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George Groves beats Baker Barakat with second round TKO in Germany

Groves continues winning record by easily overcoming Barakat with second round TKO

, George Groves has now matched that tally in the last fortnight following his second-round stoppage victory over Baker Barakat in Germany.

The 24-year-old super middleweight beat Dario German Balmaceda at Wembley Arena two weeks ago and made light work of his Syrian opponent on the undercard of Robert Stieglitz's world title rematch with Arthur Abraham in Magdeburg.

On the attack: George Groves (right) lands a jab on Baker Barakat

On the attack: George Groves (right) lands a jab on Baker Barakat

Groves will target the winner of that clash later in the year after starring as chief support to Carl Froch's mouthwatering rematch with Mikkel Kessler on May 25.

The Londoner, who has now won all 18 of his professional contests, was on top from the first bell, peppering Barakat to the head and body before a left uppercut had the 32-year-old wobbling.

The bell came to his rescue on that occasion but a knockdown in the second session, followed by a further flurry of blows, forced the referee to step in.

Stopping him now: The referee steps in to prevent any further punishment

Stopping him now: The referee steps in to prevent any further punishment

Groves, who recently left Frank Warren to join rival promoter Eddie Hearn, immediately looked forward to a world title challenge.

'It was a good fight,' he said. 'He wasn't at the level I'm used to but I put in a good performance and didn't make any mistakes.

'I'm the No 1 contender with the WBO and was supposed to fight Stieglitz last year but I had to pull out through injury.'

Dereck Chisora to return to the ring on March 16 – as long as he is granted license

Chisora hopes for ring return in March – as long as he receives licence from British board

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Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

12:50 GMT, 14 January 2013

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UPDATED:

13:52 GMT, 14 January 2013

Heavyweight bad boy Dereck Chisora will return to the ring at Wembley Arena on March 16 – if he is cleared to fight by the British Boxing Board of Control.

The Londoner was stripped of his licence last year after a shameful brawl with David Haye at a post-fight press conference in Munich in February following his defeat by WBC world champion Vitali Klitschko.

The two protagonists settled their differences in the ring at Upton Park in July under the auspices of the Luxembourg Boxing Federation when Haye stopped the 29-year-old in the fifth round.

Back in the ring: Dereck Chisora hopes to be fighting again in March

Back in the ring: Dereck Chisora hopes to be fighting again in March

Chisora, who has taken anger management classes in a bid to convince the Board he is fit to hold a licence, expects to hear shortly whether he will be cleared to fight on the same card as world champions Ricky Burns and Nathan Cleverly and Commonwealth champion George Groves.

'I've been keeping quite busy,' he said. 'I've been in the gym and I've been running.'

Chisora will hope that victory over 10 rounds in March – against an opponent yet to be named – will propel him back among the contenders for a world title or set him up to challenge David Price for his British and Commonwealth belts.

The undefeated Liverpudlian is open to the idea of fighting Chisora but must first face American Tony Thompson on home soil on February 23 at the Echo Arena.

George Groves beats Glen Johnson on points

No KO but Groves shows class as he overcomes veteran Johnson to defend title

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02:30 GMT, 16 December 2012

George Groves came through the toughest test of his career to retain his Commonwealth super-middleweight title with a unanimous points win over veteran Glen Johnson.

Groves, 24, was stepping up to world class level for the first time as a professional and showed his class from the opening bell.

Florida-based Jamaican Johnson, 43, displayed his renowned toughness but was comprehensively beaten on the scorecards by margins of 120-107 twice and 119-109.

Champion: George Groves celebrates his victory over Glen Johnson with David Haye (left)

Champion: George Groves celebrates his victory over Glen Johnson with David Haye (left)

Groves has endured a frustrating year, fighting just once before tonight due to a succession of injuries.

The Londoner twice saw a rematch with Scot Kenny Anderson cancelled while a world title challenge against then WBO champion Robert Stieglitz was also called off.

