North East Clash Ends In Draw

Stuart Hall was able to retain his IBF Bantamweight title following a technical draw with Martin Hall at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Saturday evening.

The boxers clashed heads in the first round which resulted in a cut above Hall’s right eye. Referee Marcus McDonnell called an end to the world title fight 35 seconds into the second round.

Hall won his maiden world title at the age of 33 when he beat Vusi Malinga in December in Leeds. He became only the second man in history from the north east to establish himself as a world champion.

The opening round in Newcastle at the weekend was lively and suggested the pair were in for a entertaining encounter. However, the accidental clash did enough damage to Ward’s eye to bring the bout to an abrupt end.

Also on the card at the weekend, Frankie Gavin beat Sacky Shikukutu from Namibia with a 12 round unanimous decision.

There was a slight scare for the British boxer in the second round of that fight as he was floored for the first time in his professional career. However, he was able to recover and went on to dominate the later stages of the contest in Newcastle to reward Betfair backers.

Gavin will now prepare for a shot at the European welterweight championship which is currently held by Leonard Bundu.

Purse bids will be held next month for the clash which could take place in July. Gavin will go into the fight unbeaten following 18 contests. He has stopped 12 of his opponents along the way and still holds the British and Commonwealth titles in the division.

Eddie Chambers justified favouritism earlier in the evening on Saturday when he stopped Tomas Mrazek in his British debut.