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By Nabil Hassan

2335: Right that is it from me, thanks for sticking with me if you are still reading. Congratulations to David Haye, let's just hope the Klitschko brothers prove more worthy opponents in 2011. Well done also to all the amateur boxers involved in Liverpool who provided some brilliant entertainment. Highlights from Saturday's action at the GB amateur boxing championships in Liverpool will be on BBC Two on Sunday from 1430 GMT.

2325: The final bout at the Echo Arena in Liverpool provides a shock result - GB podium squad member Amin Isa is beaten 6-3 by England's Anthony Joshua in the Super-Heavyweight final.

"It's a stepping stone to bigger things," Joshua told the BBC. "You can't miss one, you gotta keep on stepping. You can see by my performance I wanted it. It's very important to me. It means everything and more. I let the boxing speak for itself."

2310: As the dust settles in Manchester, the post-mortem will inevitably begin. Can you blame Haye for taking the fight? Should Harrison be ashamed of himself? He spent two rounds running away, failed to land one meaningful punch and capitulated in the third. It was a tame performance, no doubt.

Gerald, in Richmond, via text: So ends heavyweight boxing as a spectacle....possibly the most over-hyped under-delivered fight of all time.

2305: Back to the action in Liverpool and a captivating heavyweight final sees just seven points shared between England's Danny Price and Simon Valilly from the GB boxing squad. The Commonwealth gold medallist edged it in the final round, 4-3, but Price has certainly put himself back into contention for the podium squad. "I knew it was going to be a hard fight, but I'm glad I got the win. It's been a good year - I've topped it off well with a win tonight," Valilly told the BBC.

2300: "I put a lot of money on the third round," Haye tells BBC Radio 5 Live. "I told everybody that it would end then. No way was he going into the fourth round. We straightened out any bad blood in the ring. I would like to take him out for a drink."

Anon via text: Once again boxing shoots itself in the foot. Two fighters completely mismatched make millions out of a non event. Haye isn't stupid, he needs the payday before losing to the Klitschko brothers.

2255: "They (one of the Klitschko brothers) want a defining fight and David wants a defining fight," says Haye's trainer Adam Booth. "David will be retiring in October next year so they haven't got a lot of time to speak sense. He'll take out Wladimir before summer and take care of Vitaly after the summer."

2252: There is controversy in Liverpool as the referee stops the light-heavyweight before the end of the first round with Scotland's Sean Finney suffering a bloody nose at the hands of Obed Mbwakaongo from the GB squad. "What did he stop that for?" an exasperated Finney shouted after the decision. "I think it could have carried on a bit more," admitted Mbwankongo, before adding: "I think I'll be a better fighter next year."

2250: Stats have just shown that Harrison landed one punch in the entire fight. That in itself tells its own story. Replays have also just shown the finish to the fight, Harrison took some big shots and in particular two huge uppercuts during the barrage that caused the initial knockdown. A right uppercut, two left hooks and a roundhouse right finished the job.

2246: "I had a game plan but I've got no regrets, I went in there to win but it didn't go my way and I've got to take it like a man," says beaten challenger Audley Harrison. "My mission is incomplete. I have to give credit to David Haye."

2241: Over in Liverpool, in stark contrast to the fireworks in Manchester, the amateur middleweight final in Liverpool was a comparatively tepid affair - GB Boxing's Anthony Ogogo putting in a measured display to topple Commonwealth bronze medallist Keiron Harding of Wales. 8-4.

Paul, in Dorset on text: I really hope Harrison retires after this fight. He's spent his whole career on the back foot so its only right he ends his career on it.

2235: "It was a measured start as I knew Audley would be an awkward customer. But I got the job done and I think I'll take on either of the Klitschko's next year," David Haye tells BBC Radio 5 Live.

2230: Audley Harrison does not stick around to do any ringside interviews as he leaves the arena. Not for the first time in his career he leaves to a chorus of boos. Harrison had his big chance tonight but he did not land one clean punch on Haye. Is this the last we will see of Harrison?

2229: Meanwhile in Liverpool, a strong performance from Great Britain's Callum Smith sees off local rival Antony Fowler 15-5 in the welterweight final. "A win has cemented the place for number one until after christmas anyway," Smith told the BBC. "To prove everyone wrong and get the win was unbelievable. It's up to me to ruin it now."

