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Froch versus Kessler II set for O2 Arena on May 25… hours after Wembley"s Champions League final

Froch versus Kessler II set for O2 Arena on May 25… hours after Wembley's Champions League final

By
Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

16:08 GMT, 1 February 2013

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UPDATED:

16:09 GMT, 1 February 2013

Carl Froch's rematch with Mikkel Kessler will be held at London's O2 Arena on May 25, just hours after the Champions League final at Wembley.

The Nottingham super middleweight will attempt to add Kessler's WBA title to his own IBF belt, and exact revenge for his 2010 defeat to the Dane.

The blockbuster is also set to herald Sky Sports' return to pay-per-view after a self-enforced two-year absence with Froch and Kessler expected to share a 4million purse.

Toe-to-toe: Froch's first fight with Kessler was a close thriller

Toe-to-toe: Froch's first fight with Kessler was a close thriller

The fight was announced last month following protracted negotiations and the 17,000 capacity O2 has seen off competition from the Manchester Arena to host the most eagerly-awaited fight in British boxing.

The first clash between the two, in the Super Six tournament, lives long in the memory as an epic 12-round war awarded to Kessler by unanimous decision.

Prime: The battle-hardened Froch is peaking as a fighter

Prime: The battle-hardened Froch is peaking as a fighter

Since then, the Dane has added a fifth world title to his impressive collection by beating Brian Magee in Denmark last December while Froch was devastatingly brilliant in his brutal demolition of previously unbeaten Lucian Bute in Nottingham last May to become a three-time world champion.

Carl Froch v Mikkel Kessler agreed for summer in England

This is one for the ages! Froch lands mega summer fight with rival Kessler in the UK

By
Riath Al-samarrai

PUBLISHED:

12:28 GMT, 15 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:18 GMT, 15 January 2013

Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler have agreed terms for a blockbuster summer rematch in the UK.

The date and venue have not yet been confirmed but the super middleweights are expected to clash on May 25 in London.

Froch suffered his first professional defeat and lost his WBC world title in their previous bout in April 2010, a contentious unanimous decision after a thriller in Denmark.

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Home advantage: Carl Froch will get his chance to exact revenge over Mikkel Kessler in the UK this summer after losing to the Dane in 2010

Home advantage: Carl Froch will get his chance to exact revenge over Mikkel Kessler in the UK this summer after losing to the Dane in 2010

But after a run of fights against the best in the division, he has since picked up and defended the IBF belt, which will be staked in the rematch against the WBA (regular) champion.

‘This is the fight that I want more than anything in the world,’ said Froch.

‘I put Mikkel up there as one of the great warriors in boxing and I am so excited about this fight and the chance to set the record straight against him.’

‘I promised Carl we would meet again and here we are, getting ready to leave it all in the ring for a second time,’ said five-time world champion Kessler, who like Froch has only lost two fights.

Ready to rumble: Froch will be looking to celebrate what would be the biggest win of his career this summer with the support of girlfriend Rachael Cordingley

Ready to rumble: Froch will be looking to celebrate what would be the biggest win of his career this summer with the support of girlfriend Rachael Cordingley

‘I have the utmost of respect for Carl, I
feel we are very much alike. He is a great champion, a true warrior
that has fought the best opponents all over the world in some of the
most hostile places, just like me.

'Our first fight, especially the last round, showed what we are all about and I was to do it again.

‘Since that first fight, I have become even stronger. I am fresh, I am healthy and I am ready to defeat him once again. I dont care where we fight, I said anytime, anywhere. I plan to make my loyal Viking fans, as well as everybody else in Denmark, very proud once again. I am ready for war.’

Packing a punch: Froch was impressive in his comfortable victory over Yusaf Mack in his last ring outing

Packing a punch: Froch was impressive in his comfortable victory over Yusaf Mack in his last ring outing

Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn added:
‘This is one for the ages. My hat goes off to both men for putting
everything on the line here in what can only be an epic battle. Too many
super fights fall by the wayside so to make Froch v Kessler II is a
dream come true.

