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Richard Lartey given oxygen in ring after being poleaxed by Fabio Wardley in brutal 2nd-round KO

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FABIO WARDLEY poleaxed his latest victim Richard Lartey, leaving the Ghanaian heavyweight needing oxygen.

The Dillian Whyte-managed ace was in a big step-up fight against the Accra hardman who took Nathan Gorman the distance last time out.

Richard Lartey needed oxygen after a brutal knockout courtesy of Fabio Wardley

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Richard Lartey needed oxygen after a brutal knockout courtesy of Fabio WardleyCredit: ©Dave Thompson/Route One Ltd
Wardley sealed a huge win with a brutal KO in the second round

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Wardley sealed a huge win with a brutal KO in the second roundCredit: ©Dave Thompson/Route One Ltd

In the opening session, Lartey marched forward with a high guard and even clipped the Ipswich man with a left hook.

But in the second round Lartey switched off and former office worker Wardley unloaded a two-shot combination.

Lartey collapsed on the spot and was counted out before the medics were called in to help him.

Lartey was stuck on the floor for a few minutes before he could be lifted carefully to a stool where he spent several more minutes recovering.

Concerned Wardley stayed rooted to a neutral corner and, just as Lartey was helped out of of the ring, the Brit dashed over to hug and console him.

Dangerous Wardley is now 10-0 with nine wins inside the distance and has the English title proudly around his waist.

The Sussex man found fame earlier in his career for ordering a Five Guys in the middle of a fight and he proved himself a potential burger king with his latest highlight reel KO.

Wardley said: “I’m happy with the finish. It answered some questions about my single-punch power.

“I can hang with the big boys. I just proved that when I sit down on my punch, I can get you out.

“I’m moving at a good pace. Decent opposition. Lartey was a good challenge that I passed easily.

“I still need to build and learn. I haven’t gone to the second half of a fight or got into a war.”

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9.15am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Gunners look at Buendia for January, Saliba latest, Rapid Vienna build-up

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Arsenal are hoping for Rapid relief from their worst ten-game Premier League start.

But with a place in the Europa League last-32 already assured, home victory over Rapid Vienna tomorrow would hardly take much pressure off boss Mikel Arteta.

The Spaniard will surely rest several players for the injury-hit Gunners, especially as centre-back David Luiz was eventually taken off on Sunday after his frightening clash of heads with main victim Raul Jimenez in Wolves 2-1 Emirates win.

But Arsenal’s star summer recruit Willian is under-fire from an Emirates legend – who is also calling for outcast Mesut Ozil to be recalled once anchorman Thomas Partety is fit to return.

Paul Merson told Sky Sports: “Partey gets around the pitch, dominates the midfield and dictates the game. Him playing opens up a chance for Ozil.

“If Partey doesn’t play, Ozil can’t play. Without Partey, Arsenal are not going to dictate and can’t afford to play with ten men.”

And of Brazilian Willian, Merson said: “He was unplayable for Chelsea at times last season… I don’t know what’s happened.

“I can’t remember him having a good game yet.”

Meanwhile, ex-Gunners’ midfielder Patrick Vieira reportedly wants to borrow William Saliba for Nice in January.

Saint-Etienne had been favourites to borrow their ex-defender, 19, for a second time since he joined Arsenal in July 2019.

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Spanish press lay into Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane after Shakhtar Donetsk defeat

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Real Madrid‘s shock Champions League defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk has plunged them into ‘total crisis’, according to the Spanish press, as manager Zinedine Zidane insisted he won’t quit.

The 13-time European champions lost 2-0 in Ukraine to drop to third in Group B and must now beat Borussia Monchengladbach next week to make absolutely sure of progress to the last-16.

Shakhtar, who moved above Real into second in the group, have now beaten Zidane’s side home and away.

Zinedine Zidane is under severe pressure after Real Madrid were beaten by Shakhtar Donetsk for the second time in their Champions League group

Zinedine Zidane is under severe pressure after Real Madrid were beaten by Shakhtar Donetsk for the second time in their Champions League group

Zinedine Zidane is under severe pressure after Real Madrid were beaten by Shakhtar Donetsk for the second time in their Champions League group

'Total Crisis' was the headline on Wednesday's edition of Sport as the Spanish press reflected on a result that leaves Real's Champions League hopes hanging in the balance

'Total Crisis' was the headline on Wednesday's edition of Sport as the Spanish press reflected on a result that leaves Real's Champions League hopes hanging in the balance

‘Total Crisis’ was the headline on Wednesday’s edition of Sport as the Spanish press reflected on a result that leaves Real’s Champions League hopes hanging in the balance

'From bad to worse' was the headline on Mundo Deportivo along with a dejected Luka Modric

'From bad to worse' was the headline on Mundo Deportivo along with a dejected Luka Modric

‘From bad to worse’ was the headline on Mundo Deportivo along with a dejected Luka Modric

And the verdict in Wednesday’s newspapers was brutal, with Sport describing the defeat as ‘disastrous’ and the situation as a ‘total crisis’.

