|KNOW THE BEST IN SPORT|
|December 22-28, 2020|
KNOW THE BEST IN SPORT
December 22-28, 2020
Who could give “Canelo” a fight?
Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez (MEX) is one of those boxers that marks a generation, and he is the current best Pound for Pound boxer in the World. Last Saturday he defeated Callum Smith (ENG), ranked as the best Super Middleweight after him, and made him look as if he was an inferior boxer in comparison. Those that know about boxing are aware that Smith is actually one of the best in the world. It’s just that “Canelo” is that good. His bending, timing, punching combinations, ring generalship and overall boxing IQ are as good as it gets in boxing today. And he also has huge punching power.
By defeating Smith, he is now the current Middleweight and Super Middleweight World Champion for The Ring Magazine, and he holds other World Title belts in those categories. Plus last year he also scored a huge Knockout against the #1 ranked Light Heavyweight, Sergey Kovalev (RUS), making him the second boxer in history to hold World Titles in three weight classes simultaneously. He has since vacated the Light Heavyweight Title
Álvarez is now slated to face unbeaten David Benavidez (MEX), the #1 Challenger by the World Boxing Council, and he then wants to beat the other Super Middleweight Champions: Billy Joe Saunders (ENG) and Caleb Plant (USA), to be the unified Champion. Saunders is probably the biggest threat. He was such good defensive skills that can give Álvarez trouble. But we thought that about Smith and we know what happened…
Down in Middleweight, Gennady Golovkin (KAZ) set the record of most Middleweight Title Defenses by beating Kamil Szeremeta (POL) last week. He gave Canelo two huge fights: one ending in a draw and one in a win for Álvarez on 24 great rounds. A third one could also be the closest fight Canelo could have, but at this point it is settled who is better between the two.
Finally, thinking out of the box: What about a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr (USA)? When they fought seven years ago, Álvarez was far from being as good as good as he is today although he was already a World Champion. It could go a different way this time. True, Mayweather has been retired for three years but he still seems physically strong and he keeps on fighting some exhibition bouts slapping YouTubers. Instead of fighting non-boxers maybe he should go ahead and make the biggest fight boxing could have today, and potentially in this young decade.
|Five things to know from last week|
- A triumphal farewell to La Dolfina? La Dolfina won the mental game and beat rivals Ellerstina to take their eight consecutive Argentine Polo Open, the most prestigious polo tournament in the world. Ellerstina had won the two previous legs of the Triple Crown but the team made up by Nero (ARG), Cambiaso (ARG), Mac Donough (ARG) and Stirling (URU) won 10-8 in what was their rumoured last game together ever, although now it looks likely that they will give it a go for one more year. (ESPN Argentina)
- A win at the buzzer. Riga (LAT) defeated Liman (SRB) with two seconds to conclude the FIBA 3×3 Basketball World Tour Final when Jeddah Final MVP Nauris Miezis (LAT) scored a one-legged shot far from the arc. Watch it (FIBA 3×3)
- German sliders. Germany’s Francesco Friedrich (DEU) keeps on dominating the Bobsled World Cup with 7/8 wins after the two wins in Innsbruck, where Germany (Stephanie Schneider/Leonie Fiebig) beat Germany and Germany to take Women’s 2-Bob. In Winterberg (DEU), Felix Loch (DEU) won again, while Max Langenhan (DEU) took the Sprint race and a pair of German duos are beating each other as the winningest Doubles team of all time: Tobias Wendl/Tobias Arlt, and Tonni Eggert/Sascha Benecken, with one win each. Julia Taubitz (DEU) won the Artificial Track and Sprint golds as well. Watch the race replays (FIL)
- Norwegian Skiers. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR), FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup current Champion, took the Super G and Downhill races at Val Gardena (ITA). In Ski Jumping, Halvor Egner Granerud (NOR) won his fifth consecutive World Cup meet. In Biathlon, Tiril Eckhoff (NOR) took two golds in the Hochfilzen (AUT) World Cup and was second to Marte Olsbu Røiseland (NOR) in the other one. In the men’s category, Sturla Holm Lægreid (NOR) took two out of three golds. In Cross-Country they did not field a team last week and allowed other countries to win. In Nordic Skiing, history was made with the first Women’s World Cup meet, won by Tara Geraghty-Moats (USA) and followed by Gyda Westvold Hansen (NOR) (Insidethegames)
- Exciting Gran Turismo. The Gran Turismo World Finals provided for excellent Finals races. Takuma Miyazono (JAP) proved he is simply the best in the World by taking the three available Championships: GR Supra GT Cup, the Manufacturer’s Cup and the Nation’s Cup, where he he edged out José Serrano (ESP) side by side on race 2 and was passed in the last lap by Valerio Gallo (ITA) on race 3. In a different form of esports, Astralis sweeped Team Liquid 3-0 to take Counter Strike’s Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge Finals. (Watch – ESL)
|GLOBAL PODIUM OF THE WEEK|
|Gold: Takuma Miyazono|
Takuma Miyazono became the first simracer to ever win the FIA Gran Turismo World Final on its three competitions: the GR Supra GT Cup, the Nations Cup and the Manufacturers Cup. He also won the Nations Cup last year. With this, he won all FIA-certified coompetitions he took part of this year, as he previously won the Sydney World Tour and the Nations Cup Asia-Oceania Regional Final 2020.
