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Hughie Fury still unbeaten

Last Updated: 01/05/16 8:27am

Hughie Fury (left) out-pointed Fred Kassi at the Copper Box

Hughie Fury (left) out-pointed Fred Kassi at the Copper Box

Hughie Fury (left) out-pointed Fred Kassi at the Copper Box

Hughie Fury has claimed the vacant WBO Intercontinental heavyweight title after claiming victory by technical decision over Fred Kassi at the Copper Box Arena.

The bout had to be sent to the scorecards in the seventh round because Fury had suffered a gash above his left eye after an accidental clash of heads.

But the unbeaten 21-year-old had been in command from the outset and secured a comfortable verdict, with the judges scoring the fight 69-66, 70-64 and 69-65 in his favour.

Fury’s cousin, Tyson, is the current WBA and WBO heavyweight champion, and the younger Fury is now ascending the ranks himself.

Bidding to take his record to 20 wins from as many fights as a pro, Fury was comfortable in the early stages against Kassi, controlling the affair without having to move into top gear.

Having landed with a nice right at the end of round three, Fury went on to win rounds four and five without connecting with any big blows, struggling to find his range somewhat as the crafty Kassi regularly changed stances.

Tyson Fury joined Hughie in the ring to compare belts!

Tyson Fury joined Hughie in the ring to compare belts!

Tyson Fury joined Hughie in the ring to compare belts!

But Fury had the crowd cheering in the sixth when he got through the Kassi defences, only to then suffer the cut which forced referee Terry O’Connor to bring proceedings to an early end.

The fight was preceded by a brilliant super-flyweight scrap between Jamie Conlan and Anthony Nelson.

Belfast fighter Conlan eventually claimed the Commonwealth title but only after a sensational bout, in which he was sent to the canvas twice.

Conlan is the Commonwealth super-flyweight champion after winning an enthralling fight

Conlan is the Commonwealth super-flyweight champion after winning an enthralling fight

Conlan is the Commonwealth super-flyweight champion after winning an enthralling fight

Conlan knocked Nelson down in the opening round but was then floored himself in the third and the seventh.

But he managed to recover and stopped his opponent in the eighth when he landed with a left hook to the body, to claim Nelson’s title and retain his unbeaten record.

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Singh's sights on Khan clash

Last Updated: 30/04/16 11:00pm

Virender Singh poses with his team after winning at the Copper Box

Virender Singh poses with his team after winning at the Copper Box

Virender Singh poses with his team after winning at the Copper Box

Vijender Singh is confident Amir Khan will overcome Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, paving the way for a potential mega-fight between himself and the Bolton fighter in India.

Now based in Manchester, India’s boxing sensation, Singh, maintained his perfect record in the professional ranks, stopping 44-fight veteran Matiouze Royer in the fifth round at London’s Copper Box on Saturday night.

Speaking ahead of his Las Vegas showdown with Canelo next weekend, Khan said he would relish a bout with Singh in the Haryana middleweight’s homeland of India in the near future.

And three-time Commonwealth medallist Singh has welcomed Khan’s challenge, insisting a bout between the two fighters can be a game-changer for boxing in India.

“I am happy to accept Amir’s challenge but first he has the fight against Canelo to deal with,” Singh told Sky Sports.

“Amir has got lots of speed and experience and I think he’s going to 100 per cent win that fight. We are good friends, we talk all the time on Twitter and he knows I have confidence in him.

“But for sure it would be great for both me and Amir if we can make the fight happen. It would be huge fight, a great fight, a historical fight and the start if a new era for pro boxing in India.”

Tony Bange with his trainer after victory at Copper Box

Tony Bange with his trainer after victory at Copper Box

Tony Bange with his trainer after victory at Copper Box

Saturday’s Copper Box card also featured British Asian fighters Sanjeev Singh Sahota and Tony Bange making their professional debuts.

Hornchurch super-lightweight Sahota floored Nikita Gultjajevs in the early stages of the bout before a devastating hook put paid to the Latvian challenger inside the first 60 seconds.

