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Unbeaten Povetkin outpoints Huck, retains title
February 26, 2012 (01:35) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
Alexander Povetkin did just enough Saturday to earn a points decision over Marco Huck and retain his WBA heavyweight title. More...
Rigondeaux stops Ramos in 6th to take belt
January 21, 2012 (08:45) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
Two-time Olympic champion Guillermo Rigondeaux stopped Rico Ramos at 1:29 of the sixth round to take the WBA super bantamweight title Friday night at The Palms in just his ninth professional fight, a record for fewest bouts en route to a major world title More...
Peterson appeals WBA's Khan rematch ruling
January 18, 2012 (22:01) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
Lamont Peterson's camp says it has submitted an appeal to the WBA, asking it to overturn the decision to order a rematch against Amir Khan. More...
WBA orders Amir Khan rematch with Lamont Peterson
January 13, 2012 (18:10) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Amir Khan WILL be given a rematch against Lamont Peterson after their controversial bout last month, the World Boxing Association confirmed today. More...
WBA order Khan rematch
January 13, 2012 (07:50) [ Indexed from Sky Sports ]
Amir Khan has been granted an "immediate rematch" with Lamont Peterson by the WBA following his controversial loss. More...
Promoter: WBA orders Peterson-Khan rematch
January 13, 2012 (07:25) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
The WBA has ordered an immediate rematch between junior welterweight titleholder Lamont Peterson and Amir Khan, Golden Boy promoter Richard Schaefer told ESPN.com on Thursday night. More...
Amir Khan celebrates as WBA order rematch of controversial fight with Lamont Peterson
January 08, 2012 (15:01) [ Indexed from The Daily Record ]
AMIR KHAN celebrated last night after WBA boxing chiefs ordered a rematch of his controversial bout with Lamont Peterson. More...
Amir Khan: WBA ready to order sensational rematch against Lamont Peterson
January 07, 2012 (12:55) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The World Boxing Association is ready to order a sensational rematch of Amir Khan's controversial loss to Lamont Peterson. More...
Schaefer - WBA order rematch
January 07, 2012 (09:55) [ Indexed from Sky Sports ]
Amir Khan's promoter told Sky Sports News HD the WBA have ordered a rematch between the British fighter and Lamont Peterson. More...
WBA: Khan deserves rematch against Peterson
January 06, 2012 (21:30) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
The head of the World Boxing Association says Amir Khan deserves a rematch against Lamont Peterson after fresh questions were raised about the legitimacy of the American's victory in their light-welterweight title fight. More...
WBA chief calls for Khan rematch
January 06, 2012 (20:35) [ Indexed from BBC Sport ]
World Boxing Association president Gilberto Mendoza calls for a rematch of the bout between Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson. More...
WBA don't know mystery man
January 06, 2012 (19:20) [ Indexed from Sky Sports ]
The WBA say they do not know the 'mystery man' at the centre of the latest Amir Khan controversy. More...
