Professional boxing

The most stringent safety precautions will never make boxing entirely safe
With Andre Ward having recently announced his retirement, the vacancy for the no.1 pound for pound fighter in the world looks open to either Canelo or GGG, but there are other world level fighters who can certainly take that position. More unification fights across the divisions is what boxing needs in order to find its superstar.
When Kipling wrote of triumph and disaster and treating those two just the same it would be fair to say he did not have a boxing match in mind. However, Saturday night's encounter demonstrates what a fine line exists between these two often quoted imposters within the theatre of sport.
If he could get in there and knock Wladimir Klitschko out cold for the ten count, then I see no logical reason why Anthony Joshua cannot signal a new era for professional boxing around the world. He's got the power, fight style and marketability. Over to you Anthony.
It seems unlikely that the period were Jewish boxers were the envy of the world will not be repeated. One hopes that the historical significance of those boxers is not forgotten and their legacy is celebrated as triumph against adversity.
There is acrimonious, and there is acrimonious. The build up to the Bellew versus Haye fight has very much been in that category. On any occasion the two men are in the same vicinity, the atmosphere has quickly become toxic. On Saturday night at about 11pm, the talking will have to stop.
It is deeply upsetting that this blog has been written with the name Michael Watson in the news once again. The intention here is not to make reference to this recent instance but pay tribute to him and those who have worked with him.
Conor McGregor, the UFC's first simultaneous two-weight world champion, continues to deliver on all his daring bluster. But should we really believe suggestions that he is set for a sensational showdown with the legendary Floyd Mayweather?
The notion of using technology to aid referees in their decision making actually appears to have first originated in Canada before making its way into the American sports. When Channel 4 brought American Football to UK screens in the eighties, British audiences got their first taste of the use of videos to review decisions made on a field of play.
It was with great sadness that we learned that, after his defeat to George Grove, German based Kazakh boxer Eduard Gutknecht had been rushed to hospital. Media reports suggest that he has had surgery on a bleed on the brain and is in a critical but stable condition. Whilst we await more official news, all in boxing wish him well.