Hall retains IBF title after technical draw with Ward
Stuart Hall retained the IBF bantamweight title after his clash with domestic rival Martin Ward ended in a technical draw last night at the Metro arena, Newcastle.
A clash of heads in the opening round opened up a nasty laceration above Ward’s right eye and referee Marcus McDonnell waved the bout off shortly after the start of the second.
Hall was pressing the action in the first three minutes as the crowd at the Metro Radio Arena settled in for what was shaping up to be an exciting encounter.
As Hall lunged forward to try and land a shot Ward attempted to roll to the left and the heads came together accidentally.
There was immediate concern in the corner in the break between rounds and soon after the second started blood started to drip from the wound into Hall’s eye.
After a short consultation with the corner, McDonnell signalled the end of the bout to the frustration of all those in attendance.
Also on the card, Frankie Gavin successfully defended his Commonwealth welterweight title with a points victory over Sacky Shikukutu.
The Birmingham southpaw was knocked down for the first time in his professional career but came through to clinch a wide unanimous decision.
After Gavin had dictated the opening round Shikukutu produced a shock when he sent Gavin to the canvas with a short left hand in the second.
The Namibian landed some decent shots in round three as well but by the fourth stanza Gavin had seized control again and did not relinquish it thereafter.
Gavin, who claimed the flash knockdown was actually a slip after the fight, picked his shots well throughout the rest of the contest and did not suffer any further setbacks .
At the end of the 12 rounds Gavin was favoured by 117-111 and 118-109 twice on the three judges’ scorecards to record a win which improves his record to 19-0.
Jon-Lewis Dickinson won the Lonsdale belt outright after a 10th round stoppage victory against Neil Dawson.
The British cruiserweight champion, fighting in his home city, broke down his opponent over the course of the bout in an impressive display.
Dickinson landed a number of heavy shots in round 10, with Dawson taking a count after being held up by the ropes, after which the referee deciding to wave off the contest.