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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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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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