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Frank Warren

Book of the week: 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: Groves agrees to join Warren stable

Frank Warren has vowed to set up a rematch between bitter rivals George Groves and James DeGale after announcing the shock news that the British and Commonwealth super-middleweight champion has joined his promotional stable.

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.

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

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...

Boxing: Golden Boy Khan turns back on Warren

In the last 15 years Frank Warren has watched helplessly as his world champions Naseem Hamed, Ricky Hatton and Joe Calzaghe all left his promotional guidance to control their careers and it now looks like Amir Khan has done the same.

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