Articles by: Ben Smith

  • Fisher didn't always have things his own way, losing on his ACB debut. Credit: ACB/Andrew Fisher/Facebook

    Andrew Fisher: Fights that make sense for 2018

    December 15, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Following on from an impressive upset victory over Absolute Championship Berkut ranked contender Akop Stepanyan, we analyse the potential opponents for Sunderland’s Andrew Fisher’s next bout. Following the Wearside native’s emphatic return to ACB in Sheffield, cruising to a unanimous decision victory over former UFC athlete Nicklas Backstrom, Fisher was up against […]

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    BAMMA 33 to be aired on ITV4 in new broadcasting deal

    December 8, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    One of Europe’s leading mixed martial arts promotions, BAMMA, has announced a deal with ITV4 which will see the broadcaster air their upcoming Newcastle fight night. BAMMA 33, takes place at the Metro Radio Arena and will be the first show to be aired on the channel. It has been […]

  • MMA promotion Rise and Conquer continues to impress with 4th show

    MMA promotion Rise and Conquer continues to impress with 4th show

    October 12, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    The new promotion on the block, Rise and Conquer hosted their fourth show since creation at The Point, Sunderland, showcasing some of the best talent the local area has to offer; both old and new. A controversial start to proceedings saw Aaron Givens win by unanimous decision despite opponent Lorenzo […]

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    Wimbledon: Day 13

    July 7, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Novak Djokovic ended his run of Grand Slam final defeats by beating Roger Federer in a thrilling five-set match to claim his second Wimbledon title. Djokovic had lost five of his previous six Grand Slam finals but he produced some scintillating tennis to defeat the seven-time champion. The match was absorbing from […]

  • Wimbledon: Day 12

    Wimbledon: Day 12

    July 6, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Petra Kvitova produced a stunning performance to thrash Eugenie Bouchard and win her second Wimbledon title. Bouchard was the first Canadian to ever qualify for a Grand Slam singles final but she was rarely able to match her Czech opponent’s quality. Kvitova played with controlled aggression which lead to her […]

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    Wimbledon: Day 11

    July 5, 2014 at 11:35 am

    The number one seed Novak Djokovic beat Grigor Dimitrov in four sets to reach his third Wimbledon final in four years. The 2011 champion will face seven-time winner Roger Federer, who beat Milos Raonic, in the first men’s singles final at a Grand Slam without either Andy Murray or Rafael […]

  • Wimbledon: Day 10

    Wimbledon: Day 10

    July 4, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Eugenie Bouchard beat the third seed Simona Halep in straight sets to become Canada’s first ever Wimbledon singles finalist. Bouchard and Halep are the two women to have won most matches at Grand Slam events this year but the match never really developed into the close contest it promised to […]

  • Andy Murray crashed out of Wimbledon in the quarter-finals. Picture credit: John Walton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

    Wimbledon: Day 9

    July 3, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Defending champion Andy Murray crashed out of Wimbledon as he was comprehensively beaten by the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. The Scot failed to cope with Dimitrov early on and soon found himself a set down to his younger opponent after he was broken twice in his first three service games. Murray […]

  • Australia's Nick Kyrgios  in action against Rafael Nadal. Picture credit: MENG YONGMIN/LANDOV/Press Association Images

    Wimbledon: Day 8

    July 2, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Teenage wildcard Nick Kyrgios caused a huge upset as he beat world number one Rafael Nadal in four sets to reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon.  The 19-year-old Australian has never been past the second round of a Grand Slam before but he showed no signs of early nerves as his […]

  • Andy Murray in action against Kevin Anderson. Picture credit: MENG YONGMIN/LANDOV/Press Association Images

    Wimbledon: Day 7

    July 1, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Andy Murray swept into the quarter-finals with a comfortable victory against Kevin Anderson on another rain affected day at Wimbledon. The Scot had easily beat his first three opponents in this years tournament but the big-serving 20th seed looked like a step in class. However, last year’s champion continued his […]