Klitschko retains his heavyweight crown
World Heavyweight champion Vladimir Klitschko retained his IBF, IBO, WBO, WBA and Ring belts with a unanimous points decision over unbeaten Polish giant Mariusz Wach in Hamburg. Vladimir was never seriously troubled and landed his trademark jab round after round on the tough but limited Pole. It was the first time the 36 year old Ukrainian had taken on an opponent who was actually taller than him, but that didn’t cause him any problems. Klitschko dedicated the win to his late trainer Emanual Steward who died on October 25th of this year. Steward took charge of Vladimir shortly after his third and last defeat, turning him into the ultra effective fighter he is today.
Pre-fight the Hamburg crowd was entertained by the cast of ‘Rocky – the Musical’ and a guest appearance from Sylvester Stallone. Wach came in as a massive underdog, but a Rocky style story was never on the cards. The biggest shock of the night was that Wach remained standing for the entire 12 rounds, and he deserves credit for that.
Hernandez and Dzeko steal the points for United and City
Manchester United kept their lead at the top of the Premiership thanks to a second half treble from Javier Hernandez against Aston Villa. The in-form Mexican dragged United back from 2-0 down to 3-2 up with three opportunist strikes to stun the Villa crowd. Manchester City also left it late against Tottenham Hotspur and needed ‘super sub’ Edin Dzeko to secure all three points in the 88th minute for a 2-1 victory. The wins for both Manchester clubs pull them clear of Chelsea, who were held to a 1-1 drew against Liverpool.
McIlroy – it’s all about the money!
Rory McIlroy posted a third-place finish at the Singapore Open which will guarantee he tops the money lists on both sides of the Atlantic for 2012. With $4.7 million dollars of prize money from the European Tour and a whopping $8 million PGA Tour money, Rory is one wealthy boy! Add to that he is the current World Number 1 and has won two majors. Life is looking good for the Irish superstar!
”It really is hugely satisfying to finally become the European No. 1, especially after finishing second two of the last three years,” McIlroy proclaimed. ”It has always been one of my goals to become No. 1 in Europe ever since securing my Tour card five years ago, but then to also end the year as both European and PGA Tour No. 1 is just amazing.”
Lance Armstrong remains defiant
Tour De France villain Lance Armstrong caused further controversy by posting a photo of himself at home with his seven Yellow Jerseys proudly on display. Despite being stripped of the seven titles and stating that he is no longer contesting the allegations made against him, Armstrong is in no mood to admit his guilt.