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A Week On, Why The Timing Of Joshua Vs Klitschko Was Absolutely Perfect

In recent years, hardcore boxing fans have become enamoured with three letters. The three G’s that in their minds are now synonymous with aggression, technically superb savagery and excitement  – the initials of middleweight banger Gennady Gennadyovich Golovkin. The Kazakh is a great fighter with an all-action style, but while he is the darling of the diehards, GGG’s violent exploits …

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Exclusive – Lions On Lions: Four 2005 Tourists Talk New Zealand

With the 2017 Lions tour of New Zealand the first time the iconic side has faced the All Blacks in 12 years, Pundit Arena caught up with four 2005 tourists from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland to get their thoughts on their experiences and what they hope for this summer. We spoke to Ireland’s Shane Byrne, Scotland’s Chris Cusiter, England’s Andy …

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Fighter Of The Week: Nick Diaz

In this edition of Pundit Arena’s ‘Fighter Of The Week’ series, we’re going to take a look at a man who has been heavily rumored to finally make his long-awaited return to this octagon this year, Nick Diaz. Nick Diaz may well be the most unique character in mixed martial arts history. For years, he stood as one of the sport’s …

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Relegation For Ireland’s Sunderland Duo May Bring About Contrasting Fortunes

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02: John O'Shea of Sunderland arrives for the Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on January 2, 2017 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Sunderland’s 1-0 defeat to Middlesborough all but condemned them to a long expected relegation. Unfortunately, from an Irish perspective, this means two of Ireland’s most high-profile players in recent years will drop out of the top flight. Six years ago, John O’Shea and Darron Gibson were both crowned Premier League winners with Manchester United. Both had played Champions League football and …

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Opinion: Khabib Nurmagomedov’s MMA Record Is Extremely Padded And Absolutely Baffling

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia reacts against Michael Johnson of the United States in their lightweight bout during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images )

Never have the realms of boxing and MMA been so closely intertwined. UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor is on the cusp of a potential billion-dollar showdown with undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, Anderson Silva and Roy Jones Jr have discussed a potential fight and David Haye is more than happy to take up UFC light heavyweight Jimi Manuwa’s offer to …

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Fighter Of The Week: Rose Namajunas

In this week’s edition of Pundit Arena’s Fighter of the Week series, we’re going to take a look at a woman who may well be the future of the 115lb division, ‘Thug’ Rose Namajunas. Rose Namajunas will make her long-awaited return to the UFC octagon this weekend when she takes on her fellow contender, the celebrated former atomweight star Michelle Waterson over three …

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A Brutal All Blacks Pack That Will Bully The Lions

Aled Price takes a look at the All Blacks’ pack options and deciphers exactly which combination could pose the most problems for the Lions. ________ 1. Joe Moody The most understated and least appreciated member of this All Black pack, Moody quietly goes about his business with precision and aplomb. The Crusaders man is challenged for the number 1 jersey …

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The Power XV: Picking The Strongest Team In World Rugby

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 10: CJ Stander of Ireland holds off Scott Williams of Wales during the Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at the Principality Stadium on March 10, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Who’s the strongest of them all? Having assembled a Speed XV and a Flair XV, we wonder if a Power XV would trample over both these teams. In a world of blockbusting, gym-honed gladiators, who would make the most physically powerful XV in their respective positions? And which XV out of the three sides would come out on top overall? …

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