Sporting Digest: Boxing

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The Independent Online
HARRY MULLAN, the editor of Boxing News and Boxing Correspondent of the Independent on Sunday, has won the inaugural Professional Boxing Association award for Services to Boxing. Steve Robinson, Cardiff's WBO featherweight champion, won the Fighter of the Year award.

PBA ANNUAL AWARDS: Fighter: Steve Robinson (Cardiff, WBO featherweight champion). Manager: Barry Hearn. Overseas Fighter: Juan Molina (P Rico, IBF super-featherweight champion). Fight: Ross Hale v Michael Driscoll (British light-welterweight title eliminator). Prospect: Naseem Hamed (Sheffield, European bantamweight champion). Services to Boxing: Harry Mullan (Editor, Boxing News).

RAY CLOSE, who was beaten on a split decision by Chris Eubank in their World Boxing Organisation super-middleweight title rematch in Belfast a month ago, may sue the WBO. Barney Eastwood, Close's manager, said: 'Ray's legal advisors are ready to sue the WBO after the loss of the master scorecard by the WBO supervisor at the fight.'