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Leeds boxer to defend title in home city

Leeds boxer Josh Warrington will defend his WBC International and Commonwealth featherweight title in his home city in September.

Leeds boxer Josh Warrington Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The 24-year-old former dental technician will take on Australian Joel Brunker at the First Direct Arena in what will be the third defence of the title he won in Hull in November 2013.

Nicola Adams reaches quarter-finals in Baku

Nicola Adams reached the last-eight at the European Games in Baku with a 3-0 win against Hungary's Katalin Ancsin.

Credit: Team GB

The Leeds boxer now faces Stoyka Petrova in the quarter-finals. She beat Petrova on the way to becoming boxing's first female Olympic champion in 2012 and has eight other wins over the Bulgarian, including one last month.

However, Petrova prevailed in last year's European Championship and Adams is looking forward to facing an old rival again.

I'm through to the next round and I'm really excited for the quarter finals and can't wait to get back in there on Monday.

We boxed in Spain a couple of weeks ago and I had the upper hand against her [Petrova] there and I'm hoping to improve on that performance and hopefully get another win.

I'm feeling excellent, ten times better than I was last year. It was really hard boxing in a competition with an injured shoulder but now I feel like myself and the jab is pumping out.

– Nicola Adams

Hull boxers to meet in Battle of Humber

Luke Campbell MBE and Tommy Coyle will clash in an official eliminator for the WBC World Lightweight title at Craven Park in Hull on August 1.

Luke Campbell Credit: Press Association

The Hull pair have been on a collision course over the last year and will come face-to-face at a public press conference at the City Hall in Hull tonight (Thursday June 11).

Tommy Coyle Credit: Press Association

The stage is set for the one of the biggest sporting events the city of Hull will ever see.

Two world-ranked lightweight contenders will battle it out in an official eliminator for the WBC World title – it's East versus West, a city divided with everything on the line. It's going to be an epic night for the city.

– Eddie Hearn, promoter

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Nicola Adams named as Team GB flagbearer for Baku opening

The British Olympic Association has announced that LLeeds boxer Nicola Adams has been selected as the Team GB Flagbearer for the Opening Ceremony of the Baku 2015 European Games on Friday 12 June.

Nicola Adams has been selected as Team GB's flagbearer for Baku 2015

To be representing Team GB at the first ever European Games is a great honour and being selected as the Flagbearer will be a truly unforgettable experience. I know that carrying the flag will be a very proud moment not only for me and my family but also for everyone who has supported my career up to this point.

I will always cherish the experience of leading Team GB into the stadium. I intend to use this honour to drive me on to perform as well as I can and encourage my teammates to be their best. I hope that this is just the start of a successful Games for Team GB.

– Nicola Adams

Twice world amateur champion, Adams shot to national fame when she became the first women ever to win a boxing gold medal at the Olympic Games in 2012. She added the Commonwealth Games title to her Olympic flyweight crown in Glasgow last year.

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.

Kell Brook

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.

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:

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