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MASTERS 2013: Jose Maria Olazabal hits fan with ball on eighth hole of practice round

Ryder Cup winning captain Olazabal leaves spectator in bloody mess at Augusta after accidentally striking him with golf ball

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

16:06 GMT, 8 April 2013

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UPDATED:

16:28 GMT, 8 April 2013

A spectator was left with blood pouring from his head after he was struck by Jose Maria Olazabal's golf ball during the opening day of practice for this week's Masters.

Olazabal, the last European to don the Green Jacket back in 1999, accidentally struck the fan with his shot on the eighth hole at Augusta National.

The spectator fell to the ground clutching his head with his hand before being escorted away by medical staff.

Down and out: The fan was seen clutching his head after he was knocked to the ground

Down and out: The fan was seen clutching his head after he was knocked to the ground

Apology: Jose Maria Olazabal went to see the injured spectator on the eighth hole

Apology: Jose Maria Olazabal went to see the injured spectator on the eighth hole

Take cover: Medical staff are pictured attending to the bloody spectator on the opening day of practice

Take cover: Medical staff are pictured attending to the bloody spectator on the opening day of practice

Sign here: The Spaniard hands over his golf club with his signature to the injured fan

Sign here: The Spaniard hands over his golf club with his signature to the injured fan

Straight down the middle: Olazabal earlier in his round

Straight down the middle: Olazabal earlier in his round

Olazabal, who arrives in Georgia for
the first time since he won the Ryder Cup as European captain at Medinah
last year, attended to the fan handing him a signed glove.

The spectator received attention to the wound which was swiftly wrapped in a bandage.

Earlier, former Open champion Darren Clarke was forced to withdraw from this week's tournament through injury.

Clarke pulled a hamstring more than a
week ago while on holiday on the Bahamian island of Abaco and will miss
the season's first major championship, which gets under way on
Thursday.

'It is with deep regret that I will not be able to play at Augusta this year,' Clarke said on his official website.

'Playing in The Masters is one of golf's greatest pleasures and I am very disappointed to be missing out.'

Clarke pulled out of last week's
Valero Texas Open in the hope that further rest would speed his
recovery, but intensive treatment twice a day failed to have the
required results.

The 44-year-old Northern Irishman,
who missed the cut at Augusta last year on his first appearance since
2007, has yet to set a date for his return to action.

Rio Ferdinand stays out of row with Ashley Cole over relatives" "Facebook taunt"

Ferdinand refuses to enter row with Cole after relatives 'mocked coin attack on Facebook'

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22:45 GMT, 11 December 2012

Rio Ferdinand is refusing to be drawn into another row with Ashley Cole after a series of Facebook messages celebrating his facial injury were attributed to the Chelsea defender’s family.

Ferdinand was left bleeding when a coin was thrown at him in Sunday’s volatile Manchester derby.

A message appeared on the social media site under the name of Cole’s brother Matty on Sunday after Ferdinand was cut above the eye by a 2p coin as he celebrated Robin van Persie’s late winner.

Bloody mess: Rio Ferdinand was struck by a 2p coin as he celebrated United's late victory over City, and it was then claimed he was mocked by the brother and mother of Ashley Cole

Bloody mess: Rio Ferdinand was struck by a 2p coin as he celebrated United's late victory over City, and it was then claimed he was mocked by the brother and mother of Ashley Cole

Sue Cole, Ashley Cole's mother, said to 'give the fan that threw it a medal'

Ashley Cole's brother Matthew said Rio Ferdinand getting hit in the face had 'made his day'

The words read: 'So happy Rio got hit in the face today when he tried to give it kissing the badge!! Straight in the eye!! Made my day.'

Cole’s mother Sue, who claimed on Facebook that her son Ashley would be signing for Paris St-Germain in January, appeared to reply an hour later.

However, she has since denied posting a message which said: ‘Bloody missed that, ha ha ha. Give the fan that threw it a medal!!!!’

Ferdinand is aware of the comments but is refusing to be drawn into another battle with the Cole family.

Fall out: Rio and Cole clashed following the John Terry race row

Fall out: Rio and Cole clashed following the John Terry race row

The United defender was fined 40,000 for his infamous ‘choc ice’ tweet after Cole gave evidence before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on behalf of John Terry in July.

Cole was later fined 90,000 for his #BUNCHOFT**** tweet after the FA referred to the ‘evolution’ of his evidence in the FA independent regulatory commission’s verdict into Terry’s conduct.

