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.
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Friday 10 July 2009
Michael Bisping carries the hopes of British mixed martial arts on his improbably-broad shoulders tomorrow, when he takes on legendary American Dan Henderson at UFC 100, the biggest event in the emerging combat sport's ten-year history.
Friday 26 June 2009
Sunday 14 June 2009
Surprise, surprise. Nick Griffin, the BNP leader, is actually a leftie – and a fan of Amir Khan. So he told us last week when we discussed his own boxing career, which included winning a Blue for Cambridge (light, not dark, of course).
Sunday 10 May 2009
One look at the picture above is surely enough reason for stricken Ricky Hatton to turn it in. But his perverse pride means he is certain to fight on. The Hitman may have been hit once too often but he is determined to go out on his feet, not stretched out as he was when poleaxed by Manny Pacquiao. So expect him to make a valedictory appearance in Manchester this autumn. We hear he wants boxing's mastermind, Freddie Roach, the US trainer who plotted his frightening two-round demolition by the wondrously fast-hitting Filipino – a case of Manny hands make light work – to be in his corner. But even if they scour boxing's graveyards and dig up a convenient "body", the danger is that even a patsy could land a lucky punch against a worryingly vulnerable fighter who has finally paid the price for going more rounds in the pub than the ring. A talked-of match between Hatton and his Roach-trained pal Amir Khan might pack any arena but politically it would be hard to make and fistically it would be catastrophic for Hatton, now just a left hook away from serious long-term hurt. Let's remember him as a charismatic champion – not the Has Been Hitman. Somebody ring the bell.
Tuesday 05 May 2009
Sunday 03 May 2009
Manny Pacquiao enhanced his claim to being the world's best pound-for-pound boxer with a second-round knockout of Ricky Hatton on Saturday.
Saturday 02 May 2009
Saturday 02 May 2009
Signs of strain in Ricky Hatton’s camp emerged last night on the eve of his fight against the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter Manny Pacquiao.
Friday 01 May 2009
Wednesday 29 April 2009
Sunday 26 April 2009
Wednesday 03 December 2008
Tuesday 25 November 2008
Joe Jordan, the coach of Spurs, and Paul Ince, the embattled manager of Blackburn Rovers, shared a post-game drink on Sunday, a fact which somewhat, but not entirely, contradicted reports that an hour or two earlier they had engaged in a ferocious confrontation in the White Hart Lane tunnel.
Monday 24 November 2008
There was the long friendship with Bernard Manning, the golfing days with Michael Owen, the nights on the booze with Wayne Rooney and now, for Ricky Hatton, there is the Oasis tour in Mexico.
Sunday 23 November 2008
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