Adrian Back

Adrian Back

Writers

Once it became apparent that I was never going to carve out a career as a professional sportsmen I contemplated the alternatives and decided the next best thing would be to write and talk about sport. While I can happily discuss the merits of Roger Federer as the greatest of all time or why Ravi Bopara should be batting at six for England, my two great loves are boxing and football. 

 

As a Liverpool fan growing up in the nineties I watched video's of our league success but then in 2005 I had a reason to celebrate. That Champions League winning side will always hold a special place in my heart - even Djimi Traore. 

 

My affiliation with boxing came from watching footage of the all time greats in Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson and Sugar Ray Leonard. These days I enjoy nothing more than debating who would win if Floyd Mayweather ever met Manny Pacquiao. 

 

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‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley and Ronald ‘Winky’ Wright have both announced their retirement from the sport of boxing at 40-years-of-age.The careers of the two fighters have run almost parallel and while both are multiple-time world champions, they have a very different story to tell.

By Adrian Back

Boxers live with the reality that at any second they could face a life threatening injury.It is a consequence every fighter learns to accept and it is this unique mindset that will hopefully help Paul Williams recover from the horrific injuries he sustained on Sunday night.

By Adrian Back

Boxing has always courted controversy.Whether it is debating a points decision, a contentious stoppage or discussing the politics behind the sport, it keeps it in the headlines and for the most part can be viewed as a positive.    However, this week boxing has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

By Adrian Back