Kevin Mitchell

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Name: Kevin Mitchell
Date registered: October 13, 2014
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/golf

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  1. Andy Murray on road to Rouen as he considers Davis Cup return from injury — March 20, 2017
  2. Cracks in Gennady Golovkin’s armour give hope to Álvarez and Saunders | Kevin Mitchell — March 20, 2017
  3. Roger Federer continues to defy time and critics with Indian Wells win — March 19, 2017
  4. Andy Murray is shock absentee from Miami Open with injured right elbow — March 18, 2017
  5. Daniel Jacobs faces test of resolve and skill against Gennady Golovkin — March 18, 2017

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Mar 20

Andy Murray on road to Rouen as he considers Davis Cup return from injury

• Murray keen to build clay court momentum after pulling out in Miami
• World No1 begins rehabilitation this week on injured elbow

Andy Murray’s commitment to playing in Great Britain’s Davis Cup quarter-final against France in Rouen, which starts on 7 April, has been strengthened, oddly, by the injury that has forced his withdrawal from this week’s Miami Open.

His plans for 2017 were always focused on remaining at the top of the rankings and a key part of his strategy depended on building momentum on the hard courts of Indian Wells and Miami, where he had the opportunity to put distance between him and his nearest rival, Novak Djokovic, after his own poor showing in the desert the previous season.

Related: Roger Federer continues to defy time and critics with Indian Wells win

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/20/andy-murray-rouen-davis-cup-tennis

Mar 20

Cracks in Gennady Golovkin’s armour give hope to Álvarez and Saunders | Kevin Mitchell

The world middleweight champion was taken the distance for the first time since 2008 by Daniel Jacobs and his lack of composure gives future challengers hope

In most sports that matter – cricket, rugby, tennis, golf, football, tiddlywinks – fans get what they want. In boxing, such moments are rare enough to stand alongside listed buildings as crumbling treasures. Well, fans finally got what they wanted at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

Related: Gennady Golovkin’s knockout streak ended in narrow win over Daniel Jacobs

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/mar/20/gennady-golovkin-saul-alvarez-billy-joe-saunders-middleweight-boxing

Mar 19

Roger Federer continues to defy time and critics with Indian Wells win

Federer defeated his Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka in straight sets to win in Indian Wells, two months after winning the Australian Open

Amazingly, irresistibly, beguilingly, Roger Federer is playing tennis, five months short of his 36th birthday, that, apart from minor adjustments for age, is virtually indistinguishable from that which held his rivals transfixed for most of his 20s. It hardly seems possible, but it is happening.

There were plenty of observers (one of them not far from this keyboard) who doubted Federer could break the long spell he endured without a major after beating Andy Murray at Wimbledon in 2012. True believers in the press pack were confined to a knot of shameless sycophants.

Related: Roger Federer defeats Stan Wawrinka for historic Indian Wells title – live!

Related: Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal in thrilling Australian Open final

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/19/roger-federer-defy-time-critics-win-indian-wells

Mar 18

Andy Murray is shock absentee from Miami Open with injured right elbow

• World No1 said: ‘Apologies to my fans; it’s one of my favourite tournaments’
• Murray said his focus is now on getting ready for the clay season

Andy Murray’s reign as world No1 shifted from uncertain to worrying on Saturday when injury forced him out of the Miami Open, which he has won twice before and which starts on Monday.

Nor is there any assurance that the 29-year-old Scot, whose form has dipped and swooped since his quarter-final exit at the Australian Open, will be ready for Great Britain’s Davis Cup quarter-final against France in Rouen, which begins on 7 April.

Related: Maria Sharapova expects suspicious welcome back into tennis fold

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/18/andy-murray-miami-open-davis-cup

Mar 18

Daniel Jacobs faces test of resolve and skill against Gennady Golovkin

• WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Golovkin unbeaten in 36 bouts
• Jacobs will need to make power advantage tell at Madison Square Garden

The people who resist the coronation of Gennady Golovkin as the king of boxing range from informed experts, curmudgeons and professional cynics through to those few who are in a position to test the proposition for themselves. Daniel Jacobs is a proud member of the latter category.

On Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, a suitably grand and historic setting for what promises to be the most strenuous examination of Golovkin’s credentials, Jacobs will have the advantage of home support, atomic power in both hands and a back story that will no doubt tempt otherwise measured opinion-makers to lean dewy-eyed in his favour.

