Liverpool boxer Paul Smith lost his fight against undefeated super-middleweight champion Andre Ward in America.
Ward dominated the non-title catchweight bout from the start. Smith struggled after receiving a cut above his eye and a suspected broken nose.
The fight was stopped in the ninth round after Smith's corner threw in the towel.
Liverpool boxer Paul Smith faces the biggest challenge of his life when he takes to the ring later.
The 32-year-old fights the unbeaten WBA super-middleweight world champion Andre Ward in America in early hours of tomorrow.
A win would make it one of the greatest achievements by a British fighter in recent years:-
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This week hundreds of British sportsmen and women are heading for Azerbaijan for a new event on the sporting calendar.
The inaugural European Games get underway on Friday, a two-week multi-sport event, similar to the Olympic Games.
And with just over a year to go until Rio, it's a chance for many, including Liverpool Middleweight boxer Anthony Fowler, to stake their claim for a place in Team GB
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Just months after suffering a fractured skull confronting burglars, Manchester's Anthony Crolla will return to the ring for a shot at the world title.
He will take on Colombian Darleys Perez for the WBA Lightweight title.
The fight will be on the same card as Scott Quigg's title defence at the Manchester Arena on July 18th.
Manchester boxer Anthony Crolla will fight for a world title in July.
There were fears his injuries were so severe he wouldn't be allowed to box again, but doctors have given him the all-clear.
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Liverpool's Derry Mathews says he's ready to end a North West hoodoo when he faces Tony Luis for the Interim WBA World Lightweight Championship at the Echo Arena on Saturday. After recent defeats on the world stage for local fighters Paul Smith, Paul Butler and Martin Murray, Mathews says he hopes to make the region proud.