articles by Deven Kanal

Sports

In Evander Holyfield-Vito Belfort exhibition, boxing fans get short end of the stick yet again

The latest punch to the fans’ you-know-what in this most brutal of sports took place over the weekend when boxing legend Evander ‘The Real Deal’ Holyfield took on MMA icon Vito Belfort in an “exhibition” under the Triller Fight Club banner.

Sports

Bryan Danielson, Adam Cole signing with AEW on heels of CM Punk’s debut should give WWE pause

Danielson and Cole choosing AEW over WWE gives professional wrestling fans a signal which way the wind is blowing at the moment: firmly in one direction

Entertainment

Can Money Heist buck tropes and end on high note with Season 5 Part 2?

If Money Heist – which initially fizzled out on Spanish TV and then earned a revival with Netflix – ends on a satisfying note in the minds of the audiences, that may be the greatest heist of all.

Sports

UFC 264: Test of Conor McGregor's strength and hunger as he takes on older and wiser Dustin Poirier

McGregor, perhaps attempting to steal from his own playbook, has reverted to the trash talking persona that has served him so well in the past. But the difference this time is Poirier is older, wiser and a more well-rounded fighter.

Sports

Manny Pacquiao vs Errol Spence: Filipino icon picking young lion solidly places him in GOAT conversation

This is a truly dangerous fight for 42-year-old Pacquiao which could see his career brought to a swift and destructive end. This is the type of bout — extremely high risk for relatively moderate rewards — that modern fighters simply don't take.

Sports

Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders preview: Pound-for-pound king enters unification bout as firm favourite

The most interesting thing about this fight is how this version of Canelo will deal with a slick, tricky southpaw compared to 2014, when he had all sorts of problems winning a split decision over Cuban-American Erislandy Lara.

Sports

Retired MMA fighter Ben Askren starts favourite against YouTube sensation Jake Paul

Expect Askren to employ the blueprint Mayweather used against McGregor. Do next to nothing in the first four rounds. While ‘Funky’ isn’t renowned as much of a puncher, sheer exhaustion combined with an accumulation of punches should do in the YouTube star.

Sports

Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier 2 preview and prediction: Plucky Irishman to pick apart American in short order

The blueprints to defeat McGregor exist. Like Nate Diaz, you have to be insanely durable, take his best shot and keep coming forward Terminator-like.

Sports

Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith preview, prediction: Expect Mexican to methodically break down the British challenger

Canelo's experience, plus the difference in skill level, means it’s only a matter of time before the Mexican slips into high gear and leaves Smith behind.

Sports

Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr ‘exhibition’ clash has the potential to be a disaster of historic proportions

The ‘exhibition bout’ taking place between Mike Tyson (54) and Roy Jones Jr (51) on Sunday deserves a category all of its own: a blatant cash grab by two legends of the Sweet Science that has the potential to be a disaster of historic proportions.

Entertainment

Zero F#%s Given: Kevin Hart's Netflix special is a feeble attempt at being funny

Kevin Hart's latest special takes place in his living room. And that is probably where it should have stayed.

Entertainment

The Crown season 4 review: Netflix's historical drama is an absolute treat for royal watchers and the uninitiated

The season makes for some delightful episodic arcs such as the most watched wedding of the previous century; Charles and Diana’s Royal visit to Australia; the security breach at Buckingham Palace; the tragic, downward spiral of Princess Margaret; the much talked about rift between The Queen and Thatcher.

Entertainment

Netflix’s Barbarians Season 1 review: German saga filled with sex and spears should be your next binge

Like many shows or films of its ilk (which some derisively dub swords-and-sandals flicks), Barbarians is filled with sex, spears and bloody sacrifices.

Sports

Khabib Nurmagomedov: The Eagle soars away after thoroughly dominating Mixed Martial Arts

Nurmagomedov has not only paved the way for future Dagestani-Russian athletes in Mixed Martial Arts, but has also shown that a fighter with an uncompromising work ethic and a measured and respectful persona can make it to the top of the mountain in an age of showmanship.

Sports

UFC 254: Legacy secure, Khabib Nurmagomedov exits with possibly the finest win of his career

Nurmagomedov hit Gaethje with some clean jabs and overhand rights, all the while trying to close the distance. Gaethje, at one point, was simply running away from Nurmagomedov.

Sports

UFC 254: Expect Khabib Nurmagomedov to grind down, make Justin Gaethje tap out

If Nurmagomedov, the undefeated UFC lightweight champion, can get Gaethje on the ground and keep him there, ‘The Eagle’ should get his hand raised at the end of the night.

World

Donald Trump slams Anthony Fauci on COVID-19: Will president's misguided ploy cost him second term?

Trump seems to have made the calculation of trying to cast Fauci, a man who has served six presidents, as the villain of the piece. It is, to put it kindly, an interesting strategy. To put it bluntly, it looks like a misguided ploy that may end up costing him a second term

Sports

AEW hasn’t delivered on its promise of a revolution, but it has already reshaped wrestling landscape

AEW is nowhere near to challenging the hegemony of the WWE, it can take credit for changing the landscape of professional wrestling for both fans and athletes.

Sports

Teófimo López takes down pound-for-pound king Vasiliy Lomachenko in terrific performance

Prior to the fight, Teófimo López talked a big game. Vasiliy Lomachenko simply said ‘we’ll see in the ring’. On Sunday, López was simply too good, too young and too big for Lomachenko.

Sports

Vasyl Lomachenko vs Teofimo Lopez preview, prediction: Ukrainian veteran to dismantle American upstart in boxing masterclass

The fight dubbed ‘Winner Takes All’ may have a majority of belts in the lightweight division up for grabs, but what’s really at stake between Vasyl Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez is something far more personal: each others' championship.