Inside Lines: All bets off as Haye's big-fight flutter KO's sponsorship deal
Sunday 21 November 2010
Awful Audley Harrison was not the only sore loser after David Haye's winning gamble on a third-round KO in last week's big fight farce. Rival promoter Frank Warren says Haye's initial public declaration that he had bet on himself – a statement which the WBA heavyweight champion hastily retracted when told this was illegal – has cost him a major sponsorship deal with a leading betting firm. "I'm gutted because we had agreed on what was a massive sponsorship for my future shows," he tells us. "They now say they want nothing to do with boxing at the moment because of this controversy." Warren won't reveal the company involved "because I hope to sit down and talk to them again next year when the dust has settled". But he is angry that the Board of Control won't be investigating Haye's "I put money on the third round" admission, especially as it was not the first time the boxer had claimed on air that he backs himself to win. In a Sky Soccer AM interview some weeks ago he said he bets on all his fights. The rumour was rife at ringside that Haye had £100,000 on the outcome, and several in the Haye camp and some employees of Sky are known to have placed bets on a third-round finish. Bookmakers William Hill confirm they paid out six figures to punters but say these losses were more than compensated by many who had gambled on the long odds offered against Harrison, whose pre-fight bullshine is the butt of ridicule. But why hate him? After all, it's not as if he's ever hurt anyone...
Froch's damage limitation
The one we should feel sorry for in the aftermath of Audleygate is Carl Froch. Here we have a real in-the-trenches fighter who has to pick up the pieces of the sport's battered reputation next weekend when he attempts to regain the WBC world super-middleweight title in Helsinki. Not that he seeks sympathy, just exposure. Again the Nottingham "Cobra", who used to hang out with Haye and Harrison in their amateur days, is confined to little-known Primetime TV here, although his potentially explosive scrap with the Germany-based Armenian Arthur Abraham for the vacant title in the Super Six series will be screened throughout the United States on Showtime. Froch, 33, is one Britain's brainiest boxers in every sense but he has a real battle on his hands against a crude bruiser who, like him, has lost only once – albeit on a disqualification. "I tend to get drawn into a fight but if I do against this guy my trainer, Rob McCracken, will go mad," says Froch. He has been training in Sheffield with McCracken, who also coaches Britain's amateurs. Last Saturday also saw the GB Championships in Liverpool which, unlike the other offering in Manchester, were great value for money. The competition pitted GB Boxing's first-choice squad against the best of the rest from England, Scotland and Wales. All 11 winners were members of GB's podium or development squads, which augurs well for 2012. The tournament drew amateur boxing's biggest attendance for years and more than half-a-million viewers for Sunday's BBC highlights, more than for Haye v Harrison apparently. Froch says that Harrison "conned people, even me" into believing he could make a fight if it. "But one man shouldn't be allowed to ruin boxing. I guarantee this fight will be a better spectacle for the fans." He's right. Even Haye can bet on it. (Froch v Abraham is live on Primetime, channel 480 on Sky and Virgin. Call 0871 200 4444.)
'I'm sorry,' says Blair – really
Sir Craig Reedie, one of the prime movers in London's acquisition of the 2012 Olympics, has finally got Tony Blair to say the "S" word. The former PM apologised to Reedie for calling him "Tweedie" in his autobiography. The IOC member has been sent a note by Blair apologising for the error, plus a revised copy of the book which gets his name right. "It really shows the true class of the man." If only the families of the victims of the Iraq war could say the same.
Latest in Sport
Sheffield United vs Tottenham match report: Christian Eriksen breaks hearts after Che Adams had brought Blades back from the brink
Gabriel Paulista: Talented Brazilian could grow into world-class defender at Arsenal
Tottenham player ratings: Christian Eriksen? Harry Kane? Who was the star man at Bramall Lane?
Andy Murray vs Tomas Berydch: Murray cool over reunion with coach Dani Vallverdu at the Australian Open
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Pair meet at NBA game and exchange numbers, will the fight be announced during Super Bowl?
- 1 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 2 Michelle Obama highlights harsh restrictions faced by Saudi women after meeting King Salman without wearing a headscarf
- 3 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
- 4 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 5 Isis publicly behead man in Syrian town square for 'insulting Allah' as he screams for help
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: NON-CONTENTIOUS (0-2 PQE) - A rare opportunity...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Senior Financial Analyst is required to join...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join the South West'...
£15000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This major European Intellectual Propert...