Declan TaylorMidway through the seventh round of the toughest test of her career to date, Katie Taylor dropped her hands, retreated to the ropes and invited her opponent, the former world champion Cindy Serrano, to take a free shot.It was an attempt to display how easy she was finding this 10-round defence of her WBA and IBF titles, and how futile Serrano's infrequent attacks had become.Serrano was by far the most accomplished opponent of her 11-fight professional campaign but Taylor had it all her own way in a lopsided unanimous decision win which further cemented her position as the woman to beat at lightweight.Watching on from ringside was Serrano's younger – and more successful – sister, Amanda. The 30-year-old is an icon in women's boxing having won world titles in six different weight classes.The Puerto Rico-born New Yorker was regularly on her feet between sessions, barking orders at her elder sister as Taylor banked round after round.Now the Bray superstar is hoping … [Read more...] about Katie Taylor defends world titles with dominant win over Serrano
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ANTHONY OGOGO made his name in boxing when he picked up a bronze medal at the Olympics in 2012. But following a lengthy stint outside of the ring, the 29-year-old is set for a new challenge after appearing on Strictly Come Dancing in 2015. Has he retired? Ogogo is semi-retired. The British star is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, but he has not stepped in the ring since he lost his unbeaten record in 2016. During his boxing career, he recorded 11 wins and one defeat in the middleweight division. He is now set to appear on British reality TV show The Island with Bear Grylls. NO DEFENCE Footie yob jokes about team-mate's vile two-footed tackle — and threatens ref Driven potty Hendry reveals heartbreaking moment he told wife he loved much younger woman TRAILBLAZERS Sales of Aston Villa kits have rocketed by 750 per cent thanks to this man LEW'S NEW GEAR Hamilton starts own clothing fashion range as he prepares for life after F1 Var-scinating Premier League to trial VAR in 15 … [Read more...] about Has Anthony Ogogo retired from boxing, when did he suffer his eye injury and when did he last fight?
Bobby Lashley defeated Roman Reigns at WWE Extreme Rules to emerge as the next challenger for Universal Champion Brock Lesnar. The first-ever encounter between the pair was a hard-fought and fun brawl, but they had to win over a hostile crowd in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A lot of fans are tired of Reigns' superhero character being forced down their throats and have started jeering or showing no interest in his matches. But he and Lashley grabbed their attention eventually, as Roman sent the former ECW World Champion crashing to the outside in a very hard fall. After surviving a Superman Punch, Lashley suplexed Reigns over the announce table, but he was left dazed after a second Superman Punch to the jaw. The arrogant Reigns took too long taunting his opponent and when he tried to spear Lashley, he was waiting with a spear of his own, for a huge victory. If WWE keep booking Lashley like 'The Destroyer', then fans will be excited to see him try and dethrone Lesnar, in a match over a … [Read more...] about WWE Extreme Rules 2018 results as Roman Reigns faced Bobby Lashley
Ulster Senior Football Championship semi-final: Monaghan v Fermanagh (tomorrow, Healy Park, 2pm)HOT favourites Monaghan were caught cold at this stage last year by a fearless Down outfit who had beaten Armagh and went into their semi-final with nothing to lose. The Farneymen were short of their best that day and that was enough for a shock. Tomorrow they face an experienced Fermanagh side – old dogs for the hard road – who will be driven on by Rory Gallagher to fight, run and scrap for every ball and create another upset.Like Down, Gallagher's men beat Armagh and they have the wind in their sails after an impressive victory that was the result of meticulous planning by the Belleek native who had watched from the sideline at Croke Park as the Orchardmen won the Division Three final. As Armagh celebrated, Gallagher set his mind to coming up with a gameplan to turn the tables in the Championship and he did just that. A fortnight on, he has to come up with a plan to sink a … [Read more...] about Fermanagh look to shock Monaghan in Ulster semi-final showdown
There will be an expectation that Manchester City will win nine of their first 10 games next season in defence of their title. That is the standard Pep Guardiola’s side has set, so those with pretensions of dethroning him will be under no illusions. Liverpool are reckoned to be the best equipped of the challengers to get closer – based largely on the fact they have three wins this year over Guardiola’s side – but it is opponents such as West Brom that have been the perennial problem for the Merseyside club. Jurgen Klopp will need no reminding he has now failed to get a win against the Baggies this season. He well remembers the FA Cup defeat at Anfield, and this latest lapse means Liverpool still can’t take a top-four finish for granted. Until such daft and inexplicable calamities are completely eradicated, Liverpool will not convince every doubter. In fairness, anomalies like this are getting rarer. Liverpool have been beaten just four times in the Premier … [Read more...] about Can Liverpool compete for the Premier League title next season?