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David Haye was advised by Golden Boy Promotions to take on Vitali and not Wladimir Klitschko, according to their chief executive Richard Schaefer.
Seven-weight world champion, politician, philanthropist and, er...pop star. Steve Bunce on the amazing Filipino who fights tonight
The Bolton fighter's title defence against Paul McCloskey in Manchester on Saturday is the latest step towards a series of lucrative 'megafights' Stateside
Staggering display of bravery sees 24-year-old retain light-welterweight title in epic win
Gym on the wrong side of LA has hardened the boy from Bolton who defends world title in Newcastle tonight.
Ricky Hatton returns to the ring tonight as a promoter when he puts on his first televised show featuring his former sparring partner and friend Matt Macklin in a vacant European middleweight title fight in Manchester.
It was inevitable that Floyd Mayweather would end his self-imposed exile from the boxing ring and equally predictable that he would control every aspect of his return to a sport that has missed him.
Vernon Forrest won world titles at two different weights, controlled his career by refusing to sign away his rights, was ignored by many of his generation's best fighters and is perhaps best known for his charity. Forrest was a well-known fighter and charity worker in his adopted city of Atlanta, and late on a Saturday night he was on his way home when he stopped at a Chevrolet petrol station in south-west Atlanta to put some air in a back tyre of his Jaguar.
Ricky Hatton's American promoters have confirmed his proposed fight with Manny Pacquiao on 2 May is off.
Boxing is not like elocution. If you have it, you tend to have been born with it
Every few years a fight lands in a British ring with the potency, intensity and raw drama to leave behind a set of memories that nobody on their sofas, in the pubs or in the crowd will ever forget and that is what happened on Saturday night in Nottingham.
Ricky Hatton was at his dazzling best on Saturday and now aims for a bigger prize on home canvas, writes Steve Bunce in Las Vegas
Joe Calzaghe has promised to end Bernard Hopkins' career when the pair meet in their light-heavyweight showdown here on Saturday night. The 43-year-old Hopkins has already hinted his fight against Calzaghe may be his last and the Welshman is adamant he will leave no room for doubt on his American debut.
Ricky Hatton is convinced that he is just two fights away from an improbable rematch with the American idol Floyd Mayweather at Wembley in front of 100,000 people next spring.
The fight was made six weeks ago but it was made official yesterday at a hamburger restaurant in London when Frank Warren confirmed that Joe Calzaghe will meet Bernard Hopkins for The Ring magazine's light-heavyweight belt in Las Vegas on 19 April.