Mikkel Kessler has announced his return to boxing and will rejoin the super-middleweight division after spending nearly four years away from the ring.

The 38-year-old Danish fighter decided to retire following his rematch defeat to Carl Froch in May 2013, but the four-time world champion confirmed his comeback at a press conference in Copenhagen, with a fight date and an opponent to be confirmed.

Kessler has moved back to the 168lb division, which contains the British trio of James DeGale, George Groves and Callum Smith.

IBF champion DeGale and Groves, who like Kessler is promoted by Sauerland, are yet to confirm their next opponents, with Smith expected to fight Anthony Dirrell for the vacant WBC title.

Kessler is well known in Britain for his fights against Joe Calzaghe and Froch, which saw him suffer a points defeat to the Welshman in 2007, while he fought to a unanimous decision win in his first bout with the Nottingham man in 2010.

Froch and Kessler would renew their rivalry at The O2 three years later, with ‘The Cobra’ exacting revenge with a points win, and the Dane’s only other defeat came against Andre Ward in his 49-fight profession.

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Trump’s latest missive came a day after an attorney for Flynn, the former president’s national security adviser, said his client would not submit to questioning in the ongoing Russia investigations without protection against possible prosecution.

“No reasonable person, who has the benefit of advice from counsel, would submit to questioning in such a highly politicized, witch-hunt environment without assurances against unfair prosecution,” attorney Robert Kelner said in a written statement.

Kelner confirmed that there have been “discussions” in regards to Flynn’s possible appearances before the House and Senate Intelligence committees now conducting formal inquires into Russia’s attempts to disrupt the American political system.

“Gen. Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit,” Kelner said.

The FBI is likewise investigating Russian activity during the 2016 election, including the hacking of Democratic Party officials close to presidential nominee (and Trump opponent) Hillary Clinton. The investigation includes any possible collusion with the Trump campaign, however the president and supporters say they had nothing to do with the Russians.

The Russians additionally deny wrongdoing.

Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, told ABC’s Good Morning America that it is “slander” to say that Russia interfered in “domestic affairs of the United States.” Peskov said the Kremlin isn’t worried about Flynn’s potential testimony because there is “no evidence” implicating Russia.

Trump demanded Flynn’s resignation last month after leaning that the national security adviser misled Vice President Pence and other administration officials about talks he had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Flynn initially denied discussing about Obama administration sanctions on Russia with Kislyak, but later changed his story after evidence to the contrary surfaced.

While congressional lawmakers say they want to hear from Flynn, negotiations are at an early point.

Jack Langer, spokesman for the House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said a deal for immunity has not been discussed. An aide to California Rep. Adam Schiff, the panel’s ranking Democrat, additionally said there had been no discussions about an immunity deal for Flynn.

Nunes has troubles of his own. Rep. Jackie Speier, a California Democrat, has called for him to step down as chairman following reports that at least two White House officials gave Nunes documents related to the investigation that he did not share with fellow committee members. Nunes then conducted a news conference last week in which he said documents from an unnamed source showed some members of Trump’s presidential transition team had been “incidentally” picked up on surveillance of foreign diplomats.

Trump then claimed that was evidence to support his unproven claims on March 4 through Twitter that former President Barack Obama had his phones tapped during the campaign, a claim that Obama and FBI Director James Comey have denied.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is conducting its own investigation into Russian election interference and conducted a hearing Thursday.

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On Thursday, the White House reported that it would be sharing information with congressional investigators that showed that the Obama administration may have incidentally intercepted communications from members of the Trump transition team.

The announcement came the same day that The New York Times revealed that House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes of California got his information about the surveillance from two White House aides.

“The officials’ description of the intelligence is in line with Mr. Nunes’s characterization of the material, which he said was not related to the Russia investigations when he first disclosed its existence,” The Times reported.

According to The Times, Nunes says that “he met his source on the grounds of the White House. He said he needed a secure location where people with security clearances could legally view classified information, though such facilities could also be found in the Capitol building and at other locations across Washington.”

The afternoon of the day that article showed up, the White House declared that members of the House and Senate intelligence committees would be able to view those selfsame documents.

On Thursday afternoon, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters “a letter was transmitted just recently to the ranking member and chairmen of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees that said, ‘In the ordinary course of business, national security staff discovered documents that we believe are in response to your March 15, 2017, letter to the intelligence community seeking ‘documents necessary to determine whether information collected on US persons was mishandled and leaked.’”

“We have and will invite the Senate and House ranking members and chairmen up to the White House to view that material in accordance with their schedule.”

Indeed, that certainly changes things.

President Trump’s White House certainly managed to get out in front of this story with the revelation that they’d be sharing the information with the committees, basically calling the bluff of Democrats who claimed that it was half-truths.

