. The kitchen features a volcanic lava bench.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoIf only the walls could talk.“The seller wanted to take the property to auction, and it sold prior,” said Mrs Hickey.“He wanted to move his asset portfolio so this was the right time to sell the property, he never actually stayed there.”The seller reportedly bought the residence about a year ago on a golfing weekend from its previous owner, a celebrity doctor, who was responsible for luring the star tenants.But those days are now over.“The buyers are a local family, and they are moving in,” Mrs Hickey said.“They are going to make a few changes to the property, add on a couple of garages.”As it is, the two-level property’s features include a magnesium pool, tropical landscaped gardens, master suite with private balcony, and 24-hour security. CELEB GETAWAY: 6256 Spyglass Hill, Hope Island has sold for $2.86 million.IT’s been a rock star residence but now the proverbial red carpet is being rolled up for more family-friendly occupants.The Sanctuary Cove mansion on Spyglass Hill has been an escape for a multitude of stars, from the Jolie-Pitts before their split, to Pink, Harry Styles, Dave Grohl, Paris Hilton and Johnny Depp. STAR POWER: Some of the celebs who stayed at the Sanctuary Cove residence.“It was a very popular house for celebrities to stay in because it’s very private, it’s on 2000sq m, no one can see into the house,” said Wendy Hickey of Hope Island Resort Realty, who marketed the property with husband Warren Hickey. The five-bedroom, six-bathroom luxury home sold for $2.86 million, slashed from the $3.5 million its wealthy Chinese seller originally wanted. It’s completely private from prying eyes.“Because it’s in a gated community in Sanctuary Cove, the open homes were quite challenging, we had to be aware of open home,” said Mrs Hickey.The sale comes after a change in marketing agents — the property was first listed in April this year.It was on the market for about 40 days with the Hickeys before it sold.The couple handled the highest sale on the Gold Coast this year — a “secret home” at Hope Island changed hands for $16.75 million. The property is one of Sanctuary Cove’s two largest blocks.
Africaâ€™s best table tennis playing nations â€“ Nigeria and Egypt are scheduled to renew their rivalry at the ITTF Africa Cup holding in Agadir, Morocco.Egypt as the defending champions will be relying on their stars â€“ Omar Assar and Dina Meshref who are hoping to hold on to the title they won at Yaounde 2015 in Cameroon.According to the President, ITTF Africa, Khaled El-Salhy, the favourites for this tournament are Nigeria and Egypt but countries like Congo Brazzaville, Algeria and Tunisia would not be pushovers when the championship serves off on July 1.The three-day championship serves as qualifications for the ITTF World Cups with winners in the men and women events representing the continent at the prestigious tournaments holding later in the year.Every country competing at the championship are expected to register four players made up of two men and two women while defending champions â€“ Egypt will have six players made up of three male and three female taking part in the competition.Already as part of his efforts to excel at the tournament, menâ€™s singles defending champion, Egyptâ€™s Omar Assar is at present competing at the China Open in order to be in top form for the continental tournament.The tournament initially scheduled to be hosted by Mozambique, was awarded to Morocco after the inability of the Mozambique government to confirm its readiness to host the championship.The ITTF Africa boss, however, lauded the Morocco Table Tennis Association (MTTA) for accepting to host the competition within a short notice.â€œThe Executive Council (EC) of ITTF Africa decided to step down the event from Mozambique due to lack of communication and delay in signing the contract by Mozambique. The new host â€“ Morocco will host the tournament in Agadir at the same venue and hotel that hosted the 2016 African Championship last October,â€ he said.â€œI understand that it is quite difficult for any nation to host a major event in short time but we count on the experience of MTTA having hosted many international events in the last five years. I believe they have a very good hospitality and venue,â€ El-Salhy added.Â Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
