Nicolas Atkin

Nicolas is a production editor on the South China Morning Post's sport desk. He was previously a sports writer for ESPN, and can be found on most days trying to think of ways he can pretend professional wrestling is a sport so that he can write about it.
Nicolas Atkin
Nicolas is a production editor on the South China Morning Post's sport desk. He was previously a sports writer for ESPN, and can be found on most days trying to think of ways he can pretend professional wrestling is a sport so that he can write about it.

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Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan ‘reach verbal agreement’ to fight in November

British boxer claims there is ‘a strong possibility’ the fight will happen in Saudi Arabia at the end of this year or early 2020.

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British boxer claims there is ‘a strong possibility’ the fight will happen in Saudi Arabia at the end of this year or early 2020.

Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan ‘reach verbal agreement’ to fight in November
How Jet Li turned the Shaolin Temple into a kung fu cash cow for China

Paid just 1 yuan per day, the martial arts superstar was stunned to find ‘there were no monks’ when he turned up to shoot the 1982 film that launched his career.

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Paid just 1 yuan per day, the martial arts superstar was stunned to find ‘there were no monks’ when he turned up to shoot the 1982 film that launched his career.

How Jet Li turned the Shaolin Temple into a kung fu cash cow for China
Manny Pacquiao wants to prove ‘not all 40 year olds are finished’ by beating Keith Thurman

‘Exercise is my favourite,’ says fighting Filipino senator, who plays basketball four hours per day and always keeps in ‘great shape’

25 Jun 2019 - 6:02PM

‘Exercise is my favourite,’ says fighting Filipino senator, who plays basketball four hours per day and always keeps in ‘great shape’

Manny Pacquiao wants to prove ‘not all 40 year olds are finished’ by beating Keith Thurman
Manny Pacquiao? I’ll bet US$10,000 I KO him inside two rounds, says Keith Thurman

Unbeaten American hits back after Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach claims he’ll make ‘a huge score’ betting on the Filipino icon

25 Jun 2019 - 6:04PM

Unbeaten American hits back after Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach claims he’ll make ‘a huge score’ betting on the Filipino icon

Manny Pacquiao? I’ll bet US$10,000 I KO him inside two rounds, says Keith Thurman
UFC’s ‘Korean Zombie’ secures TKO in 58 seconds against Renato Moicano at Fight Night 154

Jung Chan-sung secures stunning TKO victory against Brazilian prospect Renato Moicano in Greenville to get his title ambitions back on track.

23 Jun 2019 - 7:14PM

Jung Chan-sung secures stunning TKO victory against Brazilian prospect Renato Moicano in Greenville to get his title ambitions back on track.

UFC’s ‘Korean Zombie’ secures TKO in 58 seconds against Renato Moicano at Fight Night 154
Women’s PGA Championship: agony for Tiffany Chan as Hong Kong star misses cut by one shot

Bogey on the 17th hole sees Hong Kong’s Tiffany Chan Tsz-Ching miss out on playing the weekend at Hazeltine, as she finishes six over par for two rounds.

22 Jun 2019 - 12:11PM

Bogey on the 17th hole sees Hong Kong’s Tiffany Chan Tsz-Ching miss out on playing the weekend at Hazeltine, as she finishes six over par for two rounds.

Women’s PGA Championship: agony for Tiffany Chan as Hong Kong star misses cut by one shot
Judge somehow rules Xu Xiaodong’s annihilation of wing chun ‘master’ Ding Hao a draw

‘I’m not an expert,’ says the judge, who looked at ‘different layers’ of the fight, where the Chinese MMA fighter knocked his opponent down four times.

22 Jun 2019 - 11:23AM

‘I’m not an expert,’ says the judge, who looked at ‘different layers’ of the fight, where the Chinese MMA fighter knocked his opponent down four times.

Judge somehow rules Xu Xiaodong’s annihilation of wing chun ‘master’ Ding Hao a draw
One Championship: fuss over Sage Northcutt’s savage KO is all ‘hoopla’ says CEO Chatri

One CEO Chatri Sityodtong says ‘negative fan talk in US’ about Cosmo match-up is ‘far from the truth’, and he expects Northcutt to still be a star.