Of course, this isn’t going to stop the politicization of the Russia investigation and wiretapping claims by the Democrats. However, how America responds is going to be a different matter — especially when the White House is sharing the information.

Source: http://conservativetribune.com


It has just been revealed precisely how deep Obama’s control of the “Russian” election story REALLY went. Trust me, this is gonna prove how right President Trump is!

According to Newsweek, James Comey presented documents to Obama about Russia hacking Hillary Clinton very early.

Comey wanted them presented to the public immediately.

‘He had a draft of it or an outline,’ the source said. ‘He held up a piece of paper in a meeting and said, ‘I want to go forward, what do people think of this?’

Obama’s cronies said “NO WAY!”

Instead, they wanted to utilize this as an opportunity to connect ALL the intelligence agencies so they could all “conclude” the exact same thing.

After that, they slowly twisted the information about the Russians to accuse Donald Trump of the unthinkable…WORKING WITH RUSSIA!

This was the last straw for Comey. He wanted Russia dealt with, but not like this.

That’s when he discovered Clinton’s emails on Anthony Weiner’s computer. He then resolved himself to at least let the public know about those, lest Obama try and shut him down again.

So it looks like yes, Russia DID hack Hillary Clinton’s emails. It likewise looks like Obama manipulated information to his own advantage.

Between this and the mass survailence of Trump and all Americans, Obama was a MONSTER of a President. Share this everywhere if you think it’s important people know the TRUTH!

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Russian President Vladimir Putin dug into the accusations that there was Russian interference in the US election on CNBC. He said what every conservative already knows in this country. That these are just “lies” being utilized for “domestic American politics.”

“We said on numerous occasions and I reiterate that we are confident…And know for sure that opinion polls in the Unites States show that very many people are…friendly towards the Russian Federation and I’d like to tell these people that we perceive and regard the United States as a great power with which we want to establish good partnership relations,” Putin said and added “All those things are fictional, illusory and provocations, lies. All these are used for domestic American political agendas. The anti-Russian card is played by different political forces inside the United States to trade on that and consolidate their positions inside.”

Putin denied that Russia meddled in the US elections. Putin even quoted George Bush and asked if the “Russian government had ever tried to influence the outcome of the US presidential election, and there will be no evidence found?” to which he snapped back.

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Donald Trump has effectively proclaimed war on dozens of members of his own party, urging his supporters to “fight” the House Freedom Caucus in the upcoming midterm elections.

Members of the influential conservative group effectively helped kill the White House-approved health care plan last week, sparking several attacks from the President on Twitter.

But the bellicose leader signalled a dramatic intensification in his rift with the group, calling on his supporters to oppose Freedom Caucus members when they are up for re-election in 2018.

“The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!” he wrote on Twitter.

The President initially blamed Democrats for the failure of his plan to repeal and replace Obamacare but has since refocused his attention toward the 32-member group of hard-line conservatives.

With a majority in the House of 239 to the Democrats’ 193, the Republican leader needs the support of the group to pass legislation.

“The Republican House Freedom Caucus was able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory,” he tweeted on Monday. “After so many bad years they were ready for a win!”

House Speaker Paul Ryan, the top Republican in Congress who wrote the bill, said that he fears divisions in the Republican Party are pushing the President to work with Democrats.

“I don’t want that to happen. You know why? I want a patient-centered system, I don’t want government running health care,” he said in an interview with CBS this Morning. “The government shouldn’t tell you what you must do with your life, with your health care. We should give people choices.”

Speaking to reporters later in the day, Mr Ryan backed Mr Trump’s comments. “I understand the frustration,” he said. “I share the frustration.”

Mr Ryan repeated that “90 per cent” of his caucus is for the health care measure, but would not commit to a timeline on holding another vote.

Reacting to the President’s tweet, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that there was “nothing to add at this time. The President’s tweet speaks for itself.”

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk


Anthony Joshua is the ‘present and future’ of heavyweight division and will continue a dominant era with victory over Wladimir Klitschko, says former opponent Eric Molina.

IBF champion Joshua successfully defended his title with a knockout triumph over Molina in December to set up a enormous Wembley fight with Wladimir Klitschko on April 29.

In a battle of youth against experience, Joshua puts his 18-fight unbeaten record on the line against Klitschko, who enjoyed a 10-year reign as world champion, and Molina trusts ‘AJ’ might already have progressed past the veteran.

“He’s a great champion and I personally do not see too many heavyweights beating him, he’s very strong,” Molina exclusively told Sky Sports.

“One thing that Joshua has shown is, he’s getting bigger, better, faster, stronger, every fight.”

“I don’t want to disrespect Klitschko, but the torch is going to be passed that night. If it hasn’t been already, I think it’s going to officially get passed.”

Molina, who hopes to fight again this summer, extended Deontay Wilder into the ninth round before suffering defeat, and insists the WBC champion could be the only remaining fighter to stand in the way of Joshua.

