HOT OR NOT: Katie Taylor shows a mix of technicality and drama

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HOT OR NOT: Katie Taylor and Natasha Jonas showed a mix of technicality and drama … and good for Rory McIlroy for calling out the Super Golf League

  • Forest Green has spoken out and called for a ban on gambling sponsorship
  • Laurel Hubbard is likely to be the first transgender athlete to enter an Olympics
  • Katie Taylor’s fight against Natasha Jonas showed a mix of technicality and drama

It’s Hot or Not time again as Sportsmail’s Riath Al-Samarrai reveals what made him hot and cold this week.

HOT

Boxing for ladies

It hasn’t always been an easy sell, nor has it always been an upward curve. But you look at a fight like Katie Taylor against Natasha Jonas, and the mix of technicalities and drama that they brought, and you see a branch of the sport on the cusp of great things. They weren’t the head of the Chisora-Parker card, but the women stole the show.

Katie Taylor’s fight against Natasha Jonas showed a mix of technicalities and drama (above)

Geraint Thomas

There hadn’t exactly been a slump since he won the Tour de France in 2018, but there had been no victory either. That clock stopped at the Tour de Romandie this week and you would assume that the chance of a new Tour de France selection shot has decreased enormously.

Forest Green Rovers

They became the first professional club in England to call for a ban on gambling sponsorship. Others won’t follow because those deals are worth a fortune – apparently £ 40 million for the EFL’s 72 clubs. So it’s a bold move and credit to Forest Green for taking it.

Forest Green has become the first professional club in England to publicly call for a ban on gambling sponsorship and advertising in football (photo used above)

Forest Green has become the first professional club in England to publicly call for a ban on gambling sponsorship and advertising in football (photo used above)

NOT

Billy Joe Saunders

Maybe he had a point in that ring size dispute. Perhaps Canelo Alvarez took liberties in the pursuit of a smaller one.

But here’s the problem: No one ever thought Saunders would respond to his threat to back out. And that’s because he proves forever that nothing else he does deserves attention, aside from his gift for fighting.

No one ever believed that Billy Joe Saunders (above) would respond to his threat to withdraw

No one ever believed that Billy Joe Saunders (above) would respond to his threat to withdraw

Super Golf League

After watching football’s escape plow cow dung surrounded by angry protesters, the bright sparks of golf are still pursuing their plans for something similar.

To make it cuddly, they are backed by Saudi money. Good for Rory McIlroy for handing it out.

The IOC

It is increasingly likely that Laurel Hubbard will become the first transgender athlete to compete in an Olympics.

The New Zealander, who transitioned to age 35 in 2012, will contest weightlifting and many will see it as an enlightened move.

And yet it is terribly difficult to choose that argument over the argument that protects the entire category of women.

Laurel Hubbard is likely to be the first transgender athlete to compete in an Olympics

Laurel Hubbard is likely to be the first transgender athlete to compete in an Olympics

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