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Luke Reddy and Michael Emons

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  1. Goodnight

    Kell Brook beats Jo Jo Dan

    Kell Brook

    "Amir Khan, Juan Manuel Marquez, Brandon Rios - those are the sort of names I want. Bring them on."

    A parting message from IBF world welterweight champion Kell Brook.

    Until next time, goodnight. Stay across the BBC Sport website for reaction and follow-ups on this latest Brook win.

    Thank you for being with us.

  2. Post update

    Kell Brook beats Jo Jo Dan

    Kell Brook in action against Jo Jo Dan

    Well then, what to make of that?

    Kell Brook dazzled, not least with the gold trim on his shorts, sizing up his opponent early in round one and then quickly exploding to deliver the goods.

    Two knockdowns in round two, another two in round four and that was that. Jo Jo Dan found sanctuary in his corner and his entourage decided he would not come out to take any more punishment.

    Brook's right hand looked superb. Accurate, powerful, damaging. To think there were concerns over his balance when he was stabbed in the leg back in September. The only one with balance problems tonight was Jo Jo Dan. It looked like he had silk socks on while dancing on a polished floor.

  3. Elsewhere this week...

    Pacquiao issues, Mayweather floored?

    Elsewhere in the world of boxing this week it has emerged tax authorities are chasing Manny Pacquiao for £33m, hardly ideal when he is about to glove up for arguably the biggest fight in boxing history.

    His opponent on 2 May, Floyd Mayweather, was knocked down in training by sparring partner Zab Judah if Twitter gossip is to be believed but Judah denies it happened.

    Zab Judah Twitter
  4. Lock, Stock ring walk

    Elsewhere this week

    Josh Warrington and Vinnie Jones

    Undefeated fighter Josh Warrington will have former Leeds United, Wimbledon and Wales midfielder Vinnie Jones alongside him when he walks out to fight Dennis Tubieron on 11 April.

    Warrington, who contests for the WBC International featherweight title at Leeds Arena, is a huge Leeds United fan.

    Jones is not the first sportsman to accompany him to the ring as former footballer Dominic Matteo and Super League star Jamie Peacock had the honour when the 24-year-old last fought at home in October.

  5. Kell's 'Professor' punches

    Kell Brook beats Jo Jo Dan

    Peter Buckley

    "I've come a long way, fighting on undercards and in leisure centres to packing out this arena as a world champion," said Kell Brook on Friday.

    The champion is not wrong and a look back at his first fight throws up a story that even stone-hearted individuals will love.

    On that September night in 2004, Brook went toe-to-toe with Peter Buckley - a man with 189 losses in 220 fights at the time. Buckley was consistently brilliant at losing and recently told BBC Sport that getting beaten is an art which pays the bills.

    Peter 'The Professor' Buckley continued and eventually retired on 300 fights - 256 were losses. Why is this heartwarming? Because the pro went out with a win in 2008, his first in five years.

  6. Post update

    Kell Brook beats Jo Jo Dan

    Hugh Lawrie, star of American TV drama House and BBC classic comedy Blackadder, takes to Twitter: Huge congratulations to Kell Brook. And Jo Jo Dan heroic to stand even a minute of that.

  7. Kell's problem

    Kell Brook beats Jo Jo Dan

    Timely from three-time world champion Adrien Broner. The man dubbed 'The Problem' takes to Twitter to further stir the Amir Khan, Kell Brook pot.

    Adrien Broner Twitter
  8. Undercard action

    Kal Yafai beat Cristofer Rosales (flyweight, points)

    Birmingham-based Kal Yafai maintaned his unbeaten record as he claimed a hard-fought 79-76 points win against Cristofer Rosales of Nicaragua.

    Kal Yafai

    Flyweight Yafai, 25, did well to inflict only the second defeat of Rosales's 12-fight professional career.

    Yafai, who moved down from super-flyweight for this fight, has now won all 14 of his professional bouts, with nine of those victories coming inside the distance.

  9. What chance Khan?

    Kell Brook beats Jo Jo Dan

    Eddie Hearn and Tony Bellew

    Promoter Eddie Hearn and cruiserweight are chewing the fat on a potential Brook-Khan clash on BBC Radio 5 live:

    Eddie Hearn: "Amir Khan will probably announce next week he will fight Chris Algieri."

    Tony Bellew: "What for though? Algieri has just been bounced off the floor 25 times by Manny Pacquiao."

    Eddie Hearn: "I believe Amir Khan v Kell Brook does Wembley."

    Tony Bellew: "It sells immediately, it's a huge, huge fight."

