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”.

Boxing: De la Hoya ignores rematch to fight Coley

OSCAR DE LA HOYA, who suffered the first defeat of his seven-year professional career in September, will return to the ring on 26 February at New York's Madison Square Garden for a welterweight contest against the World Boxing Council's top-ranked Derrell Coley, who has a record of 34 wins, 24 inside the distance, one loss and two draws.

Boxing: Holyfield and Lewis hold boxing's last hope of healing self-inflicted wounds

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Boxing: Trinidad triumphs over Golden Boy

FELIX TRINIDAD beat Oscar "Golden Boy" De La Hoya on points to unify the International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Council welterweight titles on Saturday.

Boxing: Unification the lure for undefeated champions

THERE ARE enough sub-plots in tonight's welterweight title fight between the World Boxing Council champion, Oscar De La Hoya, and Felix Trinidad, the International Boxing Federation title holder, to keep a soap opera running for years.

Boxing: Champion De La Hoya still waiting for father's praise

MAYBE THIS time Oscar De La Hoya, Olympic gold medallist, three- times world champion, winner of $100m in purses and idol of millions, will hear his father finally say he is proud of him. But the World Boxing Council welterweight champion will not be holding his breath, even if he beats the International Boxing Federation champion, Felix Trinidad, Saturday in the biggest fight of their undefeated careers.

Sailing: Debutant topples Peters

THE DEBUTANT Rob Greenhalgh and his Team David McLean won the 1999 Hoya VisionCare Ultra 30 Grand Prix series in Havelet Bay, Guernsey, yesterday when he toppled the defending champion, Russell Peters, in the deciding nine-race regatta, writes Stuart Alexander.

Boxing: Hamed books an October date in Detroit

NASEEM HAMED will take on the World Boxing Council featherweight champion Cesar Soto on 22 October in Detroit.

Boxing: New date for Hamed

NASEEM HAMED'S next World Boxing Organisation featherweight title defence looks set to be moved to 6 November, probably in Las Vegas. The planned unification bout with Mexico's World Boxing Council champion, Caesar Soto, will be moved from 2 October if Mike Tyson's comeback appearance is staged on that date.

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GOLDEN OLDIES took the top spots in a difficult 63rd Hoya Round the Island Race here on Saturday. The coveted Gold Roman Bowl went to the same boat for the second time in five years, Edward Donald emulating the 1994 achievement of his father, Malcolm, in the Folkboat Celia Mary.
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