Related: Gennady Golovkin looking to take out Canelo frustrations on Danny Jacobs

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/18/daniel-jacobs-resolve-skill-gennady-golovkin-middleweight-title

Mar 14

Floyd Mayweather fails to pay fans the courtesy he affords Trump | Kevin Mitchell

The narcissistic former champion may be one of the greats but prioritised sleep over any show of respect at a recent engagement in LondonFloyd Mayweather deserves to be regarded as the finest defensive boxer of his time and one of the best welterweight…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/mar/14/floyd-mayweather-trump-champion

Mar 13

Michael Conlan: ‘After five years I want to be out of boxing, having made enough money to retire’

The Irish bantamweight – eliminated controversially at Rio 2016 – has his future planned as he builds up to his professional debut on St Patrick’s Day at Madison Square Garden, where ‘all of ringside will be there for me’

Michael Conlan can hardly believe what’s happened to him since he stepped out of the ring at the Rio Olympics eight months ago, leaving the amateur sport and some toweringly incompetent officials with several choice words to contemplate as he headed for an uncertain future.

Related: Michael Conlan: ‘I wouldn’t be top bill in Madison Square Garden had I won gold’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/13/michael-conlan-after-five-years-want-out-of-boxing-having-made-enough-money-retire

Mar 12

David Haye refuses to cast out beast inside despite unseemly war of words | Kevin Mitchell

Boxer embraced the victor Tony Bellew, who he had threatened to put in hospital, but still insists pre-fight tirades were real

It did not take long for the public embrace of David Haye and Tony Bellew – the televised moment that delivered what seemed to be the heartwarming conclusion to months of mutual loathing – to fade like a forgotten family photo.

By Thursday, Bellew, so generous to his rival in the glow of victory last Saturday night, was telling an Irish radio station that the pre-fight trash-talk was “all real”, adding: “The things he said to me declare that he’s an absolute scumbag. Like I said before: once a helmet, always a helmet.”

Related: Tony Bellew stops hobbling David Haye in extraordinary boxing upset

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/mar/12/david-haye-beast-inside-tony-bellew-boxing

Mar 07

David Haye says ankle prognosis is good as he eyes Tony Bellew rematch

• Haye: ‘I was proud of my performance, it was a tough night at the office’
• ‘Even on one leg, I thought I could knock Tony Bellew out’

David Haye hobbled back into the spotlight , his lower right leg sheathed in bandages and plaster after an operation to repair the ankle damage that led to his dramatic defeat by Tony Bellew, and declared he was “100%” going to fight on – hopefully against his conqueror.

Haye said the prognosis on shredded tendons in his ankle was encouraging enough for him to remain in the sport at 36, and he had not given up on his quest for another world title. “It’s completely unrelated to my [previous] right Achilles injury,” he said. “It was a complete anomaly.”

Related: Tony Bellew contemplates rich future after shock win over David Haye

Related: David Haye gracious in defeat but must realise his time is up | Kevin Mitchell

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/07/david-haye-tony-bellew-rematch

Mar 06

David Haye gracious in defeat but must realise his time is up | Kevin Mitchell

Tony Bellew’s victory at the O2 Arena has surely put an end to the Londoner’s career in the ring and he can now retire with £4m in the bank

Two fine fighters of contrasting temperaments but shared instincts – Paulie Malignaggi and Derry Mathews – said their reluctant goodbyes to boxing at the O2 Arena in London and, while both will be missed, they were right to bow to the inevitable. Whether David Haye follows their lead should be learned in the next few days.

In the tumult after Tony Bellew’s measured and universally unexpected deconstruction of Haye in front of 20,000 fans in the main event on Saturday night Haye retreated as graciously as he could to a nearby hospital, where an overnight medical examination did not reveal a need for surgery on the damaged achilles that hobbled him from the sixth round to the inglorious end, when he was within four minutes of reaching the final bell.

Related: Tony Bellew contemplates rich future after shock win over David Haye

Related: Tony Bellew stops hobbling David Haye in extraordinary boxing upset

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/mar/06/david-haye-gracious-defeat-time-has-come

Mar 04

Tony Bellew stops hobbling David Haye in extraordinary boxing upset

• Bellew makes most of Haye’s achilles injury to shock former world champion
• Haye’s career in balance after corner throws in towel in 11th round

Tony Bellew, no stranger to Hollywood, ripped up the David Haye script he had always considered a sham, and belted the former world heavyweight champion into unwilling submission less than four minutes from the end of a fight that will occupy highlights reels for years to come.

There was no title at stake, but a lot of money and bags of pride after the two fighters had swapped increasingly tedious insults as well as the odd handbag for five months. That Haye was crippled for the last half of the fight only enhanced the drama – and, of course, they embraced at the end, the winner generous in his praise of an opponent he had affected to despise in pursuit of pay-per-view sales as much as gaining any psychological advantage.

