Jack Sumner

Journalism graduate and freelance sports writer, in particular a lover of boxing, tennis and football (of the soccer variety). Liverpool supporter. Twitter @Jack_Sumner_
Jack Sumner has written 28 posts for left field sport

Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko: Will the young lion emerge with the crown?

This Saturday at Wembley Stadium, Anthony Joshua meets Wladimir Klitschko in an battle to unify the IBF and WBA Heavyweight titles, but will youth or experience prevail? ‘Young lion syndrome’. The rising of a youthful presence, confident in its ability to overthrow the older leader of the pride. As observed in nature, sports and life … Continue reading

David Haye vs Tony Bellew: Preview and prediction

This Saturday night amidst the electric atmosphere of the O2 Arena in London, a heavyweight clash that has grown with intrigue will unfold before British boxing fans.   Written off as a mismatch when the fight was made back in November, David Haye’s non-title fight with Tony Bellew has since captivated the public’s imagination. Seasoned puncher Haye remains … Continue reading

Leicester’s shameful sacking of Ranieri confirms modern football is more business than sport

Business (noun): An organization or economic system where goods and services are exchanged for one another or for money, where its output can be sold on a consistent basis in order to make a profit. Sport (noun): An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others … Continue reading

Are we witnessing a renaissance of the French league?

For a number of years, rose-tinted observers of the Premier League have continued to dub England’s top division as the ‘best in Europe’ if not ‘the world’, owing to it’s competitiveness, frenetic pace and feverish fan support. Based on those parameters, they have a pretty compelling case that is difficult to argue. Germany’s Bundesliga would dispute the … Continue reading

The Greatest Show On Earth?

The Superbowl. The NFL calls it the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ and there is a widely held belief in North America that it is the single most important event on the sporting calendar. But the reality is that, at least in terms of global impact/audience, that’s very far from the truth. The World Cup and the … Continue reading

Federer beats Nadal to win the most significant men’s tennis match in history

The greatest champions in almost every sport have endured battles where their legacy was on the line.  Think Bolt in Rio, or Phelps at the same Olympics. Pele’s Brazil at the 1970 World Cup, Jack Nicklaus at the 1986 Masters. Flo-Jo and Jackie at Seoul in ’88. Ali in the Jungle. On Saturday in Melbourne, Serena … Continue reading

Dream finals on the cards at the Australian Open

In an Australian Open that has so far seen it’s fair share of upsets and fairy-tales, a battle of the generations and the apparent utilization of a tennis time machine, the prospect of a dream final in both the men’s and women’s draws remains intact. On Saturday in Melbourne, we could well see an all-Williams sister final to … Continue reading

Liverpool’s squad exposed by struggles without Matip and Mane

When Georginio Wijnaldum’s bullet header gave Liverpool a 1-0 win over Manchester City at Anfield on New Year’s Eve, the Reds moved four points clear from third in second place and looked the only realistic contenders to Chelsea’s title challenge. Three weeks on and following the calamitous home defeat to Swansea City on Saturday, Liverpool now occupy fourth … Continue reading

DeGale and Jack fight to majority draw; both retain titles

Saurday’s super-middleweight unification bout between James DeGale and Badou Jack in New York ended in a majority draw (two judges scoring 113-113 even, one judge 114-112 for Degale) meaning both men retained their 168lb titles at the Barclays Center. Badou Jack promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr. was furious. The unbeaten former five-weight world champion stormed the ring to protest … Continue reading

Optimism for the British challenge at the Australian Open

When Andy Murray surpassed Novak Djokovic’s ranking at the Paris Masters in November – becoming the first British singles player to be crowned world number one since computerised rankings began – before adding a cherry to the icing of his achievement by winning the ATP World Tour finals a fortnight later, it capped off what … Continue reading