Despite their differences, Ferdinand shook Cole’s hand when United faced Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on October 28.

Ashley Cole"s relatives "posted mocking messages online" about coin attack on Rio Ferdinand

'Give the fan that threw it a medal!' Ashley Cole's relatives 'mocked Ferdinand coin attack on Facebook'

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10:42 GMT, 11 December 2012

Supporters were outraged when Manchester
United star Rio Ferdinand was left bleeding after being hit in the face
with a two pence coin as he celebrated his team's derby victory at the
weekend.

But it seems
not everybody was as sympathetic to his plight, with relatives of fellow
Premiership star Ashley Cole apparently taking to Facebook to gloat
about the attack on Ferdinand during Sunday's Manchester derby.

Cole's brother Matthew is reported to have said in a post that seeing the defender hit in the eye had 'made his day'.

'Straight in the eye!!': Ashley Cole's brother Matthew described his glee at the attack on Ferdinand in a Facebook postWound: Blood streams down Ferdiand's face aftee the missile hit him in the face, apparently a coin thrown from the Manchester City end

'Straight in the eye!!': Ashley Cole's brother Matthew described his glee at the attack on Ferdinand in a Facebook post

Bloody mess: Ferdinand was struck by a 2p coin as he celebrated United's late victory

Bloody mess: Ferdinand was struck by a 2p coin as he celebrated United's late victory

When Ferdinand was hit in the
face with the coin as he celebrated his team beating Manchester City 3-2 on
Sunday, the Chelsea star's brother Matthew is said to have posted on
Facebook: 'So happy Rio got hit in the face today when he tried to give
it kissing his badge!! Straight in the eye!! Made my day.'

According to a report in the Daily Mirror, Cole's mother Sue later added her own comment: 'Give the fan that threw it a medal!!'

The well-documented tension between Cole and Ferdinand surfaced during the John Terry race trial, in which Cole acted as a character witness for Chelsea captain John Terry after he was accused of racially abusing Rio's brother Anton during a heated game against QPR at Loftus Road.

The former England skipper was cleared at Westminster magistrates, but the bad blood between the two camps remains.

Rio Ferdinand himself was in trouble after agreeing with a Twitter follower who referred to Cole as a 'choc ice'. In response to the tweet: 'looks like Ashley Cole's going to be their choc ice. Then again he's always been a sellout. Shame on him', Ferdinand himself tweeted: 'I hear you fella! choc ice is classice hahahahahahaha!!'

I'm ashamed and have let my family down, says sorry fan who confronted Rio

Flashpoint: A City fan confronts Ferdinand at end of Manchester derby

Ashley Cole's brother Matthew said Rio Ferdinand getting hit in the face had 'made his day'

Sue Cole, Ashley Cole's mother, said to 'give the fan that threw it a medal'

Jibes: Chelsea star Ashley Cole's brother
Matthew Cole, left, and mother Sue Cole, appeared to revel in the injury
to Man United defender Rio Ferdinand

The Facebook thread was later removed.

Sue Cole denied writing anything online about Ferdinand's injury.

Matthew Cole was unavailable for comment.

Ferdinand
was left bleeding from his left eye following the incident which took
place in the aftermath of United's injury-time winning goal in their 3-2
victory at the Etihad Stadium.

In
extraordinary scenes, a City fan then ran on to the pitch to confront
Ferdinand but was restrained by Manchester City's goalkeeper Joe Hart. A
smoke flare was also thrown onto the pitch.

However,
the Premier League star joked about it afterwards, tweeting: 'Whoever
threw that coin,what a shot! Can't believe it was a copper 2p….could
have at least been a 1 coin!'

London 2012 Paralympics: Blind 5-a-side football begins at Riverbank

Quiet please for football in the library! Blind 5-a-side game kicks off at Paralympics

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23:14 GMT, 31 August 2012

Just as an expletive-ridden roar of angst rose up from the Velodrome, there was church-service silence only a few hundred yards away at the Riverbank Arena.

And it came with a twist. Football, like no other sport, is played amid a feverish and often vitriolic atmosphere.

There are derisory chants from away supporters directed at home fans if there is even the hint of quiet.

Quiet please: The blind football teams need silence so they can hear the ball

Quiet please: The blind football teams need silence so they can hear the ball

But if you had sung: 'Is this a library' as the blind 5-a-side football tournament kicked off on Friday it would have acted more like a compliment.

Players require silence in order to hear the roll of the ball, which has metal discs in it, and listen to calls of the sighted goalkeepers and coaches behind the opposition goal.

