Josh Warrington retained his WBC International featherweight title after he defeated Patrick Hyland in his home city of Leeds on Saturday night to remain unbeaten in 24 fights.
Warrington took the victory via a 9th round stoppage of the Irishman and keeps himself fully on course for a world title shot.
Warrington (24-0, 5 KOs) dropped the exhausted Hyland in the 8th after a sweet right hand to the side of the head. The bell saved Hyland from the follow-up, but it proved the beginning of the end and in the following session two more knockdowns forced the referee to step in as Hylands coach Pascal Collins was perched on the ring apron with the towel at hand ready to throw in and save his man.
“Patrick is a very tough man and he hits hard,” said Warrington after the fight.
“I listened to my corner, the tactics paid off in the end and I’m very pleased with the performance.”
Dillian Whyte defeated David Allen in a domestic heavyweight rumble the WBC International heavyweight title.
Commonwealth lightweight champion Luke Campbell got off the canvas after an early knockdown, to outpoint former world champion Argenis Mendez of the Dominican Republic to claim the vacant WBC silver lightweight title.
Campbell, 28, from Hull, who was a gold medal winner at the London Olympics in 2012, took a comprehensive unanimous decision in a good win for him. The official scores were 117-110, 116-111 and 115-112.
Huddersfield’s Tyrone Nurse, 26, fought a smart fight against a spirited challenge to retain his British super lightweight title against Hull’s Tommy Coyle. It was a great fight and full respect to both boxers. Coyle was upset and held back the tears as he waited on the decision to come through. He was gutted when the judges verdict went against him, but Nurse is a class operator and Coyle can be proud of the effort he gave. The scores at the final bell were 115-113 twice and 116-112.
Birmingham’s Gamal Yafai, 24, outpointed Yorkshireman Josh Wale to retain his Commonwealth super-bantamweight title.
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