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Dereck Chisora applying for new boxing licence

Chisora applying for new British boxing licence and hopes to be back in the ring this year

By
Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

17:07 GMT, 11 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:33 GMT, 11 January 2013

Dereck Chisora is re-applying for his British boxing licence after it was revoked following his disgraceful brawl with David Haye in Hamburg last February.

The London heavyweight settled his differences with Haye at Upton Park in July when he was stopped in the fifth round of an entertaining grudge match.

That controversial fight took place under the auspices of the Luxembourg Boxing Federation but Chisora, 29, will now make his case to the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC).

Flashpoint: Chisora and Haye came to blows in Munich last year

Flashpoint: Chisora and Haye came to blows in Munich last year

If successful, he plans to make his return on the undercard of George Groves' clash with Mohamed Ali Ndiaye for the vacant European super-middleweight title. World champions Nathan Cleverly and Ricky Burns will also be in action on the same night.

Sportsmail understands that the BBBoC are yet to receive Chisora’s application and therefore cannot predict when a decision will be reached.

But after stripping him of his licence in March, the Board’s general secretary Robert Smith said: ‘There has been no set period when (Chisora) can re-apply for his licence.

'He no longer is a licence-holder with the British boxing board. Any person is allowed to re-apply at some point. Obviously the board will consider any application.

Down and out: Chisora lost the subsequent bout with Haye at Upton Park

Down and out: Chisora lost the subsequent bout with Haye at Upton Park

'What happens in the future, I do not know. But what we're obviously talking about is a few years.'

Prior to his bust-up with Haye, Chirosa slapped Vitali Klitschko at the weigh-in for their WBC world heavyweight title clash before spitting in Wladimir Klitschko’s face prior to the first bell.

It was at the post-fight press conference that he brawled with Haye, having lost to Vitali by unanimous decision.

Inside the ring, Chisora has lost his last three fights including a hotly-debated split-decision defeat to European champion Robert Helenius in Finland. He also surrendered his British and Commonwealth titles to Tyson Fury at Wembley Arena in 2011.

Should he be granted his licence, Chisora could target an all-British clash with David Price who faces American Tony Thompson in Liverpool on February 23.

Previous: Chisora slapped Vitali at the weigh-in before their fight in Munich

Previous: Chisora slapped Vitali at the weigh-in before their fight in Munich

Klitschko brothers Christmas message – but will they grant David Haye fight

Klitschkos: We hope all your wishes come true (does that mean you'll grant Haye his)

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UPDATED:

12:02 GMT, 21 December 2012

Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko have delivered their Christmas message but gave no hints as to their plans for 2013.

The heavyweight brothers have enjoyed another dominant year, winning five world title fights between them.

But negotiations between Vitali and former champion David Haye appear no closer to being finalised.

The elder brother's future in the ring remains uncertain after he was elected into the Ukrainian parliament.

Haye meanwhile has reiterated his desire to fight Vitali but will retire for a second time if the contract remains unsigned.

'It’s no great secret that I want to knock out Vitali Klitschko in 2013,' he told the Evening Standard.

'The contract for the fight has been agreed and is there ready to sign. Were it simply up to me, I’d be training to fight right now. Instead, I’m away from the gym and left to play the waiting game.

Desire: David Haye (right) wants to fight Vitali Klitschko next year

Desire: David Haye (right) wants to fight Vitali Klitschko next year

'Nobody seems to know if Vitali wants to set foot again in the ring, let alone face somebody as dangerous as me. What I do know is that by this time next year I will either be a retired former world heavyweight champ or the new world heavyweight champ.

'The prospect of retirement doesn’t scare me. I’ve always planned on retiring at a young age, with my faculties intact. Also, unlike some of my peers, I have plenty to get on with away from boxing.'

Wladimir, who beat Haye in Hamburg last year, has been ordered to face regular WBA champion Alexander Povetkin.

Main men: The Klitschko brothers have cleaned up the heavyweight divisions

Main men: The Klitschko brothers have cleaned up the heavyweight divisions

'We are very excited that Povetkin will be Klitschko's next opponent,' said Povetkin's promoter Kalle Sauerland.

'We consider Wladimir Klitschko to be a great champion but we also consider Alexander Povetkin to be a very serious challenger,

'[This] will turn out to be a real treat for boxing fans all over the world.'

