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Londoner George Groves goes for boxing super-middleweight title

Groves (left) faces Carl Froch (right) tonight Credit: PA Wire

Young Londoner George Groves will face off against super-middleweight champion Carl Froch in the ring this evening. 25 year old Groves is looking to extend his unbeaten 19 match streak while Froch plans to defend his WBA and IBF titles.

The two have exchanged harsh words and almost came to blows before the match even started when they had to be pulled apart on the podium at the weigh-in.


Haye's 'big plans' dashed

Haye tells fans he didn't think the shoulder injury was so bad initially Credit: David Haye/twitter

In a statement on his website, David Haye said:

“I genuinely believed the shoulder injury wasn't that bad...But the doctor sent me for a detailed MRI scan and within 24 hours I was told the full extent of the damage. Twenty-four hours after that I was in the operating theatre.

“It's a crushing blow for me. I had big plans for next year and the ultimate goal was to win back the world heavyweight title, something my amazing fans deserve.

"What I didn't anticipate was that this year would be the unluckiest of my career and that a number of injuries would disrupt my plans so much.

"Perhaps it just wasn't meant to be. The boxing Gods keep hinting that maybe enough is enough and that it's time to finally hang up my gloves.”

I'm truly gutted for my fans, says Haye

David Haye 'truly gutted' for fans Credit: David Haye/twitter

The boxer from Bermondsey tweeted this picture of him in a hospital bed last night with the message, 'I am truly gutted for my loyal fans'.

Haye's promoters say he had five hours of surgery in Germany last Thursday to reconstruct his right shoulder and in a statement say:

'[Haye] has since been told to seriously consider ending his glittering 11-year professional boxing career.

The operation was to the right subscapularis and bicep tendon attachments, both of which were ruptured.'

Lennox Lewis: I'd return for a record $100m prize

Former undisputed world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis says he would be happy to make a return to the ring to face IBF, WBA and WBO titlist Wladimir Klitschko. But he would only do it for $100 million - the biggest prize in boxing history.

London-born Lewis last fought professionally over a decade ago, but told the Daily Mail he would be ready to step back into the ring with only six months of training, on the condition he takes with him the huge price tag.

Lennox Lewis, seen earlier this year
Lennox Lewis, seen earlier this year Credit: Press Association

Lennox Lewis said: "I have told them I can be ready in six months and I am in provisional training. I said at the time that it will take $50m to get me out of my pyjamas but now I have to consider the value of my legacy of having retired as undisputed champion. That will cost them $100m."

Lewis had always maintained he had no interest in making a comeback since retiring after beating Klitschko's older brother Vitali in June 2003 in controversial circumstances, retaining his WBC title when the fight was stopped after the sixth round in Los Angeles.


Olympic boxer's pro debut at the O2 Arena

Boxer Anthony Joshua was one of London's true stars of the Olympics. The Watford-born heavyweight started the Games a novice on the international scene- and finished as a gold medallist.

Now he's going professional, and this weekend he'll make his debut at the O2 Arena. He told Rags Martel that he hopes his Olympic journey has prepared him for this next step in his career. This report contains flashing images.

David Haye pulls out of heavyweight showdown due to injury

Heavyweight David Haye was forced to pull out of the bout due to an injury Credit: Nick Potts/ PA Wire

Former world heavyweight champion David Haye has had to postpone a Sept. 28 bout with fellow Briton Tyson Fury in Manchester after suffering a cut over his left eyebrow in training.

Londoner Haye was sparring with Croatian Filip Hrgovic on Friday when he suffered the wound that needed six stitches.

Promoters Hayemaker Boxing said in a statement that the stitches would have to remain in place for between five and seven days. No date was set for any rescheduled fight.

"Even when everything seems to be right on track, sometimes life throws you a curveball," said the 32-year-old Haye. "I will somehow have to try and make the best of this horrible situation. But, right now, I'm in bits about what has happened."

Haye's previous planned fight, against Germany's Manuel Charr, was cancelled in June when the Briton suffered a hand injury. He has not fought since July 2012, when he beat Dereck Chisora.

David Haye: Audley achieved a lot in his career

The former WBA world heavyweight champion David Haye has defended Audley Harrison after the 2000 Olympic champion announced his retirement from boxing. Harrison faced heavy criticism after being easily beaten by Haye when they fought for the world title in 2010.

But Haye said Harrison had achieved a lot in his career.

"I know he didn't lace a pair of gloves on until he was 18 or 19, I know he had a bit of a rough upbringing. So I'm sure if someone had said to him then that he would achieve all this - being a professional, European champion, world title challenger, Olympic champion - I'm sure he would have snatched that out of your hand and said 'thank you very much, I'll have that'.

"I'm sure you can look back through thousands of British boxers and boxers from around the world who haven't achieved a tenth of what Audley has done."

– David Haye, former WBA world champion
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