By Frank Warren, courtesy of The Sun
JOHN TERRY found himself at the centre of a media storm this week when he was accused of making a racist comment at QPR last Sunday.
The Chelsea skipper denies the incident involving Hoops' Anton Ferdinand — and there is going to be an official FA investigation.
Race rows have happened in boxing, too.
In a new documentary called 'The Real Rocky', white ex-heavyweight contender Chuck Wepner claims that, in the build-up to his 1975 fight with Muhammad Ali, the Greatest told him to call him a n***** to hype up the fight.
Wepner refused ahead of a joint TV appearance because he had black friends and sparring partners.
But Ali replied: "No, no, you gotta do this. We gotta pump this fight up and we're going to make it look like a racial thing."
Even though Wepner didn't play along, Ali still told the TV host that Wepner had called him a n*****, which led to some pushing and shoving on the set that created a stir for the fight.
A few years later, the unbeaten Gerry Cooney was cast as 'The Great White Hope' in his fight against unbeaten world heavyweight champ Larry Holmes, who dubbed Cooney 'The Great White Dope'.
Then, in 1993, Frank Bruno issued a writ against Lennox Lewis before their WBC world heavyweight title fight in Cardiff after Lewis called him an 'Uncle Tom' in a newspaper interview.
I know that comment hurt Big Frank and caused him a lot of anguish over the years.
And Joe Calzaghe found himself in a race row when American Bernard Hopkins said 'I'll never let a white boy beat me' before their 2008 Las Vegas clash, which Calzaghe duly won.
I think some of the remarks were planned and some came in the heat of the moment — but most not from the heart.
AIBA, the amateur governing body, has told women boxers they must wear skirts instead of shorts at the 2012 Olympics.
They say the skirts will help distinguish the men from the women because of the head guards they wear — should have gone to Specsavers!
FILIPINO Nonito Donaire's next fight will attract a $100,000 bonus.
Donaire beat Omar Narvaez last Saturday in New York. Top Rank's Todd duBoef, angry at the lack of Narvaez fight, said he would put up the winner-take-all bonus to encourage them to really scrap next time.
Macc is back
FORMER cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli is back in action on November 11.
Enzo, who is currently enjoying his new role as co-commentator on BoxNation, will come down a weight and campaign at light-heavyweight. And he is back with his former trainer Enzo Calzaghe.
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