David Price and Tyson Fury negotiations stall

Price and Fury still miles apart as negotiations between Britain's heavyweights stall

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UPDATED:

15:02 GMT, 3 December 2012

The latest round of negotiations to make a fight between David Price and Tyson Fury has reached a standstill.

The heavyweight pair both maintained their unbeaten records with straightforward wins at the weekend and hopes are high for a domestic blockbuster in the new year.

But a 650,000 offer from Frank Maloney, Price’s manager, was today laughed off by Mick Hennessy, who promotes Fury.

Unbeaten: Tyson Fury won on a unanimous points decision against Kevin Johnson

Unbeaten: Tyson Fury won on a unanimous points decision against Kevin Johnson

‘If David Price doesn’t step up to the plate on our terms, the fight won’t happen,’ Hennessy told the Daily Star. ‘I don’t think it will happen soon because he doesn’t want any of Tyson Fury really. Without Tyson there’s no story with David Price.

‘He’s just trying to get publicity by calling out Tyson. If Price and Maloney are going to put out offers, they need to make the offers serious.’

Fury has come under fire recently for a series of foul-mouthed rants and tweets about British and Commonwealth champion Price, while earlier this year Maloney enraged Fury’s camp by branding the 24-year-old a ‘coward’ after separate talks to make a fight failed.

Winning in style: David Price beat Matt Skelton with a second round knock out on Friday night

Winning in style: David Price beat Matt Skelton with a second round knock out on Friday night

Both men have moved towards a world title shot in the past year, with Fury in line for a crack at Vitali Klitschko’s WBC belt after winning an eliminator against Kevin Johnson on Saturday.

Price, meanwhile, maintained his unbeaten record on Friday by demolishing Matt Skelton on Friday.

Row: Price's promoter Frank Maloney called Fury a 'coward'

Row: Price's promoter Frank Maloney called Fury a 'coward'

Hennessy added: ‘Tyson has said he will do the fight but he doesn’t want anything to do with Frank Maloney after he called him a coward.

‘If the fight is to happen, Price needs to accept it will not be 50-50 because Tyson has a much higher ranking and profile.’

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

Tyson Fury to fight Kevin Johnson

Unbeaten Fury to face heavyweight test against 'Kingpin' Johnson in Belfast

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UPDATED:

14:51 GMT, 12 November 2012

Tyson Fury will take another step towards challenging for a world title when he tackles American Kevin Johnson in Belfast on December 1.

Johnson went the distance with WBC world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko three years ago with his only other defeat coming in the Prizefighter tournament earlier this year.

Unbeaten Fury had hoped to fight Denis Boytsov next month but the Russian withdrew, explaining he needed more time to prepare.

True test: Tyson Fury (left) will face Kevin Johnson in Belfast

True test: Tyson Fury (left) will face Kevin Johnson in Belfast

'Johnson is just the kind of opponent that I want at this stage of my career,' Fury said. 'We needed a world class fighter and we have got one and when I take him apart the world will sit up and take notice.

'I’m not going around getting opponents out of graveyards, fighting guys well past their best like some other heavyweights in Britain, I’m taking on Kevin Johnson who has fought for a major world title and been the distance with Vitali Klitschko.

'I am getting closer to a shot at Klitschko myself and I’m going to show Vitali why he has to fight me because when I do a number on Johnson and get him out of there I’ll have done a better job than Vitali did on him.

'I’m really looking forward to fighting again in Belfast, the support I get there is great and to bring such a big fight there is terrific for the fans. Johnson is going to be tough, he’s a hard man but I’ll be in the best shape of my life. The fans can expect fireworks, that’s for sure.'

Challenge: Johnson went the distance with Vitali Klitschko in 2009

Challenge: Johnson went the distance with Vitali Klitschko in 2009

Promoter Mick Hennessy says Johnson is going to be the perfect world class test for Fury at this stage of his career.

'Kevin Johnson has been there and done it and he wants another shot at the world title and he sees Tyson as the route to that, that’s why he has taken the fight,' commented Hennessy.

'He’s a very dangerous opponent, he’s a clever boxer, he’s never been stopped and he can punch so Tyson has his work cut out. But I believe that Tyson is the best heavyweight in the world and he’ll show that again with the way he takes care of Johnson.

'Johnson has been asking for this fight for a long time and we have granted his wish unlike a lot of other fighters who have avoided him as he is a very dangerous fighter over 12 rounds.'

On the up: Tyson Fury

On the up: Tyson Fury

Former world heavyweight title challenger Johnson is coming to Belfast full of confidence with his sights set on railroading Fury’s world title aspirations.

