Callum Johnson

Callum Johnson floored Artur Beterbiev in round two but could not beat the count in the fourth.

British light-heavyweight Callum Johnson and super-bantamweight Gavin McDonnell suffered stoppage defeats in world title shots in Chicago.

Johnson, 33, was sent to the canvas by IBF world light-heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev in round one but floored the Russian in the second.

But Johnson could not beat the count after a hard right hand in the fourth.

McDonnell, 32, was stopped after a 10th-round flurry by WBA world super-bantamweight champion Daniel Roman.

McDonnell

McDonnell took a heavy right hand at the start of the flurry which saw Roman take the win.

Doncaster's McDonnell had struggled in the early stages at the Wintrust Arena against the confident American, who closed space smartly to land the more eye-catching and venomous work.

Roman seemed confident to step in and take what McDonnell could offer in order to land at close quarters himself, including a solid left hook in the seventh.

McDonnell - sporting a bloodied nose - was warned he was trailing by trainer Dave Coldwell but his trademark workrate briefly saw him look more threatening for the two rounds before the stoppage.

When it came, Roman drove a right hand home, forcing McDonnell's knees to buckle and the champion followed with two crisp uppercuts in a flurry which overwhelmed the challenger.

While McDonnell rose to his feet, the referee waved the bout off, sealing the Briton's second defeat in a world-title contest after he was also bettered by Mexico's Rey Vargas in February of last year.

'It wasn't meant to be'

Johnson

A left hook from Johnson looked like it may lead to a huge upset.

While McDonnell's bout threatened to go the distance, Johnson's never looked like it would reach halfway against a man who has now knocked out all 13 or his professional opponents.

Beterbiev's destructive reputation saw him installed as a heavy favourite against the British and Commonwealth champion, who had 17 wins from 17 before the bout but admitted he would need to "shock the world".

Both men were prepared to let their hands go early on, increasing the likelihood of an early finish. When Johnson briefly turned his back after tangling with the ropes late in round one, Beterbiev showed no mercy, landing a right hand to score a knockdown.

But Johnson gathered himself and found repeated joy with the left hook, clubbing the shot home to send Beterbiev down for the first time in his career in the second.

Boston-born Johnson may regret not swarming the champion in the immediate aftermath but perhaps conscious of the power which could come back his way if he over-committed, he remained poised.

And Beterbiev found a clean right to the temple two rounds later when the pair were again trading at close quarters, ending Johnson's dream of claiming a world title in memory of his father, who died in February 2016.

"It wasn't meant to be tonight," tweeted Johnson shortly after defeat. "Respect to my opponent but I know I can perform so much better than that and I'll be back better than ever. My time will come and I will lift a world title, 2018 is just the start of my career."

information taken from the BBC site

Nicola Adams v Isabel Millan

Adams remains unbeaten with the victory over Millan.

Britain's Nicola Adams moved closer to her first full professional world title fight by beating Isabel Millan to win the interim WBO world flyweight title.

Adams, 35, earned a unanimous points victory over the Mexican and will now likely fight for a world title in her next bout.

The win is a fifth from five fights for two-time Olympic champion Adams since she turned professional in 2017.

"I belong at world class. I want that world title shot," Adams said.

Her promoter Frank Warren said the Yorkshirewoman could fight for the full WBO female flyweight championship, currently held by Mexican Arely Mucino, on the undercard of the fight between Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton at the Manchester Arena on 22 December.

"She is a champion, there's no going backwards, on 22nd December I'm hoping it will be for the full title," Warren said.

Adams was tested by Mexican Millan, taken beyond four rounds for the first time in her professional career in the bout at Morningside Arena in Leicester.

The Briton started the stronger and landed a number of blows, even smiling as she threw her punches, but Millan stood firm and did not allow Adams a fourth stoppage-win a row.

Millan had her best round in the ninth but Adams responded with a flurry in the final round to emphasise her greater class.

Adams took the win on all three judges scorecards, one scoring the bout 96-94 and the other two 97-93.

"They were hard rounds but this is what I need to progress. It was good to get the rounds in the bag," Adams said.

"She wasn't that powerful, just trying to put the pressure on me. I have trained for 10 rounds and I hope that has shown everyone I have gas in the tank."

Briton Dubois remains unbeaten.

Johnson's

The defeat was the 11th of Johnson's career.

In the following fight, highly rated 21-year-old British heavyweight Daniel Dubois continued his unbeaten record by beating experienced American Kevin Johnson - his ninth win from nine fights.

Dubois was taken the distance, the first time he has failed to win by knockout, but was the fighter on the front foot throughout.

Johnson, 39, who took Tyson Fury the distance in 2012 and was knocked out in the second round by Anthony Joshua in 2015, received a number of heavy blows, particularly two uppercuts in the ninth round.

Dubois took the fight with the comfortable score of 100-91.

