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Hull boxer Campbell loses undefeated record

Hull's Olympic champion Luke Campbell slumped to his first professional defeat after falling to Yvan Mendy in a split decision last night.

Luke Campbell was also knocked down for the first time in his professional career in the defeat Credit: PA

Campbell, who had stopped his last six opponents, was knocked down in the fifth round and was outfought throughout by the Frenchman with the judges returning scorecards of 115-113 113-115 115-113.

Mendy had lost four times in 38 bouts and was expected to endure the same fate as each of Campbell's 12 previous victims, but instead claimed his most notable victory to date.

"There are no excuses. That's the first time I've done 12 rounds in my career.

"I feel as though I made a few mistakes in there," said Campbell, who was floored for the first time in his career.

Luke Campbell hoping to move one step closer to world title shot

Hull boxer Luke Campbell is hoping move a step closer to a world title shot next year when he defends his WBC International lightweight title against French champion Yvan Mendy at the O2 on Saturday night.

The 28-year-old Olympic gold-medallist has been buoyed by the crowning of two British world champions in his division - with Manchester's Anthony Crolla recently winning the WBA belt to join WBO king Terry Flanagan on the world stage.

Campbell, who will be opening his new gym next year, is focused on challenging for one of those belts in 2016.

Chris Dawkes reports:

Leeds boxer Josh Warrington forced to pull out of fight

Leeds boxer Josh Warrington has been forced to pull out of his latest fight this coming weekend because of an illness.

Josh Warrington has been forced to pull out of his latest fight Credit: Press Association

The WBC International Featherweight champion was due to defend his title against Jorge Sanchez of Panama, on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London.

The Leeds Warrior was set to appear on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua v Dillian Whyte heavyweight clash, but has been sidelined by a virus.

Campbell set for French test in first title defence

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Hull boxer Luke Campbell will defend his WBC International Lightweight title against French champion Yvan Mendy at The O2 in London on December 12.

Campbell makes the first defence of the belt he landed in the all-Hull clash with Tommy Coyle at the KC Lightstream stadium in July.

His 30-year-old opponent, a French title holder, has a wealth of experience behind him, with four successful defences of the national strap he won in June 2013 and going the distance with WBC Super-Lightweight champion Viktor Postol and taking Edis Tatli to a decision for the Finn’s European title.

A big win at The O2 will be the perfect end to a great year for me. Beating Tommy in the huge show in Hull in the summer was great, but this fight with Mendy is massive for me before moving towards a World title fight in 2016.

– Luke Campbell


Sheffield boxer Burkinshaw talks about his plans for the future

For a boxer from Sheffield, tonight should have been a step on the ladder towards a possible world title.

Commonwealth champion Ross Burkinshaw should have been fighting for the IBO International Bantamweight title at the Magna Centre in Rotherham. But he suffered a serious injury that has forced him to contemplate a life beyond boxing

John Shires spoke to him to find out what the future might have in store.

McDonnell extends unbeaten run in European Super Bantamweight title defence

Doncaster boxer, Gavin McDonnell, successfully defended his European Super Bantamweight title in Sheffield on Saturday night, winning on a unanimous points decsion.

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Frenchman, Jeremy Parodi, took McDonnell for all 12 rounds, but 29-year-old Gavin, twin brother of WBA World Bantamweight title holder, Jamie, put in an impressive shift to extend his unbeaten record to 16 fights.

The bill at the Sheffield Arena, was headlined by Chris Eubank Jr, after World Welterweight champion Kell Brook was forced to pull out of his title defence through injury. Eubank dispatched of opponent Tony Jeter in just three minutes and 29 seconds, keeping his WBA interim middleweight title.

Kell Brook forced out of Chaves clash

Kell Brook has been forced out of his IBF World Welterweight title clash with Diego Chaves at the Sheffield Arena on Saturday October 24 after sustaining a rib injury in sparring.

Brook was set to make the third defence of his belt against the dangerous Argentine, but having spent time in hospital with the injury and taking the advice of medical experts following scans, the Sheffield star will now look to face Chaves later in the year.

The Sheffield show goes ahead with the Sky Sports debut of Chris Eubank Jr topping the bill as he defends his WBA Interim World Middleweight title against American Tony Jeter, Gavin McDonnell defends his European Bantamweight strap against former World title challenger Jeremy Parodi, along with a host of exciting young talent on the bill.

It's always a bitter blow when an injury causes a fight to be postponed, especially so close to the event. Kell picked up a rib injury in sparring yesterday and spent most of the day at hospital yesterday. Kell was desperate to fight but it was simply impossible and we will now look to reschedule the bout for the end of the year.

– Eddie Hearn, promoter

Matchroom Boxing will make a full statement on Monday regarding details of full refunds and partial refunds to those fans still attending the show.

Brook named boxer of the year

Kell Brook has been named Boxer of the Year by the British Boxing Board of Control.

Kell Brook named Boxer of the Year Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images

He landed the honour at an awards ceremony in London last night, after a successful year winning the IBF World Welterweight title in California last August, and then dealing with a leg injury after being stabbed on holiday. He was back to fighting fitness by Spring.

Brook was unable to collect the award in person as he is currently in training camp in Spain preparing for his third world title defence against Argentine's Diego Chaves on October 24.

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