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Manny Steward became the best trainer of his generation after an anonymous apprenticeship travelling to fights with young boxers packed in his car, a cooking stove in the trunk and the local US state rulebook in his pocket. He was a master tactician who understood the crazy hearts of the fighters he shaped, guided and often created from scratch. He had an ability in the gym, a hotel room in the lonely hours before a fight, the dressing room and the ring during a fight to communicate clearly a strategy for victory. He could whisper and he could growl.

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Ricky Burns has a tough title defence

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Bunce on Boxing: Give tired Froch a break, he's earned rest from the road

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Ali and Frazier fought some of the greatest heavy-weight bouts of all time

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Boxing: Holyfield lines up title fight at the age of 48

It was established long ago that all rumours in boxing are true and on Saturday night, as Alexander Povetkin added the World Boxing Association "regular" heavyweight title to his 2004 Olympic gold medal, the arrival at ringside of Evander Holyfield confirmed the maxim.

James Lawton: With his embarrassment of riches, it is now Mancini's duty to attack on all fronts

Once again we have it, one of those earth-moving collisions between the pride of Manchester and north London. United against Arsenal should also be quite intriguing.

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.

John Walsh: Hey - that's Eric Idle at the next table

I'm just back from Los Angeles, where they make up their own rules about reality. Where your lovely hostess asks if, being British, you'd like a proper full English breakfast and you find that the bacon you're eating is Turkey Bacon, (with, according to the label, "50 per cent less fat than pork bacon") and the strangely sweet sausage is, duh, Chicken Apple Sausage (equally less fat-bearing than that awful pork stuff) and the salt you grind over your eggs isn't any old sea salt, it's Trader Joe's Himalayan Pink Salt Crystals (product of Pakistan).

Boxing: Giant Fury lets fly as Chisora is humbled

Towering traveller shows Klitschko his credentials in bruising battle of unbeaten British heavyweights

Boxing: Only Fools fan faces fists of Fury as best of British do battle

Chisora is favourite for tonight's Wembley heavyweight clash with 'fit not fat' Tyson

Boxing: Gypsy Fury is ready to reach the height of his powers

British heavyweight's bare-knuckle father may have called him Tyson and he's not pulling punches as he aspires to be first Romany world champion

Sport on TV: Haye sets out to be a Paxman who really packs a punch

Let's get ready to grumble. What a relief it was to get the Haye-Klitschko dust-up out of the way. Or at least all the pre-fight foul-mouthing by the big bad Brit, anyway. David Haye is one step closer to his real ambition in life, to be a Hollywood lightweight, and the rest of us can look forward to him only getting a couple of lines as the new Vinny Jones of the silver screen rather than enduring endless torrents of unpleasant nonsense.

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