Fight

John Hopoate banned from rugby league for 10 years

Hopoate fronted the NSW Rugby League conduct review panel last night after pleading guilty to three counts of contrary conduct and one of striking just minutes after coming off the bench while filling in for Narraweena against Forestville.

The ban sees him rubbed out immediately for five years, before another five are suspended with Hopoate required to apply for any role he wishes to fill in that time.

Miller issues challenge to Joshua

Joshua was present on American soil to promote the defence of his IBF, WBA and WBO titles against Russian Alexander Povetkin on September 22 at Wembley Stadium. 

However, Miller interrupted the head-to-head meeting between the two heavyweights to confront the unified champion, who responded to the goading by turning to face up to the trash-talking American. 

Quality ref the priority for Parker camp

Parker's promoter David Higgins and trainer Kevin Barry have been vocal in their thoughts about the referee for the bout in Whyte's backyard at London's O2 Arena.

Their concerns have been largely fuelled by the performance of Italian official Giuseppe Quartarone in the South Aucklander's unanimous points decision loss to English superstar Anthony Joshua in their world title unification encounter in April.

Wilder to be sent AJ terms

The unbeaten fighters have been on a collision course for some time, particularly since Joshua defeated Joseph Parker to add the WBO strap to his WBA and IBF belts.

However, despite plenty of back-and-forth verbal sparring, a deal has yet to materialise and Hearn, Joshua's promoter, recently suggested that an agreement to fight Alexander Povetkin was close and the Wilder clash would have to wait until February 2019.

Anthony Joshua demands Joseph Parker fights him in Britain

The location of the highly-anticipated unification bout remains one of the key points to completing negotiations for the heavyweight division's super fight.

Joshua confirmed the fight deal was 95 per cent over the line for a clash early this year.

Parker's promoter David Higgins is having the contract examined by legal experts and is likely to fly to London late this week to sign it off.

Parker could join him in the UK for a press conference the following week.

Passenger 'duct taped to seat' on flight

The man, identified as Anil Tuvanc Uskanli -- a Turkish national born in 1991-- was subdued by crew members and passengers, including an off-duty Los Angeles police officer.

He is expected to face federal charges for interference with a flight crew, FBI special agent Paul Delacourt told reporters.

Investigators are still trying to determine the motive behind the disturbance.