2226: Audley looked like a rabbit caught in the headlights. He did not throw a single left, the shot that everyone said would trouble Haye and could this be the last time we will see Harrison in the ring? It was a woeful performance by Harrison with Haye showing clinically ruthlessness to finish the fight.

Round three: David Haye opens up after a minute of the third, Harrison is in instant trouble, he cannot take Haye's power or speed and Harrison is down for the first time in the fight after a big right and then a left-right, left-right combination. He takes a standard eight count but he looks all over the place. Haye sprints over and launches another barrage of punches and the referee steps in and it is all over. DAVID HAYE WINS BY THIRD-ROUND TKO

Round two: Haye takes the initiative, he controls the centre of the ring but neither boxeris throwing any punches. More boos from the crowd and the referee steps in and tells both men to get on with it. That brings with it the biggest cheer of the night. Haye starts to open up but they only land on Harrison's gloves. Harrison covers up and he still has not thrown a meaningful punch. The bell goes, it is Haye's round but that is not saying much. It is a poor, negative start to the fight.

Round one: A tentative opening minute from both boxers, Haye launches the first attack but he misses with both, he fulls short with a couple of jabs but it is the champion who is stalking Harrison around the ring. Harrison looks scared, he's retreating at an alarming pace but Haye keeps his distance. The bell goes to a chorus of boos. What a disappointing first round.

2212: The referee gives the pair final instructions and we are seconds away.

2212: The pair face up for the first time. Lennon Jr goes through the necessaries and we are only minutes away. Hold onto your hats I fancy this one to be over quickly. 'It's showtime," says Jimmy as the MEN Arena rises to its feet in anticipation.

2207: Haye strolls into the MEN Arena like he is going for a Sunday walk in the park. 'Ain't no stopping us now,' by McFadden and Whitehead blares out. He waits full on a minute before stepping into the ring, he is making Audley wait. Classic Haye

2205: Here comes the champion David Haye. What a reception, what a contrast.

2203: "Audley looks troubled, he looks nervous and he looks tormented," Steve Bunce on BBC Radio 5 live.

2159: Harrison dressed in a silver gown with red trim looks relaxed as he enters to a chorus of boos. It is an awful reception for the challenger. Harrison enters the ring and reveals a t-shirt which says 'Keep Stonebridge adventure playground open'

2158: Quick update from Liverpool - Beijing Olympian Bradley Saunders beats Jason Easton in the light-welterweight final - the referee stopping the fight within two rounds after a fierce left hook to the body sent the Scotsman tumbling.

2157: Jimmy Lennon Jr enters the ring and takes the microphone. The crowd go wild and here comes Harrison...

2157: "Obviously David is the favourite but Audley deserves his shot and who knows? For one night only, he might be able to do something," Ricky Hatton on BBC Radio 5 live.

2155: BBC Radio 5 live commentator Mike Costello: "This feels like one of those great nights of British boxing. The atmosphere is absolutely sizzling here."

2153: "I'm going for Audley tonight," Frank Bruno tells BBC Radio 5 live. "I'm excited and I just want to see a great fight. Hopefully David can win. I see it going a maximum of six rounds before it is stopped," adds Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.

2148: Remember, if you cannot watch the fight you can listen to it on BBC Radio 5 Live. Commentator Mike Costello and summarisers Steve Bunce and Spencer Oliver are now live.

2145: Ok, we are about 15 minutes away now from Harrison entering the arena. I have just seen shots of David Haye warming up in his dressing room also. He has got his game face on, the champion looks ready.

Calum, Aberdeen via text: Is Michael Buffer doing the announcing this evening? No Calum, tonight we've got Jimmy Lennon Jr taking us through the action in Manchester.

2140: And now it is the turn of another former British world heavyweight champion to enter the ring - Frank Bruno. The atmosphere in Manchester is electric.

2137: Amazing scenes in Manchester as Britain's former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis is introduced to the fans in the MEN Arena. "May the best man win," he says. "Manchester, are you ready to rumble?"

2134: Ok, so we have a little break in Liverpool as our attention now turns fully to the action in Manchester where WBA heavyweight champion David Haye takes on challenger Audley Harrison. But do not worry you can still watch the action from Liverpool at the top of this page and I will keep you updated of all the results from the Echo Arena.

