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Chris Eubank Jnr beats Ruslans Pojonisevs 80-72

Eubank Jnr continues good start to pro career with comfortable victory over Pojonisevs

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UPDATED:

22:41 GMT, 13 October 2012

Chris Eubank Jnr won every round against Latvian journeyman Ruslans Pojonisevs to maintain his unbeaten start to his fledgling career.

The 23-year-old middleweight's unblemished record now reads seven without defeat after his latest victory at Bluewater in Kent.

After making his trademark entrance to the ring by jumping the ropes, Eubank Jnr dominated from the first bell as Pojonisevs, 29, barely through a punch in the opening round.

Winning start: Chris Eubank Jr maintained his unbeaten start to his professional career with a win over Ruslans Pojonisevs

Winning start: Chris Eubank Jr maintained his unbeaten start to his professional career with a win over Ruslans Pojonisevs

The Latvian attempted to pose himself in the second stanza but he faced an uphill battle against a taller and rangier opponent.

Eubank Jnr, never afraid to take a punch in order to land his own, looked calm and assured as he stalked his adversary round the ring.

Fighting over eight rounds for the first time, Eubank Jnr stepped on the gas at the start of the fourth round as he landed with a flurry of combinations. The durable Pojonisevs withstood the pressure however but his own wild shots never looked like connecting.

In control: Eubank looked good against Pojonisevs

In control: Eubank looked good against Pojonisevs

The subsequent session followed a similar pattern with Eubank Jnr pinning the older man to the ropes but again he was unable to finish the job.

Pojonisevs had lost nine of his last ten fights but hasn't been stopped in almost two years and that looked set to remain the case as the fight entered the penultimate round. Indeed, the final six minutes were largely uneventful as the visiting fighter took the best Eubank Jnr had to offer.

After a final flurry from the young star, he was awarded the victory by 80 points to 72.

London 2012 Paralympics wheelchair rugby: Great Britain 57 France 50

Great Britain 57 France 50: Wheelchair rugby side keep hopes alive by a thread

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UPDATED:

23:58 GMT, 6 September 2012

Great Britain's wheelchair rugby team survived a major scare at the Basketball Arena on Thursday as they kept their medal hopes alive.

Steve Brown's team will now face Japan on Friday in a game that will decide whether or not they progress from Pool A.

But they almost came to grief on day two of the tournament.

Stretch: Mike Kerr of Great Britain reaches out to get the ball before Sebastien Lhuissier of France

Stretch: Mike Kerr of Great Britain reaches out to get the ball before Sebastien Lhuissier of France

Having lost to reigning Paralympic champions the United States, victory over competition minnows France was paramount.

But the scores were tied after the first and second quarters before Britain edged the third quarter 15-14 and then pulled away in the final phase.

Aaron Phipps scored 30 of his team's goals.

Crunched: Aaron Phipps was on top form

Crunched: Aaron Phipps was on top form

Having fun: David Cameron turned up at the wheelchair rugby

Having fun: David Cameron turned up at the wheelchair rugby

Brown said: 'It's always very difficult when you have days like yesterday against the United States when you put out your best performance and it's still not good enough.

'Against France we always knew it was going to be a long, hard slog. They are a team that need to be worn down.

'It was goal for goal for an awfully long time, but the tactical decisions we made all worked.

Plan: Scott Brown has some tricks up his sleeve for Japan

Plan: Scott Brown has some tricks up his sleeve for Japan

'You've got to remember these are the top eight teams in the world and nothing can be taken for granted.'

Japan, considered by some as tournament dark horses, now stand between Britain and a semi-final place.

And Brown said: 'We've got tricks up our sleeve to play them. We've got different line-ups, you'll see different combinations of players, different ideas of presses and tactics.

'Of course, I can't go into that too much right now, but tomorrow you will see.'

Rammed: Riadh Sallem is challenged by David Anthony

Rammed: Riadh Sallem is challenged by David Anthony

London 2012 Olympics: Tom Stalker reaches boxing quarter-finals

Captain Stalker continues boxing success story with imposing win over Kumar

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UPDATED:

21:43 GMT, 4 August 2012

Thomas Stalker became the sixth Great Britain boxer to earn a place in the Olympic quarter-finals after a strong 20-16 win over Manoj Kumar of India at ExCeL.

World No 1 Stalker started fast and never gave his rugged opponent, whom he had also beaten in the quarter-finals of last year's World Championships, a chance of making any kind of impression.

Three points clear at the start of the first, Stalker poured in counter-punching combinations in the second to move seven ahead, and continued picking off the Indian to pull off an impressive victory.

Marching on: Thomas Stalker moved into the middleweight boxing quarter finals

Marching on: Thomas Stalker moved into the middleweight boxing quarter finals

Hard at it: Stalker (left) and Manoj Kumar of India traded blows for the three rounds

Hard at it: Stalker (left) and Manoj Kumar of India traded blows for the three rounds

Hard at it: Stalker (left) and Manoj Kumar of India traded blows for the three rounds

Germany 2 Israel 0: Mario Gomez and Andre Schurrle on target as Joachim Low"s side grind out a result

Germany 2 Israel 0: Gomez and Schurrle on target as Low's side grind out a result

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UPDATED:

22:48 GMT, 31 May 2012

Germany bounced back from their 5-3 defeat in Switzerland with a typically gritty 2-0 victory over Israel in their final warm-up game before Euro 2012.

Mario Gomez and substitute Andre Schurrle scored a goal in each half as the Germans dominated proceedings, but wasted a raft of chances in Leipzig.

On target: Mario Gomez fires the hosts ahead

On target: Mario Gomez fires the hosts ahead

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The return of seven Bayern Munich players boosted Joachim Low's side before their opening match against Portugal, but once again, the German coach was left with some testing questions.

