This Week in Sport: 24th July − 30th July 2023
There are many exciting events coming up this week in the world of sport. On Monday, the Women’s World Cup continues, as Germany take on Morocco, Tuesday sees Stephen Fulton take on Naoya Inoue in a Super Bantamweight title fight, and on Wednesday, the World Aquatics Championships continue. Thursday will see the start of the fifth and final Ashes Test between England and Australia, and on Friday, the Netball World Cup begins, with Tonga taking on Fiji.
Heading into the weekend, Australia take on an in-form New Zealand side in The Rugby Championship, and Formula 1 action rounds out the week, as the drivers head to the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps for the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday.
FIFA Women's World Cup: Germany Women v Morocco Women
Monday 24th July 8:30AM GMT/6:30PM Local Time
AAMI Park, Melbourne
The Women’s World Cup first round of matches continue Monday, as Germany take on Morocco in Melbourne. Germany are one of four past winners of the World Cup, winning it on two occasions. Morocco, on the other hand, will be playing in their first Women’s World Cup this time around. Other matches to take place on Monday include Italy versus Argentina, and Brazil against Panama.
Boxing Fights: Stephen Fulton v Naoya Inoue
Tuesday 25th July 10:00AM GMT/7:00PM Local Time
Ariake Arena, Tokyo
On Tuesday, American boxer Stephen Fulton will take on Naoya Inoue in a Super-Bantamweight title fight in Tokyo. The fight will see Inoue step up a weight class to challenge Fulton for his WBO and WBC titles. Inoue is clear favourite for this bout, generally being seen as one of the most exciting fighters in any weight class, but Fulton is currently undefeated so will prove a challenge for the Japanese fighter. Later in the week, Terrence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. will battle it out for the Welterweight title.
World Aquatics Championships: 20th FINA World Aquatics Championships
Wednesday 26th July 12:00AM GMT/9:00AM Local Time
Marine Messe, Fukuoka
The 20th FINA World Aquatics Championships continue into this week, with most attention on the swimming events, with the men’s 100m freestyle and women’s 200m freestyle two of the most notable events taking place on Wednesday. The women’s water polo Semifinals also take place on Wednesday.
The Ashes: England v Australia
Thursday 27th July 10:00AM GMT/11:00AM Local Time
The Oval, London
On Thursday, the fifth and final Test of the Ashes series takes place at the Oval. After a rain affected fourth Test at Old Trafford, Australia have retained the Ashes, much to England’s disappointment, who looked clear favourites to win the Test in Manchester, which would have taken the series to a decider. England, then, will be looking to defeat the Australians in London to prevent them from winning the series outright.
Netball World Cup: Tonga v Fiji
Friday 28th July 7:00AM GMT/9:00AM Local Time
Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town
The Netball World Cup gets underway on Friday, as the world’s best teams head to Cape Town to compete for the title. The tournament begins with Tonga facing Fiji and New Zealand facing Trinidad and Tobago. Oveerall, the Australians head into the tournament as favourites, but will face tough competition from Jamaica, New Zealand, and England.
The Rugby Championship: Australia v New Zealand
Saturday 29th July 9:45AM GMT/7:45PM Local Time
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
The final round of The Rugby Championship takes place on Saturday, as Australia host in-form New Zealand at the MCG in Melbourne. Australia will be hoping to find their own form against a dominant All Blacks side, to avoid losing every game of the competition. New Zealand, on the other hand, will be looking to secure a clean sweep of wins in a competition where they have looked extremely strong, giving them confidence heading into the Rugby World Cup later this year.
Formula 1: Belgian Grand Prix
Sunday 30th July 1:00PM GMT/3:00PM Local Time
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot
Rounding out the week, Formula 1 heads to the famous Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps for the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday. Red Bull are having a dominant season, having won every single race so far and breaking the record for the number of consecutive wins last time out, so they will go into the Grand Prix as clear favourites. Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren, and Aston Martin will all be looking to challenge for the top step of the podium and make life difficult for the Red Bull team.