Ali Carter has put paid to that. Anthony Joshua may be fighting Deontay Wilder later on in the year and if he wins then he may be very silly odds-on to win BBC SPotY but there's always a spanner or two waiting to be thrown into the works as some left-field gamble always seemingly comes barging through.A lot of snooker fans were not pleased when Ronnie O'Sullivan was snubbed in 2017. Win a sixth world title and then launch a campaign for him to win BBC SPOTY then!
The BBC may feel they want to wait until Anthony Joshua beats Tyson Fury when they finally award him. Who's the next best candidate? I feel it's still Lizzy Yarnold but it's Harry Kane who's second favourite right now.
Lewis Hamilton, Rory McIlroy, Andy Murray and even Johanna Konta stalk in the wings but it's probably only Lewis who is likely to win something major.