'I'm excited about the opportunity to step into the ring with Tyson Fury on December 1, in Belfast,' he said. 'It's a fight that I've been looking to make for a long time. It's going to be the best American fighter against the best fighter in the UK.

'I give Tyson all the credit in the world for stepping up to the plate and taking the fight. This is the biggest fight of my career since my world title fight against Vitali Klitschko in 2009 and I look forward to giving the fans what they deserve, an action packed, explosive and exciting fight.

'Tyson is a helluva fighter but he's never seen anything like the 'Kingpin' up close and personal. I'm on a mission to claim the heavyweight title and Tyson Fury is in my way.

'I'm not Derek Chisora or Neven Pajkic. I'm the real deal and Tyson will find that out on December 1. Don't blink, its going to be a short night.'

David Haye to star in I"m A Celebrity

Haye puts Klitschko on the backburner as boxer jets to Australia for I'm A Celebrity

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UPDATED:

11:42 GMT, 5 November 2012

David Haye is more accustomed to fighting off heavyweight boxers than creepy crawlies but the former world champion will be doing just that when he takes part in I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

The 32-year-old, who remains in training in the hope of fighting Vitali Klitschko next year, will join the likes of former Coronation Street star Helen Flanagan, whose boyfriend is Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair, and Doctor Who actor Colin Baker in the jungle.

And Haye made sure he made the most of his last night in London by partying into the early hours of Monday morning.

Heavyweight boxer David Haye enjoys a night at Whisky Mist night club

Heavyweight boxer David Haye enjoys a night at Whisky Mist night club

Night on the town: David Haye was at Whisky Mist nightclub in London before leaving for Australia

Once in Australia, Haye and his fellow celebrities will be offered the chance to stay in an eight-bedroom hotel which will have rats, scorpions, spiders and snakes lurking behind the doors.

Producers are said to have lined up
their most gruesome Bushtucker trials to date, with stars set to dine on
kangaroo testicles and raw shark brains.

The show begins on Sunday November 11.

In tow: Helen Flanagan and Scott Sinclair

 Helen Flanagan

In tow: Helen Flanagan (left with Scott Sinclair) will be joining Haye in the jungle

Meanwhile, Haye must wait until the end of the year to discover whether his desired showdown with Vitali will materialise.

Bernd
Boente, manager of the WBC world heavyweight champion and his brother
Wladimir, insists Vitali will take his time over deciding whether to
retire.

The 41-year-old's
UDAR party was elected into the Ukrainian parliament with 13 per cent of
the vote and now the wrangling over the formation of an opposition
coalition begins.

Knockout: Haye was last in action when beating Dereck Chisora at Upton Park in July

Knockout: Haye was last in action when beating Dereck Chisora at Upton Park in July

David Haye must wait to fight Vitali Klitschko

Haye left to sweat over Klitschko showdown as Vitali focuses on political career

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UPDATED:

17:50 GMT, 30 October 2012

David Haye must wait until the end of the year to discover whether his desired showdown with Vitali Klitschko will materialise.

Bernd Boente, manager of the WBC world heavyweight champion and his brother Wladimir, insists Vitali will take his time over deciding whether to retire.

The 41-year-old's UDAR party was elected into the Ukrainian parliament with 13 per cent of the vote and now the wrangling over the formation of an opposition coalition begins.

Plans: Vitali Klitschko's UDAR party came third in the Ukrainian elections

Plans: Vitali Klitschko's UDAR party came third in the Ukrainian elections

'Vitali will not make a decision before December or the beginning of next year,' Boente said.

'He's under no pressure. The WBC see him as their champion and he only had a fight at the beginning of September. No champion will fight twice in three months.

'Whether Vitali fights on depends on the political situation and the coalitions formed.

'His party was only founded two years ago but it received 13 per cent of the vote. He's in parliament now as the party leader.

'We will have a clearer picture of the political landscape in mid-December and after that Vitali will make a decision.'

Boente describes a report that the Ukrainian brothers have signed a five-fight deal with RTL, Germany's largest private free-to-air broadcaster, as premature.

Making it count: Klitschko, and his wife Natalia cast their votes

Making it count: Klitschko, and his wife Natalia cast their votes

It was reported that the fact the contract was split between Wladimir – the IBF, WBA and WBO champion – and Vitali indicated the latter's determination to box on.

