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Former F1 driver Jolyon Palmer, who left Renault during the 2017 season, is part of the BBC team and offers insight and analysis from the point of view of the competitors.
Lewis Hamilton secured his sixth Formula 1 drivers’ championship title with a typically strong, gutsy drive to second, just missing out on the win in Austin.
Many have said that this title hasn’t been as good as some others – notably his last two, or his first one back in 2008 – but actually, looking deeper at the season, this might just have been the best of the lot.
There are different types of races in Formula 1 – boring ones; Grands Prix with intrigue until the end; and absolute belters where you just don’t know who is going to win. There have been all three this season.
The races most would class as “boring” – which this year would be China, Barcelona and France – Hamilton held the lead out of the first corner.
This is one of the key, underlying aspects of F1 this year. When Hamilton is in the lead at the start, we know he will win. On the one hand it’s not that exciting, but on the other, it goes to show just how high a level he’s operating at.
He won those three races at a canter, never under any pressure. Underlining his dominance in those events, he took fastest lap in Barcelona, and just missed out in China and France, despite not taking the pit stop that has become the norm to secure the fastest lap, late on with new tyres.
The only other races Hamilton led out of the first corner all season were Monaco and Germany.
Monaco he won, and that too would have been equally as comfortable, had it not been for his team pitting him onto an inferior race tyre.
Germany was heading that way too, in spite of difficult conditions, until an uncharacteristic error saw him go off from that comfortable lead, in his anomalous race – the only one with any notable errors this year.
As much as he has dominated some races, Hamilton has also had to fight this season – such as in Austin on Sunday.
Starting fifth on the grid, he tore his way past both Ferraris on the opening lap, into third. And by the end of the race, he was just a few laps from winning, despite being on an inferior strategy to Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen, by putting in a marathon stint on a set of hard tyres.
The stats say that Hamilton has won 10 of the 19 races this year, and that goes some way to showing how good he has been.
Many of his other victories have come from gritty, steely, determined drives, in more exciting races.
Examples are Bahrain and Canada, where he pressured Vettel into errors on weekends when Ferrari looked quicker, and Budapest, where he mounted serious, race-long pressure on Verstappen and Red Bull, before strategically snookering them and passing for the win in the closing stages.
Hamilton’s best ever win tally in a season is 11, so with two races to go in Brazil and Abu Dhabi, matching that or even beating it is do-able.
Always a factor
But the reason I believe this could be Hamilton’s best ever season, isn’t because of his win record, it’s because he’s been in serious win contention in nearly every single race.
The real way to see how exceptional Hamilton has been this season is by looking at the races he hasn’t won.
Broadly speaking, when Hamilton leads out of Turn One, it’s boring. When anyone else leads out of Turn One, you know the race isn’t over until Hamilton is out of contention, and that almost always produces a good Grand Prix.
The only races Hamilton hasn’t been in winning contention have been Australia and Austria, in both of which he picked up damage.
In Melbourne, he started on pole, but with damage picked up early he could never take the fight to Bottas, in arguably another of the year’s less exciting races.
In Austria he was actually in a strong position when he damaged his front wing on a kerb. He was running well, on the same strategy and actually ahead of eventual race winner Verstappen.
Every other race Hamilton hasn’t won, he’s been at some point breathing down the neck of the eventual winner, making the race much more of a spectacle.
In Baku, Bottas won under big pressure from Hamilton in the closing stages. In Belgium and Italy, Hamilton put even bigger pressure on Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. At Spa, another lap or two and Hamilton could have been through; and in Monza it took questionable driving ethics from Leclerc to force him off the road and keep him at bay.
Singapore was one of three races Hamilton didn’t end on the podium, but running second early on Mercedes could and should have pitted him when eventual winner Vettel stopped, which would have undercut race leader Leclerc to win the race
In Japan, Hamilton finished third. But had it not been for a late pit stop that Mercedes seemed to take partly to keep the peace between drivers and ensure Bottas kept the lead, it’s not unfeasible Hamilton could have beaten his team-mate with a one-stop strategy. It would have been similar to Sunday’s US Grand Prix.
That only leaves Germany, where he went off from a comfortable race lead and Austin, where his worst qualifying performance in two years put him on the back foot. But even then he nearly held on despite shod tyres, to win the Grand Prix from the most unlikely of positions.
