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From amateur to pro: top amateur boxers who have transitioned to elite pros

It takes a certain steel to seamlessly transition from being one of the world’s best amateur boxing talents to the frenzied and ruthless professional game. Sheer talent is not always rewarded, but rather the qualities required to succeed as a pro are often less tangible — those of determination, diligence and a healthy desire to be the best.

A successful amateur doth not necessarily a successful pro make, but some have mastered the transition, allowing their talents to grow rather than be stunted by their passage into professionalism. Here are a few examples of boxers whose impressive amateur credentials have been backed up by their professional records.

Anthony Joshua

Perhaps Joshua is the most obvious example of a boxer who has risen from the amateur game and taken the professional circuit by storm. The now 28 year old’s rise has been meteoric, so much so that it’s hard to believe he only took up the sport at the age of 18. Five years later he had claimed a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games, before turning professional a year after that.

Joshua has yet to taste defeat as a pro, a testament to how hard work and a positive attitude throughout a fighter’s amateur career can yield results in the professional game. His power and endurance as a heavyweight boxer are almost unrivalled and April’s points win over Joseph Parker was the first time Joshua has failed to win by a KO. Deontay Wilder’s WBC belt is the only one missing from Joshua’s collection and a crunch showdown could be on the horizon in the not too distant future. [Read more…]

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Are Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier destined for a third and final meeting in the Octagon? 

Rivalries in sport are nothing new, especially in the Ultimate fighting Championship (UFC). Over the years we’ve had the likes of Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz, BJ Penn and Matt Hughes and more recently, Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz. But few rivalries possess the genuine animosity that exists between former light heavyweight champion Jon ’Bones’ Jones and current two-division champion Daniel Cormier.

The two gifted pugilists’ hatred for each other is unlike the majority of the aforementioned ’big fight’ manufactured antipathy. Despite Cormier losing twice to his nemesis, he still has the strap that Jones effectively never lost. Jones was and in many people’s eyes, still is, considered to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Let’s not forget, he is technically unbeaten by any man in his career, the only loss on his record coming by way of disqualification for an illegal strike in a fight against Mat Hamill. Should the two once again face off, Jones is likely to be the favourite and you’ll be able to bet on the fight here: https://www.paddypower.com/mixed-martial-arts.

That first dance in the Octagon between the two was back in January, 2015 at UFC 182. [Read more…]

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The Rise and Fall of Football Franchises

The Paddy Power games site allows gaming enthusiasts to gamble on popular casino games, such as roulette or slot machines. However, the more ‘hardcore’ gamers tend to play all sorts of games on gaming consoles. In the past 30 years there have been thousands of games and franchises which have been released, but very few have managed to ‘survive’ for more than a few years.

One of the longest videogame franchises that is still going strong is FIFA. Since the release of the first game in 1993, FIFA has grown into the most iconic videogame series of all time and also one of the most successful.

Although FIFA is currently the biggest football videogame franchise, there have been a few others over the past 30 years that are strong contenders for the top spot.

Let’s take a look at some of the most iconic football videogame franchises of all time – not just FIFA!

Kick Off

Kick Off is one of the earliest football simulation game franchises, with their first game ‘Kick Off’ being published in 1989. For the first time, players were able to play the match from a top-down view of a football pitch. [Read more…]

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Pick your secondary team in the WC

There’s no denying the big teams at the World Cup this year. Out of the whopping 79 teams that have made it to the World Cup over its long history, only 8 teams have ever won it! However this year’s exciting yet controversial event in Russia is set to break some new ground, with underdog nations Panama and Iceland making their debut at the World Cup. Iceland themselves are setting a new record as the smallest nation to ever play at the tournament! To help you make the most of this year’s event, this quiz put together by Betfair World Cup odds gives you your second team to pick, just in case your guarantee isn’t such a sure bet! Let us know what team you landed on, and most importantly, if they won!

Good luck!

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Predicting the Premier League’s Top 10 Next Season

At times, football can be very difficult to predict. Everyone remembers Leicester’s ridiculous run to the Premier League title in 2016, but very few fans would have backed the dream to come true (odds of 5000/1 were available).

While Man City’s charge to the title was much more predictable last season, there were plenty of shocks: Burnley nicking a Europa League place and Crystal Palace escaping relegation were among the unpredictable outcomes.

Below is an attempt to list next season’s Top 10 (in reverse order), with some reasoning thrown in for each. The latest odds are supplied by William Hill. If you want to back any, check the latest bonuses for some extra value.

  1. Wolves

A team transformed in recent years and one with big ambitions for the future. Not everything is without controversy, including Wolves’ links to agent Jorge Mendes. But they are going to spend and build something lasting at Molineux. At 11/10, Wolves to finish in the top half looks decent value.

  1. Crystal Palace

Has any manager redeemed his reputation as quickly as Roy Hodgson? He deserves more recognition for the job he did at Palace last season. They had no points when he joined and looked certain to be relegated, but ended up in 11th. 9/4 they finish in the Top 10 looks a steal. One caveat though: they must keep hold of Wilfred Zaha.

  1. West Ham

Despite tumultuous times at the club, the Hammers will spend big in the summer. They have also appointed one of the world’s most underrated managers in Manuel Pellegrini. Should the fans, unlike last season, get behind the team, the a Top 10 finish (9/4) is within sight. [Read more…]

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Sports Betting and Your Horoscope

The stars have long held a special place in human lives. While the provide light in the night and navigation to sailors, it is in divination that they have found a permanent home. Technology has come and wiped away the need for the use of stars in navigation. GPS keeps getting better as most ships now have the ability to steer themselves to their intended destination. And for the night lights, the cities of this planet look like galaxies with millions of lights after sundown.

Progressing with Technology

The latest casino games can be played online. That is why we see many online casinos in Australia securing their websites with SSL certificates to protect their gamblers. Making bets on sporting events from remote locations has been around a lot longer. But the all through these transformations man has looked to the stars to see what the future holds. [Read more…]

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Spectator Rules at Wimbledon!

Over 141 years old, Wimbledon (based in South West London) is the world’s most prestigious and respected tennis tournament in the world, with an estimated viewership of one billion people across 200 territories.

Considering the size and scope of Wimbledon, it’s no real surprise to see the volume of work that goes into hosting the iconic tournament every year. For example, it’s thought that around 54,000 balls are used each year, while 40 miles of string is used to fit 2,000 rackets across the tournament. It’s also thought that Wimbledon has one of the largest catering capacity of any other annual sporting event in Europe. With over 2,000 catering staff in total, the average food and drink quantities supplied include:

  • 330,000 cups of tea and coffee
  • 320,000 glasses of Pimm’s
  • 234,000 meals (e.g. sandwiches)
  • 86,000 ice creams
  • 76,000 sandwiches

As many Brits know all too well, the iconic dish Strawberries and cream is one of Wimbledon’s most consumed snacks, and when laid end-to-end, the volume of strawberries served at Wimbledon would stretch to almost 37 miles – that’s the distance from Wimbledon to Reading! Furthermore, in 2017, 28 tonnes of strawberries were consumed alongside 10,000 litres of fresh cream. That works out at 125 bath tubs worth! [Read more…]