Sitting amid 5,000 spectators with lips sealed was a peculiar experience but a most enjoyable one.

Each of the four outfield men were to varying degrees blind, wearing white masks to ensure fairness.

True, flowing moves were not a common feature, but when the ball was at a player's feet the dribbling control was immaculate.

Here we go: Team GB Dave Clarke sustained a bloody nose in their game against Spain

Here we go: Team GB Dave Clarke sustained a bloody nose in their game against Spain

Great Britain started their campaign against Spain around the same time Jody Cundy was swearing at the top of his lungs.

Captained by Dave Clarke, who has 126 goals in 139 internationals, with Britain looking to improve on a fifth-place finish in Beijing.

Spain opened the scoring with a penalty but Clarke delivered a response.

The quiet audience let out gasps of awe as the 41-year-old dribbled then shot on the turn to ripple the net.

127 not out. The match finished 1-1, a solid start. I met Clarke at the team's pre-Paralympic camp at Bath University.

He said he can visualise every inch of the pitch and each goal he scores.

He then motioned to a point 500 yards away 'I even know there is a van driving past over there,' he said. It was unnerving. With talent like that, Britain could go far.

Tour de France 2012: Is next stop an Olympic gold for Bradley Wiggins?

After his triumph in the Tour, is next stop an Olympic gold for Wiggins

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UPDATED:

21:59 GMT, 21 July 2012

Bradley Wiggins will
make British sporting
history on the Champs-
Elysees in Paris on Sunday
when he ends
Britain's 109-year quest
for victory in the Tour de
France.

Wiggins, the 32-year-old triple
Olympic champion, has worn the
race leader's yellow jersey for
the past two weeks as he and his
Team Sky colleagues have
dominated the most gruelling
race in the world.

Triumphant roar: Bradley Wiggins celebrates after crossing the line

Triumphant roar: Bradley Wiggins celebrates after crossing the line

Top boys: Wiggins with team-mate Christopher Froome

Wiggins in action

Top boys: Wiggins with his team-mate Christopher Froome

And after Saturday's penultimate stage, a 33-mile time trial which Wiggins claimed by an astonishing one minute and 16 seconds, his epic triumph is assured – barring accidents and acts of God.

Wiggins punched the air as he crossed the finish line in Chartres after clinching his second stage win of a Tour he and the British sporting public will never forget. Later, as he stood on the winner's podium for the umpteenth time, he was close to tears.

The enormity of what he has overcome has finally sunk in. Later, Wiggins announced: 'Bloody hell, I've just won the Tour de France!'

Tour delight: Wiggins celebrates winning stage 19

Tour delight: Wiggins celebrates winning stage 19

And, emotional and eloquent at
the same time, he added: 'In the
final 10 kilometres today I
thought about my childhood,
about my father leaving us when
I was a kid, my mum bringing me
up and my grandfather dying two
years ago.

'I could never have imagined
that a kid from London could win
the Tour de France. All my mates
back home were into football and
had posters of Gary Lineker on
their walls. I was mad about
cycling and had Miguel Indurain
on my wall.

'I read all the cycling magazines
and dreamed of winning cycle
races, but never the Tour de
France. Now I've done it.
Barring something crazy tomorrow,
it's job done.'

He paid tribute to the thousands
of British fans who cheered him
on. 'I saw loads of union jacks out
there flown by British people
who spent their hard-earned
money to come out and support
me,' he said.

Out in front: Bradley Wiggins on his way to victory in the time trial as he closes in on victory in the Tour de France

Out in front: Bradley Wiggins on his way to victory in the time trial as he closes in on victory in the Tour de France

Sunday's final stage, a 75-mile
procession from the leafy Paris suburb of Rambouillet to the
centre of the French capital, will
observe tradition and honour the
feat of the Londoner France now
calls 'Le Gentleman'.

It will end with Team Sky –
Wiggins included – attempting
to engineer a chance for Mark
Cavendish to win his fourth
successive final day stage on the
famous avenue.

It will be the culmination of the
greatest three weeks of Wiggins's
already stellar career. He will
have covered 2,173 miles and
been in the saddle for a little
under 90 hours on a Tour that,
with Kenya-born Briton Chris
Froome taking second place
behind team-mate Wiggins, has
been dubbed 'Le Promenade des
Anglais'.

