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He may not have done much for the career of Oscar Wilde, whom he accused of being a "somdomite" (sic), setting in train the sequence of events which led to Wilde's eventual downfall, but the eighth Marquis of Queensberry helped propel one James J Corbett to global fame and fortune. It was under the revolutionary Queensberry rules that the nifty Corbett (above, centre) became the first world heavyweight boxing champion, on 7 September, 1892, beating John L Sullivan (above, right) in 21 rounds at the Century Club in New Orleans. Under Queensberry's rules, boxing gloves became compulsory and rounds were restricted to three minutes with a one minute rest in between. Prior to this, free-for-all bare-knuckle fighting was the norm, and casualties were legion: Irishman Simon Byrne died after a bout which lasted three hours 16 minutes, the longest ever, while American James Elliott used to wet his hands with turpentine and go for his opponents' eyes, hoping to blind them at least temporarily. Corbett held the title for five years and went on to be a successful stage and screen actor, but his reputation as "Gentleman Jim" has received a knocking recently from biographer Patrick Myler, who accuses the champ of being arrogant, quick-tempered, racist and a womaniser, and reveals that Corbett's second wife accused him of holding a lighted cigar to her face and threatening to shoot her.

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FRANK MALONEY has no intention of rushing Clinton Woods into a world championship challenge. Woods, currently ranked seventh in the world, beat New Zealand's Sam Leuii in six rounds to retain his Commonwealth light-heavyweight title at the Elephant and Castle Leisure Centre in London on Saturday.

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LENNOX LEWIS' heavyweight title return with Evander Holyfield is scheduled for the Thomas & Mack Centre, Las Vegas, on 13 November, it was confirmed yesterday. However, the American promoter Don King still needs to guarantee a pounds 12m purse for Holyfield within a month.

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IF OSCAR SUAREZ feels secure then his self-confidence must match that of Naseem Hamed. But the obscure Puerto Rican trainer must fear, if only in private, for his future with Team Hamed now that the Detroit legend, Emanuel Steward, will be sharing his debut in the Prince's corner in Manchester on Saturday night.

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Sport on TV: Sue the drama queen as the Beeb goes native

It was clear within a moment or two of Friday's Davis Cup coverage (BBC2) that it was not going to be one of the Corporation's subtler productions. There was a blast of Fatboy Slim over the titles, a few clips of Tim and Greg grunting and grinning, and then a cut straight to Sue Barker, draped in the Union flag like a blonde Britannia. The colours were not just nailed to the mast, but to the floor and ceiling too.

Boxing: November date for Lewis-Holyfield bout

LENNOX LEWIS may have to wait until November for a heavyweight title rematch with Evander Holyfield, according to the British fighter's promoter, Panos Eliades.

Boxing: Draw `has helped me' says Lewis

HE MIGHT not have thought it when the decision was announced, but Lennox Lewis now believes his controversial draw with Evander Holyfield has given his career a boost.

Boxing: Nelson's title victory fails to restore faith

BOXING NEEDED a nice, clean conclusion from the title fight between Johnny Nelson and Carl Thompson at Derby Storm Arena on Saturday night. An irritating pall persists from New York two weekends earlier and the unpopular draw between heavyweights Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield. The public, they of damaged faith, needed to see a winner win and a loser lose the weekend's World Boxing Organisation cruiserweight title bout. Instead, another fight ended in confusion.


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