The year in sport 2018: MMA

2018 was a year of anniversaries for mixed-martial arts. The UFC celebrated its 25th year with a commemorative event in Denver in November and finished their contract with FoxSports, signalling the start of a new chapter with ESPN in 2019. Bellator MMA also celebrated their tenth year with a heavyweight grand

Is boxing in need of a structural change after Fury vs Wilder draw?

Few sporting occasions leave the world at a standstill more than a top class, competitive boxing fight. Whether by the WWE-style smack talk or the intrigue posed by a pair of fighters seemingly inseparable, people are almost magnetically attracted. Although the build-up exclusively focuses on the winner — and all related sub-plots

From lightweight champion to war hero: Author Gene Pantalone tells the incredible story of Lew Jenkins

From the lightweight champion of the world to a recognised war hero, Lew Jenkins lived a life almost too unbelievable to be true. Despite his notoriety in the 1940s, Jenkins is now largely unheard of. However, his story — both in the ring and outside — is extraordinary. A tragedy if it were

Johnny Nelson: “I think the loser of this fight retires but the winner possibly will go on to fight another big name in the heavyweight division”

Saturday marks the long awaited rematch between David Haye and Tony Bellew at London’s 02 Arena.   The rematch, which was due to take place on 17th December last year, was postponed due to Haye suffering, what he labelled, a “freak” accident.   The rematch comes after Bellew upset the odds by a long margin

British boxer fights to normalise Muslim women in sport with ladies-only class

“The least I can do is teach them how to throw a punch” - Sports Gazette visited Stonebridge Boxing Club in Harlesden to meet Awo Abukor, an amateur boxer who started a ladies-only boxing class to encourage more Muslim women to participate in sport. A Muslim woman in sport is usually