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Tyson Fury to return to ring at Madison Square Garden, New York

Fury puts Price clash on ice as heavyweight announces New York return to ring in March

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UPDATED:

20:56 GMT, 5 December 2012

Tyson Fury will return to the ring on March 17 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Fury’s uncle and trainer Peter Fury took to Twitter tonight to confirm the date and claimed world-ranked heavyweights Tomasz Adamek, Chris Arreola, Bermane Stiverne and Johnathon Banks were possible opponents, as well as former WBO champion Shannon Briggs.

Peter Fury tweeted: ‘Tyson next out Madison square Garden march 17th. Training camp Canada starts jan 14th. Poss opponents Adamek” Arriola Stiverne Banks. Briggs.’

On ice: Tyson Fury will fight in New York on St Patrick's Day 2013

On ice: Tyson Fury will fight in New York on St Patrick's Day 2013

Fury maintained his unbeaten record with a straightforward points win over Kevin Johnson in a WBC eliminator last Friday and has since resumed hostilities with British and Commonwealth champion David Price.

Price’s manager Frank Maloney offered 650,000 to make the fight, but Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessy described the bid as a ‘joke’.

Fury’s Madison Square Garden date will come exactly a year after his proposed debut at the ionic venue fell through.

Andrew Flintoff weighs in for heavyweight boxing debut with Richard Dawson

EXCLUSIVE: Hatton's trainer to be in opposite corner as Flintoff weighs in for heavyweight boxing debut against Dawson

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UPDATED:

17:00 GMT, 29 November 2012

Richard Dawson will have Ricky Hatton's trainer in his corner tomorrow night when he fights former England cricket captain Andrew Flintoff.

Bob Shannon stepped in at the last minute after the American's trainer was unable to obtain a visa to travel from Oklahoma for the bout at the Manchester Arena.

Flintoff, who has lost three-and-a-half stone for the bout, weighed in today at 216lb, considerably lighter than the slightly shorter Dawson who tipped the scales at 241lb.

Squaring up: Andrew Flintoff weighs in at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester ahead of his heavyweight debut against Richard Dawson

Squaring up: Andrew Flintoff weighs in at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester ahead of his heavyweight debut against Richard Dawson

Patriotic: Flintoff sported a pair of Union Jack boxer shorts as he stripped off and jumped on the scales

Patriotic: Flintoff sported a pair of Union Jack boxer shorts as he stripped off and jumped on the scales

Relaxed: Flintoff looked assured as he prepares to step into the ring for the first time at the MEN Arena on Friday night

Relaxed: Flintoff looked assured as he prepares to step into the ring for the first time at the MEN Arena on Friday night

Passing on a few tips: Still sporting a black eye from his defeat to Vyacheslav Senchencko last weekend, Ricky Hatton shows Flintoff some techniques at the weigh-in

Passing on a few tips: Still sporting a black eye from his defeat to Vyacheslav Senchencko last weekend, Ricky Hatton shows Flintoff some techniques at the weigh-in

Ricky Hatton passes on some advice to Andrew Flintoff

The 23-year-old American was
hand-picked by Flintoff's mentor Barry McGuigan and brings with him an
unbeaten record after three professional fights.

But Flintoff, 34, believes his gruelling training regime will give him the advantage in front of an expected crowd of 5,000.

'I've been working with Shane and
Barry and they've got me in unbelievable shape,' he said. 'It's a
different type of training to when I was playing cricket. I've done the
rounds in sparring and I'm looking forward to tomorrow night.

Andrew Flintoff during the weigh in for his Heavyweight bout with Richard Dawson

Richard Dawson during the weigh in at The Hilton Hotel, Manchester

Size difference: Flintoff tipped the scales at 216lbs, considerably lighter than Dawson at 241lbs

Mutual respect: An embrace and a handshake between the two antagonists after the weigh-in

Mutual respect: An embrace and a handshake between the two antagonists after the weigh-in

'The last four-and-a-half-months have been the hard work and I want to go out and enjoy it.

'It was an opportunity that I couldn't pass up. I played cricket until I was 31 and wasn't ready to sit back and do nothing.

