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Summary

  1. Anthony Joshua becomes new British heavyweight champion
  2. Joshua knocks out Dillian Whyte with uppercut in seventh round
  3. Olympic champion now has 15 knockouts in 15 fights
  4. Chris Eubank Jr beat Gary O'Sullivan in WBA middleweight eliminator
  5. Kevin Mitchell lost to Ismael Barroso in WBA interim lightweight championship

Live Reporting

By Luke Reddy and Nate Williams

All times stated are UK

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Thanks for a top night...

So a rivalry comes to an end in pretty clear fashion. Anthony Joshua's right hand may be sore tomorrow from the punch which rendered Dillian Whyte broken.

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Where next for Joshua? He was rattled briefly tonight but a path to world domination is looking clearer and clearer. 

Take a look at the fight report - it was a contest which had a bit of everything after all - and you'll find results from all the other fights in there.

Chris Eubank Jr looked good, Luke Campbell lost for the first time, it has been a cracking night.

Thanks for your company. Sleep well.

Joshua's 'born to be king' of the heavyweights

Joshua knocks out Whyte

A message from Commonwealth Games gold medallist and Anthony Joshua's former GB boxing team mate Anthony Fowler...

@anthonyfjoshua is the man, took some great shots but come through it, I've said it before an ill say it again, the mans born to be king

Don't miss this...

The ultimate fighter...

Muhammad Ali quote
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He started boxing to know how to beat up whoever had stolen his bike.

He said: "Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beat each other up."

He changed his name.

He inspired.

I urge you to take a look at BBC Sport's iWonder guide on Muhammad Ali by clicking here. Videos, quotes and history aplenty if you click here.

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Earlier tonight...

Bellew moves on...

Earlier tonight, Liverpudlian Tony Bellew became European Champion with a points win over Mateusz Masternak at the O2 Arena.

Bellew came through by unanimous decision but it took a very gutsy final two rounds to get the edge as the cards read 11-5-113 115-112 and 115-112 again.

Bellew is of course trying to close in on a world title shot at cruiserweight having lost two world title contests at light-heavyweight.

Tony Bellew
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Steady on Lennox

.@RealRoyJonesJr It's time bro! 😞

This is a bit harsh from former undisputed world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis.

Former world champion Roy Jones Jr - at 46 years of age - was beaten by Enzo Maccarinelli tonight - knocked out to be precise.

Welshman Maccarinelli got the job done in four rounds.Read about it here.

Friends from jungle places

Eubank the centre of attention

It seems Chris Eubank Jr has some of his dad's friends backstage with him. You may recall Eubank Sr was recently in the jungle on I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

Eubank Jr managed to see off Gary O'Sullivan in some style earlier on to become a number one contender for the WBA middleweight title.

Some friendly faces visiting the changing room @vickygshore and kieron dyer #TeamEubank

Some friendly faces visiting the changing room @vickygshore and kieron dyer #TeamEubank

'Joshua will be world champion in 18 months'

Joshua knocks out Whyte

Richie Woodhall

Former world champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"I Really enjoyed it. Anthony Joshua v Dillian Whyte lived up to the hype. Let's give Dillian Whyte credit for rocking Anthony to his core with that shot and testing him. But Anthony's not the finished article and he'll learn from that fight tonight. This is fantastic for British heavyweight boxing. Dillian has a good future. I think Anthony Joshua will be heavyweight champion of the world within 18 months." 

Premier League analysis...

Joshua knocks out Whyte

Stoke City midfielder Steve Sidwell is offering up some analysis...

Come good in the end, got buzzed in 2/3 but got his game back 4 onwards. Good test and experience . Roll on the champ @anthonyfjoshua

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Joshua knocks out Whyte

If you are just clicking into our live text, we've seen Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte serve up a quite enthralling seven rounds.

We saw the ring invaded by each corner after one round as both boxers landed blows after the bell. Then we saw Joshua hurt for the first time in his career.

But, focused and determined not to wilt, he kept ripping into his rival and delivered a quite brutal uppercut to seal the deal in the seventh.

Anthony Joshua
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Stormzy speaks...

Joshua knocks out Whyte

Stormzy, the UK rapper who performed "Shut Up" during Anthony Joshua's ring walk says he's grateful for the experience.

Can't believe I just experienced that, life is starting to feel like a dream. Too gassed right now, thank you my bro 🙏❤️ @anthonyfjoshua

Earlier tonight...

Paulie Malignaggi wins European title

Paulie Malignaggi
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Former two-weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi beat Italian Antonio Moscatiello by unanimous decision to achieve a life-long ambition. 

