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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 December 2007, 15:42 GMT
Micah Richards column
Micah Richards
By Micah Richards
Manchester City and England defender

For me, Lewis Hamilton should have won the 2007 Sports Personality of the Year award.

What he's done in his sport in such a short space of time is unbelievable.

And I like the way he has stayed grounded and just wants to work hard. He's not big-headed about what he has achieved and he wants to achieve more.

I know he just missed out on the Formula One title this time but I hope he does turn out to be one of the best - his work-rate and attitude are spot on.

Micah Richards with former England cricketer Darren Gough at the Square Mile Sports awards
Micah Richards with Darren Gough at the SquareMile Sports awards

That's how I try to apply myself too and we have quite similar backgrounds. Like my dad with me, his dad has been there as well to help him and push him, wanting him to do the best he can do.

Well played to Joe Calzaghe for beating him to it though because Lewis is in the newspapers every single day. Every time I look through them, he is in all of them!

It's good that people weren't swayed by that - the public made their own minds up.

I didn't go to the awards this year. I was invited but I couldn't get to Birmingham because we were playing at Tottenham on Sunday.

I had my own awards ceremony last week though - I won the Young Sportsperson of the Year category at the Square Mile Sport Awards in London.

I had fancied myself to make the top three but I was still a bit shocked when I won it - thanks if you voted for me!

I thought boxing was just two people fighting but I understand it so much better now - there is a real art to it

I didn't have a speech prepared or anything but when the England cricketer Darren Gough gave me the award he asked me how Sven-Goran Eriksson was getting on.

I just made a little joke that he has introduced me to some nice girls! It went down quite well!

Because of the Spurs game I couldn't stay up and watch the Ricky Hatton fight on Sunday morning either.

I turned off my phone and when I got up I went straight down to the TV room in the hotel we were staying at to watch it at 9am instead.

I'm a big Hatton fan and I was disappointed for him because, with all the talk beforehand, I had really started believing he was going to do it.

But Floyd Mayweather was just different class on the night, he just stepped it up. He is the total opposite to Hamilton's personality but you have to admire his ability.

It is only since meeting Ricky that I have really got into my boxing - my friends used to talk about it and I wasn't really into it.


I used to think it was just two people fighting but I understand it so much better now and there is a real art to it.

It's about technique and tactics. You have to go out there with a plan of how you are going to defeat your opponent. You need to go for their weaknesses and it is much more technical than I thought.

I haven't been to any live fights yet but I watch as many as I can on TV. Again, this weekend I was meant to go and see Amir Khan fight on Saturday but couldn't because our game was put back a day.

It's not unusual for that to happen either. As a professional footballer it is sometimes tricky to get to other sporting events.

But I took Didi Hamann to watch some cricket last summer - we went to the England-India match at Old Trafford with Paul Dickov and Joe Hart.

It was something a bit different for all of us. Cricket's not big in Germany but Didi loves all sports.

It's really just football, boxing and a bit of F1 for me. I watched a few of Hamilton's races but even that goes on for a bit too long, I usually just come back to it for the last few laps!

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