'It's had its moments, especially in
some of the training and sparring sessions, but I've never thought about
packing it in. I've asked myself why I'm doing it but the hardest
things you do are the most rewarding.'

Uncompromising: Dawson has pledged to turn the former England cricket captain's debut into a nightmare

Uncompromising: Dawson has pledged to turn the former England cricket captain's debut into a nightmare

Flintoff, who was not dropped during
his 300 rounds of sparring, insists he has not thought about whether his
new career will extend beyond his maiden bout.

'First and foremost my focus is on
tomorrow night and after that we'll decide where it's going. It would be
dangerous to look past tomorrow night.

'Richard has come over and my
attention is on that. It was the same with cricket in the last part of
my career, I didn't look too far ahead.'

Dawson, meanwhile, has promised to knock Flintoff out and enjoy an early night on first visit to these shores.

'I'm here to win and and Mr Freddie is here to win,' he said. 'I respect Freddie but I'm going to attack him.

'I put pressure on; pressure wins fights and I'm here to win and get it over with.'

Manny Pacquiao: Ricky Hatton comeback is a mistake

Pacquiao on Hatton's return: I respect Ricky but he's making a big mistake

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UPDATED:

13:42 GMT, 21 November 2012

Ricky Hatton is making a big mistake returning to the ring this Saturday. That is the verdict of Manny Pacquiao, the man whose knockout blow consigned the two-weight world champion into retirement three years ago.

The Hitman makes his big comeback this Saturday against Ukraine's former WBA welterweight king Vyacheslav Senchenko in front of a sell-out crowd at Manchester Arena.

But Pacquaio, who brutally defeated Hatton inside two rounds at the MGM Grand in May 2009, thinks the 34-year-old should have stayed away from the ring for good and insisted it is not something he will ever do once he walks away.

Comeback: Ricky Hatton undergoes his final preparations with his trainer Bob Shannon before Saturday's big return

Comeback: Ricky Hatton undergoes his final preparations with his trainer Bob Shannon before Saturday's big return

'I do not think it is a good idea to come back once a fighter has retired. It’s not something I plan on doing,' said Pacquaio, quoted in the Daily Express.

'I know how hard it is to get back into good boxing shape after being out of the training camp for only three or four months.'

Pacquiao is preparing for his first fight since controversially losing his WBO welterweight title to Timothy Bradley last June with a fourth fight against rival Juan Manuel Marquez next month in Las Vegas.

Blow: Manny Pacquiao destroyed Hatton inside two rounds in May 2009

Down and out: Manny Pacquiao destroyed Hatton inside two rounds in May 2009 (celebrating, below)

Down and out: Pacquiao celebrates his win over Hatton in May 2009

Despite voicing his concerns over Hatton's return, the Filipino legend insisted he respects the Manchester fighter's decision.

'I cannot imagine what it is like after a number of years,' Pacquaio added.

'It’s not just the conditioning, it’s the reflexes, legs, mental conditioning, and so much more.

'But this is Ricky’s decision to make and I respect him for it.'

Crunch test: Hatton will collide with Vyacheslav Senchenko at the Manchester Arena

Crunch test: Hatton will collide with Vyacheslav Senchenko at the Manchester Arena

Ricky Hatton workout ahead of boxing return

No more Ricky Fatton! Slimline Hatton shows off slick skills ahead of ring return

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UPDATED:

16:19 GMT, 14 November 2012

Manchester City’s No 1 supporter was training like a demon for his comeback fight this afternoon while his upcoming opponent was on a fan pilgrimage to Old Trafford.

Ricky Hatton unveiled the reborn Hitman to the world’s media as he slipped off his shirt and gave a full bloodied demonstration of much of his old power.

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Trim: Ricky Hatton performs a workout ahead of his return to the ring in Manchester

Trim: Ricky Hatton performs a workout ahead of his return to the ring in Manchester

Hatton's hand and eye co-ordination were especially impressive as he worked with trainer Bob Shannon on a fast-moving speed stick.