The 35 year-old American, who hails from Brooklyn, has always wanted to lift a European title and dedicate it to his Grandfather, who has Italian heritage. 

And he did that in style as he outclassed his opponent to win the European welterweight belt by a wide points victory. 

He said: “I'm getting old. I thought I boxed well. I got a little fatigued at the end. He was a stubborn character. He landed a couple of clean ones and I guess my chin holds up better than some people think. I cruised to victory." 

'He took a big shot'

Joshua knocks out Whyte

Former two-weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi on BBC Radio 5 live: "Once he settled in he showed that maturity. You can see in his body frame that he works very hard. He keeps wanting to make improvements and I think he will go back to the drawing board and make more.

"He took a big shot but I like the fact he did not diminish. He survived being hurt and was then able to remain with a game plan, adjust and continue to execute a plan. That's hard to do. Sometimes you start second guessing yourself."

Even Aussie cricketers like AJ

Joshua knocks out Whyte

.@anthonyfjoshua Congrats buddy, awesome, well done !!! See you soon big man 👍

Anthony Joshua
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'What a tough kid Dillian is'

Joshua knocks out Whyte

Richie Woodhall

Former world champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"You won't see many heavyweight fights like that over seven rounds. What a tough kid Dillian is though, most other heavyweights will have gone sooner than he did. Credit to him. He has a big future in the game." 

'World title shot in 2016'

Joshua knocks out Whyte

"Tonight he showed he is made of the hard stuff," promoter Eddie Hearn tells Sky Sports.

"The journey continues, I believe 2016 will bring a world title shot. That's the fight he needed and the finish was absolutely devastating."

Anthony Joshua
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'It doesn't happen overnight'

Joshua knocks out Whyte

BBC Radio 5 Live

"A world title fight is still far away," says Anthony Joshua on BBC Radio 5 live. "Becoming an elite athlete in such a tough sport, it doesn't happen overnight but I've got the desire, ambition and the team around me to do it but I don't want to rush it because when I get there, I want to stay there."

'A street fight'

Joshua knocks out Whyte

"It turned into street fight at the start," Anthony Joshua tells Sky Sports.

"It is a tough fight. I made it tough for myself. I matched Dillian. It has given me experience. I learned a lot and now I can look forward. The mistakes I made I cannot take to top level. Perfect fight, no rush and I will keep building and building."

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Promoter Eddie Hearn reacts

Joshua knocks out Whyte

BBC Radio 5 Live

"It had it all, the ring invasion after one round, he was definitely tired and then what a finish," says promoter Eddie Hearn on BBC Radio 5 live. "I was thinking, this could go to points, both look tired. He gives you value for money. Pure excitement but a lot to learn.

"This is why when people say 'put him in with Fury', I say we have to go through this journey.

"I don't know how he found that finish. One thing you'll get with Anthony Joshua is value for money. He's an ambassador for the sport. He has a great chin and plenty of heart. He found a way to come back and produce one of the best finishes I've seen in heavyweight boxing."   

Golfing champion Rory McIlroy on Twitter

Joshua knocks out Whyte

.@anthonyfjoshua!!! What a legend.... Can't wait to see what's next!

'I'd rematch Dillian'

Joshua knocks out Whyte

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"You can see I came through, I got heart, I will keep on going," Anthony Joshua tells BBC Radio 5 live.

"You have to listen to your coaches in the ring because these things do happen in a boxing ring, then you recover and get back to doing what you do. Boxing is not complicated.

"Everything you do in a 10-week camp takes you through. You just keep going. 

"I'd like to re-match Dillian because he will give me rounds. He is very strong and very game."

Anthony Joshua
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What next for Joshua?

#bbcboxing

Well, after that explosive finish from Anthony Joshua, who's next to stand in his way? 

Tweet us your thoughts via #bbcboxing

joshua v fury Anyone? Coming soon no doubt. #JoshuaVsWhyte #bbcboxing

OOF!! What a right-hook & uppercut!!! 👊🏼👊🏼 #JoshuaWhyte #bbcboxing

Richie Woodall "Whyte caught with a right hand from Joshua that would have knocked King Kong out" Now theres a fight! #bbcboxing #JoshuaKong

Anthony Joshua reacts...

Joshua knocks out Whyte

"I'm going on to higher things now I've got rid of him."

Joshua knocks out Whyte

It is worth remembering Anthony Joshua is now British and Commonwealth champion.

I'm not sure any heavyweight on the planet could have taken that uppercut. It was Rocky, Action Man and Hulk Hogan all rolled into one.

