Sport A suffering Denis Lebedev on the end of another punishing blow from Guillermo Jones in May

In May a boxer called Denis Lebedev, fighting Guillermo Jones for a world title in Moscow, set a new extreme standard of bravery by surviving 11 rounds with a gruesome set of injuries.

Andrew Selby is a genuine Olympic medal prospect but faces a box-off even to be selected for the Games

Bunce on Boxing: Two Olympic certainties but one sure loser

There was a time when there were so few realistic British Olympic medal winners, in what seemed like an endless list of summer Games, that the hopes of "nicking" a bronze were pinned on the shoulders of just one kid. Times have changed and this Friday at York Hall in east London two boxers, one from Wales and one from England, will begin a best-of-three series to determine who fills the flyweight position next summer.

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Charlie Sheen to appear on Celebrity Big Brother

Charlie Sheen has signed up to appear on 'Celebrity Big Brother'.

Boxing: Burns looking to battle his way into the limelight with third defence

In many ways Ricky Burns has become a victim of British boxing's raised profile over the past few years as Ricky Hatton, Joe Calzaghe, Carl Froch, Amir Khan and David Haye have all taken part in major world title fights.

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Cook adds new ingredient again

Pity Alastair Cook.

Boxing: Former champion Ricky Hatton announces retirement

Britain's former two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton has announced his retirement from boxing in a media briefing today.

Boxing: Khan on course to become USA's prime time golden boy

The Bolton fighter's title defence against Paul McCloskey in Manchester on Saturday is the latest step towards a series of lucrative 'megafights' Stateside

Boxing: Hatton jnr loses title fight to Mexican

Mexico's Saul Alvarez beat Matthew Hatton in a unanimous decision in Los Angeles on Saturday to win the vacant WBC super welterweight belt.

Boxing: King Khan and Co prove that Britain's got talent

Those who were giving boxing the Last Rites – not to mention a few lethal lefts – should be suitably chastened by the battered old sport's remarkable resurrection last weekend. In Las Vegas and Liverpool there were fights which not only breathed new life into the game but indicated that the quality of Britain's talent should not be measured by the size of Audley Harrison's heart.

The Last Word: Forget Chisora and his world-title shot but do remember the girlfriend he hit

The general reaction was one of sympathy for Dereck Chisora when Wladimir Klitschko pulled out of last night's scheduled world heavyweight bout. This was the Briton's first shot at boxing immortality and, who knows, perhaps he will never get another. And all because of a torn abdominal muscle. The cruel fist of fate had just located his solar plexus.

Ricky Hatton settles £1.4m wages claim

Ex-boxer Ricky Hatton has settled a £1.4 million claim for unpaid wages from his former trainer.

Boxing: Froch steps up in class with controlled win over Abraham

It took Carl Froch less than a minute to find his rhythm and the remaining 35 minutes to deliver a flawless, punch-perfect masterclass in old-fashioned boxing skills here on Saturday night to leave Arthur Abraham bruised, confused and battered.

Boxing: Hatton's career is counted out as drug allegations cost him licence

Former world champion can still work as promoter despite being stripped of right to fight by authorities

Boxing: Hatton's licence withdrawn

Former world champion Ricky Hatton today had his boxer's licence withdrawn by the British Boxing Board of Control.



James Lawton: Why will this series carry on to the bitter end? Because money makes cricket's world go round

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