Vyacheslav Senchenko finished his
workout an hour earlier and sped off with his team of fellow Ukrainians
to pay homage to Manchester United.

There will be 20,000 rabid followers of Hatton – and mostly City – in the MEN Arena next Saturday night, waiting to give Mr Senchenko a welcome made even more torrid by his affection for United.

Senchenko said: ‘I am one of many in my country who follow the Reds and I am excited that I’m going to visit the stadium. My favourite footballers in the world are Robin Van Persie and, with all his history, Ryan Giggs.

‘My son Danil (aged nine) is also a big United fan and I must go now to buy lots of shirts and other memorabilia to take home to him.’

Senchenko is also vowing to go back to
his adopted hometown of Donetsk in Russia with the victory which would
re-establish him among the leading contenders for the world welterweight
title he held until recently. He says: ‘I have come here to win. I am
the fittest I have ever been.’

Ricky Hatton

Ricky Hatton

Before and after: Hatton has lost five stone ahead of his boxing return

Ambitions: Hatton could fight for a world title next year if he comes through against Vyacheslav Senchenko

Ambitions: Hatton could fight for a world title next year if he comes through against Vyacheslav Senchenko

Hatton’s riposte: ‘That’s not going to happen.’ The Hitman directed our attention to his muscular condition following his five stone weight loss and said: ‘Four and a half months ago I was 15 stone and could hardly walk back up the hill from the pub. And when I did get there, I had to sit down and take a rest before trying to climb the stairs to the bedroom. In all honesty, after all the boozing and blowing up and all the madness I put myself through, you shouldn’t be looking at someone in this condition.

‘But here I am and I feel as great as I look. I’m absolutely confident that no matter what everyone has been saying, this comeback is going to be great.

‘When I started just working out in the gym and changing my lifestyle, I felt well and I started watching other fighters more closely on the box. I found myself sitting on the sofa watching Amir Khan and Kell Brook and thinking “what the hell am I doing sat here”'

Senchenko admits he is convinced that Hatton will be back to his formidable old best. He says: ‘Although I think I can beat him, I know it will be a very tough fight. Hatton wouldn’t be coming back unless he has proved to himself in the gym that he can be as good as when he was a world champion’.

Tough task: Hatton's opponent Senchenko (below) has lost only once during his career

Tough task: Hatton's opponent Senchenko (below) has lost only once during his career

Vyacheslav Senchenko

The Ukrainian lost that status when he was stopped by Pauli Malignaggi, surprisingly, in his last fight. That his only defeat and he blames it on swelling around his right eye which badly affected his vision. But he remembers, with some irony, that when he was still the WBA welterweight champion, he met Hatton at that organisation’s annual convention in Panama.

He said: ‘We were photographed together because there was talk of us having this fight. But he was so heavy that I was worried he’d be too big for me and we might have to go up a couple of divisions if it was going to happen’.

Hatton’s regime has brought him back down to his fighting weight but he does not credit his return to boxing for saving him from self-destruction. He said: ‘I saved myself when I realised I had to live better for myself and my family. And the change is permanent.'

Even so, he plans to celebrate his return to the big time with a sample of his old ways…by raising a glass of beer to his fellow City fans.

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Ricky Hatton faces Vyacheslav Senchenko test in Manchester on November 24

Hatton straight in at the deep end against ex-world champion Senchenko in comeback fight

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 28 September 2012

So determined is Ricky Hatton to be remembered as a brilliant boxer – not a busted flush – that is taking tougher opponents than he needed to for his comeback fight in Manchester on November 24.

The Hitman, 33, had two images in his mind as he insisted on meeting Vyacheslav Senchenko – a two-time World champion who has lost only once.

The first was of his partner Jennifer coming downstairs one morning to find him throwing a knife onto the kitchen floor after another failed attempt at suicide.

Banging his own drum: Ricky Hatton returns to the ring on November 24 in Manchester

Banging his own drum: Ricky Hatton returns to the ring on November 24 in Manchester

Spoiling for a fight: Hatton is ready to go

Spoiling for a fight: Hatton is ready to go

The second was a glimpse of the future – that of his new baby daughter Millie growing up ‘and thinking of me as a great fighter who blew it on drink’.

