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Last Updated: Friday, 21 July 2006, 22:16 GMT 23:16 UK
Cautious Haye claims points win
David Haye
Haye said he wanted to go 12 rounds to prepare for challenges ahead
David Haye produced an uninspired display but did enough to retain his European cruiserweight title with a points decision over Ismail Abdoul.

Haye adopted a cautious approach against his durable opponent, claiming he had deliberately restricted himself to three right-hand punches per round.

Nevertheless, Haye was always in control thanks to his effective jab.

"I was happy with my performance - I wanted to win this fight with my jab and go 12 rounds," said Haye.

The 27-year-old is hoping to get a world title shot against undisputed champion O'Neill Bell, having been installed as the WBC's number one contender.

"I've got a big fight coming up and it's nice to get 12 rounds in the bank. I didn't get caught with any silly shots and kept blocking.

"It went pretty much punch for punch to plan.

"I saw it as an exercise in going through the motions - there was no need to dominate him. But I would produce a completely different type of performance for O'Neil Bell."



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