‘Froch v Kessler I was a barnburner but I really feel Carl is a different fighter now, especially in the UK. These are the kinds of fights and nights that can cement the legacy of Carl Froch and no one deserves it more.

'We know what to expect from both men and either way it's going to be brutal.’

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Kell Brook v Devon Alexander confirmed for February 23in Detroit

Brook vows to bring world title back to Britain as Alexander bout is confirmed

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UPDATED:

11:43 GMT, 18 December 2012

Kell Brook will challenge for Devon Alexander's IBF world welterweight title on February 23 in Detroit.

The Sheffield star had been pencilled in to fight the American next month in either Los Angeles or Las Vegas but an ankle injury forced the bout to be delayed.

The 26-year-old earned the right to face Alexander by stopping Hector Saldivia inside three rounds in the final eliminator in Sheffield in October.

The Special One: Kell Brook will head to Detroit in February for a crack at the IBF welterweight title

The Special One: Kell Brook will head to Detroit in February for a crack at the IBF welterweight title

Brook tweeted this morning: 'Feb 23 I'm gonna show the world just how Special I am. I'm gonna bring this world title home for Britain.'

Richard Schaefer, CEO of Alexander's promoters Golden Boy, confirmed the fight could be one of three world title bouts.

'We'll have two world title fights, and it could turn out to be three, so if we bring three world title fights, including one with hometown champion [Cornelius] 'K9' Bundrage, I think we will do darn well there,' he told ESPN.

Home advantage: Devon Alexander will be defending his crown on home soil

Home advantage: Devon Alexander will be defending his crown on home soil

'Detroit is a great fight town.

Alexander won the IBF strap with a unanimous decision over Randall Bailey just hours after Brook's decisive victory.

The 25-year-old is a two-weight world champion having previously held the IBF and WBC light-welterweight titles before losing to Timothy Bradley in January.

James Degale wins WBC silver belt in Hull

Degale takes step towards world title shot with impressive points win over Zuniga

PUBLISHED:

23:50 GMT, 8 December 2012

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UPDATED:

12:27 GMT, 9 December 2012

James Degale produced arguably the performance of his fledgling professional career with a classy unanimous decision victory over veteran Fulgencio Zuniga to win the lightly regarded WBC silver super-middleweight title in Hull.

Degale, who has struggled to match expectations in the paid ranks that were placed on him after winning a gold medal in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, took the fight to his opponent from the opening bell and knocked him down with a beautifully timed left in the third round.

The Colombian barely survived and
although Degale could not finish the job, he was rarely troubled as all
three judges scored the contest 118-109 in his favour.

On the deck: James Degale sent Fulgencio Zuniga crashing to the canvas but could not force a stoppage

On the deck: James Degale sent Fulgencio Zuniga crashing to the canvas but could not force a stoppage

Clinical: Degale gets on the inside of Fulgencio Zuniga

Degale (14-1) knew he had to impress tonight after a rather uninspiring points decision victory over the little-known Hadillah Mohoumadi two months ago.

The reigning European super-middleweight landed several decent shots in the first and had his man down with a glorious uppercut in the third. Despite surviving the count, Zuniga, who has challenged for world titles at three different weights, was on shaky legs as Degale went in for the kill.

Tough shot: Degale lands a shuddering uppercut as he continues on the road to a world title shot

Tough shot: Degale lands a shuddering uppercut as he continues on the road to a world title shot

Through the defences: Degale lands another blow on his way to victory

Referee Luigi Muratore may have inadvertently given Zuniga valuable seconds to recover after thinking he had heard the bell to end the round but after realising his mistake, allowed the fight to continue.

Zuniga was rocked once more but the end of the round prevented Degale from an early win.

The 26-year-old continued to use his impressive hand speed to excellent effect and Zuniga was visibly stunned in the sixth round but managed to stay on his feet.

Comeback: Degale has won two fights in quick succession after a spell in the wilderness

Comeback: Degale has won two fights in quick succession after a spell in the wilderness

Zuniga was looking increasingly clueless against Degale's speed but valiantly kept ploughing forward as his opponent's work-rate dipped slightly.

He did land a decent right in the 11th but it was too little, too late as Degale continued his march towards a world title shot.

