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David Haye posts a fearsome photo from his gym as he prepares for his comeback fight

Beware the Hayemaker! Boxing star posts fearsome photo from the gym as he prepares for comeback fight

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Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

16:42 GMT, 8 April 2013

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UPDATED:

16:42 GMT, 8 April 2013

It is only two days to go until David Haye announces his next heavyweight opponent — but he is already looking the part.

The former heavyweight champion is fighting again on June 29 in Manchester and posted a picture on his twitter feed of him in fighting fit shape.

He has previously revealed he began plotting his ring return when alone with his thoughts in the jungle on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.

Hayemaker: There's no denying David Haye is taking his comeback seriously after this photo posted on twitter

Hayemaker: There's no denying David Haye is taking his comeback seriously after this photo posted on twitter

The fighter’s trainer and manager Adam Booth said earlier this month he was in discussions with five heavyweights ranked within the world’s top 15 – four of which remain unbeaten – in his pursuit of an opponent for Haye’s comeback fight on June 29 as the former champion bids to gain mandatory-challenger status to either Vitali or Wladimir Klitschko.

Since his fifth-round knockout victory over Dereck Chisora in July, Haye has lived a life far from that of the customary prizefighter over a period in which his celebrity status significantly grew but insists it was this that persuaded him he wanted to return to fight for the status of world heavyweight champion.

Timer: Haye knocked out Dereck Chisora in the fifth round of his last fight

Timer: Haye knocked out Dereck Chisora in the fifth round of his last fight

Top of the tree: Haye wants to prove that he is still the best heavyweight in the country

Top of the tree: Haye wants to prove that he is still the best heavyweight in the country

Ready and waiting: Haye has been promoting his next fight recently which will take place on June 29

Ready and waiting: Haye has been promoting his next fight recently which will take place on June 29

Meanwhile, Tony Bellew’s rematch with Isaac Chilemba has been added to the undercard of Carl Froch’s super-middleweight unification clash with Mikkel Kessler at the O2 Arena on May 25.

Bellew and Chilemba fought out a lifeless draw in Liverpool on March 30 in their final eliminator for a shot at the WBC light-heavyweight title with both claiming they should have been given the verdict.

Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn insists the successful fighter will still be in line to meet Chad Dawson if the American successfully defends his WBC belt against Adonis Stevenson on June 8.

Back in the ring: England's Tony Bellew and Isaac Chilemba of South Africa will fight again on the under-card of the re-match between Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler

Back in the ring: England's Tony Bellew and Isaac Chilemba of South Africa will fight again on the under-card of the re-match between Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler

2013 golden ticket: The main sporting events of the year

The 2013 golden ticket: Which sporting event are you looking forward to most next year

PUBLISHED:

15:36 GMT, 31 December 2012

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UPDATED:

21:33 GMT, 31 December 2012

The year 2012 will arguably go down as the greatest 12 months in British sporting history, but the drama does not end there as we roll into 2013. We asked our team of writers which main event they are looking forward to the most over the next 12 months, and here's what they told us…

**Scroll down for a full calendar of all the big sporting events in 2013

Year to remember: The London 2012 Olympic Games lit up a fantastic 12 months for British sport

Year to remember: The London 2012 Olympic Games lit up a fantastic 12 months for British sport

The Masters

April 11 to April 14

Derek Lawrenson

From the wider sporting world, it is hard to beat the magic of the first day of an Ashes Test series, with all its promise of a summer of cricketing splendour.

In golf, even after attending every one since 1985, the lure of the Masters remains. Will Rory claim his first green jacket Will Tiger finally rediscover the scent of the Golden Bear Will an Englishman end the major drought As ever, the event offers a myriad of exciting possibilities.

Three's the charm: Rory McIlroy will be looking to add the Masters to his Major haul in April

Three's the charm: Rory McIlroy will be looking to add the Masters to his Major haul in April

Carl Froch v Mikkel Kessler

May/June – no official date yet confirmed

Martin Domin

In what could be a year of rematches for the Cobra, this unification showdown promises to be the highlight. While victory over undisputed super-middleweight king Andre Ward would be the best of his career, Froch’s meeting with his Danish rival is already a Fight of the Year candidate.

Kessler won a unanimous decision when they two clashed in the Super Six tournament in 2010 and recently won the WBA title from Brian Magee, while Froch holds the IBF belt after his stunning demolition of Canadian Lucian Bute. With a 4million pot to be shared by the protagonists, expect fireworks from the first bell… and a tight victory for Nottingham’s finest.

