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Boxing: Lewis has Tyson on his mind

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Boxing: Lewis watches would-be challenger's tough tussle

LENNOX LEWIS saw nothing to concern him in Atlantic City on Saturday night when one of the prospective challengers for his world title, Michael Grant, had to pull himself off the floor twice before stopping Poland's Andrew Golota.

Fooball: Hero of Hampden to wally of Wembley

IT MAY seem impudent but the unavoidable question of the week is why a clapped-out old sporting nation like England is spending so much time and energy bickering over the size and shape of a pounds 475m super stadium? To put it another way, have they thought about the more practical option of keeping Wembley as it is and rebuilding the nation; or, at least, that substantial part of it that suffers from these extraordinary fits of grandeur? Maybe the detachment that comes from being merely an interested neighbour was necessary in order to see the events of last week in perspective. Even then, it was difficult to judge which was the more pathetic sight - the deluded build-up to an inevitably disappointing England display or the explosion of a crazed debate about the new stadium.

Health: Babies-to-go

USE THE phrase "designer baby" in a story and you are guaranteed an easy headline. The image of the tiny tot with Lennox Lewis biceps or a Naomi Campbell pout plays to all our fears of science over-reaching itself, straying into areas better left to nature.

Column: Miss World is back, aged 49, frazzled and tired

THE LIGHTS were purple and the music was loud as out came most of the 94 contestants for this year's Miss World competition to face the press.

Boxing: Respected ref Harry Gibbs dies at age of 79

HARRY GIBBS, one of Britain's most famous referees, has died on holiday in Spain at the age of 79.

Boxing: Undisputed champion left short of a title

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Boxing: Time for the heavyweights to pack a serious punch

THE ONLY punishment two long-retired professional fighters, Dave Smith and Richard Atkins, give and take these days is on the presently leaf-strewn fairways of Shortlands golf club in Kent. More to the point, they won't be climbing from their beds in the early hours of Sunday morning to watch Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield tussle for the undisputed heavyweight championship live on Sky television.

Boxing: Holyfield's balancing act aided by Weldon

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Sports digest: Boxing

The New York State Athletic Commission has adopted reforms bringing boxing promoters, judges and sanctioning bodies under greater scrutiny in response to the controversial draw decision in the fworld heavyweight title fight betwen Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield last March. The regulations give state officials a bigger say in selecting judges, require boxing judges to disclose personal financial information and limit promoters' contracts with fighters to a maximum of three years.

Boxing: McCall's return to ring ends in another farce

OLIVER McCALL'S career seems to be blighted. The man who retired in disarray when he challenged Lennox Lewis has his first fight in 18 months at the weekend but it lasted less than two rounds before his opponent was forced to retire. Samson Cohen fell through the ropes, hit his shoulder on a ringside table and the fight was ruled a no contest.
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