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”.

SAILING; Christie aiming to make waves

LINFORD CHRISTIE will be hoping to break a different type of record today when he steps aboard a round-the-world racing yacht seeking to set a new fastest time for sailing round the Isle of Wight.

Boxing: Hamed turns to legend Steward

IF OSCAR SUAREZ feels secure then his self-confidence must match that of Naseem Hamed. But the obscure Puerto Rican trainer must fear, if only in private, for his future with Team Hamed now that the Detroit legend, Emanuel Steward, will be sharing his debut in the Prince's corner in Manchester on Saturday night.

Boxing: Trinidad looks tempting destination for De La Hoya

The Golden Boy heads for a fight that could restore the glitter to the welterweight division.

Boxing: Reid is `winner' in defeat

"You'll never see Joe Calzaghe fight that badly again, that was awful," said the undefeated World Boxing Organisation super-middleweight champion following his split decision victory over a fired-up Robin Reid at the Telewest Arena, Newcastle, on Saturday evening. But it will be at least six months before Calzaghe gets the chance to clear his name as he is once again sidelined by an injury to his left hand.

Boxing: Calzaghe provides the main attraction

RUUD GULLIT'S heavily hyped introduction of "sexy" football to the North-east may have boosted support for tonight's world championship boxing promotion in Newcastle. The main-eventers, Joe Calzaghe and Robin Reid, are, after all, uncommonly handsome given the nature of their trade, and their combined style might have outweighed the lack of substance left in a fight card hit hard by a series of withdrawals.

Boxing: Golden Boy's grail is unification

Oscar De La Hoya this weekend starts a series of title fights that could make him the greatest boxer of his era.

Boxing: Box office proves Tyson's drawing power

THOUGH HE is clearly no longer the fighter of old, Mike Tyson is still proving a knock-out at the box office. Figures released by the Nevada Athletic Commission showed Tyson's comeback fight against the South African Francois Botha to be the sixth biggest attendance in the state's history.

Boxing: Fight night for the history woman

Britain stages its first female professional boxing this week. By Nick Halling

Oscar's might of passage

Bob Mee in Las Vegas sees the old warrior Chavez spitting blood on his stool

Boxing: Chavez talks a good fight

THE HYPE machine was in full flow yesterday as tonight's confrontation in Las Vegas between Julio Cesar Chavez and Oscar De La Hoya loomed.

Boxing: Tyson's primitive appeal primes fascination

A PRETTY SAFE bet is that more airtime and column inches will be given this weekend to Mike Tyson's plea for the restoration of his boxing licence than world title defences by two of the sport's leading champions, Evander Holyfield and Oscar de la Hoya.

Sailing: Peters wins Ultra title

WITH A race to spare, Russell Peters won the 1998 Ultra 30 Grand Prix circuit in Guernsey yesterday. Only two people have won the Ultra series in its nine-year history, Lawrie Smith having taken all the other titles, except in 1995, when Peters pipped him for the only time.

Sailing: Dynamite dynamic in Wight victory

ONE OF the smallest of the 1,382 entries for the Hoya Round the Island Race took the top prize over the weekend as the Gold Roman Bowl headed just eight miles from Cowes to Ventnor, home of retired boat builder John McIntosh.

Sailing: Record target in Hoya race

RECORDS WILL be top of the wish list today when one of world yachting's biggest participation events, the Hoya Round the Island Race, sees just short of 1,400 yachts and about 10,000 people sailing the 55 -mile circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight.
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