‘My pro debut went so quick and I actually wish I had bit more time in there but it felt great,” Sahota said.

Sanjeev Singh Sahota was victorious on his pro debut

Sanjeev Singh Sahota was victorious on his pro debut

Sanjeev Singh Sahota was victorious on his pro debut

“This is a new game for me but I stayed focused and stuck to our game-plan. The guy came out swinging for me early doors but in the end he just couldn’t live with my power. Now I want to work my way up the ladder.”

Welterweight Bange, mentored by former world featherweight champion ‘Prince’ Naseem Hamed, was awarded a 39-36 decision in his four-rounder against Teodor Stefanov.

“It was a good start for me even though I felt like I rushed things a bit,” the Wraysbury fighter said.

“I feel like I got stronger and more comfortable in the later rounds as the fight progressed but I’ll keep working at it and it’s just onwards and upwards from here for me.”

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Hearn eyes unification for Brook

Last Updated: 30/04/16 12:26pm

Eddie Hearn says he has had positive talks about a possible unification bout between Kell Brook and Jessie Vargas

Eddie Hearn says he has had positive talks about a possible unification bout between Kell Brook and Jessie Vargas

Eddie Hearn says he has had positive talks about a possible unification bout between Kell Brook and Jessie Vargas

Eddie Hearn is hoping to line up WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas as Kell Brook’s next opponent.

IBF champion Brook improved to 36-0-KO25 when he stopped mandatory challenger Kevin Bizier inside two rounds last month.

Now Hearn, Brook’s promoter, wants to secure a high-profile summer opponent for the 29-year-old Sheffield native and has set his sights on a unification bout against American star Vargas (27-1-KO10).

“These guys know how good Kell Brook is so it’s either going to take for us to travel or a lot of money, which we’re prepared to pay, for them to come over,” Hearn told Sky Sports News HQ.

“Vargas is the unification fight so that makes perfect sense. I want Kell to try and pick up the belts, [WBC champion Danny] Garcia is not available so Vargas is a great option for us.

“If he wants to come and make a load of money to box in the UK we can do that, if he wants to fight in Las Vegas, Kell’s willing to travel as well.”

Lamont Peterson is another potential opponent for Brook

Lamont Peterson is another potential opponent for Brook

Lamont Peterson is another potential opponent for Brook

Other potential opponents for Brook are former two-time former WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley and Lamont Peterson, who holds a win over Brook’s domestic rival Amir Khan.

Bradley lost a unanimous decision to Manny Pacquiao in April, putting his availability for a summer bout in question, but Hearn sees Peterson as a viable option if he is unable to make the fight with Vargas.

Hearn is trying to make a big fight for Brook at welterweight

Hearn is trying to make a big fight for Brook at welterweight

Hearn is trying to make a big fight for Brook at welterweight

“Bradley probably won’t be available until later in the year after coming off a tough fight with Pacquiao,” Hearn said.

“Peterson is still in the running. I like that fight as well, he’s got wins over Khan and a very close fight against Garcia as well. If we can try and pick up another title that will be fantastic.

“We’re really pushing to try and get this fight for Kell Brook. He needs it, he deserves it and it is my job to deliver it because he’s that good.

Brook (left) stopped mandatory challenger Kevin Bizier in his last fight

Brook (left) stopped mandatory challenger Kevin Bizier in his last fight

Brook (left) stopped mandatory challenger Kevin Bizier in his last fight

“We have a lot of world champions in Britain and they’re doing fantastically well. How many can go on and unify the division and beat the very best in the division?

“Once they win the title that’s the next step for them. Kell Brook is ready to explode on the world scene, we’ve just got to make it happen.”

