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Stuart Hall defends British bantamweight title

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Stuart Hall made a successful first defence of his British bantamweight title with a 10th-round stoppage of Martin Power in Sunderland on Friday.

Hall was dominant throughout, rocking Power in the fourth and fifth rounds before finishing the job in the 10th.

It was unbeaten Hall's ninth victory from 10 fights while Power suffered the sixth defeat of a 27-fight career.

Meanwhile Tony Jeffries drew his eighth professional fight, the first contest he has failed to win in the paid ranks.

The first round between Hall and Power was relatively cagey until the final 30 seconds with both boxers and in particular the champion boxing behind the jab. But Hall ended the round well catching Power with two accurate straight rights forcing his opponent to retreat to the corner for cover.

Power walked on to a jab midway through the second with Hall also offloading a neat two-punch combination towards the end of the round that rocked the challenger once more.

I was told it was a six-round fight beforehand and couldn't believe it when they asked me to do another two

Tony Jeffries

It was a positive start from the champion who worked the body of Power in the third and again found his target with a right hook. But Power to his credit came back into the fight, managing to get inside Hall's defence before launching a sustained body attack towards the end of the round.

Power seemed buoyed by his end to the third and upped his work rate in the fourth again working the body of Hall but the champion came back at him in spectacular fashion launching a barrage of punches, which began with a huge left hook, that rocked his opponent with only the bell saving him from defeat.

Hall rocked Power with an accurate right hook in the fifth and ended the round with two huge lefts over the top which again saw the challenger holding on for the bell.

The tempo dropped in the sixth with Power showing great heart to stay in the fight with Hall again landing a solid left while also taking several fierce body shots.

Hall walked on to a right in the seventh but shrugged the punch off as Power looked to come back into the fight.

The eighth began with a fierce uppercut from 30-year-old Hall, which rocked Power but the Londoner came back into the fight, boxing from range in a relatively quiet round.

Power started brightly in the 10th but Hall caught him neat left hook that rocked the challenger and after several more fierce accurate punches the fight was stopped by the referee.

Elsewhere, Olympic bronze medallist Jeffries continued his education in the professional game drawing 77-77 against Michael Banbula in a scrappy fight which ended in controversial circumstances.

Jeffries, 25, was cut above the left eye in the second round and seemed hindered by it throughout and the experienced Banbula proved to be an awkward opponent.

Remarkably, Jeffries thought the fight was over when the bell sounded for the end of the sixth round but was informed by the referee that it was actually an eight-round encounter.

The local hero looked spent but managed to weather a storm in the final two rounds to earn a 77-77 draw, taking his record to 7 wins and one draw with five stoppages.

"I was told it was a six-round fight beforehand and couldn't believe it when they asked me to do another two," said Jeffries

"It was the first time I've been cut in a fight, and it was dripping into my eye and blurring my vision.

"I need to work on my stamina and I need to make sure I can go eight rounds."

see also
Jeffries wary of Banbula threat
23 Jul 10 |  Boxing

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