Saturday, 24 April 2010

Froch, Football and the Toon

I have put the dissertation temporarily aside to write a quick post on a couple of sporting stories.

Tonight Nottingham's Carl Froch takes on the Dane Mikkel Kessler in his second Super Six World Boxing Classic fight. Needless to say they will have been few people aware that this fight was going ahead as it is yet another event that has been tragically under publicised in this country. The WBC super-middleweight title is on the line and the fight promises to be an exciting clash between two superb boxers.

Carl Froch boasts a perfect record as he has won all of his 26 professional fights. The Super Six tournament is an excellent new initiative that sees the top six middleweights fight each other in a round robin format. Despite all this promise, the fight is going to be aired on Primetime (that's sky channel 480 in case you didn't know!). Unlike Haye or Kahn, the quieter character Froch remains undefeated and has taken part in some exciting bouts against quality opposition and yet has been widely ignored by the British media.

His opponent Kessler has won 42 of his 44 fights and will give Froch one of, if not the, toughest tests of his boxing career. Joe Calzaghe fought Kessler back in 2007 and he inflicted his first lost but it was certainly the hardest of Calzaghe's fights. An all British showdown between Froch and Calzaghe has been on the cards but the Welshman seems content in retirement and after his drug use revelations recently I doubt he will be emerging into the public eye any time soon.

Even if Froch, 32, claims his 27th victory you will have to flick through the back pages to find any coverage of it. This is a world championship title fight between two excellent boxers and should make for an entertaining contest. Lets just hope that he starts to get the coverage he deserves, sooner rather than later!

In football there is another weekend of decisive matches as teams at the top and bottom of the league tables jostle for promotion and relegation. Hull and Burnley could have the fate of Championship football next year secured. Meanwhile, at the top of the Premiership there are intriguing matches between Manchester United and Tottenham and Arsenal and Manchester City which will have a decisive impact on who claims the 1st and 4th spots. The news has just come that Rooney will not take part at all for United today so Berbatov will lead the line and they will have to hope that he can perform at his best against his former club.

It is also worth mentioning that Newcastle United, who play Roy Keane's Ipswich side, will be presented with the Championship trophy in front of a capacity crowd at St. James' Park today having run away with the league title. This is such a contrast to the state of the club a year ago and now, with a quality core squad, they will surely be hopeful of surviving the drop next year. Chris Hughton has quietly gone about his business and now it seems he will get his much deserved chance to manage in the Premiership. As a Newcastle resident for the last three years I am personally very happy to see the team bounce back so well. The players, the fans and the club are too big to be anywhere other than the top flight. Toon Army!

Thoughts, comments and opinions please...

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