So while Hamilton has won 10 races, he has been so close to winning even more. When you look through each event, his consistency and level of performance has been superb. Other drivers have had their moments in the sun, but they’ve also had too many weekends of anonymity.
Is it all about the car?
There are the standard criticisms of Hamilton’s 2019 season that should be addressed.
Firstly he has taken only four pole positions. Only two seasons in his entire career has he achieved fewer. And with Bottas taking pole in Austin, he actually has more pole positions than Hamilton, with five.
But over the season Hamilton is still 12-7 up in the qualifying head-to-head between the Mercedes drivers, showing that he has still had a considerable advantage over his Finnish team-mate on one-lap pace.
And actually that is very comparable to this time last year, when he was 11-6 up on Bottas in qualifying, even though Bottas was deemed to be having a poor season.
In truth, Bottas can be exceptionally quick when it comes to one-lap pace – he dominated Felipe Massa in qualifying when they were together at Williams, which is what earned him the call up to Mercedes in the first place.
So ultimately, while Hamilton’s headline qualifying performances haven’t been there this year, and just four pole positions is testament to that, and he also hasn’t put in any of his trademark lap of the Gods laps, such as Singapore or Melbourne last year, his qualifying has still been very strong on the whole. In fact, the only time he has qualified outside the top three has been in the last three Grands Prix.
Does this show that Mercedes have the dominant car though? And does this explain Hamilton’s unbelievable performance this year? Having the best car is usually an easy jab that critics will throw at Hamilton, and in truth it’s often hard to deny.
The Hamilton/Mercedes partnership is up there with the Michael Schumacher/Ferrari partnership of the early 2000s in terms of domination. And Mercedes have now usurped a lot of Ferrari’s old records as well.
While last year it could be argued that Ferrari actually had the better car, this year that simply isn’t the case. Hamilton has won it in the best car over the season.
And really Hamilton had this championship sewn up by the time the F1 circus left France in June.
Mercedes claiming five one-two finishes on the bounce at the start of the season, combined with Ferrari’s capitulation early on, meant this was a championship that was only ever going to be between Hamilton and Bottas.
But while Bottas’ early-season form gave some hope that there might be an intra-team battle, similar to the days when Nico Rosberg was Hamilton’s team-mate at Mercedes, Hamilton’s run of four straight wins up to France nipped that one in the bud fairly quickly.
But only four pole positions shows that he hasn’t always had the outright fastest car, and he’s won a staggering seven races from outside of pole.
For me, the main thing detracting from Hamilton’s year has been his lack of any real rival. The absolute greats, and the greatest seasons have all come from big rivalries – Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, James Hunt and Niki Lauda, Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen and more recently even Vettel and Fernando Alonso.
Hamilton’s last two titles might be seen as more impressive because he had to see off a decent Vettel/Ferrari combination, and this year he hasn’t had to. But largely that is because he’s beaten off the competition in such a commanding manner.
If Hamilton is going to have a serious rival next year, someone is going to have to up their game, because the truth is, whatever the car, there is nobody out there at the moment at his level.
Eight goals, two red cards, two penalties, two own goals, a crucial video assistant referee intervention and both sides refusing to settle for a draw – the Champions League delivered another epic evening at Stamford Bridge.
If one moment could sum up a remarkable night of chaos it was seeing Ajax’s Noussair Mazraoui have a shot saved in the 88th minute.
Why so? Well, he is Ajax’s right-back and was arriving on the overlap looking for a winner with the scores locked at 4-4.
Oh, and Ajax had nine men.
Last year’s semi-finalists are no strangers to Champions League drama – just ask Tottenham – and they served up more on what former Blues midfielder Joe Cole described it as “one of the great Champions League nights at Chelsea”.
Manager Frank Lampard said it was “madness”, goalscorer Reece James called it “crazy”, and though Lampard may rue his side’s failure to earn a win which would have sent them top of the group, it was certainly a game which had a bit of everything.
‘One decision changed everything’
Ajax have never lost a European Cup/Champions League match on English soil and they were in no mood to let that record slip, scoring inside two minutes when Tammy Abraham flicked Quincy Promes’ free-kick into his own net.
Jorginho soon levelled with a penalty but a header from Promes and another own goal – from keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga – ensured that Ajax had the quirky benefit of going in at half time 3-1 up despite only having one shot on target. Chelsea had shipped three goals in the first half of a Champions League game for the first time in their history.
