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Seven days before the first Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler fight in 2010 the trouble started when the fight was postponed, Froch gained 7lb at a barbecue, his elbow was injured and his eardrum was damaged.

Carl Froch (L) and Mikkel Kessler during a press conference

Boxing: Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler promise 'epic' rematch

Pair to fight at the O2 in May

Ricky Hatton

Bunce on Boxing: Ricky Hatton's comeback is not as crazy as some seen down the years

The refusal of Lewis and Calzaghe to fight again is often used as an insult

Johnny Tapia attracted an adoring, massive crowd at York Hall in 2002

Bunce on Boxing: Johnny Tapia, a great fighter who dodged bullets but not needles

Tapia was crazy, but he could still fight when he made his York Hall debut

Boxing: Burns looking to battle his way into the limelight with third defence

In many ways Ricky Burns has become a victim of British boxing's raised profile over the past few years as Ricky Hatton, Joe Calzaghe, Carl Froch, Amir Khan and David Haye have all taken part in major world title fights.

Boxing: Hopkins, 46, out to be oldest world champion

Bernard Hopkins was aiming to become the oldest boxer to win a world title when he challenged Jean Pascal for the WBC light-heavyweight crown in Montreal in the early hours of this morning. The American, 46, is six months older than George Foreman was when he dethroned the heavyweight world champion Michael Moorer in 1994.

The Cobra: My Story, by Carl Froch

There's something about British boxing's 12-stone men that makes them feel unloved.

James Lawton: Dalglish has turned to an old Shankly trick... making Liverpool's players justify their inclusion

'What was discouraging,' says Ian St John, 'was that the same mistakes were being made byHoullier, and then Benitez and Hodgson'

The Last Word: Who cares about SPOTY? Millions, but Beeb's commitment still grates

It might be sacrilegious to suggest so on the sport pages of a quality newspaper, but you have to hand it to the BBC Sports Personality of the Year show. Over its many pilloried years, it has somehow managed to attain absolutely irrelevant status within the absolutely irrelevant confines of its own subject matter.

Boxing: Froch steps up in class with controlled win over Abraham

It took Carl Froch less than a minute to find his rhythm and the remaining 35 minutes to deliver a flawless, punch-perfect masterclass in old-fashioned boxing skills here on Saturday night to leave Arthur Abraham bruised, confused and battered.

The lost boys of St Athan

Joe Calzaghe is one of those fighting to stop the cenotaph in a holiday camp for young colliers being vandalised

Boxing: Froch is on top of the world

Karl Froch regained the WBC super-middleweight title with a scintillating display of boxing skills to defeat the German based Armenian, Arthur Abraham in Helsinki last night.

Game on: New Halo release set for record books

Microsoft is poised to re-enter the record books when it launches Halo: Reach on Tuesday.

Diary: Florence faces the flak

Red was the (hair) colour at this weekend's V Festival in Chelmsford (and also in Staffs, but who goes to that one?). First up, strawberry blond-bonced Alfie Owen-Allen, née Allen, who told the Diary of his disdain for flame-haired Florence Welch and her Machine, who performed on Saturday. "She's absolute bollocks," Owen-Allen declared, adding that he thought she didn't write all her own songs.

Chris Eubank: The dandy bounces back off the ropes – now he's the daddy

A great character as well as one of Britain's finest boxing talents, the man with the monocle is back with a bang and 'mentoring' his son in the sweet science. Alan Hubbard speaks to Chris Eubank

A Quick Chat With: Joe Calzaghe

'I’m actually pretty soft'
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Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

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Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

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