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Warrington plans for war

Last Updated: 04/07/16 5:31pm

Josh Warrington and Patrick Hyland look ahead to their featherweight bout

Josh Warrington and Patrick Hyland look ahead to their featherweight bout

Josh Warrington and Patrick Hyland look ahead to their featherweight bout

Josh Warrington is steeling himself for a toe-to-toe war with former world title challenger Patrick Hyland on July 30, live on Sky Sports.

WBC International featherweight champion Warrington (23-0-KO4) welcomes Hyland (31-2-KO15) to Leeds just over three months after the Irishman was stopped in two rounds by WBC boss Gary Russell Jr in Connecticut.

Having recently overcome Joel Brunker and Hisashi Amagasa with hard-fought points decisions, Warrington believes he is in for a less tactical fight against Hyland, whose last three bouts have taken place in the US.

Eddie Hearn on Warrington vs Hyland

Eddie Hearn on Warrington vs Hyland

Eddie Hearn on Warrington vs Hyland

Warrington said: “Amagasa and Brunker were tough nights but we got the wins. Patrick has respect for me and I’ve got a lot of respect for him.

“He’s boxed for the world title earlier in the year so he’s been in with the very best and I know that this is a tough examination for me.

Warrington (R) dug deep to overcome Hisashi Amagasa last time out

Warrington (R) dug deep to overcome Hisashi Amagasa last time out

Warrington (R) dug deep to overcome Hisashi Amagasa last time out

“I had to box clever in the last few fights, but I think this one will be toe-to-toe. Patrick doesn’t take a backwards step in his fights and I think that I’ll be able to show on July 30 that I can really dig and I think it’s going to be a great main event and one that I’ll shine in.

“This is a great show – it’s the best we’ve done so far in Leeds. The fans have put their hands in their pockets time and time again to come and see me and I think we’re delivering a brilliant card for them. The card oozes talent from top to bottom and it’s going to be a great night.”

The speed of Russell Jr's punching proved too much for Hyland

The speed of Russell Jr's punching proved too much for Hyland

The speed of Russell Jr’s punching proved too much for Hyland

Hyland echoed Warrington’s sentiments and said the vociferous support for the home fighter would motivate rather than deter him.

“I’ve got a lot of fans coming over and the atmosphere is going to be electric,” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of Josh’s fights and the noise is deafening so I can’t wait to be part of it.

“Gary Russell Jr is the best in the division. He is so, so fast and speed kills in this sport, but this is a different fight. I like how Josh fights and I’ve wanted to get in there with him to test him out and try to take that future world title shot that he’s looking at for myself. I think that we’ll end up standing toe-to-toe and giving the fans a real war.”

Also on the bill is Tyrone Nurse’s British super-lightweight title defence against Tommy Coyle and Dillian Whyte, Ryan Burnett and Gamal Yafai will also be in action.

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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

Haye: Now you understand, Fury

Last Updated: 28/06/16 7:35pm

David Haye has some degree of empathy with Tyson Fury

David Haye has some degree of empathy with Tyson Fury

David Haye has some degree of empathy with Tyson Fury

David Haye has fired a thinly-veiled broadside at Tyson Fury after the world heavyweight champion postponed his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko.

The WBA ‘Super’ and WBO world champion (25-0-KO18) sustained an ankle sprain that prompted the scheduled July 9 bout to be scrapped and the news has left Haye (28-2-KO26) disappointed.

The Londoner, who famously pulled out of facing Fury twice due to injury problems, told Sky Sports: “I know I got a lot of criticism from Fury, but maybe now that he’s had an injury he will understand that sometimes there’s nothing you can do.

‘Just enjoying himself’

Peter Fury on Tyson Fury’s presence at Euro 2016

“I had to have an operation on my shoulder which put me out for over a year, and out of the ring for two years. Tyson’s done an ankle, but he doesn’t seem too injured.

“I saw him dancing around during the Euros, so his injury can’t be that bad. I reckon he’ll recover quickly and get back on it.”

Haye takes no pleasure from Fury’s misfortune and hopes to see his heavyweight rival back in action soon.

“It wasn’t amusing, I wanted to see the fight,” he added.

Haye would welcome a clash against Anthony Joshua

Haye would welcome a clash against Anthony Joshua

Haye would welcome a clash against Anthony Joshua

“Tyson’s first scheduled bout with Wladimir was called off when Klitschko got injured, and that delayed the fight for a few weeks. So you can’t really give Tyson too much stick.”

Fury’s presence at Euro 2016 in the wake of his injury has been defended by uncle and trainer Peter Fury,

WATCH: Ogogo foe going, gone

Last Updated: 28/06/16 10:31am

Watch Anthony Ogogo's impressive win over Frane Radnic

Watch Anthony Ogogo's impressive win over Frane Radnic

Watch Anthony Ogogo’s impressive win over Frane Radnic

Anthony Joshua, Chris Eubank Jr and George Groves may have taken the headlines but Anthony Ogogo also made his mark at The O2.

The Olympic bronze medallist has endured a nightmare run of injuries in the past two years and his bout on Saturday night was only his third since the summer of 2014.

Having finally overcome serious Achilles and shoulder problems, the 27-year-old is back in the groove under the promotional umbrellas of Golden Boy and Team Sauerland.

Anthony Ogogo is confident of beating any of his middleweight rivals

Anthony Ogogo is confident of beating any of his middleweight rivals

Anthony Ogogo is confident of beating any of his middleweight rivals

In Frane Radnic (11-3-KO10), Ogogo was facing a Croatian with an impressive knockout percentage who had never been stopped.

