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Lee Haskins retains IBF bantamweight title

Bristol's Lee Haskins beat Mexican Ivan Morales to retain the title Credit: PA

Lee Haskins has retained his IBF world bantamweight title with a unanimous points win over Ivan Morales in Cardiff.

The 32 year old from Bristol had almost complete control from the start and his superiority was reflected on the cards of the three judges, who scored it 119-108, 118-110,118-110 in Haskins' favour.

Haskins was making his first title defence after being crowned champion in a rather unsatisfactory fashion last November. Randy Caballero was stripped of the belt after coming in over five pounds above the 118lbs bantamweight limit. Haskins has had to wait since then to prove himself in the ring.

Haskins said: "It's absolutely amazing. I'm flying at the moment."

He now wants an all-British title fight with former IBF champion Stuart Hall, who lost to Haskins in 2012.


Bristol boxer says Blackwell fight should have been stopped

Nick Blackwell Credit: PA

World IBF bantamweight boxing champion, Lee Haskins, believes the boxing match which left fellow West Country boxer Nick Blackwell in a coma should have been stopped earlier than it was.

Trowbridge boxer, Nick Blackwell remains in a coma after suffering bleeding to the brain following his defeat to Chris Eubank Jr on Saturday.

On Saturday Blackwell was unable to see through his left eye and the British middleweight title bout was stopped in the 10th round.

Blackwell was later carried out on a stretcher and taken to hospital, where the 25-year-old remained under observation on Sunday morning.

Former World Featherweight champion, Barry McGuigan, says no one is to blame.

Bristol's Lee Haskins crowned World Champion by default

Bristol boxer Lee Haskins has been crowned World Champion because his oponent didn't make the weight. Credit: PA

Bristol's Lee Haskins is the new IBF Bantamweight Champion after his opponent Randy Caballero failed to make the weight at last night's weigh-in.

Caballero, the defending champion, was making a comeback after a year off through injury but he scaled five and a half pounds over the championship limit. The fight was called off and he was stripped of the belt.

Haskins says he's disappointed to miss out on a fight he's trained so hard for.

Bristol's Lee Haskins becomes World Champion

Lee Haskins celebrates beating Ryosuke Iwasa to win the Interim IBF World Bantamweight Title Credit: Paul Harding/PA

Bristol's Lee Haskins has beaten Japan's Ryosuke Iwasa and become the new IBF Interim bantamweight champion of the world.

The sell-out home crowd got behind Haskins as he beat the Japanese champion after just six rounds at the Action Indoor Sports Arena in Whitchurch.

Japan's Ryosuke Iwasa will go home disappointed after suffering only his second professional defeat. But Haskins - who has won every other major title - was confident he could add the IBF belt to his collection.


Bristol's top boxer to fight for world title

Bristol boxer Lee Haskins has finally been nominated to box for the IBF Interim World bantamweight title Credit: Nick Potts/PA

Bristol's top boxer will finally fight for a world title after he was nominated to box for the IBF Interim World bantamweight title.

Lee Haskins has been ordered to meet Japan's Ryosuke Iwasa after reigning IBF champion Randy Caballero is unable to defend his title due to injury.

The match between the two highest ranked fighters in the IBF bantamweight ratings is expected to be staged in June or July this year.

Haskins recently won the European title for the second time in his career and, at 33 years of age, is desperate for a shot at a version of the world title.

He would prefer to meet Iwasa in the UK, but has expressed a willingness to travel to Japan if needs be.

The IBF cannot have a situation where they have to wait indefinitely for Caballero to get fit again. In this situation, they take the highest ranked boxers and get them to contest what they call the 'Interim' title.

Our man Lee Haskins and Iwasa are the highest ranked bantamweights and they have been ordered to contest the title. The winner of that fight will either defend against Caballero, or if he decides to go another route, they will keep the title and become the outright champion.

– Jamie Sanigar, promoter
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