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Troy Deeney ready for good intentions at Sunderland and Bad Intentions at the 02

Troy Deeney has a busy weekend ahead of him.

On Saturday he will lead the side, and the line, at the Stadium of Light as he goes in search of a fifth Premier League goal in as many games and a third win on the bounce for the Hornets.


Then, following a flight back to Luton, he is scheduled to be at the 02 Arena to watch Anthony Joshua fight Dillian Whyte in a grudge match for the British heavyweight title in a Matchroom show billed as Bad Intentions. On Sunday he is due on Goals on Sunday, joining Odion Ighalo on the sofa with Ben Shepherd and Chris Kamara.


At Joshua’s last fight, at the 02 Arena in September, Deeney was in the crowd with Rene Gilmartin and carried the belts Joshua won by beating Gary Cornish back into the dressing room, where he was joined by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Callum Chambers and Carl Jenkinson.

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“I do boxing training,” said Deeney. “He [Joshua] put me in touch with the guys at Finchley and they look after me down there. He’s working hard [ahead of the fight] and we’ve got a friendship but I don’t speak to him while he’s in training camp. He’s got so much on and doesn’t need the distraction. I think I’m going [to the fight] so I’ll speak to him after.”