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Men's Boxing Saunders unable to defend title against Murray while Allen steps in to fight Yoka in Paris

A HAMSTRING injury saw WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders withdraw from his title defence against Martin Murray for a second time. 

Saunders pulled out previously due to hand damage sustained in training. To complicate matters further, a breakdown in the rematch negotiations between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez has lead to rumours of a potential clash between Saunders and Golovkin later in the year. 

In a last-minute pick, Doncaster heavyweight David Allen stepped in to fight top French prospect Tony Yoka on June 23. Yoka, who won Gold at the Rio Olympics, has made a perfect start to the pro game, with four wins out of four. 

Despite most pundits expecting more of the same for Yoka, Allen will travel with a hoard of loyal fans, owing to his humorous Twitter feed and have-a-go attitude.

Last weekend saw wins for Toka Kahn Clary, who defeated a game Emmanuel Dominguez by unanimous decision in Atlantic City, the debut show for Evander Holyfield's “Real Deal Boxing” promotional outfit. 

In Poland, former cruiserweight world champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk outpointed Olanrewaju Durodola in his 55th fight.


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