In other action, Chris Eubank Jr continued his burgeoning career with a second-round technical knockout of Olegs Fedotovs to improve his record to nine wins from as many fights.

Eubank Jr, son of the former two-weight world champion, was competing in his second bout in eight days after defeating Bradley Pryce on points last Saturday.

Tough test: Chris Eubank Jnr stopped Olegs Fedotovs to remain undefeated in the professional ranks

Tough test: Chris Eubank Jnr stopped Olegs Fedotovs to remain undefeated in the professional ranks

Tough test: Chris Eubank Jnr stopped Olegs Fedotovs to remain undefeated in the professional ranks

Tyson Fury wins WBC world heavyweight title eliminator

Fury eyes Klitschko world title shot after points decision over Johnson in Belfast

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UPDATED:

23:37 GMT, 1 December 2012

Tyson Fury moved a step closer to a shot at Vitali Klitschko with a patient victory over American Kevin Johnson in Belfast.

The 24-year-old won the WBC world heavyweight title eliminator by a unanimous points decision, stretching his unbeaten record to 20 fights.

The first five rounds were largely uninspiring, although Fury was rarely troubled by his durable 33-year-old opponent, whose 2009 defeat to Klitschko was one of only two defeats prior to this bout.

Fists of Fury: Tyson Fury (left) lands a left on Kevin Johnson

Fists of Fury: Tyson Fury (left) lands a left on Kevin Johnson

Fury looked more convincing in the
sixth round but he had a point docked in the seventh and was not making a
notable impact on a slow-paced bout.

He made more of an impression with a combination in the eighth which saw the Wythenshawe-born fighter raise both arms aloft.

Although he was rarely troubled in
tonight's contest, Fury's cautious approach was in stark contrast to
several of his previous bouts.

Points decision: Tyson Fury celebrates winning the WBC heavyweight title eliminator

Points decision: Tyson Fury celebrates winning the WBC heavyweight title eliminator

Afterwards, Fury revealed the tactics
were planned as he said: 'Credit Kevin Johnson, he's a slippery,
slippery guy and I never went in to knock him out.

'He's not a guy to go and smash up.
He's a world class fighter. I boxed to a game plan and vowed not to let
my heart get the better of me.'

Johnson added on Channel 5: 'They
stuck to a very smart game plan. Not one time did he come out with that
anger and aggression and towards the end it got very boring.'

Cower at the Fury: Kevin Johnson covers up

Cower at the Fury: Kevin Johnson covers up

Tony Bellew fights through the blood to step closer to world shot

Bellew fights through the blood to step closer to world shot

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UPDATED:

23:09 GMT, 17 November 2012

Tony Bellew survived a nasty cut to
jump a step closer to a world title shot with a unanimous decision win
over Argentina's Roberto Bolonti in Nottingham.

The fiery Liverpudlian was seeking
to build on his recent win over Edison Miranda as he looks to earn a
second bid for world honours.

Bellew had shown his world title
credentials in a premature and unsuccessful shot at Nathan Cleverly's
WBO light-heavyweight title last year and has been rebuilding towards
another crack since then.

Stepping stone: Tony Bellew celebrates his victory over Roberto Bolonti

Stepping stone: Tony Bellew celebrates his victory over Roberto Bolonti

He continued that progress at the Capital FM Arena with a solid win over Bolonti despite suffering a nasty third-round cut above the right eye which had initially looked potentially catastrophic to his hopes.

Tonight's scrap with Bolonti was essentially an eliminator of sorts for the WBC crown, with the body's inconsequential 'silver' belt on the line.

Evertonian Bellew, 29, had a record of 18-1 (12KO wins) heading into the bout while 33-year-old Bolonti (30-1, 19KO wins) was boxing outside Argentina for the first time.

Bellew provided the early pressure and landed a left which wobbled Bolonti mid-round.

Through the gate: Tony Bellew throws a punch

Through the gate: Tony Bellew throws a punch

A right to the top of the head then put Bolonti down, though the South American may have lost his footing.

He beat Victor Loughlin's count and survived the round as Bellew failed to capitalise, despite landing a big right.

