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SPOTY 2012: BBC produced champagne moment – Edge of the Box

With SPOTY, the BBC delivered a champagne moment to mark vintage year

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UPDATED:

07:58 GMT, 17 December 2012

As reported on this website a couple of days ago, yesterday provided a bumper Sabbath of sport on the telly to wedge yourself into the settee for.

Although, I do have to be honest. I did take a couple of hours off from the vigil to watch the gripping last two episodes of the The Killing. So a bit of a Fjord Super Sunday for me, too.

It all started before dawn had even considered the notion of cracking with Amir Khan’s impressive return to form in LA, followed by a swift switch of continent to the Test Match from Nagpur.

Sealed with a kiss: Bradley Wiggins won the Sports Personality of the Year Award

Sealed with a kiss: Bradley Wiggins won the Sports Personality of the Year Award

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Edge of the Box: Finally, some sport! Joker Haye teaches celebrities how to box
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Edge of the Box: Bumble & Co up early to keep cricket fans entertained
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Although, so old skool was the progress on the field of play, Bumble found himself turning on the poop bag-free dog walkers of Brentford, by way of conversation.

This was followed by several hours of football – from a Yokohama Samba, all the way to a point for Big Sam. This, though, was merely the warm-up for the night that was set to celebrate arguably the greatest year of sport this United Kingdom of ours has ever witnessed.

Frankly, we’ve never had it so good. Therefore, neither has BBC’s Sports Personality Of The Year Awards which quite sensibly set up shop back at the scene of the crime, in East London’s ExCel Centre.

If we weren’t quite aware of just how special this year’s event was, then the opening to the show surely left us in no doubt.

A spectacular helicopter ride with the three hosts Sue Barker, Clare Balding and Gary Lineker through a twinkling night time London was followed by Emily Sande serenading us in an ink blue sea awash with twinkling lights inside the arena.

Then there was Mark Cavendish escorted to the stage with the trophy he won last year, flanked by members of the armed forces and several Games makers.

As Sue Barker pointed out, this was the biggest show in Sports Personality’s 59th year. However, it was also two and half hours plus of telly. The question would therefore have to be asked: would it be big enough to fill that much air time

Well, personally, I thought this particular marathon was a real sprint – the time flying by as we flipped from stage, to film, to interview, with hero after hero never failing to remind us why running, jumping, kicking, hitting et al can be so damned special.

OK, true, arguably you can hear enough of people saying what ‘an incredible experience’ it was, but that ‘it wasn’t just me’. However, when time after time it’s people whose astounding performances during this last 12 months absolutely lit up the nation, we are surely honour-bound to pardon the repetition.

Honoured: Andy Murray received his third-place trophy from Lennox Lewis

Honoured: Andy Murray received his third-place trophy from Lennox Lewis

Always unavoidably flat, though, are the live interviews from around the world.

Andy Murray at least got himself a nice poolside seat and the prospect we might see some running, petting or bombing in the background. But poor old Chris Hoy found himself in what appeared to be a dentist’s reception, with only half a Christmas tree for company.

On the night, though, in the room it was Bradley Wiggins who was going to take some beating.

Double act: Wiggins and Sue Barker entertained the crowd at London's Excel Arena

Double act: Wiggins and Sue Barker entertained the crowd at London's Excel Arena

First up of the 12, his film was voiced
by his Quadrophenia Mod-In-Arms Phil Daniels, and his suit was as sharp
as it was nostalgic for those times. He was also hilarious, continually
calling Ms Barker ‘Susan’ and ripping Gary by referring to ‘the
incredible team’ he must have behind his make-up.

The film recalling the incredible final day of the Premier League was also enthralling, and was greeted by an impressive 16,000 capacity ‘Posnan’. While Martine Wright’s speech on accepting the Helen Rollason award was both incredibly touching and inspirationally uplifting.

Talks: The Duchess of Cambridge and Jessica Ennis

Talks: The Duchess of Cambridge and Jessica Ennis

However, something special seemed to happen when the name 'Jessica Ennis' was said aloud and she glided to the stage in ‘that dress’ (I’m no expert, but I’m sure that dress is a definite ‘that dress’). The hall seemed to have itself a favourite, judging from the response.