Groves' inactivity saw him stripped of his British belt which was belatedly won by Anderson when he stopped Robin Reid in October.

His only previous fight this year was a sixth-round stoppage of Francisco Sierra in California in July but a cut suffered in the third session kept him out of action until tonight.

Johnson on the other hand announced his retirement after losing a unanimous 10-round decision to Andrzej Fonfara in July, only to reverse his decision and travel to England for the fifth time in his 71-fight career.

A former world champion at light heavyweight, Johnson is best known on these shores for his trilogy with Clinton Woods but more recently he showed his stubborn resistance against Carl Froch and Lucian Bute in unsuccessfully challenging for their respective world titles.

After winning his first 32 contests as
a professional, Johnson was beaten for the first time, and stopped for
the only time, by Bernard Hopkins in 1997.

Resilient: Johnson (left) withstood the pressure and lost on a points decision

Resilient: Johnson (left) withstood the pressure and lost on a points decision

The defeat took its toll as Johnson lost eight of his subsequent 14 bouts before winning the IBF title from Woods.

Sensational wins over Roy Jones Jnr and Antonio Tarver followed although the latter would go on to exact revenge six months later.

Since then, Johnson has been unable to win another world title but along with his battles with Froch and Bute, he has also pushed Chad Dawson and Tavoris Cloud to the final bell.

And despite losing for the 18th time, he did the same to Groves.

After a tentative opening to the first round, Groves rocked Johnson with a powerful right hand and the visitor spent the remainder of the round tucked up on the ropes as the champion launched assault after assault.

Groves had said in the build-up that he intended to make a statement by stopping Johnson and he drew his adversary into a war in the second session.

But any suggestion that the challenger
would slink off quietly into the night were quickly rubbished as he
began to turn the tide with some punishing body shots.

It
was more of the same in the third round but Groves gradually began to
pick his punches more effectively thanks to his superior footwork. He
did so again in the next session and looked to have Johnson in trouble
with a right hook downstairs.

Punishing: Johnson scored some body shots which were tricky for Groves to deal with

Punishing: Johnson scored some body shots which were tricky for Groves to deal with

The frenetic pace relented in the fifth stanza, although caution was again thrown to the wind in the final thirty seconds as the pair planted their feet and traded.

It was Johnson who served up a reminder of his power as the fight reached the halfway point, momentarily stopping Groves in his tracks.

But the favourite responded brilliantly, rocking the veteran with a left to the body and a right to the head before laying siege until the bell sounded.

Groves sensed blood at the start of
the seventh but Johnson never stopped coming forward, removing any
lingering doubt over his motivation for extending his long career.

Rounds
eight and nine were tight affairs but Groves landed the more eye
catching blows as his right hand induced a slight swelling under his
opponent's left eye.

As the
fight entered the final quarter, the inevitability of it going the
distance grew. Groves was ahead by an unassailable margin and knowing
Johnson needed a knockout to win, he worked efficiently in the
penultimate round, refusing to be drawn in as he had been earlier.

Onwards and upwards: Groves expects to be back in action in February in London

Onwards and upwards: Groves expects to be back in action in February in London

But it was Groves who finished with a flourish, rocking Johnson with a left hook before a right hand sent him to the canvas after a sustained barrage on the ropes.

Johnson was up quickly and the bell sounded immediately after the restart.

Groves, who will be back in action in London in February, admitted he had thrown everything at the durable Johnson in what was his finest performance to date.

'I'm delighted with that performance. Glen Johnson is without doubt the toughest opponent I've faced,' he said.

'I've never hit someone so hard, so often and so clean yet seen them keep coming. I learnt a lot from that fight.

'I made a few mistakes but I believe I showed composure and class to correct them and change the fight.

'I shot my bolt a few times and emptied the tank. I landed flush shots and it looked like he was completely gone, but he survived.

'The bell saved him on one or two occasions. It was about recovering and picking my openings.'

