Anthony Joshua knocks Wladimir Klitschko
On 29 April 2017 Wembley hosted a professional boxing bout contested between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko In front of a post-war record crowd of 90,000 in attendance. With Joshua’s IBF and the vacant WBA (Super) and IBO heavyweight titles on the line. Joshua successfully defended his IBF title for the second time by winning the match via technical knockout in the 11th round.
Real Madrid wins UEFA Champions League back-back
Real Madrid claimed their second UEFA Champions League title in two years and their 12th of all time. The Spanish outfit trashed Italian side Juventus 4-1 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales in June 2017. With this triumph over the Old ladies of Turin, Los Blancos became the first defending champions to ever retain the title in the Champions League era.
Warriors sink Cavaliers in NBA Finals
The Golden State Warriors won the 2017 NBA Championship after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals in June 2017 to claim their second league title in three years Golden State went on a 15-0 run in the second quarter to turn a deficit into a double-digit lead, and the Warriors never fell behind from that moment. This great comeback was fostered by top-notch performances from key men such as Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and Andre Igoudala.
NFL takes a knee
NFL players decided to take a knee during the US National anthem because of a row with President Donald Jr. Trump. The Take a Knee movement was kicked off by quarterback Colin Kaepernick who knelt before a pre-season game for the San Francisco 49ers in 2016. Protests were seen at every NFL game held in the United States, as well as at a match held at Wembley Stadium, in London. Thirty of the 32 teams in the NFL released official statements after Donald Trump said those who protested during the national anthem should be sacked.
Floyd May Weather thumps Conor McGregor
The boxing bout between Floyd May Weather and Conor McGregor aka ‘’THE MONEY FIGHT” took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, in August 2017. The biggest fight in combat sports history saw Floyd May Weather extend his winning streak in professional boxing to 50-0 bettering the 49–0 personal best of Hall of Famer, Rocky Marciano by beating McGregor by technical knockout(TKO) in the 10th round of the fight. May weather’s sure take home was $100,000,000 and McGregor’s guaranteed disclosed take home was $30,000,000.
Justin Gatlin invades Usain Bolt IAAF world championship farewell
The Jamaican sprinter was to retire after the IAAF World Championships in London. Unfortunately, controversial American sprinter Justin Gatlin sank his teeth in Usain Bolt’s retirement party plans and ripped it into threads as the world’s fastest man had to settle for bronze as Justin Gatlin secured a surprise 100m victory in a season’s best 9.92 seconds.
PSG sign Neymar in a record-breaking deal
Brazilian ace Neymar completed a £200 record-breaking move from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain after the French outfit activated his release clause at Camp Nou. The 25-year-old signed a five-year deal through June 2022 with the French club in the summer of 2017 making him the all-time most expensive signing in the history of football. The Brazilian forward earns a whooping sum of £32,000,000 per year making him the second highest paid footballer on the planet.
Roger Federer thumps Rafael Nadal in Aussie open
Roger Federer’s hard-fought victory came after a breathtaking three hours encounter with top rival Rafael Nadal which gifted him his 18th grand slam title. He now holds the record of being the first man in history to win five or more titles at three different Grand Slam events – five Australian Opens, five US Opens and seven Wimbledons.
New England Patriots erased a 25-point deficit to win super bowl
Now known as the NFL’s greatest dynasty, the New England Patriots came back from 25 points down to clinch the super bowl title making it the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, on a walk-off touchdown in overtime, the first ever extra session in a Super Bowl. Atlanta Falcons had themselves to blame for slipping up in such a manner and gifting a historic super bowl title to New England Patriots.
Lewis Hamilton reclaims Formula 1 title
Lewis Hamilton raced his way to the podium to be crowned 2017 Formula 1 champion despite a dramatic lap collision involving himself and title rival Sebastian Vettel at the Mexican Grand Prix. Hamilton retained the championship title for team Mercedes by winning it again after retired Nico Rosberg won in 2016. His fourth title accelerates him to the league of drivers who have won the title more than three times which is a tremendous achievement for the 32-year-old Brit.