rss

Author Archive for Kevin Mitchell

0

David Goffin sets up an ATP Finals clash with his tennis idol Roger Federer

• Belgian seals final semi-final slot at O2 with 6-4, 6-1 win over Dominic Thiem• Goffin is yet to beat the eight-times Wimbledon championThe first time David Goffin played Roger Federer – five years ago as a 21-year-old lucky loser in the fourth round…

0

Andy Murray can get back to his best after injury, says Jamie Delgado

• Coach optimistic about Murray’s prospects in the new year• ‘We are very confident and hopeful that he will be back to his best’The encouraging news is mounting for Andy Murray before his return to the Tour in Australia in the new year. His travelling…

0

Daniel Jacobs shows his class and puts Billy Joe Saunders fight in the frame | Kevin Mitchell

Eddie Hearn’s American middleweight put Golovkin defeat behind him by outpointing Luís Arias and Hearn will have some negotiating to do if Frank Warren’s Saunders wins in Canada next monthEddie Hearn’s invasion of America was not quite on a par with th…

0

Roger Federer not averse to subtle change as tennis considers its future

Few expect revolution as grand slam committees meet at All England Club, but world No2 accepts his sport must start considering theories of evolution if it is to survive beyond modern eraTennis has been drifting inexorably towards a crossroads for at l…

0

Andy Murray looks to lighten his workload as he eyes top-10 return

• British No1 continues recovery from hip injury with practice match at the O2• Murray will have to limit tournament appearances to extend his playing careerAndy Murray, who is unable to defend his title at the ATP World Tour Finals, which start on Sun…

0

Rafael Nadal hints knee injury may force withdrawal from ATP World Tour Finals

• Nadal due to meet David Goffin on Monday but ‘can’t predict’ if he will play• Roger Federer says he may never appear at French Open againRafael Nadal and Roger Federer, whose parallel dominance has defined modern tennis, will bring their triumphant s…

0

Andy Murray’s return probably too late for GB’s Davis Cup purposes

• ‘Playing Spain is the tie that everyone thought would be the most difficult’• Captain Leon Smith still upbeat about Great Britain’s chancesAndy Murray surprised Roger Federer by how well he moved in their exhibition match in Glasgow on Tuesday night …

0

Deontay Wilder gives hope of new heavyweight era with Anthony Joshua | Kevin Mitchell

Bermane Stiverne dishonoured boxing’s most important crown when destroyed by the American and with a lack of contenders the sport needs Joshua v WilderThe good news is that Deontay Wilder is making all the right “Bomb Squad” noises about putting his WB…

0

Jack Sock wins Paris Masters as Andy Murray drops out of top 10

• American beats Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic 5-7, 6-4, 6-1• Injured Murray falls to No15 in year-on-year rankingsJack Sock, a name easier to remember than some of his past performances, blasted an even lesser known outsider, Filip Krajinovic, off the Ber…

0

Caroline Wozniacki and co court shocks before Serena Williams’ expected return

Simona Halep, Maria Sharapova and others seem set to ensure when the winner of 23 grand slams rejoins the WTA Tour it will be anything but dullWhen Serena Williams returns to tennis as expected in the new year, with a baby daughter, Alexis, in her ento…

0

Anthony Joshua must fight complacency against a stand-in with nothing to lose | Kevin Mitchell

Carlos Takam faces a defining night as he seeks to unsettle the WBA and IBF heavyweight champion’s well-planned roadshow in CardiffAs his wait for a fight wound down, the world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua looked and sounded like a man guarding …

0

Katie Taylor eyes Sánchez scalp and a Dublin homecoming as a champion | Kevin Mitchell

The versatile Dubliner can take the WBA lightweight crown in just her seventh professional bout with victory against Argentina’s Anahi Sánchez on the Anthony Joshua undercard in CardiffFor more than a decade, Katie Taylor was widely and justifiably reg…

0

Carlos Takam takes the Anthony Joshua heavyweight challenge in his stride

• I’m not bothered about fighting in front of 80,000 people, the 36-year-old says• Kubrat Pulev’s replacement looking forward to IBF heavyweight title fightCarlos Takam is remarkably relaxed about the ordeal that awaits him against Anthony Joshua in Ca…

0

Anthony Joshua risks taking his eye off Carlos Takam with Deontay Wilder talk | Kevin Mitchell

There is an infinitesimal sliver of suspicion that Anthony Joshua is breaking the golden rule of boxing: looking beyond his next opponentAnthony Joshua does not get much wrong. He lives the life and he talks it, in a string of articulate interviews lit…

0

Frustration for Stephen Ormond in Belfast battle with Paul Hyland | Kevin Mitchell

Two of the three judges went in favour of the local fighter in another example of an unruly system that doesn’t workStephen Ormond always wanted to be a world champion – from the age of six when he became entranced by the magic of the sport – but he cr…

0

Anthony Joshua talks up Takam with Deontay Wilder waiting in the wings| Kevin Mitchell

The late stand-in for Saturday’s fight in Cardiff should not detain Britain’s world heavyweight champion long, with far bigger contests planned for 2018Carlos Takam, under normal circumstances, would have been the perfect sparring partner to help Antho…

0

Fans pay price for anticlimax of Joshua versus stand-in Takam | Kevin Mitchell

When the replacement for injured Kubrat Pulev was announced for Cardiff world heavyweight fight he must have been the most Googled boxer in the businessCarlos Takam, a heavyweight contender of towering anonymity, will be excited and no doubt surprised …

0

My sights are set on Chris Eubank Jr, not retirement, insists George Groves

• Londoner’s victory over Jamie Cox sets up new-year showdown• ‘I know if I box like I did tonight he’s got no chance’George Groves has scotched talk of retiring after nine years and 30 paid fights – several of them wars, two of them big stadium thrill…

0

Tyson Fury still sounding off but knows Anthony Joshua is the big noise now | Kevin Mitchell

The Mancunian is more active on social media than in a ring at the moment and can be removed for now from the heavyweight equation which is really all about when Joshua will fight Deontay Wilder

Nearly two years – and a good deal of partying – since Tyson Fury beat Wladimir Klitschko, the semi-retired heavyweight still has a hold over boxing matched by few since the crazy days of the feared fighter after whom he was named.

While Mike Tyson created mayhem inside and outside the ring, Fury does so these days with enigmatic messages through social media. Indeed, he is often more interesting when talking about his sport than doing it, as fine a technician as he became on his way to the top that November night in Düsseldorf.

Continue reading…

0

Jake LaMotta was not a great champion but one of the toughest, a boxing beast | Kevin Mitchell

The fine details of his brief reign as world middleweight champion are not always absorbed in recollections of his career, mainly because one of the greatest films of all time painted him in classically Shakespearean mode

Jake LaMotta should have been in Las Vegas to watch Gennady Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Álvarez, two distinguished middleweights pitched together to echo the deeds of the division’s glorious past, a fight reckoned to restore boxing’s faltering image. LaMotta, who knew a lot about the game’s sullied reputation, would have given it a wry smile.

The fight did not quite do its job. It was a terrific rather than a truly great contest and dreadful misjudgment by one of the officials overwhelmingly in favour of Álvarez returned a split draw, drowning out all other post-fight sentiments. So, unfairly but inevitably, Golovkin-Álvarez will be remembered only slightly more fondly than the theatrical crossover fight in the same ring three weeks earlier between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.

Continue reading…