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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 Most Testing Sports

It’s easy to forget just how difficult it is to be a professional athlete – when you’re sitting at home watching the game or betting online at Paddy Power, you may not be fully appreciating the countless hours of training that goes into preparation for a major event. In fact, some of the sports we take for granted are extraordinarily physically challenging, requiring muscles and abilities that we all possess but rarely hone to the required level of excellence. But which is the most challenging? Which sport demands the absolute most from its players and forces them to push through their limits in order to compete. Honestly, pretty much every sport could make a claim for the title, the one thing that’s uniform is the need for strength, stamina and a will to succeed, but there are a few that stand apart from the others as demanding intense focus and outstanding performance which earned them a place on this list. [Read more…]

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Best golf courses in the world

I wanted to share with you an infographic that is the definitive guide to the best golf courses in the world!

This includes in depth information about the top 8 golf courses around the world and gives an indication of how to join, a who’s who of members and how difficult the course is.

Best golf courses in the world

Infographic sponsored by Paddy Power Us open golf betting.

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Roulette Strategy

In this article, I will dive into Roulette Strategy, also known as Roulette Systems. Many people think that Roulette Systems are a guaranteed way to beat Roulette or that Roulette Systems are all false. The fact is, a Roulette System is simply a Roulette Strategy (a way to play Roulette). No Roulette Strategy is fool-proof, but using a good Roulette Strategy can greatly increase the number of winning Roulette sessions you have. Reading a UK roulette bonus guide will also help you find a great bonus which will help you test these two roulette strategies mentioned below. If you know of a Roulette strategy not listed here, use the contact form to let me know about it.

Martingale System

This is one of the most popular systems known to man.

The Martingale Roulette System dates back about 300 years, according to my research. It is simply a progression system for even-money bets and is used in casinos, in some form or another, every day of the year all over the world. The Martingale betting system is a progression chain. You have to decide, according to your bankroll, how long that chain is going to be. Most casino players limit the Martingale Roulette progression chain to eight bets. Let’s take a look at what those eight bets would look like if you were a £1 player.

Bet Number One £1
Bet Number Two £2
Bet Number Three £
Bet Number Four £
Bet Number Five £16
Bet Number Six £32
Bet Number Seven £64
Bet Number Eight £128

As you can see from the chart, your total bankroll would need to be at least £255 for the session to run this Martingale chain. If you were a £5 bettor, you would need £1,275 to run the Martingale Roulette progression chain.

If your even-money bet hits anywhere from the first bet to the eighth, you win one unit. In the table above, you would win £1. The first question that pops into one’s mind is why in the world would someone bet £128 to win $1. The answer for most Martingale players is that the probability of losing nine times in a row is somewhat minimal and therefore, you are not just winning £1, you are winning back all of your money.

Just how safe is the Martingale system? Well, no system is safe in Roulette, but let’s look at the probability of you losing with an eight step Martingale Roulette system approach. It’s important to remember there are two kinds of Roulette (American and European). As you will see in the chart below, the European version of Roulette is better for using the Martingale Roulette system. [Read more…]

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Explore the Differences Between Sports Betting and Online Gambling

Sports betting. Online gambling. It goes without saying that the two concepts have a great deal of overlap. After all, money is still changing hands, and there’s a thrill in the air. When risk is involved, reward quickly follows…if you dare. But many people aren’t sure what the differences are between the two. If you’re going to develop into a seasoned punter, you’re going to need to understand your environment. The more that you can understand, the easier things will be in the long run.

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Online Gambling

If you’re not interested in doing the analysis of sports teams before you bet on them, you can always stick with traditional online gambling. This would include things like slot games, poker, bingo, keno, blackjack, baccarat, craps, and more. Scratch card games are popular because you know right away whether you’ve won something, and you can usually pick up games very cheap if you get them in bulk. Online casinos are the perfect gateway to a weekend full of entertaining experiences, and it’s available on more devices than you might imagine. Don’t think that you’re going to be chained to your laptop. If you have a recent smartphone, you can take the fun on the go. This is something that you can do with sports betting as well, but online gambling has had this functionality for a lot longer.

