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: Hoey an 'inspired choice' says Moynihan

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.

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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.

Boxing: Khan announces Birmingham bout

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.

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Calzaghe climbs off the canvas and into boxing history with a stunning points victory over Hopkins in Las Vegas

Boxing: Warren plans Khan world title route

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.

Boxing: Skelton feels weight of history in quest for the ultimate prize

He's the oldest first-time heavyweight challenger. It's not likely to be boring

Market Report: Dealers urged to take Northern Foods off the menu

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.

D-Day beckons for Dell - but how exactly did it all go wrong?

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.

Boxing: Arthur a new box-office hit

Warren's stable of champions can help ITV revive the sport on terrestrial
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