The second round was all Bellew until a cheeky right from Bolonti gave him food for thought.

A left hook put Bolonti down in the third but again he rose quickly with a clear head.

He was certainly more wary as a result but things threatened to turn when Bellew suffered a bad cut over the right eye, thought to be from a Bolonti left hook.

Down and out: Tony Bellew knocks Roberto Bolonti down

Down and out: Tony Bellew knocks Roberto Bolonti down

The wound was far from superficial as blood flowed into the Englishman's right eye but Bellew at least had Mick Williamson, a renowned cutsman, in his corner.

A left hook to the body by Bellew punctuated a quieter fifth round with the Briton remaining patient safe in the knowledge Williamson had worked his magic on the cut.

Bellew landed a left uppercut in the ninth which was the best shot of the middle rounds while a left hook to the mid-section was correctly adjudged to have been too low.

A right uppercut seemed to hurt Bolonti and Bellew piled in, landing combinations for the first time in several rounds.

Tough test: Roberto Bolonti gets a shot in against Tony Bellew

Tough test: Roberto Bolonti gets a shot in against Tony Bellew

While the pace was slow and the action fractured, Bellew was winning the rounds with relative ease.

Another uppercut in the 10th led to another aggressive flurry but again Bolonti held it together.

At the final bell the fighters embraced, with both men claiming to have won. But the victory was clearly Bellew's, with scores of 120-106, 119-107 and 120-106.

Wladimir Klitschko beats Mariusz Wach

Klitschko shows Wach no mercy as he hammers Pole to retain heavyweight titles

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

23:18 GMT, 10 November 2012

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UPDATED:

23:47 GMT, 10 November 2012

Wladimir Klitschko retained his IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA super world heavyweight titles, although he survived a scare before recording a unanimous points decision over the durable Mariusz Wach in Hamburg.

Klitschko, fighting for the first time without the late revered trainer Manny Steward in his corner, landed at will for nearly five rounds but a huge right hand at the end of the fifth sent the champion reeling into the ropes.

The Ukrainian managed to survive and showed no lasting effects in the sixth before brutally stepping up his punishment of the previously unbeaten Wach.

No sweat: Wladimir Klitschko kept all of his belts in Hamburg

No sweat: Wladimir Klitschko kept all of his belts in Hamburg

Target practice: Wladimir Klitschko outclassed Mariusz Wach in Hamburg

Target practice: Wladimir Klitschko outclassed Mariusz Wach in Hamburg

The scores of 120-107, 120-107 and
119-109 reflected the near-complete domination Klitschko enjoyed in his
13th world title defence.

Tonight marked the first time Klitschko was fighting someone taller than him in the city where he made his professional debut.

However, the real talking point was
how he would fare in his first outing since the passing of Steward, who
died last month aged 68, with aspiring heavyweight contender Johnathon
Banks being appointed as Klitschko's new trainer – for the time being.

Klitschko showed his determination to
honour Steward tonight by landing several one-two combinations in the
first, with the pattern continuing in the second.

Easy: Klitschko (left) barely broke sweat as he dismantled the Pole round after round

Easy: Klitschko (left) barely broke sweat as he dismantled the Pole round after round

Easy: Klitschko (left) barely broke sweat as he dismantled the Pole round after round

Easy: Klitschko (left) barely broke sweat as he dismantled the Pole round after round

However, Wach attempted to spoil his opponent's work by tying Klitschko up.

The 36-year-old seemed to be in his comfort zone and continued to land the right hand at will in the fourth.

But in the fifth, the challenger
brought the crowd to its feet with an overhand right that sent Klitschko
into the ropes, although the Ukrainian showed his superior experience
by covering up and avoiding any further damage as Wach sloppily went in
for the kill.

But Klitschko, who has not been beaten
in eight years since being stopped by Lamon Brewster in 2004, did not
seem to be affected at the start of the sixth and landed a straight
right that temporarily stunned Wach.