But Boente said: 'The deal has not been signed yet. We are in negotiations and it should work out well.

'We've inserted a general clause that it will be either brother, which we've always had.

'Should Vitali retire, Wladimir is the only guy involved. If Vitali fights on then he will take a portion of those fights.'

Haye has declared the only fight he will accept is against Vitali, having dropped a wide points decision to Wladimir in July last year.

Boente insists Vitali has no interest in facing Haye, yet it is the most attractive – and lucrative – fight in the heavyweight division.

Keeping in shape: David Haye is hoping for a showdown with Klitschko

Keeping in shape: David Haye is hoping for a showdown with Klitschko

Due to the one-sided nature of their first showdown there is no mileage in a return against Wladimir, but his fading and worn older brother is an easier prospect.

Boente remains dismissive of Haye, who has refused to meet rising British heavyweights David Price and Tyson Fury, but the fight would an easy sell.

'It's always the same with Haye, we don't take him seriously. He's a like a little dog that barks all the time,' he said.

'When the big dog – Vitali Klitschko – comes around the corner he runs away.

'Look at what happened against Wladimir, we don't care about it him any more. He talks but who cares'

FA chief David Bernstein"s regime over – Charles Sale

No extra time for FA chief Bernstein's regime

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UPDATED:

22:24 GMT, 17 October 2012

FA chairman David Bernstein's attempt to extend his term of office was undone by the rulebook and two members of an FA board supposedly backing the bid.

The FA council voted 45-40 against Bernstein remaining past his 70th birthday in May, when he will reach the age limit for the job.

The blazers had earlier decided not to count 20-odd proxy votes, which would in all likelihood have seen him receive a majority, because of ambiguity over the election procedure.

Game over: Bernstein's time at the FA will soon come to an end

Game over: Bernstein's time at the FA will soon come to an end

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Remarkably Roger Burden, the FA vice- chairman proposing the board’s support for Bernstein, announced that he wasn’t a particular friend of the chairman, who had his faults, including sometimes suffering from a ‘humour bypass’.

And Sir Dave Richards, the other FA vice-chairman on the board, spoke out against the rules being changed for one person.

Other influential speakers against Bernstein carrying on for that reason were Stoke City chairman Peter Coates, former Liverpool director Noel White and John Ward, the last of whom had to leave the FA board for age reasons.

It also did not help Bernstein’s cause that his regime had attempted to introduce director payments without consulting councillors, who threw out those proposals.

Bernstein, who had stayed in Warsaw with England, was told of the verdict by general secretary Alex Horne, whose staff will be upset at losing a chairman who had brought stability to an organisation often in turmoil.

Putting on a brave face at a decision made by a council fighting back against attempts to marginalise its powers was Roy Hodgson, who has been joined at the hip with Bernstein since becoming England manager.

Equally disappointed is Minister for Sport Hugh Robertson. He suffered the double blow of councillors being so opposed to the proposed governance reforms they are now said to be dead.

A likely candidate to succeed Bernstein is David Sheepshanks, whose stock is high as chairman of St George’s Park.

Guidance: Bernstein has overseen a period of stability at the FA

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Roofless behaviour

England shirt sponsors Vauxhall took advantage last night of the Warsaw farce by changing their perimeter board advertising to plug the fact that the roof of their new Cascada convertible closes in 19 seconds.

Not so Savvy Sky

Questions are being asked at Sky Sports News about the wisdom of doing a live interview with Bradley Wiggins before his charity foundation function this week rather than pre-recording it, owing to the cycling superstar’s unpredictable nature.

Sky were forced to apologise after Wiggins said about his gala event: 'It's a bit like This is Your Life but without Jimmy Savile.'

Outburst: Sky were embarrassed by Wiggins' remarks

Outburst: Sky were embarrassed by Wiggins' remarks

Green with envy

The appointment of Simon Green as head of BT Sport will be welcomed at Wembley, with the FA much in need of competition for their TV rights co-held by ESPN, whose future UK operation is in doubt.

Green has retained close links with the FA since setting up their in-house TV channel.

FA's afternoon delight

Premier League clubs, anxious for the return of their players after England’s match was postponed, would have been more concerned if the FA hadn’t prevailed over the kick-off time.

The Poles wanted a 7pm start while the FA were arguing for 3pm to ensure they could get home as early as possible. The compromise of 4pm at least ensured England players being back in the UK around midnight.

