Talk about getting over a broken heart.
King’s Lynn professional boxer Stevi Levy was absolutely devastated when her fifth professional bout, due to take place a week ago today, was cancelled last Wednesday.
After winning her first four bouts and dreaming of maintaining her 100 per cent record at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club’s Stadium Hall, ‘Super Stevi’ had worked tirelessly, as always, to stay in tip-top condition for another bout.
Hundreds of her loyal fans were set to make the journey to the capital to cheer on the Heros Gym idol but their hopes were also dashed when the 28-year-old updated her growing social media following with the disappointing news in her own humorous and honest style.
“Breaks my heart to say but I won’t be fighting due to opponent pull-outs,” Levy told her 15,500 followers on Instagram.
“My team have tried so hard to find a replacement but had no luck. I’m so sorry. Everyone who has bought tickets I will sort you a refund asap. If you’ve booked time off work, hotels, etc, I’d love to say I can cover the costs but I can’t so I’ll probably just hide from you and avoid you for a while. Ha!”
Those small nervy laughs turned to wild celebration just a few days later when Super Stevi announced she had an incredible slot on the undercard of tomorrow’s huge Kid Galahad versus Kiko Martinez IBF World Featherweight Title showdown in Sheffield. If that wasn’t enough, the event is being put on by Eddie Hearn’s monumental Matchroom platform, the world’s leading boxing promoter who represent Anthony Joshua, and will be screened by Dazn.
It literally doesn’t get any bigger for the woman who turned pro two years ago on Monday.
“I’ve gone from being devastated about not fighting on Friday to magically being given the opportunity to box on one of the biggest platforms in the world,” Levy said ahead of facing off against Estonian Polina Golubeva.
“Thank you so much to my manager White Rhino (David Allen), Matchroom Boxing and of course the main man Eddie Hearn for giving me this incredible opportunity. I can’t tell you what this means to me.”
It’s a remarkable turnaround after the disappointment of last week’s news and as one of Lynn’s biggest sporting names stated online, like Gabrielle, ‘Dreams Can Come True’.
Come tomorrow, hopefully, it’ll be the reality of a sweet-tasting 5-0 record before Levy enjoys getting her teeth into some well deserved chocolate and cake.
Time to end that sinking feeling
Once Walsall scored on Saturday you could just feel the belief drain out of everyone.
Importantly, the hope also vanished from the terraces too because it all had a familiar feeling about it. It’s like Groundhog Day right now and that’s probably what is most frustrating – King’s Lynn Town concede an early goal and then slip to a narrow defeat, despite a fair bit of possession.
Defeats are to be expected in the National League and, especially, in the FA Cup against a League Two side but it’s the repetitive nature and style that’s causing concern.
Lynn are struggling to score but, more worryingly, they’re barely creating a chance.
They play in front of teams and it seems those that arrive at The Walks know if they get in front they won’t be broken down.
Peterborough Sports aside, that’s now two goals in eight home games – six of which have seen relegation-threatened Lynn draw a blank.
Something needs to change, hopefully tomorrow against Wrexham, to put an end to that sinking feeling that’s beginning to grow.
Timing off but Farke had to go
Stuart Webber and company had clearly made their mind up.
They had seen enough to know that Daniel Farke was going to be sacked as a result of Norwich City’s dreadful start to the season. Perhaps it was the 7-0 capitulation at Chelsea? Or the 2-1 home defeat to a Leeds side that, currently, are not a patch on the one that took the division by storm last term. Either way, he was a dead man walking going into the weekend.
Amazingly, he breathed life into the Canaries’ faltering campaign with a 2-1 win at Brentford – the Yellows’ first Premier League victory of the term.
That’s what made his sacking perhaps more surprising.
While Farke will forever remain popular as a person and for what he achieved in recording two promotions to the top-flight, his record among the elite was ultimately appalling.
He has the fourth worst record of all Premier League managers to have taken charge of 20 matches or more – winning just six of his 49 games. Of late, the way Norwich have been losing, and the noises coming out of the German’s mouth, have been even more troubling than their wretched form.
A few years back City stunned Man City and troubled teams with their approach. Lately they have looked lost.
By sacking Farke now, it gives a new manager a fighting chance, and time, to change things and try to keep City up.