In the wake of the High Octane Sport inspired Winter X Games and with the forthcoming
Sochi Olympics just days away, you could be forgiven for thinking that these were the only two events dominating the attention of global sports fans at present.
This is far from the truth, however, as February promises to be a bumper month of action for some of the leading sports known to man, including boxing, cycling and boxing. Here is a taste of what is to come in the forthcoming weeks: -
1. Boxing, Genneday Gonovkin v Osumanu Adama (WBA super-middleweight
The boxing month is off to a flier in February, as super-middleweight sensation Genneday Gonovkin defends his world title against the relative unknown Osumanu Adama in Monaco.
Golovkin, who is undefeated with an outstanding record of 28-0 with 25 knock-outs, will step into the ring as a heavy favourite to cement his reputation as the hottest fighter in the sport.
Incredibly, this is Golovkin's sixth fight in just seventeen months, which underlines his hunger to become the division's undisputed champion and the pound-for-pound number one.
While Adama may be unlikely to go the distance, however, Golovkin's speed, power and thirst for continued success make him unmissable in a sport littered with under-achievers.
2. Football, Manchester City v Chelsea (Premier League and 5th Round FA Cup Tie)
We are approaching the so-called 'business end' of the English football season, as the individual battles for the Premier League, FA Cup and European Champions League intensify.
February may prove to be decisive month for the domestic competitions, however, with heavy-hitters Chelsea and free-scoring Manchester City set to clash twice in just 12 days.
Chelsea will travel to the Etihad Stadium twice in this time, firstly on 3rd February to contest a Premier League fixture.
They are a point behind their rivals, although Pellegrini's men will be wary of the fact that they lost in a tense and dramatic encounter at Stamford Bridge last November. The FA Cup tie on 15th of the month will also be a mouth-watering occasion, especially with City looking to maintain their incredible scoring rate of more than four per game at home.
3. Tennis, Great Britain vs. USA (The Davis Cup World Group Tie)
While it may of gone unnoticed, the British Davis Cup team recently regained its place in the prestigious World Group after more than a year in the wilderness.
While Scotsman Andy Murray has played a pivotal role in this revival, his recent back injury has forced other players such as Dan Evans to assume responsibility and deliver more mature performances.
The USA will certainly provide a stiff challenge in this Californian match-up, however, especially with the talented junior player Kyle Edmund expected to make his début for Great Britain. This match represents a tremendous opportunity for Great Britain to record a victory, however, especially when you consider the parlous state of American tennis and the fact that it does not have a single representative in the ATP top ten.
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