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Author Archive for Kevin Mitchell

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Manny Pacquiao’s removal of trainer just another ride on boxing’s carousel | Kevin Mitchell

Ructions are so common in boxing that the apparent dismissal of Freddie Roach passed with little commentManny Pacquiao sounds like a confused fighter in the autumn of his career or, at the very least, the team around him are in disarray. Last week the …

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James DeGale eyes one last crack at George Groves and a chunky pay day| Kevin Mitchell

After becoming a world champion for the second time in Las Vegas on Saturday, DeGale wants to take on his end-of-career banker if Groves is not forced to retireJames DeGale is one of boxing’s nice guys, endlessly polite and as open as a children’s Chri…

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‘Bad guy trying to be good’ Anthony Joshua has to attack Joseph Parker | Kevin Mitchell

Rock-chinned New Zealander will represent a formidable foe when Anthony Joshua attempts to add a third world title to his collection in Saturday’s heavyweight showdown in CardiffWhen Anthony Joshua said he wanted to clean up the heavyweight division, h…

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Andy Murray will return to action in June at Libema Open in Netherlands

• Player has gambled on minor hip operation to save his career• Murray: ‘It’s the perfect way for me to prepare for Wimbledon’Andy Murray will return to tennis on 11 June at a low-level grass tournament in Holland, the newly labelled Libema Open, it wa…

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Humble Anthony Joshua has his sights on top of the boxing tree

British heavyweight phenomenon possesses the physical and mental capacity to become one of the greatest names in any sportFor the first century of boxing’s rule as the dirtiest yet most glamorous branch of the sports entertainment industry, the undispu…

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Joseph Parker: ‘I was blessed with a talent and the talent is boxing’

The WBO heavyweight champion reveals his rich Samoan boxing roots and why it would be unwise for Anthony Joshua to prod the quiet beast in CardiffJoseph Parker’s big brown eyes light up with childlike intensity when he is asked about Samoa, where his f…

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Joseph Parker: ‘I was blessed with a talent and the talent is boxing’

The WBO heavyweight champion reveals his rich Samoan boxing roots and why it would be unwise for Anthony Joshua to prod the quiet beast in CardiffJoseph Parker’s big brown eyes light up with childlike intensity when he is asked about Samoa, where his f…

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Anthony Joshua raring to shine again on big stage against Joseph Parker

The reigning IBF and WBA heavyweight champion is ready to embrace the electric atmosphere of an arena crowd once more and questions whether Joseph Parker might crumbleIf Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker can reach the end of the week without insulting e…

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Anthony Joshua raises Joseph Parker threat level with Deontay Wilder dig

Laid-back champion suggests the unbeaten New Zealander is a more dangerous proposition than the ‘one-punch American’Heavyweights are not supposed to be laid-back – unless they have walked on to a left hook. But Anthony Joshua, elegant in his black, tai…

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‘Pro-immigrant and proud’: José Carlos Ramírez is fighting for more than belts | Kevin Mitchell

‘Not since Muhammad Ali has a fighter been this socially active,’ says the manager of the California-born fighter who is the new WBC light-welterweight championDonald Trump says he likes a good fight. And, although the Fat Controller would cut a comica…

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Dan Evans must prove himself after drugs ban to get any wild cards, says LTA

• Briton eligible to play next month after one-year suspension • LTA gave Maria Sharapova wild card in 2017 on return from banDan Evans, who is due to return to tennis from a drugs ban next month, will not get the same welcoming embrace the game extend…

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Scott Quigg and boxing’s growing problem of failing to make the weight | Kevin Mitchell

Bury featherweight has switched trainers and that could be the main reason for last weekend’s fiasco against Óscar ValdezScott Quigg might one day be a world featherweight champion although, whatever he weighs, he would struggle to beat Óscar Valdez, w…

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Serena Williams says her comeback ‘could not have come on a better day’ | Kevin Mitchell

The 23-times major winner returns to the Tour on International Women’s Day after an absence of over a year caused by a pulmonary embolism following childbirthSerena Williams returns to the full glare of the tennis tour on Thursday – appropriately, on I…

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Deontay Wilder looks the near-perfect opponent for Anthony Joshua | Kevin Mitchell

The American, who battled back to stop Luis Ortiz in Brooklyn, is a flawed drawcard – dangerous enough to bring out the Briton’s best but naiveDeontay Wilder could hardly have done a better job of selling himself to Anthony Joshua, his promoter, Eddie …

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Kyle Edmund ‘humbled’ to overtake Andy Murray into British No1 spot

• The 23-year-old won 10 out of 14 matches in the grand slam events• ‘Andy has dropped down in rankings due to injury,’ says EdmundKyle Edmund replaces Andy Murray as Britain’s No1 player on Monday and the 23-year-old Yorkshireman concedes his elevatio…

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Deontay Wilder will do well to find a way past Luis Ortiz undamaged

Cuban with educated power hopes to entice WBC champion into a web he cannot escape in Brooklyn battle of the unbeatenBy accident or design there is only one exit from Camagüey, the ramshackle city in central Cuba where Luis Ortiz was born nearly 39 yea…

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Dan Evans to join LTA anti-drug campaign on return from cocaine ban

• Former British No 2 to resume on Futures Tour from 24 April• LTA demands ‘non-negotiable commitment to monitoring’Dan Evans, the wayward minor genius of British tennis who tested positive for cocaine last year, returns to the Tour next month and…

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Kell Brook faces brutal redemption fight against Sergey Rabchenko

Sheffield fighter must guard two repaired eye sockets in difficult light-middleweight challenge before thoughts can turn to long-awaited domestic contest with Amir KhanKell Brook and Amir Khan, born 50 miles and seven months apart, remain as distant in…

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Andy Murray eyeing Queen’s Club return as recovery from surgery quickens

• Former world No 1 targets return to practice court within month• ‘Plenty of positivity’ surrounding British player’s conditionAndy Murray is so pleased with his quickening recovery from recent hip surgery that he hopes to return to the practice …

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Boxers know the risks and their bravery is in continuing to take them | Kevin Mitchell

Scott Westgarth’s death is being felt across the sport, but the predictable calls for boxing to be banned that will follow do not see the whole pictureAnother death, another rancorous debate. Scott Westgarth, a 31-year-old light-heavyweight who came to…