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: Beard row is a storm in a shaving cup for Williams

It turns out that the threat to the big fight here on Saturday night was more than anything a storm in a shaving cup. Danny Williams, Britain's challenger to the World Boxing Council champion Vitali Klitschko, said that if necessary he would withdraw from the contest if he was required to shave, or even trim, his beard contrary to his Muslim beliefs.

Boxing: Harrison in need of Mexican showdown

Scott Harrison knows that the waiting game is coming to an end and early next year he will finally get the chance to meet one of the world's leading featherweights.

Amir urged to cash in on his talent

Win or lose against Mario Kindelan, the Cuban ringmaster they say is unbeatable, this afternoon, Amir Khan should turn professional on 8 December this year. That is the advice of Britain's leading promoter, Frank Warren, and the date is significant because it is Amir's 18th birthday, when he officially becomes eligible to hang up his headguard and box for money. Big money.

Boxing: Hatton ready to vent frustration on Vilches

Here we go again with yet another pit-stop on the seemingly endless learning curve of Ricky Hatton's career.

Boxing: Harrison and Skelton ready for British heavyweight showdown

It finally looks as if the boost that the British heavyweight division - and domestic boxing as a whole - needs will arrive with the imminent announcement of a fight between the champion, Matt Skelton, and Audley Harrison.

Ranieri on charge to catch Wenger

In an atmosphere charged with heady prospect and metropolitan rivalry the most intriguing thought was that Chelsea were equipped in body and spirit to overcome the odds and leave Arsenal with only the Premiership to play for in a season that had promised emulation of Manchester United's 1999 treble.

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