'I am not unduly worried but I am not relaxed either. We have a lot of work next week,' Low said.

'We still need to improve, that's clear. We need to be more aggressive. Clearly, the game against Portugal will be played at a different pace,' he added.

2-0: Andre Schurrle doubled Germany's lead

2-0: Andre Schurrle doubled Germany's lead

While Bastian Schweinsteiger sat out the match with a calf injury, Gomez put Germany ahead in the 40th minute by finishing off Thomas Muller's pass with a firm shot that hit the underside of the crossbar before finding the net.

Schurrle completed the scoring in the 83rd with a tremendous shot from the edge of the box.

'We played against a defensive, well organized team. Our combinations were more fluid in the second half and we created more chances. They did not challenge us much in the defense but it's good to end the preparations with a win,' Loew continued.

Work to do: Joachim Low embraces Israel coach Eli Guttman

Work to do: Joachim Low embraces Israel coach Eli Guttman

Israel coach Eli Gutman said he told his players to play fairly, 'because Germany is going to the Euros and I promised the coach that there will be no injuries.'

'I was sure that Germany would control the game, we wanted to play good zone defense, try to win the ball and counterattack.'

Vitali Klitschko warned against fighting Dereck Chisora

Klitschko promises to KO Chisora despite being warned against taking fight

Vitali Klitschko has admitted his trainer warned him against fighting Dereck Chisora – but has promised to knock the Brit out inside six rounds.

The Ukrainian will put his WBC heavyweight title on the line against Chisora on February 18 in Munich.

And the champion has no plans to stay in the ring any longer than necessary.

In shape: Vitali Klitschko (right) trains ahead of his clash with Dereck Chisora

In shape: Vitali Klitschko (right) trains ahead of his clash with Dereck Chisora

‘He [trainer Fritz Sdunek] told me not to fight you [Chisora] but I said “No, I want to”,' Klitschko told Box Nation.

‘I’ve lost two fights and they were down to injury; no-one can stop me.

‘In the first round I’ll be looking at him, the second round will be a warm-up, round three I’ll try some combinations and round four, five or six, I’ll knock him out.

‘I have a couple of weeks to think about how I can beat him. I know my knockout record and he will be the next one, a points decision is not interesting for anyone.

‘Nobody can send me into retirement; everyone has tried. I will give the world title up myself; no-one can take it away from me.’

But Klitschcko did accept that he faces a tough task against Chisora.

Let's get it on: Klitschko and Chisora have both promised a knockout

Let's get it on: Klitschko and Chisora have both promised a knockout

‘There are so many good fighters from Great Britain; all British fighters have good boxing skills.

‘Dereck is much younger than me, he is hungry to beat me and to be world champion. I like a challenge because if you have a good challenger it will be a very interesting fight, not just for the audience but for myself.

‘Can Dereck beat me He can if I’m not prepared but I will be in top form and it’ll be a good fight.’

Chisora meanwhile has predicted that he will end the fight in the eighth round and is confident he can dethrone the champion.

Wheels in motion: Chisora arrived for a press conference in a Robin Reliant

Wheels in motion: Chisora arrived for a press conference in a Robin Reliant

‘He’s the champ, he’s the crme de la crme and he holds one of the biggest titles ever,’ he said. ‘I’m going to physically take it off him in his own backyard. I’m going to beat him up.

‘I can deal with his style, it’s the best style for me. He changed it after his [back] operation and I can deal with it. His trainer knows me very well and he knows I’m a very dangerous fighter.

‘He is the doctor and I am the black plague and I am coming. The whole world wants me to win. They’re tired of him, he doesn’t bring excitement.

‘I’m going to give the public a great fight, which he hasn’t done for 10 years.

‘I’m coming to the playground to stop the bully who’s been taking the candy.’

Golden Boy De La Hoya backs Khan to claim the ultimate prize

Golden Boy De La Hoya backs Khan to claim the ultimate prize

Oscar de la Hoya believes Amir Khan will follow in his footsteps as the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

De La Hoya, now Khan”s promoter and boss of Golden Boy, is convinced that Khan is already capable of defeating Floyd Mayweather Jnr.

Fighting fit: Amir Khan

Fighting fit: Amir Khan

Golden Boy also promote Mayweather and De La Hoya will match Khan against him if the dream fight against Manny Pacquaio fails to materialise.

De La Hoya, now back to business following his spell in post-alcoholic rehabilitation said: “If we can”t make the Pacquaio fight then we will gladly put Amir in with Floyd in May.

“Do I believe Khan is ready for Floyd I believe he”s ready for anybody.

“There is a theory that Amir might get caught by Floyd”s counterpunching but I don”t think so.”

He then paid Khan the ultimate personal compliment by saying: “Amir reminds me of myself. So full of energy, putting on so much pressure.

Back in business: Oscar de la Hoya

Back in business: Oscar de la Hoya

“Floyd is a great defensive fighter and he can slip two to three punch combinations but Amir is now throwing so many punches in clusters that he can”t avoid them all coming at him so fast.

“It would be a real problem for Floyd.”

De La Hoya understands the public demand for Mayweather to fight Pacquaio but insists that the only stumbling block to a May 5 meeting is the Filipino congressman”s own promoter.

He says: “Bob Arum is the only one stopping it happening. We want to make the fight the whole world wants to see.

“But we need at least three months to build a fight like this. So we need Manny to get Arum to the table very soon after Amir”s fight here against Lamont Peterson this weekend. If that goes as well as we expect and we still can”t pin down Pacquaio then let”s go for Mayweather versus Khan.”

Arum counters by insisting that his Top Rank company are negotiating directly with Mayweather and that Golden Boy are worried they may be cut out of the richest fight in boxing history.