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Norwich boxer Sam Sexton loses British heavyweight title to Hughie Fury

Sexton was a big outsider for the title by the bookmakers Credit: PA

Norwich Boxer Sam Sexton lost his British heavyweight title to Hughie Fury last night.

The 33-year-old boxer put his belt on the line against the cousin of Tyson Fury, Hughie Fury, in a crunch clash at the Macron Stadium in Bolton.

The referee stopped the contest after Sexton was knocked down in the fourth and then again in the fifth round.

Hughie Fury (left) and Sam Sexton (right) at The Macron Stadium, Bolton. Credit: PA

Before the fight, Sexton told ITV News Anglia that he'll consider retiring if he loses his big British heavyweight title.

He said: "If I say it doesn't come into my thinking, I'd be lying, it does obviously come in a little bit.

"For the time it would take me to get back to the level I am now, you know, I'm going to be pushing 40 years old, and for me that's going to be too late so I'm probably going to call it a day."

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The bout was first heavyweight title fight to be shown live on terrestrial TV in seven years.

Fury had hoped a British title win would catapult him back onto the world title scene, after his controversial points defeat to New Zealand's WBO champion Joseph Parker.

"This fight is dedicated to my dad," Fury said afterwards.

"I was confident. My body has got so much stronger. I worked on my right hand over Christmas. It was a boxing masterclass.

"I dream to be a world champion. Whoever has got those belts - I'm coming. Although I lost [to Parker], I'm coming. I'm ready to fight."

Sam Sexton knocked to the floor during the Heavyweight title contest Credit: PA

In the lead-up to the bout, Sexton was given some support from other stars of the Norfolk sporting scene, with Norwich City players Christoph Zimmermann, Onel Hern√°ndez and Louis Thompson dropping into a training session to have a go at some sparring and pass on their best wishes.

"He's just so massive and so strong," said Zimmermann.

"I think there's a reason why he's the British champion so I better not fight him!"

Hughie Fury celebrates winning the Heavyweight title Credit: PA