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'Impossible is nothing': David Beckham pays tribute

David Beckham has paid tribute to Muhammad Ali with the boxer's infamous "impossible is nothing" quote.

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The former footballer also called the three-time world heavyweight boxing champion "the greatest" and "the biggest and the best" in posts on his Instagram page.

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Amir Khan reassures fans after going into hospital

Amir Khan defiantly insisted he was okay while he was taken to hospital as a precaution after his heavy sixth-round knockout defeat by Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in Las Vegas.

Khan was knocked out cold by Canelo. Credit: Reuters

The WBC champion brutally stopped Khan with a huge right hand to make the first successful defence of his title, inflicting the fourth defeat of the 29-year-old's professional career and exposing him as a natural welterweight too small to convincingly compete at the catchweight of 155lbs.

There was little shame in the nature of the defeat for Khan, who impressed with his speed and combinations in the opening five rounds until Alvarez's superior size and strength began to slow him down and leave him vulnerable to the knockout that followed.

Khan said afterwards he expects to return to 147lbs, where he is undefeated and where his domestic rival Kell Brook is the IBF champion, and added on Twitter on his way to hospital: "Im okay everyone. thats boxing for you."

He hit the canvas so heavily it was instantly obvious the fight was over - the official time was two minutes and 37 seconds of the sixth round - and the 25-year-old Alvarez knelt beside him to check he was okay.

"You want to win by knockout, but you don't want to hurt anybody," the Mexican said. "It was a human reaction to make sure he was okay and I'm glad he appears to be."

Joshua preparing to announce himself in US with TV deal

Joshua has signed a multi-fight TV deal in the US. Credit: PA

Anthony Joshua is preparing to announce himself in the United States after signing a multi-fight deal with Showtime ahead of his maiden IBF world heavyweight title defence against the unbeaten Dominic Breazeale.

The pair meet at the O2 Arena on June 25, with Breazeale returning to London for the first time since his first-round defeat at the 2012 Olympic Games.

The 30-year-old from Los Angeles has won all 17 of his professional contests, with 15 stoppages, while Joshua has a 100 per cent knockout record after 16 bouts in the paid ranks.

Following the announcement of his television deal with American network Showtime, Joshua said he is ready for what will be a level fight between two unbeaten combatants.

"I know there are a lot of positive things happening in boxing and around my career, you see my reaction when these things happen and you're only good when you're winning," he said.

"Every fight could be your last fight, that is why I'm serious and I don't let success go to my head. Me and Dominic are very equal, 17 fights, 16 fights, turned professional around the same time.

"It is a very equal fight, he is my fourth undefeated fighter I've been fighting. He gets to announce himself in the UK and I can announce myself in America and the best man will come out on top. May the best man win."

Khan not interested in fighting Mayweather

Amir Khan has insisted he would not be interested in fighting Floyd Mayweather if the American makes his expected return from retirement, even if he defeats Saul Alvarez to win the WBC middleweight title.

Khan faces Mexico's defending champion 'Canelo' Alvarez. Credit: PA

He challenges Mexico's defending champion 'Canelo' Alvarez on Saturday at Las Vegas' new T-Mobile Arena when he is such an underdog that victory would be among the greatest ever by a British fighter.

Mayweather has this week attracted significant attention since hinting at plans for a comeback and speaking of talks with American television networks CBS and Showtime, and if Khan were to hold a middleweight title where the 39 year old is yet to fight, the potential money involved would be likely to get Mayweather's attention.

"He messed me around a lot so I don't think I'd take that fight. He messed me around, so I'd probably treat him the same way," said Khan.

"Floyd's probably missing not having his picture on the MGM. He must see my picture and Canelo's picture and think, 'People have forgotten about me'. As soon as you say you're retired, we do forget about the people who say that.

"Mayweather's feeling that now, he's feeling like no one's talking about him, that he's old news, and maybe that's why he's trying to get everyone supporting him again by saying 'I want to make a comeback'.

"Whatever Mayweather says, let him say it."

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