Five things to know from what happened in the world of sport. May 4-10, 2021. Canelo and more.
- “Canelo” is simply the best. Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez (MEX) is simply the best boxer in the world. He beat Billy Joe Saunders (ENG) by Retirement after 8 Rounds, when the Mexican broke Saunders’ cheekbone with a counter. He now has the WBA, WBC, WBO and The Ring Super Middleweight Titles and would ideally fight Caleb Plant (USA), IBF Champion, to fully unify the division. The fight also broke the indoor arena attendance record for a boxing fight in the US. Over 73,000 spectators showed up at the AT&T Stadium.
- Medina Spirit tests positive. Medina Spirit (USA) -last week’s Kentucky Derby winning horse- tested positive for Betamethasone, a corticosteroid, and faces a potential disqualification if a split sample from the same day also tests positive. Trainer Bob Baffert (USA) denies Medina Spirit has been treated with Betamethasone. Medina Spirit is currently set to run the Preakness Stakes this weekend albeit Baffert will not attend the second leg of the US Triple Crown.
- Last lap win in Monaco! Antonio Félix Da Costa (POL) -current Formula E Champion- has finally won in what had been a bad start of season for him – and what a way of doing do! He passed Robin Frijns (NED) in the very last lap, in the Nouvelle Chicane after the Monte Carlo tunnel, to take the Monaco ePrix.
- Premier League suspended. India is suffering the covid-19 onslaught, with reports of hospitals without oxygen and with record-breaking mortalities. As a consequence of that, the Indian Premier League (cricket) has been suspended for the moment.
- Rory is back! Rory McIlroy (IRL) had had a bad run for the last couple of years but he broke that streak by taking the Wells Fargo (USA), his first PGA Tournament win since 2019. His ball almost ended in a creek in the very last hole but he was able to rescue the Bogey he needed to frustrate Abraham Ancer’s (MEX) chance of taking his first PGA tournament win.
- Six tie-breaking games. Tamara Tansykkuzhina -who had to compete without a flag due to WADA’s punishment against Russia- is now a seven-time World Draughts Champion in the Women’s Divison after beating Natalia Sadowska (POL) in a hotly contested final that needed six tie-breaking games since they came to a draw after the 9 regular games. Tansykkuzhina is the all-time second place in terms of World Championships won by women.