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Great British sporting moments of 2016: Anthony Joshua becomes heavyweight champion of the world

Create: 12/15/2016 - 15:33

It seemed only a matter of time before one of the darlings of London 2012, Anthony Joshua, became heavyweight champion of the world and, in April, the 26-year-old from Watford achieved his dream. American opponent Charles Martin was dispatched by knockout after just 98 seconds at the O2 Arena as Joshua claimed the IBF belt, a prize he retained with a seventh-round victory over Dominic Breazeale in June

Chris Sanigar, owner of Bristol Boxing Gym and long-time mentor for IBF bantamweight champion Lee Haskins, said...

Nick Blackwell: Fighting for his life.

Create: 09/26/2016 - 12:59

In March, Nick Blackwell climbed into the ring to defend his British middleweight title against Chris Eubank Junior. Ten rounds later he was stretchered away and put into an induced coma, with many fearing for his life. Four months on, the Trowbridge boxer had recovered, then went in to a sparring session and was back in a coma in hsoptial.

(This interviewwas conducted in June 2016 before Blackwell’s ill fated attmept to re-enter boxing. which has now led to a second even more seriorus injury.)
 

AUDIO: Lee Haskins ready to "shut Stuart Hall up" in world title grudge match

Create: 09/06/2016 - 11:46
Bristol boxer Lee Haskins is on a mission to bring about old rival Stuart Hall's retirement from the sport when the pair clash in London on September 10.
Haskins will defend his IBF bantamweight against the Darlington 36-year-old, who claims he is “twice the fighter” he was in the previous meeting between the duo in Clevedon back in 2012. Hall was comprehensively outpointed on that occasion, and Haskins is odds-on with all leading bookmakers to triumph again this time around.

World champion Lee Haskins relishing O2 title showdown with old rival Stuart Hall

Create: 08/20/2016 - 15:59
“I’m not here to put a smile on his face, I’m here to put a black eye on it!” Although said with a grin, the impression is that Lee Haskins isn’t in the mood to play games, at least when his World IBF bantamweight title is on the line. 
This is especially true given that the man in the opposite corner for the Bristol fighter's next defence is 36-year-old former world champion Stuart Hall – and the two of them could hardly be described as mates.
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