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Lovett keeps record intact as Eagle soars after winning title

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Adrian Warren

Kimbo Slice USA vs Shane Tilyard Australia. Click for more photos

Mundine v Geale Undercard

Kimbo Slice and Lauryn Eagle featured in the star-studded undercard bouts before the Mundine-Geale fight night at Sydney Entertainment Centre. Photo: Brendan Esposito

Canberra's Steve Lovett has kept his perfect record as a professional intact after a controversial win over Jeremy Allan on the undercard of the Anthony Mundine-Daniel Geale fight on Wednesday night.

Lovett was knocked down in the third round and appeared shaky as the bell rang, but recovered to win a unanimous decision 57-56 in the six-round fight.

He was followed into the ring by Lauryn Eagle, who revealed she is considering trying to make the 2016 Olympic rugby team after winning the Australian women's lightweight boxing world title.

Eagle (6-3, 0 KOs), picked up the vacant national title with an eight-round unanimous points decision over Queenslander Nadine Brown (2-2, 0 KOs) on the Sydney Entertainment Centre undercard of the fight.

Eagle revealed she may have just one more fight as she was considering other options outside the ring, as well as another switch of sports.

Rugby sevens makes its Olympic debut at the Rio Games.

''It's funny because I said to myself 'Lauryn, put in 100 per cent. This is your last one, get out of the sport,' '' Eagle said after her win. ''I'll play it by ear. I've got a lot of other opportunities that have arisen outside boxing, so I have to weight them up.

''I want to even maybe try and go in the Olympics. I was looking at the rugby sevens, because they are looking for a team.''

A media personality who has also earned publicity for her looks, Eagle cheerfully admitted boxing was taking its toll in that department. ''It's not ideal for females, let's be honest. Look at my face. My nose is fat now and it's gross. I think in the contract I do have to defend this belt, we'll just see where it takes me.''

Eagle won the lightly regarded WBF super featherweight title last year, but relinquished it to fight for the Australian lightweight crown. ''This is a bit more credible title.''

Former world middleweight world title contender Jamie Pittman (22-3, 8 KOs) emerged from a 17-month break to score a unanimous eight-round points win over Zac Awad (18-3-1, 7 KOs) in a super-middleweight bout. AAP

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