Top Five Stories From Sunday You Must Read Today

Dec 31 - by Erick Ochieng for sportpesa news

WBC Women Super Bantamweight champion Fatuma Zarika to retire in 2020,Pogba double steers Manchester United FC against Bournemouth FC at Old Trafford

Novak Djokovic of Serbia in action against Kevin Anderson of South Africa during the men's final match of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship at International Tennis Centre Zayed Sports City on December 29, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. PHOTO/GettyImages

  • Zarika was awarded 94-96, 97-93, 99-91 by the judges in the 10-round bout as she outclassed the Mexican for the crown she defended for the second time in a row
  • Djokovic has lost just three times in the last six months, but all three defeats came against players aged 22 and under (Stefanos Tsitsipas in Toronto, Karen Khachanov in Paris, and Alexander Zverev in London at the World Tour Finals)
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer encouraged Paul Pogba to cut showboating from his game to recreate the "efficient" display that saw the Frenchman score twice for the second straight game in a 4-1 thrashing of Bournemouth

NAIROBI, Kenya- We published an in depth story on Sunday highlighting how Fatuma ‘Iron Fist’ Zarika beat Yamileth Mercado of Mexico on a split-point decision to retain her World Boxing Council (WBC) Women Super Bantamweight title at the Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC) in Nairobi on September 8.

It was also the day that  Serbian Novak Djokovic declared his intention to break Roger Federer's Grand Slam Record in tennis as Frenchman,Paul Pogba, notched a brace to steer 10-man Manchester United FC against Bournemouth FC in the English Premier League at Old Trafford.

Here are the top five stories from Sunday compiled by SportPesa News that you must read today:

Best Of 2018: Fatuma Zarika Outclasses Mercado To Retain WBC Title

NAIROBI, Kenya- Fatuma ‘Iron Fist’ Zarika beat Yamileth Mercado of Mexico on a split-point decision to retain her World Boxing Council (WBC) Women Super Bantamweight title at the Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC) in Nairobi on September 8.Zarika was awarded 94-96, 97-93, 99-91 by the judges in the 10-round bout as she outclassed the Mexican for the crown she defended for the second time in a row.READ MORE

Djokovic States Intention Of Breaking Federer's Grand Slam Record

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates- Novak Djokovic admitted he'd be "lying" if overhauling Roger Federer's mark of 20 Grand Slam titles was not on his mind but insisted Saturday it will be a great challenge to get there, especially with the sport's widely-hyped young generation stepping up.Djokovic, who sent out an early warning ahead of the official kick-off of his 2019 season with a 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 victory over Kevin Anderson to win the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, took his Grand Slam tally to 14 by picking up the Wimbledon and US Open titles within the span of the last five months.READ MORE

Ten Man Southampton Fall To Champions Man City At St. Mary's

SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom- Southampton signed off 2018 with a performance that featured plenty of spirit and determination, but which ultimately fell short, as champions Manchester City prevailed 3-1 at St Mary's.Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side gave Pep Guardiola’s title contenders a scare for at least a brief times, but two goals from the visitors in the final minutes of a dramatic conclusion to the first half ended up settling the match. READ MORE

Hull Coach Adkins Cheery After Victory Over League Leaders Leeds

HULL, United Kingdom- Hull City FC coach Nigel Adkins admitted that Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Leeds United FC at Elland Road left him with a smile on his face.Jarrod Bowen’s brace fired the Tigers to a fourth successive win as a fine run of form continued, with Adkins once again highlighting a huge team effort in the win against the Championship leaders.READ MORE

Solskjaer Tells Two-Goal Hero Pogba To Quit Showboating

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer encouraged Paul Pogba to cut showboating from his game to recreate the "efficient" display that saw the Frenchman score twice for the second straight game in a 4-1 thrashing of Bournemouth at Old Trafford.A third consecutive victory since Solskjaer took caretaker charge until the end of the season keeps United eight points adrift of Chelsea in the fight for a top-four finish. READ MORE