Sports Betting

The online revolution has made sports betting completely easy to slide into. All you have to do is find a sportsbook, sign up, place your bets, and look for the results. Every bookmaker will have slightly different odds, so research before you get too invested. The main difference with sports betting is that you’re making money on a particular outcome, which can be as broad or precise as you want. Obviously, the more precise the bet, the more money at stake if you win. For example, if you’re putting on American style football, you want to bring the final score into the picture, not just which team will win ultimately. One has a substantially higher payout than the other.  Another difference is that sports betting isn’t really competitive. You’re not going head to head against other gamblers, which is nice. And the future for sports betting is very bright. There are even big acquisitions going on in this space, a classic sign that things are going very well.

Which path will you choose? It’s completely up to you. There’s nothing that says that you can’t choose both, of course. Other people like to focus on some casino game that they’re good at, and then build from there. We recommend that if you’re going to go the sports betting route, that you take the time to do all the necessary analysis before you start placing bets heavily. While it’s true that it’s not a true requirement, we’ve found that our bets were stronger when we started looking at the quality of each team involved.

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The Golf Course – A Beginner’s Guide

So you have learnt the basic swings and you think you are now ready to hit the golf course. Well not quite. The golf course in itself is deserves another lesson. It is not, as many people assume, just a big green field with holes where your golf ball should land, there would not be fun in playing the game if the only point was to get the ball in the hole now, would there?

The golf course is intricately designed to, as the name suggests, chart out a course that you ought to follow as you play, and you cannot proceed to the next hole if you have not succeeded in the previous one.

The following guide simply explains to you the basic elements of the course, so that when you do go there, you will know what you are doing (hopefully).

Golf Course

The tee boxes

Almost all golf courses have at least three tee boxes, although many have four. These act as a starting point from where you will take your swing. The four types of tee boxes are distinguished by their distance from the hole. They are marked in different colours to differentiate them.

The red tee boxes are closer to the hole. They are the ones that are used by women (as it is generally accepted that women are weaker in terms of physical strength), children and beginners.

The tee boxes marked by white on the other hand are a bit further away and are the tee boxes that are generally expected to be used by the average player.

The tee boxes that are marked in blue in most golf courses (although there are some that mark them in black) are further away than the white tee boxes and are for players that are above average and do not suffer from most of the common golf handicaps.

Black tee boxes finally (for the golf courses that have four of them) are reserved for championship players. They are much further away from the hole and require a very experienced and skillful player. You should not attempt teeing from a black marked tee box if you are a beginner as you will not get very far, literally!

Holes

Most golf courses have either 9 or 18 holes, although the standard ones have 18. These holes are usually divided into segments of 9, with the first 9 holes being referred to as the front 9, while the other 9 holes being referred to as the back 9.The holes run across the entire span of the golf course, usually starting and ending right by the club house.

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There are usually signs right next to the holes. These signs tell you just how far the hole is from each tee box and include other information including the design features of the course that might affect your game, such as hazards that might be in the way and sand dunes.

Hazards

These are obstacles that are placed in the golf course to increase the difficulty level of the game, and the fun as a result. These include trees, ponds, streams and extremely long grass along the path of the hole you are supposed to play.

Sand traps are also a common obstacle found in most golf courses. These are pits that have sand in them, located somewhere along a particular hole. This specific type of obstacle is especially challenging because the player, once they land in a sand trap, is required to make a specific kind of swing in order to be able to get out of it.

Cuts of grass

There are four basic cuts of grass along a golf course which define it. The fairway refers to the region that runs along the hole. The grass here is cut very short and close to the ground. The rough has much longer grass. It usually runs along the sides of the fairway.

The green is the area around the hole. This is the target the player is aiming for when he tees. The fringe on the other hand is the area that surrounds the green. To make the play more challenging it usually has longer grass and even trees and small bushes in some courses.