  10. Made of the tough stuff...

    Kell Brook beats Jo Jo Dan

    Sheffield - 'the steel city' - makes men of steel.

    Herol Graham, Johnny Nelson, Prince Naseem Hamed

    Thanks in no small part to the training of Brendan Ingle, fight fans in the city have been able to welcome a string of world champions home.

    They include WBO, IBF and WBC featherweight champion Prince Naseem Hamed (right), ex-WBO cruiserweight champion Johnny Nelson (centre), WBO light middleweight champion Paul 'Silky' Jones and IBF light heavyweight champion Clinton Woods.

    Herol 'Bomber' Graham (left) - acknowledged as one of the best British boxers of the post-war era never to have won a world title - is also from the northern city.

    Ingle's fighters are known for relying on footwork and speed for defence rather than a rigid guard, freeing their hands to launch attacks.

    The latest champion from their stable - Kell Brook - exuding such qualities tonight. He floated and smashed wonderfully.

  11. More from Kell Brook

    Kell Brook beats Jo Jo Dan

    Kell Brook (left) and Jo Jo Dan

    Some more quotes from Kell Brook. "If you're watching Amir Khan, then get in here with me. I know you're delicate around the whiskers.

    "I've come from a council estate, now I'm world champion and defending my title. I've made it. I've come from the bottom and I'm at the top.

    "I didn't think I would walk again, never mind box again. Now I'm here defending my title."

  12. Eddie Hearn reaction

    Kell Brook beats Jo Jo Dan

    Kell Brook's promoter Eddie Hearn wants Brook to fight Amir Khan at Wembley in June.

    Hearn said: "There's a venue available on June 13. If Amir Khan is watching give everyone what they want. He doesn't have an opponent and he is talking about fighting boxers lower than Kell. It's the biggest pay day available and it's for a world title."

  13. Post update

    Kell Brook beats Jo Jo Dan

    Kell Brook marches back through the hallways of the Motorpoint Arena, congratulations pouring the way of the champion.

  14. Get involved on #bbcboxing

    JessiJackalope: Respectful call by Dan's corner. Brook looked superb but I'm not sold on a clash with the May-Pac winner. Great comeback

    Andrew Priestley: We've just witnessed Kell Brook absolutely dismantle Jo Jo Dan. Big, big things lie ahead for this man. Fantastic performance.

  15. Kell Brook reaction...

    Kell Brook beats Jo Jo Dan

    Kell Brook knocks down Jo Jo Dan

    Kell Brook says: "It was amazing to be able to walk to the ring again and this is where I belong. I didn't think I would box again, and I can't put into words what it means to defend my title. It was hard holding it together.

    "I'm sorry I kept you waiting, but I'm back, baby.

    "What a heart he had, I caught him with some good, clean shots. but you're seeing signs of greatness, but there's lots more to come from me. My leg feels as good as the other leg."

  16. Seeking a legacy...

    Kell Brook beats Jo Jo Dan

    Boxing loves a legend. Boxers seek a legacy. Few manage it.

    Mike Tyson and Sugar Ray Leonard

    "I want to be remembered like a Tyson, a Sugar Ray Leonard, a Sugar Ray Robinson," Brook told BBC radio 5 live ahead of this fight. "When you talk about boxing you talk about them. When you talk British fighters, Benn, Eubank, Bruno, I want to leave this sport an old man and still have people mention the fights I've been involved with. So when you speak about boxing,. you speak about Kell Brook."

    Who knows what the future holds for Sheffield's latest fight star? It looks like he has every chance of reaching the stars.

    Do you want to see him face Amir Khan next? Tweet us on #bbcboxing.

  17. Kell Brook wants Khan next

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    Kell Brook

    Kell Brook says his leg feels fine and adds "I'm back baby!"

    And a message to Amir Khan: "If you're watching, come on, get in here with me. The best is yet to come. Believe it."

    The champion high-fives his promoter Eddie Hearn. They are spinning this big time, no secret Hearn wants another Wembley mega-card on 13 June.

  18. Kell Brook wins

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    And we are about to hear from the champion...

  19. Kell Brook wins

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    Kell Brook has 34 wins from 34 fights and his latest is impressive to say the least.

    Just the four knockdowns in 12 minutes. He was controlled, thoughtful, artistic.

  20. Kell Brook wins

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    It was as if Jo Jo Dan's corner were watching replays on the big screen of the destruction coming their man's way. A left-hook right on the bell in the fourth round delivered some serious pain.

