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”.

Inside Lines: Hamed barred by Warren as punch is thrown in ticket row

The former world featherweight champion "Prince" Naseem Hamed was conspicuous by his absence at the Liverpool ringside when the fighter he manages, the unbeaten Commonwealth Games light-heavyweight gold medallist Callum Johnson, appeared on Frank Warren's recent promotion.

Boxing: Warren defends Cook after freak injury ends fight

After just 93 seconds of bizarre action Nicky Cook was carried off to retirement with his neck in a brace, his legs strapped to a stretcher and a look of pain on his face on Saturday night at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.

Boxing: Burns looking to battle his way into the limelight with third defence

In many ways Ricky Burns has become a victim of British boxing's raised profile over the past few years as Ricky Hatton, Joe Calzaghe, Carl Froch, Amir Khan and David Haye have all taken part in major world title fights.

Boxing: David Haye would relish Wladimir Klitschko rematch

David Haye has reiterated he would be happy to challenge Wladimir Klitschko to a rematch after his one-sided defeat in Hamburg on Saturday night.

Inside Lines: Unselfish sister acts worthy of receiving their academy awards

Seb Coe calls her "relentless", one of the most driven women he has encountered in sport. And he terms her project "sensational".

Boxing: Groves holds edge on sour night for DeGale

Golden boy loses his crown as bitter rival proves elusive in grudge match

Boxing: Juergen Braehmer pulls out of Nathan Cleverly title fight

Nathan Cleverly's world title challenge on Saturday has been scrapped after WBO light-heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer pulled out today.



James DeGale: Chunky remains firmly grounded in all the hot air

Olympic gold medallist faces his biggest challenge in an old grudge match with the neighbour from hell – but now it's time to let his fists do the talking. Alan Hubbard meets James DeGale

Inside Lines: Steele shows mettle but no tug-of-war over Woodward

Will Sir Clive Woodward pick up the oval ball and run with it back to Twickenham, or will he kick it into touch?

Boxing: King Khan and Co prove that Britain's got talent

Those who were giving boxing the Last Rites – not to mention a few lethal lefts – should be suitably chastened by the battered old sport's remarkable resurrection last weekend. In Las Vegas and Liverpool there were fights which not only breathed new life into the game but indicated that the quality of Britain's talent should not be measured by the size of Audley Harrison's heart.

Boxing: Khan faces his moment of truth

Amir Khan will tonight make arguably the hardest defence of a world title by a British boxer since poor Frank Bruno travelled to Las Vegas in 1996 to face a brutal beating from Mike Tyson.

Boxing: Klitschko out of title fight due to back injury

Wladimir Klitschko withdrew from his WBO and IBF heavyweight title defense against unbeaten British challenger Dereck Chisora because of a torn muscle in his back.

Boxing: Strain of campaign shows but Burns sees off challenger

Ricky Burns has his sights on fellow world super-featherweight title holder Mzonke Fana after comfortably defending his WBO belt against Andreas Evensen.

Boxing: Chisora looks to convince the doubters

'Del Boy' will trade punches with one of the best on a night of three world title fights and more

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

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...

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