The result, however, was still an hour away. Before that was announced, two local lads had their chance to shine on stage. First up, there was Hackney’s Idris Elba delivering a rousing rendition of Edgar Guest’s words to welcome the victorious Team GB/Paralympics GB (with mention in dispatches for the cheer the Ryder Cup team received). Then, to the sort of reception you might imagine Robbie Williams would walk out to, there was Leytonstone’s David Beckham in a brown sports jacket welcoming Lord Coe up to collect his Lifetime Achievement Award.

Although it was actually the Duchess Of Cambridge who gave Seb his trophy. But I don’t think she’s an East Ender.

In the end though, and to chants of ‘Wiggo, Wiggo’, it was the man who had opened proceedings with such natural aplomb, that won the day. Bradley Wiggins won the Tour, took gold and stole the show. ‘There’s free beer around the back, courtesy of the BBC’ he told the crowd.

Unlikely, but credit where it’s due, the Corporation certainly created a champagne moment to mark this vintage sporting year.

Kell Brook will fight for world title or Amir Khan

Brook on brink of world title but Khan blockbuster looms large on horizon

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UPDATED:

14:19 GMT, 21 October 2012

In stopping Hector Saldivia inside three punch-perfect rounds on Saturday, Kell Brook delivered on his promise to re-establish himself as Britain’s brightest boxing prospect.

Having come dangerously close to seeing his dream of winning a world title ripped from his grasp against Carson Jones in July, the Sheffield welterweight made no such mistake in front of a 7,000-strong home crowd.

Brook, 26, has now levered himself into the mandatory position to fight newly-crowned IBF champion Devon Alexander in the early part of 2013.

Early night: Kell Brook knocked out Hector Saldivia in the third round

Early night: Kell Brook knocked out Hector Saldivia in the third round

After flooring Saldivia in the opening round with a stiff uppercut, Brook completed his night’s work 28 seconds into the third session when the Argentine walked on to a thunderous jab.

‘It was easier than I thought it would be,’ he admitted. ‘This was the best prepared I’ve ever been for a fight.

‘In the dressing room, there was no doubt. I knew that if I lost, I would have been beaten by a monster.

‘Me and Dom [trainer Ingle] looked at the fight for the first time. I never look at tapes as people always fight differently when they get in the ring, but for this I did everything. I had everything down to a tee.’

Next up: Brook is the mandatory challenger to Devon Alexander (right)

Next up: Brook is the mandatory challenger to Devon Alexander (right)

But luring Alexander, who relieved Randall Bailey of his belt in New York hours after Brook’s triumph, to Yorkshire could prove a step too far.

Even if Sky dip their toes back into pay-per-view waters for the first time since David Haye’s defeat to Wladimir Klitschko in 2011, Missourian Alexander could instead opt to relinquish his belt for a far more lucrative re-match with WBO champion Timothy Bradley.

Either way, Brook will fight for a world title next year but there remains the tantalising prospect of a British blockbuster with bitter rival Amir Khan in the meantime.

Showdown: Brook could face Amir Khan in a British blockbuster next year

Showdown: Brook could face Amir Khan in a British blockbuster next year

The Manchester Arena, which hosts Ricky Hatton’s comeback against Vyacheslav Senchenko next month, was mooted as a possible springtime venue if a suitable stadium can’t be found although this seemingly inevitable fight would have added lustre if there was a world title on the line.

The Bolton fighter returns to action against Carlos Molina on December 15 as he bids to get his career back on track following successive defeats.

‘Khan’s going to get schooled, Brook pledged. ‘He gives it the chat but when we get in the ring I’m going to be relentless and take him out.’

Dereck Chisora KO: My image of the week by Graham Chadwick

Graham Chadwick: My favourite image of the week… Chisora's KO by Haye summed up in a single frame

Every
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Sportsmail's top snappers Andy Hooper,
Graham Chadwick and Kevin Quigley will be showcasing their favourite
image of the week.

This week's picture works for me because, finally, we have an outcome. After all the trash talking, all the tripod throwing, and that brawl during the press conference in Munich, we have a resolution.

Hopefully now that David Haye has beaten him, we won't have to see Dereck Chisora in the ring for a long time. This picture was taken from a balcony position and tells the story of the night in just one frame.

