The fact that Carl Froch was the sole fistic representative in the top ten listed for the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year award does not truly reflect boxing's remarkable renaissance in 2014.

Few sports have experienced such a huge surge in popularity, both in participation and numbers of spectators packing venues from small provincial halls to stadiums including Wembley, London's O2 and ExCel, as well as those in Manchester, Liverpool, Belfast and Glasgow.
Amir Khan seems confident that victory over Devon Alexander in Las Vegas tonight will earn him a mega-bucks showdown with the Money Man himself, Floyd Mayweather Jnr., next year. I am not so sure.

Khan may consider this non-title welterweight 12 rounder at the MGM Grand a dress rehearsal for the big production number but fickle Floyd always directs his own show and picks the leading man.  It is by no means certain that Khan figures so highly on his to-be-hit list especially while the possibility of the match-up the world has awaited for so long, Mayweather against Manny Pacquiao, edges closer to reality.
Billy Joe Saunders has fulfilled what I have believed since I first signed him after the Beijing Olympics as one of the most talented young prospects in the land – that he would make history by becoming the first Romany to win a prized Lonsdale Belt outright. Now, after retaining his European and Commonwealth middleweight titles in that humdinger of a scrap with Chris Eubank Jnr, he can go on to complete a remarkable ring double by being the first from Britain's fight-loving Travelling community to win a world title.

I was delighted with his performance against his final remaining domestic rival at the ExCel last weekend. He showed that not only does he have grit, resilience and a great chin, but he can dig deep when it matters. And that's what makes champions. He can now go on to face the elite fighters in the division with confidence – and he is certainly not short of that.
Chris Eubank Jnr has got used to being labelled a dad's lad but the last thing you'd want to call Dereck Chisora - to his face anyway - is a mummy's boy. Yet his mother Viola has played as crucial a role in her boy's career as the idiosyncratic former world champion has in that of his own pugilistic progeny.

Del Boy and Eubank the younger follow each other into the ring at London's sold-out ExCel on Saturday night in their respective  blockbuster British and European title fights against heavyweight challenger Tyson Fury and middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders.
A rich man from the East named Dr. Wu wants to rule the world of boxing. Dr who?

He's Dr. C K Wu, the 68-year-old  English-educated billionaire from Taiwan who has just been re-elected for his third term as president of AIBA, aka the International Boxing Association, which controls what used to be called amateur boxing and is responsible for the sport in the Olympic Games.
It is surely no coincidence that as the world celebrates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall the world of boxing increasingly witnesses the rise of the heavy mob from Eastern Europe who have taken over what is still regarded as the richest prize in sport.

The fact that in Hamburg tomorrow night (Sat) a world heavyweight championship will be contested by a Kazakhstan-born Ukrainian and a Bulgarian from Sofia is indicative of the way boxing has been heading since the wall came down and the Iron Curtain was lifted.
The Alien versus The Krusher sounds like something you would expect to witness in a WWE free-for-all rather than a WBA or WBO ringfest. But when the two boxers who rejoice in those respective noms du guerre clash in Atlantic City tomorrow night it will be the most fascinating match-up of the year. And one that could be frighteningly explosive.

Bernard Hopkins, a thoroughbred old warhorse who has ditched his earlier appendage as The Executioner in favour of The Alien (don't ask me why), encounters Sergey 'Krusher' Kovalev, the ruthless Russian who has earned his own nickname by being arguably the most destructive banger in the game.
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.
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.
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The news from America sounds grim. Muhammad Ali, who has been suffering from Parkinson's for almost three decades now, is said to be desperately unwell and according to somefamily members is not expected to live much longer.

When 72-year-old Ali finally passes away it will be one of the saddest blows boxing has ever suffered. No sports figure has been more universally loved.

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