Scottish Wrestling Champ Dies Aged 36

Sadness and disbelief spread through wrestling circles on Wednesday as much loved Scottish wrestling star Adrian McCallum, 36, passed away. The sudden death of the talented athlete came the day after the wrestler, nicknamed Lionheart, posted a quote from the Ricky Gervais show Afterlife:

“One day you will eat your last meal. You will smell your last flower, you will hug your friend for the last time. You might not know it’s the last time, that’s why you must do everything you love with passion.”

The wrestler, originally from Coventry, was the Insane Champion Wrestling (ICW) heavyweight champion and had previously appeared on TNT and WWE events. In 2004 he broke his neck in two places but fought a long road to recovery to get back to the sport he loved. He was a veteran of wrestling and was owner of the Ayrshire-based Pro Wrestling Elite organisation. The social media condolences of those who knew him, paint a picture of a kindhearted and ambitious individual. He’ll be sadly missed.

Goodbye Tennis, Hello Football!

I’m not the biggest Tennis fan but when even the players are deciding to have a kick about mid game  – as Benoit Paire and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga did during their Stadion Court match at the NOVENTI OPEN on Tuesday – maybe it’s worth calling it a day!

The moment of humor and fun occurred in the third set (1-1) when Paire let his racket slip, and decided to pause the proceedings to see if he’d have more luck using his feet. The skillful exchange between players ended with a playful and yet unsuccessful bicycle kick from Paire. Tsonga, as was expected before the match, eventually won the match (6-4, 7-5) but I’m sure this football themed interlude will live as long in the memory as the game itself!

Tyson Fury vs Tom Schwarz – Matrix Moment!

It’s certainly been a lively time of late in the heavyweight boxing division. That’s a very welcome statement to be able to make following on from the seemingly endless boreathon that was the Klitschko brothers years. Over the past couple of months we’ve seen Deontay Wilder retain his undefeated record against Dominic Breazeale, Anthony Joshua come a cropper in shocking fashion against ambitious Medican-American outsider Andy Ruiz jnr, and now Tyson Fury make very fast work on previously undefeated (yet clearly several leagues below) German fighter, Tom Schwarz this past weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Tyson Fury appears to have really been working on his fitness and movement, and indeed despite his fast reflexes here, he actually gained a few pounds for the fight (weighing in at 263lbs). Still, it’s a world away from 2 years ago when he was unfit, approaching 400lbs and in a bad place mentally. It also makes you consider how well a fully fit Fury would do against Wilder, should their much anticipated rematch take place (even a trilogy of fights has been raised as a consideration). Fury certainly impressed in their previous bout, but at the same time he likely still had a degree of ring rust.

Of course boxing is a sport full of surprises and so it’s best not to absolutely count on a bout taking place to begin with. Boxing politics aside, Fury still has to take out another opponent later this year (likely in September 2019, with Jarrell Miller, who was supposed to fight Anthony Joshua before testing positive for a doping agent, a possibility), and Wilder looks set to once again face Luis Ortiz, a fighter he previously experienced some difficulty against. If the stars align though, we may well find ourselves in a long awaited Golden Era of boxing. It sure has been a while. Bring it on!

For now, enjoy this clip of Tyson Fury’s Matrix-like moving and telling strength in his fight against Tom Schwarz:

 

Women’s World Cup 2019 – Lost Your Bottle!

I’ve continued to enjoy the 2019 Women’s World Cup, and it already looks like the competition is set to be the most successful Women’s World Cup so far. One person not particularly over the moon about it though is a member of the Cameroon Women’s  National Football team.

In their 15th June game against the Netherlands,  Cameroon’s Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene was the first 2019 scorer for her country, which of course is great news. She also displayed a more irate side of her character though, when one of the Dutch players,  Desiree van Lunteren, refused to allow her to drink from her bottle. The refusal did seem a little unusual, either rude or a case of ‘crossed wires’.

Another Dutch player, Merel van Dongen, witnessed this unfold and was kind enough to get up from the bench to offer the Cameroon player a water bottle. Clearly at this point though, Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene was already seeing red and instead decided to launch the bottle into the air, much to the amusement and/or annoyance of those around her. Cameroon went on to lose the game 3-1 to the Netherlands side. This follows their 1-0 loss to Canada. Their final group game is on Thursday against New Zealand. The Netherlands have now won both of their opening games and so are through to the knockout stage.

Check out footage of the incident below: