Wins for Doncaster's Gavin McDonnell and Atif Shafiq

Sheffield Arena
Sheffield Arena

Gavin McDonnell successfully defended his European title at Sheffield Arena tonight.

Doncaster's super bantamweight champion kept hold of his European title against Jeremy Parodi of France.

In a keenly contested 12-round Matchroom contest, on a bill denuded by Sheffield's headliner Kell Brook - who was injured - McDonnell found himself up against a shorter opponent high on workrate.

The Frenchman was a valid and game opponent.

But McDonnell, trained by Rotherham's Dave Coldwell, did enough to win the points on contest.

McDonnell said his 15-week training camp had paid dividends.

But he declined from calling out any of the current world champions.

Coldwell sad he couldn't have asked for more from his 'work in progress.'

In the bill-topper, Brighton's Middleweight Chris Eubank stopped American Tony Jeter in the second round to ensure ownership of the interim WBA world middleight title.

Eubank Jr said he couldn't control the quality of opponent he faced, but understood why the ref stepped in.

In the fight many locals were interested in Rotherham welterweight Atif Shafiq had Bolsover's Jamie Robinson on the deck with a left hook in the first round.

But Robinson rallied strongly, landing two good right hands in the fourth round.

And he went on to pin Atif on the ropes, winning rounds six and seven.

But Shafiq, roared on by Brook in the VIP seats, won on points,

Robinson paid tribute to the winner at the end of the fight.

Tonight's Sheffield bill:

Featherweight Leigh Wood from Gedling Nottinghamshire, 15 1 0 v Barnsley's Josh Wale 18 7 2

Conisbrough heavyweight David Allen 7 0 1 v Fabrice Aurieng of France 10 7 0

Conisbrough lightweight Steven Hale 6 0 0 v Dean Evans 2 8 1 from Hereford

Ilkeston cruiserweight Russ Henshaw 5 0 0 v Reinis Porozovs 3 5 1 from Latvia

Rotherham lightweight Lee Appleyard 4 1 0 v Andy Harris 3 28 1 from Gloucester