21 Jun 2019 - 1:28PM

One CEO Chatri Sityodtong says ‘negative fan talk in US’ about Cosmo match-up is ‘far from the truth’, and he expects Northcutt to still be a star.

One Championship: fuss over Sage Northcutt’s savage KO is all ‘hoopla’ says CEO Chatri
Manny Pacquiao’s religion took away his ‘killer instinct’ – but his aggression is back for Keith Thurman fight

‘For a while he would tell me he just needs to beat his opponents and not knock them out,’ says trainer Freddie Roach. ‘When Manny’s aggressive, he’s a much better fighter.’

21 Jun 2019 - 10:21PM

‘For a while he would tell me he just needs to beat his opponents and not knock them out,’ says trainer Freddie Roach. ‘When Manny’s aggressive, he’s a much better fighter.’

Manny Pacquiao’s religion took away his ‘killer instinct’ – but his aggression is back for Keith Thurman fight
Bruce Lee’s fitness regime and diet made him a pioneer among athletes and martial artists alike

Enter The Dragon star was ahead of his time, reaping benefits of strength and conditioning training 50 years ago – and drinking a blend of entire raw hamburgers.

21 Jun 2019 - 10:39AM

Enter The Dragon star was ahead of his time, reaping benefits of strength and conditioning training 50 years ago – and drinking a blend of entire raw hamburgers.

Bruce Lee’s fitness regime and diet made him a pioneer among athletes and martial artists alike
UFC Performance Institute Shanghai: take a look inside the world’s largest MMA training facility

New 93,000-square foot facility, which will serve as a training hub for Asian athletes, unveiled in grand opening ceremony on Thursday.

    20 Jun 2019 - 8:09PM

    New 93,000-square foot facility, which will serve as a training hub for Asian athletes, unveiled in grand opening ceremony on Thursday.

      UFC Performance Institute Shanghai: take a look inside the world’s largest MMA training facility
      One Championship: Eddie Alvarez coming to ‘take another skull’ from Eduard Folayang

      ‘I’m going into the Philippines and I’m gonna take him out in front of his own crowd,’ says former UFC star. ‘I like to feel my back’s against the wall. I don’t like to feel respected.’

      19 Jun 2019 - 5:51PM

      ‘I’m going into the Philippines and I’m gonna take him out in front of his own crowd,’ says former UFC star. ‘I like to feel my back’s against the wall. I don’t like to feel respected.’

      One Championship: Eddie Alvarez coming to ‘take another skull’ from Eduard Folayang
      Manny Pacquiao is angry and wants to KO Keith Thurman after trash talk crosses the line

      Filipino boxing icon’s trainer says ‘I haven’t seen him this upset for a long time’ as unbeaten American’s vow to ‘crucify’ the deeply religious senator hits close to home.

      19 Jun 2019 - 4:52PM

      Filipino boxing icon’s trainer says ‘I haven’t seen him this upset for a long time’ as unbeaten American’s vow to ‘crucify’ the deeply religious senator hits close to home.

      Manny Pacquiao is angry and wants to KO Keith Thurman after trash talk crosses the line
      Censored MMA fighter Xu Xiaodong says he’ll leave China to become an Australian citizen

      Outspoken ‘Mad Dog’ says ‘all patriots are going abroad … long live China’ in sarcastic rant as he calls out Chinese actors.

      23 Jun 2019 - 8:11PM

      Outspoken ‘Mad Dog’ says ‘all patriots are going abroad … long live China’ in sarcastic rant as he calls out Chinese actors.

      Censored MMA fighter Xu Xiaodong says he’ll leave China to become an Australian citizen
      John Kavanagh wants Conor McGregor to face Nate Diaz next – and thinks he will fight in 2019

      John Kavanagh believes ‘Notorious’ will be back in the UFC Octagon this year despite hand surgery

      18 Jun 2019 - 6:25PM

      John Kavanagh believes ‘Notorious’ will be back in the UFC Octagon this year despite hand surgery

      John Kavanagh wants Conor McGregor to face Nate Diaz next – and thinks he will fight in 2019
      WWE star Becky Lynch ‘would do very, very well in MMA’ says Conor McGregor’s coach

      John Kavanagh thinks he could have the Raw women’s champion competing at a ‘high level’ in the cage within a year.

