ell Brook has earned bragging rights from longtime rival Amir Khan as one of British boxing’s most enduring modern feuds has finally been settled in an incredible grudge match.
Brook defied a pre-fight row on his gloves to produce a superb performance and stop his nemesis in the sixth round of Saturday’s unforgettable fight in Manchester, with the referee stepping in to end the fight after a brave Khan was injured several times.
On the undercard, Natasha Jonas finally achieved her world title dream on the third attempt.
After leading both Terri Harper and former Olympic foe Katie Taylor, ‘Miss GB’ challenged a three-division weight jump to blitz former world champion Chris Namus of Uruguay in two rounds to clinch the vacant WBO women’s super-welterweight belt.
Tokyo 2020 bronze medalist and former Team Britain Olympic captain Frazer Clarke made a dominating start to his professional heavyweight career, stopping late replacement rookie opponent Jake Darnell in the first round from a total mismatch.
The highly rated Azim brothers continued to impress as Adam knocked out Jordan Ellison in the third round and older brother Hassan looked solid in a four-point loss to awkward journeyman MJ Hall.
Hometown favorite Bradley Rea delivered a devastating first-round knockout of Craig McCarthy in the undefeated middleweight battle, bringing home an emphatic left uppercut to make a serious statement in front of a home crowd.
Boxer, YouTuber, internet personality and rapper Viddal Riley made his first ring appearance for two years and dominated Willbeforce Shihepo, claiming the easiest of points wins in a six-rounder against the 39-year-old Namibian.
Germaine Brown claimed the English super middleweight title with a win over Charlie Schofield, while Amir’s teenage cousin Abdul Khan edged out Ricky Starkey and Ricky Hatton-trained Ibrahim Nadim beat Taka Bembere.