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Paul Smith beaten by Andre Ward in 9th round stoppage

Liverpool boxer Paul Smith lost his fight against undefeated super-middleweight champion Andre Ward in America.

Paul Smith Credit: Press Association

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.

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Liverpool boxer Anthony Fowler goes for gold at first ever European Games

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

Anthony Crolla to fight for world title in July

Manchester boxer Anthony Crolla will fight for a world title in July.

He was cleared to resume his career after a brutal attack.

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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