The weekend that commences on the 9th of July this year looks set to be the pinnacle of the sporting year. Some have described it as the best sporting weekend in history, and looking at the events, it’s hard to disagree. The recently arranged rematch between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko has left five huge sporting occasions that taking place over the space of two days. Two Wimbledon finals, the culmination of the European Championships, UFC 200, the British Grand Prix and even a possible title defence for Anthony Joshua falling on the same weekend.
Saturday July 9th
- Wimbledon Ladies final
Every year Wimbledon attracts tennis fans from all over the world to London. The women’s final has been known to attract over 3 million television viewers peaking at 4.3 million in 2014. The women tennis tour has been dominated in recent years by Serena Williams and Wimbledon 2016 looks set to be no different, however Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka will fancy their chances of a final, after the recent drugs ban received by Maria Sharapova.
- Euro 2016 3rd/4th place play-off
As with all footballing tournaments, millions of viewers are sure to tune in from all around the world and Euro 2016 in France looks set to be the biggest European tournament yet. With an inflated 24 teams taking part for the first time ever, football fans will be flocking to France to support more countries than ever before. The 3rd/4th place play off is in theory, the only dead rubber of the tournament, but this doesn’t put off sporting fans who are eager to make the most of the penultimate game of the tournament.
- Fury vs Klitschko II
Tyson Fury’s first world heavyweight title defence and rematch with Wladimir Klitschko is sure to be one of, if not the, biggest boxing spectacle of the year. Taking place in Manchester the box office turnout is expected to be the biggest in 2016. The fight itself looks set to be a cracker if the prequel is anything to go by. The first meeting between the two was slugged out over all 12 rounds before Fury took Klitchsco’s WBA (Super), WBO, IBO and The Ring heavyweight titles, the IBF title won’t be on the line in this fight as it now belongs to a certain Anthony Joshua who is almost certain to fight the winner.
- UFC 200 feat. Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz II
The rise of UFC in recent years was been nothing short of gargantuan and Conor McGregor has played no small part in the sports dramatic rise. His explosive personality and rapid rise up the ranks showed no signs of stopping until his move from featherweight to lightweight saw his eight win streak in UFC broken by the impressive Nate Diaz via a rear naked choke. The pay-per-view first fight between the two struck up a record 1.5 Million buys and the rematch is set to match that or even surpass it. The undercard features Sage Northcutt, Meisha Tate and one of McGregor’s previous victims Jose Aldo, these names will help ensure a sell-out crowd and a lot of public interest in the event taking place in Las Vegas.
Sunday July 10
- British GP
The British Grand Prix has been located at Silverstone since 1987 and is always a highlight of the Formula One circuit. Won in the last two years by the reigning champion Lewis Hamilton he will be looking to improve on his early season form and be sure to prioritise his home race over any other. Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricardo will fancy their chances of a podium whilst Sebastian Vettel will be looking to break an unwanted streak and win in England for the first time in 7 years.
- Wimbledon Men’s final
A cornerstone of the British summer is Wimbledon, the penultimate tennis tournament of the year and a chance for British sporting fans to witness top level sport without leaving the country. The top seed and without doubt the best in the game currently, Novak Djokovic is the big favourite, but Rodger Federer will be gunning for his seventh Wimbledon win after losing to the Serb in the previous two finals. The final of Wimbledon attracts around 10 million viewers on average and peaked at almost double that for Murrays triumph in 2013.
- Euro 2016 final
Aside from the World Cup, the European Championships are the biggest footballing tournament in the world. The final is always the centrepiece of any tournament and with Europe’s most popular sport bringing football fans together from across the continent, this event will more than likely be the biggest of the many taking place over the weekend. Germany will be the overwhelming favourites after winning the World Cup, but Spain will be looking to bounce back from their appalling campaign in that tournament to regain their European title.