    It's a left hand to the side of the head as Dan held a low position. It came down on his temple like a missile dropping from on high. Throw in the fact the travelling fighter was off balance and there was only one way he was going. Down.

    Brook is ecstatic, on the ropes, slapping his chest with a grin.

  21. BreakingBrook wins

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    Four bodies crowd around Jo Jo Dan in his corner. What are they supposed to say?

    A right upper cut did for him first and hang on a minute... FIGHT OVER. He will not come back for a fifth round.

  22. Round Four

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    Right, left, right from Brook after 60 seconds of reprieve. It gets him in close, another three-shot combo. Short, sharp shots.

    Dan started this fight with a confident bounce but my word he has had it drained away from him and he is down again.

    It's a standing eight count for the IBF's number-one rank. Here comes the bell... no... a fourth knockdown.

  23. Undercard action

    Frankie Gavin beat Bogdan Mitic (welterweight, points)

    Earlier tonight, it was complete domination for Frankie Gavin in his welterweight bout against durable but limited opponent Bogdan Mitic from Serbia.

    Gavin, a Commonwealth Games gold medallist in 2006, won all 10 rounds to seal a 100-90 points win and will fight again in May against South African Chris van Heerden for the IBF international welterweight title.

    Frankie Gavin

    Mitic only landed 12 punches but Gavin, with 22 wins in 23 professional fights, admitted he needed to raise his game.

    He said: "I didn't get out of my comfort zone. I won every round easy enough, but I really should have taken him out of there. I will have to be better than that and I will be. I was trying too hard."

  24. 'Jo Jo Dan is on the edge'

    Tony Bellew

    Former light heavyweight world title challenger on Radio 5 live

    "It was another big round for Kell and he can sense Jo Jo Dan is on the edge. Jo Jo Dan has already tried to punch low a couple of times. He is getting smothered and I feel that Kell can land that one big punch to finish it."

    Click on the live coverage tab to hear BBC Radio 5 live commentary.

  25. Post update

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    "Everything is perfect" says Kell Brook's man in the corner Dominic Ingle.

    A stoppage here would send a message. Dan is no mug.

  26. Round Three

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    Kell Brook has his trigonometry down to a tee. His angles and distance are on point. He bounces into range and throws a left upper-cut which misses but comes back, left jab lands, Dan takes it.

    Where is the Brook right hand? It must be itching to let fly? One, two, three - he leaves it until last but narrowly misses with a cross-shot.

    Dan engages in a grapple but gets pushed about. There is nothing down for him here. Bell. The challenger looks demoralised to say the least. What answers have you got Jo Jo?

  27. 'Kell is better than Dan has ever seen'

    Tony Bellew

    Former light heavyweight world title challenger on Radio 5 live

    "Jo Jo Dan took everything in that round. Kell has the measure of him. Jo Jo Dan is known for being tough and having a great chin, but when you become a world champion you find a new level. And Kell is proving that. He is better than Dan has ever seen before."

  28. Round Two

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    The only option Jo Jo Dan has is to grapple. Tie up the champion. He looks like a rugby player at one point, almost hugging Brook around the waist.

    The right hand is the money maker for Brook. It's causing damage like a wrecking ball. Even as the bell goes Dan does not want to let go.

    At one point Dan looked like a giraffe on ice. His legs were gone. He needs the stool and may well need it again soon.

  29. Round Two

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    No doubt Brook bettered those early exchanges. He was selective with his punches just like when he claimed Shawn Porter for the IBF title. Punch when it's worth it.

    Right hand upper-cut and BANG... Jo Jo Dan is down.

    Dan is floored again. He is all over the place here. Another right hand put him on the deck for a second time in a matter of seconds.

  30. Post update

    Tony Bellew

    Former light heavyweight world title challenger on Radio 5 live

    "He is landing the right hand with ease and it was a good first round from Kell. I'm going out on a limb and say Kell will be the first man to stop Jo Jo Dan."

  31. Round One

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    Brook lands a right to the face and draws a welcome roar from the crowd. Some naughty stuff from Dan as he wants to put the digs in when the pair grapple. He has a few slappy punches when they lock together and looks to graze his head across the champion's.

  32. Round One

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    Jo Jo Dan is all in blue, Brook in red.

    The Romanian is bouncing, energetic, he looks game and comes forward but Brook catches him nicely with the left hand, a counter punch. No sign of anything new from Brook after his leg injury and rehabilitation. He looks poised. Tight hands close to his chest.

  33. Post update

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    The fighters meet in the centre of the ring and walk back to their corner, a huge roar goes up, we are off...

    "Yorkshire, Yorkshire," shout the masses.

