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Michael Emons and Alex Bysouth

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  1. Time to go

    Fast, furious and fantastic.

    Hope you all enjoyed that as much as we all did. As always, thanks for joining us and for all your comments.

    See you in 2019. Thanks and goodbye.

  2. Warrington beats Frampton to keep title

    Michael Morrow

    BBC Northern Ireland Sport at Manchester Arena

    Josh Warrington

    Josh Warrington retained his IBF featherweight world title as a blistering start set up a unanimous points win over Carl Frampton in a fight of the year contender in Manchester.

    Captivating from start to finish, the Englishman's staggering work-rate laid the platform for a hugely impressive win - his 28th in succession.

    Having narrowly avoided being dropped in the opening round, Frampton fought gallantly with wonderful shot selection to tighten up the contest in the middle rounds.

    However, the Northern Irishman could not reverse the damage sufficiently as he slid to defeat in a world title fight for the second time.

    Warrington now looks set for a unification bout against one of the division's other belt holders, with WBO champion Oscar Valdez his most likely opponent.

    The bout was scored 116-113 on two of the judges' scorecards, with the other awarding Warrington a 116-112 win.

  3. Whyte knocks out Chisora in 11th round

    Dillian Whyte

    British heavyweight Dillian Whyte delivered a brutal 11th-round knockout of Dereck Chisora to maintain hope of facing world champion Anthony Joshua.

    In an intense rematch, Chisora brought constant pressure and was up on two of the three cards when he was stopped. But the 34-year-old left himself exposed to a crushing left to the jaw that put him on the canvas in London.

    Afterwards, Whyte called out Joshua, who beat him in 2015, and said: "Rematch, let's go. Let's do this", although IBF, WBO and WBA champion Joshua has made it clear he hopes to fight WBC title holder Deontay Wilder, with Tyson Fury a second target.

    Joshua moved from his commentary position, climbed to the ring ropes and asked fans if they would be interested in a Whyte fight, prompting cheers.

    "So if the Whyte fight gets made I don't want to hear any boos," said Joshua. "Let's forget what happened in the past at British level. Now we are at world level. It was a good fight back then, let's see now.

    "We know how the list goes, who is one and two. If there's anyone that deserves a shot, if it isn't them it's you."

  4. Williams lands British title as Saunders wins

    Luke Reddy

    BBC Sport

    Saunders and Liam Williams

    Liam Williams stopped Mark Heffron to win the British middleweight title as Billy Joe Saunders returned from a year out of the ring to win in Manchester.

    Wales' Williams jabbed smartly early on and pounded Heffron with a barrage in the 10th round to force the stoppage.

    Former world middleweight champion Saunders, 29, forced Ghana's Charles Adamu to retire after four rounds.

    Elsewhere, Frenchman Hassan N'Dam out-pointed Britain's Martin Murray, who had said he may retire if he lost.

    Murray, 36, has challenged for a world title four times but after four successive wins, fell short against a fighter who appeared well conditioned and slick, landing uppercuts throughout.

    N'Dam touched down lightly to face a countdown at the end of the fourth round but showed good footwork over 12 rounds, scoring a majority 114-114 117-112 116-112 win, much to the surprise of Murray.

  5. Edwards beats Rosales to win world title

    Charlie Edwards

    Charlie Edwards was crowned a world champion at the second attempt as he outpointed Cristofer Rosales to win the WBC world flyweight title at London's O2 Arena.

    The judges scored the fight 118-110, 117-111 and 116-112 to return a unanimous verdict for Edwards.

    Edwards suffered a cut in round seven but consistently out-boxed his opponent to earn a favourable decision.

    "That one was for my mum," said an emotional Edwards.

    The 24-year-old, who was stopped by John-Riel Casimero in his previous world title bid for the IBF belt in 2016, extends his professional record to 14 wins and one loss, while Rosales has four defeats in a 32-fight career.

  6. Post update

    So what a night of boxing. Let's round up everything that has happened.

  7. 'Let's take the Barmy Army stateside'

    Manchester - Warrington beats Frampton on points to retain IBF World Featherweight Championship

    Josh Warrington speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live's Mike Costello: "I don't know what to say right now, my hands are sore and I've got bruises on my head but I've done it. I've shown what I'm about.

    "If you had said last year that I would've beaten Lee Selby and Carl Frampton back-to-back, people would've laughed in your face.

    "I think I earned his respect as soon as I hit him but it was always about controlling the pace. I've always had self-belief and I've had it for a long time. I don't feel pressure now once I get into a building, because I get this massive energy from somewhere. Once I'm in there, I feel I can't be beaten."

    What's next for you, Josh?: "In the new year I'll speak to Frank Warren and maybe take the Barmy Army stateside. I need to have the big fights. I don't want to go steady. I want to fight champions so let's go unify."

  8. 'Credit to their sport'

    Manchester - Warrington beats Frampton on points to retain IBF World Featherweight Championship

    Sports presenter Colin Murray on Twitter...