The Cobra: Carl Froch is set to take on Mikkel Kessler at the beginning of the summer

The Cobra: Carl Froch is set to take on Mikkel Kessler at the beginning of the summer

British and Irish Lions tour of Australia

June 1 to July 6

Chris Foy

No need to look beyond my own sport here, as any Lions tour is a wonderful, unique event, generating even greater public interest and debate than a World Cup.

This year’s edition sees a return to Australia, where the Lions last visited in 2001, culminating in an agonising 2-1 Test series defeat. This time, if injuries don’t brutally undermine his plans, head coach Warren Gatland should have a staggering array of British and Irish rugby talent at his disposal.

There is a very real prospect of a first series success since 1997 and with the fabled ‘red army’ expected to number 40,000 for the crusade Down Under, it will be an enthralling, colourful sporting highlight of the year.

Drought: The Lions were last victorious in a series back in 1997 against South Africa

Drought: The Lions were last victorious in a series back in 1997 against South Africa

Chris Cutmore

Nothing else in sport can match the intensity, brutality and white-knuckle tension of British and Irish Lions tours. Four years ago in South Africa they were heroic in defeat. But, as Jim Telfer famously once said, to win for the Lions is the ultimate. Australia await in June – can Warren Gatland inspire a first series victory since 1997 This is your Everest, boys.

Lee Clayton

My golden ticket would be The British
and Irish Lions tour, as a punter. I’ve always wanted to take my dad,
who is a massive rugby fan. The atmosphere and the social side of the
trip would be magnificent, as well as the sporting excellence.

The boss: Warren Gatland takes the 2013 touring party to Australia in June

The boss: Warren Gatland takes the 2013 touring party to Australia in June

The Champions League Final, back at Wembley, should be another wonderful sporting occasion, as should Carl Froch defending his world title at the 02 Arena in London (see Jeff Powell’s latest boxing column). Froch is a warrior fighter. And I might have more chance of making that than getting Down Under… this time. But the saving starts here for the next tour.

I am lucky enough to be going to the first day of the Oval Test against Australia on August 21. So here’s to dry weather and lots of English dominance.

Who said it was all quiet in London post-Olympics in 2013

Happy memories: England clinched the 2009 Ashes series at the Oval

Happy memories: England clinched the 2009 Ashes series at the Oval

Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Jeff Powell

Hopefully, prayerfully and if it actually happens almost unbelievably… Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao.

Never mind that the PacMan was knocked out by mini-Terminator Juan Manuel Marquez, this is still the No 1 pound-for-pounder which all boxing and much of the outside world wants to see. And with both men edging into decline – Mayweather’s legs were less spry against Miguel Cotto and it is not inconceivable he too could hit the deck soon – if the $200 million mega-bucks fight doesn’t happen this year it probably never will.

Will they, won't they The boxing world is still waiting for Mayweather (pictured) to take on Pacquiao

Will they, won't they The boxing world is still waiting for Mayweather (pictured) to take on Pacquiao

Wimbledon

June 24 to July 7

Mike Dickson

Normally, in the event of England hosting Australia in the Ashes, the golden ticket would be for the Lord’s Test match, or any other for that matter. But between June and January 2014 England will play their old foe at least 26 times in all forms of cricket, including ten Tests, which somewhat devalues the currency.

Therefore in a non-international football tournament summer the golden ticket has to be the men’s singles final at Wimbledon, preferably between Andy Murray and a fully fit and restored Rafael Nadal.

Old rivals: Murray and Nadal (right) have played out some epic matches in the past

Old rivals: Murray and Nadal (right) have played out some epic matches in the past

Laurie Whitwell

Sunday, July 7. The day when a British man reigns triumphant at Wimbledon to end a 77-year wait for a singles champion.

That singular man is Andy Murray, who has coped with prolonged national expectation and four Grand Slam final defeats to emerge this country's finest tennis player since Fred Perry. He did the improbable by winning the US Open to banish one enduring statistic of Perry's and on Centre Court on men's finals day 2013 he will get rid of another.

A ticket to see Murray ascend the heights set by Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal would be 24 carat.

Historic moment: Murray sinks to the ground as he beats Novak Djokovic in the US Open final

Historic moment: Murray sinks to the ground as he beats Novak Djokovic in the US Open final

Sam Cunningham

Andy Murray did two things last year that suggest he is finally capable of ending a 77-year wait for a male British Wimbledon champion – he won a Grand Slam and won a major competition on Centre Court.

