Big Sporting Weekend

The Big Sporting Weekend – Leicester City’s Trophy Celebrations, Amir Khan v Saul Alvarez, & The Invictus Games.

6 May , 2016  

This weekend will see Leicester City lift the Premier League Trophy for the first time in the club’s history after an incredibly unpredictable season of football. Boxer Amir Khan takes on a great challenge in the form of Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in a Las Vegas rumble, whilst The Invictus Games get underway Stateside in Orlando, Florida.

The Party’s Officially Started!

History was made this week as Leicester City were finally confirmed as Premier League Champions thanks to a late comeback from Chelsea against the Foxes’ former title-challengers, Spurs. Claudio Ranieri’s side only needed Tottenham to draw or lose at Stamford Bridge, but they were made to sweat it out as Spurs romped to a two goal lead by the end of the first half, thanks to strikes from Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min.

Eden Hazard scores a second consecutive title winning goal...for Leicester.

Eden Hazard scores a second consecutive title winning goal…for Leicester.

In the second half Chelsea had other ideas, and granted former manager Ranieri the biggest favour he could’ve asked for; Eden Hazard sparking a rousing comeback with a succulent goal and performance worthy of his 2014/15 Player of the Year title, granting Leicester City the ultimate prize.

You can see what it meant to them when the full time whistle blew at Stamford Bridge on Monday night…

The City of Leicester will undoubtedly be having the biggest party it’s ever seen once Captain Wes Morgan lifts the prestigious trophy after Saturday’s game against Everton. Regardless of the result, Leicester have beaten the incredible 5000-1 odds against them, fending off the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester United, and Manchester City.

Football, bloody hell.

Elsewhere in the Premier League, the race for a Top 4 spot hots up between Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, and West Ham. The Gunners take on the Citizens in what might be a defining game in the race for a top 4 Champions League spot. The teams currently lie 3rd and 4th in the table respectively, with United and the Hammers hot on their tails.

After a less than inspiring win over Norwich, the Gunners tentatively remain on course for 3rd place, more so than 4th placed City, who were absolutely torn apart by Sadio Mane (and the rest of the Southampton team) in a 4-2 victory for the Saints last weekend.

Will City’s Madrid hangover continue into the weekend, or will Manuel Pellegrini’s side bounce back against Arsenal after 3 games without a win to ensure incoming manager Pep Guardiola will be managing a Champions League side?

Manchester City crashed out of the Champions League after a lifeless display against Real Madrid.

City are out of the Champions League after a woeful display against Real Madrid.

Meanwhile, Louis Van Gaal’s United side travel to Norwich, hoping to exact some form of revenge on the Canaries since they defeated the Red Devils 2-1 at Old Trafford earlier in the season. United will be without midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who begins his 3 match ban following an altercation with Leicester’s Robert Huth in their previous game.

Norwich players celebrate an unlikely win at Old Trafford

Norwich players celebrate an unlikely win at Old Trafford

Last but not least, West Ham play their penultimate game at the Boleyn Ground against Swansea City, hoping to keep up the pace with Arsenal, City and United. Slaven Bilic’s side are 1 point behind 5th placed Manchester United, with both teams set to play each other next Tuesday (10/05/16) in what may prove to be another top 4 decider. The Hammers won’t have it all their own way though, with Swansea coming off the back of an impressive 3-1 win over Liverpool.

This is one race you don’t want to miss.

BPL Fixtures: May 7th & 8th.

This weekend’s BPL fixtures.

Will Khan be crowned King in Vegas?

Former Light-Welterweight World Champion, Amir Khan, will fight Mexican Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez for the WBC World Middleweight Title on May 7th, (May 8th, UK) in Las Vegas, USA.

Will Amir Khan win the biggest match of his career?

Will Amir Khan win the biggest match of his career?

The 29-year-old Brit has not fought since defeating Chris Algieri on points in May of last year, whilst Canelo, 25, beat Miguel Cotto by a unanimous points decision to claim his Middleweight title last November in Vegas. It was the Mexican’s 46th win in 48 fights, an intimidating record that’s only smeared by one loss to Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather back in 2013. Khan will be hoping he can put another stain on Canelo’s record with a win at the T-Mobile Arena.

Canelo's only loss came at the hands of Floyd Mayweather in 2013.

Canelo’s only loss came at the hands of Floyd Mayweather in 2013.

‘King’ Khan will be stepping up two weight classes in order to fight the ranked #1 boxer in the middleweight division, with a catchweight of 155lb, eight lbs more than Khan weighed in his prior victory over Algieri. He will be undoubtedly relying on his speed and footwork in order to overcome Canelo’s strength.

Speaking to the media ahead of the bout, Khan said:

“This is a huge fight, as Canelo is a star in Mexico and America. I know I’m here as the underdog, but I’m ready to win and take this WBC belt back to my home in England. I wouldn’t have taken this fight if I didn’t think I could take it. I have trained for everything and worked on my speed and my power.”

Amir will also take confidence from the fact that he’s undefeated in 5 matches, whilst Alvarez has won his last 4.

The Mexican is the favourite to retain his belt on Cinco De Mayo, unless the King can shock 20,000 spectators in Vegas and reign supreme.

Let's hope Khan doesn't bottle it against Canelo...

Let’s hope Khan doesn’t bottle it against Canelo…

Amir Khan vs Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, May 8th (UK Time) live on Box Nation TV (Sky Channel 437), coverage begins 1:30am, fight starts approx 2:00am.

The Invictus Games 2016

Created and launched by HRH Prince Harry back in March of 2014, The Invictus Games return this year but will be held stateside at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.

The Opening Ceremony kicks off proceedings on May 8th, then the sport events will begin the following day, right up until May 12 prior to the Closing Ceremony.

Unconquered, Undefeated: The Invictus Games return this weekend.

Unconquered, Undefeated: The Invictus Games return this weekend.

The international adaptive Paralympic event hosts a number of sports in which sick, injured or wounded personnel from the Armed Services/Associated Veterans partake in. Events include Wheelchair Basketball, Sitting Volleyball, and Archery.

Prince Harry, having served in the military himself, created the games to utilise sports as a way of inspiring recovery, aiding armed services personnel with their rehabilitation, and to generate respect and understanding for all who are affected by injuries or mental health issues after serving their country, as well as their families/carers.

HRH Prince Harry will bring the games to Orlando this weekend.

HRH Prince Harry will bring the games to Orlando this weekend.

Thousands of people will descend upon the ESPN WWSC this Sunday to welcome more than 500 competitors representing 14 nations at the event’s Opening Ceremony. It will feature musical performances from the likes of British musicians James Blunt, Laura Wright, and other surprise guests including the voice himself, Morgan Freeman. The ceremony will also feature a number of US military performances, as well as first-person narratives from wounded servicemen.

On Orlando, FL hosting the games, Prince Harry stated on the official website:

“I am absolutely delighted that the United States has taken up the challenge and will host the next Invictus Games in 2016. I have no doubt that the USA will set the bar even higher than London did and put on a great show”.

Earlier this week, Harry visited the home of 2017’s Invictus Games, Canada, to meet the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. September 26-30 will see 600 competitors from 16 nations take part in 12 events.

Don’t miss this incredible event, live on ESPN and coverage will also be available on the BBC.


 

As Leicester celebrate their historic title win, eyes will turn elsewhere to the top 4 race. Are there more surprises in store this season? Will there be a new King crowned in Las Vegas? And don’t miss the spectacle and sheer bravery of the competitors at this years inspiring Invictus Games. Feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comments below or tweet us (@NetWorldSports)!

 

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