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Carl Froch's super-middleweight world title clash with fellow Englishman George Groves will take place in Manchester on 23 November.

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Funding for the Olympic boxing team was thrown into disarray when the chairman of the British Amateur Boxing Association was ousted in a boardroom coup.

Danny Garcia, right, who could face Amir Khan in the future, lands a heavy blow on Zab Judah in their bloody light welterweight title clash

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After the knockdowns, the storm and plastic surgeons doing emergency work there were moments of honest reflection in the rings of Sheffield, New York and Buenos Aires on Saturday night.

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Victories for the British pair tonight will bring career-defining contests within touching distance

Boxing: Pioneer Zou Shiming breaks down Asian barriers with his fists

China's first professional pugilist makes debut next weekend with huge fan base following him

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Football: United keep their distance from defiant neighbours

Amir Khan is likely to hit the canvas again in the coming year

Bunce on Boxing: My 2013 prediction... the biggest British fight ever (maybe)

It is hard to do justice to a preview with predictions for any boxing year because of the trickeration – a perfect word that was introduced by the sport's Lord of the Dark Arts, Don King – that drives and controls the business. The sport is not run illegally but one of King's maxims is necessary to gain an understanding of the way we do business: in boxing you don't get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate. Bingo.

Amir Khan has been defeated three times as a pro boxer but hopes for a fresh start with new trainer Virgil Hunter

Boxing: Virgil Hunter on a mission to curb Amir Khan’s bravery in make-or-break fight

Boxer and trainer have reputations on the line as Molina poses threat to new partnership

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Boxing: 'You will see a difference' - Amir Khan prepares for must win fight

Khan takes on Carlos Molina in a non-title fight on December 15

Luke Campbell catches John Joe Nevin with a right hook

Boxing: Luke Campbell's super right picks up a gold for Team GB

Bantamweight scores another great triumph for Britain against plucky Irishman to join Adams in the golden gloves club

Tom Stalker wants to steer clear of the rows that are tainting the boxing industry

Boxing: Team GB's Tom Stalker focuses on medal success amid rows

Tom Stalker is hoping to give a flawless performance in tonight's match so that he can avoid getting embroiled in the rows that are dogging boxing at the moment.

Britain's Euan Burton was inconsolable after his defeat in the judo

Chris Hewett: Gone for a Burton but Euan deserves a medal for honesty after defeat

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Boxing: Amir Khan brands Lamont Peterson a 'cheat' after fight is cancelled following positive drugs test

Amir Khan has spoken of his hurt and disappointment following the cancellation of his world light-welterweight title rematch against Lamont Peterson and says the American champion's failed drugs test proves he was "a cheat".

Amir Khan is set for a rematch

Boxing: Amir Khan vows no mistakes against Lamont Peterson

Amir Khan has promised not to make the same mistakes he made first time around when he faces Lamont Peterson in a rematch on May 19.

Amir Khan in his gym in Bolton

Amir Khan: Pulling no punches

The Bolton boxer opens up to Tim Rich on his Peterson rematch, promoting his fights Stateside, the loneliness of his trade – and why his mum can no longer watch

Eoin Morgan says England are ‘starting from scratch in this part of the world’

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