  34. How they measure up...

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    Kell Brook was giving away a fraction in weight when the fighters weighed in on Friday but both will have inevitably piled the food into them after cutting down for the scales.

    Brook came in at 10st 5lbs 9oz, with Dan 10st 6lbs 4oz.

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    The champion also gives away a little in reach, so will have to move well if he is to avoid being jabbed all night long.

  35. The big build-up

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    Here we go, it's Michael Buffer time: "The officials are ready, the fighters are in the ring and are ready, boxing fans are you ready?

    "Sheffield England, are... you... ready?

    "For the thousands in attendance and the millions watching around the world, ladies and gentlemen, let's get ready to rummbblllee."

  36. Post update

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    "Ladies and gentlemen please remain standing for the national anthem of the United Kingdom," announces Michael Buffer.

    Brook puts one glove on his chest and the Sheffield crowd let rip.

    "This is the main event of the evening. Twelve rounds of boxing for the IBF championship of the worrrrlllddd," continues Buffer.

  37. Post update

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    Tony Bellew

    Former light heavyweight world title challenger on Radio 5 live

    "If Kell shines tonight it will be a big statement and if he does a job on Jo Jo Dan it's big news for America. It might not get him a shot at Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao, but it will get him Amir Khan as he will be a name in America.

    "If he beats Khan then he will be able to look at getting a shot at Mayweather or Pacquiao.

    "Amir Khan is the darling of the media in the UK and has been a for a long time, but Kell is very well liked in the media and by the fans. There are 10,000 people here and no one is here for Jo Jo Dan. A fight between Kell and Amir is a huge fight for Britain."

    Listen to live commentary from BBC Radio 5 live by hitting the live coverage tab.

  38. Bye bye Wembley...

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    Amir Khan

    Boxing's stepping-stones have conspired to create a path from Amir Khan to Kell Brook but the pair will not meet in the middle to get it on, according to Brook's promoter Eddie Hearn.

    "Amir Khan has said 'go and fight someone good, go and win a world title'," Hearn told BBC Radio 5 live. "Well do you know what, we went and fought someone good and went and won a world title and now we sit with Amir Khan this summer with no opponent.

    "We sit there with a date at Wembley of June 13th where Amir Khan could fight Kell Brook in another 80,000 blockbuster and Amir Khan doesn't want to know.

    "The bottom line is, Amir Khan knows that Kell Brook beats him. Why wouldn't you take Kell Brook when he is the biggest payday out there for you and he has a world title? it just doesn't make sense."

  39. Post update

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    Tony Bellew

    Former light heavyweight world title challenger on Radio 5 live

    "The atmosphere here is outstanding. There's no better feeling than walking into a reception like this.

    "Kell looks fantastic and I think we will see the best of him tonight. You would never believe he has been out of the ring for so long."

  40. Post update

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    Kell Brook is in the ring. He skips as he enters. Surely he will leave the ring with the belt again.

    You know it's a big fight when delegates flood the canvas before the off. There are loads in there, all looking important but the thousands in attendance only care for one man.

    Still Brook's entrance song plays and he stares across the ring with his belt hoisted behind his head by Lee Noble.

    National anthem time.

  41. Keeping the belt close

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    Kell Brook has resisted the temptation to go down the celebrity route when picking who carries his belt to the ring.

    The IBF strap is in the hands of his friend and fellow boxer Lee Noble, who earlier took to Twitter to speak of his pride in seeing the level Brook has reached.

    Lee Noble Twitter
  42. Here comes the champion

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    Kell Brook makes his way to the ring

    Kell Brook must have been thinking about this moment when he was on his back in a hospital bed. He stares at the ring as he walks slowly from the top of the entrance ramp.

  43. The Brook entrance

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    "The defending champion...Kellllllllll Brooookkkkk," says Michael Buffer.

    The lights go out. Kanye West's 'All of the Lights' starts playing and Brooke rises from underground onto a platform. This is glitzy.

  44. Jo Jo is here...

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    Here comes Jo Jo Dan. Black t-shirt on. I'd love to tell you the tune he enters to but it's some sort of foreign rap.

    I'm going to commit and say it's a catchy number. He looks relaxed.

  45. Let's get ready...

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    Go on, say it. I know you want to. It is Saturday night, there is boxing on. All together... one... two... three


    If ever there was a sign Kell Brook has made it in the sport, the fact legendary announcer Michael Buffer is on duty tonight is pretty definitive.

    Michael Buffer

    Did you know that after eight years of using his famous catchphrase, Buffer took out a trademark on it which has reportedly netted him over $400m (£268m)?

