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.

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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.