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WWE Spoilers: Final card for Payback 2016

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The fourth annual WWE Payback will come to you, live on the WWE Network, this Sunday night, May 1, at 8/7c from the Allstate Arena in Chicago, IL. With four championships on the line, three grudge matches, and a decision that could change WWE forever, here is the final card for Payback (and make sure to check out Matthew’s “Your SO OF COURSE preview of Payback 2016”):

  • WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs. AJ Styles
  • Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens
  • Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho
  • Intercontinental Championship: The Miz (c) (with Maryse) vs. Cesaro
  • #1 Contenders’ Tag Team Tournament: Finals: Enzo & Big Cass vs. The Vaudevillains
  • Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin
  • Women’s Championship: Charlotte (c) (with Ric Flair) vs. Natalya (with Bret Hart)
  • Vince McMahon to Decide Who Will Run RAW
  • United States Championship: Kickoff Exclusive: Kalisto (c) vs. Ryback

The Payback Kickoff show will air exclusively on the WWE Network an hour before the pay-per-view at 7/6c and will feature analysis from the Kickoff Panel as well as the match for the United States Championship.

What do you think of the final card? Post your comments in the box below.

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Your SO OF COURSE preview of WWE PAYBACK 2016!

In this day and age you can’t just “predict” a PPV anymore, you have to to account for the capricious whims of WWE’s septuagenarian, sleep-deprived egomaniac owner. You can’t just “preview” a PPV…you have to preview how things should go, in a reasonable and sane world, and then add “so of course…” and explain what Vince McMahon will probably do instead.

So consider this your SO OF COURSE preview of WWE WYATT FAMILY SHENANIGANS!

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(Wyatt family not included)

Last time on SO OF COURSE, WWE ran its thirty-second “WrestleMania” PPV, the culmination of months of storylines, RAW episodes, feuds and disappointment. So so much disappointment. Seriously, if you’re one of those people who just started watching WWE after WrestleMania (and according to the ratings, that’s all seven of you), then you have no idea how good you have it now. Raw in March was a seemingly never-ending bout of the drizzling sizzlers. The same 20 minute Triple H and/or Stephanie promo to start things off, the same feudless fights between midcarders no one has a reason to care about, the same tired main events featuring some combination of Sheamus or Alberto Del Rio, the same slow pace that makes three hours feel like thirty, with that final hour akin to a trek across the Sahara.

WrestleMania itself was like a bigger production version of this. It was long (from the time I sat in my seat to the time I exited the stadium I was there for close to eight hours), most of the finishes were bewildering (and a few were just stupid) and it ended with little hope for the future.

And then everything changed the next night. Despite losing, and with no logical explanation offered, Shane McMahon is the defacto head honcho of Monday Night Raw. And even though he is just an on-air character and isn’t actually making any decisions, the show has improved tremendously.

Me sitting down to watch Raw in March:

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Me sitting down to watch Raw in April:

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Why the change? For one thing, storylines are being developed based around wrestlers, not authority figures (Shane has been mostly behind the scenes). For another thing, the stories themselves don’t feel like they’re being written—and rewritten—on the fly. Again, Shane isn’t actually running Raw, people. It’s still the same monkeys with typewriters churning out hot garbage that Vince McMahon is prone to scrap at 5pm on Monday. But it’s like…that didn’t happen at all this month. It’s like they all sat down and decided “okay let’s have some good Raws for a change.” Nothing management-wise has been altered; they just decided not to suck for a change of pace. It’s actually maddening when you think about it, since it shows that the company has the ability to make good television; they’ve just been stuck in a cycle of apathy for what’s felt like five years or more.

So now we come to Payback, which is being billed as “The first PPV of the New Era.” Obviously that’s been Shane’s buzzphrase since he took over a month ago, but it’s still a pretty big promise. If this show ends up being run of the mill, with bad finishes and bad booking all over the place, WWE is going to lose a lot more fans (and they’ve already lost a ton since WrestleMania). Right now a lot of fans don’t trust WWE, and even though this month of Raw has been amazing, a lot of fans are hesitant to get on board till the company proves they really have turned the corner. This event will go a long way to determine whether or not they have.