      18 Jun 2019 - 4:56PM

      John Kavanagh thinks he could have the Raw women’s champion competing at a ‘high level’ in the cage within a year.

      WWE star Becky Lynch ‘would do very, very well in MMA’ says Conor McGregor’s coach
      Jeremy Lin rocks vintage Chinese Raptors jersey for Toronto parade and NBA fans love it

      Fans want to get their hands on replicas of the shirt, with the California native of Taiwanese descent praised for representing his ‘heritage and community’.

      18 Jun 2019 - 1:39PM

      Fans want to get their hands on replicas of the shirt, with the California native of Taiwanese descent praised for representing his ‘heritage and community’.

      Jeremy Lin rocks vintage Chinese Raptors jersey for Toronto parade and NBA fans love it
      Korean MMA fighter Hwang In-soo gets knocked out in five seconds at Road FC 054

      Choi Won-jun delivers fastest knockout in Road Fighting Championship history, as middleweight prodigy Hwang In-soo suffers first loss

      17 Jun 2019 - 3:11PM

      Choi Won-jun delivers fastest knockout in Road Fighting Championship history, as middleweight prodigy Hwang In-soo suffers first loss

      Korean MMA fighter Hwang In-soo gets knocked out in five seconds at Road FC 054
      Jeremy Lin discusses his doubts about deserving NBA championship on Ryan Higa’s Off the Pill Podcast

      ‘They always highlight you’re the first Asian who didn’t do something in the group project,’ Lin says of social media trolling over Raptors triumph.

      17 Jun 2019 - 2:06PM

      ‘They always highlight you’re the first Asian who didn’t do something in the group project,’ Lin says of social media trolling over Raptors triumph.

      Jeremy Lin discusses his doubts about deserving NBA championship on Ryan Higa’s Off the Pill Podcast
      AEW and OWE ‘will set the wrestling world on fire’ as SCU visit Shanghai on Being The Elite

      SoCal Uncensored’s Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky reflect on ‘mind-blowing’ trip to visit OWE’s Chinese wrestlers in Shanghai.

      16 Jun 2019 - 6:57PM

      SoCal Uncensored’s Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky reflect on ‘mind-blowing’ trip to visit OWE’s Chinese wrestlers in Shanghai.

      AEW and OWE ‘will set the wrestling world on fire’ as SCU visit Shanghai on Being The Elite
      One Championship live stream: ‘Sexyama’ Yoshihiro Akiyama debuts; Stamp Fairtex fights Alma Juniku in Shanghai

      Australian teenager Alma Juniku challenges Stamp Fairtex for the Muay Thai atomweight title as former UFC star Yoshihiro Akiyana takes on ‘The Alligator’ at Legendary Quest.

      15 Jun 2019 - 5:22PM

      Australian teenager Alma Juniku challenges Stamp Fairtex for the Muay Thai atomweight title as former UFC star Yoshihiro Akiyana takes on ‘The Alligator’ at Legendary Quest.

      One Championship live stream: ‘Sexyama’ Yoshihiro Akiyama debuts; Stamp Fairtex fights Alma Juniku in Shanghai
      Jeremy Lin asks fans to stop trolling Carmelo Anthony after NBA championship win

      ‘Whatever happened, happened, but that’s irrelevant now. We can celebrate one without cutting down another,’ Lin says of his old New York Knicks rival

      15 Jun 2019 - 3:56PM

      ‘Whatever happened, happened, but that’s irrelevant now. We can celebrate one without cutting down another,’ Lin says of his old New York Knicks rival

      Jeremy Lin asks fans to stop trolling Carmelo Anthony after NBA championship win
      Jeremy Lin promises ‘I’ll never stop representing Asians with everything I have’ after NBA title win

      California native of Taiwanese descent becomes first Asian-American to win NBA championship – ‘no one can take that away from you’ says his brother.

      15 Jun 2019 - 10:39PM

      California native of Taiwanese descent becomes first Asian-American to win NBA championship – ‘no one can take that away from you’ says his brother.