If Cancio can do what he did to Machado the first time around, then big things will loom on the horizon. He would be looking at a rematch against mandatory challenger Rene Alvarado, whom Cancio knocked out in 2015, on a rumored Alvarez-Gennadiy Golovkin III undercard, and then unification clashes with fellow 130-pound champions Gervonta Davis, Miguel Berchelt and Tevin Farmer. “I think I’m going to knock him (Machado) out again,” Cancio predicted. “Now, I’m in his head. That’s the way I envision it. I’m going to make him uncomfortable from the jump and take it from there.””I hope those fights can happen,” Cancio added. “Those would be the life-changing money-makers for me right there for my family and me. I would definitely want those. I feel those would all be great fights. I would love to fight them as soon as possible.” Life before Feb. 8, 2019, was one of a common man for Andrew Cancio. The week of his fight with Alberto Machado, Cancio (20-4-2, 15 KOs) was viewed as a gatekeeper. He was working a full-time job at a gas company in Oxnard, Calif., where he uses something called a sniffer, which lets the state utility commission know of any leaks in his assigned areas of work. In less than 12 minutes inside the ring at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in the San Diego suburb of Indio, Cancio’s world changed instantly. He stopped Machado in the fourth round to become the WBA (regular) super featherweight champion. “After the fight, I was grabbing a beer with my coach and a group of guys came up to me wanting me to take pictures with them,” Cancio told Sporting News. “That’s so surreal to me. It’s like, ‘Wow, I can’t believe people actually want to take pictures with me or want an autograph.’Join DAZN to watch Cancio vs. Machado 2 on June 21″People have noticed me a lot more in the streets,” Cancio said. “I was running the other day, and somebody honked at me and told me, ‘We are rooting for you in the rematch.’ But just because people are noticing me more doesn’t mean I’m going to get a big head because of the big fan base we have out here. I’ve had people want to take pictures with me and saying, ‘Hey, how’s it going, champ?’ The recognition I get now. It means I’m not a laughingstock, not thought of as a joke or just a journeyman. Now I’m a world champion. I’m enjoying the moment.”Fast-forward four months later: Four days before defending his title for the first time against Machado on DAZN, Cancio is driving to his final training session. He still can’t believe what he did.”The belt is something that I look at every day,” Cancio says. “I still can’t believe it, and when I think about it, I’m like, ‘How did I do this?’ All the hard work and the doubts we had finally paid off in a big way, and I achieved my dream. I always told my mom that I would be a world champion. Here it is, and I’m a world champion.”When some fighters start to achieve their goals and become more of a household name, they know how to handle the success. There’s also the other side; some fighters let the success go to their heads, and they fall flat on their faces. Don’t count Cancio among the latter, if he has anything to say about it. He grew up in a trailer in Blythe, Calif., with his mother, stepfather and three siblings. Going through difficult circumstances then, and now balancing a 9-to-5 job, being a boxer and being a father of two, gives Cancio ample reason to focus on what’s most important. “I have been through so many obstacles in my life and my career already,” he says. “I’m a humble guy. I don’t want to ever change from that. To me, the most important thing is the fact I work every single day at the gas company. It keeps me grounded. I always remember where I came from and what I had to go through just to get to this point in my life.”Not everything is on the upswing for Cancio. On the one hand, the 30-year-old accomplished his dream when he captured a world title. Unfortunately for him, he still isn’t getting paid like Canelo Alvarez. For the first Machado fight, Cancio earned $75,000. In the rematch, he is getting a reported $125,000. “My life financially hasn’t changed like these other big-time world champions,” Cancio says, “but to have the world title and the recognition that I’m getting now and the exposure I’m getting feels good. It’s a lifelong accomplishment; not many people get it, not just getting the chance to win a world title but to compete for one. My pay has gotten better for the rematch but (it’s) not life-changing money. Still would have to take a lot of big, big paydays to make me think about quitting my job at the gas company.”Machado (21-1, 17 KOs) had a rematch clause installed into the contract in the event Cancio pulled off the upset. For a while, it seemed as though Cancio was going to go in a different direction because it appeared Machado would be moving up to 135 pounds. To the surprise of “El Chango,” Machado elected to exercise his right to try to recapture his championship.”I didn’t expect him to exercise it, but I’m glad that he did,” Cancio said. “I did what I had to do to beat him the first time around. The way I beat him, even with him knocking me down, I was in no danger because from there. I beat him every way possible until I finished him off. I didn’t expect him to want to get into the ring with me again.”Watch Andrew Cancio vs. Alberto Machado 2 and 100+ fight nights a year on DAZN