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Campbell: I'm no choir boy

Last Updated: 09/07/16 1:18pm

Luke Campbell won't lack for confidence against Argenis Mendez

Luke Campbell won't lack for confidence against Argenis Mendez

Luke Campbell won’t lack for confidence against Argenis Mendez

Luke Campbell is keen to continue belying his boyish looks by showing true grit in the ring when he meets former world champion Argenis Mendez.

The Hull lightweight (13-1-KO11) takes on Mendez (23-4-1-KO12) on the undercard of Josh Warrington v Patrick Hyland in Leeds on July 30 and says spirit as much as technical skill will help propel him to world level.

‘Cool Hand’ told Sky Sports: “A hell of a lot of people will underestimate me because I look like a little boy but I’ve got a big heart. Not only that, but I’m really dedicated to this sport. I’m in it for one reason; to be the best.

Campbell stopped Gary Sykes in two rounds

Campbell stopped Gary Sykes in two rounds

Campbell stopped Gary Sykes in two rounds

“There’s no way I’m going to go in there and back down for anybody. I don’t train for that. I would live in regret for the rest of my life if I ever thought I’d backed down or given up against anybody. It’s not in my nature. I believe I’ve got a bigger heart than anyone.”

Campbell, who won Olympic gold at the 2012 London Games as a bantamweight, was beaten for the first time as a professional in December 2015 when Yvan Mendy knocked him down on the way to a points upset.

However, far from that defeat damaging confidence, Campbell insists he learned a great deal on that disappointing night at The O2 and plans to leave it behind as his sole career loss.

Campbell was bent on revenge after beating Sykes

Campbell was bent on revenge after beating Sykes

Campbell was bent on revenge after beating Sykes

“You don’t achieve what I’ve achieved and won what I’ve won without mental toughness and heart. It was a defeat I shouldn’t have faced because I shouldn’t have been in there that night but everything happens for a reason.

“I can still sit here with a smile on my face, taking the positives from that fight. There have been a lot of changes made since then, too.”

Watch Campbell v Mendez as part of Warrington v Hyland live on Sky Sports on July 30.

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Eubank Jr: Brook-GGG a 'joke'

Last Updated: 08/07/16 8:13pm

Chris Eubank Jr expected to fight Gennady Golovkin

Chris Eubank Jr expected to fight Gennady Golovkin

Chris Eubank Jr expected to fight Gennady Golovkin

Chris Eubank Jr has criticised Gennady Golovkin’s decision to overlook him in favour of Kell Brook.

Golovkin had been in negotiations to fight Eubank Jr and a deal appeared imminent until a shock announcement that the Kazakh had signed to face Brook instead.

British champion Eubank Jr has denied that his negotiations thwarted a deal to fight the WBA Super, WBC and IBF world middleweight champion Golovkin.

I’m still ready & waiting to sign. Fighting Brook is a joke.

Chris Eubank Jr

“I haven’t been shown one contract since my fight with GGG was announced,” he announced on social media on Friday.

“I’m still ready & waiting to sign. Fighting Brook is a joke #2Small.”

Kell Brook's best moments so far

Kell Brook's best moments so far

Kell Brook’s best moments so far

IBF welterweight champion Brook will jump two weight divisions to challenge for Golovkin’s 160lbs titles on September 10 at The O2 Arena, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Why is Brook fighting GGG?

Analysis of the pros and cons

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'Eubanks made deal impossible'

Last Updated: 09/07/16 1:02pm

Promoter Eddie Hearn says Chris Eubank Jr missed out on fighting Gennady Golovkin because they took too long to negotiate a deal

Promoter Eddie Hearn says Chris Eubank Jr missed out on fighting Gennady Golovkin because they took too long to negotiate a deal

Promoter Eddie Hearn says Chris Eubank Jr missed out on fighting Gennady Golovkin because they took too long to negotiate a deal

Eddie Hearn has blamed “impossible” demands made by Chris Eubank Jr and Sr for the collapse of a deal to fight Gennady Golovkin.

Negotiations for Eubank Jr to challenge Golovkin for his WBA (Super), WBC, IBF and IBO middleweight titles were abandoned when the former failed to sign the fight contract before a deadline specified by Golovkin’s camp.

Kazakh superstar Golovkin will instead defend his titles against Kell Brook on September 10 at London’s O2 Arena, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Kell Brook will take on the biggest challenge of his career when he takes on middleweight King Gennady Golovkin. Have a look back at some of Kell's finest

Kell Brook will take on the biggest challenge of his career when he takes on middleweight King Gennady Golovkin. Have a look back at some of Kell's finest

Kell Brook will take on the biggest challenge of his career when he takes on middleweight King Gennady Golovkin. Have a look back at some of Kell’s finest

Speaking about the dramatic turn of events on Sky Sports News HQ, Hearn said: “I worked for three weeks on that fight (Eubank Jr versus Golovkin), negotiating with Chris Eubank Sr. It felt like three years.

