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Summary

  1. Vargas wins by majority decision
  2. Mexican wins vacant WBC super-bantamweight belt
  3. Campbell beats Lopez on undercard

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By Michael Emons and Nate Williams

All times stated are UK

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McDonnell loses world title challenge

Gavin McDonnell fails in attempt to win WBC super-bantamweight title

Gavin McDonnell
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Here is the report from tonight's action as Gavin McDonnell fails in his bid to join his twin brother Jamie as a world champion with a majority-decision loss to Rey Vargas.

Haye v Bellew next week

It is a huge couple of months for boxing fans. And there is a huge fight next week to look forward to as David Haye takes on Tony Bellew on Saturday, 4 March.

There will be live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and full live text commentary as well on the BBC Sport website.

Both fighters do not like each other and there have been heated scenes when the two have gone head-to-head so it is going to be lively. Lively before, lively during and probably lively after. Don't miss it.

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If you missed any of the commentary, or just fancy hearing it again, a replay of the fight will be broadcast on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra from 06:00 GMT on Sunday.

'Gavin should be very proud, but he was not good enough'

Gavin McDonnell fails in attempt to win WBC super-bantamweight title

BBC Radio 5 live

Some quotes from promoter Eddie Hearn, talking to BBC Radio 5 live.

"I just think Gavin started too slowly and he was always chasing it," said Hearn. "Vargas was very good, he had excellent feet and confidence.

"To put in a performance like that, Gavin should be very proud but ultimately he was not good enough. I think Rey Vargas will go on to do a lot in the sport.

"Gavin has improved so much but he was not letting his hands go and that was the frustrating thing. It was a little bit of inexperience. If he did what he did in the ninth from the fifth round onwards then he would've had a chance."

I lost by three rounds - McDonnell

Gavin McDonnell fails in attempt to win WBC super-bantamweight title

BBC Radio 5 live

Some more quotes from Gavin McDonnell, talking to BBC Radio 5 live: "I will learn, I know where I went wrong, I am disappointed, but I will work so hard to get another chance.

"I had him winning by a couple of rounds, probably three rounds in my opinion. Everyone is in with a puncher's chance, if I can improve my speed and power I will land and I can beat that kid.

"If we do have a rematch, I know how to beat him in the future."

'Brutal'

Gavin McDonnell fails in attempt to win WBC super-bantamweight title


          After 12 brutal rounds. Rey Vargas is the WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion! #McDonnellVargas

After 12 brutal rounds. Rey Vargas is the WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion! #McDonnellVargas

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Gavin McDonnell fails in attempt to win WBC super-bantamweight title

Rod Taylor : Absolute gutsy performance from McDonnell. 

Tim : Huge respect to McDonnell brave performance.

Koba Fern: The Oxford Dictionary should show a picture of McDonnell to define heart.

'I feel like I let everyone down'

Gavin McDonnell fails in attempt to win WBC super-bantamweight title

Gavin McDonnell, on Sky Sports, says: "I gave it everything and I hope everyone enjoyed it. I feel like I let everyone down.

"I just fell short at the end. I felt alright in there, I was a bit too eager and I couldn't get close enough. I will come again, I have only had 18 fights and I want to show I belong at this level.

"I have no doubt I will be a world champion."

Gavin McDonnell
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Class beats guts on the night

Luke Reddy

BBC Sport boxing reporter in Hull

Vargas
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Some booing but little complaint from those in the ring. A display of class from Rey Vargas. His corner knew as soon as the 12th ended and as the decision is read, Gavin McDonnell's shoulders slump a little.

Guts galore from the Briton, class aplenty from his rival.

'10 out of 10 for effort'

Gavin McDonnell fails in attempt to win WBC super-bantamweight title

Richie Woodhall

Former world champion on BBC Radio 5 live

You have to give him 10 out of 10 for effort to McDonnell. What a performance from him. He had sheer bottle in every round but he didn't match up to Vargas' quality tonight. 

BreakingVargas wins the WBC Super-Bantamweight Championship

Not all the judges are in agreement. Judge Ian John-Lewis scores it as a 114-114 draw, but the other two judges give the verdict to Vargas by 117-111 and 116-112 margins.

Rey Vargas is the winner by majority decision and the new world champion.

Rey Vargas
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Fight over

And there is the final bell. Surely Vargas is going to get his arm raised in a few moments' time.

McDonnell gave it absolutely everything, every ounce of energy and every attempt of going for the knockout. But Vargas' strong, dominant start will probably be enough.

Round 12

Eddie Hearn is screaming his man on. Can McDonnell get the win? He needs to find a knockout.

Round 12

Vargas is a clever customer, keeping McDonnell at range as the Englishman keeps trying to attack. One minute to go.

'He needs a knockout'

Richie Woodhall

Former world champion on BBC Radio 5 live

He needs a knockout. I have McDonnell seven rounds down and that's being generous. 

But I'm sure he'll throw the kitchen sink at Vargas in this round. 

Round 12

McDonnell is still attacking. Looking to hit the jackpot. But is it too little, too late?

Round 12

It is now or never for Gavin McDonnell.

