Sporting Digest: Boxing

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Manchester's Michael Brodie has been confirmed as the mandatory challenger to Sergei Devakov, the new European super-bantamweight title holder. The Ukrainian won the belt when he stopped Spencer Oliver in the 10th round of his challenge at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday night. Oliver is still in hospital after an operation to remove a blood clot on his brain.

Birmingham's Robert McCracken has suffered a rib injury while sparring at his Las Vegas training camp and the middleweight is now in danger of having to pull out of his next fight against Bo James in Corpus Christie, Texas, on 19 May.

Dean Pithie's hopes of challenging for the World Boxing Organisation world super-featherweight title in Paris later this month now look slim. Coventry-based Pithie had been hoping to meet Julien Lorcy in the French capital on 16 May after the title holder, the Welshman Barry Jones, failed a brain scan. But objections have been raised to Pithie meeting Lorcy as he is only ranked No 4 by the WBO.