“We got into a position where everybody was ready to sign. He (Eubank Jr) was offered the same pay-per-view deal as Anthony Joshua, Carl Froch and the one that Kell Brook accepted.

“Unfortunately they (the Eubanks) made the deal impossible. The things they wanted were just a complete no-go. They were given a deadline and they chose not to take the fight.”

Brook, the IBF’s current welterweight king, will move up two divisions to take on feared knockout artist Golovkin, who has 32 stoppages in 35 unbeaten fights to date.

Gennady Golovkin will take on Kell Brook on the 10th September in the O2 Arena in London. Have a look back at some of his knockouts

Gennady Golovkin will take on Kell Brook on the 10th September in the O2 Arena in London. Have a look back at some of his knockouts

Gennady Golovkin will take on Kell Brook on the 10th September in the O2 Arena in London. Have a look back at some of his knockouts

Brook had been in talks to take on WBO welterweight champion Jessie? Vargas in a unification bout but jumped at the chance to face Golovkin when Hearn informed him about Eubank Jr missing the deadline to take the fight.

Explaining how the fight came about, Hearn said: “Well, it was madness to be honest with you.

“We were in talks for two separate fights between Chris Eubank Jr. and Gennady Golovkin and also for Kell Brook in a unification clash with Jessie Vargas.

Golovkin to fight Brook

Gennady Golovkin to fight Kell Brook on September 10

“The Eubanks were given a deadline for the fight and chose not to accept it.

“Then all of a sudden I was on the phone to Kell Brook and I said ‘it’s a shame you aren’t a middleweight, you could fight Golovkin’ and he said ‘I’ll fight Golovkin’. I asked if he was serious and he said ‘absolutely, sign me up’.

“Twenty-four hours later he signed the deal and he is fighting the most dangerous man on the planet, the No 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world.”

Chris Eubank Jr's career has been carefully crafted by his father

Chris Eubank Jr's career has been carefully crafted by his father

Chris Eubank Jr’s career has been carefully crafted by his father

One man who was less than pleased to see Brook fighting Golovkin was Eubank Jr and he took to Twitter to deny ever being offered a contract to face Golovkin.

Eubank Jr tweeted: “I haven’t been shown one contract since my fight with GGG was announced. I’m still ready & waiting to sign. Fighting Brook is a joke. #2Small”

Despite the difficulties with negotiations, Hearn feels this is a temporary setback for Eubank Jr.

Hearn said: “There is a huge future for Chris Eubank Jr. He can fight the winner later on in the year. He has got a big future ahead of him. He misses out this time but I am sure he will get his shot in due course.”

The Eubanks declined to comment when contacted by Sky Sports.

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Golovkin to fight Brook

Last Updated: 09/07/16 7:19am

Kell Brook faces the biggest challenge of his career against Gennady Golovkin

Kell Brook faces the biggest challenge of his career against Gennady Golovkin

Kell Brook faces the biggest challenge of his career against Gennady Golovkin

Gennady Golovkin will defend his world middleweight titles against Kell Brook on September 10 at London’s O2 Arena, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Brook, the IBF’s current welterweight king, will jump two divisions to take on the WBA Super, WBC and IBF world middleweight champion in a bold move which echoes and even surpasses Amir Khan’s decision to tackle Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in May.

Golovkin’s pedigree as a savage knockout specialist can be traced more clearly even than Alvarez’s thanks to 32 stoppages in 35 unbeaten fights to date.

Why is Brook fighting GGG?

Analysing Brook’s decision to face the feared middleweight

Brook boasts one win more than GGG and is also yet to lose, but the Sheffield man has not fought for a title above 147lbs in his career.

And the Kazakh represents a huge leap in class for Brook after three routine defences of his welterweight belt in the past 16 months, two mandatory and the other against Birmingham’s Frankie Gavin.

Have a look back at some of Golovkin's best knockouts

Have a look back at some of Golovkin's best knockouts

Have a look back at some of Golovkin’s best knockouts

‘Eubanks made deal impossible’

‘Impossible’ demands cost Chris Eubank Jr bout with Gennady Golovkin, says Eddie Hearn

“This is the fight and the moment I have been waiting for for some time,” said Brook, who will retain his status as the IBF’s 147lb champ.

“We’ve tried and tried to lure the best to come and fight me and now we’ve got the best of the best – the No 1 fighter in the world is coming to the UK.?