George Groves wants Carl Froch fight after Glen Johnson bout

Groves eyes Battle of Britain with world champion Froch after he conquers veteran Johnson

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14:36 GMT, 11 December 2012

George Groves believes a convincing win over veteran Glen Johnson on Saturday will catapult him into an all-British showdown with super-middleweight rival Carl Froch.

Groves, 24, has been drawn into a war of words on Twitter with the IBF world champion and his promoter Eddie Hearn with the latter claiming the Londoner would not last three rounds with the 35-year-old.

But Groves insists an emphatic victory over Johnson will prove he belongs at the elite level.

London calling: George Groves will take on veteran fighter Glen Johnson at the Excel Centre in the Docklands on Saturday

London calling: George Groves will take on veteran fighter Glen Johnson at the Excel Centre in the Docklands on Saturday

‘It’s kind of sweet that Carl and Eddie threw their toys out of the pram,’ he said.

‘I think I am a threat and everyone will know that after Saturday; people will sit up and take note and see that I’m in the mix.

‘Glen has boxed everyone and he doesn’t get stopped but that doesn’t mean he won’t get stopped on Saturday. I plan to beat him impressively and convincingly. I’m looking to move into world class boxing and this is the right move for me.

‘I’m going to need to find answers that I haven’t had to find previously and I know I can do it.’

Groves has fought just once in 2012 having twice seen a rematch with Scot Kenny Anderson, and a world title challenge against Robert Stieglitz, called off through injury.

The Cobra: Groves wants an all-British showdown with Carl Froch

The Cobra: Groves wants an all-British showdown with Carl Froch

His sole outing this year saw him stop Francisco Sierra in the sixth round in California in July but a nasty cut has kept him out of action until now.

‘I’ve had a frustrating year and not boxed as much as I wanted but I’m going to cap it off with a great win against a great boxer,’ Groves added.

‘Glen Johnson has been a great fighter for a long time and this is a step up to world class level.’

Johnson, 43, has lost his last three fights, including challenges for Froch and Lucian Bute’s respective world titles, and announced his retirement following a points defeat to Andrzej Fonfara in Chicago in July.

But having backtracked on that decision, he will fight for the 71st time as a professional on his fifth visit to these shores.

A former light-heavyweight world champion, Johnson shocked Roy Jones Jnr in 2004 before recording a similarly sensational victory over Antonio Tarver three months later.

He has failed to hear the final bell just once, against Bernard Hopkins in 1997, and plans to re-launch his career once again with victory on Saturday.

‘I’m here to win,’ he said. ‘George Groves is a talented guy but I’m here to take care of business and move on.’

Rory McIlroy"s former rival Oliver Fisher misses out on US Tour

The sorry story of Rory's ex-rival: Fellow Brit Fisher misses out on US tour after final-hole bogey

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22:30 GMT, 4 December 2012

Sad story: Oliver Fisher won the Czech Open in 2011

Sad story: Oliver Fisher won the Czech Open in 2011

When Oliver Fisher and Rory McIlroy turned pro in successive years in 2006 and 2007, it appeared a close call as to which of the pin-ups of the amateur game would enjoy the more successful career.

What has happened in the space of 24 hours in America summed up how things transpired.

McIlroy was named the US Tour Player of the Year in a vote of his peers, while Fisher, in a valiant effort to get on the American circuit next year, bogeyed his final hole at qualifying school to miss out by a shot.

It was rough on the 24-year-old Londoner, who had birdied the previous three holes to give himself a chance.

Now Fisher has to decide whether he wants to play on the US Tour's reserve circuit, the Web.com Tour, and earn his privileges for the regular tour, or return to the European Tour.

With a trophy bearing his name and 2million in career earnings, Fisher is hardly a failure.

It just must feel like that every time he looks at his old amateur rival.