The Star 2011 Year Review: November and December
December 31, 2011 (22:10) [ Indexed from The Star ]
FOOTball and the wider world was shocked by the tragic death of former Sheffield United player and manager Gary Speed at the end of November. This month X-Factor and public sector strikes dominated the news agenda, reporter Erin Cardiff takes a last look back to those events in the final instalment of our news review of 201128.11.11, Pages 1-3: The untimely death of Gary Speed in November sent shockwaves through the sporting world, inspiring heartfelt tributes from fans and football players alike.The Welsh team manager, who appeared for the Blades 37 times towards the end of a glittering playing career, was found hanged in his Cheshire home on November 27, aged just 42. Speed, who coached United before leaving to join the Welsh side last December, leaves a wife and two children.Blades fans and former colleagues reacted with shock to the tragic news.Former Sports Minister and Sheffield MP Richard Caborn, a lifelong Blade, told The Star: “Gary was a true gentleman of the game, respected by players and managers alike. “He was a tremendous player and was really going somewhere as a manager. He was just starting to turn the Wales team around.“It is an absolute shock and a terrible tragedy.”Blades star Chris Morgan, who was managed by Speed, said: “I just cannot believe that Gary has died. He was extremely popular at Bramall Lane, both as a player and in a managerial capacity with the lads. His death is a very sad loss.”Speed had been in charge of the Welsh team since he left Bramall Lane in December 2010, and had led the team to four wins in his last five matches, to climb to 50th in the world rankings.As a player he made nearly 700 league appearances, representing Leeds, Everton, Newcastle, Bolton and Sheffield United in a 22-year professional career.He won the championship with Leeds in 1992 and was twice an FA Cup runner-up with Newcastle. He also won 85 caps for Wales and was awarded an MBE in 2010.Former Blades boss Kevin Blackwell, who managed Speed at United, said: “When I heard the news I felt physically sick. It’s just such a terrible thing to happen and my heart goes out to his family.“Gary was a great guy and a great guy to work with. A true professional.”24.11.11, Page 3: Last month, The Star revealed that Ben O’Brien is going to be having the merriest of Christmasses – a charity has selected the Sheffield youngster to visit Father Christmas in Lapland.Ben, along with 100 other poorly boys and girls from across the country are being whisked off to meet the man himself by children’s organisation When You Wish Upon A Star.Husky rides, reindeer trails and plenty of sledging and snowballing are also in store.After a gruelling year, it’s exactly what Ben needs.In April he underwent life-saving surgery after doctors found aggressive bone cancer in his knee and shin.Surgeons removed the tumour caused by osteosarcoma in his tibia and knee, but for a while they were worried he would lose his leg, having to replace his shin-bone with prosthetic titanium rods.“We have had a tough few months,” said Ben’s mum Dawn Sowden, aged 33.“Ben has just finished chemotherapy and is back at school part-time, but we need to go to Birmingham next week for intensive physiotherapy.“So the trip to Lapland is something that he is really excited about.It will make a great Christmas for him.”1.12.11, Page 2: The end of November saw mass walk-outs across South Yorkshire – and more could be on their way if the Government refuses to back down over plans to reform public sector pension.As tens of thousands of workers downed tools - including teachers, police workers, health service employees, cleaners, cooks and council workers - union leaders said they hoped Government officials would take notice of the mass demonstrations up and down the country and enter into ‘meaningful negotiations’.But union bosses in South Yorkshire said their members would ‘do it all again’ if required, in order to protect their pensions.Police say 10,000 people attended the rally in Sheffield’s Barker’s Pool on November 30 - and scores more manned picket lines.Schools and government buildings were shut, operations were cancelled and council and emergency services disrupted.Paul Desgranges, NASUWT national executive committee member for South Yorkshire, said he wouldn’t be surprised if teachers took further strike action in the new year.“I think it is a real possibility because the situation in education is currently so gloomy,” he said.“Teachers are feeling they have nothing to lose. They can’t work until they are 68, their pensions are under attack and they face a further pay freeze.”Charlie Carruth, Unison’s regional organiser for Sheffield health workers, said: “We didn’t want to take action - and we don’t particularly want to do so again.