Sport Dark Trade: Lost in Boxing by Donald McRae

This last week I started reading three recent boxing autobiographies or biographies, but didn’t get far with any of them. They weren’t awful, but weren’t good either – plodding, literally blow-by-blow accounts offering little insight into the moral, emotional and financial complexities of what Mike Tyson has memorably called “the hurt business”.

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

Muhammad Ali leads tributes to Joe Frazier

Muhammad Ali today paid tribute to his great rival Joe Frazier, saying: "The world has lost a great champion."

Angelo Dundee: The man who made Ali is still packing a punch at 90

From his Fifth Street gym in Miami's South Beach, 'Angie' honed some of the world's finest fighters for 50 years – including 'The Greatest' of all. Alan Hubbard pays tribute

Funeral held for three Birmingham men killed in last week's riots

They came in their tens of thousands, Muslims and non-Muslims alike to bid a final goodbye to three men cut down protecting their local community at the height of last weeks riots. As the bodies of Haroon Jahan, Shahzad Ali and Abdul Musavir were brought into Birmingham's Summerfield Park for a public funeral prayer this afternoon, the crowd surged forward, some of them chanting “Allahu akbar” (God is greatest).

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James Lawton: Shadow-boxing stops here. It's now time for Haye to punch his weight

Sometimes it is necessary to give a man, any man, however crass, however borderline moronic, his due and surely this will be so when David Haye steps into the ring with Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg tonight.

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

Boxing: Stabbed, shot and left for dead...but now Christy fights back

After a gruesome attack, the 'first lady of the ring' amazed doctors by walking again. Tonight the miracle is complete when she laces up her gloves again

James Lawton: Cooper was a contender – Haye has never met one

Even on the apparently foolproof ground of a dedication to the brave and conspicuously decent Cooper, Haye manages to produce a churning in the stomach

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To celebrate the approaching 70th birthday of Muhammad ‘The Greatest’ Ali, an exhibition of portraits and photographers of the boxer has been published online.



Inside Lines: Moynihan calls up big hitters as boardroom battle turns nasty

Beleaguered British Olympic Association chairman Colin Moynihan has enlisted an army of heavy hitters to help fight his corner in the increasingly bitter battle with fellow peer Lord Coe and 2012 organisers, which has now seen him and the chief executive Andy Hunt banned from the Locog board until their Olympic cash dispute is resolved.

Michael Brennan: 'In a hundredth of a second I shot the picture I had always dreamed of'

The photographer tells James Lawton the story behind one of the most iconic images of Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali plea to Iran for release of hikers

The former world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali has asked Iran to release two American hikers held since 2009 on charges of spying.

Andrew Buncombe: Those who dare to speak out become a shooting target

Rarely have Pakistan's religious minorities and liberals felt more beleaguered. Less than two months after the killing of Salmaan Taseer, a government minister has been assassinated in another hail of bullets. On this occasion, the killers were Taliban militants rather than a bodyguard.

Fight club: Mark Wahlberg on the role of his career

He gives his finest performance yet as the real-life boxer Micky Ward in his new film.

Millionaire faces life behind bars for ex-wife murder bid

A millionaire pensioner was today facing the rest of his life behind bars for attempting to kill his ex-wife after she tried to get a share of his fortune.

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