    Let's get ready to coin it in eh Michael?

  46. Fight time

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    Kell Brook stands in the tunnel. We have a ring walk on our hands and guess who is on the microphone.

    "Ladies and gentlemen, let's get this party started," he says.

  47. Beware the southpaw

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    Kell Brook fans, I don't want to worry you but it has been several years since your man fought a southpaw.

    Our visitor for the night - Jo Jo - is one of those awkward customers.

    Why is it tricky? As Brook leads with his left hand, Dan will lead with his right, their feet will be closer together as a result and the angles from which attacks can arrive are changed up.

  48. Show me the money...

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan


    Jo Jo Dan was wonderfully honest when asked about Kell Brook's hopes of fighting Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao in the welterweight division.

    "Who doesn't want to fight for a million dollars," Dan told IFL TV. "It doesn't matter, you go there, fight one round and get the money. I want to fight them too, but I'm not thinking about that fight, I want to focus on Kell Brook.

    "I feel great, in the best shape of my life and confident. I know what he does, what he's good at and not, we will see that in the ring. I'm ready to adjust whatever he is going to bring."

  49. Post update

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    Tony Bellew

    Former light heavyweight world title challenger on Radio 5 live

    "It is testament to Kell's character that he is back here tonight. It was a very tough time for him after the stabbing incident.

    "I have been in touch with him since it happened and it has been a long process of five and six months where he had to build up the strength in his leg.

    "But the carrot is being dangled in front of him of what fights he may have in the future. I saw him backstage and I'm not going to lie, he said he is nervous. I said he had to go out there and show what he could do and show all the hard work that he has put in."

  50. All aboard the 'Money' train...

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    Let us be honest, Kell Brook will not be on the minds of either Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao as the pair prepare for boxing's showdown of a generation on 2 May.

    But the pair (and specifically the man he tips for the big fight) are rolling through the mind of 'Special K'.

    Floyd Mayweather, Kell Brook, Manny Pacquiao

    "I see Mayweather winning the fight," Brook told BBC Radio 5 live. "He believes he will win with a passion. Pacquiao has lost before and can lose again.

    "Mayweather can control the pace and is a brilliant defensive sharpshooter. For me he takes over the fight halfway through and wins convincingly.

    "On 3 May there will only be two men in the division with world title belts. I would love to do a unification with the winner."

    Brook is talking the talk but must hold on to his IBF title to have any hope of a big payday against the winner of Mayweather-Pacquiao, who will hold WBA, WBC and WBO crowns.

  51. Post update

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    IBF world welterweight champion Kell Brook tells Sky Sports: "It's overwhelming. I'm looking forward to it, buzzing, excited. Itchy knuckles. I can't wait to show the fans. I've kept them waiting.

    "I want to make a statement. It's going out to the world and I want to show them why I'm champion."

    This fight is being shown in America. Why is that important? Spread the word and hope Floyd Mayweather fancies granting you a payday.

  52. Showtime nears

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    The crowd are booming along to The White Stripes hit 'Seven Nation Army', the drum beats and they get louder. Spotlights race around the arena so it's show time any minute now.

    One local fighter just got dropped heavily. The unthinkable cannot happen here can it? Brook can't go the same way?

  53. Post update

    Tony Bellew

    Former light heavyweight title challenger on Radio 5 live

    "I'm looking forward to an exceptional night of boxing. This fight looks to be a really good one. This is Kell's homecoming, but he has a good fighter in front of him and he has beaten some good fighters. He is here on merit."

    Listen to live commentary from BBC Radio 5 live by hitting the live coverage tab.

  54. Jo Jo who?

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    He may have a name like a character from a London musical, but Jo Jo Dan is no fluffy character.

    Kell Brook and Jo Jo Dan

    He is number one in the IBF's welterweight rankings behind champion Brook and has only lost twice in 34 fights, both times to Turkey's Selcuk Aydin.

    It is five wins in a row now for Dan, who has not fought in his home country since 2010 and so a boisterous crowd shouting for the champ will probably hold little fear.

    Whatever happens tonight, the name 'Jo Jo Dan' is about as boxing as boxing can get. It's perfect for those fight posters promoters love to push.

  55. The Brook file

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    Kell Brook's world title success against undefeated Shawn Porter in August via majority decision was his toughest outing in a while.

    Kell Brook

    Before meeting the American, Brook put away four straight opponents inside the distance, so his last full 12 rounder prior to Porter was in July of 2012.

    Porter was the only undefeated fighter he has faced in his career.

