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Vinnie Jones to carry Josh Warrington's belts ahead of world title eliminator

Josh Warrington will be joined by Hollywood star Vinnie Jones on his ringwalk for Saturday's world title eliminator with Dennis Tubieron.

“I always like to have a Leeds legend walk me to the ring. We’ve had Jamie Peacock, Dominic Matteo, and this time around we’ve gone all the way and Vinnie will be beside me," Warrington told Sky Sports.

Unbeaten Warrington, 24, takes the hard-hitting Tubeiron in Leeds on Saturday night aiming to secure a crack at the WBC featherweight champion Jhonny González.

Vinnie’s the man, he was loved at Leeds. It’s an absolute honour to have him beside us.

– Josh Warrington


Warrington's opponent watches on ahead of title fight

Leeds boxer Josh Warrington had an interested spectator watching him during a public workout at the Light Shopping centre in the city this lunchtime.

Josh's opponent on Saturday night, Dennis Tubieron, was there to see if he could pick up any tips ahead of their WBC International featherweight clash at the Leeds Arena, a fight which also doubles up as an eliminator for a world title shot.

Hopes of Brook-Khan fight dented

Amir Khan appears to have ended any hopes of a summer showdown with British rival Kell Brook after announcing his next opponent will be Chris Algieri.

Kell Brook won't be fighting Khan next Credit: Press Association

Khan came under increasing pressure earlier this week to arrange a fight with IBF welterweight champion Brook, but the Bolton fighter instead looks set for an outing in Algieri's home city of New York on May 30.

While the non-title welterweight bout against Algieri has not been officially rubber-stamped, Khan is happy with his choice of foe.

Khan said: "You can class him as an A-class opponent."

Algieri's only defeat in a 21-fight professional career came last November, when he was knocked down six times en route to a heavily lopsided points defeat to Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao.

Yet in his previous bout, the 31-year-old American upset the odds to win a split decision over the much-feared Ruslan Provodnikov and take the Russian's WBO light-welterweight title.

Khan, himself a former champion at 140lbs, added on his wife's YouTube channel:

"He has fought decent opponents, beaten decent opponents, and just fell short against Manny Pacquiao, which is an A star opponent.

"He's a decent boxer overall. He knows how to box and knows how to move well. He takes a decent amount of shots and he's got a decent amount of power, so I think overall it's going to be a good fight for me.

"Hopefully this can lead me on to the bigger fights in the future, which is what I'm looking at."

The 28-year-old has made no secret of his desire to fight the winner of the May 2 super-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Pacquiao, while he would also be keen on facing Brook in a "winner takes all" bout.

For now, though, Khan's focus is on his next opponent and he is keen to arrange the bout in New York.

Khan's only previous outing there was an 11th-round stoppage of Paulie Malignaggi at Madison Square Garden in May 2010.

This time, though, Khan wants the non-title bout at the Barclays Center as he said: "We're looking at fighting in New York, I think New York's a great venue for me.

"Having that fight in New York will be good for the UK fans in a way because it will give them a chance to travel and it won't be as far as going to (Las) Vegas.

"This time I'd like to fight at the Barclays Center, which I've never fought at."

Khan, who last fought in December last year with a one-sided points win over Devon Alexander in Las Vegas, hopes his next bout can be finalised soon.

"I'm looking forward to getting this fight announced officially by my manager and advisor Al Haymon."

"They think it's the right fight for me, they want to keep me going."

Kell Brook to run half marathon for charity

Sheffield boxer Kell Brook has announced he will run a half marathon for charity.

Credit: The Children’s Hospital Charity

The world champion will race the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon to raise money for The Children’s Hospital Charity.

He will take part in the 13-mile trek on Sunday 12th April.

I am looking forward to swapping my boxing gloves for running shoes to try and raise some money for this amazing charity. The Children’s Hospital in Sheffield is a brilliant place and people in Sheffield are so lucky to have it on our doorstep. That’s why I want to support it and will do whatever I can to help.

– Kell Brook


Brook calls out Amir Khan following IBF title defence

Sheffield's Kell Brook retained his IBF Welterweight title beating Romanian Jo Jo Dan by technical knockout in four rounds and remains undefeated.

Brook knocks down Jo Jo Dan during the IBF World Welterweight Championship defence Credit: Press Association

Fighting at a packed out Sheffield's Motorpoint arena, the local fighter made the most the partisan crowd, starting on the front foot and continuing throughout.

Brook looked focused and composed as he took advantage of defensive mistakes by the mandatory challenger, and the bout looked settled from the second round, where Brook scored two knockdowns against the 33-year-old Dan.

It was truly amazing to walk out in front of all my fans and I didn't think I would ever box again.

– Kell Brook

A further two knockdowns in the fourth round, one of which came on the bell led to Dan's corner taking the decision to withdraw their fighter, keeping him on his stool before the fifth round could start.

Kell Brook knocks down Jo Jo Dan during the IBF World Welterweight Championship bout at the Motorpoint Arena Credit: Press Association

It was Brook's first defence of the title he won from Shaun Porter since nearly losing his life when he was stabbed in the leg in Tenerife last September.

Brook's leg looked fully recovered and will now target Amir Khan, calling out the Bolton fighter. "If you're watching, come and get in this ring with me," Brook told Khan. Promoter Eddie Hearn added that Wembley Stadium was free for the pair on June 13.

Adam Etches loses IBF title in fourth round knockout

Sheffield's Adam Etches lost his IBF Middleweight title to a fourth round knockout from Belorussian Sergey Khomitsky.

Adam Etches (left) lost his IBF title to Sergey Khomitsky (right) Credit: Press Association

Fighting at Sheffield's Motorpoint arena on the undercard for Kell Brook and Jo Jo Dan, the 24-year-old local, etches struggled against the veteran Khomitsky, despite a partisan home crowd.

Gavin McDonnell wins European super-bantamweight title

Doncaster's Gavin McDonnell has won the vacant EBU super-bantamweight title, beating Ukranian Oleksander Yegorov on a points decision.

Gavin McDonnell (left) and Oleksandr Yegorov Credit: Press Association

The 28-year-old from Doncaster started the bout strongly, before a late comeback by the previously undefeated Yegorov taking the verdict by the verdict by 117-11, 118-110 and 118-109 margins.

McDonnell's fight came five years to the day from when twin brother, Jamie won his EBU Bantamweight title, a night that would spur Gavin on to become a champion too.

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