There wasn't much in 2012 that Britain didn't achieve in sport, but having a winner at Wimbledon was one of them. Every time the nerves kick in Murray can look at the Olympic gold medal in his locker to remind him of beating Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, who beat Murray in last year's Wimbledon final, in front of a packed crowd at SW19.

If he goes all the way it will produce another two weeks of sport that will capture the nation's attention and would be likely to bump him up two places to win Sports Personality of the Year. I can't wait to watch it.

Sealed with a kiss: Murray will be hoping to add another Grand Slam to his trophy cabinet at Wimbledon

Sealed with a kiss: Murray will be hoping to add another Grand Slam to his trophy cabinet at Wimbledon

The Ashes in England

July 10 to August 25

Neil Moxley

I'm most looking forward to beating Australia. It helps if it is a mainstream sport. Therefore, victories in the Ashes and for the British Lions would be my idea of sporting heaven.

To be honest, any sporting victory over Australia is to be celebrated. Tiddlywinks, running for the bus, sheep-shearing. All of it would bring a smile to my face. Why am I like this I'm no xenophobe. But I just know how much they hate losing and how hard they try whenever they face any team from these shores, especially England.

And, having grown up in a cricketing era where we were routinely humiliated by the likes of Steve Waugh, (my cricketing hero) Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath, we haven't yet inflicted the sort of pain upon them to nullify that inflicted upon us by the thrashings of the late 80s and 90s.

Arch rivals: England and Australia have some titanic clashed lined up this year

Arch rivals: England and Australia have some titanic clashes lined up this year

World Athletics Championships in Moscow

August 10 to 18

Laura Williamson

There is no excuse for a post-Olympics lull in track and field with the World Championships just eight months away and it promises to be an exciting competition from a British perspective.

Jessica Ennis wants her world heptathlon title back after silver in 2011, Mo Farah will eye another long-distance double and Greg Rutherford is out to prove his Olympic long jump gold was not a one-off. Then, of course, there’s Usain Bolt, who has already targeted breaking his own world records in 2013…

Main event: Usain Bolt will be looking to add World Championship gold to his Olympic crown

Main event: Usain Bolt will be looking to add World Championship gold to his Olympic crown

Other key dates in 2013:

FA Cup final, Wembley, May 11

Champions League final, Wembley, May 25

Tour de France, June 29 – July 21

The Open, Muirfield, July 18 – 21

Rugby League World Cup, October 26 – November 30

The Ashes in Australia

November 21 to January 7, 2014

Ian Ladyman

My plane ticket for the Adelaide Ashes Test in November is already booked so I am growing steadily excited about that. The last one in 2010 was remarkable and anything approaching that would be more than acceptable for me.

With England and Australia meeting in back-to-back series this year, the cricket authorities should be wary of overkill but we will see how that pans out.

There is also a Rugby League World Cup to look forward to this year – with the final at Old Trafford – while the conclusion to the Barclays Premier League will not be dull.

The Ashes home and away

Barmy army: England's travelling support are sure to be in full voice in Australia

Barmy army: England's travelling support are sure to be in full voice in Australia

January to June

July - December

Amir Khan suffers fractured hands in Carlos Molina win

Khan's plan for world domination could be derailed by fractured hands

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UPDATED:

10:56 GMT, 17 December 2012

Amir Khan faces an anxious wait to discover when he can return to action after fracturing both hands during his comprehensive stoppage of Carlos Molina on Saturday.

The 26-year-old Brit took the first step towards rebuilding his career following successive world title defeats to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia.

Molina was pulled out by his corner at the end of the 10th round having suffered a nasty cut during a lop-sided contest.

Demolition: Amir Khan eased to a comprehensive victory over Carlos Molina

Demolition: Amir Khan eased to a comprehensive victory over Carlos Molina

Khan had his hands checked by a doctor last night and will visit hospital today for a further update.

A common injury among boxers, the rehabilitation period can be up to five months depending on whether surgery is required.

That could rule Khan out until next summer, upsetting his plans to fight Josesito Lopez in the spring before rematches with Garcia and Peterson later in the year.