  56. Get involved on Twitter #bbcboxing

    Some more of your suggestions for greatest sporting comebacks.

    Thomas Johnston: Eric Abidal. Beating cancer twice and still being able to compete at the highest level of world football. Inspirational.

    Sam Quarlena: Ben Hogan's US Open win at Merion in 1950 after his car crash.

  57. Groovy baby...

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    I thought Austin Powers was the only man who had 'Mojo'? Apparently not.

    Austin Powers

    "Winning this world title takes his Mojo to another level," says Kell Brook's promoter Eddie Hearn. "When he walks out, Michael Buffer calling his name, I think you'll see something special.

    "The danger is overlooking Jo Jo Dan but I know Kell hasn't done it in camp. He's trained harder than he did for the Porter fight, he's had a lot more to overcome, he's ready."

    Brook was efficient and tactically superb in seeing off Shawn Porter to claim the IBF title. He threw nearly 200 fewer punches than the deposed champion, landing 158 from 441 thrown, a 36% connect rate.

  58. Post update

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    And so...

    It's time for Kell.

  59. Who can Etches dream of?

    Sergey Khomitsky beats Adam Etches by KO

    These men now seem a long way away for Adam Etches.

    Andy Lee, Gennady Golovkin, Martin Murray

    Andy Lee (left), middleweight king Gennady Golovkin (centre) and Martin Murray (right) are now only dream fights for some time.

    He wanted these fights in the coming years. Patience will be key now.

  60. Adam Etches beaten

    The new IBF International Middleweight champion is Sergey Khomitsky and boy has he subdued this arena with that smash.

    Adam Etches is back up again, he needed a stool briefly in the middle of the ring. Boxing is so punishing, the young fighter was talked up, given all the praise he could handle but this is a humbling and now it's time for a brief re-build.

  61. Round four - Khomitsky wins by Knockout

    Adam Etches v Sergey Khomitsky

    Adam Etches is out. Centre of the ring, the medics rush in creating a worrying scene. What a shot by Khomitsky. No one, Adam Etches particularly, saw that one coming.

    It stems from the home fighter leaning forward to land a left jab, Khomitsky takes a step back to get out of range and springs forward with the right to catch the 24-year-old flush in the face. An absolute hammer. A hammer soaked in cement and covered in nails.

  62. Round four - Knockout

    Adam Etches v Sergey Khomitsky

    Etches paws his opponent onto the ropes, then he gets the measuring tape out, takes a glance, thinks and bang, a chopping right hand early in the round.

    Really good stuff, experience beyond his years and WOW... counter punch, Etches is down...

  63. Undercard action

    Stephen Smith beat Jacek Wylezol (super-featherweight, points)

    It was a good night's work for Liverpool-based super-featherweight Stephen Smith as he recorded a comfortable points win against Poland's Jacek Wylezol.

    Smith, 29, who has held British belts at featherweight and super-featherweight, won every round and floored his opponent with a left hook to the body in the third on his way to a 60-53 victory in their six-round contest.

    Stephen Smith

    This was Smith's first fight in eight months and the victory means he has now won 21 of his 22 bouts.

    "Good six rounds under my belt, good to be back in there after so long out," tweeted Smith.

    Stephen Smith
  64. Round three

    Adam Etches v Sergey Khomitsky

    Look at the names on the last entry that Khomitsky has danced with. Far from the bar room brawler young talents often face to build their career.

    Left, right, left from the Belarus man but Etches ducks and weaves to land. Back comes Khomitsky, this pair are trading nicely, it's a see-saw round but who gets the better?

    Jab, jab, left handed Etches, his defence gets punctured on times but nothing painful. Now he backs his opponent up, right-upper cut, whack. That one hurt. The Sheffield man takes the round impressively.

  65. Via Twitter

    British cruiserweight Tony Bellew: Join us on the radio to listen to tonight's huge fight in Sheffield on @bbc5live.

    Bellew is part of the BBC commentary team in Sheffield. BBC Radio 5 live's coverage begins at 22:00 GMT and can be heard by clicking on the live coverage tab at the top of this page.

  66. Etches is being foolish...

    Adam Etches v Sergey Khomitsky

    How can I put this nicely? Sergey Khomitsky looks hard. He looks like the kind of villain you see in a Jason Bourne film.

    Sergey Khomitsky

    And the 40-year-old Belarus national has proven his durability in recent years, taking Britain's Martin Murray (who fought Gennady Golovkin last time out) to points twice, most recently in December 2013.

    "It's very easy to dream about knocking me out, but very difficult to do," said Khomitsky. "As soon as the bell rings, Etches will realise he's let his imagination get the better of him."

