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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Sunday 11 May 2008
Kate Hoey's role as sports adviser to the new London mayor, Boris Johnson, has been strongly backed by the British Olympic chairman, Colin Moynihan, a key member of the 2012 Olympic Board. Moynihan says he is surprised at suggestions that some 2012 officials are "aghast" that the ex-Labour sports minister could also have a seat in the organising committee's boardroom. One is said to have described her as a "total nightmare". But Moynihan says: "I disagree fundamentally with that. She is an inspired choice. Her knowledge of London sport is second to none and she has always put sport above party politics. Neither do I accept she is anti-Olympics. I worked with her on a major review for sport and her view, quite rightly, is that the Olympics should not be taking money away from grass-roots sport." We understand that Games chief Seb Coe is also happy to have Hoey on board, where she and Johnson will provide a much-needed challenging eye to 2012 expenditure after some of the apparent acquiesence to the financial excesses of Ken Livingstone.
Wednesday 07 May 2008
Michael Gomez will celebrate his 31st birthday on 21 June by fighting Amir Khan in front of 10,000 people at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.
Friday 25 April 2008
Amir Khan has announced his next fight will take place on 21 June at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena. It will be the Commonwealth and World Boxing Organisation Intercontinental lightweight champion's first bout in the city since turning professional and he is looking forward to the visit. His opponent will be announced by the promoter Frank Warren at a later date.
Monday 21 April 2008
Monday 07 April 2008
Frank Warren will sit down today in his office surrounded by boxing record books and paintings of fighting legends and look for inspiration to help him plan Amir Khan's next fight.
Sunday 13 January 2008
Saturday 03 June 2006
The light at the end of the tunnel does not seem to be getting any brighter for Northern Foods, the food maker which has warned on profits three times since January. Deutsche Bank became the latest broker to recommend selling the shares, despite Thursday's announcement that the company plans to sell £200m of assets to stop the rot.
Tuesday 16 May 2006
Dell, the world's biggest manufacturer of personal computers, faces a showdown with Wall Street as investors fret that the once-unbeatable company is losing market share.
Saturday 13 May 2006
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Monday 17 October 2005
Thursday 15 September 2005
Sunday 04 September 2005
Sunday 17 July 2005
Sunday 17 July 2005
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