Watch the Nations Cup Finals (The-Race)
|Silver: Francesco Friedrich/Alexander Schüller|
Friedrich tied countryman André Lange (DEU) as the winningest Bobsled World Cup competitor, by earning his 43rd and 44rd gold medals at the World Cup in Innsbruck, Austria. Schueller is also impressive. He has now won 8 gold medals in nine 2-man World Cup starts (he was silver in the other one) and has won every World Cup he has raced this season. Friedrich has 7/8. They broke the Innsbruck track record en route to their first win and they won by .78 seconds in the second one, a large margin.
Watch the Innsbruck 1 World Cup runs (IBSF)
|Bronze: Martins Dukurs|
Martins remains undefeated at the BMW IBSF World Cup, winning his fourth Skeleton World Cup race out of four in this season. He won his second consecutive race in Innsbruck, Austria. This was Dukur’s 58th Skeleton World Cup win, #1 of all-time.
Watch the Innsbruck 2 World Cup runs (IBSF)
|GLOBAL SPORTS AGENDA|
This is one of the quieter weeks of the year but it still has sporting activity throughout the week.
In the US, the NBA Regular season starts while the NFL is nearing playoffs. In football, the CONCACAF will crown either Tigres (MEX) or Carlos Vela (MEX)-led Los Ángeles FC, which could become the first MLS club at the FIFA Club World Cup.
In Sailing team Sodebo Ultim 3 had abandoned their round-the-world World Record attempt but they keep their voyage ongoing.
Cyclo-Cross is still on the most active part of its season. Will we see more Dutch wins tis week such as last week’s wins by Mathieu van der Poel (NED) and Lucinda Brand (NED)?
FIS World Cup (Italy x2, Austria)
NFL Regular Season
Scotiabank Champions League Final
CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores Quarter Finals
Domestic Leagues (Serie A, La Liga, EFL Cup, Bundesliga, Ligue 1)
NBA Regular Season Starts
vacant World Boxing Association World Super Middle Title – David Morrell (CUB) vs Mike Gavronski (USA)
Champions Chess Tour – Airthings Masters
2019–21 ICC World Test Championship Australia vs India, New Zealand vs Pakistan
2020-2021 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Belgium
Telenet Superprestige – Heusden-Zolder
PDC World Championship
Horse Racing (Flat):
Clásico Alberto Vial Infante, Clásico Las Oaks (Chile)
Clásico Juan Pablo Duarte (Dominican Republic)
Jamaica 2-y-o Stakes (Jamaica)
Hopeful Stakes, Arima Kinen Grand Prix (Japan)
Zabeel Classic (New Zealand)
Gran Premio Nacional Augusto B. Leguia (Perú)
Clásico Navidad (Puerto Rico)
The Crown Prince Cup (Local Bred), The Crown Prince Cup (Imported) (Saudi Arabia)
Gold Cup (Trinidad & Tobago)
Akdeniz Derbisi (Turkey) – possible
Malibu S., La Brea S., American Oaks (USA)
Horse Racing (Jump):
Kauto Star Novices Chase, Christmas Hurdle, King George VI Chase, Finale Juvenile Hurdle (England)
Matchbook Betting Exchange Faugheen Novice Chase, Racing Post Novice Chase, Paddy Power Chase, Future Champions Novice Hurdle, Christmas Hurdle, Savills Chase (Ireland)
Welsh Grand National (G3) (Wales)
Auto Race – Superstar Festa 2020 (SG 35th Superstar Championship Finals) (Kawaguchi, Japan)
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Leg 9
Sodebo Ultim 3 Round-the-world voyage
FOUR HILLS TOURNAMENT Qualification (Various)
*This agenda is based on official information at time of publication. All events are subject to change and/or cancellation.
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“This is the problem, I don’t remember any of it…The World Cup was on during the Covid period and in the evenings they were replaying the games. I’ve never watched the games…I was watching a game where England are playing, and I can see that I’m there, but I can’t remember any of it. I can’t remember being there whatsoever or being in Australia.”
Steve Thompson (ENG)
2003 Rugby World Cup Winner
On concussions and legal action against governing bodies for injuries sustained