Golovkin knocked down Dominic Wade on the way to his most recent win

Golovkin knocked down Dominic Wade on the way to his most recent win

Golovkin knocked down Dominic Wade on the way to his most recent win

“When this fight got offered to me I accepted within minutes and I can’t wait. Everyone knows I’m a huge welterweight and I know I will carry my speed and accuracy and even more power through the weights.

“This is the ultimate fight, one of the biggest international fights the country has seen in many years – you have seen some huge names run from GGG but I’m running to him. I’m a ‘Special’ fighter and I will show the world on September 10.”

Brook will retain his status as the IBF's welterweight champion

Brook will retain his status as the IBF's welterweight champion

Brook will retain his status as the IBF’s welterweight champion

Promoter Eddie Hearn said:? “I cannot tell you how excited I am for this mega fight. I couldn’t be happier for Kell.

“We have pushed for that big name for a long time with many reluctant to step into the ring with him and now this is the ultimate challenge, the biggest fight of 2016.”

Khan backs Brook

Khan says he is 100% behind British rival

Golovkin said:? “I’m very excited to be fighting in front of the great British boxing fans and promise another ‘Big Drama Show’ against Kell Brook.”

Information on ticket on-sale dates and prices will be released early next week.

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WATCH: Heavy hitters – June

Last Updated: 04/07/16 4:20pm

Watch some of the biggest punches in boxing last month!

Watch some of the biggest punches in boxing last month!

Watch some of the biggest punches in boxing last month!

June was an eventful month for boxing and we cast our minds back to emphatic stoppage wins for the likes of Conor Benn and Demetrius Andrade.

Having endured the frustration of being taken the distance in his second professional bout, Benn was keen to return to action with a more emphatic performance at The O2.

On the same bill, former Olympic bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo continued his comeback from an injury-ravaged two years in similarly impressive style – becoming the first man to stop Frane Radnic.

There was also some emphatic action Stateside, with both Dejan Zlaticanin and Demetrius Andrade impressing.

Zlaticanin, who famously beat Ricky Burns in Glasgow two years ago, was at his brutal best as he thumped Franklin Mamani aside to claim the WBC world lightweight crown.

Andrade, who is gearing up for an assault on the world super-welterweight world titles, had to wait until the final round to stop Willie Nelson. When he did, though, it was clinical.

Play the video at the top of the page to see all that and much more on June’s edition of Heavy Hitters…

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Eubank Jr goads GGG again

Last Updated: 04/07/16 11:09am

Chris Eubank Jr is determined to face Gennady Golovkin

Chris Eubank Jr is determined to face Gennady Golovkin

Chris Eubank Jr is determined to face Gennady Golovkin

Chris Eubank Jr has continued his pursuit of Gennady Golovkin by issuing another stern warning via social media.

The British middleweight champion is keen to graduate to world level with a lucrative clash with WBA Super, WBC and IBF champion Golovkin (35-0-KO32) and a deal could be confirmed this week.

Eubank Jr (23-1-KO18) swatted away the challenge of Tom Doran on June 25 and used his post-fight interview to address the Kazakh directly; looking straight down the camera and asserting: “I’m coming for you.”

Eubank Jr lit up the O2 Arena before facing Tom Doran

Eubank Jr lit up the O2 Arena before facing Tom Doran

Eubank Jr lit up the O2 Arena before facing Tom Doran

That prompted Golovkin to seemingly accept the Brighton man’s challenge, responding via social media: “I’m ready, who’s next? @chriseubankjr @EddieHearn @SkySportsBoxing.”

Golovkin left Eubank Jr’s name off a subsequent challenge to the division, prompting the Englishman to post: “You

Brook & Vargas trade threats

Last Updated: 04/07/16 10:29am

Kell Brook is expected to fight Jessie Vargas this summer

Kell Brook is expected to fight Jessie Vargas this summer

Kell Brook is expected to fight Jessie Vargas this summer

Kell Brook and fellow world welterweight champion Jessie Vargas have traded blows on social media ahead of a prospective unification clash this summer.

IBF champion Brook (36-0-KO25) had been expected to confirm a clash with WBO holder Vargas (27-1-KO10) at Bramall Lane in September but with talks yet to be completed, the American launched a verbal assault.

Vargas said via social media: “I signed my part of the deal a month ago but things have changed and I want to update and apologize to my fans. The date for my next fight has been changed due to the fact that Brook is having trouble signing his end of the deal.

Vargas parades the WBO world title

Vargas parades the WBO world title

Vargas parades the WBO world title

“Thank you for your support and I will keep you informed.

“He doesn’t seem to be interested in the fight from the looks of it. Next big fight that the fans would enjoy would be the [Timothy] Bradley rematch!”

