Briton Stephen Smith produced a valiant display against Jason Sosa but failed in his attempt to dethrone the WBA ‘world’ super featherweight champion.

The Liverpool boxer was put down in the second round and suffered a bad cut to his eye in the third but recovered to trouble the American in the ninth.

Sosa won on points with the judges scoring 116-111, 117-110 and 116-112.

Briton Jamie McDonnell defended his WBA ‘world’ bantamweight title for a fifth time with victory over Liborio Solis.

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The judges scored 116-112, 115-113 and 117-111 in the 30-year-old’s favour, but the Venezuelan’s early dominance suggested it was a far closer contest.

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