Jim Powell

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Name: Jim Powell
Date registered: September 27, 2014
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/football/chelsea

Latest posts

  1. Celebrating boxing’s greatest fight nights in Britain — April 29, 2017
  2. Claudio Ranieri’s reign at Leicester City – in pictures — February 23, 2017
  3. Sport picture of the day: MotoGP’s Jack Miller hits the skids at Silverstone — September 3, 2016

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Apr 29

Celebrating boxing’s greatest fight nights in Britain

As Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko prepare to fight at Wembley, here are other classic encounters to have taken place on British soil – from Henry Cooper against Muhammad Ali to Barry McGuigan, Nigel Benn and Carl Froch

“ It was in a boxing ring, of course, that Ali first inserted himself into the consciousness of the British people. The seminal moment came at two minutes and 55 seconds of the fourth round of his 18 June 1963 fight against Henry Cooper. That was when ‘Enery’s Hammer landed flush on Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr’s jaw. Cassius fell to the canvas like he’d been shot. Only the bell enabled him to survive. Between rounds, trainer Angelo Dundee revived his fighter. Clay stopped Cooper on cuts in the following round. Three years later, he duplicated that feat as Muhammad Ali.” Thomas Hauser

“On 8 June 1985, 20 million BBC1 viewers watched McGuigan win the WBA world featherweight title from Eusebio Pedroza. The imposing champion, from Panama, had not lost a fight for eight years and had defended his title successfully 19 times. Twenty‑six thousand fans crammed into Loftus Road and George Best, Lucian Freud, Norman Whiteside, Irvine Welsh, Willie John McBride and Mary Peters were among those watching McGuigan on a joyous night.” Donald McRae

“ How do you define a great punch? It’s what it means. And what that meant was the whole George Groves saga, the history of the fight and how people will look back at it in years to come. It will be that right hand. That’s why it is the best punch I have thrown in my life.” Carl Froch

“One punch for the body looked like a man releasing a bowling ball; another a right hand for the head, was like a granny boxing a boy’s ears. He might be one of the hardest hitters in history. Turpin was so strong that his unconventional blows shook Robinson when they landed, although Robinson knew that, according to the book, they shouldn’t.” AJ Liebling, The Sweet Science

“Nothing is going to change me from the man I am. I want to celebrate it with the ordinary people who followed me right the way through my career. I can’t think that there have been too many undisputed world champions who have chosen to celebrate with a few pints in their local. But that’s me.” Ricky Hatton

“This was the most dramatic fight I’ve ever refereed.” Richard Steele

“I saw him pulling back to throw a right hand and I hit him with a perfect hook, which everybody said I didn’t have.” Lennox Lewis

“Ten years a champion, four major belts – what else is there to do? Dig all those guys up – Roy Jones, Bernard Hopkins, let’s do it.” Joe Calzaghe

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/29/celebrating-boxings-greatest-fight-nights-in-britain-henry-cooper-muhammad-ali

Feb 23

Claudio Ranieri’s reign at Leicester City – in pictures

From his opening match at Lincoln City and the miracle of winning the Premier League, to the slump in form this season and defeat in Seville – here are the best photographs of the Italian’s reign at Leicester City

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/gallery/2017/feb/23/claudio-ranieris-reign-at-leicester-city-in-pictures

Sep 03

Sport picture of the day: MotoGP’s Jack Miller hits the skids at Silverstone

Australia’s Jack Miller crashes during qualifying for the 2016 British Grand Prix at a wet Silverstone. British rider Cal Crutchlow took pole position after his recent win at the Czech Grand Prix.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/picture/2016/sep/03/sport-picture-of-the-day-motogps-jack-miller-hits-the-skids-at-silverstone