Although Hatton is focussed on coming all the way back to challenge for the World title he once held, it is this legacy which has driven him back into fighting condition…and into the ring shortly.

As he unveiled Senchenko as his first test in the three years since Manny Pacquiao knocked him senseless in Las Vegas, Hatton said: ‘Other names (Katsidis and N’dou were mentioned) would have been tough enough but I wanted to put myself to a real challenge.
Double act: Hatton with his trainer Bob Shannon

Double act: Hatton with his trainer Bob Shannon

Night to remember: Hatton with some of the fighters who will be on the undercard in November

Night to remember: Hatton with some of the fighters who will be on the undercard in November

'This is typical Ricky Hatton…me diving right in at the deep end.’

The Ukrainian is 35 but had not been beaten in 32 fights prior to his World title loss to Paulie Malignaggi recently.

Hatton says: ‘If I’m going to make
everybody proud of me again, then I know I’ve got to take on the tough
opponents. I want my family, boxing, my great fans and Britain remember
me as the hit man who came back to redeem himself as a grand fighter,
not the guy who did great but then threw it all away after a couple of
tough defeats.

Hatton arrives for his photo call

Back in business

I love to box: Hatton says he is driven by his passion for the sport

'I got so depressed when I drank
myself up to 15 stone that I kept thinking about suicide. It’s all very
well saying that people in that position keep threatening to do it but
don’t. With many the day comes when they do kill themselves and the
closest I came was that day when Jennifer came down to the kitchen.’

Those memories – and the thought of
what little Millie might think of him in the years ahead, feed into
Hatton’s justification for a return to the ring, the wisdom of which has
divided boxing opinion. ‘I’m leading a healthier life now,’ he says.
‘I’m not going to let anyone down. I’m going to make everyone proud of
me again.’

Last time out: Manny Pacquiao looked to have ended Hatton's career when he knocked him out in 2009

Last time out: Manny Pacquiao looked to have ended Hatton's career when he knocked him out in 2009

He looks in phenomenal shape already
after months of dieting, while the appetite for fighting is ravenous
once again. He says: ‘Redemption is the main thing but I missed it like
crazy. To tell you the truth I never wanted to retire in the first place
but after being knocked out by Pacquiao and all the personal problems
with drink and drugs, everyone thought it was for the best.

'Now I want to right the wrongs. I was so embarrassed. I was the man of the people and I let the people down.’

The rekindling of his passion goes so
far as to envisage fresh World title shots against even the likes of
Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, probably taking out British stars Amir
Khan and Kell Brook en route.

He says: ‘Of course that’s in my mind. Tell ‘em all the Hitman’s back and I’m coming for them.’

The way he looked on Friday, they would be unwise not to take him seriously.

London 2012 Olympics Women"s football: USA 2 Japan 1: Carli Lloyd scores twice for gold

USA 2 Japan 1: Lloyd double ensures America retain Olympic title

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UPDATED:

20:37 GMT, 9 August 2012

Carli Lloyd's brace ensured that USA secured a second successive gold medal in the women's football after taking the title in Beijing four years ago.

Lloyd netted her first goal after 10 minutes after good work from Alex Morgan allowing the striker to net from close range.

Her second goal was a screamer from the edge of the box after 56 minutes and looked to have secured the title.

But Japan struck back just after the hour mark when Yuki Ogimi bundled the ball home to set up a tense end to the game.

But the USA were able to hold on for the win.

More to follow…

On course for gold: Carli Lloyd celebrates with Kelley O'Hara and Shannon Boxx after scoring against Japan

On course for gold: Carli Lloyd celebrates with Kelley O'Hara and Shannon Boxx after scoring against Japan

Screamer: Carli Lloyd scores USA's second goal from distance

Screamer: Carli Lloyd scores USA's second goal from distance

Golden goal: Lloyd scores for the USA

Golden goal: Lloyd scores for the USA

We've done it! Abby Wambach celebrates as USA win gold

We've done it! Abby Wambach celebrates as USA win gold