Later, Jack Catterall beat Ohara Davies in an all-British fight for the the WBO intercontinental super-lightweight title.

The cagey bout went all 12 rounds but was awarded to Catterall in a unanimous decision by the judges.

information taken from the BBC site

Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua got up off the canvas to knock out Wladimir Klitschko.

Anthony Joshua will hold his world heavyweight titles "for a very long time", says former champion Wladimir Klitschko.

Briton Joshua, 28, is the IBF, WBO and WBA champion and beat Klitschko by knockout in April 2017.

"We will see how much and how big his desire is to stay successful," said Klitschko.

"It's easy to have success for a short period of time but to maintain it for a long time is really challenging."

He added: "I'm a fan of Joshua so, due to his athletic qualities and age, I think he is going to hold the belts for a very long time."

Klitschko's nine-year reign as lineal world heavyweight champion was ended by Britain's Tyson Fury in 2015 before he failed to regain the IBF and WBA titles in the 11th-round defeat by Joshua.

Joshua produced a stunning seventh-round stoppage to beat Alexander Povetkin and retain his title in September.

However, he has yet to fight WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder after discussions over a bout to unify all the belts fell through.

If the two do meet in the ring, Klitschko, 42, believes the result "could go either way".

"Anthony Joshua is younger, he is definitely got talent, he's heavier and he has heavy hands," said the Ukrainian.

"Wilder is lighter. He has more experience in the professional boxing ring whereas Joshua is Olympic champion and has a great Olympic background, which Wilder doesn't have."

Wilder and Fury shove each other in LA.

Wilder's next fight will see him face Fury on 1 December at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where the two had to be separated again at a news conference to promote their bout.

The pair confronted each other in London on Monday and had to be held back by security after pushing each other in LA.

Fury, who vacated his WBO and WBA titles in October 2016 to focus on his treatment for depression, remains undefeated after 27 fights, while Wilder has won all 40 of his fights - 39 by knockout.

"Wilder is a great puncher, he's very quick with his hands," said Klitschko.

"On the other hand, he is facing an opponent that is awkward. It's going to be really exciting and I'm looking forward to it."

information taken from the BBC site

Nicola Adams v Isabel Millan

Nicola Adams (left) has had four previous professional bouts.

Britain's Nicola Adams says her fight against Isabel Millan in Leicester on Saturday is the most important bout of her professional career.

Adams, 35, faces the Mexican for the interim WBO world flyweight title.

The Briton - in her fifth fight as a professional - hopes to set herself up for a world-title shot.

"I never take any chances or overlook anybody and I always give it 110%," said Adams. "I treat every opponent like I am fighting for a world title."

Millan, 33, has previously challenged for a world title, but was beaten by five-weight world champion Naoko Fujioka in March 2017.

Adams stopped Argentina's Soledad del Valle Frias in round one in her last bout, at Elland Road in May.

"This fight is my most important professional fight so far because it is the one where a win will get me that full world title challenge," she said.

The bout is part of a bill headlined by England's Jack Catterall's fight against compatriot Ohara Davies.

Catterall's WBO intercontinental super-lightweight belt and Davies' WBC international super-lightweight title are both at stake.

Rising heavyweight Daniel Dubois is also on the bill. The 21-year-old Londoner takes on former world title contender Kevin Johnson.

information taken from the BBC site

World Boxing Super Series

Tyson Fury says WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder "doesn't have anything I'm afraid of" before their world title fight in Los Angeles.

The Briton faces American Wilder, 32, at the Staples Center on 1 December in just the third fight of his comeback.

Fury, 30, vacated his WBO and WBA titles in October 2016 to focus on his treatment for depression.

"If I can come back from mental health problems and (contemplating) suicide, I can withstand anything," he said.

"Deontay Wilder doesn't possess anything I'm scared of. Punches just bounce off me, they don't do anything. I'm a powerful man."

Fury said he believes his opponent is scared of him, though.

"I know when a man's scared - Wilder's terrified of me," said the Briton. "He's timid when he's around me. He looks at the floor, doesn't make eye contact, all that sort of stuff. Even when he's around me off stage."

The pair had to be separated after confronting each other at Monday's news conference in London.

Fury beat Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 to become the lineal champion and remains undefeated after 27 fights, while Wilder has won all 40 of his fights - 39 by knockout.

"It's a dare to be great move," Fury added. "Two fights, 10 fights - it doesn't really matter. I can't lose this fight.

"If I've beat all those things, how am I going to let myself down at this moment? I'm doing it for those people, I'm doing it to be the best and prove anyone can come back from anything."

Wilder described the bout as a "mega fight".

"You've got two different personalities, two guys that are so charismatic and filled with energy that emotions sometimes get the best of each other," added the American.

"When we're put in a room together you can feel the energy, to the point where you need security. People feel the intensity, it's a huge fight."

Monday's media activities started a three-day press tour, which continues in New York on Tuesday and ends in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

information taken from the BBC site

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