As for McIlroy, he became the youngest to be named Player of the Year since Tiger Woods in 1998, and the second European in a row to win following Luke Donald in 2011. 'It's always nice to be recognised by your peers, and particularly when you think who has won this award in the past,' said McIlroy.

Contrast: Rory McIlroy has gone on to greatness

Contrast: Rory McIlroy has gone on to greatness

After a few days in Aspen, Colorado with his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki, the 23-year-old has moved on to Boston, where he conducted a teleconference while being driven on the freeways.

In between losing him as he went through tunnels, he revealed that a more businesslike approach had paid full dividends these past 18 months, and acknowledged that Wozniacki's dedication to her sport had rubbed off on him.

'Seeing how hard she works definitely flipped a switch for me,' he admitted.

'I think after winning the US Open last year I realised that my career had gone up a level, and I needed to become a little more professional and businesslike.'

Opposites: McIlroy was named US Tour Player of the Year

Opposites: McIlroy was named US Tour Player of the Year

Meanwhile, as one Fisher was missing out at Q-school in California, another – Ross, no relation – was breezing through, finishing second behind South Korea's Lee Dong-hwan. Englishman Fisher, 32, saw his career nosedive last year after being part of the winning Ryder Cup team at Celtic Manor in 2010.

'This year has been a work in progress,' he said, referring to a couple of runner-up finishes in Europe. Fisher hits it long and high, and it would be no surprise to see him revive his career in America.

Also clutching a tour card is American Erik Compton, the bravest man in professional golf. He underwent two heart transplants before his 30th birthday, but nothing, it seems, will stop Compton, now 33, pursuing his dream.

Steve Hansen"s New Zealand can be the best of all time

Hansen's New Zealand are on the brink of immortality: Why Richie and Co can be the best of all time

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UPDATED:

00:44 GMT, 30 November 2012

Rich talent: McCaw is the leader of this All Black side

Rich talent: McCaw is the leader of this All Black side

Since taking overall charge of a World Cup-winning squad that only just staggered over the line against a superior France side last year, Steve Hansen has achieved more than simply turning the All Blacks into a much more formidable force.

He has made them, potentially, the most successful New Zealand team of all — and that truly is saying something.

The precision of their high-octane game, the simplicity of their passing, their off-loading in the heaviest traffic, all add up to an irresistible force based on supreme athleticism.

In their quest for perfection, they found it in purple patches against Scotland and then against Wales before declaring at 33-0 with 20
minutes left.

They are as far ahead of the game as New Zealand’s first World Cup-winning team was 25 years ago. After 19 wins and one draw in their
last 20 Tests, it can be but a matter of time before they eclipse the 23-match record set by Wayne Shelford, Michael Jones and company.

No team has ever won successive World Cups. If Richie McCaw and Dan Carter are fit, this one surely will.

Yes, even better than these great sides

1987-90

The presence of Wayne Shelford and the advent of the peerless Michael Jones in the same back row turned the inaugural World Cup into a no-contest.

The All Blacks made the tournament a procession, starting with a 70-point rout of Italy.

For a young Londoner it turned into a fairytale. John Gallagher emigrated from London to Wellington to pursue a career in the police and play a bit of rugby.

Unstoppable: Wayne Shelford and the All Blacks romped to World Cup glory in 1987

Unstoppable: Wayne Shelford and the All Blacks romped to World Cup glory in 1987

In next to no time he had bridged the chasm between turning out for Old Askeans, his local club in Kent and winning the World Cup.

France in the final provided the most testing opposition and they still lost by 20 points.

1905

Wherever they went in the British Isles, the ‘Originals’ treated crowds to a brand of rugby they had never seen before and not just because their goalkicking full back, Billy Wallace, wore a trilby during the first match against Devon.

Captained by Dave Gallaher, a native Irishman from a fishing village in Co. Donegal, the prototype New Zealand touring team set the standard for the next century.

