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: Lose this one and I'll have to pack in, says Hatton

While Joe Calzaghe sends out mixed messages about whether his comprehensive conquest of a shop-soiled Roy Jones Jnr was his final curtain-call – the probability is that he will be tempted with an encore against the similarly undefeated American champion Chad Dawson in Wales next spring – his former stablemate Ricky Hatton admits that he has been on the brink of quitting himself.

The week ahead 16/11/2008

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Play a game with yourself by running a sweepstake on how long it takes the commentators to ask whether Robinho, Elano and Jo will really fancy a trip to Humberside on a freezing cold Sunday afternoon. In other football, Airdrie United take on Ross County in the Alba Challenge Cup final in Perth – no, we don't know what that is either. In the rugby league World Cup semi-final in Sydney, Fiji are the sacrificial lambs – if Australia don't win this one, I'll eat this paper and the 'Daily Mail'.

Kanye West arrested at Newcastle nightclub

Rap superstar Kanye West was arrested following a bust-up at a glitzy nightclub.

Boxing: Hatton urges Calzaghe to quit

Ricky Hatton has joined the chorus urging his fellow British boxing great Joe Calzaghe to retire.

Boxing: Khan goes back to school as Haye relishes facing a bully

Flawed lightweight insists he can stand on his own two feet. By Alan Hubbard

Boxing: Mayweather to train Ricky Hatton

Ricky Hatton will be trained by Floyd Mayweather snr for his fight against IBF light-welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi in Las Vegas on 22 November.

Murray left confounded by judges’ counting

The Great Eight were reduced the Magnificent Seven when Frankie Gavin gave up the battle of the bulge, and now it is down to the Super Six after bantamweight Joe Murray became the first British boxer to lose in the Olympic tournament.

Judo: 'Tired' Fallon's rapid exit may raise a few eyebrows

Judo is a sport which paradoxically translates from the Japanese as "the gentle way", but there is not much gentility about throwing someone else's weight around or having to claw your way through a red mist of blood to come away with nothing more than a sore head hung low in disappointment.

Boxing: Hatton in trainer split

Ricky Hatton will head into his world title clash against Paulie Malignaggi in November without trainer Billy Graham in his corner after confirming their 11-year partnership has come to an end.

Ricky 'Hitman' Hatton and Frank Bruno, Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

The news that Ricky Hatton was to try his hand at punchlines, rather than punches, seemed initially like some fancy footwork to sell tickets for a handful of after-dinner-style shows. However, I should not have had too many doubts about the tenacious Mancunian's ability with the witty riposte. After all, he once cut down his opponent Floyd Mayweather, in word if not in deed, when he said: "If there were such a thing as reincarnation, Floyd would want to come back as himself."

Inside Story: Join the press club!

Even hardened hacks need to wind down. Chris Green finds out where they go when the paper goes to bed

Inside Lines: Time for young talent to take a bow

Yes, Britain's got talent, though judging from recent TV offerings of performing dogs and rain dancers there is more of it in sport than showbiz. It may have gone unnoticed that across the globe in recent weeks young Brits have been cleaning up the medals in sports as diverse as taekwondo and triathlon, modern pentathlon and BMX biking, canoeing, diving and gymnastics. The latest big hit came last week when the welterweight boxer Bradley Saunders, already a World Championship bronze medallist and one of Britain's eight Olympic qualifiers, won the gold medal in the prestigious President's Cup in Taiwan, defeating the Olympic champion in the process. Few British prospects have made as big a splash as phenomenal water babe Tom Daley, of course, but such is the current rate of achievement in the less glamorous Olympic sports – which is where most of the medals will come from – that it all bodes well for Beijing, but more so for 2012. The one fear about the upcoming Games is that some prospects may be peaking too early, as has happened in the past. But at least there is firm evidence of star quality in the class of 2008.

Boxing: Hayemaker lands blow for fellow fighters

Heavyweight 'saviour' talks with more than just his fists as he sets up company to promote low-profile pugilists.

Boxing: Lockett has puncher's chance of world titles

In a week when David Haye brought a new dimension to self-promotion while Ricky Hatton plumbed new depths of self-delusion, the Hayemaker and the Hitman highlighted the vicissitudes of big-time boxing.

Boxing: Time for Hatton to fight back to reality

Forget 55,000 people, forget the millions made and forget the 43 wins because tonight at the City of Manchester Stadium Ricky Hatton is fighting for something far more elusive than the facts and figures that so neatly explain the boxing business.

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