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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”.

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Boris Johnson promises to be around for the 2012 Olympics opening "even if the Labour Government isn't". Politics apart, let's hope he's right. If his Beijing capering is anything to go by, the London mayor will bring a much-needed touch of fun to an event which threatens to take itself far too seriously. Bojo might even entertain us on the didgeridoo, an instrument he clearly took a fancy to when hosting overseas musicians last week. Shortly afterwards he was entertaining, literally, a small cluster of Olympics journos, telling us how, booted and suited, he raced his PR director down the 100 metres of the Bird's Nest track during an idle moment at rehearsals for the closing ceremony. Not for the first time were Chinese eyebrows lifted. He was still chuckling too, following his meeting to discuss Olympic legacy with a Chinese delegation which included the minister for construction, one Chen Gang.

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Terry Edwards, the most successful coach in the history of British amateur boxing, has been axed, a move described last night by Olympic gold medallist James DeGale as "utter madness". The 65-year-old Edwards, who masterminded DeGale's triumph in Beijing, where two boxing Britons also won bronze, was awarded an MBE last week but has been told his contract, which expires in March, will not be renewed. I understand he will leave immediately. His likely replacement is the former WBC super-middleweight champion Richie Woodhall, now a professional trainer and TV commentator, with Audley Harrison's former trainer Kelvin Travis, himself once fired by the Amateur Boxing Association, taking temporary charge of the GB squad from tomorrow. The changes follow the appointment of Kevin Hickey, 67, who was the British Olympic coach in the Eighties, as performance director of the newly constituted British Amateur Boxing Association. Neither Edwards nor Derek Mapp, who heads the BABA and took the decision to end the one-time London cabbie's eight-year tenure, would comment last night, but the reaction from the boxing world was one of anger and astonishment. Said DeGale: "This is terrible, utter madness, especially after what Terry did for us in Beijing. It only confirms my view that those who run the sport are idiots. The writing was on the wall for Terry when they brought in over him someone [Hickey] who'd been out of the game for 20 years. In my view, our hopes of medals in 2012 have gone right downhill." Bronze medallist Tony Jeffries, who, like DeGale, has turned professional, described Edwards' sacking as "disgraceful", adding: "If it wasn't for Terry I wouldn't have won my medal, and after all that they did to undermine us in Beijing I think someone else should be resigning over this." Said the promoter Frank Warren: "It's unbelievable. I don't understand where they are coming from – no wonder they call themselves amateurs." Despite Edwards' phenomenal record – under him boxers including Harrison, Amir Khan and Frankie Gavin won 10 medals at Olympic, world and European level – the factions within the ABA who wanted him out have got their way. They will argue that a new direction is needed with the depletion of the Olympic squad, but they face a bumpy ride as both DeGale, who will name Jim McDonnell as his pro trainer tomorrow, and Jeffries are suing over unpaid Olympic bonuses, while Edwards isalso taking legal action over comments made by ABA chief Paul King.

Boxing: DeGale and friends join forces with Warren

There will be no fantasy defence of the Olympic title at the 2012 Games in London for James DeGale after he finally and officially turned professional at a swanky restaurant in London yesterday.

Boxing: 'Khanage' casts doubt on health of a nation

Just over half a century ago, a young British middleweight prospect named Terry Downes was savagely beaten in five rounds by a then unknown Nigerian, Dick Tiger. Afterwards, in his dressing room, Downes was cautiously asked whom he would like to fight next. "The fucker who made that match," he growled.

Boxing: Big Audley finds God in his corner but screen goes blank

Eight years ago this summer, Audley Harrison posed on the podium in Sydney with the world in his fists. The Olympic super-heavyweight champion, Britain's first boxing gold medallist in 32 years, vowed that soon he would convert that gold into much bigger bullion as a pro, by winning the world heavyweight title. Alas, as another anniversary of that Olympian achievement looms, it still has not happened. Beaten in three of his last six fights, Harrison is not even a contender.

Boxing: Khan and Warren ready to seal a new contract

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Amir Khan is still unbeaten and still moving slowly closer to an inevitable world title fight after a memorable night on Saturday here in Birmingham. Khan was dropped to the canvas in round two for the fourth time in 38 months, hurt to the body in round four but in round five his fists finally persuaded the referee to save Michael Gomez from any more punishment.

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