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Bellew bounces back at cruiserweight

Bellew finishes strongly. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Tony Bellew overcame a scare to claim a 12th-round knockout victory over the durable Valery Brudov on his cruiserweight debut.

Topping the bill in his hometown, 'Bomber' Bellew, fighting for the first time since being stopped by WBC light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson last year, was given a stern test of his credentials by his rugged Russian opponent.

The Merseysider started well and a one-two dropped Brudov on to the seat of his pants in the second round and the 37-year-old veteran was arguably saved by the bell after being dropped by Bellew again in the closing stages of the sixth.

Brudov hits the canvas. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images
The fight is over. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Bellew celebrates. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Brudov, who had won 41 of his previous 45 contests before Saturday night, shrugged off any cobwebs and a heavy right hand left Bellew reeling in the seventh, with the 31-year-old barely surviving the round.

Bellew appeared more cautious from that moment on, boxing behind his jab, content to merely win the rounds.

Brudov had to go for broke in the final round, but his brave challenge finally came to an end when he left himself wide open to a left hook from Bellew, who watched on as his dazed opponent was counted out.

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Boxing world reacts to Mayweather tweet

Maidana responds to Mayweather tweet

Carlos Maidana has responded to Floyd Mayweather's question to fans about who he should face next, by posting the question in Spanish.

Mayweather could face Bolton's Amir Khan, but Argentinian Maidana has reposted Mayweather's tweet in his native language to Spanish fans.

Thousands respond to Mayweather tweet

Floyd Mayweather's tweet had received thousands of interactions Credit: Twitter

Floyd Mayweather's question to fans over who his next fight should be with has had thousands of interactions on Twitter.

Mayweather posed the question with a picture of Amir Khan and Marcos Madiana, the two men linked to face the boxer next.

Bolton-born Khan signed a contract in December that put him in line for a possible super-fight with Mayweather this year, but he is still waiting to find out if he will face the unbeaten world light-middleweight champion

Fans to decide if Amir Khan faces Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather has asked his fans on Twitter if he should fight Amir Khan next.

The Bolton-born star signed a contract in December that put him in line for a possible super-fight, but he could also face Argentina's Marcos Maidana.

Khan, a former world champion and 2004 Olympic silver medallist, has been holding out for a lucrative clash with Mayweather since suffering a scare in his last fight - a dramatic points victory over Julio Diaz - in Sheffield last April.

Bolton's Khan has a 28-3 record as a professional, while Mayweather has won all 45 of his bouts, including victory over the previously undefeated Ricky Hatton in 2008.The 30-year-old Maidana, who Khan beat in 2011, has a 35-3 record.

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Smith brothers bring Christmas cheer to troops

Smith brothers were amongst North West boxers who visited Weeton Barracks Credit: ITV
Serving up Christmas dinner to troops Credit: ITV

Liverpool boxing stars the Smith brothers were amongst a group of North West boxers who have helped bring some festive cheer to local troops.

Liam, Stephen, Paul and Callum helped serve up Christmas dinner to soldiers from 2nd Battalion the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment at Weeton Barracks near Blackpool. The regiment has a strong tradition of boxing.

Christmas lunch at Weeton Barracks Credit: ITV
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