Molina stated: “If he goes through Klitschko, which I believe that he can, there is only one fight left for him after that and that is the fight that everybody knows – the Wilder-Joshua fight.”

“After that fight, I don’t really see much else out there for him, maybe Tyson Fury, but yes definitely he is the present and the future.”

After patiently probing for openings, Joshua stopped Molina with a brutal assault in the third round, and the experienced Texan insists no tactical changes would have prevented this destructive conclusion.

“Had I attacked him, had I came out a little bit quicker, I think it was still going to end the same way,” said Molina. “There was nothing that I could have done, from what I brought to the table, and the way I fight.”

“I always fight a certain way. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose and that’s the way boxing is.”

“If I had come out the gate and maybe pressed him a little bit more, I think it was going to be inevitable he was going to hurt me at any given moment, the same way.”

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When Michelle Obama was first lady, her primary achievement was making America’s school lunches as unpalatable as possible. Melania Trump seems to be interested in something a little different.

According to CNN, the first lady issued a call to end violence and oppression against women during remarks at the State Department on Wednesday.

The remarks came at the State Department’s International Women of Courage Awards, which honor women who have suffered and overcome injustices “from domestic violence to environmental disaster to gender bias to acid attacks,” CNN reported.

“Together, we must declare that the era of allowing the brutality against women and children is over while affirming that the time for empowering women around the world is now,” Melania Trump said.

“Wherever women are diminished, the entire world is diminished with them. However, wherever women are empowered, towns and villages, schools and economies, are empowered and together, we are all made stronger with them.”

“We must continue to work towards gender empowerment and respect for people from all backgrounds and ethnicities, remembering that we are all members of one race — the human race.”

The first lady additionally called on young women around the world to take the honorees as role models to fight oppression.

“As you go forward, remember their journeys as you push ahead and strive to bring about a better community, a better country, and a better world in the ongoing fight for right over might,” she said.

“We must continue once again to shine the light on the horrendous atrocities taking place in neighborhoods around the corner and around the globe where innocent families are crying out to live in safety. We must continue to fight injustice in all of its forms, whatever scale or shape it takes in our lives.”

You can see her comments here:

Melania doesn’t often make public remarks, as The Hill noted, so this could indicate a new focus for the first lady.

One thing is for sure: It definitely beats school lunches.

Source: http://conservativetribune.com


Ivanka Trump is changing roles. She is going to help Trump in the Whitehouse.

“I have heard the concerns some have with my advising the President in my personal capacity while voluntarily complying with all ethics rules, and I will instead serve as an unpaid employee in the White House Office, subject to all of the same rules as other federal employees,” Ivanka Trump said in a statement. “Throughout this process I have been working closely and in good faith with the White House counsel and my personal counsel to address the unprecedented nature of my role.”

Ivanka Trump works best with his family around. That’s the reason why we have to give her a congratulations in the comments.

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Conor Benn says that he is a “completely different fighter” after sharpening his skills behind closed doors and hopes to resume his exciting ring career in June.

The 20-year-old welterweight fought six times during a busy begin to his professional career in 2016, but has spent time away from the spotlight to work on his technique with trainer Tony Sims.

Benn concedes that he needed time to refine his all-action style, although he still has a burning desire for battle, and has warned his rivals to expect a new and improved fighter when he makes his expected return at The O2 on June 3.

“I’m going to come back a completely different fighter,” Benn exclusively told Sky Sports. “When I turned pro, it was crash, bang, wallop.”

“Let’s have it with anyone, fighting every month, and I didn’t really have time to learn my craft.”

“It was about getting fit and dealing with the pressure, it wasn’t really about technique. Now I’ve been working on keeping my hands up, establishing my jab, and firing straight punches, instead of throwing leaping hooks and doing some madness.”

“I’m dying to get back out there, I miss that feeling. I went to the [Anthony] Crolla fight and thought about how much I miss being in the ring. I’m hoping June, when I’m ready, and that’s when me and my team think I’ll be ready.”

Despite a brief break from competitive action, Benn insists he has been maintaining a relentless training regime alongside the likes of Ricky Burns and Ohara Davies in the Sims gym.

Benn trusts that he has matured mentally and physically since making his debut in the paid ranks, just under a year ago, and is eager to showcase his greater punch power.

“It’s not like I’m sitting around chilling, doing nothing,” said ‘The Destroyer’. “I’m in the gym every day, still training twice a day, three times a day on Tuesday and Thursday. People are so quick to assume something, but they only see what I let them see – 10 per cent of my work ethic.”

“I came into the pro game as a little boy and I feel like the game has turned me into a man. If you put up a picture of my body from my debut and my body now, look how different it is. That’s just from hard graft.”

“My next opponent is going to feel it. I will prove what I have been working on.”

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