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In Pictures: Thaxton's Euro joy

Jon Thaxton and Juan Carlos Diaz Melero

Jon Thaxton gets his second shot at the European lightweight title against Juan Carlos Diaz Melero (Pictures by Richard Hancock)

Jon Thaxton

The fight's venue, the Royal Norfolk Showground, gives home advantage to the 34-year old former British Champion

Jon Thaxton and Juan Carlos Diaz Melero

Both fighters share the dubious honour of having lost previous European title fights to Yuri Romanov

Jon Thaxton and Juan Carlos Diaz Melero

Jon Thaxton and Juan Carlos Diaz Melero size each other up

Juan Carlos Diaz Melero and Jon Thaxton

Melero goes on the retreat as Thaxton throws a powerful left

Jon Thaxton and Juan Carlos Diaz Melero

In the third round Thaxton unleashes a fierce right hand, ending the fight in an instant to the delight of the partisan crowd

Juan Carlos Diaz Melero

Melero was out cold for a few moments but, after receiving medical attention, he was back on his feet in no time

Jon Thaxton

A victorious Thaxton takes the acclaim of the crowd after his convincing victory in Norwich

Dominic Ingle, Jon Thaxton, Graham Everett and Junior Witter

Thaxton celebrates with trainers Dominic Ingle and Graham Everett, as well as sparring partner Junior Witter

Mick Hennessy and Jon Thaxton

Promoter Mick Hennessy joins in the celebrations too as Thaxton soaks up the adulation of his home town crowd

Danny McIntosh and Steve Spartacus

Earlier Danny McIntosh from Norwich faced his old sparring partner Steve Spartacus for the English light heavyweight title

Danny McIntosh and Steve Spartacus

The fight could have gone either way after the opening rounds, but McIntosh's superior speed and power won through in the seventh

Danny McIntosh and Steve Spartacus

Steve Spartacus

Steve Spartacus and Danny McIntosh

Danny McIntosh

Herbie Hide

Herbie Hide fought in his home town for the first time in a decade and, considering his chequered past, he received a good reception

Herbie Hide

Former two-time WBO heavyweight champion Hide easily beat unknown Latvian Aleksejs Kosobokovs in three cruiserweight rounds

Herbie Hide, his son Henry and Alexejs Kosobokovs

Hide, his son Henry and opponent Kosobokovs pose for the cameras

Herbie Hide, Jackson Willilams, Earl Ling, Danny McIntosh and Sam Sexton

Hide joins Mcintosh and fellow Norfolk boxers Jackson Williams, Earl Ling and Same Sexton in the celebrations after the big fight



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