Nikon d3
Lens 500mm
ISO 2000
F/4 @ 1000's

David Haye knocks down Dereck Chisora

Enzo Maccarinelli fails drug test

Former world cruiserweight champ Maccarinelli joins list of Brits to fail drug test

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UPDATED:

22:43 GMT, 17 July 2012

Boxer Enzo Maccarinelli is the latest British fighter to test positive for a banned substance.

The former WBO world cruiserweight champion is waiting to hear his fate from the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) after failing a random drugs test.

The Welshman, who lost his WBO title to David Haye in 2008, won the British title with a victory over Shane McPhilbin in March.

In the dock: Maccarinelli has failed a drug test

In the dock: Maccarinelli has failed a drug test

Heavyweight Larry Olubamiwo, cruiserweight Terry Dunstan, light-heavyweight Michael Banbula and former British super-middleweight champion Tony Dodson – are all serving bans for taking banned substances.

David Haye rejects MickeyVann as referee for Dereck Chisora fight

You're taking the Mickey! Haye camp reject OAP Vann as ref for Chisora grudge fight

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UPDATED:

10:45 GMT, 3 July 2012

David Haye has ordered Frank Warren to find another referee for his grudge fight with Dereck Chisora after refusing to accept Mickey Vann as the July 14 official.

Haye's trainer and manager Adam Booth said he'd be a 'plonker' if he agreed to the featherweight 68-year-old taking control of the heavyweight showdown at Upton Park.

Booth believes the bout requires a strong referee after promising the clash between the two enemies will be 'wild'.

Taking the Mickey: David Haye does not want veteran Vann in charge of his fight against Dereck Chisora

Taking the Mickey: David Haye does not want veteran Vann in charge of his fight against Dereck Chisora

'There’s no way I am allowing Mickey Vann to be the referee,' Booth told The Sun.

'Frank Warren knows full well I will kick and scream like a petulant child on this matter.

'The fact that the Luxembourg Boxing Federation would nominate a 68-year-old featherweight to be in charge of a bout between two aggressive heavyweights, with a known grudge, in a fight that is certain to get physical and ugly, beggars belief.

'If this was only Fools and Horses, Del Boy would be calling me a plonker if I did not advise David of the long history between Vann and Warren.

Training day: Haye is close to concluding his preparations for the July 14 showdown

Training day: Haye is close to concluding his preparations for the July 14 showdown

'Make no mistake this fight is going to be wild. And we need to be 100 per cent confident of the third man in the ring.'

Haye pointed towards Chisora's antics in Munich in February when his rival slapped opponent Wladimir Klitscko at the weigh-up, spat at his brother Wladimir before the fight and then scrapped with his British foe at the post-match press conference.

'I have always been a model pro in the ring but he hasn’t. We need a strong ref,' said Haye.

Promoter Warren, however, has backed Vann's appointment by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation but conceded both sides must be happy first.

Working hard: Chisora is on course for the Upton Park bout

Working hard: Chisora is on course for the Upton Park bout

He said: 'I have every faith in Mickey but the other camp has to agree.'

No-nonsense Vann, who took charge of Lennox Lewis and Frank Bruno back in 1993, has been the third man in ring for more world title fights than any other British official.

He was forced to retire from officiating British Boxing Board of Control sanctioned fights at the end of 2008 due to the commission's policy of refs being no older than 65.

Vann, however, has continued to arbitrate bouts on the international scene.

David Haye dismisses claims he"s scared Vitali Klitschko

Scared of the Klitschkos You must be joking! Haye dismisses claims he ducked Vitali fight digg]

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UPDATED:

13:15 GMT, 22 May 2012

David Haye has rubbished claims from Vitali Klitschko's manager that he is 'afraid' of facing the Ukrainian heavyweight.

The former two-weight world champion has signed up to face Dereck Chisora on July 14 at Upton Park – a grudge match that has been widely derided as it is taking place under a licence from Luxembourg as neither fighter holds a British licence.

And Bernd Boente, who manages both Vitali and his brother Wladimir, said that he had offered a contract to Haye prior to the announcement of the bout between the two Londoners, but claims the Bermondsey fighter turned it down as he was scared of the 40-year-old Ukrainian.

