Bristol’s Lee Haskins retained his IBF world bantamweight title with a unanimous points win over Ivan Morales at the Ice Arena in Cardiff on Saturday, and then immediately turned his attentions to his former foe and mandatory challenger Stuart Hall!
Haskin’s (33-3, 14KOs) was a clear winner against the Mexican challenger, brother of Erik and Diego which saw the judges cards come back 119-108, 118-110 and 118-110 all in favour of the Haskins, but former world champion Hall, wasn’t impressed with Haskins’ performance and said so on social media to add some spice to their rematch set to take place within the next three months. (date TBC)
Its official lee haskins has put me to sleep within 6 rounds thru boredom watching him , he will never put me to sleep in the ring tho?
— stuart hall (@stuskithechamp) May 14, 2016
Morales (29-2-KO17) put up a good effort and was courageous as he gave everything to win, but Haskins superior experience and ring savvy was enough for him to contain and outwork his junior by 8-years.
Haskins shook Morales early on with a powerful right hand wobbling his man. Morales was hurt again in the fourth and suffered a bad swelling under his right eye, and Haskins was content to box and move and pick up the points, once he knew he had Morales number.
Haskins finished strongly and at pace, and was clever not to get involved in the last round as Morales gave it one final assault but to no avail.
After the fight Haskins promised to hand his next opponent Stuart Hall “another lesson” after Haskins scored a unanimous points victory over the Darlington fighter when they met for the vacant European bantamweight title in 2012.The IBF governing body will now order Haskins to defend his belt against No1 challenger Hall, who won a eliminator in April against Rodrigo Guerrero. Both camps have to come to an agreement to meet within the next 90 days.
“All I was thinking in the training for this fight – and I didn’t want to look past it – was about Stuart Hall,” Haskins told Channel 5.
“He’s the one I want, and I’m literally going to punch his face in.
“I beat him easy before and I’m going to beat him easy again, easier than the fight I’ve just had.
“He’s been talking a lot online. I don’t know what his problem is – whether I’ve got more hair than him!
“But if he wants another lesson I’m going to give it to him.”
HASKINS vs MORALES