'She is completely entitled to compete and anyone who says otherwise is prejudiced or jealous'

Top sportswriter Phil Gifford doesn't hold back on the topic of a Kiwi transgender athlete who won a weightlifting comp in Australia. Source: Breakfast

Laurel Hubbard, who won her division by 19 kilos, has been defended by Weightlifting NZ saying they're following guidelines. Source: 1 NEWS


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Dillian Whyte looming as next opponent for Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua's next opponent appears to be all but confirmed, with a rematch against compatriot Dillian Whyte to go ahead despite declaring he's targeting American champion Deontay Wilder, according to the Times.

Having defeated Alexander Povetkin with a seventh round knockout last weekend, Joshua is still wanting a bout with WBC title holder Wilder, as victory would see him crowned heavyweight boxing's unified, undisputed champion.

However, with Wilder to fight Brit Tyson Fury in Las Vegas on December 1, Joshua's options have thinned, meaning a possible rematch with Whyte firming as the most lucrative for the undefeated 28-year old.

Joshua defeated Whyte in 2015, handing him his only career loss to date, while both fighters have defeated New Zealand's Joseph Parker in 2018.

Whyte meanwhile, appears likely to face longtime rival Dereck Chisora in December, although his status as the WBO's leading challenger could see him be given another fight against Joshua as a mandatory challenger. 

Promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed that Joshua's next bout will be on April 13 after Sunday's victory.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Dillian Whyte knocks Joseph Parker down during the Heavyweight fight between Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker at The O2 Arena on July 28, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
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Kiwi weightlifting champion David Liti breaks 16-year national record

New Zealand's weightlifting golden boy David Liti is showing no signs of slowing down, toppling a national record today in Auckland which has stood for 16 years.

The 22-year-old surpassed Kiwi great Nigel Avery with a record 176kg snatch.

Liti said he was chuffed with his record lift.

"Over the moon really, I've wanted those records since I started weightlifting," said Liti.

His coach Tina Bell says his form is coming just right before the November world championships.

"We are just well and truly on our way to a great preparation for the world's," said Bell.

Liti won gold at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games men's 105kg+ division in April and was awarded a special sportsmanship award during the closing ceremony.

Liti lifted a record 176kg snatch to surpass former record holder Nigel Avery. Source: 1 NEWS


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Watch: Kiwi teen Kanah Andrews-Nahu breaks several national records at weightlifting meet

Kiwi teen Kanah Andrews-Nahu has broken several national records at a weightlifting meet today.

Andrews-Nahu has now broken 135 New Zealand records.

Her records today were:

Snatch: NZ youth 75+Kg and junior 90kg - new record of 96kg

C&J: NZ youth 75+Kg and junior 90kg - new record of 111kg

Total: NZ youth 75+Kg and junior 90kg - new record of 200kg (which she then broke minutes later)

Total: NZ youth 75+Kg and junior 90kg - new record of 207kg

Andrews-Nahu has now broken 135 New Zealand records. Source: 1 NEWS


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Anthony Joshua delivers seventh round knockout, defends world titles against Alexander Povetkin

Anthony Joshua has kept his status as the biggest name in world boxing, defeating Russia's Alexander Povetkin at London's Wembley Stadium this morning with a seventh round knockout.

Coming into the fight with his WBO, WBA, IBO and IBF titles on the line, Joshua began brightly against 39-year old Povetkin, landing some early blows in the opening round, before Povetkin began to rattle the undefeated Brit with some shots of his own.

Joshua was then rattled towards the end of the first round, as Povetkin landed a blow to the nose to draw blood from his opponent.

Povetkin attempted to capitalise on his early success, and started to try and control the fight at the start of the third round, most notably with his left hook stopping Joshua find any sort of rhythm.

However, Joshua was able to inflict some damage of his own, cutting Povetkin above the left eye with a stinging uppercut.

It was in the sixth round though that the fight truly came to life, with both fighters seeming to exchange blows at will.

Joshua stamped his authority in the seventh, knocking Povetkin to the canvas in the seventh, before finishing the fight with a volley of blows as the officials bought the bout to an end.

Joshua will now almost certainly line up a bout with American and WBC champion Deontay Wilder, looking to add the final heavyweight world title to his collection.

 Anthony Joshua punches Alexander Povetkin
Anthony Joshua punches Alexander Povetkin Source: Getty