Lampard sent on 19-year-old right-back James at the break, and was laughing loudly within seconds of the restart when centre-back Kurt Zouma ran from his own half, chucked in a few stepovers on the edge of the box and fired over. But he was then left cursing as Donny van de Beek swept in a lovely fourth to put Ajax firmly in charge.
“We are controlling the game then in one moment everything changed,” said Ajax manager Erik ten Hag.
He wasn’t wrong. Well, maybe slightly.
Captain Cesar Azpilicueta had already pulled one back from a yard out when the real game-changing moment arrived. Daley Blind flew into a challenge on Abraham, referee Gianluca Rocchi waved play on and then gave a penalty seconds later as substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi’s shot struck Joel Veltman’s arm.
Both Ajax centre-backs were booked within a minute of each other in the first half. Now they would both see red together too.
Jorginho converted, Ajax were down to nine men and Chelsea needed just one goal.
Ten Hag said: “False. It was handball, but what can he do with his hand? It’s no handball, no booking – but we have to accept it.
“Everyone will have the same opinion from the stands and from the television. We dictated and we are very bitter that one decision could change everything.”
‘There are not too many I can compare it to from my day’
You know the drill, go down to nine men and park the bus. But not Ajax, who had more shots on target when two men down than at 11 v 11.
Mind you, Chelsea had 21 efforts in the second half, and even mustered five in between Mazraoui’s late effort and the final whistle.
In the end, James’ low shot pulled the scores level, ensuring the Blues became the first English team since Liverpool in the 2005 final in Istanbul to come back from three goals down to draw in the Champions League. The Reds then won on penalties, of course.
Chelsea could – maybe should – have won it, but Azpilicueta’s excellent finish was ruled out for handball against Abraham after referee Rocchi consulted the video assistant referee monitor.
“I had some mad nights over the years and some great nights, but it’s certainly right up there,” Lampard said afterwards.
“There are not too many I can compare it to from my day – with the VAR, which is a new animal, and the red cards.
“We need to tighten up for sure, but with that spirit we can go places.
“You need characters, you need personalities. It would be easy to turn it in at 3-1, or 4-1, but we didn’t.”
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“We have to find solutions,” said Klopp. “The problems are obvious.
“Every year we do the same again. Some find it funny – ‘five games in three days – let’s see how it works out’.”
From 23 November to 2 January, Liverpool face a testing period of 12 games in 37 days in four competitions – the Premier League, Champions League, EFL Cup and Club World Cup – with an FA Cup third-round tie still to be determined in the first week of 2020.
On Friday, Klopp had ruled out the possibility of fielding two different Liverpool sides in two competitions in two continents, but a club statement on Tuesday said although it was “not an ideal scenario” the outcome was reached in the “best interests of the competition”.
The EFL confirmed the date for the last-eight tie against Villa would be kept following a “request from the club”.
“The Carabao Cup makes it sound like we don’t want to play in it.
“That is not true, but I don’t understand two games in the semi-final. I don’t like that in a busy period of the season.
“You only play the Club World Cup if you win the Champions League, and that does not happen in your life five million times so you take that opportunity. Is it the best time of the year? Nope. We will go there, we will try to play all the games with all that we have.”
Klopp points to previous fixture issues
In 2016, a weakened Liverpool side faced West Ham United in an FA Cup fourth-round replay but lost the game 2-1 after extra time on 9 February.
The Reds already had the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City set for 28 February, but had they progressed in the FA Cup, would have had to play their fifth-round tie on 20 February, as well as having a Europa League game three days before the final.
Klopp pointed to this previous fixture congestion, saying: “You should think about these things before you start, because the Carabao Cup is not the only problem we have.
“If you have an FA Cup replay – which I do not like – and go through into the Carabao Cup final, we had a situation a few years ago when we played at West Ham and everyone was in front of the TV watching the FA Cup and hoping we do not go through [because of fixture congestion].
“You cannot work like this where we hope that somebody will go out and everything will be fine. We tried to ignore that this time with Arsenal [on 30 October, a win on penalties after a 5-5 draw] but the boys just wanted to play football.
“I don’t want to cancel competitions. I am from Germany – why would I want to cancel English competitions?
“We cannot carry on like this. We have to sit down at the table and at one point find solutions. The solutions so far are more problems.”
