Audley Harrison

Klitschkos: 'Haye can fight either one of us'

Ukrainian brothers Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, who hold four out of five world heavyweight title crowns, have promised a much-anticipated fight with the WBA champion David Haye will take place next year.

Inside Lines: All bets off as Haye's big-fight flutter KO's

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...

Banahan out to pack a punch as England hand him central role

The England coaching team may be developing a taste for freethinking rugby as played by Ben Youngs and Chris Ashton, the two men who did most to bamboozle the Wallabies at Twickenham last Saturday, but there are things they still love more: namely, size and aggression. Hence the selection of Matt Banahan, the Bath wing, at outside centre for this weekend's meeting with Samoa, ahead of Delon Armitage, the London Irish full-back. Any wannabe midfielder who identifies with David Haye and Manny Pacquiao rather than Brian O'Driscoll or Jeremy Guscott must have a touch of the route-one about him.

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