Costly: Khan fractured both hands during his victory in Los Angeles on Saturday

Costly: Khan fractured both hands during his victory in Los Angeles on Saturday

A picture of the light-welterweight's damaged hands was posted on Twitter yesterday, which followed a revelation from his former trainer Freddie Roach who said last week that Khan was wary of throwing his right hand after hurting his wrist.

Khan is now working with Virgil Hunter, who also trains super-middleweight world champion Andre Ward, and was delighted with his return to the ring.

'I thought I stuck to my gameplan and
was keeping faith in my jab,' he said. 'Carlos took some really good
shots but was still coming forward, so I thought to myself I'd better
stick to this gameplan.

Back on track: Khan hopes to fight for a world title next year after his victory

Back on track: Khan hopes to fight for a world title next year after his victory

'Virgil
Hunter, my new coach, is a great trainer and I'm getting better at
boxing, being a complete fighter. He's teaching me things, like speed,
patience, picking the right shots and when to throw them.

'Sometimes I'm too brave for my own good but now I know it is better to stick to a gameplan.'

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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UPDATED:

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.’

John Simpson KOs Dai Davies in Glasgow

Simpson sets sights on shot at European belt after knocking out Davies

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UPDATED:

21:04 GMT, 22 September 2012

John Simpson targeted a European title after he retained his Celtic super-featherweight belt in impressive style with an early stoppage of Dai Davies at the SECC in Glasgow.

The 29-year-old from Greenock was far too sharp and powerful for his limited opponent who collapsed to the canvas after taking a ferocious left hook 36 seconds into the second round.

Simpson said: 'I need bigger and better things.

Impressive: John Simpson beat Dai Davies in under two rounds in Glasgow

Impressive: John Simpson beat Dai Davies in under two rounds in Glasgow

'I have already won the British and Commonwealth title, and have the Celtic, so the European is the only way forward.'

It had not taken long for Simpson to show his superiority.

He forced the pace from the first bell and had Davies on the back foot with some powerful left jabs with the occasional right also finding the target.

The Welshman appeared to be there for the battle, though, and tried to fire off a few shots of his own but it quickly became clear that he was out of his depth as he was despatched by an explosive Simpson.

Carl Frampton wants win over Steve Molitor

I can cut it at the top! Frampton wants win over Molitor to earn chance at world title shot

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UPDATED:

21:59 GMT, 20 September 2012

Carl Frampton believes victory over Canadian Steve Molitor on Saturday will put him in line for a world title shot.

The 25-year-old returns to Belfast to face the former two-time world champion in what both men have billed as a make-or-break fight.

And Frampton, who defends his Commonwealth and IBF Inter-Continental super bantamweight titles, plans to make a statement of intent.

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Ready to step up: Carl Frampton is hoping to earn a world title shot

Ready to step up: Carl Frampton is hoping to earn a world title shot

'He’s been where I want to get to but he’s had his time at the top, now it’s my turn,' he said. 'Beating a world class fighter like Steve Molitor puts me high in the rankings and in the running for a world title shot.

'This is a massive fight for me, I know that I am leaping up the levels to face Molitor but I believe I have more than enough to cope with him and this is the right time for me to prove I can cut it at the top.

'You want big names on your slate and he is definitely a big name. It’s going to be a lot better beating a guy like him than it was beating Prosper Ankrah.

Fighting fit: Frampton believes he is ready to step up a level

Fighting fit: Frampton believes he is ready to step up a level

Fighting fit: Frampton believes he is ready to step up a level

'It’s going to make people stand up and take notice. This is a 50-50 fight. People forget I’ve only had 15 fights.'

Meanwhile, Molitor, 32, admitted he will consider hanging up his gloves if he tastes defeat for a third time in his career.

'If I want to be a three-time world champion then I have to beat this kid,' he said. 'I have been out of the ring enjoying my life for ten months or so and on Saturday night you will see a new hungry Steve Molitor.

'If I cannot beat Carl then I will have to think about hanging them up as I will be saying that I cannot compete at world level now and as a two-time world champ I am used to that.'

Nice motto: Frampton his hoping is strict training regime will carry him through his fight on Saturday

Nice motto: Frampton his hoping is strict training regime will carry him through his fight on Saturday

VIDEO: Carl Frampton – Betfair's Judgment Day

World Twenty20 2012: Match schedule, results, tables

World Twenty20 fixtures, results and tables

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UPDATED:

08:34 GMT, 19 September 2012

England head to Sri Lanka to defend their World Twenty20 crown – keep track of all the latest results, match reports and table standings.

