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Last week, the rumours were confirmed and the media went into a frenzy. We retweeted, liked and shared until our thumbs bled, and sports accounts with the word Lad in their names almost imploded. Very quickly, articles began to appear celebrating the mega-fight that would reignite this current generation’s interest in boxing, let Mayweather prove to the world that he is indeed the ‘G.O.A.T.’, and shoot Conor McGregor towards unrivalled stardom. Soon followed the articles and opinions that ..

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The 2017 FA Cup Semi-Finals – Preview

By Andy Leech | April 22, 2017 | (No) | 1951
There is little doubt that the oldest competition in world football, has become a little stale in recent years. The trend probably began in 1999, when a recent treble-winning Manchester United team withdrew from that year’s edition of the competition, to concentrate on the newly formed Club World Cup in São Paulo. Of course, this is not the only factor which contributed to the demise in popularity of the FA Cup. The glamour of European football, the importance of league standings, and the ..

World Super-Lightweight Unification: Ricky Burns v Julius Indongo Preview

By Andy Leech | April 15, 2017 | (No) | 1965
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By Andy Leech | April 8, 2017 | (No) | 2561
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By Andy Leech | April 7, 2017 | (No) | 2371
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By Andy Leech | April 3, 2017 | (No) | 1893
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Mayweather vs. McGregor: Who Benefits More, Boxing or MMA?

By Andy Leech | June 21, 2017 | (3 Comments) | 3487
Last week, the rumours were confirmed and the media went into a frenzy. We retweeted, liked and shared until our thumbs bled, and sports accounts with the word Lad in their names almost imploded. Very quickly, articles began to appear celebrating the mega-fight that would reignite this current generation’s interest in boxing, let Mayweather prove to the world that he is indeed the ‘G.O.A.T.’, and shoot Conor McGregor towards unrivalled stardom. Soon followed the articles and opinions that ..

The Europa League Final 2017 Preview

By Andy Leech | May 24, 2017 | (No) | 4130
The Europa League was once a competition that was treated with disdain by managers across European football’s biggest leagues. Long journeys, Thursday night matches, and a lack of quality all contributing to the general indifference to the competition.  However, with Champions League qualification as the carrot on the stick, it’s no wonder that we are seeing high profile clubs battle it out at the business end of the competition in the past couple of seasons. On Wednesday, Manchester United..

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By Andy Leech | May 18, 2017 | (No) | 5502
The booming bass and entrancing, repetitive lyrics, drowns out the clink of shot glasses. Somewhere out there, in a reserved and unwelcoming realm known as reality, the church bell rings to signify the passing of one hour from midnight. Blurred vision, sticky hands, sticky floor, ringing ears. Small-talk with old friends, who are now acquaintances, soon to be strangers – “you’re out for the night, are ye?” Hands in the air, head back, the crowd becomes one with the music. One hundred..

Can PSG Make It Five In A Row?

By Andy Leech | May 6, 2017 | (No) | 2836
For the past four seasons, the Parisians have been the only show in town in the French League. Their financial capabilities enabled them to appear from a relative wilderness at the beginning of the decade, and become one of the trendiest teams on the continent. Such was their dominance, many questioned the overall standard of the French league. Their national achievements were not valued, especially when they often struggled to reproduce their form on the European stage. For a player, leaving th..

Anthony Joshua V Wladimir Klitschko – The Ultimate Preview

By Andy Leech | April 29, 2017 | (No) | 4532
When Anthony Joshua first stepped into the ring at the age of eighteen, it can be assumed that nobody knew exactly what they were watching. When the tall, athletic Briton pulled on the gloves for the first time, surely even he never thought that in less than ten years, he would be a household name and about to take part in one of the highest grossing and well attended fights of all time. On Saturday, the former Olympic gold medallist will step into the ring at the sold-out Wembley arena, to defe..

The 2017 FA Cup Semi-Finals – Preview

By Andy Leech | April 22, 2017 | (No) | 1951
There is little doubt that the oldest competition in world football, has become a little stale in recent years. The trend probably began in 1999, when a recent treble-winning Manchester United team withdrew from that year’s edition of the competition, to concentrate on the newly formed Club World Cup in São Paulo. Of course, this is not the only factor which contributed to the demise in popularity of the FA Cup. The glamour of European football, the importance of league standings, and the ..

World Super-Lightweight Unification: Ricky Burns v Julius Indongo Preview

By Andy Leech | April 15, 2017 | (No) | 1965
In many ways, Glasgow is the perfect city to host what Ricky Burns (45W -5L-1D) calls the biggest fight of his life. In a town with a tough exterior and, well let’s face it, a fairly rough interior, too, Ricky Burns will feel at home. And well, that might be because he pretty much is at home, growing up in Coatbridge, only fifteen kilometres from Glasgow’s city centre. In boxing terms, Burns is the only show in town in Scotland. No matter what is said about the old city and its inhabitants, ..

Dublin v Kerry National League Division 1 Final – Preview

By Andy Leech | April 8, 2017 | (No) | 2561
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La Liga 2017…Who’s Taking Top 4

By Andy Leech | April 7, 2017 | (No) | 2371
There are certain things we like to associate with the style of football that we play here on the islands hanging off the edge of Europe. We relish the so-called “blood and thunder” environment that exists here, a place where a big tackle is more appreciated than a cross-field pass. This is particularly true of this side of the world’s most prestigious competition, the Premier League (sorry League of Ireland, maybe someday). Another label that is often attached to England’s first divisio..

Every Type of Person You Hate On the Daily Commute

By Andy Leech | April 3, 2017 | (No) | 1893
Okay, let’s say it’s all true and when I die, I shall stand at the pearly gates, face to face with my creator. No, I won’t confront him over the horrible diseases that exist. I won’t ask why he allows natural disasters to happen, or why he seems indifferent to the injustices of the world. I also won’t thank him for the wonderful life he gave me. I won’t fall to my knees and beg forgiveness for my sins. No, I’ll stare at his large, bearded, glorious face and tell him one thing: “Y..

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