Boxing

Brook camp start talks with Bradley over unification fight

Kell Brook's promoter, Eddie Hearn, has revealed that negotiations have begun with Timothy Bradley over a welterweight unification title fight. Brook, the IBF title holder, is keen to face WBO champion Bradley, with Hearn stating that the fight has the potential to be an 'absolute belter.' Hearn began discussions with Bradley's promoter, Top Rank CEO, Bob Arum, over recent days, with a likely fight in Sheffield in October being discussed.

Ruslan Provodnikov and Diego Chavez, have also been mentioned as potential opponents for Brook as he looks to make the latest defence of his title but, with Amir Khan seemingly still an unrealistic option - it is Bradley that he wants to meet next. "Kell wants to fight Bradley," Hearn told the media. "I had a really good meeting with Bob Arum, and everything seems positive."

Kell Brook, with his IBF belt
Kell Brook celebrates his IBF welterweight title win

Happy birthday to Lennox Lewis, the last undisputed heavyweight champion

Regarded as one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time, Lennox Lewis, who has just turned 50, is the last undisputed world heavyweight champion. Holder of both a British and Canadian citizenship, Lewis won Olympic gold representing Canada in the 1988 Olympics, in the superheavyweight division. He turned pro the following year and was undefeated in his first 22 bouts, a streak capped by a KO victory over Donovan Ruddock in 1992 to take over the number one position in the WBC rankings.

He was declared WBC heavyweight champion at the end of the year after Riddick Bowe was stripped of the title and he went on to become Great Britain’s first undisputed heavyweight world champion since Bob Fitzsimmons held the title in 1899. Lewis racked up notable wins over Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson and Vitali Klitschko.

Lennox Lewis (left), and Frank Bruno, two of Britain's best
Lennox, with his three championship belts

Amir Khan vows to help Pakistan produce boxing champions

British boxer Amir Khan has vowed to help Pakistan produce champion pugilists with a network of academies in his family's country of origin. The former two-time world champion is currently touring the South Asian giant of 200 million people, better known for its prowess in cricket, and plans to set up boxing schools in the western province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, eastern Punjab, and the southern city of Karachi.


"I think we have the talent to produce boxing champions," the 28-year-old told the media during a visit to Karachi's troubled Lyari area, which is frequently hit by gang violence but also known for producing talented footballers and boxers. "I have made a promise to the nation that I will pay back what I have achieved in boxing," added the highly-rated fighter from Bolton, England who has a record of 31 wins including 19 knockouts, and three losses.


Khan was accompanied by a heavy security contingent to the neighbourhood, which has long been a hub of political, ethnic and criminal violence. "I am here to meet potential champions and I am not afraid of anything, we will beat terror and produce boxers of top quality," he said. Pakistan's sole Olympic boxing medallist is Hussain Shah, who won a middleweight bronze in the Seoul Games in 1988.


The country has also produced an Asian Games gold-medalist in Mehrullah Lassi, who won the featherweight division at Busan, South Korea in 2002. Khan, who became Britain's youngest Olympic boxing medalist when he won silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics, said he was keen to train Pakistani boxers. Known for his speed and aggressive style, Khan won the last of his fights against US boxer Chris Algieri in New York in May before once again challenging the welterweight world champion Floyd Mayweather.

Amir Kahn, draped in the Union flag
Khan, punching Molina Recap in their fight