Having spoken in the build-up of his desire to make it to the top of the middleweight division and face the likes of Chris Eubank Jr along the way, the pressure was on for Ogogo to make a statement against the visitor.

So as he looks to make up for lost time, could Ogogo wow the early birds at The O2? Play the video at the top of the page to find out…

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WATCH: Eubank Jr's swagger

Last Updated: 27/06/16 5:25pm

The entertainment starts when Chris Eubank Jr walks to the ring

The entertainment starts when Chris Eubank Jr walks to the ring

The entertainment starts when Chris Eubank Jr walks to the ring

As he prepared to close on Gennady Golovkin, Chris Eubank Jr cut a dash with his ringwalk to face Tom Doran on Saturday night.

The Brighton star (23-1-KO18) was in characteristically brutal mood in dispatching the Welshman with a fourth round stoppage and even before the first bell, he was making waves.

His entrance music – Dr Dre’s timeless classic ‘Still D.R.E’ – is becoming familiar to fight fans. The Union Jack he drapes himself in, with his legendary fighting father Chris Eubank on hand always dressed in an eye-catching ensemble, is a recognisable touch.

Chris Eubank Jr says he's ready for Gennady Golovkin

Chris Eubank Jr says he's ready for Gennady Golovkin

Chris Eubank Jr says he’s ready for Gennady Golovkin

Beyond the visuals, the sounds and the frills, Eubank Jr has plenty of swagger in-built. His purposeful stare and his crowd-milking slow-motion pirouette on the ring apron tell of a fighter with little if any self-doubt.

Will it be enough if and when he faces middleweight king Golovkin? Many have questioned his ability to handle the significant step up in opposition, but he’s likely to arrive in style…

Click on the video to relive Eubank Jr’s latest spectacular ringwalk…

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Eubank Jr v GGG deal 'this week'

Last Updated: 27/06/16 9:56pm

A middleweight world title fight between Gennady Golovkin and Chris Eubank Jr is close to being agreed according to promoter Eddie Hearn

A middleweight world title fight between Gennady Golovkin and Chris Eubank Jr is close to being agreed according to promoter Eddie Hearn

A middleweight world title fight between Gennady Golovkin and Chris Eubank Jr is close to being agreed according to promoter Eddie Hearn

Chris Eubank Jr’s clash against the “most dangerous fighter on the planet”, Gennady Golovkin, will be made this week, according to Eddie Hearn.

Eubank Jr (23-1 KO18) moved a step closer to a showdown with the Kazakhstani knockout specialist by defending his British middleweight title with a commanding fourth round stoppage of Tom Doran at the O2 Arena on Saturday night.

In the aftermath of that victory, Eubank Jr called out the WBA Super, WBC and IBF world champion and has since enjoyed some verbal sparring with his potential opponent over social media.

Joshua keen to show new style

Last Updated: 23/06/16 1:43am

Anthony Joshua is keen to display a new dimension to his boxing and prove his mobility when he fights Dominic Breazeale on Saturday.

The American is Joshua’s first challenger in his reign as the IBF heavyweight champion, with the pair fighting live on Sky Sports Box Office

AJ fancies Deontay date in US

Last Updated: 22/06/16 4:12pm

Anthony Joshua has put rival world champion Deontay Wilder at the top of his heavyweight hitlist.

Britain’s IBF champion takes on unbeaten challenger Dominic Breazeale, live on Sky Sports Box Office on Saturday from The O2 in London.

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Joshua’s first world title defence will also be screened in America on Showtime and the 26-year-old sees WBC boss Wilder as the ideal opponent when he travels across the Atlantic to fight in the United States.

He told Sky Sports: “It is a big market. It comes with pressure, but one day I’ll box there and I’ll think to myself ‘why didn’t I capitalise on that market?’

Groves: Loser might be done

Last Updated: 16/06/16 8:42pm

George Groves admits whoever loses when he meets Martin Murray might as well retire – but is convinced it will not be him.

The Hammersmith man takes on fellow world title challenger Murray in what many are tipping as the fight of the night at the O2 on June 25, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

The WBA eliminator will put the winner right back into the championship mix but with Groves (23-3-KO18) losing three world title attempts and Murray (33-3-1-KO16) four – including three at middleweight – their clash is being considered the last-chance saloon for both fighters.

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And Groves, whose appearance on the Anthony Joshua vs Dominic Breazeale card

Rewind: Joshua's world title

Last Updated: 16/06/16 4:19pm

Anthony Joshua won his heavyweight crown in round two against Charles Martin

Anthony Joshua won his heavyweight crown in round two against Charles Martin

Anthony Joshua won his heavyweight crown in round two against Charles Martin

Ringside Rewind takes us back to earlier in the year, when Anthony Joshua took Charles Martin’s world title in style.

The American was full of swagger as he brought his IBF heavyweight crown to English shores – asserting in the lead-up to the fight that he “walked this earth like a God.” Awaiting him was Britain’s knockout sensation Joshua.

Having claimed the British title in December courtesy of a brutal and eventful seventh-round stoppage of London rival Dillian Whyte, Joshua was thrown into a world heavyweight title match in only his 16th professional bout. Could he handle the expectation?

The stage was set. Martin entered dressed as a king but after feeling the famous power of Joshua’s right hand was on his backside as early as the second round. The American rose but was soon returned to the canvas, and The O2 saluted the coronation of one of the sport’s brightest young stars.

Ahead of his maiden title defence click on the video to relive the night Anthony Joshua conquered the world.

Watch Anthony Joshua vs Dominic Breazeale live on Sky Sports Box Office, from The O2, on June 25.