Sport Dark Trade: Lost in Boxing by Donald McRae

This last week I started reading three recent boxing autobiographies or biographies, but didn’t get far with any of them. They weren’t awful, but weren’t good either – plodding, literally blow-by-blow accounts offering little insight into the moral, emotional and financial complexities of what Mike Tyson has memorably called “the hurt business”.

Boxing: Hide must vary enigma theme

Bob Mee says the forgotten champion should now show his true quality

Rugby Union: Hard times roll for Bedford

Bedford 21 London Irish 36

Rugby Union: Clubs try to buy and shut Richmond

THERE WAS fun and games in the Allied Dunbar Premiership's bargain basement department yesterday as Bedford found themselves a new set of owners and Richmond swiftly rejected a hard-nosed - some would say cynical - manoeuvre by England's senior clubs to reduce the size of the league by paying off the their debts and closing them down. Any move towards a 12-team competition for next season now depends on whether another impoverished duo, London Scottish and West Hartlepool, can find ways of staying in business.

Boxing: Hamed must make knock-out return

TODAY IS the first day of the rest of Naseem Hamed's life. Tonight at the MEN Arena in Manchester, Hamed and his family go it alone - almost - and stage their first show without Frank Warren and Brendan Ingle, formerly the Prince's promoter and manager-trainer respectively. And jealous eyes will watch and wait for something to go wrong.

Boxing: Hide's absence lets Francis seek place in spotlight

A HEAVYWEIGHT championship fight still dominates tonight's promotion at London's Royal Albert Hall and, in truth, Frank Warren's show will not be diminished by the cancellation through injury of Herbie Hide's World Boxing Organisation championship defence against the American Orlin Norris. Hide's lack of activity precludes him from being the attraction he could be but tonight's gate will not suffer overly.

Boxing: Woodhall severs links with Warren

ANOTHER WORLD champion has severed links with Frank Warren. Richie Woodhall, holder of the World Boxing Council super-middleweight title, has departed after less than two years in the promoter's stable.

Boxing: British judge still in glare

THE CONTROVERSIAL judge Larry O'Connell may have to answer questions about his handling of another contest, which took place a week before the Lennox Lewis-Evander Holyfield fight at Madison Square Garden.

Sports Letters: Mystery of the Orient

Sir: I refer to the statement in today's newspaper (early editions, 15 March) headed: "Frank Warren (promoter and Leyton Orient chairman)".

Rugby Union: Exiles descend into extraordinary gloom

London Scottish 15 Bedford 24

Rugby Union: Clarke relishes survival fight

Richmond's rise has turned sour but the players, at least, refuse to let the dream die on the field. By Chris Hewett

Boxing: Hamed may fight Bungu this year

NASEEM HAMED'S summer agenda could be filled by the South Africa fighter, Vuyani Bungu.

Boxing must never ignore the safety factor

WHENEVER A tragedy occurs in boxing, it is certain to be said that even greater efforts must be made to ensure that fighters do not put their lives at risk from dehydration.

Rugby Union: Hall's solo departure

Paul Trow finds the other owners are still in for the long run

Rugby Union: Bedford on rare high: Bedford 25 Wasps 23

BEDFORD'S owner, Frank Warren, was away promoting his understated boxing evening, entitled "War of the Worlds". The near nine minutes of injury time alone here would have made a fitting prelude as Bedford recorded their first Premiership victory since mid-October amid wild delight from the 3,500 crowd.

Boxing: Francis is too strong for Reid

JULIUS FRANCIS' mental fortitude carried him to a remarkable British heavyweight title win over Pele Reid in Bethnal Green on Saturday night.
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