Jose Sulaiman was the boss at the World Boxing Council, boxing’s most respected governing body, for 38 years, and he liked to be called the Father of Boxing, Don Jose or Mr President. The tiny Mexican certainly helped make boxing safer by drafting and pushing through some drastic changes to the way the sport works during his reign as President; last November, when he was in a coma at a hospital in Los Angeles, he was made the WBC’s President for Life at the organisation’s annual convention in Thailand.
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Saturday 18 June 2011
Ryan Rhodes will try against staggering odds to win the World Boxing Council light-middleweight belt tonight when he fights the unbeaten Mexican Saul Alvarez, who is 20, the biggest star in Mexican boxing and fighting in front of 15,000 of his hometown-fans at altitude in Guadalajara.
Friday 03 June 2011
In 2008, when Carl Froch talked about winning a real world title and making genuine defences against proper fighters, nobody believed him. Now, five fights and three years later, nobody doubts him.
Monday 23 May 2011
Bernard Hopkins became the oldest man to win a boxing world title on Saturday when he defeated Canadian Jean Pascal by a unanimous decision to claim the WBC and IBO light-heavyweight belts at the age of 46.
Sunday 01 May 2011
There's something about British boxing's 12-stone men that makes them feel unloved.
Sunday 17 April 2011
It was the unkindest cut of all for Northern Ireland's Paul McCloskey. The 31-year-old, who runs a supermarket in home town Dungiven, believed he was short-changed when he lost his WBA light-welterweight challenge to Amir Khan in Manchester last night. The bout was halted 30 seconds from the end of the sixth round after a clash of heads – deemed accidental – caused a deep wound over McCloskey's left eye.
Thursday 03 March 2011
Tuesday 08 February 2011
Amir Khan will defend his WBA light-welterweight title against the European champion Paul McCloskey on 16 April. In his first fight on home soil since 2009, the Briton will face the Northern Irishman at the MEN Arena in Manchester.
Tuesday 08 February 2011
Wladimir Klitschko has rubbished David Haye's threat to retire by the end of the year without fighting him, branding Britain's WBA heavyweight champion "a liar and a loser".
Monday 31 January 2011
Timothy Bradley is targeting a showdown with Amir Khan after adding the WBC light-welterweight title to his WBO crown with a technical decision victory over Devon Alexander in Detroit on Saturday night.
Wednesday 26 January 2011
World heavyweight champions Vladimir and Vitaly Klitschko have accepted a challenge to fight Poland's Tomasz Adamek and will decide in the coming months who will take him on.
Wednesday 26 January 2011
Monday 27 December 2010
Ukrainian brothers Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, who hold four out of five world heavyweight title crowns, have promised a much-anticipated fight with the WBA champion David Haye will take place next year.
Monday 29 November 2010
It took Carl Froch less than a minute to find his rhythm and the remaining 35 minutes to deliver a flawless, punch-perfect masterclass in old-fashioned boxing skills here on Saturday night to leave Arthur Abraham bruised, confused and battered.
Sunday 21 November 2010
Awful Audley Harrison was not the only sore loser after David Haye's winning gamble on a third-round KO in last week's big fight farce. Rival promoter Frank Warren says Haye's initial public declaration that he had bet on himself – a statement which the WBA heavyweight champion hastily retracted when told this was illegal – has cost him a major sponsorship deal with a leading betting firm. "I'm gutted because we had agreed on what was a massive sponsorship for my future shows," he tells us. "They now say they want nothing to do with boxing at the moment because of this controversy." Warren won't reveal the company involved "because I hope to sit down and talk to them again next year when the dust has settled". But he is angry that the Board of Control won't be investigating Haye's "I put money on the third round" admission, especially as it was not the first time the boxer had claimed on air that he backs himself to win. In a Sky Soccer AM interview some weeks ago he said he bets on all his fights. The rumour was rife at ringside that Haye had £100,000 on the outcome, and several in the Haye camp and some employees of Sky are known to have placed bets on a third-round finish. Bookmakers William Hill confirm they paid out six figures to punters but say these losses were more than compensated by many who had gambled on the long odds offered against Harrison, whose pre-fight bullshine is the butt of ridicule. But why hate him? After all, it's not as if he's ever hurt anyone...
Wednesday 10 November 2010
David Haye believes Saturday's all-British WBA heavyweight title showdown with Audley Harrison could earn him more money than a blockbuster unification fight with either of the Klitschko brothers.
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