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Audley Harrison will fight on after David Price defeat

One more shot at glory! Deluded Harrison will fight on after embarrassing Price defeat

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UPDATED:

11:38 GMT, 25 October 2012

Audley Harrison has announced his intention to carry on boxing.

The 40-year-old, who won Olympic gold in Sydney in 2000, lasted just 82 seconds against British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price in a humiliating defeat on October 13.

And afterwards he admitted he would give serious consideration to hanging up his gloves.

Message from above: Harrison will return to the ring

Message from above: Harrison will return to the ring

But he has now opted to fight on, saying on Twitter: 'It's official… I've decided to carry on. One more shot at glory. 'It could be over; next fight will tell me. See u in a ring real soon.

'A decision has come from above. He told me son “lace up your gloves” your time as a boxer is not quite done, so go out there & have some fun.

'Despite the haters …I've had a good journey, truly am grateful for my blessing & give all praise to jah, god, universe. Rolling the dice!'

Paying the price: Harrison was sent to the canvas after just 82 seconds

Paying the price: Harrison was sent to the canvas after just 82 seconds

While Price was magnificent, the loss appeared certain to end the career of Harrison, who has become a figure of ridicule in boxing.

Writing in his boxing column earlier this month, Sportsmail's Jeff Powell had urged Harrison to call it a day.

'Audley Harrison, in a statement which gives full credit to David Price for Saturday’s knock out, says he is still thinking about whether to retire,' Powell said.

'For your own sake – at coming up 41 and coming out of hospital – don’t think about it for too long, Audley.'

Ryder Cup 2012: Ian Poulter won"t make predictions at Medinah

No more predictions, I guarantee it! Poulter keeping his cards close to his chest at Medinah

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 25 September 2012

There will be no bold predictions this time. No staring into the camera and telling the millions watching that a point in the singles is guaranteed.

'I think you will find that was a one hit wonder,' said Ian Poulter, referring to his breathtaking moment of fate-tempting at Celtic Manor two years ago.

'Do that on a regular basis at the Ryder Cup and you're guaranteed to fall flat on your backside and have everyone laugh at you.'

The future's bright: But Poulter won't be making any predictions this year

The future's bright: But Poulter won't be making any predictions this year

The Ryder Cup is far too important to Poulter to have it threatened by ridicule.

The fact a man who played off a five handicap at 17 could end up winning tournaments on five different continents is one of the great sagas of modern golf.

But it pales for Poulter alongside the achievement of playing in four Ryder Cup teams, with the magnificent record to date of eight wins and three losses in 11 matches.

Sign here, please: Poulter is competing in his fourth Ryder Cup

Sign here, please: Poulter is competing in his fourth Ryder Cup

'Everyone knows I'm proud of my tour victories but to make four Ryder Cups is a bigger achievement for me,' he said.

'There's nothing in golf that gets close to the Ryder Cup. Imagine pumping your fist after holing a putt on the first hole of a strokeplay event Everyone would think you an idiot. The emotion you're feeling is such that every holed putt at the Ryder Cup is like one you hole on the back nine at a major.'

Back home in Florida, no visitor to his enormous new house is allowed to leave without seeing his Ryder Cup trophy cabinet.

'Everything's in there. I've got the crystal. I've got flags signed, golf bags signed, shoes signed, menus signed. What can I say It is a very important part of my life, and I want to share it with the people who come to my house.'

Roy Hodgson says he does not have a thick skin

Do I have a thick skin No, says Hodgson, but I will have to get one

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UPDATED:

22:50 GMT, 5 May 2012

It is not as if Roy Hodgson did not know abuse and ridicule would be coming his way. It is just that traditionally an England manager has to lose some football matches before the campaign to undermine him begins.

Hodgson awoke on Wednesday to headlines mocking his inability to pronounce his Rs, which was apparently intended as an affectionate but light-hearted welcome to the job.

Much worse has been inflicted on previous England managers and Hodgson would hardly have been mortified by a long-standing joke. But if this was a jovial welcome, it does not bode well for the first defeat.

Time to adapt: Hodgson says he needs to develop a thick skin

Time to adapt: Hodgson says he needs to develop a thick skin

Nevertheless, he had better get used to it. Many would argue that the ability to ignore abuse is a prerequisite for an England manager, but Hodgson is disarmingly frank when asked whether he feels he has the thick skin necessary to ignore inevitable barbs.

‘I don’t think so, no,’ he says. ‘I think I have to answer that question honestly. Maybe I should develop one.’

He ought to but, at 64, it will not be easy to change his sensitivities.

‘It probably is required,’ he adds. ‘But I’m a football coach, a manager. That’s been my life. Dealing with the mass media has also been a part of my life, not one I’ve shied away from, and it hasn’t bothered me. I’ve accepted it as part of my duties. I like to think for the best part I get on with it and do a reasonable job. But I can’t deny that my forte, and what I want to do, is to coach footballers, prepare teams, build teams, try to improve teams. That’s basically what the England manager’s job is.