They added that ‘Zidane’s project is showing symptoms of agony’ and the hierarchy at the Bernabeu are considering dismissing him despite the French manager’s insistence he won’t go.

‘From bad to worse’ was the headline on the front of Mundo Deportivo, who featured a picture of a floored Luka Modric during the defeat.

AS showed Zidane, wearing a thick coat and woolly hat in the chill of Kiev, and the headline ‘borderline situation’ to reflect the Real’s chances going down to the wire next week.

The front of Marca featured a sea of dejected Real players and the Spanish idiom ‘Quien te ha visto y quien te ve…’ which translates into English as ‘wow, how you’ve changed, you look totally different.’

AS pictured Zidane on their front cover and reflected on a 'borderline situation' in the group

AS pictured Zidane on their front cover and reflected on a 'borderline situation' in the group

AS pictured Zidane on their front cover and reflected on a ‘borderline situation’ in the group

'Wow, how you've changed...' was the headline on Marca's cover alongside dejected players

'Wow, how you've changed...' was the headline on Marca's cover alongside dejected players

‘Wow, how you’ve changed…’ was the headline on Marca’s cover alongside dejected players

There is certainly a marked contrast this season to the Real team that won LaLiga back in July.

Zidane won three consecutive European Cups during his first spell at the club but they now face the humiliating prospect of playing Europa League football after Christmas unless they win against Gladbach next week.

Madrid could still finish top if they win and Inter beat Shakhtar, but they could also finish bottom if they lose and Inter win.

Shakhtar Donetsk beat Real Madrid to leave the visitors' fate hanging in the balance

Shakhtar Donetsk beat Real Madrid to leave the visitors' fate hanging in the balance

Shakhtar Donetsk beat Real Madrid to leave the visitors’ fate hanging in the balance

The result now means Madrid are third in the Group B table ahead of the final matchday

The result now means Madrid are third in the Group B table ahead of the final matchday

The result now means Madrid are third in the Group B table ahead of the final matchday

Zinedine Zidane's side have never failed to qualify for a Champions League round of 16

Zinedine Zidane's side have never failed to qualify for a Champions League round of 16

Zinedine Zidane’s side have never failed to qualify for a Champions League round of 16

Real are third in Group B ahead of the final round of fixtures next week. A win over Borussia Monchengladbach will see them into the last-16 but anything less could see them eliminated into the Europa League

Real are third in Group B ahead of the final round of fixtures next week. A win over Borussia Monchengladbach will see them into the last-16 but anything less could see them eliminated into the Europa League

Real are third in Group B ahead of the final round of fixtures next week. A win over Borussia Monchengladbach will see them into the last-16 but anything less could see them eliminated into the Europa League 

The Germans lost 3-2 to Inter Milan later on Tuesday to at least keep Real’s fate in their own hands but a drastic improvement will be needed.

Zidane said after the loss: ‘I feel strong and I am going to keep giving everything as always’

‘I am not going to resign. This is a difficult moment but we have to show our pride and our character.’

Real have already lost five matches this season, which certainly constitutes a crisis by their lofty standards. 

As well as the home and away defeats to Shakhtar, they have been beaten by Cadiz, Valencia and Alaves in LaLiga, where they currently sit in fourth place, some seven points adrift of leaders Real Sociedad.

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8.45am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Cole thinks Blues can win Prem and Champions League, Sevilla build-up, Giroud latest

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CHELSEA aim to all but secure top spot when they travel to Sevilla tonight in their penultimate Champions League Group E match.

A victory would seal all-but sealthat with one group game to spare in Spain.

And boss Frank Lampard has confirmed he has a full squad to choose from – but admits he is likely to make changes from the team that lined-up against Tottenham on Sunday.

Here’s the full Chelsea squad available to face Sevilla:

Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero.

Defenders: Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger, Fikayo Tomori, Ben Chilwell, Marcos Alonso, Emerson Palmieri.

Midfielders: N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, Billy Gilmour, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic.

Strikers: Timo Werner, Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud.

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