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Summary

  1. IBF welterweight: Champion Kell Brook beats Frankie Gavin
  2. IBF featherweight: Lee Selby beats Evgeny Gradovich
  3. WBC lightweight: Kevin Mitchell loses to Jorge Linares
  4. Heavyweight Anthony Joshua stops Kevin Johnson in 2nd round

Live Reporting

By Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight

And now, in the words of Frank Sinatra, the end is near. Ol' Blue Eyes enjoyed his boxing - and he would have loved that fantastic bill which was served up to us at the O2 Arena tonight.

Kell Brook and Lee Selby will hit the hay with a world title belt around their waist while Kevin Mitchell and Anthony Joshua produced fantastic performances with much different results.

All of the reports and reaction will be on the

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Linares beats Mitchell

Richie Woodhall

Former super middleweight world champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"It's difficult to say what was the best performance of the night. Mitchell was all about the heart, the courage and the flipside was Selby, which was all about the skill. Mitchell may have peaked tonight because it will be very difficult to come back mentally from that. That's a third title attempt."

Brook retains world title

Daily Star boxing writer Chris McKenna: Bit of an anti-climax after a great night of boxing. Bad of fans to leave during Brook fight. British world champion.

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Lee Selby: Thank you everybody for your support!!! It means the world to me!! #TeamSelby #IbfChamp!!!

Lee Selby
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Selby beats Gradovich

Mike Costello - who knows a thing or two about boxing - ranks Lee Selby's amazing world title victory over Russia's Evgeny Gradovich as the performance of the night. You can read a report on that and some of the other undercard fights

here.

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Anthony Joshua: Until next time, the hype train keeps rolling!! #StayHungry.

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Brook retains world title

Ross Parlett: Kell Brook outclassed poor Frankie Gavin - he ran out of ideas, took so much punishment and went into survival mode. No way back.

Joshua beats Johnson

Eddie Hearn also added that Anthony Joshua could fight fellow Brits David Price or Dereck Chisora next. He looks unstoppable. The world is at his size 16 feet.

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Joshua beats Johnson

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Promoter Eddie Hearn, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "You can't criticise Kevin Johnson as a 13th fight opponent. He was up for the fight. I know he got a few chants of 'who ate all the pies?' but he looked decent. But when you get hit by Anthony Joshua, he's going to take anyone out. I believe he can beat all those top people now but we've got to do it right. He's vicious by the way. He might seem like the nicest guy but he was burning inside to beat up Johnson."

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World champion

Carl Frampton: "Not just going from tonight's performance but Kell Brook is a hell of fighter."

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Brook retains world title

Kell Brook
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Promoter Eddie Hearn, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "Kell won't get the credit until he fights the big names and it's our job to bring them over. But the Americans are talking about him believe me."

Wow, Christophe. That's some card... you'd sell out Wembley twice over with that line-up.

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Salmaan: Khan was slammed for seemingly taking an 'easier' fight against Algieri, why is no one saying the same re Brook fighting Gavin?

Christophe Talbotski: Brook-Khan, Froch-Golovkin, Quigg-Frampton, AJ-?, Wembley Stadium, late summer. Makes sense Eddie Hearn #supercard

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Kell Brook tells BBC Radio 5 live: "I always knew it was going to be tricky with him. I just had to be patient for a few rounds. I tried to play him at his own game, be patient, outbox him and then finish him.

"I knew after four or five rounds it would take just take one shot. I knew it was just a matter of time. I saw little signs he was getting tired, I've been a professional a long time. I just thought 'be patient Kell, keep chopping the tree and you'll get him'.

"I can't wait to be fighting a big name next. I'm looking to get out before September, there's nothing wrong with my hands. I'm calling (promoter) Eddie (Hearn) and saying I want my next fight asap.

"I'm unbeaten, I'm ready to take on the world and I'm ready for the best out there now. I want to make a serious legacy. I'm in the hottest division. "

Brook retains world title

Eddie Hearn tells us that Kell Brook put on a stone and a half from the weigh-in to the time of the weight. That's a big fry-up.

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Brook retains world title

Promoter Eddie Hearn, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "Frankie Gavin was always going to have a style which would cause problems but Kell Brook was too big and too strong. Frankie said afterwards it was like fighting a monster - he'd never felt power like it, even in the clinches."

Brook retains world title

Gavin and Brook
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There's a nice moment in the centre of the ring as Kell Brook and Frankie Gavin share a joke. Respect between the two men.

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Brook retains world title

Fraser McNair: Gavin has no power! Go down a weight, skill gets you nowhere if you can't hurt your opponent.

Derry Suter: And still the world champion Special K, great effort from Frankie.

Brook retains world title

Promoter Eddie Hearn, speaking to Sky Sports Box Office: "Everyone wants Brook v Khan, but it's deja vu. He wants Mayweather but now he's saying that won't happen in September so it'll be next May now. We can't go on waiting. There's nothing we can do - Kell Brook will carry on, he will fight anyone in the division. He's the best domestically and I think he's number one in the world apart from Mayweather, but I do think he'd cause him problems."