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    Chris Rosam: @J_Warrington just delivered the athletic performance of the year. Phenomenal energy.

    Steven Patrick McNamara: Mike Costello is the best boxing commentator since Carpenter and Guttridge (R.I.P both great men) paints such a good picture of the fight

  10. Can Carl Frampton continue?

    Manchester - Warrington beats Frampton by unanimous decision

    Mike Costello

    BBC Sport boxing correspondent at Manchester Arena

    Frampton competed at an elite level tonight but the question is how much has that taken out of him? He's lost a world title before and knows how tough it is to climb back and drag yourself to the gym. He has to ask himself that question. Because the desire to fight is like elastic in your socks, once you've lost it, you can't get it back.

    The plan was definitely to apply controlled pressure because he felt he had the greater strength in those exchanges. But the way Warrington closed the gap between him and Frampton in those exchanges was key in the fight.

    It's very high among the best fights I've covered at ringside. Very rarely have we seen something like we've seen here tonight.

    This has the making of a Fight of the Year nominee because the two men showed such determination, such resilience and such skill, that we ended up with something very memorable.

  11. Stevenson 'awake and healing' after injury

    Adonis Stevenson

    Elsewhere, in the boxing world, some positive news from Canada.

    Former light-heavyweight world champion Adonis Stevenson is "awake" and "healing" from the brain injury he sustained during a fight, says his girlfriend Simone.

    The Canadian needed surgery after he was knocked out in the 11th round by Ukrainian Oleksandr Gvozdyk earlier this month.

    Simone 'SiSi' God said the 41-year-old was recovering "in the private company of his family".

    "Adonis is a world champion and is exhibiting that same determination in his recovery," she said. "Despite recent reports being leaked to media, I wanted to clarify that Adonis is awake."

    Stevenson was making his 10th WBC title defence when he was injured.

  12. Post update

    What a night we've had, two massive fights and they both finish within a minute of each other...

    Great drama. We hoped it would be a great night for the sport. And it was.

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    Dillian Whyte KOs Dereck Chisora in 11th round

    Sho: Wooooooahhh that was a big knockout. Wow.

    Chris Painter: Surely that's it for Chisora now. too many fights lost, too many chances squandered. Can't see many more big nights like this coming up for him.

    Morgan Fletcher: Whyte is not on the same level as @anthonyfjoshua@BronzeBomber@Tyson_Fury. Poor fight would get knocked out by Povetkin. Entertaining scrap tho, but it was that.

    Dillian Whyte
  14. 'Best fight I've seen in a British ring' - promoter Warren

    Manchester - Warrington beats Frampton on points to retain IBF World Featherweight Championship

    More from Josh Warrington, reacting to his win on BT Sport: "I want to enjoy Christmas, it's been a long five months preparing for this fight. It's been tough mentally and I hope I've won a few fans over and they're more than welcome to join the journey I'm on.

    "I want more big fights and now I'm here, I'm not nervous anymore. I hope the fans were entertained."

    Promoter Frank Warren: "Before we talk about what's next, that's the best world title fight I've ever seen in a British ring. That was something special that these two guys delivered.

    "I just want to say how honoured we were to witness that tonight. What's next? Josh will have a rest now and we'll talk about what's next after Christmas."

  15. 'What a fight'

    Manchester - Warrington beats Frampton on points to retain IBF World Featherweight Championship

    Another great fighter from Leeds, Nicola Adams, pays tribute to Josh Warrington.

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  16. Warrington being checked out by the doctor

    Manchester - Warrington beats Frampton on points to retain IBF World Featherweight Championship

    Josh Warrington is sitting backstage in his dressing room having his hands checked out by the doctor. He may have suffered some damage to his hands or fingers, but he still has a big smile on his face. The pain will heal, but he will never forget this night.

    He was superb and that is a very successful first defence of his IBF World Featherweight Championship.

  17. 'When' not 'if' for Whyte and AJ

    Dillian Whyte KOs Dereck Chisora in 11th round

    Promoter Eddie Hearn says it is "when" not "if" Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte fight again.

    If not at Wembley on 13 April, then later in the year, says Hearn.

    Anthony Joshua
  18. 'The better man won'

    Manchester - Warrington beats Frampton on points to retain IBF World Featherweight Championship

    Carl Frampton, who lost to Josh Warrington, tells BT Sport Box Office: "He won the fight fair and square. I came here, had trained hard and was sharp but the better man won and I hope he goes on to unify the division.

    "It was just not my night, I was fit and strong but Josh was fitter and stronger. I was hurt a number of times. When people say Josh cannot punch, I don't know what they are talking about. I didn't estimate but he was even better than I thought - he can punch hard."

    Frampton is asked about his future in boxing and says: "I will have to sit down with my team. I've got a young family at home and I've been in this game a long time. I have to sit down with my team and figure out the next move."