Gervonta Davis withstands Isaac Cruz challenge, defends WBA lightweight strap

Gervonta Davis punches Isaac Cruz during their WBA World Lightweight Championship title bout at Staples Center on December 05, 2021 in Los Angeles,...

Gervonta Davis improved to 26-0 and retained his WBA (Regular) lightweight belt via UD (116-112, 115-113, 115-113), but the judges’ scorecards show Sunday night’s PPV headliner from Staples Center wasn’t without difficulty against the commendable resolve of Isaac Cruz – living up to his Pitbull nickname while snapping Tank’s 16-fight stoppage streak in the process. Continue reading

Yarde blasts past Arthur in long-awaited rematch with R4 KO, reinforces world title bid

Anthony Yarde celebrates his 4th round victory over Lyndon Arthur claiming the WBO Inter-Continental Light Heavy Weight Title at Copper Box Arena on...

364 days on from losing their first bout with an underwhelming display, there was no time for more hesitation from Anthony Yarde. He knew what was needed of him and executed it well, to emphatically stop domestic rival Lyndon Arthur with a fourth-round KO. Now, he’ll challenge for the WBO light-heavyweight title in 2022 – against the Joe Smith Jr vs Callum Johnson winner. Continue reading

Closing the Slam circle? Muguruza bullish about 2022 goals, as she should be

Garbiñe Muguruza salutes during La liga football match played between Real Madrid and Athletic de Bilbao at Santiago Bernabeu stadium on December 1...

After making history at this season’s WTA Finals in Guadalajara, two-time Slam winner Garbine Muguruza wants to build on her success next year and given the way she’s played, why not? The 28-year-old revealed a desire to round out the Career Grand Slam, having lost the 2020 Australian Open Final and achieved a joint-best R4 finish at Flushing Meadows in September.
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Fiorentina’s forward overtures for Jonathan Ikone show where they aspire to be

Samuel Moutoussamy of FC Nantes competes for the ball with Jonathan Ikone of Lille OSC during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Lille OSC and FC...

Recent reports claim Fiorentina – sixth in Serie A so far this term – are close to snatching a shrewd mid-season acquisition next month: Lille’s French winger Jonathan Ikone at just €15m (£12.75m), the sort of cut-price fee they’ll be hoping propels them into serious European challengers, as opposed to the frequent pretender tag they’ve long beld in Italy. Continue reading

Bam Adebayo’s surgery-requiring thumb injury an untimely blow for hectic Heat

Bam Adebayo of the Miami Heat fights for control of the ball against Facundo Campazzo and Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets during the second half...

Miami suffered their third loss in a six-game stretch overnight against Nikola Jokic and the undermanned Denver Nuggets, without an injured Jimmy Butler and a rough night for sharpshooter Duncan Robinson. However, it has since emerged they have bigger problems to deal with after news broke earlier this evening about Bam Adebayo’s year-ending thumb injury. Continue reading

Kambosos Jr: Here to fight the best, but now? I’m the shot caller

George Kambosos enters the ring against Teofimo Lopez during their championship bout for Lopez’s Undisputed Lightweight title at The Hulu Theater at...

Energised by the disrespect, new three-belt lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr has already confirmed he’ll stay in the States this week to scope out his next possible opponent as WBC titlist Devin Haney faces Joseph Diaz on Saturday night. Having beaten Mickey Bey, Lee Selby and now Teofimo Lopez in enemy territory, the 28-year-old wants a homecoming. Continue reading

Analysis – UFC Vegas 43: Vieira, Brady victories pose more questions than answers

Ketlen Vieira of Brazil punches Miesha Tate in a bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on November 20, 2021 in Las Vegas,...

It’s been a full week since Ketlen Vieira (#6) seized her main event opportunity vs. Miesha Tate (#8), derailing the former bantamweight champion’s return in a gritty UD win. In the co-main event, welterweight prospect Sean Brady stifled perennial contender Michael Chiesa to overtake him in the rankings. Where do these results leave the big losers as they pursue gold?
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George Kambosos Jr stings Teofimo Lopez, crowned new unified lightweight champion

George Kambosos celebrates his split decision win against Teofimo Lopez during championship bout for Lopez’s Undisputed Lightweight title at The Hulu...

They all overlooked him. Fans booed him entering enemy territory for the biggest night of his career. An easy night’s work was expected for the champion’s mandatory defence. Instead, George Kambosos Jr made good on his promise to shake the world by outboxing Teofimo Lopez to win three lightweight titles via split decision – though the Australian prevailed quite clearly. Continue reading

UFC 269: Julianna Pena on Amanda Nunes’ privilege, ahead of next month’s title fight

Julianna Pena walks on stage during the Hispanic Heritage Month Athlete Panel at the UFC Fan Experience at The Park & Toshiba Plaza on September 24,...

After leaving UFC 265 unsatisfied, UFC women’s bantamweight contender Julianna Pena (#4) has needed to keep herself composed and in shape while waiting for a rescheduled title fight date. Now that the Dec. 11 date is finalised, the 32-year-old is itching to make up for lost time against two-division champion Amanda Nunes – who she says has been avoiding her for years.
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Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 Celtic: Diaby’s bullet volley ensures Seoane’s men top Group G

Moussa Diaby of Bayer 04 Leverkusen celebrates after scoring his team's third goal with teammates during the UEFA Europa League group G match between...

Although it looked like another thrashing was on the cards early on, this match quickly proved far from one-sided. Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen scored first and crucially finished strong under duress – overturning a 2-1 deficit late on – to sting a spirited Celtic showing, qualifying for next year’s Europa League knockout rounds as Group G winners with a game to spare.
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