Scare: Klitschko survived a huge right hand in the fifth round

Scare: Klitschko survived a huge right hand in the fifth round

Rocky Actor Sylvester Stallone was in Hamburg to watch the bout

Rocky Actor Sylvester Stallone was in Hamburg to watch the bout

The punishment continued in the
seventh and Klitschko looked to stop the fight with perhaps only the
bell preventing the champion from doing so, with Wach sent into the
ropes after yet another right hand.

Wach's lack of defence seemed to prove
his undoing and he came in for severe punishment in the eighth before
Klitschko settled into a rhythm in the ninth.

By the 10th Wach had marks over his
eyes and nose and his lack of head movement was giving Klitschko all the
encouragement he needed.

Wach did land another rare right in the 11th that opened up a cut on Klitschko's left eye but the champion closed strongly.

Freddie Flintoff to fight Richard Dawson in Manchester Arena boxing debut

REVEALED: Flintoff set to fight American novice Dawson in debut boxing bout

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UPDATED:

16:00 GMT, 9 November 2012

Andrew Flintoff is expected to make his professional boxing debut against two-fight novice Richard Dawson, Sportsmail can exclusively reveal.

The 23-year-old heavyweight from Oklahoma remains undefeated but has fought just five rounds in total since his first bout in February.

The American’s promoters expect to receive the contract later on Friday ahead of the fight on November 30 at the Manchester Arena.

One on one: Mike Tyson offers advice to Andrew Flintoff as he prepares for his boxing debut

One on one: Mike Tyson offers advice to Andrew Flintoff as he prepares for his boxing debut

Dawson’s first opponent Jimmy Lane
retired on his stool after the first of four scheduled rounds before he
was declared the unanimous winner against Jamell Williams in August.
Both boxers were deducted points for holding in what was a dull contest
which should give Flintoff hope.

The former England cricket captain
announced in September that he would be trained by Irish boxing legend
Barry McGuigan and his son Shane and his since lost over three stone in
weight during a gruelling regime.

The 34-year-old was granted a licence
by the British Boxing Board of Control but has come in for some fierce
criticism, particularly from promoter Frank Maloney who claimed Flintoff
will ‘shame the fight game’.

Flintoff, meanwhile, had a pep talk from former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, who paid a visit to his gym.

Watching brief: Tyson with Flintoff's trainer Barry McGuigan

Watching brief: Tyson with Flintoff's trainer Barry McGuigan

‘It was amazing to meet Tyson because
as a kid he was one of my heroes,’ Flintoff said. ‘So to have him come
down to the gym – not only that, but to talk to me about it all was
amazing.

‘He spoke a lot about the emotion of
boxing and it was all relevant to how I was feeling. So to hear it from
Mike Tyson made me realise it was okay for me to feel like that too.

‘He
talked a lot about what he went through pre-fight and in the run up to a
fight; the emotional states he was in and the nerves he experienced
before he fought.

‘He
is obviously one of the best boxers ever, so hearing what he had to say
gave me a lot of inspiration. I went on the pads in the front of him
which was a pretty surreal experience.

Dream team: Tyson and Flintoff pose after the former world champion paid a visit

Dream team: Tyson and Flintoff pose after the former world champion paid a visit

‘I have really taken his comments on
board and I’ve just got my head down and am working hard to make small
improvements each and every day.’

Meanwhile, Denton Vassell will make
the third defence of his Commonwealth welterweight title against Ronnie
Heffron on the undercard in Manchester.

Bradley Saunders will face Peter McDonagh while Matthew Hall, Liam Williams and Lewis Rees will also be in action.

Orlando Cruz: Gay boxer wins first fight since coming out

Openly gay boxer Cruz wins first fight since revealing sexuality

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UPDATED:

09:31 GMT, 20 October 2012

Orlando Cruz has won his first fight since publicly declaring his homosexuality after he beat Jorge Pazos to retain his light featherweight title in a unanimous decision.

The Puerto Rican featherweight (19-2-1, nine KOs) looked confident and at ease, but Pazos (20-4, 13 KOs) held his own much of the match.

The judges scored it 118-110, 116-111, 118-110 for Cruz, who celebrated the victory in front of a cheering crowd at the Kissimmee Civic Center outside of Orlando.