“But if the negotiations don’t get anywhere we are ready to go again.”29.11.11, Page 3: HUNDREDS of South Yorkshire gents took part in a bristling, hair-raising challenge in November - growing moustaches to raise awareness of male health issues.They endured ridicule and abuse - and many had to resist the pleas of their mothers, wives and girlfriends to abandon the attempt.But they stuck to their task, determined to highlight the often-overlooked horrors of testicular and prostate cancer.On November 30 the chaps were finally allowed to shave their upper lips - for the first time in a month.Photographer Lee Brown, aged 28, from Crookes, said: “I trained as a nurse for three years and worked with lots of people with prostate cancer. There’s not enough awareness of these kinds of diseases, so it’s great to be able to raise their profile.”13.12.11, Page 3: EARLIER this month the great X Factor saga came to a thrilling conclusion as Little Mix won Britain’s top talent show - with a little help from Sheffield starmaker Eliot Kennedy. Grammy award winner Eliot was brought in as the show’s Talent Development Producer by best pal Gary Barlow - who believed if a band could win he was the man to make it happen. Eliot has developed, worked with and written chart-toppers for some of the biggest bands on the planet including The Spice Girls, Take That, Boyzone, Blue, Atomic Kitten and SClub7. Now the man with music’s Midas touch has helped X Factor judge and mentor Tulisa Contostavios to turn her group of wannabes into the next big thing. Take That superstar and head judge Gary ended up mentoring the boys but Eliot lived and worked with all the finalists for two months as he developed them in the new role created around his extraordinary ability to produce superstars. Little Mix are the first girl group to even reach the final and are now reportedly set to earn a staggering £8 million from massive offers which will dwarf an advance record deal. Eliot praised the ‘amazing’ foursome who beat showman Marcus Collins and third place powerhouse Amelia Lily in the live final in front of 10,000 people at Wembley Arena. He broke off from the party celebrations straight after the show to say: “I joined the X Factor after Gary asked me to get involved. He said there had never been a band to win it but if I was involved he believed I would make it happen. “I am so proud of Little Mix. They have been amazing to work with every day. “They have worked so hard and I believe in them so much. “I am so thankful to Gary for asking me to be involved. This is a wonderful result for four fantastic young ladies.” Little Mix band members Jesy Nelson, 20, from Essex, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, 19, of London, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards, both 18 and from South Shields, say they would like to become global superstars like the first band Eliot developed, The Spice Girls. More...
Thieves devastate group
December 19, 2011 (12:05) [ Indexed from The Star ]
Dance group bosses have been left devastated after burglars used a crowbar to steal their safe. More...
Andre Ward outfoxes Carl Froch
December 18, 2011 (07:00) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
Andre Ward fell short of a KO and seemingly failed to excite the judges, but those were the only drawbacks in a brilliant unanimous decision win over Carl Froch in Saturday's Super Six final in Atlantic City, N.J. More...
Golovkin KOs Simon in 1st to retain WBA crown
December 09, 2011 (23:25) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan knocked out Lajuan Simon of Philadelphia in the first round Friday to keep his WBA middleweight title and remain undefeated. More...
Povetkin KOs Boswell to keep heavyweight title
December 03, 2011 (23:45) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
Alexander Povetkin retained his WBA heavyweight title with an eighth-round knockout of American challenger Cedric Boswell at Hartwall Arena on Saturday. More...
Sturm, Murray fight to draw; Sturm retains title
December 03, 2011 (01:25) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
Felix Sturm retained the WBA middleweight title, fighting to a draw with British challenger Martin Murray at the SAP Arena on Friday night. More...
Ricky Hatton has high hopes for WBA challenger Martin Murray
December 01, 2011 (17:20) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Promoter Ricky Hatton believes Martin Murray can become his first world champion when the unbeaten St Helens fighter challenges Felix Sturm for the WBA middleweight title tomorrow night. Murray, 29, takes on German superstar Sturm in Mannheim rated as the rank outsider. He will aim to go one better than domestic rival Matthew Macklin managed in June, when the Birmingham boxer looked to have beaten Sturm over 12 rounds only to lose a controversial decision. And Hatton, whose promotional venture continues to grow at an impressive rate, believes Murray can provide a landmark victory. The popular former two-weight world champion said: "I feel Martin Murray can become my first world champion. "Apart from his obvious talent he's in his prime, hungry, fresh with very few miles on the clock. This is the right fight at the right time." Sturm (36-2-1, 15KO wins) represents a daunting challenge on home turf, particularly against a fighter as inexperienced as Murray (23-0, 10KOs). But the British and Commonwealth champion - who only won the domestic belt in his last fight - believes he can exploit holes in Sturm's armour. "I watched Sturm's defence against Macklin and made it a draw," he said. "When it is that close the champion on home soil usually gets the decision and there could be no real complaints." More...
Mundine defeats Alvarez for interim WBA crown
October 19, 2011 (15:50) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
Anthony Mundine of Australia defeated Mexican fighter Rigoberto Alvarez in an unanimous points decision to claim the WBA interim world light middleweight title Wednesday. More...

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