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.

Boxing: Hatton denies drug and drink problem

Former world boxing champion Ricky Hatton spoke at the weekend of his "disgust" at his alleged binge drinking and drug taking but insisted he did not have a problem. The 31-year-old, who is to be investigated by police over allegations he snorted cocaine in a hotel room, was admitted to a rehabilitation clinic on Monday.

Ricky Hatton 'devastated' over cocaine allegations

Boxing legend Ricky Hatton was today said to be "devastated and distraught" after being secretly filmed allegedly snorting cocaine.

Boxing: Warrior Khan comes of age in debut demolition job

British Olympic star gives first Stateside opponent a punishing lesson to open up rocky road to TV riches

Boxing: Mitchell battles back from the depths to share Khan's limelight

Kevin Mitchell was working the midnight maintenance shift on London Underground 10 months ago and at the same time Amir Khan was refining his tabloid image as the young, available millionaire about town. Tonight they come closer to an inevitable meeting when they each have world title fights to win.

Boxing: Khan coach sounds note of caution

Amir Khan has been warned by trainer Freddie Roach to expect a trickier WBA light-welterweight title challenge from Paulie Malignaggi tomorrow night than Dmitriy Salita gave him last December.

Boxing: Hatton concedes he is still lacking passion for return

Ricky Hatton says he is still lacking the hunger needed for a return to the ring. The former two-weight world champion, who has not fought since last May, appeared to end speculation he was to retire in January by announcing his intention to make a comeback this year.

David Haye: The rise and rise of the Hayemaker

He beat Goliath and is ready for his first defence on Saturday... but there's no time for sex or chocolate for the heavyweight champ of charm, chat and chutzpah. Alan Hubbard speaks to David Haye

Inside Lines: Khan speaks frankly: Why I split and became a Golden Boy

Amir Khan has spoken for the first time about his contentious split with the British promoter Frank Warren. "Frank did great things for me and I'm appreciative of that but it was time to move on," he tells us. "If we meet again I'd be pleased to shake his hand. There is no ill feeling on my part. I know I didn't call him but the fact is Frank and I never spoke on the phone – even when I was in Los Angeles. But I got my dad to call him to say thanks for all he had done. I feel my future is in America with Golden Boy, who have got a great team." Interestingly, Khan, who defends his WBA light-welterweight title against New Yorker Paulie Malignaggi at Madison Square Garden on 15 May, could be on a collision course with one of his former stablemates, Kevin Mitchell. Frankie Gavin and Kell Brook are all potential opponents for a domestic challenge to Khan now that Ricky Hatton has apparently decided he has fought a losing battle with the beer and bacon butties. "Retirement is the best move Ricky could make," says Khan. "We could have had a great fight but it seems it will never happen. But it would be good to meet someone from Frank's camp as I know he would love one of his fighters to beat me because of what has happened." By coincidence the unbeaten Mitchell, who knocked out Khan's nemesis, Breidis Prescott, fights for the WBO interim lightweight title against the Australian Michael Katsidis, possibly at Upton Park, on the same night as Khan's clash with Malignaggi. It seems an ideal double-header for Sky but curiously no home TV deal has yet been struck for either fight.

Boxing: Pacquiao can edge closer to greats

The Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wanted to pay a $25m site fee for the proposed Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather fight, but when that deal collapsed in acrimony, he paid a lot less and will still get a fight with 45,000 fans tonight in his stadium.

Murray hits heights to leave Nadal on knees

British No 1 storms into the semi-finals as Spaniard's injury troubles flare up again

Boxing: Haye title defence confirmed

WBA heavyweight champion David Haye is looking forward to fighting in front of a home crowd when he faces John Ruiz in Manchester in April.

Boxing: Giving Warren the kiss-off

Promoter 'gutted and badly let down' by Khan's defection to United States

Boxing: Dolan determined to avoid past mistakes and take Norton's title

The last time that Robert Norton met David Dolan the pair clattered to the canvas five times and they finished glaring at each other in hate when Norton's hand was raised. They meet again tonight for Norton's British and Commonwealth Cruiserweight titles in Altrincham on the first Ricky Hatton promoted fight of 2010.

Steve Bunce: Brave scrapper Hatton has nous to avoid desperate end

The spectre of Ali's fate hangs over every boxing comeback but Ricky Hatton will be the first to realise if he is making a mistake

Boxing: Hatton close to comeback decision

Britain's Ricky Hatton is close to making a final decision on whether he will make a comeback to professional boxing.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

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English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee