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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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