Asked how it will work logistically and who will manage which team, Klopp joked: “We will ask Aston Villa if they can come to Qatar and we can play the game there.”
Two games in 24 hours – can fans do both?
Liverpool fans who turn out at Villa Park have two flight options that would give them a chance of making kick-off in Qatar.
A flight from Birmingham Airport at 07:50 GMT on 18 December lands in Doha at 17:30 local time, leaving three hours to get from the airport runway to the stands at Education City Stadium.
The cost of that flight was £614 one way at 22:00 GMT on 5 November. The journey from airport to stadium is around 30 minutes, so with smooth progress through security, getting to both games looks possible.
There is also one leaving London Heathrow at 08:00 GMT on 18 December, landing 17:45 local time. That flight cost £509 at 22:00 on 5 November.
When fixtures pile up…
In April, Venezuelan club Deportivo Lara played two matches in the space of six hours – one of which was in the Copa Libertadores – and won both.
On the same day, Venezuelan side Zamora played two fixtures 4,000 miles apart, losing 4-0 at Deportivo La Guaira in the league and 3-2 at Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro in the Copa Libertadores.
Arsenal and Manchester United played on consecutive days in November 2001. The Gunners lost 4-2 to Charlton in the Premier League on 4 November and on the same day United were beaten 3-1 by Liverpool at Anfield, also in the league.
On 5 November, Arsenal beat United 4-0 in the League Cup.
And in November 1987, striker Mark Hughes played for Wales and Bayern Munich in two countries on the same day.
After playing for his country, Hughes recalled: “There was a Lada to whisk us off after the match. I had to get changed into my kit on the plane.”
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Two-time Olympic champion Nicola Adams has retired from boxing over fears she could lose her sight.
The Briton, 37, became the first female Olympic champion when she won gold at London 2012, retaining her flyweight title at Rio 2016.
She turned professional in 2017 and is the WBO world flyweight champion.
“I’ve been advised that any further impact to my eye would most likely lead to irreparable damage and permanent vision loss,” said Adams.
In an announcement to the Yorkshire Evening Post, she added: “I’m immensely honoured to have represented our country – to win double Olympic gold medals and then the WBO championship belt is a dream come true… But it’s not without taking its toll on my body.”
The Leeds boxer’s last fight was on 28 September when she retained her WBO title following a split-decision draw with Mexico’s Maria Salinas.
She finishes with a professional record of five wins and a draw.
In July, Adams became a world champion for the first time in her professional career when Arely Mucino was unable to defend her title and the Briton, having been the mandatory challenger, was awarded the belt.
Adams won Commonwealth, European and world titles as an amateur and her 2016 gold medal saw her become the first British boxer for 92 years to retain an Olympic title.
She had hinted that she could defend her Olympic title at next year’s Tokyo Games – in July she retweeted a video of the 2020 medal design with the caption: “I wonder how this medal would look on my mantelpiece.”
In an open letter to the newspaper, Adams added: “Having people in my life who are a fountain of support, kindness and love, has been the sole reason I’ve been able to represent my country in the way I have.
“It has been an honour to compete on the global stage, and it has been a privilege to fight against such remarkable athletes. Whilst I am proud of my achievements, the unwavering belief from everyone in my corner is something I will appreciate for the rest of my life.
“Hanging up my gloves was always going to be hard, but I have never felt luckier. And I’m so immensely proud of how far the sport has come.”
Adams’ promoter Frank Warren said the boxer’s accomplishments would “go down in history”, calling her an “icon” of British sport.
“Nicola has that star quality in abundance that very few possess,” said Warren.
“Her accomplishments will go down in history and she will always be an icon of British sport.
“She will be much missed in the sport of boxing, but will remain an inspiration to others for many generations to come.”
Venue: Dubai Club for People of Determination, Dubai Dates: 7-15 November
Paralympic gold medallist Kadeena Cox says the heat will be “a challenge” at the upcoming World Para-Athletics Championships in Dubai.
Daily temperatures in the city are expected to significantly exceed 30C, with high humidity levels.
Cox, 28, has multiple sclerosis, and people with MS can find their symptoms worsen when exposed to heat.
“It’s very, very hot,” the three-time world champion told BBC Sport. “Unfortunately, I’m heat intolerant.”
She added: “I tend not to go in heat, I avoid the bath, I have lukewarm showers – and now I am throwing myself into the heat of Dubai and trying to run.