The Originals: The 1905 team were the first to undertake a tour outside Australasia

The Originals: The 1905 team were the first to undertake a tour outside Australasia

The Scots did their best to avoid them, threatening to cancel their fixture by claiming a daily allowance of three shillings (15p) made the visitors professionals.

Gallaher’s team won 31 out of 32 matches, losing only to Wales in controversial circumstances — and the late refusal of a Bob Deans try is still a sore point.

1996

There were times during the 20-odd years when Australia, South Africa and, all too briefly, England monopolised the World Cup that the All Blacks were still the team to beat — never more so than the year after they lost the 1995 final to South Africa.

Sean Fitzpatrick proved the point, captaining the first and so far only New Zealand team to win a Test series in South Africa, 3-0. Christian Cullen introduced himself with seven tries in two Tests.

The team: Cullen; Wilson, Little, Bunce, Lomu; Mehrtens, Marshall; Brown, Fitzpatrick, Dowd; R Brooke, I Jones; M Jones, Z Brooke, Kronfeld.

Whitewash: New Zealand stormed South Africa following the 1995 World Cup

Whitewash: New Zealand stormed South Africa following the 1995 World Cup

Quite the artist: George Nepia

Quite the artist: George Nepia

1924-5

Cliff Porter’s invincibles went one better than the 1905 team, winning all 32 matches. A 19-year-old Maori, George Nepia, played in every single one of them, an incredible feat considering the tour began in mid-September and finished four months later.

Nepia redefined the role of the full back, turning it into an art-form. He and his fellow backs ran riot behind a pack powerful enough to have blasted through every opponent, although one report claimed that several All Black forwards should have been sent off during the tour.

One fact remains beyond dispute — their record of invincibility has still to be matched.

Hard but fair: Whineray

Hard but fair: Whineray

1963-4

Wilson Whineray’s squad won 34 of their 36 matches, drawing 0-0 against Scotland and losing in a mudbath at Newport to a drop goal by John ‘Dick’ Uzzell. Whineray, later knighted, earned a reputation as a hard but scrupulously fair forward.

A former heavyweight boxing champion, his tough-as-old-boots mentality was never better exemplified than during the Ireland match when a punch from Willie-John McBride threatened to chop Colin ‘Pine Tree’ Meads down
for a long count.

‘Stay on your feet for Christ’s sake,’ Whineray told a staggering Meads. ‘Don’t let them know you’re hurt or we’re done for.’

Joe Cole"s fall from grace at Liverpool

Subbed at half-time and lambasted by his manager and fans alike, how Cole became Ordinary Joe

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22:45 GMT, 1 November 2012

Leaving familiar surroundings behind and heading north to Merseyside was always going to be a journey into the unknown for born-and-bred Londoner Joe Cole.

He is unlikely, however, to have expected the list of new experiences to include being ridiculed by his own supporters and told a supermarket trolley would have fared better down Liverpool’s left, on a rare appearance in the starting line-up.

An ignominious 3-1 Capital One Cup home defeat by Swansea was never likely to elicit a sympathetic response from Anfield patrons, but it must still have been galling for Cole to read one tweet that claimed he should be replaced in Brendan Rodgers’s squad by ‘an upside down shopping trolley’.

Off the pace: Cole (right) made his Liverpool comeback on Wednesday night

Off the pace: Cole (right) made his Liverpool comeback on Wednesday night

JOE COLE BY NUMBERS

100 number of minutes of football he has managed this season

3.1m cost per goal scored by Cole, who has managed only three for Liverpool

16 the number of passes he has made in two Premier League appearances this season

2 shots in the Premier League, both of which were off target

90,000 Cole’s weekly wage

36 appearances in two years since joining Liverpool

10.7m Cole’s earnings since arriving at Anfield. Liverpool have paid 9.4m, with the rest funded by Lille

Rodgers himself set the tone for
widespread condemnation of the former England forward’s first start
since August 2 by substituting him at half-time and bluntly telling him
he had blown his big chance.