World's best: Captains of the respective teams, all hoping to land the Twenty20 title

World's best: Captains of the respective teams, all hoping to land the Twenty20 title

FIRST ROUND
Group A table

Click here for the latest standings

GROUP A

Afghanistan v India (Wednesday, September 19, Colombo)

Afghanistan v England (Friday, September 21, Colombo)

England v India (Sunday, September 23, Colombo)

Group B table

Click here for the latest standings

GROUP B

Australia v Ireland (Wednesday, September 19, Colombo)

Australia v West Indies (Saturday, September. 22, Colombo)

Ireland v West Indies (Monday, September 24, Colombo)

Group C table

Click here for the latest standings

GROUP C

Bangladesh v New Zealand (Friday, September 21, Pallekele)

New Zealand v Pakistan (Sunday, September. 23, Pallekele)

Bangladesh v Pakistan (Tuesday, September 25, Pallekele)

Group D table

Click here for the latest standings

GROUP D

Sri Lanka 182-4 beat Zimbabwe 100 by 82 runs (Match report)

South Africa vs. Zimbabwe (Thursday, September 20, Hambantota)

Sri Lanka vs. South Africa (Saturday, September 22, Hambantota)

(Top two teams in each group advance)

SUPER EIGHTS

Super 8 Group 1 (Thursday, September 27, Pallekele)
C1 v D2
A1 v B2

Super 8 Group 2 (Friday, Sept. 28, Colombo)
D1 v C2
B1 v A2

Super 8 Group 1 (Saturday, September 29, Pallekele)
A1 v D2
C1 v B2

Super 8 Group 2 (Sunday, September 30, Colombo)
B1 v C2
D1 v A2

Super 8 Group 1 (Monday, October 1, Pallekele)
B2 v D2
A1 v C1

Super 8 Group 2 (Tuesday, October 2, Colombo)
B1 v D1
A2 v C2

(Top two teams from each group advance)

SEMI-FINALS

Super 8 Group 1 winner v Super 8 Group 2 runner-up (Thursday, October 4, Colombo)

Super 8 Group 2 winner vs. Super 8 Group 1 runner-up (Friday, Oct. 5, Colombo)

FINAL

Semi-final winners (Sunday, October 7, Colombo)

Saul Alvarez beats Josesito Lopez to retain WBC super welterweight title

Alvarez stops Lopez in the fifth to retain WBC super welterweight title

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UPDATED:

08:21 GMT, 16 September 2012

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez stopped Josesito Lopez late in the fifth round Saturday night, defending his WBC super welterweight title with a relentless display of power by the 22-year-old Mexican champion.

Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KOs) ended Lopez's dreams of a second upset victory this year by knocking down his 12-to-1 underdog opponent in the second, third and fourth rounds.

Hitting the deck: Saul Alvarez knocks down Josesito Lopez during the second round

Hitting the deck: Saul Alvarez knocks down Josesito Lopez during the second round

On top: Alvarez put in a dominant display against Lopez

On top: Alvarez put in a dominant display against Lopez

No 1: Alvarez celebrates his win

No 1: Alvarez celebrates his win

Another series of relentless combinations finally forced referee Joe Cortez to step in, sending Alvarez to his 37th consecutive victory.

Alvarez dropped Lopez with body shots in the second and third rounds while also absorbing everything Lopez (30-5) could throw at him with barely a flinch. Alvarez knocked down Lopez with another combination with 15 seconds left in the fourth.

Kenny Anderson faces robin Reid for British super-middleweight title

Anderson faces Reid for British super-middleweight title after Groves stripped of title

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UPDATED:

23:21 GMT, 13 September 2012

George Groves has been stripped of his
British super-middleweight title – paving the way for Kenny Anderson to
finally get his shot at winning the belt.

The 24-year-old from London has been
hampered by injury this year, fighting just once since last November
when he stopped Francisco Sierra inside six rounds in July.

Title shot: Kenny Anderson (left)

Title shot: Kenny Anderson (left)

But the British Boxing Board of Control have now vacated the domestic strap and Anderson will face Robin Reid on the undercard of Kell Brook's world title eliminator against Hector Saldivia on October 20 in Sheffield.

Groves was due to defend his title against Anderson this month but suffered a cut against Sierra which postponed their rematch for a second time. It was also called off in March when Groves hurt his back during sparring.

The first fight between the two in 2010 lasted six rounds before Anderson was stopped but not before he had his younger opponent on the canvas for the first time in his career.