Do you think I'm crazy Haye has rubbished claims from Vitali's manager

Do you think I'm crazy Haye has rubbished claims from Vitali's manager

Haye, however, sees things differently and should he get past Chisora, is targeting a September bout with the WBC heavyweight champion.

'It makes absolutely no sense for me to turn down a fight I desperately want,' said Haye.

'Remember, the whole idea behind going ahead with this Chisora fight was that a victory may then lead to a fight with Vitali Klitschko.

'That was my plan, my reason for returning to the ring. I want to fight on July 14 and then again in September, and have been telling people this for months now.'

After moving up from cruiserweight, Haye vowed to end the Klitschkos' domination of the sport's marquee division, but he suffered a decisive points defeat to WBA, WBO and IBF champion Wladimir last summer.

Haye is convinced he has the beating of the elder Klitschko, though, and claims Boente's statements are a way for Vitali to save face.

Belt up: the Klitschkos hold all the negotiating cards

Belt up: the Klitschkos hold all the negotiating cards

'At this advanced stage in his career, the last thing on Vitali's mind are tough challenges in the ring,' Haye added.

'He's essentially semi-retired, which is fine, so long as he comes clean about it. Don't go stringing everybody along – fighters and fans – when some of us know the truth.

'Unfortunately, Vitali will probably now look to fight some no-hoper, while telling the boxing world I turned down the fight. I will never turn down a fight with Vitali.'

Haye's trainer and manager Adam Booth echoed his charge's comments.

'A few weeks ago I received a first draft contract from K2/KMG (the Klitschkos), as a formal offer for the fight between David and Vitali,' said Booth.

'Once we'd announced the Chisora fight I left a message for Shelly Finkel, in which I informed him we were ready to move to completion of the agreement for Vitali versus David.

Hammer time! Haye and Klitschko will duel at Upton Park in July

Hammer time! Haye and Klitschko will duel at Upton Park in July

'However, since that message was sent to Finkel, I have received no reply.

'Today I read that Herr Boente claims David “turned the fight down” and “does not want to fight Vitali”. Both of these claims are completely false.

'If Vitali wants to fight David in September, we are here and happy to accept. If not, no worries or sadness from our side.

'Maybe K2 realised during Vitali's fight with Chisora in February that their precious champion was drastically slowing down and didn't fancy going up against anyone too quick in the future.

'Whatever their reasoning, if Herr Boente is happy to spin the lines he feeds people, good for him.'

David Haye v Dereck Chisora: British Boxing Board of Control condemn fight

British Boxing Board condemn summer showdown between Haye and Chisora

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UPDATED:

16:57 GMT, 9 May 2012

The British Boxing Board of Control have condemned the proposed fight between David Haye and Dereck Chisora.

The two heavyweights will take to the ring on July 14 at Upton Park, just months after their infamous brawl in Munich.

Promoter Frank Warren has obtained licences from the Luxembourg Boxing Federation after the BBBC withdrew Chisora's while Haye relinquished his when he retired last October.

Face to face: David Haye (left) and Dereck Chisora at Upton Park

Face to face: David Haye (left) and Dereck Chisora at Upton Park

A statement from the BBBC said: 'Those behind this proposal are not concerned with the interests of… pro boxing.

'Any BBBoC member.. who participates in any way… will be deemed to have terminated membership… and licence'

Dereck Chisora and David Haye brawl – watch video

VIDEO: Watch Chisora and Haye brawl in Munich press conference

Here is the shocking footage of British boxers Dereck Chisora and David Haye scrapping it out in a post-fight press conference in Munich in the early hours of Sunday.

WARNING: This video contains offensive language…

Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko pile on ridicule onto David Haye

Klitschkos pile on ridicule for Haye but fight with Vitali looks unlikely

Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko broke off from preparing for their impending world heavyweight title fights in the next few weeks to turn their fire yet again on to the man they love to hate – David Haye.

Wladimir humiliated Haye last July in Hamburg after all the Briton's controversial pre-fight talk.

But it is his older brother Vitali, 40, who is desperate to fight Haye too, even if their manager, German Bernd Boente, believes it cannot happen unless the Haye camp agree to their terms.

