Boxing

Weekly sports round up; Fist of Fury: The Sports Buff

By Ayyaz Malik 

Boxing

Manchester-born Tyson Fury spectacularly became a two-time world heavyweight champion after beating American Deontay Wilder with a knockout win in the seventh round.

American fighter Wilder (34) was looking to win this fight between the two men and defend his title for a record 11th time, but as far as Wilder was concerned, that was sadly not to be. 

The former world title who of course came to Yorkshire last year just had no match for the man who calls himself The Gypsy King. Usually, The Bronze Bomber would rely on his power to get him out of trouble in the past, which it has done, fights against fighters like Bermane Stiverne. 

On Sunday morning, however, that golden punch didn’t arrive as Wilder was floored in the third and fifth rounds. In a match that promised so much for both men, it turned out to be Fury who would rise to the occasion. 

Deontay Wilder just wasn’t able to exert any influence on the fight. The only way this one ended was when Wilder’s corner threw the towel on behalf of their fighter to end the fight. The 34-year old seemed initially irked by the decision, but even he later admitted: “the better man won”. 

After the fight, the victorious Fury called out fellow Brit Anthony Joshua, who is the world champion of the three other belts. If the two men do face-off, the winner stands the chance of unifying the belts. 

The last man to do that was fellow Brit Lennox Lewis. As glamorous as a fight between Fury and Joshua could be, both men have a few obstacles to overcome to make the fight happen. 

For two-time champion Joshua, he might need to face mandatory challenger Kubarat Pulev and for Fury, he too might need to face mandatory challenger, Derek Chisora. Tyson Fury might also get lured into a third fight with Deontay Wilder. 

Should we get any news on a potential fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, we will be sure to let you know. 

Football

Champions Manchester City strengthened their grip on second place with a hard-fought 1-0 win over third-placed Leicester City. City did miss a penalty through record goalscorer Sergio Aguero, but strike partner Gabriel Jesus was able to score the vital goal to give The Citizens the win. 

Neighbours Manchester United were able to capitalise on Tottenham’s slip up (a 2-1 defeat by Chelsea) as they beat struggling Watford 3-0. The win for The Red Devils sees Ole’s men back up to fifth, just three points behind Chelsea. 

As for Watford, The Hornets now appeared to be set for relegation, which some would have thought wouldn’t have happened when boss Nigel Pearson became the third manager to take the Vicarage Road hot seat this season. 

Looking forward

There are other things to look out for in the world of sport such as the start of the Pakistan Super League. The tournament, which is in its fifth year, is just five games in, and already seems to be set for a tournament to remember. 

Players such as Alex Hales, Luke Ronchi and Colin Monroe will be competing in Pakistan’s domestic cricket showpiece, providing evidence that Pakistan can host a cricket tournament to a decent standard. 

In the early stages, all matches will be played in Lahore and Karachi. 

In the rugby, beaten world cup-finalists England, ended Ireland’s grand slam hopes with a 24-12 win at Twickenham. Eddie Jones, who got embroiled in a race row this week, would have been delighted to have been able allow his actions on the rugby field take centre stage.

The kicking of the ever reliable Owen Farrell, helped  England open up a commanding 17-0 half time lead. The Irish did rally in the second half, but Eddie Jones’ England held on to move into second in the table and leaving France as the only side who could could achieve the Grand Slam.

See you same time next week. Before we go, please be sure to check the weekly sports round up video here;  https://www.smartlightpeople.com/others/fury-dismantles-wilder-weekly-sports-round-up-the-sports-buff/.

Sport Comes Out On Top After A Difficult Week For Pakistan

In a brilliant gesture, New Zealand captain is said to have donated his match fee to the victims of the Peshawar massacre.

In a brilliant gesture, New Zealand captain is said to have donated his match fee to the victims of the Peshawar massacre.

It was something that could only happen in nightmares we thought – but sadly for the people of Pakistan and more particularly of Peshawar, (a city in the North West of the country) they were victim to one of the most violent terrorist attacks in recent history.

Some 128 people, mostly children had their lives cruelly taken away by the Taliban terrorists who attacked an army school in Peshawar. In an attack which shocked the country and the world, not many would have thought that sport would have a starring role in showing the terrorists that people can unite in such a tragedy.

Sport though has provide one way of bringing families some comfort. New Zealand cricket captain Kane Williamson is rumoured to have given all of his match fee from all the five games that he played in the recent series win over Pakistan to the stricken families of Peshawar.

In another act of kindness British born boxer Amir Khan who is of Asian origin is to donate his shorts which are rumoured to be valued at £30,000, to the victims of the atrocity in Peshawar. The Bolton born fighter on top of that act of kindness, Khan is out in Pakistan currently – and has vowed that he will do all he can to help the grief stricken people of Peshawar by physically being on the ground in aid of the victims.

Sport is very powerful in the way it promotes social values, such as racial equality and equality in general. Not every one maybe a fan of sports or sports people – but one thing you can’t away from sports and sports stars is that they unite really well in times of tragedy. The team at Asian Sunday very much offers it prays and thoughts to the families of Peshawar at a difficult time no doubt.

Amir Khan Unanimously Beats Devon Alexander

Amir Khan impressively beat Devon Alexander to defend his WBC Silver Welterweight title.

Amir Khan impressively beat Devon Alexander to defend his WBC Silver Welterweight title.

British Asian fighter Amir Khan defeated American fighter Devon Alexander with a unanimous points decision in Las vegas to defend his WBC Silver welterweight title.. The Bolton born fighter took the fight to his 27 year old opponent in the ‘gambling capital of the world’ who had no answer to the fast tempo that Khan was boxing at.

In fact Alexander only offered anything of real note in the eighth round, with a series of hooks – but Khan was never really troubled in this one and managed to reeastablish his control as all three judges scored this one in the British fighters favour.

The judges scored the fight 119-109 , 118-110, and 120-108 at the MGM Grand. An impressive achievement by the 28 year old Khan who’s opponent could boast about winning titles at light-welterweight and welter weight level. On the night though however the fighter from St Louis had no answer to the accuracy of his slightly older opponent.

Amir khan who has spoken of his desire to box Floyd Mayweather who many might argue is one of the sports greats, did so again after the victory over Devon Alexander. Although it would be a good for British boxing fans , Floyd Mayweather himself has talked up the possibility of fighting Manny Pacquiao before – but nothing has materialised. Boxing fans will no doubt be hoping that will change.

As for a potential fight with Amir Khan I personally feel this won’t be in the immediate future – but if khan keeps beating opponents as impressively as he did against Devon Alexander, then it will be more difficult for Mayweather to ignore Khan for much longer.