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Warrington booked for hometown fight

Josh Warrington Credit: Lawrence Lustig

European, British and Commonwealth Featherweight champion Josh Warrington will feature on the undercard of Arthur Abraham vs. Paul Smith before topping a huge hometown show in a major fight at the First Direct next April.

The 24 year old, who won the Commonwealth title in November 2013, will see his first action of the new year in Berlin as part of the show headlined by the WBO World Super-Middleweight title rematch between Abraham and Smith on February 21.

It will be a good experience to go abroad and fight on a massive bill. Warrington. I have never boxed abroad as an amateur or pro so it will be great to get the experience.

This year has been a massive year for me and it will be hard to top winning three titles, but I am progressing all the time and the aim is that 2015 will be even bigger than 2014.

Leeds in April is something to look forward to. The last two times have been very special and it is only going to get bigger and better.

– Josh Warrington

Kell Brook back in training after holiday stabbing

Back in August, Kell Brook had the world at his feet. The 28-year-old from Sheffield had managed what only a select few had ever done before.

He had gone to the USA, and won a world title by beating an American in his own backyard.

Then three weeks later, he almost lost it all. In fact he almost lost his life. On holiday in Tenerife, he was stabbed in the leg, and lost so much blood it needed a transfusion to save him.

But now, at a special training camp in Fuertaventura, he has set out on the long, hard road back to full fitness.

Our cameras have been with him:

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Doncaster boxer Gavin McDonnell earns best career win so far

Doncaster's Gavin McDonnell has earned the best win of his career so far with a unanimous points decision against the experienced South African Vusi Malinga to take the WBO International Super Bantamweight belt in Hull last night.

The fight turned decisively in his favour when he caught Malinga in the eighth, forcing a count. It keeps him on track to emulate twin brother Jamie, who is the current WBA World Bantamweight Champion.

Sheffield champ crowned Young Boxer of the Year

Sheffield-born European and Commonwealth boxing champion Kid Galahad has been named the Boxing Writer's Young Boxer of the Year 2014.

Sheffield champ Kid Galahad crowned Young Boxer of the Year Credit: Press Association

There is no risk of the 24-year-old resting on his laurels though as he pledged his determination to cement himself among the greats of the sport saying his career has not even started yet.

He thanked his trainer and mentor Brendan Ingle, who according to Galahad, predicted his success a decade ago:

As a kid, he'd tell me what was going to happen in the future. He's been getting me ready for this kind of stuff for ten years now, since I was fourteen.

He said I'd win 'Young Boxer of the Year', then I'd be super-bantamweight world champion, then I'd unify the division, then I'd be super-featherweight world champion and then I'd be world lightweight champion. I'm going to win everything from super-bantamweight to lightweight. My career hasn't even started yet. We're not even close to achieving everything we plan to achieve.

– Kid Galahad

Galahad is hoping for a date in the ring with WBA Champion Scott Quigg and claims that an offer made to fight the super-bantamweight was rejected.

Galahad claims to have the upperhand over Quigg and says his trainer has seen what he can do in the ring:

The only person who would be against it is Joe Gallagher, Quigg's trainer. He knows me. I've sparred some good people in his gym and he's seen what I've done. He knows I'd beat Quigg.

– Kid Galahad

Warrington wins European title

Josh Warrington (left) knocks down Davide Dieli in the European Featherweight title contest at the First Direct Arena. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Leeds boxer Josh Warrington has added the vacant European featherweight title to his British and Commonwealth crowns, after stopping Italian Davide Dieli in front of a boisterous partisan crowd at the Leeds Arena.

It took Warrington four rounds to catch up with Dieli, first knocking him to the canvas for a count of eight, and then launching a barrage of punches that prompted the referee to call a halt to the contest.

It was just the unbeaten 23-year-old's third victory inside the distance in 19 fights.

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