Never before has any British
rider even made the podium. The
best until today was Robert
Millar's fourth place in 1984, a
feat matched by Wiggins himself
in 2009. To see a British rider win
the Tour de France will take some
believing on this side of the
Channel, especially a straighttalking
Brit sporting long sideburns,
a Paul Weller hairstyle and
a love of all things Mod.

Out in front: Wiggins will be the first Brit to win the Tour

Out in front: Wiggins will be the first Brit to win the Tour

Wiggins will earn 350,000 from
the prize money alone, and
potentially many millions of
pounds more from resulting
endorsements.

There are those who may mention
that two of his main rivals,
Alberto Contador and Andy
Schleck, were both absent from
the 99th staging of the Tour, the
former banned and the latter
injured.

Some have even questioned
how Wiggins has managed to
dominate a race long plagued
by doping, queries that have been given short shrift by Wiggins and his boss, Team Sky's Dave Brailsford.

The reality is that the man born in Ghent but who spent his formative years in Kilburn, north London, has not put a foot wrong in or out of the saddle since he began his history-making, incident-packed journey three weeks ago in a time trial in Liege.

He finished that stage in second place but with an initial lead over Australia's defending champion, Cadel Evans.

Buddies: Wiggins' team-mate Froome in action

Buddies: Wiggins' team-mate Froome in action

That lead shot up to a
minute and 43 seconds
after stage nine, the
second time trial of the
Tour that witnessed Wiggins's
first ever stage
win and set him up for
the mountains with his
lieutenant, Froome,
right behind him in
second place.

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Let's go: Tour de France 2011 winner, Australia's Cadel Evans, gets his race underway

Yesterday's time trial from Bonneval
to historic Chartres was
dominated by Wiggins. To a background
of thousands of waving
union flags, the race leader was
the last of the remaining 153 out
of 198 riders who began the Tour
to ease his way down a ramp and
begin a flat course just made for
his time-trialling skills.

Wiggins won the stage emphatically,
with Froome, who many
thought could have won the Tour
himself, second and Spain's Luis-
Leon Sanchez, the long-time stage
leader, third.

Froome, bettered by only one
exceptional rider, will undoubtedly
be one of the favourites to
win next year's Centenary Tour.

After today's moment of history,
Wiggins will have six days
before he attempts to help Cavendish
in the sprinter's quest to win
Olympic gold in the road race,
before attempting to win a fourth
Olympic gold for himself in the
time trial the week after.

On yesterday's evidence he will
be the red hot favourite. For now,
though, the colour is not gold, it is
yellow.

A bell tower is adorned with Tour support

Bearer: Peter Sagan of Slovakia, wearing the best sprinter's green jersey

Decorations: A bell tower adorned with mock leaders' jerseys, while Peter Sagan (right) has the green one on

BRADLEY WIGGINS FACTFILE

1980 – Born March 28 in Ghent, Belgium before growing up in London. Son of Australian former racing cyclist Gary Wiggins.

1992 – Begins track cycling at Herne Hill Velodrome, London.

1997 – Wins individual pursuit gold at Junior World Track Championships in Cuba.

2000: March – Silver in team pursuit at Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester. October – Bronze in team pursuit at Olympic Games in Sydney.

2001: September – Silver in team pursuit at Track Cycling World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium.

2002: July – Silver for England in team pursuit and individual pursuit at Commonwealth Games in Manchester. Gold in individual pursuit at Track Cycling World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.

2003: August – Silver in team pursuit at Track Cycling World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.

September – Wins opening stage of Tour de l'Avenir.

2004: August – Olympic gold in individual pursuit at Athens Olympics. Also wins silver in team pursuit alongside Steve Cummings, Paul Manning and Rob Hayles and bronze in Madison alongside Rob Hayles to become first Briton since 1964 to win three medals at one Games.

So close: Wiggins is virtually assured of victory

2005: May – Wins stage eight of Tour de l'Avenir.

2006: July – Makes Tour de France debut, riding for French team Cofidis.

2007: March – Wins gold in the individual pursuit and team pursuit at Track Cycling World Championships in Palma, Majorca.

June – Prologue victory in Dauphine Libere. July – Finishes fourth in Tour de France prologue in London behind Swiss winner Fabian Cancellara but his team, Cofidis, later withdraw after team-mate Cristian Moreni fails a drugs test.

September – Individual pursuit gold at Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester.

2008: January – Wiggins' estranged father, Gary Wiggins, is discovered unconscious in New South Wales and later dies.

March – Wins individual pursuit, team pursuit and Madison gold at Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester.

August 16 – Successfully defends Olympic individual pursuit title with gold at the Laoshan Velodrome.