Unanaimous: Cruz won his first bout since revealing his sexuality

Unanaimous: Cruz won his first bout since revealing his sexuality

Cruz has been surrounded by attention since he came out earlier this month, doing dozens of interviews while receiving praise and support from all corners of sports and society.

'That was my moment, my opportunity, my event,' Cruz said Friday night after the bout, his mother, Dominga Torres-Rivera, seated beside him. 'And I won.'

Cruz was touched by the support on display at the Kissimmee Civic Center outside Orlando, the latest in a continual outpouring since his announcement two weeks ago that made him the first active male athlete in a major sport to come out.

'I was very happy that they respect me. That’s what I want — them to see me as a boxer, as an athlete and as a man in every sense of the word,' he said.

Hard fought: Cruz had his work cut out to retain his title against Pazos

Hard fought: Cruz had his work cut out to retain his title against Pazos

Hard fought: Cruz had his work cut out to retain his title against Pazos

Cruz’s declaration has garnered plenty of attention and interview requests for the WBO’s fourth-ranked featherweight, as well as public support from everyone from former Olympic teammate Miguel Cotto to singer Ricky Martin.

'With all that’s been going through my life the past two weeks, I have no excuses,' Cruz said. 'It did affect me, going here, going there. It did affect me.'

Although the Mexican Pazos held his own for much of the fight, it was Cruz standing on the ropes playing to the adoring crowd moments later with a 118-110, 116-111, 118-110 decision.

'He's a boxer who moves too much, he knows how to box and he has good legs,' Pazos said. 'I couldn’t get him.'

Cruz is hoping this victory will get him a shot at a bigger match in the near future.

All smiles: Cruz soaks up the applause after successfully completing the defence of his title

All smiles: Cruz soaks up the applause after successfully completing the defence of his title

All smiles: Cruz soaks up the applause after successfully completing the defence of his title

'This fight’s going to open my door for a world title fight,' Cruz said. 'That’s my dream, my mom’s dream, my community’s dream and my team's.'

And Cruz seems to be more at ease with his new position as a gay role model, no longer hiding who he is in one of the world’s most macho sports.

'I'm only one person,' Cruz said. 'I feel happy with where I am. I’m free. I’m more at peace.'

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner sells Cleveland Browns for 620million

Villa owner Lerner given green light for 620m sale of Cleveland Browns

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UPDATED:

21:49 GMT, 16 October 2012

Browned off: Lerner has a deal in place to sell his NFL franchise

Browned off: Lerner has a deal in place to sell his NFL franchise

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner’s sale of the Cleveland Browns NFL
franchise for a reported figure of $1billion (620million) has been formally
approved.

The sale of the team by Lerner to Jimmy Haslam, agreed back in August,
was voted through at a meeting of NFL team owners in Chicago.

'Jimmy Haslam, who agreed to purchase a controlling interest in the
Cleveland Browns in August, was approved by a unanimous vote from the
other clubs at the NFL’s Fall Owners Meetings in Chicago, the NFL
announced Tuesday morning,' said a statement on the Cleveland Browns
website.

Lerner, who completed a takeover of Villa in 2006, inherited control of the Browns in 2002 from his father Al Lerner.

Four years earlier, Al Lerner paid 329m for the
franchise, which joined the league as an expansion team and returned
American football to Cleveland following the departure of the original
Browns to Baltimore after the 1995 season.

Touchdown: Lerner has doubled the investment his father made in 2002

Touchdown: Lerner has doubled the investment his father made in 2002

Touchdown: Lerner has doubled the investment his father made in 2002

Touchdown: Lerner has doubled the investment his father made in 2002

The Lerner years were never greatly successful, however, with the team
enjoying only two winning seasons in 1999 and 2007, reaching the play-offs once, and combining to go 69-146 under the family’s control.

Since Lerner took over at Villa Park, Browns fans became increasingly
frustrated by what they perceived as the owner’s preference for the
Barclays Premier League team at the expense of the Browns.

All smiles: Haslam has purchased the franchise for 620m

All smiles: Haslam has purchased the franchise for 620m