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The day Richard Dunn took on the mighty Muhammad Ali

Hero's welcome back home for Richard Dunn after the Muhammad Ali fight Credit: PA

For anyone who can remember 40 years ago - that's 1976 - it was the year of a record heatwave, Brotherhood of Man won the Eurovision Song Contest with "Save Your Kisses for Me" and James Callaghan became Labour Prime Minister.

But this very day 40 years ago, May the 24th, Bradford boxer Richard Dunn took on Muhammad Ali for the World Heavyweight title - one of only four British boxers ever to take on 'The Greatest" - in Munich.

He may have lost the bout but his place in boxing history was assured. He'll be joining us on Calendar later but let's have a bit of a wallow in 1976 nostalgia.



Kell Brook prepares for his long-awaited return to the ring

Sheffield's Kell Brook is making his long-awaited return to the ring following nearly a year out. The unbeaten 29-year-old makes the third defence of his IBF World Welterweight title against the little known Canadian fighter Kevin Bizier at the Sheffield arena.

Kell Brook is nicknamed the Special One but he has had little chance to prove it of late. It has been 10 long months since he last stepped into the ring after a rib injury ruled him out of his last fight back in October.

His opponent tomorrow - Canadian Kevin Bizier - has lost only 2 of his 27 professional fights. But both those were at the hands of Jo Jo Dan. The man Kell beat within 4 rounds just a year ago. It's therefore no surprise Kell is the overwhelming favourite and has already started thinking about what could come next.

The big fight he craves could come as early as this summer, but first Kell must ensure he does the biz against Kevin Bizier.

Kell Brook prepares to defend his title

Unbeaten: Kell Brook

Kell Brook makes the third defence of his IBF World Welterweight title at the Sheffield arena on Saturday night.

The unbeaten 29-year-old fights Canadian Kevin Bizier on a bill which also includes an all Yorkshire fight for the Commonwealth lightweight belt between Hull's Olympic champion Luke Campbell and Gary Sykes from Dewsbury.

Kell has been out of the ring for almost a year after injury ruled him out of his last scheduled title defence - against Diego Chavez in October.

He was hoping victory on Saturday would lead to an all British showdown against long term rival Amir Khan. But after the Bolton brawler announced a step up to middleweight to take on Saul "Canelo" Alvarez Kell was left searching for a big name replacement that, as yet, has still to be announced.

Opponent Kevin Bizier

Kell Brook's opponent Kevin Bizier will become the first boxer from Quebec City, Canada, to fight for a world title. The 32-year-old has lost only two fights in his career. Both came against Jo Jo Dan - a fighter Kell Brook defeated within four rounds last year.

Fans given glimpse of Luke Campbell's talent

Showing off talent

Hull's Olympic champion Luke Campbell gave boxing fans a glimpse of his talent during a public workout at the Winter Gardens in Sheffield.

The 28-year-old lost his first professional fight to Frenchman Yvan Mendy at the O2 Arena last December. Since his defeat Luke has been training out in Miami with the highly respected Cuban trainer Jorges Rubio.

He will fight Dewsbury's Gary Sykes at the Sheffield Arena on Saturday night, for the vacant Commonwealth lightweight title on the undercard of Kell Brook's defence of his IBF World Welterweight title against Canadian Kevin Bizier.

Warming up

Kid Galahad has doping ban reduced

Sheffield boxer Barry Awad, also known as Kid Galahad, has had his ban for doping reduced by 6 months.

The unbeaten super bantamweight was banned for two years in September 2014 after testing positive for the banned steroid stanolozol. He always protested his innocence, claiming his brother spiked his drink. He has now been given permission to resurrect his boxing career.

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