HOT OR NOT: Katie Taylor shows mix of technicality and drama

HOT OR NOT: Katie Taylor and Natasha Jonas showed a mix of technicality and drama… well Rory McIlroy for calling the Super Golf League

  • Forest Green has spoken out and called for a ban on gambling sponsorship
  • Laurel Hubbard will likely become the first transgender athlete at the Olympics
  • Katie Taylor’s fight against Natasha Jonas showed a mix of technicality and drama

It’s still hot or not the weather as Sportsmail’s Riath Al-Samarrai reveals what makes him feel warm and what leaves him cold this week.

HOT

female boxing

It hasn’t always been an easy sell and it hasn’t always been an upward curve either. But you watch a fight like Katie Taylor vs. Natasha Jonas, and the mix of technicality and drama they brought, and you see a branch of the sport on the cusp of huge things. They didn’t make the headlines of the Chisora-Parker card, but women stole the show.

Katie Taylor's fight against Natasha Jonas showed a mix of technicality and drama (above)

Katie Taylor’s fight against Natasha Jonas showed a mix of technicality and drama (above)

Gerard thomas

There hadn’t been exactly a drop since winning the Tour de France in 2018, but there hadn’t been a victory either. That clock was stopped at the Tour de Romandie this week and with it you’d assume the odds of another Tour de France selection snub have dramatically diminished.

Forest green road

They became the first professional club in England to call for a ban on sponsorship of gambling. Others won’t follow because the deals are worth a fortune – £ 40million at EFL’s 72 clubs, apparently. It is therefore a daring step and it is up to Forest Green to have taken it.

Forest Green became the first professional club in England to publicly call for a ban on gambling sponsorship and football advertising (file photo used above)

Forest Green became the first professional club in England to publicly call for a ban on gambling sponsorship and football advertising (file photo used above)

DO NOT

Billy Joe Saunders

Maybe he was right in this argument about the size of the rings. Maybe Canelo Alvarez took some liberties by pushing for a smaller one.

But here’s the problem – no one ever believed Saunders would follow through on his threat to step down. And that’s because he’s forever proving that beyond his knack for fighting, nothing else he does is worthy of attention.

No one ever believed Billy Joe Saunders (above) would follow through on his threat to step down

No one ever believed Billy Joe Saunders (above) would follow through on his threat to step down

Super golf league

After watching the football breakaway plunge into a mountain of cow dung surrounded by angry protesters, the brilliant sparks of golf still linger with their plans for something similar.

To make it more cuddly, they are backed by Saudi money. Well done to Rory McIlroy for calling him.

The IOC

It is increasingly likely that Laurel Hubbard will become the first transgender athlete to compete in the Olympics.

The New Zealander, who made the transition in 2012, at 35, will challenge weightlifting and many will see it as an enlightened move.

And yet, it is terribly difficult to privilege this argument over the one which protects the whole female category.

Laurel Hubbard will likely become the first transgender athlete to compete in the Olympics

Laurel Hubbard will likely become the first transgender athlete to compete in the Olympics

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