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 01 June 2008
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.
Saturday 24 May 2008
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.
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.
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