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”.

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Night of the Oscar

The worst and the best of boxing were on view at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, on Friday night as Eric "Butterbean" Esch, a 21st 9lb freak who has turned America's biggest beer belly into a valuable commercial asset, was promoted to a featured attraction on the show that saw Oscar De La Hoya end the reign of one of boxing's greatest champions, WBC light- welterweight king Julio Cesar Chavez, with a fourth-round stoppage.

Pupil ready to pass master

Close-up: Oscar de la Hoya; Julio Cesar Chavez's reign over Spanish-speaking America is under threat. Harry Mullan reports on the coming man

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