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Errol Spence Jr stops Kell Brook in 11th round to win IBF welterweight title

• Brook’s eye swells up in ninth round before he takes knee in 11th
• Hearn confirms Brook being treated for fractured eye socket

For Kell Brook it was a night that promised so much but ended in gut-wrenching failure. In front of his own people, at a venue he fell in love with as a child, the 31-year-old was determined to triumph, but ultimately he was defeated by the American Errol Spence Jr via an 11th round stoppage, losing his IBF welterweight title in the process and suffering the sort of setback that it may take him some time to recover from.

That much could be taken from Brook’s expression as he contemplated his second successive defeat, having been stopped inside five rounds by Gennady Golovkin nine months ago. He looked broken and beaten, and yet again it was an eye injury that played a part in his downfall. Brook’s right eye had been broken at the hands of Golovkin at the 02 Arena in London, leading to his trainer Dominic Ingle throwing in the towel. Here it was the Sheffield man’s left eye which took a pounding, and while there was no intervention from Ingle, there was also no chance of Brook continuing through heavily restricted vision as Spence unloaded a barrage of shots to his opponent’s body.

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Kell Brook v Errol Spence: IBF welterweight championship – live!

  • Brook makes fourth defense IBF title against Spence in Sheffield
  • George Groves wins vacant WBA super middleweight title in co-main
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11.03pm BST

Spence staying dedicated to the body attack and doing a bit better defensively early in the fourth. A good combination by Spence but Brook responds with an uppercut. Both men showing off a high level of skill. A good counter left by Brook but now Spence comes back. So little to separate these two. Another closely contested round, this one to Spence.

Guardian’s unofficial score: Brook 9-10 Spence Jr (Brook 39-37 Spence Jr)

11.00pm BST

Spence using the jab to keep the pressure on Brook. He’s starting to put his punches together. Brook holding on a bit here. A great start for the Texan. But Brook he snaps Spence’s head back with a straight right. That might have hurt Spence! Brook coming back nicely in this round. Brook finding his range with that right. The clearest round yet for Brook, who’s up three-nil on my card (albeit the first two were very narrow).

Guardian’s unofficial score: Brook 10-9 Spence Jr (Brook 30-27 Spence Jr)

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Kell Brook returns streamlined and ready for testing Texan Spence Jr

• Sheffield fighter back to welterweight for his fourth title defence
• Errol Spence Jr described as ‘real deal’ by Sugar Ray Leonard

In the Sheffield sunshine Kell Brook responded to the doubts that have loomed large over his title defence against Errol Spence Jr on Saturday in the most emphatic style possible – by showing off his chest. Brook looked ripped at Friday’s weigh-in and when the scales showed him coming in at 146lb 7oz there was no doubting his readiness to again do battle at welterweight.

Brook’s last contest came nine months ago at middleweight and ended with the now 31-year-old suffering the first defeat of his professional career and a broken right eye socket at the brutal hands of Gennady Golovkin. The punishment was so severe Dominic Ingle, Brook’s trainer, felt he had no choice but to throw in the towel with 1min 57sec of the fifth round remaining, later describing the injury as a “car crash”.

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Andre Dirrell title fight ends with uncle punching opponent and fleeing ring

  • Leon Lawson Jr punches Jose Uzcategui after Venezuelan lands late blows
  • ‘My coach is my family, my uncle, and he was worried’

Fans thought the end of Andre Dirrell’s IBF interim super middleweight title fight with Jose Uzcategui was odd but that was just the start of a bizarre series of events.

Dirrell was awarded the fight after Uzcategui sent his opponent to the canvas with a flurry of blows after the bell. The victory wasn’t enough for Dirrell’s uncle and assistant trainer, Leon Lawson Jr, who then sucker punched Uzcategui in the aftermath of the contest. The confrontation also sparked fights among fans.

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Andre Dirrell title fight ends with uncle punching opponent and fleeing ring

  • Leon Lawson Jr punches Jose Uzcategui after Venezuelan lands late blows
  • ‘My coach is my family, my uncle, and he was worried’

Fans thought the end of Andre Dirrell’s IBF interim super middleweight title fight with Jose Uzcategui was odd but that was just the start of a bizarre series of events.

Dirrell was awarded the fight after Uzcategui sent his opponent to the canvas with a flurry of blows after the bell. The victory wasn’t enough for Dirrell’s uncle and assistant trainer, Leon Lawson Jr, who then sucker punched Uzcategui in the aftermath of the contest. The confrontation also sparked fights among fans.