‘I know it [media duties] is also a very important part of it, don’t get me wrong. If I’m to be vulnerable in any area, or lacking, it might be that I don’t have the thick enough skin to deal with you guys. But I’d rather that than not have the wherewithal to deal with players.’

Hodgson does have a coaching record that
commands respect and attention. Even though Bayern Munich players
Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger said they knew little about him,
Hodgson is the only foreigner to have been considered for coaching the
German national team, back in 1998.

Sign of the times at Anfield: Hodgson lasted only 31 games as Liverpool boss

Sign of the times at Anfield: Hodgson lasted only 31 games as Liverpool boss

His long record is impressive and he clearly has the ability to coach, but the key question is whether he can pick a squad inside 10 days and organise a team inside five weeks to perform adequately at Euro 2012.

Then, in the long term, qualify for Brazil 2014. And, all the while, cope with being compared to Harry Redknapp and the galvanising effect the Spurs boss might have had.

‘Roy’s very astute and knows that it’s not going to be easy taking on England,’ said one friend of Hodgson’s of more than 40 years’ standing.

‘But he has confidence in his convictions, knowing that some senior players, press or general public might not be sure about him.’

What Hodgson lacks in charisma, he
will have to make up for in organisation. ‘He’s very persistent, and he
doesn’t have great variation in coaching,’ added his friend. ‘The
practical work is to make sure the players know exactly what their job
is, especially defensively. He makes sure everybody knows exactly what
position they should be in when they lose possession, and also when they
have possession.’

At
Liverpool, such methods were portrayed as a weakness, with players
complaining about the lack of variety and the fact that they were always
required to sit deep. At Fulham and West Bromwich, it has been
fundamental to their relative successes.

High hopes: Hodgson was loved at Swedish side Halmstads (above)

High hopes: Hodgson was loved at Swedish side Halmstads (above)

Hodgson himself takes umbrage at the characterisation of his methods. ‘It would be wrong to start suggesting that my methodology would differ from my predecessors,’ he says. ‘I don’t think it does. Things also get exaggerated. What one player sees as a drill, others see as a coaching game.’

With Ray Lewington, his No 2 at Fulham, now appointed as an assistant, this week we will know who else is to be added to the coaching team.

Yet, caution is likely to be a watchword. Another manager acquainted with Hodgson said: ‘My guess is that he’ll play two holding midfielders, sit them in front of the back four and say to them, “Don’t you dare move!” ’

That may be to England’s advantage. Glenn Hoddle says England’s great failing was being outnumbered in midfield, which is why he favoured a five-man middle when he was manager. At the least, they should be solid at the Euros.

Don Howe, England No 2 to Ron Greenwood, Bobby Robson and Terry Venables, is said to have been a major influence on Hodgson. He was similarly obsessed by defensive positioning. Ironically, though, it was a man who is the antithesis of that who perhaps sparked Hodgson’s coaching imagination.

‘I think Roy’s coaching education started with Malcolm Allison years ago,’ said a friend. ‘When Malcolm was at Crystal Palace in the early Seventies, Roy was a very junior coach. Malcolm was a great thinker who would talk all night about the game and come up with a real gem. Roy would take it all in.’

Mentor: Former Crystal Palace manager Malcolm Allison

Mentor: Former Crystal Palace manager Malcolm Allison

Hodgson's packed diary

Saturday West Brom go to Bolton

May 13 Final WBA game, against Arsenal at the Hawthorns

May 14 Provisional date for first naming first England squad

May 21 Meet with squad at training camp in Spain

May 26 First match in charge, friendly v Norway in Copenhagen

May 29 Deadline for submitting final 23-man Euro 2012 squad

June 2 Last warm-up game, against Belgium at Wembley

June 11 England v France, Euro 2012. His first competitive game

Allison, assistant to Joe Mercer when
Manchester City last won the League in 1968, was the flamboyant
fedora-wearing press darling of his day.

Hodgson, son of a London bus driver who grew up in Croydon, is anything but.

However, he gives the impression of
being someone who regards his ordinary background as fundamental to his
outlook on life. In 2001, while coaching at Udinese, he reflected on the
coarsening of public debate in football and division between managers
and public.

‘We’re well paid, even put on pedestals – which we probably don’t deserve – for doing something we love,’ he said.

Right hand man: Hodgson with Ray Lewington (left) at Fulham

Right hand man: Hodgson with Ray Lewington (left) at Fulham

‘But more and more we’re divorced from the working world in which I started. I often get the impression that we’re elevated in order to be shot at, that by earning so much we have conceded the right to normal human dignity. I’m not sure that being ludicrously criticised, often by people with very limited competence to do so, is good for you.’

That was 11 years ago. Things are likely to get an awful lot worse.

Hodgson concedes that having been asked to consider the England job last Sunday, the honour was such that he did not weigh up the pressures of the job.

‘When this opportunity came, maybe I should have thought about these things,’ he said. ‘I’m just really delighted and pleased to have the opportunity to lead my country and do the best job I can.’

It is the honest response of a man from a generation who still regard the England job as the ultimate honour. It must be hoped that, assuming there will be some failures along the way, the thick skin will have developed sufficiently to repel the barbs and complete the task.

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'

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