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Boxer Kell Brook retains IBF title

Sheffield boxer Kell Brook retained his IBF world welterweight title last night at the O2 in London, stopping Birmingham's Frankie Gavin in the sixth round.

Gavin took a sustained beating by the 'special one' with the referee having to step in. Brook now has an unblemished record of 35 wins under his belt and says former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios would be a perfect candidate for his next fight:

It was also the first time Kell Brook's mother Julie had been to see one of his professional fights. Our reporter John Shires spoke to her in Kell's dressing room:

Kell Brook prepares for IBF world welterweight clash

Sheffield boxer Kell Brook puts his IBF world welterweight title on the line tonight against fellow Brit Frankie Gavin.

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Kell has an umblemished record having won all 34 of his professional fights but knows he will be in for a tough test against Birmingham's Gavin - a former world amateur champion.

But the Special One is confident of being on top form in front of over 18 thousand fans at the O2 Arena in London.

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Brook to headline big night of boxing

There is a big night of boxing in store tomorrow at the O2 Arena in London and headlining the event is Sheffield's world champion Kell Brook.

Brook is putting his title on the line against fellow Brit Frankie Gavin.

Words were exchanged between the pair at today's weigh-in ahead of the bill, which also features two more world title fights.

Chris Dawkes' report contains flash photography:

Brook ready to put on a show against Frankie Gavin

Sheffield boxer Kell Brook says he is ready to put on a show for the fans when he defends his world title against Birmingham's Frankie Gavin on Saturday.

He was in London at a press conference today where he came face to face with his opponent. Some 18,000 fans are expected at the O2 Arena to see the first world welterweight title fight between two British fighters.

It will be the second time Kell has defended his IBF title after recovering from being stabbed in the leg in Tenerife last September:

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Kid Galahad to appeal two-year drugs ban

Sheffield boxer Barry Awad, also known as Kid Galahad, says he'll appeal against a two-year ban he received for failing a drugs test.

The 25 year old, who's a product of the famous Ingle gym in Wincobank, is unbeaten in 18 professional fights and was being tipped for a shot at the world title. He says his brother spiked his drink in a row over money. Galahad's trainer Dominic Ingle spoke to Calendar's John Shires

Sheffield boxer banned for two years after failed drugs test

Sheffield boxer Abdel Barry Awad, commonly known as Kid Galahad has been banned from boxing for two years after testing positive for a banned substance.

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The 25-year-old was found guilty of using Stanozolol after traces of the drug were found in a urine sample given last September.

The National Anti-Doping Panel has handed him a two-year ban until September 2016, but he says he appealing against it - claiming his drink was spiked by his brother.

The Panel says it cannot make any further comment until the appeal process has been dealt with.

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) can confirm an independent National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP) has issued a decision to Abdul-Barry Awad (also known as Kid Galahad), his legal team, the relevant national governing body and UKAD.

UKAD is subject to strict confidentiality restrictions imposed by the WADA Code, and therefore, to protect the rights of all involved, until a conclusion of any appeal windows or appeal we are unable to provide further comment.

Once due legal process is concluded, all anti-doping rule violations are published on the UK Anti-Doping website.

– UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) statement

Jamie McDonnell retains world title

Title retained Credit: PA

Doncaster boxer Jamie McDonnell has retained his WBA belt against Tomoki Kameda in Texas.

Despite being floored in the third round, McDonnell but was able to retain his WBA bantamweight championship with a unanimous decision victory on his United States debut.

Three scores of 114-113 were enough to reward McDonnell with victory and hand his Japanese counterpart with a first career defeat at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo.

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