The Sports Matrix: Monday 16 July 2012

Ferdinand defends 'choc-ice' comment

Vitali Klitschko takes a break from training in the Tyrol; 'The training camp for me is like a vacation,' he says

Boxing: Klitschko is ready to unleash his political clout

Ukrainian faces 10th defence of his heavyweight crown against Britain's Chisora but these days his mind is more on fighting for democracy in his homeland

Angelo Dundee gives advice to Muhammad Ali during his fight against Karl Mildenberger in 1966

Angelo Dundee: Fighting Ali's corner

He was one of the last loyal men in boxing. Steve Bunce recalls the times he shared with the trainer

Angelo Dundee pictured with Ali

Boxing world mourns death of Muhammad Ali trainer Angelo Dundee

The boxing world was today mourning the loss of legendary trainer Angelo Dundee, who has died aged 90.

Floyd Mayweather Jnr is at the core of debates and double bluffs

Bunce on Boxing: Khan in a big game of matchmaking poker

Martinez is not big on games and told Mayweather: "Fight or shut up"

Floyd Mayweather Jnr appearing in a Las Vegas court last month

Bunce on Boxing: Time behind bars will raise profile of Mayweather fight

On Friday Floyd Mayweather, boxing's best and richest fighter, will go to prison for 90 days following a deal he did with prosecutors in Las Vegas last month.

Boxing: Mexican fighter's shorts KO election result

A court has annulled the Institutional Revolutionary Party's election victory in Michoacan state, partly because a boxer wore shorts emblazoned with its logo, violating a ban on campaigning.

Joe Frazier being directed to the ropes by referee Arthur Marcante after knocking down Muhammad Ali during the 15th round of the title bout at Madison Square Garden in New York in 1971

Former heavyweight champion Smokin' Joe Frazier dies

Joe Frazier, who has died at the age of 67, today received tributes from the two men who helped him define the greatest era of heavyweight boxing.

James Corrigan: Merchant of menace proves a good old'un will always win the argument on points

The Way I See It: Merchant remembers all the promises, all the claims to immortality, all the baloney – and, when required, he throws it back at them, in a blast of reality

Inside Lines: Woodward set to return to the ball – but it may not be rugby

Sir Clive Woodward is clearly bitten by the Olympic bug. Hence his decision to stick with the British Olympic Association rather than take the vacant performance director's job at Twickenham.

Inside Lines: Professionals in, seconds out is an Olympic boxing farce

Imagine this scenario. It is Rio 2016, and a 29-year-old Amir Khan, the now undisputed welterweight champion of the world, enters the ring in an attempt to win the Olympic gold medal that just eluded him in Athens 2004.

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Cook adds new ingredient again

Pity Alastair Cook.

Boxing: Hatton calls time on his 'sulking' and sounds bell on fighting career

Former world champion with a massive following ready for future in training and promotion

Inside Lines: Ringside ticket for Murray – if he isn't in his own title fight

David Haye reckons some 15,000 Brits will be cheering him on in his world heavyweight title fight with Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg next Saturday, making it the biggest mass migration of fight fans since Ricky Hatton's supporters flooded Las Vegas for his bouts with Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

Boxing: 'Mourinho of the ring' can turn battle of the corners

David Haye against Wladimir Klitschko: Saturday's heavyweight 'superfight' is as much about the trainers and their tactics as it is about the world's best fighters
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