In a truly unprecedented year, the presence of sport helped many escape the difficulties of lockdown life in 2020 and despite the stop/start nature of things, Morson still celebrated some incredible moments across the biggest stages in rugby, boxing and horse racing last year.
One of Morson’s most successful ambassadors over the years, Scott Quigg, retired from the sport of boxing in March 2020 after a defeat to Jono Carroll at the Manchester Arena. This marked the end of an era for Morson and for Manchester boxing as a whole, as Anthony Crolla had only announced his retirement at the same arena at the end of 2019. We thank Scott for representing the company so proudly on some of the biggest stages the sport has seen over the years and hope he has enjoyed his deserved time away from the ring.
A big success story of 2020 was the continued rise of Kieran Farrell, who created great opportunities for his fighters on Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren’s televised shows through building great relationships with both parties. This even saw Kieran show off his now-famous darts skills by winning the highly viewed Betfred Bubble Darts Cup, beating out the likes of Eddie Hearn and Tony Bellew to secure the trophy in hilarious fashion.
Finishing the year was Callum Smith who finally faced the pound for pound best fighter in the sport in Canelo Alvarez at the Alamadome in Texas on December 19th. Even though Smith was ultimately defeated, this proved to be the biggest boxing attraction Morson was involved in since the mega-fight between Ricky Hatton and Floyd Mayweather back in 2007 and Smith fought valiantly against one of the current greats in the game today. We know Callum will be back in a big way in 2021 and can’t wait to see him continue to mix it up with the best super-middleweights in the world.
Sale Sharks provided arguably Morson’s greatest rugby moment to date by lifting the Premiership Rugby Cupin a dramatic win over Northampton Saints in September. This ended a 14-year wait for a trophy for the Manchester-based club and will hopefully kick-start a series of silverware in the years to come. Sale currently sit fourth in the Gallagher Premiership with three wins and two losses and we will continue to cover their season in the months ahead.
Meanwhile, in Rugby League, Salford Red Devils responded to those expecting a Grand Final hangover season by reaching the final of the Challenge Cup for the first time in 50 years. The Red Devils secured their spot at Wembley with a nail-biting win in a thrilling semi-final against Warrington Wolves. In an equally tense final, Salford, unfortunately, came up short against Leeds Rhinos, losing by a point in the dying minutes. Despite this loss, Salford silenced any doubters that their trip to the Grand Final was a one-season wonder and that they are looking to be a force to stay. The 2021 Super-League season begins in March, so keep an eye out for all of our Rugby League content on Morson Sport this year.
We provided coverage for the biggest race of the year at the Cheltenham Gold Cup with exclusive preview content filmed at Paul Nicholls’ stables in Somerset and live tweets and video content throughout the day leading up to Clan Des Obeaux’s race from Cheltenham. This was brilliant access for one of the landmark sporting events of the year and despite Clan not winning the race, it was another incredible day to be a part of. Paul Nicholls also finished the year on the high with another King George VI win as Bryorny Frost led Frodon to the win, bringing home one of the sport's biggest prizes to Nicholls' stable yet again.