Sporting digest: Boxing

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Sporting digest: Boxing

Sunderland's Billy Hardy put his first-round humiliation to Naseem Hamed last May behind him when retaining his European featherweight title against Mehdi Labdouni at Bethnal Green last night. Hardy was much too strong for the Frenchman, beating him unanimously on points.

Britain's World Boxing Organisation super-featherweight champion, Barry Jones, will defend his title against France's Julien Lorcy on 4 April at a venue yet to be announced.

Carl Thompson has postponed his World Boxing Organisation cruiserweight title defence against Belfast's Darren Corbett, because of a knee injury. It was to be staged in Belfast on 21 February.