2126: Commonwealth Games gold medallist Tom Stalker earns a narrow 10-9 victory over Josh Taylor to repeat his Delhi lightweight victory. "I'm over the moon," he tells BBC Sport.

BBC Sport's Leon Mann in Liverpool via text: "Great bout between Jonas and Coulson. Top, top stuff. If you have reservations about women's boxing... Watch the highlights on BBC Two on Sunday. Class.

BBC Sport's Ben Dirs on Twitter: Cracking little fight between George Groves and Kenny Anderson - James DeGale a clear favourite now?

2120: "Audley's buzzing, calm and ready to go," says Harrison's promoter Eddie Hearn, who also reveals that there has been a pre-fight problem with the gloves Harrison has been provided with.

From Steve, Wickford, on text: Nerves will get to Audley Harrison despite his experience, David Haye's physical condition will see him win by the fourth.

2110: Next up it is a rematch of the 2010 Commonwealth Games lightweight final with GB's Tom Stalker taking on Scotland's Josh Taylor in a non-title contest. Stalker comprehensively defeated Taylor in that final in Delhi, can he do it again?

2108: "It was always going to be a difficult fight and it turned into an epic bout," Jonas tells BBC Sport after her narrow victory.

2105: Natasha Jonas claims a one-point victory over Amanda Coulson in a pulsating lightweight final in Liverpool. Jonas caught Coulson with the last punch of the contest to earn victory over her GB team-mate.

From Andrew, Edinburgh on text: What time is the main event expected to start? I'd quite like to see if David Haye keeps to his promise of leaving the country if he loses.

Andrew, we expect the action to begin from 2200 GMT.

2057: And in Manchester Haye's stable-mate George Groves defends his super-middleweight Commonwealth belt with a hard-fought sixth round victory over Kenny Anderson. An early boost for the Haye camp?

2052: It is the turn of the women again in Liverpool and another grudge match awaits. Hartlepool's Amanda Coulson takes on Natasha Jonas in the final. Coulson recently pipped Jonas to GB selection for the world championships in Barbados so the Liverpool boxer will be looking to prove a point here.

2048: Bantamweight Luke Campbell has produced a shock in Liverpool defeating GB boxer Iain Waever 23-6. Both are members of GB's podium boxing squad and Campbell, who won gold at the 2008 European championships, now heads into 2011 in pole position for Olympic selection.

2042: You can read BBC Sport's Ben Dirs' thoughts on David Haye versus Audley Harrison in his latest blog. Ben by the way is ringside and will bring you all the post-fight reaction from Manchester.

From Ed, Billericay, on text: Haye was chinny at cruiserweight and ran out of gas late on. If Audley can just catch him clean Haye will go.

2035: It's the turn of the bantamweights now with GB squad member Iain Weaver and Luke Campbell, who is representing England, taking on each other.

2030: In Liverpool Tommy Stubbs has edged Andrew Selby in a thrilling contest, prevailing 10-9 to become GB flyweight champion also earning revenge for his defeat at the Commonwealth Games by the Welshman last month.

2025: The undercard action is also underway in Manchester now with bright-prospect George Groves defending his Commonwealth super-middleweight title against Scotland's undefeated Kenny Anderson.

From Dan, Glasgow, on text: David Haye in two having put Audley Harrison down twice in round one, really expecting Harrison to be shown up.

2016: The third final in Liverpool promises to be a belter. We have got Welshman Andrew Selby coming up against Englishman Tommy Stubbs. Both are members of the GB flyweight squad so the winner tonight heads into 2011 along with Khalid Yafai in pole-position for Olympic selection.

2010: It is another emphatic victory in Liverpool, this time for GB flyweight Nicola Adams, who continues her fine form with a 19-2 win over Lynsey Holdaway in Liverpool. It's a great performance from the Leeds boxer.

"Keep an eye on Nicola Adams at the 2012 Olympics," says British boxer Lucy O'Connor says BBC Sport commentator.

2002: Keep those texts coming in on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide), and give me your predictions. I'm going for David Haye in three. What about you?

From Mike, Swansea, on text: Hi Nabil, a cracking night of boxing ahead in Liverpool followed by the historic heavyweight clash between Audley and the Hayemaker, the night boxing fans have been waiting for has finally arrived, I'm sure you're as excited as me?

1958: Next up in Liverpool it is the turn of the women with GB's world silver medallist Nicola Adams taking on Wales' Lynsey Holdaway in the flyweight final.

