The death in South Africa of a female boxer reinforces my long-held personal view that this is not a sport for women.

It seems especially tragic that a young woman has died as a result of being knocked out during a recent fight in what has been a wretched week for South African sport.
Irish ace Stephen Ormond has been awarded the prestigious accolade of European Fighter of the Year at the World Boxing Organisation Convention in Las Vegas.

The all-action fighter from Dublin won the WBO European Lightweight title in September last year with a stunning first round stoppage of Adam Mate.  He made two quick defences that year, against Adam Dingsdale in October with ten round points win and then Derry Mathews in December with a points win over twelve rounds.
The stakes just got higher between bitter rivals Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jnr. in their titanic middleweight clash on Saturday 29th November at the ExCeL London.

Not only are personal pride, bragging rights and unbeaten records on the line, plus Saunders' British, Commonwealth and European titles, but now their clash has been sanctioned by the World Boxing Organisation, at their Convention in Las Vegas today, as a Final Eliminator for the World title.
Tyson Fury is following Hollywood star Brad Pitt into action and is ready for war against heavyweight rival Dereck Chisora.

Pitt tops the box-office in the UK with his hit movie Fury about an army sergeant in World War Two who commands a tank with a five-man crew in Nazi Germany.
Jimmy Tibbs says that his charge Billy Joe Saunders training at a foreign camp for the big showdown with rival Chris Eubank Jnr brings back memories of Nigel Benn's epic win over Mauro Galvano.

The legendary East End trainer took British boxing great Benn to a Tenerife training camp for his WBC World Super-Middleweight title challenge against Italian Galvano in 1992, the results showed with Benn pulling off a memorable victory in Rome, stopping Galvano in four rounds.
Domestic rivals Frankie Gavin and Bradley Skeete started their war-of-words as they head towards their Saturday 29th November showdown at the ExCeL London.

Gavin defends his British Welterweight title with the Vacant Commonwealth title also on the line, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky 437/HD 490, Virgin 546 and Talk Talk 525).
Promoter Frank Warren presents Championship Boxing "The Magnificent Seven" from the Liverpool Echo Arena.

Early results...
Frankie Gavin roared back to winning ways last night in Wolverhampton when he blasted out Mate Hornyak inside two rounds sending a warning to rival Bradley Skeete.

The Birmingham hotshot had his first fight since his controversial split decision points loss to European Welterweight Champion Leonard Bundu when he challenged the Italian for the crown in the same ring back in August.
Boxing has its critics – and I've taken a few whacks on the chin defending what I still believe is the Noble Art – but I can assure you of one thing:  It isn't bent.

And not a lot of sports can say that these days.
The official weigh-in today was held at the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool for tomorrow night's show at the Liverpool Echo Arena.

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