Related: David Haye v Tony Bellew: heavyweight boxing – live!

Related: Boxing quiz: how much do you know about heavyweight fights?

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/04/tony-bellew-stops-david-haye-boxing-upset-heavyweight

Mar 03

David Haye and Tony Bellew ready for war after most ugly war of words

Having engaged in tedious and unpleasant trash-talking, the two fighters must now deliver with their fists at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday night

The notion that David Haye and Tony Bellew might shake hands after the deciding chapter of their entertaining but ultimately tedious verbal war gained few adherents when the fighters kept loose reins on hostilities at the weigh-in for a title-free fight on Saturday night where pride, big money and future glory are the real prizes.

Which is not to say there will not be a public reconciliation when the smoke clears after what has been shamelessly marketed as a death-threatening grudge match. In the post-truth world into which we have all been hurled, nothing is what it seems. For all the lingering animosity that simmered on a chill winter’s afternoon on the piazza of the O2 Arena in London on Friday, there were muted signs of mutual respect and, even less visible, slivers of late nerves.

Related: Tony Bellew dismisses ‘deluded’ David Haye before fight of his life

Related: How Derry Mathews started a disabled boxing class after taking stick on Twitter | Paul Gibson

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Feb 28

David Haye hoping his latest retirement schedule rethink can be his last

• Haye had aimed to become world heavyweight champion and retire at 31
• The 36-year-old, who fights Tony Bellew on Saturday, now looks to quit at 38

David Haye has talked the required amount of trash to pump up pay-per-view sales for his fight with Tony Bellew at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday night but away from the cameras he has been more considered and sounds convincing when he says he should become a world champion again and be out of boxing within two years.

Related: David Haye tells Tony Bellew supporters: Your fighter will get drilled

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/feb/28/david-haye-tony-bellew-heavyweight-champion-aim

Feb 27

David Haye knows how to sell but must be reminded you do not play boxing | Kevin Mitchell

The heavyweight will quietly hope that pushing the promotion of bout against Tony Bellew beyond acceptable limits does not backfire on him and the sport

David Haye would seem to be too much of an animal for some people – but not so abominable as to stop hundreds of thousands of them paying to watch him try to “cave in the skull” of Tony Bellew at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday night.

In recent days, he has also said: “I’m looking at putting a combination together that really hurts him, a Tommy Morrison-Ray Mercer finish where his brain hasn’t even told his legs to fall down and I’m still hitting him as he’s upright. I’m looking at doing a real number on him, before the referee can even stop the fight, landing three or four vicious haymakers on him.”

Related: David Haye insists he must beat Tony Bellew if he is to continue boxing

Related: Amir Khan rebuffs Eddie Hearn after announcing fight with Manny Pacquiao | Kevin Mitchell

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/feb/27/david-haye-knows-how-to-sell-reminded-you-do-not-play-boxing-tony-bellew

Feb 26

Roger Federer rejuvenated and ready to write his latest script in Dubai

• Federer: ‘I wanted to be in good shape so I came early this year’
• Swiss eight-times champion but could face Andy Murray in semi-final

Not even the ageless Roger Federer was on the Tour when the Dubai championships began 25 years ago but the Swiss, newly decorated as a major champion after shaking up the tennis world in Melbourne, is happy to go into this week’s tournament as the hunted again.

“I’ve had some great years here in Dubai,” Federer, an eight-times champion, said after a light beach-tennis workout with Andy Murray, whom he is scheduled to meet in the semi-finals if the results fall as they should. “I wanted to be in good shape and ready for the conditions, so I came early this year.”

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/feb/26/roger-federer-andy-murray-dubai-championship

Feb 26

Amir Khan rebuffs Eddie Hearn after announcing fight with Manny Pacquiao | Kevin Mitchell

Bolton boxer lands farewell blow on promoter after agreeing terms with Filipino fighter and former sparring partner for 23 April showdown

In what looks like a coordinated social media announcement designed to bypass their advisers, Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao are telling the boxing world they are happy to fight each other on 23 April, five years after their last sparring sessions in the Los Angeles Wild Card gym of Freddie Roach.

It is not “a done deal”, as some are claiming, because they have yet to bring together Pacquiao’s contract lawyer, Michael Koncz, and his promoter, Bob Arum, which lately has been like docking the royal yacht in Camden Lock.

Related: Manny Pacquiao confirms talks with Amir Khan to dash Jeff Horn’s hopes

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/feb/26/amir-khan-manny-pacquiao-fight-23-april-eddie-hearn

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