August 18 – Olympic team pursuit gold alongside Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas and Paul Manning in a world record of three minutes 53.314 seconds.

August 19 – Favourite for Olympic Madison alongside Mark Cavendish but ninth-placed finish results in Manxman suffering the ignominy of being the only member of GB's track team to leave the Laoshan Velodrome without a medal and has a public falling-out with Wiggins.

October – Releases autobiography titled 'In Pursuit of Glory' detailing his struggle with alcohol after Athens Games.

Wiggins leads the way

2009: July – Secures fourth place in Tour de France, matching highest-ever placing by a British rider.

September – Wins British Time-Trial Championship. October – Wins stage five time-trial and overall title at Jayco Herald Sun Tour in Australia.

December 10 – Signs four-year deal with Team Sky, the BSkyB-backed road team which is being led by British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford.

2010: February 7 – Makes Team Sky debut at Tour of Qatar, helping squad to victory in the race's opening team time-trial.

March – Finishes third overall in the Tour of Murcia. May – Wins Giro d'Italia prologue to become second Briton to wear race leader's pink jersey, the maglia rosa. The victory gives Team Sky a Grand Tour stage win at the first attempt.

July – Finishes 24th on Team Sky's Tour de France debut.

2011: March – Finishes third overall in Paris-Nice stage race.

May – Wins fourth stage of Bayern-Rundfahrt as team-mate Geraint Thomas wins overall.

June – Wins traditional Tour de France warm-up Criterium du Dauphine. Wins British Championships road race.

July 8 – Abandons Tour de France after fracturing collarbone in crash on seventh stage. Wiggins was sixth overall, 10 seconds behind race leader Thor Hushovd, entering the stage.

September – Finishes third overall at the Vuelta a Espana, with Team Sky colleague Chris Froome second. Finishes second in World Championships time-trial before helping Cavendish win the road race.

2012: February: Wins stage five of Volta ao Algarve.

March – Wins Paris-Nice overall, completing victory with win on stage eight.

April – Triumphs in Tour de Romandie, winning stages one and five.

June – Successfully defends his Criterium du Dauphine title and wins stage four time-trial for an unprecedented series of results.

July 7 – Takes the Tour de France yellow jersey after stage seven.

July 21 – Wins the time-trial on the Tour's penultimate day to all but secure victory ahead of the final stage, effectively a procession.

Floyd Mayweather tells Manny Pacquiao: It"s time we finally got our fight on

Bring it on! Mayweather insists he wants Pacquiao showdown after battling to win over Cotto

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09:02 GMT, 6 May 2012

Floyd Mayweather told his rival Manny Pacquiao that the time is now right for them to square up for the fight the world wants to see.

Mayweather beat Miguel Cotto on points in a bruising battle on points in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

And speaking about fighting his rival as the world's best pound-for-fighter, Mayweather said: 'I tried to make the Pacquiao fight
and that didn't work, so I fought Miguel Cotto instead and gave the fans
a great fight.

'I want to fight Pacquiao but he has to take the test, and I'll fight him.

Respect: Cotto hugs Mayweather after their fight at the MGM Grand

Respect: Cotto hugs Mayweather after their fight at the MGM Grand

Mayweather paid a glowing tribute to Cotto after beating him on points in their bruising fight on Saturday night.

The unbeaten Mayweather was put under
immense pressure early on by a relentless Cotto but weathered the storm
and finished the stronger.

'You're a hell of a champion. You're the toughest guy I ever fought,' Mayweather said afterwards.

'You want to give the fans what they pay for and that's excitement. It comes with the territory when you fight a future Hall of Famer like Miguel Cotto.

'I had to fight hard and suck it up. I dug down and fought him back.'

Boxing clever: Cotto lands a punch on Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas

Boxing clever: Cotto lands a punch on Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas

Mayweather began by landing stiff
jabs and fast right hands, but Cotto motored relentlessly forward,
bullying Mayweather to the ropes and battering his body with left hooks.

As
the rounds progressed, Cotto's constant pressure seemed to be taking
its toll and after the sixth Mayweather returned to his corner with a
bloody nose.

In the eighth, Cotto pounded the
American against the ropes but that would prove the high point for the
champion as Mayweather changed strategy, employing more lateral movement
and firing right hands from long range.

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Still the champion: Mayweather celebrates his victory

Cotto believes he could not have done anything more in the fight.

'The judges said I lost the fight. I can't do anything else,' he said. 'I have to take my defeat.

