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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.

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