1954: The first fight has finished in Liverpool with Charlie Edwards adding to his growing reputation with an emphatic 18-5 victory over Ben Baker. "I went in there and did the business," Edwards tells BBC Sport after his fight.

1950: Tonight's fight will be Haye's 26th with the Londoner suffering just the one defeat. That loss came in 2004 at cruiserweight when Carl Thompson stopped him inside five rounds. Harrison has four losses from his 31 fights.

A bullish David Haye on Twitter: "Feeling great, just leaving hotel to go to arena. I feel like an early night."

1940: The action in Manchester is due to begin at just after 2200 GMT. If you missed Friday's weigh-in, David Haye has a sizeable weight disadvantage coming in at 15st ½lb (95.5kg), more than three stone lighter than Audley Harrison who tipped the scales as 18st 1½lbs (115kg). Speed meets power!

From TomTheWire on 606: "Haye vs Harrison, will be a great fight. I think Haye is just too quick and powerful for Audley, but if Audley gets him with that big left hand... you know what might happen."

1931: Ok, first up in Liverpool at the Echo Arena we have Welsh light-flyweight Ben Baker taking on his English counterpart Charlie Edwards. Edwards is a member of of the GB Olympic development squad, so there is plenty at stake here for the Welshman.

From British boxer Lesley Sackey on Twitter: History in the making people! Tonight the BBC will screen female amateur boxing for the first time EVER!!!

1926: So who is your money on? Any predictions for tonight's heavyweight clash in Manchester would be most welcome as well as any comments from Liverpool. If you are in either Liverpool or Manchester then text in and remember to start your message with the word Boxing.

1925: Other finals to look forward to today in Liverpool include GB podium squad members Andrew Selby and Tommy Stubbs meeting in the flyweight final at around 2004 GMT, while fellow GB squad member Amanda Coulson and Natasha Jonas will be looking to claim bragging rights in the women's lightweight final. GB podium boxer Callum Smith faces development squad member Anthony Fowler in the lightweight final from 2055 GMT, while GB heavyweight Simon Vallily, who won gold in Delhi last month faces England Danny Price at around 2238 GMT.

1919: Just to bring you up to date with Friday's action from Liverpool, here is a quick summary. In the bantamweight division England's 2008 European Union gold medallist Luke Campbell defeated Wales' 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Sean McGoldrick to set up a final against GB's European silver medallist Iain Weaver. England lightweight Martin Ward beat Scotland's Commonwealth Games silver medallist Josh Taylor to set up a final with Delhi gold medallist Tom Stalker. However, Ward suffered an ankle injury in that semi so Taylor will now meet Stalker in a non-championship bout. And GB light-welterweight boxers Bradley Saunders and Scott Cardle went toe-to-toe on Friday with world bronze medallist Saunders prevailing. Have you got that?

1911: You can listen to live coverage of Haye-Harrison on BBC Radio 5 live from 2200 GMT where Mike Costello and Steve Bunce will be taking you through all the action from the MEN Arena in Manchester. The build up to this fight has been dominated by some classic trash talking. Here is a small selection of some of the best, enjoy!

1907: Remember you can get involved by texting in via 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide). You can also follow BBC Sport's Ben Dirs in Manchester on Twitter. I want your chat.

1904: Later on Saturday we have the small matter of David Haye's second defence of his WBA heavyweight title against former sparring partner and former friend Audley Harrison. The fight is being billed as 'The Best of Enemies' but call it what you want, it promises to be a cracker!

1902: First up we have the finals of the inaugural GB Amateur Boxing Championships in Liverpool which you can watch live on this website or on the BBC's red button from 1930 GMT.

1900: Good evening fight fans, I'm Nabil Hassan and I'll be guiding you through Saturday's boxing double header. Let's get ready to rumble.

see also
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GB team set for home nations test
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Stalker escapes life of crime
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Haye questions Harrison's heart
10 Nov 10 |  Boxing
Harrison can upset Haye - Lewis
07 Nov 10 |  Boxing
Tale of the Traps
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Line-up named for GB boxing event
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BBC to broadcast GB Championships
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Harrison 'feels sorry' for Haye
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Last-gasp Harrison stops Sprott
09 Apr 10 |  Boxing
Harrison wins Prizefighter title
03 Oct 09 |  Boxing
Amateur boxing explained
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