    Khomitsky's career record is 29 wins, 11 losses, three draws.

  67. Round Two

    Adam Etches v Sergey Khomitsky

    Adam Etches sold around 1,200 tickets off his own back tonight, not bad for a young fighter on the undercard by any means. He is fancied to go a long way but make no mistake this is a test.

    Khomitsky is a wise owl and he comes game. His variation is impressive so far as he looks to shock his younger opponent. The pair get close in the second round, fighting on the inside and Etches gets the better of the exchange, backs the travelling fighter up well onto the ropes. A confidence boost in round two for the Brit. I make that one apiece.

  68. Odds-on Kell

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    Kell Brook

    Kell Brook looked the picture of everything that is an athlete when he weighed in on Friday. Lean, defined, his stature was far more impressive than Jo Jo Dan's.

    Dan may be the IBF's number one rank behind title-holder Brook but he is far from fancied tonight. You have to place £14 on Brook to win £1.

  69. Get involved

    Join the debate at #bbcboxing

    With Kell Brook fighting later on after being stabbed last year, we're asking for the most remarkable sporting comebacks.

    Nathan: The greatest comeback has to be Monica Seles.

    Seles won the Australian Open in 1996, she was stabbed in 1993 and returned to the Tour in 1995.

    Bernard Hopkins

    Andrew Priestley: Bernard Hopkins. 50-years-old and he keeps on coming back for more. The man is incredible.

  70. Round One

    Adam Etches v Sergey Khomitsky

    Etches , with 'ETCH' across his white trunks, leads with the left early on, no use of the right hand at all as he feels his way in. His opponent is more varied, loosening up with a few rights, none landing.

    Both are orthodox fighters, looking to power up that right hand and Khomitsky does first, stinging the home favourite.

    Etches has a huge tattoo on his back. He looks for openings but with 40 years behind him, the man stood opposite him is not going to give much away at this stage. Closed shop son, try harder.

  71. Post update

    Adam Etches v Sergey Khomitsky

    Sergey Khomitsky stands, clapping his black gloves together. He has an artery visible on his hairless head. He looks angry. Just the 16 years older than his opponent.

    The Sheffield crowd are up and cheering for Etches, one of their own after all. He strips down, tattoos aplenty. White gloves, a youthful looking face but make no mistake, the man is a weapon.

  72. Who is Adam Etches?

    Adam Etches v Sergey Khomitsky

    This could be the platform Adam Etches needs to take his name to the masses.

    Adam Etches

    The 24-year-old middleweight has torn up opponents in his career so far, knocking out 15 of the 18 men he has faced, beating every one of them.

    He is another Sheffield lad, hated school, spent two years working as a doorman in the city and started boxing in his teens after excelling in martial arts.

    "My weight class is booming," he told The Telegraph. "There are plenty of top class kids out there -good boxers who can fight. There is a brilliant mix. Young and old, ones on their way up, ones on their way down. For me, it's nice to be slap bang in the middle of it. It's nice to be mentioned among the others."

    Am I the only one thinking he does not look old enough to have been a doorman?

  73. Jump Around...

    Adam Etches v Sergey Khomitsky

    It's ring walk time. What does Adam 'The Bomber' Etches roll into the arena too?

    Pack it up, pack it in

    Let me begin

    I came to win

    Battle me that's a sin

    It's 'Jump Around' by House of Pain. Apt. He dishes it out.

  74. 'I'm not retiring as the second-best in my family'

    There's nothing like family rivalry to motivate you. And new European super-bantamweight champion Gavin McDonnell says he is desperate to follow in the footsteps of his brother Jamie, the WBA world bantamweight title holder.

    "This has been five years in the making," said Gavin. "My brother has inspired me, I saw him do it and it has taken me five years, a lot of hard work and I've finally got there.

    "I'm 100% convinced I can go on to win a world title. I'm not going to retire until I've got as many titles as Jamie. I'm not retiring as the second-best in my family."

    Jamie added: "I'm absolutely proud of Gavin. He is going to go all the way."

  75. The starter before Brook's main

    Adam Etches v Sergey Khomitsky

    Up next we will see undefeated British middleweight Adam Etches take on a very tough and durable fighter from Belarus, Sergey Khomitsky. The visitor has been in the ring with some top names.

    First though, let's hear from the new European super-bantamweight champ...

  76. Undercard action

    Gavin McDonnell beat Oleksander Yegorov (super-bantamweight, points)

    There have been some great nights in boxing for the McDonnell family - and tonight is another one.

