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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Sunday 18 May 2008
Thankfully Henmania is no more at Wimbledon, but Hitmania will take over in Manchester next Saturday night. A crowd of 55,000, the biggest for a boxing event in post-war Britain, will celebrate the homecoming of sport's favourite cheeky chappy, Ricky Hatton, at his beloved football shrine.
Sunday 11 May 2008
Junior Witter became the fourth of Britain's clutch of world champions to lose his title this year, suffering a shock defeat at the fast hands of young Timothy Bradley from California, known as The Desert Storm.
Saturday 10 May 2008
Junior Witter defends his World Boxing Council light welterweight title in Nottingham tonight when he takes on Timothy Bradley. It is the third time he has defended the title and is annoyed that he is not recognised as an equal to Ricky Hatton.
Thursday 17 April 2008
Sunday 06 April 2008
Clinton Woods, who likes to be known as the Cinderella man of British boxing, continues to ride in the golden coach he climbed aboard three years ago when he acquired the International Boxing Federation world light-heavyweight title. In the early hours of next Sunday he finally goes to the ball in Tampa, Florida, meeting ex-champion Antonio Tarver in the second of a trilogy of mega-dollar match-ups featuring Britons invading US rings.
Saturday 22 March 2008
Gavin Rees has Amir Khan on his mind as he prepares to defend his WBA light-welterweight title for the first time against Andreas Kotelnik, the Ukrainian, in Cardiff tonight. The Welshman became one of British boxing's most unlikely world champions when he emerged from a career seemingly destined for undercards to dethrone Souleymane M'baye on points last July.
Thursday 13 March 2008
Ricky Hatton will return to the ring at the home of his beloved Manchester City on 24 May when he defends his International Boxing Organisation light-welterweight title against Mexico's Juan Lazcano. It will be the first fight for Hatton since his defeat in Las Vegas last December at the fists of Floyd Mayweather and it will be his first fight in Manchester for three years.
Thursday 17 January 2008
Sunday 30 December 2007
The Hitman may have hit the deck, but 2007 was the year in which British boxing hit the heights. The battered old game's comeback anticlimaxed when Ricky Hatton ran into a reality check in Las Vegas, but otherwise it was a prodigious 12 months which produced a record seven world champions, one of them Joe Calzaghe, voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, while the coach of the year just happens to be his dad.
Sunday 16 December 2007
Scotland's Alex Arthur, who aspires to be Britain's eighth world champion next year, almost had his dream dashed in his home town of Edinburgh last night, coming perilously close to losing his WBO Interim super-heavyweight belt at the hands of Stephen Foster Jnr.
Saturday 01 December 2007
Ricky Hatton, Britain's greatest-ever boxer in the eyes of many who know about these things, might be even more of a national hero if his fights were on one of the terrestrial stations, but they'd find it difficult to match the commitment shown by Sky. There, sport doesn't have to compete with endless hours of Quiz Play or prime-time repeats of One Foot in the Grave.
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