The FA were warned three weeks ago that the Warsaw trip might pose problems when they discovered the new playing surface had yet to be installed.

And at the 9am matchday meeting on Tuesday, the roof was not discussed despite heavy rain being forecast.

Heading home: England had to lobby hard for an earlier kick-off

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Chang boost

Jen Chang, Liverpool’s director of communications who is under club investigation for threats allegedly made to Anfield fan Sean Cummins, was appointed by owner John Henry.

Henry has been made aware of the controversy surrounding Cummins' fictitious Duncan Jenkins blog. Chang is confident enough of surviving to be attending the North West football writers’ dinner on Sunday.

Evander Holyfield to retire – Jeff Powell boxing column

Retired and broke, Holyfield still has hope… but it's help he really needs

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UPDATED:

23:01 GMT, 15 October 2012

Hard times: Evander Holyfield

Hard times: Evander Holyfield

As if pulling a blanket over his head to hide from a world of troubles, Evander Holyfield will finally retire from boxing on his 50th birthday this Friday.

One of the ring’s most heroic warriors has been defeated not by one of his catalogue of formidable opponents but by the wounds of self-inflicted poverty.

A fighting man who battled his way out of the ghetto to a $350million fortune will wake up this poignant morning in a grim apartment in down-town Atlanta.

From The Real Deal to Meals On Wheels.

This is the deepest cut of all those sustained by so many fighting men who have squandered fortunes. Even Mike Tyson only blew $250m.

Worse, Holyfield seems more afflicted than most by the punishment inflicted by so many sledge-hammer blows to the head.

Yet even though his speech became increasingly slurred as he fought on to an age when the majority of Americans are applying for their bus pass, he had still been hoping for one last world title shot, one last big payday to keep the wolf from the door a little longer.

Holyfield is not just calling it a day but waiting for a phone call which will not come. His potentially suicidal campaign for a farewell fling against Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko has fallen on ears that are more kind than unreceptive.

Holyfield says: ‘I believe I can beat either of them but I don’t have time now to fight my way back up the rankings and become the No 1 contender. There’s no point badgering them any longer. If I don’t get the call on Friday, I quit.’

The phone will not ring.

50 and out: Holyfield is walking away from the hardest game

50 and out: Holyfield is walking away from the hardest game

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Bernd Bonte, manager of the Klitschkos, says: ‘Neither of the brothers will fight Evander. Both of them would destroy him at his age and they respect him far too much to do that. He is one of their idols and that means more than however much money the fight might make.’

The esteem in which Holyfield is held by the Klitschkos – in common with the entire fraternity of boxing – is hall-marked by the horde of memorabilia which he must surrender to auction next month.
As the only four-time winner of the world heavyweight title Holyfield surpasses The Greatest himself, Muhammad Ali.

That collection of WBC, WBA, IBF and Ring belts are to go under the hammer in Los Angeles, along with the wardrobe-full of gloves, shorts and robes worn in all the most significant fights in the career of one of the greatest boxers of all time.

Those treasures drip with the sweat of his epic trilogy with Riddick Bowe, the two controversial battles with Lennox Lewis and – along with his blood from that infamous biting of his ear – the sensational victories over Tyson.

Yet, although here is no telling how long his memory of the glory nights will remain sharp, the item from which he will part most reluctantly is the classic red Chevrolet manufactured in 1962, the year of his birth. It will feel as if his life has turned its full circle. Yet even if the fire sale raises its projected $5m, that will cover only half his $10m bankruptcy.

How could it have come to this Some of the answers are as old as the hardest game itself.
As the money poured in so, Holyfield took to gambling much of it away in the casinos of Las Vegas and Atlantic City. As all the pretty women flocked around so, he fathered 11 children with five of them as well as marrying and expensively divorcing three times.

Gates are closed: Holyfield's former 235 acre Atlanta estate, which sold at an auction for $7.5million, and cost $1m a year to maintain. He is believed to have owed $14m on the house at the time of foreclosure

Gates are closed: Holyfield's former 235 acre Atlanta estate, which sold at an auction for $7.5million, and cost $1m a year to maintain. He is believed to have owed $14m on the house at the time of foreclosure

An aerial view of Evander Holyfield's house in Fayette County, Georgia

An aerial view of Evander Holyfield's house in Fayette County, Georgia

Locked out: Holyfield at his former residence at the height of his success but was forced to sell the property at an auction to cover some of his debts

Locked out: Holyfield at his former residence at the height of his success but was forced to sell the property at an auction to cover some of his debts

As he took gratification from rising to fame through the old prejudices of America’s Deep South, so he flaunted his riches by buying Atlanta’s answer to Buckingham Palace.

