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: Whitaker promised rematch

Oscar de la Hoya maintained his grip on perfection, as well as claiming a world title at a fourth different weight, when he captured Pernell Whitaker's World Boxing Council welterweight championship by a unanimous decision on Saturday night.

Warrant out for Chavez


Judgement day for the judges


Slade breaks his own record


Round the Island is cause for celebration


De La Hoya outclasses Chavez

America's Oscar De La Hoya assumed the mantle as the best Hispanic fighter in the world when he ended the reign of the Mexican veteran Julio Cesar Chavez with a fourth-round stoppage in Las Vegas to win the World Boxing Council super-lightweight championship.

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

Ainslie collects bronze


Nelson has his eye on Hamed

James Reed visits Accra to meet a Ghanaian hero and veteran champion

Schwer relies on family and friends : Boxing

Billy Schwer is determined to turn his attempt to win the International Boxing Federation lightweight title on Saturday into a family occasion.

Gardening: Great and small: Plants can grow in the most unpromising places. Forget the rolling acres; with a little care your windowsill can teem with blossom, your bathroom challenge the rainforest. Mary Keen and Michael Leapman offer a beginner's guide to plotless planting

PEOPLE without gardens often seem to have greener fingers than those with yards of ground to plant. For them African violets do not sulk, their begonias flower non-stop and their cyclamen and amaryllis live to bloom another year. Even in the most unpromising places, plants can be made to grow if you take the trouble to please them. I suspect the successes of deprived gardeners are due to the fact that they spend the same amount of time caring for one plant as the rest of us would allocate to a whole flowerbed.
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