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Gervonta Davis talks a good fight but Floyd Mayweather Jr steals limelight

Mayweather’s protege might be the one going into the ring to defend his WBO title against Liam Walsh, but during the long run-up to the fight it has seemed that the semi-reitred multimillionaire is the real star of the show

Professional boxing operates on a simple principle: destroy all harmony. It has been that way for a couple of centuries and it is not altogether a mystery given it is a sport that accommodates raw, if legal, violence.

That it is why casual observers were pleasantly surprised when Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko refused to “get in the gutter” before trying to knock each other unconscious in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley two weekends ago.

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Canelo Álvarez dominates Chávez Jr and announces Golovkin showdown

  • Álvarez wins by 120-108 on all three ringside judges’ scorecards
  • Mexican announces he will fight Gennady Golovkin on 16 September

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez dominated a grudge match against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Saturday night, winning a unanimous decision in a fight that left no doubt who is the top active Mexican boxer.

Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) used a punishing jab to take control early in the 12-round matchup of former middleweight champions. The bigger Chavez (50-3-1, 32 KOs) started bleeding from the nose in the third round. His left eye swelled in the sixth and started to close a round later.

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Canelo Álvarez dominates Chávez Jr and announces Golovkin showdown

  • Álvarez wins by 120-108 on all three ringside judges’ scorecards
  • Mexican announces he will fight Gennady Golovkin on 16 September

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez dominated a grudge match against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Saturday night, winning a unanimous decision in a fight that left no doubt who is the top active Mexican boxer.

Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) used a punishing jab to take control early in the 12-round matchup of former middleweight champions. The bigger Chavez (50-3-1, 32 KOs) started bleeding from the nose in the third round. His left eye swelled in the sixth and started to close a round later.

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Canelo Álvarez v Julio César Chávez Jr – live!

4.51am BST

Round 5

Canelo is just walking Chávez down. A total mismatch. He moves Chávez backward with a weapons-grade overhand right, then closes the distance to keep Chávez in full retreat. He’s setting up his punches beautifully. Canelo is landing as many punches per round as Chávez is throwing, which is something.

4.47am BST

Round 4

Chávez simply too slow. This is getting ugly. He lands a right but Canelo walks right through it and snaps Chávez’s head back with another combination. Double jab, triple jab. Huge cheers from the crowd as Canelo chases the bigger man around the ring. Canelo loads up on on a right uppercut that missed by centimeters. Can’t see Chávez, even with massive size advantage, sticking around for the full 12 rounds at this rate.

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Anthony Joshua: fighting for Britain but fuelled by Nigeria | Chibundu Onuzo

The champion’s origins are spelt out in his tattoo and his liking for pounded yam and egusi. But while he’s on the rise the British press probably won’t report it

World heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua’s middle name is Oluwafemi. To those in the know, no other proof of his Nigerian heritage is needed: Femi is a common Yoruba name. There is also a map of Africa tattooed on one of Joshua’s large biceps, in which the outline of Nigeria is fetchingly highighted.

Joshua once attributed his success to frequent ingestion of pounded yam and egusi soup, a popular Nigerian dish. He said it with a laugh, but nothing could be more serious. Those muscles were not grown on fish and chips alone: ask John Boyega, another muscular pounded-yam and egusi eater.

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Anthony Joshua: fighting for Britain but fuelled by Nigeria | Chibundu Onuzo

The champion’s origins are spelt out in his tattoo and his liking for pounded yam and egusi. But while he’s on the rise the British press probably won’t report it

World heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua’s middle name is Oluwafemi. To those in the know, no other proof of his Nigerian heritage is needed: Femi is a common Yoruba name. There is also a map of Africa tattooed on one of Joshua’s large biceps, in which the outline of Nigeria is fetchingly highighted.

Joshua once attributed his success to frequent ingestion of pounded yam and egusi soup, a popular Nigerian dish. He said it with a laugh, but nothing could be more serious. Those muscles were not grown on fish and chips alone: ask John Boyega, another muscular pounded-yam and egusi eater.

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Anthony Joshua: fighting for Britain but fuelled by Nigeria | Chibundu Onuzo

The champion’s origins are spelt out in his tattoo and his liking for pounded yam and egusi. But while he’s on the rise the British press probably won’t report it

World heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua’s middle name is Oluwafemi. To those in the know, no other proof of his Nigerian heritage is needed: Femi is a common Yoruba name. There is also a map of Africa tattooed on one of Joshua’s large biceps, in which the outline of Nigeria is fetchingly highighted.