      Jeremy Lin promises ‘I’ll never stop representing Asians with everything I have’ after NBA title win
      The time Xu Xiaodong got his skull fractured by a Muay Thai kick-boxer in a ‘sparring’ session

      Chinese MMA fighter needed 26 stitches after spar got out of hand – but said he would be ‘so happy’ if traditional martial artists could beat him up the same way.

      19 Jun 2019 - 6:18PM

      Chinese MMA fighter needed 26 stitches after spar got out of hand – but said he would be ‘so happy’ if traditional martial artists could beat him up the same way.

      The time Xu Xiaodong got his skull fractured by a Muay Thai kick-boxer in a ‘sparring’ session
      One Championship: Eddie Alvarez warns Eduard Folayang the ‘King’ isn’t dead as he rounds on critics

      ‘You didn’t kill a King, you p***** off an empire,’ Alvarez writes on Instagram, saying ‘see you all in Manila’ for blockbuster bout against Eduard Folayang.

      12 Jun 2019 - 4:59PM

      ‘You didn’t kill a King, you p***** off an empire,’ Alvarez writes on Instagram, saying ‘see you all in Manila’ for blockbuster bout against Eduard Folayang.

      One Championship: Eddie Alvarez warns Eduard Folayang the ‘King’ isn’t dead as he rounds on critics
      Now a world champion, Sasha Palatnikov wants to make more MMA history for Hong Kong in the UFC

      The 30-year-old hopes he is putting his city on the MMA map and inspiring a new generation of champions after winning AFC middleweight title in South Korea

      12 Jun 2019 - 10:11AM

      The 30-year-old hopes he is putting his city on the MMA map and inspiring a new generation of champions after winning AFC middleweight title in South Korea

      Now a world champion, Sasha Palatnikov wants to make more MMA history for Hong Kong in the UFC
      The Takedown | One Championship and Eddie Alvarez playing a dangerous game with Eduard Folayang fight

      Many expected One to give Alvarez an easier opponent but Manila test against Eduard Folayang will be a moment of truth in his MMA career.

      20 Jun 2019 - 11:13AM

      Many expected One to give Alvarez an easier opponent but Manila test against Eduard Folayang will be a moment of truth in his MMA career.

      One Championship and Eddie Alvarez playing a dangerous game with Eduard Folayang fight
      Justin Bieber wants to fight Tom Cruise in an MMA bout – and Conor McGregor wants to promote it

      Social media has its fun as Bieber calls on the ‘scared’ 56-year-old actor to face him in the cage, saying otherwise Cruise will ‘never live it down’.

      11 Jun 2019 - 4:50PM

      Social media has its fun as Bieber calls on the ‘scared’ 56-year-old actor to face him in the cage, saying otherwise Cruise will ‘never live it down’.

      Justin Bieber wants to fight Tom Cruise in an MMA bout – and Conor McGregor wants to promote it
      NBA fans think Raptors should’ve put Jeremy Lin in for game five winner – ‘he would’ve made that shot’

      Raptors leave ‘Linsanity’ on bench as Kyle Lowry misses game five winner, with Lin’s hopes of becoming first Asian-American to claim NBA championship ring in balance.

      14 Jun 2019 - 12:10PM

      Raptors leave ‘Linsanity’ on bench as Kyle Lowry misses game five winner, with Lin’s hopes of becoming first Asian-American to claim NBA championship ring in balance.

      NBA fans think Raptors should’ve put Jeremy Lin in for game five winner – ‘he would’ve made that shot’
      One Championship’s Demetrious Johnson on Henry Cejudo’s UFC 238 win – ‘I hope they start paying that man’

      Demetrious Johnson happy to see Henry Cejudo win UFC bantamweight title – ‘what kind of person would I be if I was hating on someone who’s got success?’

      11 Jun 2019 - 3:09AM

      Demetrious Johnson happy to see Henry Cejudo win UFC bantamweight title – ‘what kind of person would I be if I was hating on someone who’s got success?’

      One Championship’s Demetrious Johnson on Henry Cejudo’s UFC 238 win – ‘I hope they start paying that man’