So what’s cooking for the big show? Let’s break it down…

BARON CORBIN vs DOLPH ZIGGLER

Almost everything about this feud is “the right call.” First of all, they debuted Baron Corbin with an obvious “first feud” in mind, something that guys like
The Ascension and Apollo Crews weren’t afforded. Good call. Second, Dolph Ziggler is the perfect “first feud” for a guy like Corbin. The Lone Wolf isn’t exactly the flashiest or the most agile in the ring. He’s a bit of a lumbering monster with a sadface bellybutton. Ziggler’s a guy who can flop all over the ring and make a bigger opponent look like a million bucks. Again, good call here. The only thing I don’t like about it is the lack of a motivation for it. Why is Corbin attacking Ziggler, apart from the cliched “I want to make a statement in my debut” angle? He showed toward the end of his NXT run some real depth of character and a good promo ability. If they had let him use it, this feud could have been a bigger deal than it was. That’s still the one thing WWE doesn’t do that NXT does well: In NXT every feud is given a story and the time to tell it, both in the ring and on the mic. There’s no wasted time on NXT. On WWE, however, several feuds have “programs” (wrestler-A is fighting wrestler-B) but not all of them have “stories” that drive the motivations of the heroes and villains. More of that, please.

As for the match itself, it won’t set the world on fire, but as long as they don’t go too long with it (which was a problem in their first match on the Raw-after-Mania), the Chicago crowd should be engaged and Corbin should get some nice heat. In the end though, Corbin needs the win to keep his momentum going.

DeGale wants Jack in London

Last Updated: 30/04/16 11:49am

IBF Super-Middleweight Champion James DeGale is promising his fans he'll make light work of Rogelio Medina.

IBF Super-Middleweight Champion James DeGale is promising his fans he'll make light work of Rogelio Medina.

IBF Super-Middleweight Champion James DeGale is promising his fans he’ll make light work of Rogelio Medina.

James DeGale made the weight and reiterated his desire for a London unification bout with Badou Jack ahead of his fight with Rogelio ‘Porky’ Medina on Sunday.

The IBF super-middleweight champion was inside the 168lbs limit, weighing in at 167.6lbs, with his Mexican opponent tipping the scales slightly heavier at 167.8lbs.

The 30-year-old’s bout against Medina will be the second defence of his IBF title, which he won by beating Andre Dirrell. He followed that up with a win over Lucian Bute.

DeGale insists he is out to make a statement against the 27-year-old in Washington DC, live on Sky Sports 1 HD, but clearly had one eye on WBC champion Jack, who takes on Bute on the same card, and is keen on a UK unification fight later in 2016.

“That’s what I want in September, it is pencilled in; me and Badou Jack, hopefully in London, that’s what I want,” DeGale told Sky Sports News HQ.

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“I think he has got the harder fight against Bute, against me he brought something extra, but if we both come through and both look good then hopefully in September we can fight.

“I’m feeling good, I made the weight fine, the weight is not a problem and I’m ready to go now. [Prepared] just like always, hard work, dedication and trained extremely hard.

“‘Porky Medina has got a good dig on him, good power, but he is limited. He’s tough, durable, he comes forward and loves to fight, a typical Mexican.

IBF Champion James DeGale (L) and Rogelio Medina pose in front of the White House prior to their title fight

IBF Champion James DeGale (L) and Rogelio Medina pose in front of the White House prior to their title fight

IBF Champion James DeGale (L) and Rogelio Medina pose in front of the White House prior to their title fight

“Styles make fights and I think he is made for me, I think I should look good on Saturday night. My last two fights have gone the distance, I can’t see this going the distance, I really can’t. I’ve trained hard.

“My last two performances against Dirrell and Bute, they have been elite fighters, this is a touch down, a step down if I am being brutally honest but I’ve still got to be switched on, get in there and do a proper job.”

At the weigh-in DeGale laid out his game plan for Medina and said he feels as though he has got to make a statement this weekend.