Round 11

We have three minutes left and McDonnell needs to knock his opponent out. Vargas has been in a fight, make no mistake, but unless he makes an error, or McDonnell finds something amazing, then the belt is heading to Mexico.

Gavin McDonnell
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Koba Fern:  I'm on the edge, of a cliff on my seat! #COMEON McDonnell 

So are we, Koba! 

Round 11

Another right hand over the top from McDonnell finds the target. Vargas takes it though, he is one tough man.

The overhand right is looking the key. Can McDonnell find the golden punch, the life-changing punch? He has less than five minutes to do it.

'McDonnell threw two absolute crackers'

Richie Woodhall

Former world champion on BBC Radio 5 live

Tremendous stuff. McDonnell won that round. He threw two absolute crackers with the overhand right. Sheer bottle from McDonnell. His best round. 

Round 10

The best round of the contest. Fantastic. McDonnell shows what he is all about. He is taking a few shots, but he has no option but to go for it if he is to have any chance.

Vargas hurt? Maybe.

Round 10

An overhand right from McDonnell lands, it may be his best punch of the evening, and gets the crowd in full voice.

Vargas goes to the canvas shortly afterwards, but for the second time it was a case of being forced down and again there is no count.

Great stuff in round 10.

Gavin McDonnell
Reuters

Round 9

Trainer Dave Coldwell motivates his man in the corner: "Be a tough man. You've got to be a tough man now. Every round has to be yours. Go for it now." 

Round 9

Chinks in the Mexican's armour? For one brief half moment Vargas momentarily wobbles, although was it just a lack of balance or the reaction to McDonnell's power.

Full credit to the Englishman. He may be losing, he may be outclassed, but he is showing his guts, his character and his spirit. Will it be enough though?

Round 9

Vargas calls McDonnell to come forward and then picks off the home fighter with a couple of crisp jabs when he does so.

But there is a little bit of fleeting success with the body shots from McDonnell. Is that the way to go for the rest of this fight?

Gavin McDonnell
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'I take my hat off to McDonnell'

Richie Woodhall

Former world champion on BBC Radio 5 live

I've got to take my hat off to McDonnell. He''s giving it everything but he's going out on his shield here.

I think Vargas is looking comfortable now and I've given him every round bar one on my card. 

Credit to McDonnell but this has been a very difficult night for him. 

Round 9

Four rounds to go. This is going to be some turnaround from this position. McDonnell may have taken just one of the first eight rounds, but even that was a close one.

Is there any way back for the Englishman?

Hush, sing, hush

Round 8

Luke Reddy

BBC Sport boxing reporter in Hull

Fight
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A glimmer of blood on the nose of Gavin McDonnell. There's concern, you can almost hear it rippling through the crowd. One good shot draws the "oh Gavin McDonnell" cry but it's brief.

Their man is game but Vargas holds his hands lower and exudes confidence.

Round 8

More shots to the head, more shots to the body, more blood from the nose. This must be demoralising for McDonnell who is seeing his world title dream drift away.

Into round eight and McDonnell may be already needing a knockout, or at the least a knockdown or two.

'Vargas is very skillful

Round 7

Jamie McDonnell, Gavin's brother, on Sky Sports: "I think he's giving Vargas too much respect. Vargas is very skillful. He's tagging our kid very well. 

"Gavin needs to take the fight to Vargas."

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Round 7

Koba Fern: It's gone 2 rounds too far - McDonell is walking into bombs.

Round 7

Some clever defensive work means McDonnell misses with a left hook and Rey Vargas lands with a brutal uppercut.

There is some blood on McDonnell's face and some work for his corner to do.

Gavin McDonnell
Reuters

'Vargas taking control'

Richie Woodhall

Former world champion on BBC Radio 5 live

Gavin's walking on to too many shots. 

Vargas is using the ring space very well, moving McDonnell around the ring and bringing him on to shots. 

As McDonnell is slowing down, Vargas is taking control of the fight. Gavin has to pick the pace up. 

Round 6

Not totally sure on that one Tim, Vargas is clearly winning, but McDonnell has not had any moments when you think it is almost all over, and has not been knocked down either.

But he is up against a classy operator.

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Round 6

Tim: Starting to sound like McDonnell should be pulled out of the fight for his own health.

Round 6

The earlier control and style from Vargas is beginning to look a bit ragged, with looping off-target hooks.

Yet a three-punch combination, culminating with a left hook to the head, shortly after once again shows the Mexican's class.

Still McDonnell comes forward, but he is going to need something special to get rid of his opponent.

Rey Vargas
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'Brilliant'

Round 5

Luke Reddy

BBC Sport boxing reporter in Hull

A brilliant round. Promoter Eddie Hearn up and clapping eagerly for the first round in which Gavin McDonnell brought it. 

That got the locals roaring again. Turning point? More of this please. Talk about intense.

Round 5

The home fans cheer every punch that lands for McDonnell and that was his best round of the contest by a clear distance and may well have done enough to catch the judges' eyes in round five.

Great spirit shown from the Brit, who has lost the opening the four rounds, but may well have taken the fifth.