Kell Brook is keen to take on Keith Thurman after Jessie Vargas

Kell Brook is keen to take on Keith Thurman after Jessie Vargas

Kell Brook is keen to take on Keith Thurman after Jessie Vargas

The outbursts prompted an angry reaction from ‘The Special One’, who responded: “Stop talking **** @jesse_vargasJV TR [Top Rank] have the terms (over 3 times your biggest purse). We are ready to knock you clean out #unified.”

Vargas, 27, won the vacant WBO belt with an impressive ninth-round stoppage of Sadam Ali in March.

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'Banned' Teper wins on return

Last Updated: 03/07/16 10:42pm

David Price was beaten by Erkan Teper in July 2015 - but Teper failed a drugs test after the bout

David Price was beaten by Erkan Teper in July 2015 - but Teper failed a drugs test after the bout

David Price was beaten by Erkan Teper in July 2015 – but Teper failed a drugs test after the bout

Erkan Teper beat Derric Rossy by a unanimous decision on his controversial return to the ring.

Teper won the heavyweight contest against the American Rossy 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94 in Luneberg, Germany.

It was the former EBU European champion’s first contest since he was suspended for two years after failing a drugs test after he beat David Price for that title in July 2015.

The suspension, however, only applies to EBU-sanctioned fights and the contest against Rossy was approved by the German Boxing Commission (BDB) with the caveat that Teper is subjected to regular checks.

Teper’s win on Sunday night means he has now won all 16 of his professional fights but his return has been strongly criticised by Price’s trainer, Dave Coldwell, who said: “It’s an absolute joke. I haven’t spoken to David about it and it is what it is. We’re just focused on Price’s career but we’re fuming that there’s no punishment.

“This BDB organisation has just proven what it’s worth. They’re not worth two bob. You’re not talking about him buying a minor product off the shelf that was recently banned. The test was one of the most potent failures they’ve ever had.

“They’ve just let him get away with it and he’s back in business. It’s just wrong and I hope he doesn’t get any pay day opportunities because he certainly doesn’t deserve it.”

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Burns ordered to fight Relikh

Last Updated: 01/07/16 1:04pm

Ricky Burns wants 'big fights' after his WBA super-lightweight title success

Ricky Burns wants 'big fights' after his WBA super-lightweight title success

Ricky Burns wants ‘big fights’ after his WBA super-lightweight title success

The WBA have ordered their world super-lightweight champion Ricky Burns to defend his title against Kiryl Relikh.

Burns (40-5-1-KO14) became Scotland’s first-ever three-weight world champion in May when he stopped Michele di Rocco to win the vacant title in jubilant Glasgow.

Now the WBA’s Championships Committee have swiftly ordered a clash with their Inter-Continental champion Relikh (21-0-KO19) – much to the delight of the young Belarussian’s promoter; former world champion Ricky Hatton.

Kiryl Relikh (left) is promoted by former world champion Ricky Hatton

Kiryl Relikh (left) is promoted by former world champion Ricky Hatton

Kiryl Relikh (left) is promoted by former world champion Ricky Hatton

Hatton said via his social media page: “Delighted my lad Kyril Relikh has been mandated to fight @ricksterko for his @WBABoxing title.”

Burns’ promoter Eddie Hearn has 30 days to agree a deal to stage the bout or it will go to purse bids.

Relikh, who is known as ‘The Mad Bee’, made his professional debut in 2011 in his home country. He fought in Britain for the first time in December 2014 and was most recently in action in May, when he stopped Joaquim Carneiro in Bolton.

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GGG 'willing to face Eubank Jr'

Last Updated: 01/07/16 12:32pm

Gennady Golovkin could be on a collision course with Chris Eubank Jr

Gennady Golovkin could be on a collision course with Chris Eubank Jr

Gennady Golovkin could be on a collision course with Chris Eubank Jr

Gennady Golovkin is willing to come to the United Kingdom to defend his three middleweight world titles against Britain’s Chris Eubank Jr, according to his promoter Tom Loeffler.

Eubank Jr’s promoter Eddie Hearn has already revealed he expects the fight to be made soon and Loeffler has said the two sides are now “working on finalising details”.

“GGG is willing to go to the UK to defend his world titles, and it would be a huge event,” Loeffler told the Associated Press. “Hopefully we can get the fight signed.”

A fight between Golovkin and Eubank Jr is close to being agreed, according to Eddie Hearn

A fight between Golovkin and Eubank Jr is close to being agreed, according to Eddie Hearn

A fight between Golovkin and Eubank Jr is close to being agreed, according to Eddie Hearn

If the contest is confirmed, it would likely involve Golovkin (35-0-KO32) travelling to England in September to take on Eubank Jr (23-1-KO18), with the venue potentially the O2 Arena.

Eubank Jr moved a step closer to a showdown with Kazakhstani knockout specialist Golovkin by defending his British middleweight title with a commanding