It was one of the closest things to a Rocky film we are ever likely to see in a British ring.

While Lee Selby was labouring to another victory over on Sky Sports, the boxing fraternity went into meltdown as news of Travis Dickinson's clash with Matty Clarkson spread across social networking websites. And you can watch the fight on this link here.

Channel 5, the only free-to-air channel that shows boxing, almost certainly drew record crowds for the sport after the light heavyweight clash, which was part of the Maxinutrition Knockout tournament ran in conjunction with the station and Hennessy Sports.

Although we have yet to reach the halfway stage of 2014, round five was almost certainly 'Round of the Year'. Clarkson speared in a succession of spiteful body shots in the English title holder, knocking him down three times as Dickinson grimaced with pain each time. Though Clarkson took the round 10-6 on the score cards, Dickinson battled through severe adversity to hear the bell.

Clarkson's success was even more remarkable, having been put to the canvas three times in the earlier rounds 

Round six saw the fight halted controversially when Clarkson was cleared by the ringside physician despite a swollen jaw, only for referee Michael Alexander deeming the Preston-based fighter unfit to carry on moments later. 

Calls for a rematch are already in the pipeline, but Dickinson must first try and get past Bob Ajisafe in the final of the tournament. The 26-year-old's sole defeat is to Ajisafe, which came by way of a unanimous points loss back in 2012.

Clarkson posted a picture of his battle scars on his Twitter page on Sunday morning.

A full replay of the fight can be found here.

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