'He knows what kind of fight Miguel Cotto brings, and so do the fans. I'm happy with my fight and with my performance and so is my family. I can't ask for anything else.'

Yohan Cabaye set to hear fate after lashing out at Adam El-Abd

Cabaye set to discover fate after lashing out at El-Abd in FA Cup defeat

Yohan Cabaye is waiting to hear if he will be banned by the FA after lashing out at Brighton defender Adam El-Abd.

Footage captured the Newcastle midfielder aiming a kick at El-Abd during the Championship club's 1-0 win.

Out of Toon: Yohan Cabaye is waiting to hear if he will be banned by the FA

Out of Toon: Yohan Cabaye is waiting to hear if he will be banned by the FA

Cabaye escaped punishment from Chris Foy but is facing a three-game ban for the kick that left El-Abd with a bloody lip.

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli was handed a four-game ban last week for his stamp on Scott Parker after Howard Webb missed the incident.

El-Abd said: 'Cabaye caught me. I'm a big boy and I can deal with it. I think he knew what he was doing.'

Carl Froch out to show he"s a big hit after British boxing given bloody nose

I”ve nothing to prove: Froch out to prove he”s a big hit after British boxing given bloody nose

Carl Froch has shrugged off a disastrous few weeks for British boxing and insists it is not his job asthe “last man standing” to come to the rescue this weekend.

A terrible month for the sport has seen several major disappointments for some of Froch”s domestic peers.

Focused: Carl Froch in Atlantic City

Focused: Carl Froch in Atlantic City

Amir Khan lost his WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles to Lamont Peterson last weekend while earlier in December John Murray was beaten up badly in his WBA lightweight challenge against Brandon Rios and Martin Murray was held to a draw by WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm.

Froch puts his WBC super-middleweight title on the line against WBA champion Andre Ward in Atlantic City on Saturday in the final of the innovative Super Six tournament and admits it has been a tough time for his countrymen at the top level.

“There tends to be a little bit of an emphasis and pressure on me restoring the pride in British boxing but that”s all part and parcel of it,” Froch said.

“I”m the last man standing in this tournament and I suppose I”m the last man standing this year in terms of fighting overseas.”

But Nottingham”s Froch has maintained he feels no responsibility to give the sport in his country a shot in the arm.

“It hasn”t been a good month for British boxing so far,” he said.

Head to head: Carl Froch (right) and Andre Ward

Head to head: Carl Froch (right) and Andre Ward

“So there”s a chance for me to end the year on a high for British boxing. All these fighters have been beaten and lost their titles and they”ve come away and lost and so everybody is looking towards Carl Froch doing the business.

“The difference is that Carl Froch fights at an elite level time after time after time. At the top level, world championship. Not top 10 or top20 but top three or four.

“Between myself and Andre Ward we”re the 168lb kings. We”re the best fighters in the division bar none. We”re the two best in the world.

“But I”m not looking at what everyone else has done wrong and how they”ve all lost or thinking I can steal the limelight because of what Murray”s done or what Amir Khan did at the weekend.

“I”m just concentrating on what I”m doing. None of that matters to me.

“It”s a shame for British boxing that all these other fighters have lost but it”s an individual sport.

“I just think about myself and getting myself 100% prepared without focusing on everyone else.”

He added: “Of course there”s a chance for me to now become the biggest thing in British boxing but in all honesty I”ve been at world level for the last two or three years, in my mind, and I”m a top fighter, producing the goods at elite level anyway.

“So I”m not really clinging onto anybody”s misfortune over the last month thinking “this is a good chance to do something now” because I”m at the top of my game anyway.

Shock: Amir Khan lost both his IBF and WBA straps

Shock: Amir Khan lost both his IBF and WBA titles

“What I”ve achieved and been doing for the last two or three years is phenomenal. Since beating Jean Pascal to first win the WBC title I”m at the top of my game and anybody who knows anything about boxing puts me up there with the best in the world anyway, regardless of what anyone else is doing.

“It just doesn”t matter.”

Ward, meanwhile, has cut a surly figure this week.

“I”m always like this,” he said. “It”s two or three days from a big fight.

“But people will throw things out there like “he”s a nice guy” – which I am – “he”s a family man” – which I am – and they”ll get caught up in some of the press that they read instead of really looking at me for who I am.

“I”m a warrior. But people only give you the warrior tag if you get cut every other fight or if you”re a fight-of-the-year candidate in every other fight.

“I”m a warrior, man, and I”m coming to win something and take something.”