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Steve Robinson, under pressure to give Naseem Hamed a World Boxing Organisation featherweight title bout, insists that any fight will take place in Cardiff. Super-bantamweight Hamed is willing to step up a weight for the title he craves, but the choice of venue - Hamed wants the match to take place in Birmingham - is a stumbling block in negotiations.

Henry Wharton has been ordered to defend his European super-middleweight title less than a fortnight after winning it. Wharton will have to meet the former champion, Frederic Seillier of France, by the end of the year, the European Boxing Union has ordered.

PROFESSIONAL PROMOTION (Grosvenor House, London) for WBC Intercontinental featherweight title: J Irwin (Doncaster, holder) bt L Bruce (Trinidad) rsf 8th. 8-rd welterweight: A Panayi (St Helens) bt O Abrahams (Watford) pts. 6-rd welterweight: N Sinclair (Belfast) bt A Peach (Bloxwich) rsf 1st.

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