James DeGale defeated Lucian Bute

James DeGale defeated Lucian Bute

James DeGale defeated Lucian Bute

“100 per cent, this is the kind of fight I have got to look good in so that’s what I am going to do,” he added. “I think I’m going to take him apart for the first six rounds and then take him out late on. If this goes the distance I’m going to be disappointed.”

DeGale had previously said he would not leave Callum Smith waiting too long for a crack at the world title should he come through a unification fight with Jack.

Smith has travelled to Washington for the fight, backing DeGale to overcome Medina and praised his fellow Brit for fighting away from home.

Degale celebrates after his win over Bute

Degale celebrates after his win over Bute

Degale celebrates after his win over Bute

“I think he has improved a lot,” Smith said. “James should win and, providing he’s not complacent, he should look good in doing it but you never know in boxing. Medina is a worthy challenger but James should have too much.

“A lot of fighters only fight at home and struggle to move out of their comfort zone but James is not only travelling and winning but he’s beating good fighters in doing that and you’ve got to respect that.

“Come through tomorrow night, I think he does deserve a home coming but he has done it the hard way.”

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Bellew at Goodison confirmed

Last Updated: 29/04/16 7:46pm

Everton fan Tony Bellew starred in Creed (Creed, Warner Brothers)

Everton fan Tony Bellew starred in Creed (Creed, Warner Brothers)

Everton fan Tony Bellew starred in Creed (Creed, Warner Brothers)

Lifelong Everton fan Tony Bellew will fight Ilunga Makabu for a world title at Goodison Park, it has been confirmed.

Bellew (26-2-1-KO16) clashes with Congo-born Makabu (19-1-KO18) for the vacant WBC world cruiserweight title on May 29 – live on Sky Sports – and is thrilled by the prospect of his third world title challenge taking place in front of his fellow Evertonians.

“I’m over the moon to get this opportunity,” said Bellew. “Eddie Hearn and Bill Kenwright – the chairman of Everton – have got this done. I can’t thank them enough. They are both behind me 100 per cent and I’m looking forward to getting this all underway.

Eddie Hearn and Bill Kenwright – the chairman of Everton – have got this done. I can’t thank them enough.

Tony Bellew

“I’ve been training for four weeks now and this is the defining fight and night of my career. The experience has been passed, I’ve done it all now, British, Commonwealth, European, beaten fringe contenders, former world champions – I’m ready to conquer the world.

“I can’t wait for this all to get under way now, the build-up, press conferences – coming face to face with Ilunga Makabu for the first time.

Goodison Park will host Bellew's world title bout

Goodison Park will host Bellew's world title bout

Goodison Park will host Bellew’s world title bout

“The WBC belt has always been the one that I’ve wanted to win more than any other. I’ve got unfinished business with that green belt. I lost last time against Adonis Stevenson at light-heavyweight, but I was never a light-heavyweight.

“I was born to lift that belt on May 29. I’ve achieved my dream getting this fight on. I know I’m going to win. I can’t and won’t be defeated at Goodison Park – the greatest stadium in the world. I’m expecting the city to turn out in their droves as it’s going to be a very special event for us all.”

Bellew says it would be a dream come true to fight Ilunga Makabu at Goodison Park

Bellew says it would be a dream come true to fight Ilunga Makabu at Goodison Park

Bellew says it would be a dream come true to fight Ilunga Makabu at Goodison Park

In the recent blockbuster film Creed, Bellew starred alongside the likes of Sylvester Stallone in playing an Everton-supporting world champion named ‘Pretty’ Ricky Conlan.

Bellew fought for world titles down at light-heavyweight, losing a decision to Nathan Cleverly in 2011 and being stopped in the sixth round by Adonis Stevenson in November 2013.

Bellew will perform in front of Everton's famous Gwladys Street

Bellew will perform in front of Everton's famous Gwladys Street

Bellew will perform in front of Everton’s famous Gwladys Street

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