Joshua once attributed his success to frequent ingestion of pounded yam and egusi soup, a popular Nigerian dish. He said it with a laugh, but nothing could be more serious. Those muscles were not grown on fish and chips alone: ask John Boyega, another muscular pounded-yam and egusi eater.

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Anthony Joshua aims to ‘keep it real’ and rival Wladimir Klitschko’s long reign

• World heavyweight champion wants to rule division for a decade
• He admits: ‘I’ve got to stay away from any problems, any trouble’

Anthony Joshua, who has joined Andy Murray as one of Britain’s most globally recognisable sporting celebrities, admits his next big fight is “keeping it real” as the power-brokers, hangers-on and grassroots fans jostle for a piece of the most bankable asset in boxing.

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From Joshua to Corbett: the 10 best British world heavyweight title fights

Anthony Joshua versus Wladimir Klitschko in London has instantly gone down as one of the great heavyweight title fights – here we choose nine more

1) Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko, 29 April 2017

There is an argument to put this at the very top, a choice sweetened, perhaps, by currency. But it was some effort for a 19-fight novice champion to get off the floor and devastate a former champion (who boxed his best in years) in one late round. Magnificent.

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Anthony Joshua eager to take on ‘a real villain’ with Tyson Fury in his sights

• Heavyweight champion says a Fury fight ‘would bring massive attention’
• Promoter Eddie Hearn says Joshua is in the driving seat in the division

The first day of Anthony Joshua’s reign as the best heavyweight in the world did not properly see daylight until 4.30pm on a quiet Sunday afternoon in a rented mansion of some splendour in north London. After a fight of unprecedented good manners against Wladimir Klitschko, he now craves a bout against a “real villain”, and none fits the bill better for him than Tyson Fury.

What a contrast it was in leafy St John’s Wood from his workplace the night before. By the time the world champion awoke after the longest of sleeps to embrace the scale of his achievement in front of 90,000 people at Wembley Stadium, the dismantled legend he had dispatched was already back in Germany.

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Anthony Joshua eager to take on ‘a real villain’ with Tyson Fury in his sights

• Heavyweight champion says a Fury fight ‘would bring massive attention’
• Promoter Eddie Hearn says Joshua is in the driving seat in the division

The first day of Anthony Joshua’s reign as the best heavyweight in the world did not properly see daylight until 4.30pm on a quiet Sunday afternoon in a rented mansion of some splendour in north London. After a fight of unprecedented good manners against Wladimir Klitschko, he now craves a bout against a “real villain”, and none fits the bill better for him than Tyson Fury.

What a contrast it was in leafy St John’s Wood from his workplace the night before. By the time the world champion awoke after the longest of sleeps to embrace the scale of his achievement in front of 90,000 people at Wembley Stadium, the dismantled legend he had dispatched was already back in Germany.

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After flooring Klitschko, Anthony Joshua now has the world at his feet

Victory in epic title fight before crowd of 90,000 at Wembley has experts predicting Muhammad Ali-like greatness for boxer

One image above all lingers in the memory from Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title victory over Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night. It is of the 27-year-old from Watford glowering at his crumpled opponent in a pose strikingly reminiscent of Muhammad Ali after he had knocked out Sonny Liston.

Ali quickly went from having Liston to the world at his feet. Joshua’s entourage and assorted experts lined up on Sunday to predict that he would soon follow suit.

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Anthony Joshua beats Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley – in pictures

Anthony Joshua stops Wladimir Klitschko in 11th round of their epic Wembley battle, adding the WBA title to his collection of heavyweight world titles Continue reading…

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Anthony Joshua beats Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley – in pictures

Anthony Joshua stops Wladimir Klitschko in 11th round of their epic Wembley battle, adding the WBA title to his collection of heavyweight world titles Continue reading…

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Anthony Joshua defeats Wladimir Klitschko in epic Wembley battle

• British heavyweight retains world title after rollercoaster contest at Wembley
• Klitschko stopped in 11th round after both fighters suffered knockdowns

Anthony Joshua has beaten Wladimir Klitschko in a stunning world heavyweight title fight at Wembley. Both men suffered knockdowns early in the fight before recovering to take an epic contest to the 11th round, when the British fighter came out on top.

Related: Anthony Joshua knocks out Wladimir Klitschko: world heavyweight title fight – live!

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