Ringside Round up
Sheffield's unbeaten welterweight Kell Brook had one of the toughest nights of his boxing career in front of his home town crowd. Kell started the bout strongly and showed a lot of class, dominating the early rounds, but Carson Jones dug deep and really battled in the later stages. In the eighth, blood was pouring from Brook's nose as the American pressed forward. Brook did enough to win however, with two judges scoring in his favour 116-113 and 115-113 with one judge calling the fight a draw.
Brook said afterwards, 'I think I've proved I've got the heart. I stood my ground and did what I needed to get the fight. Carson Jones has won my respect tonight, it was a fight I needed, to dig in - if you don't get through the fight you don't win,’
Jones was equally magnanimous, 'I think it was a close fight. Hopefully we can do it again, and make it right. I should have started a bit earlier and it might not have been as close. But I take nothing away from him, he's a great fighter'
On the same bill. Gavin Rees stopped Derry Mathews in the ninth round of their lightweight contest to take Mathews' British belt and to retain his European title. Mathews started well using his reach advantage but was caught by a crashing right in the third round. Then in the eighth Mathews was saved by the bell after another heavy blow to the temple. After the restart Rees stepped up a gear and sent Mathews to the canvas with a flurry of punches.
Merthyr Tydfil's Kerry Hope lost his rematch with Poland's Grzegorz Proksa for the European middleweight title when he was floored by a right hook in the eighth round.
Meanwhile in Berne, Switzerland Wladimir Klitschko retained his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight title belts by stopping American challenger Tony Thompson in the sixth round. It's now eight years since Wlad has been beaten bringing his record to 58 wins, 51 by way of a knockout and only 3 defeats.
It's the second time these two fighters have met. They fought previously in 2008 when Thompson lasted until the 11th round. This time the 40 year old American was dispatched in the 6th.
Tyson Fury is now the proud owner of the previously vacant WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight title after beating 38 year old Vinny Maddalone. The referee stopped the fight halfway through the fifth round with the American bleeding heavily from a facial cut.
'I actually called the referee over, because he is a tough guy but he was taking some real shots,' said Fury.
Tyson has now won 14 of his 19 fights inside the distance.