“But it’s a challenge and we’ve got a lot of strategies to try and keep me cool.”
In a statement to BBC Sport, governing body World Para Athletics said it, along with the local organising committee, would be “constantly monitoring temperature and humidity” during the championships.
“World Para Athletics has a heat countermeasure policy that has been successfully applied to previous events such as the Doha 2015 World Championships and the Berlin 2018 European Championships,” the statement continued.
“The same protocol will guide the operations in Dubai and also at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
“World Para Athletics and the local organising committee will be constantly monitoring temperature and humidity during the World Championships. The average temperatures in the region were one of the factors taken into account when planning the competition schedule.
“Dubai has hosted Para-athletics events for more than a decade and many teams and athletes are familiar with the conditions they will find during the World Championships.”
Cox ‘nervous but excited’ about athletics return
Cox, a Paralympic gold medallist in both athletics and track cycling, will compete in the T38 200m and 400m in Dubai in what will be her first major athletics meet since the 2017 World Championships.
There she won three medals, including 400m gold, but has since struggled with a serious knee injury and with her mental health, including an ongoing battle with an eating disorder.
She says she is “nervous” about her return to athletics but is “excited” to be back on the track.
“I think it’s because I’ve not really competed much in the last two years,” she said.
“I’ve been out with injury, health struggles and I’ve really struggled with my mental health, so to be able to get back and be on the start line has been a challenge.
“I’m excited just to be there, but obviously I expect a lot of myself and I’m pretty sure other people expect me to come out and be able to still dominate.
“I feel that people think it’s a really easy walk in the park – I just turn up and I’m always on top form. But the journey to that point is always a struggle.
“I hope I’m going to be in that place come the next couple of weeks but it’s a tricky one – we can’t always just rock up and be in amazing shape. I think I’m there or thereabouts, but we’ll see.”
World Para Athletics Championships 2019
When? 7-15 November
Where? Dubai Club for People of Determination, Dubai
Who is in the Great Britain team?
About 1,400 athletes from 122 countries will compete at the championships, which are taking place in the United Arab Emirates for the first time.
Great Britain are sending a 40-strong squad to Dubai, including Cox and fellow Paralympic champions Hannah Cockroft, Kare Adenegan, Sophie Hahn, Aled Davies and Richard Whitehead.
The team contains nine defending world champions from London 2017 – including Olivia Breen, Sophie Kamlish and Sammi Kinghorn – but Jonnie Peacock and Stef Reid are not among them after they withdrew from the squad with injury.
Libby Clegg, who won T11 100m and 200m gold at Rio 2016, will compete just seven months after giving birth to her son, Edward, by emergency caesarean.
Four athletes will make their senior debuts in Dubai – Owen Miller, Hannah Taunton, Anna Nicholson and Lydia Church – while Ola Abidogun earns his first British vest since 2014.
How will GB do?
UK Sport has set Great Britain a target of 24-28 medals.
GB already have one of those ticked off after Derek Rae took silver in the T45/46 race at the London Marathon – which doubled as the World Championship race – in April.
At London 2017, GB won 39 medals, including 18 golds.
In March, the IPC lifted the 29-month suspension, so Russians can participate in certain competitions up until 31 December 2022 – including the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics and Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics – if they have met the specified testing requirements.
What does it mean for Tokyo 2020?
As the final major global meet before Tokyo 2020, the championships are a key competition.
The top four athletes in each individual medal event in Dubai will secure a qualification slot for their nation.
However, if an athlete earns a top-four finish in multiple events, they can only obtain one qualification slot for their nation.
More than 600 qualification slots will be allocated during the championships.
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles Date: Saturday, 9 November (Sunday, 10 November UK time) BBC coverage: Live radio commentary on BBC Sounds and live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app.
Most professional boxers will begin their careers in front of a handful of people at obscure leisure centres. KSI and Logan Paul are not most professional boxers.
On Saturday night, the YouTubers – combined following 40 million – will fight in front of an expected sell-out crowd of 21,000 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, USA. Millions more will watch on pay-per view television.
It is not the first time they have fought – their first contest, at Manchester Arena in August 2018, ended in a draw.
Promoter Eddie Hearn is among those who believe the rematch is a huge opportunity for the sport of boxing, though others are less convinced.
Here Hearn, pundit Steve Bunce and fighter-turned-trainer Jamie Moore answer the question: what does KSI v Logan Paul II mean for boxing?
