Heavyweight champion should be retired by the time Brit will challenge
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Saturday 21 August 2010
Blackpool's arrival at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon is, we have been told by an extremely irritating schoolboy wearing a tangerine-and-white scarf in a TV advert, a matter for unrelieved joy and exaltation.
Thursday 01 July 2010
David Haye will have to wait until next year at the earliest to fight Vladimir Klitschko after the Ukrainian announced yesterday that he will defend his IBF world heavyweight title against Russian challenger Alexander Povetkin in September.
Sunday 20 June 2010
What has happened to Amir Khan's American dream? Since leaving British promoter Frank Warren in January he has fought only once, an easy win over non-puncher Paulie Malignaggi in New York – a fight given to ITV for nothing – and will not be in the ring again until December. Bolton's WBA light-welterweight champion, who has also been the subject of a sleazy tabloid exposé over his sex life, was due to meet veteran Cuban warhorse Joel Casamayor in Manchester or London on 31 July but the bout has been pulled by his US promoters, Golden Boy, because of lack of interest by pay-per-view TV. Sky were unhappy with the opponent and did not think it would sell in the aftermath of the World Cup. Their next available date is not until December. Warren believes Khan has made "the biggest mistake of his career" in joining Golden Boy and asks: "Why doesn't he come back? I'd love to promote him again. I bear no grudge. It doesn't seem Golden Boy are doing him any favours by keeping him on the sidelines for so long. It's crazy. It is also dangerous when you are a young, developing fighter to be so inactive. I know he got less for fighting Malignaggi than I paid him for his last fight and some others with me. The move just doesn't make sense." Meanwhile, Britain's other WBA world champion, heavyweight David Haye, looks like fighting Audley Harrison on 13 November while Vitali Klitschko is set to meet the giant Haye beat, Nicolay Valuev. As we've said before, funny old game.
Sunday 13 June 2010
Judging by the flags and bunting everywhere, the whole country is deep in the thralls of World Cup fever – except in a curmudgeonly corner of Westminster City Council.
Wednesday 09 June 2010
Audley Harrison claims negotiations are under way for him to fight either David Haye or one of the Klitschko brothers after he gave up the European heavyweight belt to focus on securing a world title shot.
Sunday 25 April 2010
Monday 12 April 2010
The Las Vegas return to the ring of Evander Holyfield went smoothly on Saturday night with the veteran winning for the 43rd time to claim a bogus world heavyweight title belt when he stopped Frans Botha in eight rounds.
Friday 09 April 2010
It started in tiny halls, it reached a peak in front of millions at the Olympics in Sydney 10 years ago and tonight it could all end for Audley Harrison at Alexandra Palace when he walks to the ring for a fight that will be his last if he loses.
Sunday 04 April 2010
Thursday 14 January 2010
The Last Word column from 18 December 2010 featured a fiendishly difficult annual Christmas quiz. Here are the answers...
Sunday 22 November 2009
Head coach Kelvyn Travis has left the British Amateur Boxing Association in another major upheaval following the appointment as performance director of top pro trainer Robert McCracken, the former middleweight title contender who mentors world champion Carl Froch. McCracken's arrival followed the short-lived appointment of Kevin Hickey, who had himself replaced Terry Edwards, jocked off despite GB's glowing record of achievements. His departure was confirmed to The Independent on Sunday yesterday by the BABA chairman, Derek Mapp. "The situation is that Rob is merging his position and that of head coach. Kelvyn has done a good job up to now but you can't have two people standing on the same pedestal." The hiring of Travis, 60, like that of the 67-year-old former Olympic coach Hickey – who had been out of the game for 20 years – as performance director over him was contentious. Once Audley Harrison's cornerman, Travis was involved in a fracas in which a rival coach had his jaw broken. Mapp insists that Jim Davison, respected No 2 to Edwards and Travis, is staying on despite rumours he was quitting. So it seems the turbulence that has followed the departure of Edwards and most of his Olympians rumbles on. Despite the attractions of the new pro-am World Series, the amateurs have now lost another young star to the paid ranks in 19-year-old welterweight Ronnie Heffron, a surefire tip for 2012. Heffron, the former ABA champ, makes his pro debut for Frank Warren on Amir Khan's world-title bill in Newcastle on 5 December. Meantime, the BABA are demanding he repays £16,000 they claim to have invested in his future. "Seconds out", if there are any left!
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