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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.

Boxing: Blood, guts and glory for mighty Khan

Lightweight produces dazzling performance to dispatch legendary Barrera in five rounds after early clash of heads

Wales: A celebration

There is much for the Welsh to be proud of on this St David's Day. Cole Moreton, who has family in the valleys, reports

Boxing: A really intensive workout

It is not for the faint-hearted – but it's one of the fastest routes to all-round fitness. Richard Sharp steps into the ring and finds he's hooked

Inside Lines: Scots score an own goal as Britain United get go-ahead

Fifa yesterday gave thego-ahead for a British football team to compete in the 2012 Olympics, assuring the four home nations it would not affect their individual status for other competitions. However, Scotland, whose former manager Craig Brown led a petition to oppose this, seeking separate participation or none at all, remain unlikely to play ball, an unwise move which may prove a huge own goal. A quick call to fellow Scot and namesake Sir Craig Reedie, one of Britain's International Olympic Committee members, would have appraised Brown of the Olympic facts of life – that the rules require all team sports to compete as Great Britain, and that football associations around the world expect a unified team with the Games held in Britain. Another senior IOC source suggests that the fuss kicked up by the Scots could be counter-productive, reminding Fifa members of the privileged situation that exists and that some would like to abolish. "All they have achieved is to annoy both Fifa and the IOC."

Adlington the new favourite to receive BBC honour

Rebecca Adlington is the new favourite to become the BBC Sports Personality of the Year after a flood of money continued to pour in at bookmakers across the country yesterday. The 19-year-old Olympic swimmer, who won two gold medals in Beijing, is now the odds-on favourite, at around 5-6, having displaced the long-time front-runner, Lewis Hamilton, now the second favourite at around 7-4.

Inside Lines: We'll need the bread with all these circuses coming to town

Tessa Jowell's contention that London would not have bid for the 2012 Games had the Government known then what they know now about the financial climate has been dissed by Richard Caborn, who was sports minister at the time. He said: "If you are judging by circumstances at any point then you'd never bid for anything." Caborn seems to suggest that while many sports face a winter of discontent, the bread and circuses syndrome is one reason why the nation will stage and continue to bid for numerous world events in the coming decade. Some, of course, such as the Commonwealth Games and the Twenty20 World Cup, are already secured, but bids for the football and rugby league World Cups will go ahead, he assured sports VIPs at the launch of Weber Shandwick Sport last week: "The benefits are way beyond just a straight balance sheet." Fine. Just as long as there is still enough bread in the bin for the circuses.

Album: Tom Jones, 24 Hours, (Parlophone)

'24 Hours' is the umpteenth in Jones's attempts to reconnect with musical relevance, and this time the direction came courtesy of his son, who suggested the retro soul vibe of Amy Winehouse might suit his style.

James Lawton: Past greats unfairly knocked over in rush to hype Calzaghe's achievement

McGuigan's picture is at odds with reality. Why? The need to sell every morsel of our sport. If the major victim is truth, who cares?

Boxing: Hatton urges Calzaghe to quit

Ricky Hatton has joined the chorus urging his fellow British boxing great Joe Calzaghe to retire.

Boxing: Calzaghe savours win laced with a warning

Unbeaten Welshman should heed the shocking decline in Jones and retire, writes James Lawton in New York

Leading article: Art of departure

The boxer Joe Calzaghe's impressive victory over Roy Jones at Madison Square Garden, his 46th win in as many fights, was justly hailed as the culmination of a remarkable career. He had stated loud and clear beforehand that this fight would be his last. Now he seems a bit less sure.

Boxing: Calzaghe's last stand

Victory tonight would allow the Welshman to retire unbeaten, but may not seal his place among the greats.

Boxing: DeGale eyes £2m Arum deal

McGuigan throws hat in the ring as Olympic starlets look to turn professional

Last Night's Television: Unbreakable, Five; Amazon with Bruce Parry, BBC2

In the new reality show Unbreakable, six men and two women undertake a series of gruelling challenges to see which of them can endure almost unimaginable levels of pain and discomfort to emerge with body, mind and spirit intact. Rather neatly, although not, I think, intentionally, the viewer is subjected to a similarly gruelling exercise. Can he or she emerge from watching Unbreakable with mind, spirit and indeed television intact? Can he or she suffer a sustained assault on the senses of such derivative, manipulative, undignified twaddle (in which our would-be unbreakables had to kill piranhas by breaking their skulls with their teeth) and not end up a gibbering wreck? Or will the histrionic narration, by the former EastEnders actor Chook Sibtain, eventually prove intolerable? I'm proud to say that I managed to haul myself through the whole hour, but only by biting on a wet towel.

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