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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.

Title defence against Hatton could be on the cards, says Khan

World champion Amir Khan yesterday admitted a British superfight against Ricky Hatton was a possibility as he prepares to defend his WBA light-welterweight title.

Inside Lines: Sidelined Caborn picks wrong man as firepower of Fergie glows

Richard Caborn, the ex-sports minister, may be peeved at being jocked off England's 2018 World Cup first team as he is one of sport's ace networkers, but he is out of touch in suggesting that Gary Lineker should be brought in "to do a Seb Coe" and lead the bid. As reported here, Lineker has made it clear he does not have the time or the inclination. Caborn thinks it is time for Lord Triesman – a babe lost in the wood of sports politics – to go, and he is not alone there. The sidelining of Caborn seems to be one of the reasons that the Premier League's Sir Dave Richards, his Sheffield pal, has dropped himself from the bid board, though some may consider this no great loss. As the bid rolls on its wobbly way towards South Africa and the World Cup draw, suggestions continue to flood in for personalities to add some pep. These range from Arsène Wenger to Tony Blair. (Oh no, I hear you cry.) Interestingly, the one made here last week, that Sir Alex Ferguson at least should join a host of ambassadors voluminous enough to scoff the chocolates at a Ferrero Rocher soirée, seems to have met with approval. And far less choking over the haggis and neeps from across the border than we might have anticipated. Apart from his unrivalled stature in the English game, Fergie is no mean orator, speaking with passion and without notes, as anyone who heard his moving tribute to Sir Bobby Robson will testify. And should the FA have any parochial qualms about recruiting him to the cause, they should be reminded that a predecessor of Triesman's as chairman of the FA was a Scot, Sir Andrew Stephen, who sacked World Cup winner Sir Alf Ramsey. One call to Old Trafford from Triesman could mean England's fading 2018 hopes are given a Glasgow kiss of life.

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Boxing: Hatton takes first step as a promoter

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.

Ricky Hatton: 'No excuse for Emmanuel Adebayor's antics'

Manchester City fanatic Ricky Hatton insists he could understand Emmanuel Adebayor's behaviour against Arsenal but admits the striker was "a bit naughty".

Boxing: Hatton tempted by Khan showdown

Ricky Hatton has given the clearest indication yet that he would be willing to fight Amir Khan, as long as he is able to promote the fight himself.

Inside Lines: Cash row threatens pro debut of boxing's 'next Ricky Hatton'

Frank Warren's latest capture, brilliant young amateur star Ronnie Heffron – tipped as "the new Ricky Hatton" – is locked in a bitter financial battle which threatens the launch of his professional career next month. The British Amateur Boxing Association are demanding he pays them £16,000, which they say is part of the investment made in grooming him for the 2012 Olympics as a member of their elite squad. ABA champion Heffron, just 19, has also been told by the professional game's Board of Control that he cannot be given a licence until this is resolved. Warren says: "It is outrageous. How can they justify demanding this sort of money from a young kid?" Heffron, who is taking legal advice, says he has received only £2,000 in funding and has offered to repay this but BABA chairman Derek Mapp argues: "We now have contracts with our boxers and it is only right that if taxpayers' money is being used to support them, this should be repaid. Promoters have been made aware of this." Oldham's Heffron, a Hatton fight-a-like, who turned pro after being omitted from the European Championships, said he saw little chance of being selected in 2012 because he was in the shadow of number one light-welter Bradley Saunders, the Beijing Olympian who ironically is out of this month's world championships with a broken thumb.

Boxing: Witter still struggling to beat system

Squabble over judges may strip Briton's latest title fight in US of its championship status

Boxing: King Khan looks to America

Roach's strategy pays off as his latest world champion seeks lucrative US contests

Boxing: Khan turns on style to claim world title

Bolton boxer shows benefit of Roach’s expert guidance in masterful display.

NHS prepares for 65,000 deaths from swine flu

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Ricky Hatton in hospital for tests

Ricky Hatton will undergo tests over the next few days after being admitted to hospital in Manchester suffering from stomach cramps and vomiting.

Boxing: California dreamin' as Khan seeks stardom in the city of angels

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