A new audience, a new opportunity
It was reported Britain’s KSI, 26, could have earned more than £80m from his first fight with American Paul. As well as the 15,000 fans ringside, more than a million watched on YouTube.
In comparison, British heavyweight Tyson Fury signed a five-fight deal reportedly worth the same figure earlier this year.
KSI and Paul have turned professional for this bout, which is being promoted by Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing.
Hearn, who promotes the likes of British former world champion Anthony Joshua, said he simply “couldn’t ignore” the success of the first fight.
“I watched it and thought I should be involved with it,” he said. “The YouTube world is a remarkable way of people digesting content and it fascinates me.
“There will be a huge, new audience worldwide and it’s our job to make sure they take an interest in boxing – then they buy tickets and watch other fighters.”
BBC boxing pundit Steve Bunce had reservations about the fight initially, but now sees the opportunity for the sport.
“If 10% of their followers watch the fight, that’s four million new sets of eyes on the sport,” he said. “Even if we took just 1%, that’s still an enormous number.”
‘They’re better than hundreds of other debutants’
KSI and Paul are taking this fight seriously. Both have regularly uploaded training videos to social media to show the progress they have made.
Turning professional means they will box without head guards, with smaller 10oz gloves – which include less padding than those used in amateur contests – and over six three-minute rounds.
And Bunce has been impressed with what he has seen so far.
“They have trained for two months and stopped everything else they do to fight each other,” he said.
“They’ve changed their shape, their lifestyle and they’re devoted.
“I’ve had serious arguments with people in this business because I have pointed out there are fighters who have had debuts and are absolutely hopeless – and these two, I think, are better than hundreds of those.”
What can boxers learn from KSI and Paul?
Londoner KSI first rose to fame when he uploaded a clip of a goal he scored on computer game Fifa. Paul, meanwhile, came to prominence on social media platform Vine.
Bunce believes there is a lot boxers can learn from social media celebrities about the art of self-promotion.
“If I was a promoter, I’d get my fighters to look at how these guys and girls are doing it on YouTube or Facebook,” he said.
“If you think boxing shouldn’t be influenced by the online community, are you living in 1979? We’re in 2019. Get with it.”
They’re ‘not just here for a pay cheque’
Both KSI – whose real name is Olajide William ‘JJ’ Olatunji – and Paul have been criticised for their often bizarre outbursts and trash-talking in the build-up to the fight.
Those who attended the London and Los Angeles news conferences heard jokes about dead dogs, and references to World War Two and Sir Winston Churchill.
Hearn admits their behaviour has been “a little bit cringey” at times, but says the way they conduct themselves is the reason they have such a big following.
And the criticism does not seem to bother either fighter.
“I’m going to use boxing IQ and show everyone that I’ve put in the work and I’m not here for a pay cheque,” KSI told the Mayweather Channel.
Paul, meanwhile, told BBC Newsbeat boxing is “by far one of the best things to happen” in his life.
So why are some boxing traditionalists against it?
Hearn – who says he has no plans to stage celebrity fights in the future – acknowledges “hardcore” boxing fans may not be happy with his involvement in this fight.
“I do respect what they know about boxing, but I can’t take advice from them on something like this,” he said.
Moore, meanwhile, is pleased both fighters will make “loads of money” but thinks it should not be considered a professional bout.
“It’s not really boxing – it’s two young men who have a bit of a problem with each other and are using boxing to sort their beef out,” said the former British champion.
Moore, who now trains former world champion Carl Frampton, acknowledges the work both men have put in, but says it is easier to train for a one-off fight than try to forge a career in boxing.
“It’s a short window of time where they have to put their bodies through hell – but they know the end of goal is that they will definitely be earning a lot of money,” he said.
“Young professional fighters have no idea what the end goal is.”
Should it be the headline?
Some criticism of the fight has centred on the fact it will headline a bill also featuring British undefeated WBO super-middleweight world champion Billy Joe Saunders and American WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney.
Moore feels an established fighter should be headlining an event of this magnitude.
“As a world champion, Billy should absolutely be topping the bill,” he said.
But others argue this is a smart move by Matchroom and will give much-needed exposure to Saunders, who does not have a big profile in the United States.
“I’m far from insulted,” Saunders told IFL TV. “If I can nick maybe 5,000 new fans then financially it’s a pretty good bill to be on.”