live’s Mike Costello describe the closing moments of the fight

Joshua’s victory now brings a super-fight against fellow Briton and WBA and WBO champion Tyson Fury a step closer.

Champion Martin, who was making the first defence of the title he won in January, entered the ring wearing a tall crown, a fur-trimmed, velvet cape and a smile as broad as his shoulders. But the smile soon disappeared.

Some thought previously unbeaten Martin, 29, would trouble Joshua with his southpaw stance – he was the first left-hander Joshua had faced in the paid ranks – but he barely threw a punch in anger.

Source: (Read more) http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/boxing/36008280

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[Technology] Sony Music ‘has signed a licensing deal with SoundCloud’

The streaming music service is planning on launching a paid subscription plan, and a source close to the situation said the deals SoundCloud struck with the majors does allow it to build a full on-demand service similar to Spotify or Apple Music.

SoundCloud had already struck deals with Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group, and Merlin, a network of independent labels; Sony Music was the last holdout. But getting a deal done with Sony Music has been a bit more challenging. The label pulled its music off SoundCloud last year, after reports surfaced that Sony Music wasn’t happy with the “lack of monetization opportunities,” according to Billboard.

 

Source: TheVerge