Hall retains world title after fight stopped

Stuart Hall retains his IBF bantamweight world title after his fight with challenger Martin Ward was stopped in the second round. An accidental clash of heads left Ward with a nasty cut above his right eye. The fight was declared a technical draw.

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Boxer Frankie Gavin retains title despite knockdown

Boxer Frankie Gavin, from Birmingham, beat Sacky Shikukutu by a unanimous decision to retain his Commonwealth welterweight title, despite his first professional knockdown.

Frankie Gavin (left) recovered from his first professional knockdown to improve his record to 19-0 Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

The 28-year-old southpaw was floored by a left in the second round by the Namibian but beat the count and boxed cleverly thereafter to win on all three judges' scorecards.

The fight took place at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena last night, when Darlington boxer Stuart Hall also retained his IBF bantamweight world title.

Stuart Hall "gutted" to be robbed of world title fight

Boxer Stuart Hall said he was "gutted" that his IBF bantamweight world title fight was stopped in the second round because of an injury to his challenger Martin Ward.

Stuart Hall with the belt after his fight with Martin Ward was stopped prematurely Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

"I'm gutted how it's turned out, the crowd have been robbed of a great fight," he said.

Hall retained his world title, won last December, as the match was declared a technical draw. He had started well, but connected heads with Ward after leaning forward to land a right hand.

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Stuart Hall retains world title after fight called off

Boxer Stuart Hall retains his IBF bantamweight title after his fight with Martin Ward in Newcastle last night ended in a technical draw.

The match was called off just after the start of the second round, because of an accidental clash of heads in the opening three minutes that had given Ward a nasty cut above his eye.

The fight between world champion Hall (right) and challenger Ward was declared a technical draw Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

Hall, who is from Darlington, was making the first defence of the world crown he won in December last year.

Biggest night of boxing the North East has ever seen

The Clash of the Clans at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle is being billed as the biggest night of boxing the North East has even seen.

Reigning IBM Bantamweight World Champion Stuart Hall, from Darlington, is challenged by County Durham's Martin Ward.

There is a host of other North East talent on the bill.

Simon O'Rourke reports.

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