The 29-year-old Scot has won his five fights since that defeat, four within the distance, and is delighted to finally be awarded the title fight.

'It is my time, I'll make sure of that,' he tweeted. 'Robin Reid is a serious opponent, no one is in my mind but him.'

Reid, now 41, is a former world champion at the weight, but retired five years ago after suffering defeat to Carl Froch for the British belt. He returned last year and has won three of his four fights since.

'I'm delighted that Kenny has been given this opportunity,' promoter Eddie Hearn said.

'It's been a frustrating period waiting for the Groves fight but Kenny has remained focused and is ready to challenge for the title on October 20. People may write Robin off but he is coming off two impressive wins and is bang up for this.'

Carl Froch-Nathan Cleverly fight won"t happen – Eddie Hearn

Froch-Cleverly fight won't happen, says Hearn as promoter blasts offer as 'publicity stunt'

By
Sportsmail Reporter

PUBLISHED:

16:47 GMT, 6 September 2012

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UPDATED:

16:53 GMT, 6 September 2012

Carl Froch will never face Nathan Cleverly with the IBF super-middleweight champion's promoter Eddie Hearn describing an offer for them to meet as a publicity stunt.

Promoter Frank Warren contacted Hearn, boss of Matchroom, stating he was willing to pay Froch 1million to challenge for Cleverly's WBO light-heavyweight title in Cardiff.

While Hearn admits the figure is accurate, he insists even a sum several times that amount would fail to persuade Froch to leave a high-quality division full of big names.

Off the agenda: Froch won't fight Cleverly, according to Hearn

Off the agenda: Froch won't fight Cleverly, according to Hearn

Once the 35-year-old from Nottingham has negotiated his title defence against Yusaf Mack in November, he is being lined up for rematches against Lucian Bute and Mikkel Kessler.

'We must have stated a dozen times it would be impossible for Carl Froch to move up to light-heavyweight,' Hearn said.

'He starts camp at 12stones 4lbs. He'd be fighting blokes at 190lbs in the ring.

'He's world super-middleweight champion and will be defending his super-middleweight title against Yusaf Mack.

Forget about Froch: Hearn's advice to the Welsh boxer

Forget about Froch: Hearn's advice to the Welsh boxer

'Then it's Bute and Kessler, after that he may hang up his gloves.

'They could offer 10million, the fight isn't going to happen. The money's irrelevant.

'Anyway, the offer they made us was probably half of what I'd pay Carl for the same fight. 'I told Carl about it last night and he laughed. Carl feels sorry for Nathan and thinks he's a good young fighter.

'My advice to Cleverly would be forget about Froch, he's a legend. You're not even at the races with him. Focus on Tony Bellew.

Not at the races: Hearn claims Cleverly isn't in the same league as Froch

Not at the races: Hearn claims Cleverly isn't in the same league as Froch

'By sending the email, they can say they made us a huge offer. It gets people talking about their fighters.

'When you don't have a major broadcaster behind you, you need some cheap free publicity and that's what this is…a publicity stunt.

'I might email Sugar Ray Leonard at the weekend to see if he wants to come out of retirement to fight Froch and tell everyone that Sugar Ray turned down a massive offer.'

Cleverly has faced criticism for the quality of his opponents since being crowned WBO champion. Victory over unknown American Tommy Karpency has hardly enhanced his reputation and next month's showdown with Ukrainian former world title challenger Vyacheslav Uzelkov is equally uninspiring.

'I feel sorry for Nathan Cleverly, he's a nice kid. But look at the opponents he keeps facing, they're horrific,' Hearn said.

'You can't talk about Bernard Hopkins and Froch when you're fighting guys like Tommy Karpency and Vyacheslav Uzelkov.'

Warren's efforts to tempt Froch, Bernard Hopkins, Mikkel Kessler and Beibut Shumenov into fighting Cleverly have been frustrated.

'Froch, Hopkins and Shumenov are the three big names we really tried to get something sorted out with but unfortunately it was not to be,'

Warren said. 'Hopefully we can resurrect them in the new year if Nathan comes through against Vyacheslav Uzelkov.'

Hearn was speaking at the head to head press conference for Tony Bellew's clash with Edison Miranda at Alexandra Palace on Saturday night.

Hearn stated that contrary to claims by Warren, Bellew had not been offered a rematch of his entertaining domestic match against Cleverly last October.