The Liverpool manager even turned the
spotlight on Cole’s 90,000-a-week wages, saying: ‘The club have
invested an astronomical amount of money in a talented player, and Joe
had the opportunity to show what he could do.

‘But the way we started was too slow and not what I expected from a team I tried to set up to be dynamic.’

While managers tend to be mindful of players’ sensitivities, fans tell it like it is, and the tweeters did not hold back.

One claimed he could not imagine a
worse performance by a Premier League footballer, another suggested he
should be fined two weeks’ wages for playing so badly, while there was
the inevitable vitriol about his salary being a ‘real waste of money’.

All this about a player Steven
Gerrard hailed as better than Lionel Messi when he arrived from Chelsea
on a Bosman free on July 2010.

Disappointed: Cole was hauled off by Rodgers at half-time

Disappointed: Cole was hauled off by Rodgers at half-time

The Liverpool skipper knew Cole from
their England days and said: ‘Messi can do some amazing things, but
anything he can do, Joe can do as well, if not better.

'He used to shock us in training by
doing footy tricks with a golf ball that most players can’t even do with
a football. I really fancy Joe for Footballer of the Year this season.’

It was a view not universally shared,
not even by Cole, who subsequently confessed he was at a loss to
explain why Liverpool signed him.

Or who wanted him, for that matter.
With Rafa Benitez having left a month earlier, managing director
Christian Purslow appeared to be the driving force behind a deal that
raised eyebrows among the Fenway Sports Group when they took over soon
after. Cole was approaching his 29th birthday but had been awarded a
four-year contract worth almost 20million.

Cole was almost as perplexed as he
reflected on a summer that began with Benitez’s departure and ended with
Roy Hodgson’s appointment.

He said: ‘I have racked my brains
trying to think, but I don’t know who signed me for Liverpool, whether
it was Rafa or the board. I really don’t know.

False dawn: Cole got some spark back while on loan at Lille but has dropped off

False dawn: Cole got some spark back while on loan at Lille but has dropped off

False dawn: Cole got some spark back while on loan at Lille but has dropped off

‘But under Roy, I got the impression
straight away I was not his type of player. He was asking me to do
things that were not natural to me. When pressure starts to build up on a
manager, it is usually young players or flair players who get the
hook.’

Such uncertainty perhaps explains why
he failed to shine at Anfield and looked a shadow of the player whose
wonder goal for England against Sweden was one of the talking points of
the 2006 World Cup.

A season-long loan at Lille restored
not only some zest to his game but a belief that he could yet prove
himself at Anfield. Three months on and after a calamitous 45 minutes,
he has been forced to accept that Rodgers may be no more enamoured with
him than Hodgson was.

George Groves to fight Glen Johnson on December 15 at ExCel Centre

Groves to defend title against former world champion Johnson in December

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15:44 GMT, 17 October 2012

George Groves will defend his Commonwealth super-middleweight title against former world champion Glen Johnson at the Excel Arena on December 15.

The Londoner has endured an injury-interrupted year with his sole bout coming against Francisco Sierra in California in July.

Centre of attention: George Groves will faces his toughest test yet against veteran ring warrior Glen Johnson in December

Centre of attention: George Groves will faces his toughest test yet against veteran ring warrior Glen Johnson in December

Threat: Johnson will look to spring an upset in London

Threat: Johnson will look to spring an upset in London

Groves, 24, was stripped of his British belt last month but hopes to get his career back on track on the undercard of Ricky Burns’ world title defence.

Johnson lost a majority decision to Carl Froch last year and the Jamaican has been defeated twice since but will provide a stern test at the Olympic boxing venue.

‘I’ve had a tough year with a few injuries,’ Groves said. ‘I was ready to box for a world title and I believe I would have won it.

‘I’m buzzing for the fight. It’s going to be my toughest one yet. No one has an easy night against Glen Johnson.

