Sport360° to host Twitter Q&A session with Dan Hardy

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Question Time: Dan Hardy & Sport360 will host a Twitter Q&A on Thursday.

After a four-year absence, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) makes its return to Abu Dhabi on April 11.

To celebrate UFC Fight Night Abu Dhabi: Nogueira vs Nelson, Sport360° will host a Twitter Q&A session with former UFC star Dan 'The Outlaw' Hardy on Thursday March 20 at 5-6pm (UAE time).

To get involved, send over your questions on Twitter using the hashtag #AskTheOutlaw or #UFCAbuDhabi before Thursday and we will be sure to put them to Dan in time for the Q&A.

Hardy possessed a fight record of 25-10-0 with one No Contest. He fought UFC great George St Pierre for the welterweight world championship title in March 2010, losing on a unanimous points decision.

Considered one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC, Hardy was forced into retirement in 2013 after he was diagnosed with Wolff–Parkinson–White syndrome.

The 31-year-old Briton has remained in the UFC in a non-fighting capacity and served as a commentator at UFC Fight Night London: Gustafsson vs Manuwa earlier this month. He will again be behind the mic on April 11 for UFC Fight Night Abu Dhabi.

This is your chance to ask The Outlaw any questions you have about his career, life as a UFC star and his life outside the octagon. 

Find Sport360 on Twitter: @sport_360

Find Dan 'The Outlaw' Hardy on Twitter: @danhardymma

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Garcia defeats Herrera to retain light welterweight titles

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Still champion: Garcia retained his two light welterweight titles.

Danny Garcia kept his undefeated record intact by taking a majority decision over challenger Mauricio Herrera in a light welterweight title fight.

Garcia improved to 28-0 and retained his World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association titles with a hard-fought victory that two judges scored 116-112 and the third had even, 114-114.

American Garcia, who is of Puerto Rican ancestry, had the crowd of 10,100 at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez on his side. Herrera, also a US citizen, dropped to 20-4 with seven knockouts. 

Garcia was coming off a unanimous decision win over Argentina's Lucas Matthysse in September.

This was his fifth defense of the WBC crown he won by taking a unanimous decision over Mexico's Erik Morales in 2012. It was also be the fourth defense of the WBA title Garcia took from England's Amir Khan with a fourth-round stoppage in 2012.

Earlier in the evening Deontay Wilder moved one step closer to achieving his goal of becoming the heavyweight champion of the world as he stopped close friend Malik Scott in the first round. 

A wicked left-hook sent Scott to the canvas and he was unable to beat the count as Wilder recorded his 32nd victory – all of which have come via a stoppage. 

The Bronze Bomber is still yet to go beyond four rounds but is now set to face the winner of Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola who face off on May 10 for the WBC title. 

On the other side of the Atlantic, Kell Brook came through his world title warm-up with a polished, if unspectacular, eighth-round stoppage of courageous Mexican Alvaro Robles at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

Brook is now the mandatory challenger for the IBF welterweight title and will face the winner of Shawn Porter-Paulie Malignaggi in the summer after avoiding a potential banana skin on Saturday.

Meanwhile, two-time world title challenger Kevin Mitchell moved closer to a third shot at one of the four major lightweight belts after stopping Mikheil Avakyan inside two rounds. 

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Froch labels Groves ‘paranoid’ after call for neutral officials

Nick Purewal 11/03/2014
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Best of enemies: There was plenty of acrimony at yesterday’s press call.

Carl Froch has branded George Groves “paranoid” for demanding neutral officials for the pair’s super-middleweight world title rematch at Wembley in May.

Groves complained of bias to the British Boxing Board of Control after referee Howard Foster stopped November’s first title bout in the ninth round, handing controversial victory to defending champion Froch.

Londoner Groves will refuse to fight Froch at Wembley on May 31 unless the BBBofC grant his demand for non-British officials.

Non-plussed Froch does not believe Groves’ call will jeopardise the keenly-anticipated fight, that could set a new post-war British attendance record.

“I personally can’t believe it, and I’m not happy about it,” said 36-year-old Froch. “We’re all in this sport together, and the British Boxing Board of Control do a fantastic job.

“To say that we don’t want them officiating potentially the biggest fight in British boxing history, it almost makes a mockery of the British Boxing Board of Control.

“It’s a real shame, we’ve got two British fighters, we’re going to leave it all in the ring, you’ve got to give George Groves a lot of credit for how he performed in his first fight, he did a good job.

“We would like to think that our referees, our officials, our judges could play a part in the whole event. Possibly he’s paranoid about upsetting a lot of officials, from the last one, and he might feel it’s going to have some backlash.”

Groves claims referee Foster responded to a Facebook post suggesting Froch would win in the ninth round ahead of the first bout.

The Hammersmith-born fighter said his grievance with the BBBofC was appeased by the IBF issuing the mandatory rematch.

Now Groves has the fight, he is also battling against the appointment of officials he believes could fall prey to public prejudice.

“It’s conditional that there are no UK officials: otherwise I don’t ring walk,” said Groves. “I have respect for the British Boxing Board of Control, but they failed me in the first fight, this is a huge fight that has to take place.

“And if they insist upon placing one of their officials, who will be susceptible to the build-up then I won’t fight.

“Someone wrote a Facebook status along the lines of “looking good Carl Froch in the ninth” with a question-mark that he liked.

“It may sound pathetic but it’s a public statement on a social network for the whole world to see.”

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