    Gavin McDonnell

    Gavin McDonnell, whose twin brother Jamie is the WBA world bantamweight champion, is the new European super-bantamweight title holder after beating talented Ukrainian Oleksander Yegorov on points.

    McDonnell, 28, won many of the early rounds but had to survive late pressure from his opponent, who suffered the first loss of his career.

    Nevertheless, the English fighter got the verdict by 117-11, 118-110 and 118-109 margins.

  77. Jo Jo the big surprise

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    "If they overlook us they will be surprised, if they don't they will be surprised anyway." Those were the words of Jo Jo Dan's trainer at the pre-fight news conference.

    Jo Jo Dan

    Born in Giurgiu, Romania, Dan's full name is Ionut Dan Ion and he is based in Canada, where 23 of his 34 fights have taken place.

    Dan has only fought outside of Canada and Romania five times.

  78. Hatton predicts Brook win

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    Former world champion Ricky Hatton on Kell Brook's contest: "A lot of people might not know much about his opponent, but you don't get to be a mandatory challenger without being a world class fighter and he'll give his all. That said, I think Kell will shine and then move on to those big fights he's chasing for later in the year."

  79. Anticipation aplenty in Sheffield...

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    The atmosphere is building nicely in Sheffield. A relatively meek start to the undercard made the arena feel cave-like but it is warming up nicely now as Jamie McDonnell and Oleksander Yegorov go at it.

    You get the feeling it will be pumped by Brook time. Recognisable faces puncture the mass of heads ringside. Father & son Barry and Eddie Hearn - the Godfathers of boxing - Scott Quigg, Ricky Burns and Tony Bellew, who will be doing some punditry with BBC Radio 5 live shortly. Coverage on the station will roll from 22:00 GMT.

    "Yorkshire, Yorkshire, Yorkshire," sings a pocket of the crowd.

  80. The all important timings

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    Kanye West

    Boxing rarely goes to plan but if it does tonight then expect Kell Brook to walk to the ring at 22:15 GMT. There have been rumours he has a big entrance planned.

    Brook normally enters to the Kanye West hit 'All of the lights'. Will this change? You've got to love those moments where boxing goes a bit WWE.

    Before Brook comes Adam Etches v Sergey Khomitsky. There could be hope on offer of us running to time as unbeaten Etches does not normally hang around and has 15 KOs in 18 fights.

    A round-up of the fights we have seen so far coming up shortly...


    Join the debate on #bbcboxing

    This has been billed as one of British sport's comeback moments.

    Kell Brook's misfortune in suffering injury when attacked last year provides the platform for a heroic narrative going forward, but haven't we seen comebacks and triumphs over adversity before?

    We want to know what your favourite sporting comeback of all time is? Who has showed up and delivered when time threatened to forget them? Who has overcome adversity and laughed it into submission?

    Tweet us on #bbcboxing.

    Let's get the ball rolling with George Foreman who retired from boxing only to return and land a world title 21 years after winning his first.

    George Foreman
  82. From ecstasy to confusion...

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    Boxer Kell Brook

    Kell Brook experienced more than the highs and lows of sport in 2014, tasting the highs and lows of life in a broader context generally.

    Just over two weeks after being crowned champion of the world for the first time in California, Brook was stabbed in an "unprovoked attack" in Tenerife.

    "My mind was going overtime," Brook told BBC Radio 5 live. "I wasn't sleeping. I was thinking I'd put myself through it in the gym , put myself through it in my life, I win the world title and I'm laid here thinking am I going to walk again, let alone box.

    "I was feeling sorry for myself. I can't describe in this interview how good a feeling it was in California, looking at my family, them looking at me, to being laid in a hospital bed, strapped up."

  83. 'Eye of the Tiger'

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    Kell Brook's eyes and a tiger's eyes

    Rocky could have doubled as a life coach when he was out of the ring.

    "Life ain't about how hard you hit, it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, that's how winning is done," he once said.

    Kell Brook headlines a show named 'Unbreakable' a shade over six months after he was stabbed on holiday. He is moving forward, world title in tow, taking and dealing out the hits.

    Does he have the eye of the tiger? Or will this Hollywood-like fairytale offer a dose of reality?

  84. Welcome

    Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan

    It's Saturday, The Voice has just finished, your vocal chords are oiled, sing with me...

    Rising up, back on the street

    Did my time, took my chances

    Went the distance, now I'm back on my feet

    Just a man and his will to survive...

    Rocky Balboa

    No one quite came back from adversity like Rocky. Can Kell Brook summon his inner Balboa tonight?