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Joshua knocks out Whyte

Richie Woodhall

Former world champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"They'll look at the tape and his camp won't be happy. Joshua got too emotional in there."

Joshua knocks out Whyte

Wow, that was gripping. Seven rounds which Anthony Joshua will not forget for a long time. Dillian Whyte will be proud of them too when he regains his senses.

Honestly, that right uppercut was absolutely astounding. Whyte's head rocked back.

Anthony Joshua
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'It would have KO'd King Kong'

Joshua knocks out Whyte

Richie Woodhall

Former world champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"It didn't look like it was going his way but he came of age tonight. All the questions about whether he can take a shot were answered tonight. 

"The right uppercut was a punch that would have knocked King Kong out."

Round Seven

KNOCKOUT - ANTHONY JOSHUA WINS

Wow, a massive right hand is landed and even as he's tangled in the ropes with a referee trying to remove his mouthguard, Dillian Whyte is trying to get up...

He can't, there is no chance, his eyes are not with us. 

One right hand to the temple of Dillian Whyte set the end in motion and after his legs returned from being jelly like, he battled on, trying to grapple with Joshua to tie him up. Suddenly, near the ropes, Joshua landed a right upper cut which would have broken through stone.

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Round Seven

Joshua v Whyte

Round Seven. After those early blows and the need for security in the ring after one round, I thought this would be done by the third.

A left jab and right hand catch the gloves of Whyte. But Joshua lands a right and Dillian Whyte is gone, his legs are jelly with two minutes of this round to go...

Joshua v Whyte

Richie Woodhall

Former world champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"Incredible round. I can see what Dillian Whyte is trying to do. It's very difficult for Joshua to catch him. Nothing is hitting the target cleanly."

Anthony Joshua
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Round Six

Joshua v Whyte

There's a smile on Anthony Joshua's face as he jogs on the spot near the corner. We have seen the Instagram posts of him swimming, does he have a lot of fitness for the latter rounds?

A pinging right hand on the counter is sumptuous by the Olympic champion. He is ahead, no doubt, but there is drama to come here for sure.

British heavyweight title fight

Anthony Joshua v Dillian Whyte

Mike Costello

BBC Radio 5 live boxing commentator

"This is turning into a valuable process in the career of Anthony Joshua."

Anthony Joshua
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Round Six

Joshua v Whyte

Anthony Joshua has never gone this far in a contest and is in uncharted water. Maybe that's why Dillian Whyte came into the ring to the sound of the Jaws soundtrack.

Left jab, right hand from Whyte don't land, he jerks his upper body to become hard to hit, left jab and then he jumps in with a right.

Anthony Joshua throws a right hand from behind his guard. It lands a little and the power sends Whyte backwards.

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Joshua v Whyte

Richie Woodhall

Former world champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"Joshua has got to relax a bit more but he's winning this contest."

Round Five

Joshua v Whyte

Anthony Joshua throws a left as a distraction shot and then lands with the right, Dillian Whyte throws a left, it's slipped and Joshua takes up the space it leaves to drill one into the body.

They clench, the O2 is engrossed, a shot to the ribs from Joshua and as they split, Whyte bobs on the spot as if to intimate he has plenty in the locker.

Anthony Joshua
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#bbcboxing

Dillian Whyte's pushing Joshua to his limits. Are we seeing the Olympic gold medallist's true potential? 

Tweet us your thoughts at #bbcboxing

"finally we are going to see Anthony Joshua tested are we?" - #bbcboxing channeling Yoda. Star Wars fever, or one too many pre fight gins?

This is time for Joshua to show he's Champion breed #bbcboxing

You feel Joshuas better physicality will see him through in round 7-9 #bbcboxing

Round Five

Joshua v Whyte

A tight opening to the fifth, a slappy left from Anthony Joshua isn't going to cut the mustard but a good straight right was bang on. He smiles after it lands...

British heavyweight title fight

Joshua v Whyte

Richie Woodhall

Former world champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"It was Joshua's round but emotions are playing a big part in this contest. But I have Joshua 3-1 up in rounds."

Anthony Joshua
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Round Four

Joshua v Whyte

A big, big right hand from Anthony Joshua and that shook the legs of Dillian Whyte, he visibly lost his balance.

Left hook, right cross from AJ, the guard of Whyte took the brunt of the sting, a feint from Whyte, he goes to the body but gets nothing.

The bell goes, the referee steps in to split them. This is a real grudge match. It's not boxing hype, they visibly want to break one another. The dislike is genuine.