Focused: Vitali Klitschko looks prepares for his fight with Dereck Chisora in Austria

Focused: Vitali Klitschko looks prepares for his fight with Dereck Chisora in Austria

'David Haye can be strong again,' said Vitali, taking time off at his Austrian Tyrol training camp he shares with his brother from preparing to defend his WBC title against Briton Dereck Chisora next Saturday in Munich.

'He can be the world champion again. He can fight me, the oldest and weakest of the Klitschko brothers. Haye has a chance to get back into the game. I don't understand why money is his only motivation.

'I wanted to fight him last time but I flipped a coin with Wladimir and he won. I was happy when Wladimir beat Haye because it brought all the heavyweight title belts into our family.

Boxing clever: Wladimir Klitschko is in training for his fight with Jean-Marc Mormeck

Boxing clever: Wladimir Klitschko is in training for his fight with Jean-Marc
Mormeck

'But I was also a bit upset because, after all the bad words he used against us, I wanted to beat him up. He has no excuses not to fight me now.'

Chisora, who does seem to have earned some respect from Vitali, said: 'I will make Vitali look his age. I've got nothing to lose.'

Wladimir, 35, who is defending his WBA, IBF and WBO titles against France's Jean-Marc Mormeck next month in Dusseldorf, said: 'David Haye must be the most depressed rich man in the UK.

He will be aware that people are laughing at him as he passes by on the streets. In 12 rounds against me he didn't show any courage and didn't fight like a man.

Oh brother: Vitali (left) and Wladimir, with their belts

Oh brother: Vitali (left) and Wladimir, with their belts

'If I was him, knowing the situation he's in right now, I'd fight Vitali whatever the Klitschkos were offering. I'd just grab the chance to gain respect back.

'We're not asking him to fight for free. We're giving him a chance to earn some good money but, more importantly, to become world champion again.

'I had hoped he would become a better person after what happened to him in Hamburg. It doesn't look that way, does it'

Klitschko v Chisora will be live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Channel 456/Virgin Channel 546) on Saturday, February 18. Join at www.boxnation.tv

David Haye"s fight with Vitali Klitschko under threat as Ukranian faces Dereck Chisora

Haye”s comeback clash against Klitschko under threat as Vitali chooses Chisora

Revenge: Haye might not get a shot at Vitali after losing to Wladimir

Revenge: Haye might not get a shot at Vitali after losing to Wladimir

David Haye”s potential bout with Vitali Klitschko is in doubt, as the Ukranian is set to defend his WBC heavyweight title against Britain”s Dereck Chisora in Munich on February 18.

Although Haye retired after losing to Vitali”s younger brother Wladimir, the resultant WBO, IBF and WBA champion, in July 2011, he has since indicated he would like a shot at the older sibling.

Vitali told German newspaper Bild that Chisora is “an interesting opponent”, and believes that the Brit deserved to win his split decision fight against Robert Helenius on December 3, which was awarded to the Finn.

He said: “For me he clearly won the (vacant) European title fight against Helenius.”

It is thought that the 40-year-old Ukrainian wants to fight at least two bouts in 2012, before letting fansmake a decision on his retirement.

This could leave the door open for a potentially thrilling Haye-Klitschko bout later in the year.

Wladimirsaid of Haye”s potential bout with Vitali: ‘It’s David’s call but he has no chance to beat Vitali. Haye has been around us for two years.

New fight: many felt Chisora (left) should have been awarded victory against Helenius

New fight: many felt Chisora (left) should have been awarded victory against Helenius

Waiting: Vitali wants two fights in 2012

Waiting: Vitali wants two fights in 2012

“We never know what he wants and neither does he. In reality I closed this chapter by winning virtually every round against him.

‘But he is in a difficult situation. After so much trash talk it is embarrassing now for him to walk down thestreets in his own city because he let down so many of his countrymen.

“Heis a diva who became a chicken for 12 rounds against me. He didn’t cometo fight and he embarrassed himself. But he has an ego so he will come back out of retirement.

‘Buthe should remember what everyone tells me, that Vitali is the harder and stronger brother. For sure, Vitali will knock him out.

“Mybro was in the best form of his life, at 40, against Tomasz Adamek in his last fight, which is so impressive. But even I am curious to see what he is going to say and do.’

Haye”s conqueror Wladimir recently pulled out of his scheduled world title fight against Jean-Marc Mormeck after undergoing an operation to remove a kidney stone.