The most frequently mentioned statistics of that estate are the 109 rooms and 17 bathrooms. When I visited him there he took most pride from having not one but two marble staircases sweeping through each end of the mansion. There were also houses in the grounds for his ex-wives and some of his children.

This was a monument to extravagance born of his pride at overcoming his humble beginnings but ultimately beyond his means to sustain.

In echoing contrast to that call which will never come the phone rang frequently there, to be answered by a servant saying ‘The Holyfield residence.’

Warrior: Holyfield will always be remembered as one of the all-time greats

Warrior: Holyfield will always be remembered as one of the all-time greats

His residence now is that small apartment in one of the less salubrious parts of his home city. The stately home was repossessed when he fell $14m behind on the mortgage repayments.

Now one of his daughters has won an order for immediate payment of $500,000 in maintenance arrears. Since he has no prospect of paying that or the $3,000 alimony due every month, he faces being held in contempt of court shortly.

What they cannot take from him is a phenomenal career. A Golden Gloves amateur title and Olympic bronze were followed by a reign as undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world.

After winning the heavyweight crown by defeating James Buster Douglas – who had shocked Tyson and the world in the greatest of all upsets – he went on to fight all the best of the big time. He alternated between dominating the division and coming back from set-backs – including suspension with a suspected heart defect – to keep reclaiming the title.

He would have been a five-time champion had he not been robbed of a decision by the giant Nikolai Valuev as recently as February 2010, at the age of 47. He has the satisfaction of bowing out as a winner, having defeated Danish veteran Brian Neilsen in what was to be his last fight.

Win or lose, the way Holyfield always went to war in the ring was thrilling and unforgettable.

Some may withhold sympathy, given the former scale of his wealth. Yet while his excesses wee a folly, the sadness is profound.

Tyson, who is finding ways to rebuild his life, is offering assistance and advice to the man whose lavish generosity has extended to forgiving Iron Mike for chewing off his ear.

Famously a born-again Christian, Holyfield says: ‘I still have hope.’

He also needs help. Hopefully, from all he people whose lives he has enriched with his courage, it will be forthcoming.

Don't be a Twit, Tyson…

Tyson Fury is a good guy at heart but he is in danger of embarrassing himself with his tirades against David Price, his British rival for future world heavyweight title glory.

Fury’s rantings at Price are starting to wander between the manic and banale and, frankly, do not merit being repeated in this column.

War of words: Tyson Fury launched a series of embarrassing tirades against David Price

War of words: Tyson Fury launched a series of embarrassing tirades against David Price

Price, having ended Audley Harrison’s career on Saturday night with another of his massive KOs to retain his British and Commonwealth belts, needs only to remind Fury that Fury vacated those titles rather than fight him.

Some of Fury’s other tweets of late have been riddled with expletives. It is time for him to stop twittering and concentrate at what he does best… which also happens to be knocking people out.

Sooner or later, he will get the chance to have his say against Price where it matters. In the ring.

Nonito nearly the new Pacquiao

Expectations that Nonito Donaire will eventually succeed his Filipino countryman Manny Pacquiao as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world rose on Saturday.

Donaire inflicted a stunning ninth round KO on Toshaki Nishkoka, Japan’s highly respected world champion against whom Britain’s Rendall Munroe failed in his one title bid thus far.

New Manny: Nonito Donaire (L) defeated Toshiaki Nishioka in the ninth round of their IBF and WBO super bantamweight title and WBC diamond championship match in California

New Manny: Nonito Donaire (L and below) defeated Toshiaki Nishioka in the ninth round of their IBF and WBO super bantamweight title and WBC diamond championship match in California

Nonito Donaire poses with his belts after his victory against Toshiaki Nishioka

With Cuban defector Guillermo Rigondeaux – a two-time Olympic gold medallst – already holding another of the super-bantamweiight belts – the road to a world title will not be easy for the forthcoming winner of Munoe and Scott Quigg.

Enough is enough, Audley

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.

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

Enough is enough: Audley Harrison reacts after his first round defeat by David Price

Enough is enough: Audley Harrison reacts after his first round defeat by David Price

David Haye death threats from crazy racists in Ukraine

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

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11:46 GMT, 25 September 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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