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Britain's Paul Ingle
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Sunday, 30 April, 2000, 10:51 GMT 11:51 UK
Ingle survives scare to win

Paul Ingle (right) trades shots with Junior Jones
Paul Ingle survived a ninth round knock down to retain his IBF featherweight crown against Junior Jones of the US at Madison Square Garden.

The 27-year-old champion showed enormous resolve to recover and knock out the New York challenger one minute and 16 seconds into the 11th round.
Ingle celebrates
Ingle: Came close to an upset

A big right floored Ingle in round nine and he stayed down for a count of seven.

He struck back with a short left hook in the next round that seemed to drain Jones and force him to hang on.

The American looked unsteady by the 11th and Ingle needed no second invitation to wrap the contest up.

Jones, a veteran of 52 bouts, ended the clash with his right eye swollen shut, and his lip bleeding heavily.

Robert McCracken: Eye injury put him out

The British fighter was not in a much better state, with a cut above his right eye sustained during the finishing blur of punching that put the challenger down.

The knock-out was perfectly timed, with the fighters virtually level on points after round 10.

McCracken crushed

Meanwhile, across the Atlantic Robert McCracken crashed to defeat in the penultimate round against WBC middleweight belt holder, Keith Holmes.

It was a sorry end for the 31-year-old from Birmingham who went 33 bouts unbeaten over nine years before being granted a shot at the title.

The referee stopped the fight slightly more than a minute into round 11 when the bloody mess above McCracken's right eye made it impossible for him to continue.

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