‘He has the ability to make people uncomfortable. The ambition is to finish the fight before twelve rounds.

‘He can exploit peoples’ styles. He doesn’t get stopped and he’ll provide a physical nights work.’

Also on the card, middleweight Billy Joe Saunders will fight Nick Blackwell in a defence of his Commonwealth title and for the vacant British belt.

Burns’ opponent will be announced on Thursday.

Mark Noble signs new contract at West Ham

Noble boost for West Ham as midfielder signs new long-term contract

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UPDATED:

19:32 GMT, 25 September 2012

Mark Noble has given West Ham a boost by signing a new three-year contract at Upton Park.

The 25-year-old, who captained the Hammers on his 200th start in Tuesday night's Capital One Cup game against Wigan, has played 224 games for the club since joining as a trainee in 2003.

The Londoner has played every minute of the promoted club's Barclays Premier League campaign this term and is the Hammers' current longest-serving player.

'I'm over the moon now it's all agreed and done,' Noble told West Ham's website.

Committed: West Ham United's Mark Noble (right)

Committed: West Ham United's Mark Noble (right)

'It was just a matter of getting things right for me and my family.

'Everyone knows I love playing at West Ham and I enjoy my football here
so it was just a case of coming to an agreement. I'm delighted now it's
all signed and sealed.

'I feel like I've grown a lot as a player since my debut and I'm still
only 25. Playing for West Ham has been a rollercoaster and I've been
through two promotions, a relegation and a “Great Escape”, but it's been
thoroughly enjoyable and I look forward to the next few years of my
career here.'

One-club man: Noble has made over 200 appearances for the Hammers

One-club man: Noble has made over 200 appearances for the Hammers

Noble made his first-team debut in 2004 and was part of the squad that won promotion to the top flight in 2005.

He captained England Under-21s at the 2009 European Championship

finals and appeared at the same competition again in 2011.

David Haye death threats from crazy racists in Ukraine

Haye rules out Klitschko bout in Ukraine after receiving death threats from 'crazy racists'

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11:46 GMT, 25 September 2012

David Haye has ruled out fighting Vitali Klitschko in Ukraine due to fears he could be targeted by 'crazy racists' should he get a crack at the WBC heavyweight champion.

Haye is champing at the bit to fight Vitali after losing his WBA crown to Klitschko's younger brother Wladimir in Hamburg last year.

He subsequently retired only to return to beat fellow Briton Dereck Chisora in July.

Danger: Haye says racist thugs have directed death threats at him

Danger: Haye says racist thugs have directed death threats at him

And the 31-year-old Londoner is now eyeing a clash with the older Klitschko – on the proviso the fight takes place in Germany.

He told SportBild: 'I've never been to Ukraine but I have heard it's very dangerous for a black man.

'There are crazy racists who have already sent me death threats. So Germany would be the best and safest place for me to beat Vitali and get out of the stadium alive.'

The Klitschkos usually fight in Germany due to television deals but Haye is unimpressed with their choice of opponent.

He added: 'He (Vitali) has promised the world so many times that he could knock me out. That is rubbish.

Back in the ring: Haye came out of retirement to fight Dereck Chisora

Back in the ring: Haye came out of retirement to fight Dereck Chisora

Back in the ring: Haye came out of retirement to fight Dereck Chisora

'I'm too fast, too sexy and too talented to be blown away by a large, slow robot from the Ukraine.

'I think the fight Haye against Vitali Klitschko is the only heavyweight fight the world wants to see.

'I am not interested in fighting against 50 wimps like the Klitschkos do. I want the big fights that no fan wants to miss.

'Vitali likes to compete against boxers who have no chance of winning.

'Then he tries to fool his TV station RTL and the rest of the world, that he is fighting good opponents. I can only laugh.'

Oh, brother! Haye was defeated by Wladimir in July 2011

Oh, brother! Haye was defeated by Wladimir in July 2011