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Brook retains world title

Kell Brook, speaking to Sky Sports Box Office: "I knew he'd be tricky for a few rounds. I was testing my skills against him - he's a very talented boxer and I told him that. We could see he was tiring and it was a matter of time. I caught him with a good shot and capitalised on it. There's many more things to come from me. My adrenaline wasn't running - I wasn't excited by this. I want bigger fights.

"Amir Khan doesn't want to listen to me. Why? It's getting boring."

Brook retains world title

Steve Bunce

Boxing expert on BBC Radio 5 live

"There are stiffer tests out there. Forget Mayweather, Amir Khan beat Algieri and the Americans like him and he fights big fights. But the fight with Khan has got to happen. I think it's an outdoor fight."

Brook retains world title

So that's a second successive IBF welterweight defence for Kell Brook. Who's next? Amir Khan? Manny Pacquiao?

Brook retains world title

Richie Woodhall

Former super middleweight world champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"Gavin has got to knuckle down, that's the problem to make a lighter weight. Unless he does that, his future is not in the welterweight division, he has to get down to light-welterweight."

Brook v Gavin

Steve Bunce

Boxing expert on BBC Radio 5 live

"Kell had so much in store. He was laughing, smirking at times. Gavin turned away when he got hurt by a big punch. The referee has been on stop-watch since the first bell."

Brook retains world title

Gavin ended up with his head tucked in and went into survival mode as Kell Brook clinically took apart his prey. A clinical performance.

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Brook retains world title

Brook wins
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And Brook forces Gavin onto the ropes. He unleashes some booming shots and the ref looks concerned... concerned enough to step in and stop the fight. A TKO victory for Brook in the sixth round.

Round 6

Brook v Gavin

Brook dominates
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Another straight right hurts Gavin and then Brook unleashes a frightening combination. The challenger's left eye puffs up. Brook is almost standing there now, having a look and nimbly switching stances to land the shots he wants. Like he's got a sat nav.

Round 6

Brook v Gavin

Brook leads with the left and then clobbers Gavin with a straight right. As Mike Costello notes, Gavin has all the ability in the world but doesn't have the power to hurt Brook.

Brook v Gavin

Richie Woodhall

Former super middleweight world champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"I haven't given Gavin a round yet. We seem to be waiting for Brook to step on the gas. At one point he was hurting him with big, big shots."

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Mitchell v Linares

BBC Radio 5 live

Mitchell and Linares
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"One of the best rounds we'll ever see in a British ring."

BBC Radio 5 live's boxing correspondent Mike Costello commentates on Kevin Mitchell's heroic loss to Jorge Linares after one of the most enthralling rounds in recent memory.

Mitchell was ahead on two of the judges score cards when the fight was stopped. Linares retains the WBC world lightweight title.

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Brook v Gavin

Mike Costello

BBC Radio 5 live boxing commentator

"There's a serious blemish under Gavin's right eye. A sign of the damage that he's been taking in this fifth round."

Round 5

Brook v Gavin

Brook hits Gavin
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Kell Brook continues to look like he's nipped out to the shops. He's serene in the ring as he shows neat footwork and classic skills to nullify Gavin's southpaw threat. The champ misses with a right and a looping counter from Gavin hits the spot. Brook continues to look the part though - a Hollywood fighter. The punches begin to rain down as Gavin takes cover in the corner and a blemish opens up on his face.

Brook v Gavin

Richie Woodhall

Former super middleweight world champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"Kell Brook is very confident and delivered a body shot that hurt Gavin. A lot of people will have missed it but if Brook's corner have seen it they will tell him to do more."

Brook v Gavin

Mike Costello

BBC Radio 5 live boxing commentator

"Gavin holds onto Brook for the first time and that's significant. He's frightening the life out of Gavin with these heavy shots."

Round 4

Brook v Gavin

Left jab, right uppercut - Brook is beginning to unload some powerful shots to the chops of Gavin who looks hurt when he is caught near the ropes. Already, Brook senses blood.

Round 4

Brook v Gavin

Kell Brook is visibly the bigger man and he tries to chase down Frankie Gavin who is a slippery opponent. A left to the side of the face doesn't hurt Gavin who is beginning to get into this fight. Brook works away with some body shots.

Brook v Gavin

Steve Bunce

Boxing expert on BBC Radio 5 live

"Frankie's boxing beautifully, it's just a lost cause. You can box beautifully and still lose."

Round 3

Brook v Gavin

Brook and Gavin
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Brook lands to the right of Gavin's face - the Brummie looking like he's about to suffer some facial cuts. Brook is bossing this, without really getting out of second gear.

Round 3

Brook v Gavin

Brook works away in the corner, a right hand hurting Gavin, but the challenger gets his head down and drives the champions back into the middle of the ring. Again Brook gets his opponent on the ropes but he does get caught by a stiff counter.

Round 3

Brook v Gavin

The arena is plunged into darkness and the spotlights take effect for the third round. A very watchful start but Gavin's face is reddening as Kell Brook continually clips the former world amateur champion.