The screenplay is as sclerotic and slow moving as its two punch drunk leads
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Friday 19 November 2010
James Lawton: Harrison and Haye take note: Iron Mike had a hundred faults – but he never cheated the public
Thursday 18 November 2010
Saturday 13 November 2010
It's a big weekend for...
That one big punch
Not Joey Barton on Morten Gamst Pedersen, but Audley Harrison on finding a way past the lighter, more nimble, faster-mouthed David Haye in tonight's all-British heavyweight world title bout.
Sunday 07 November 2010
Half-time was approaching in the Arsenal-West Ham game at the Emirates last Saturday when into Frank Warren's hospitality box bounded a familiar figure, if somewhat podgier than in his fighting days. Naseem Hamed, the boxer formerly known as Prince, had in tow the new Commonwealth Games light-heavyweight champ Callum Johnson. Blithely he announced that he is to become a manager and that the 25-year-old big-hitter who won gold for Scotland is his first signing – as we reported exclusively last week. "When I watched him on television in Delhi and saw him knock out a guy with the sweetest of left hooks I leapt out of my chair. He reminds me of Mike Tyson," Hamed told us. He has mellowed at 36 but has he missed boxing? "Not as much as it has missed me," he retorts with a flash of that once-familiar arrogance. But Naz's renaissance may spell danger for amateur boxing as London 2012 approaches, for signing Johnson is just the start, he says. He is also likely to bag for his new stable at least one of the three Indian boxers who won gold in Delhi, and you can bet he will be eyeing the talent at the inaugural GB Championships in Liverpool which start on Friday. It will be a blow to Rob McCracken's Team GB to lose Johnson, who makes his pro debut in Glasgow on 4 December. He was a member of the podium squad and looked set for a 2012 berth after his display in Delhi. But he explained: "I am 25 now and the opportunity of being trained and managed by a legend like Naz was too good to turn down." Someone who doesn't feel the same way – yet – is Liverpool's 26-year-old Tom Stalker, the Amateur Boxer of the Year who captained England in Delhi, where he too won a gold medal to add to his European silver. He admits there was a temptation to follow Johnson's route, but has elected to stay with McCracken (worthily nominated for UK Coach of the Year) until after the Games because "winning an Olympic gold medal is my dream. It would be the best feeling in the world and I'd hate to miss out on that chance". Stalker is set to star in a tournament designed to show that British amateur boxing has got talent. It will be televised by the BBC who, for the first time, will screen women's boxing as several of Britain's ladies who punch will be on show, including world silver medallists Nicola Adams and Savannah Marshall. It should be a tasty fistic treat at the Echo Arena (tickets from www.echoarena.com or call 0844 8000 400).
Tuesday 26 October 2010
Saturday 23 October 2010
Thursday 09 September 2010
Saturday 07 August 2010
Sunday 01 August 2010
Sunday 01 August 2010
Novels set in the world of boxing are thinner on the ground than publicity-shy promoters, but the past couple of months have seen two published. Though, at a mere 112 paperback-sized pages with plenty of white space, it would be more accurate to describe 'Waiting for Carver Boyd' as a novella.
Wednesday 14 April 2010
Saturday 10 April 2010
Monday 05 April 2010
Tuesday 23 March 2010
Tuesday 23 March 2010
Harry Carpenter was a gentleman with a microphone and often looked a little lost in the dirty business of boxing.
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