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Boxing | International

Irishman grabs European title



Carl Frampton has taken over the European super-bantamweight title in impressive style.

The unbeaten Northern Irishman stopped Spain’s Kiko Martinez in the ninth round of their championship bout in Belfast on Saturday night.

Martinez, who had twice pulled of fights against Frampton before getting into the ring with the 25-year-old challenger, did well early on but was felled by a solid right.

He lost his title 2 minutes 46 second into the ninth round when referee Anssi Perajoki stopped the bout. Frampton, whose record improved to 16-0, with 11 knockouts, was leading on all three scorecards at that stage.

The new champion, who had stopped Canadian Steve Molitor in the sixth round last year, is now likely to set his sights in the IBF title.

The 26-year-old Martinez, who had never been knocked down, dropped to 27-4, with 19 knockouts.

British and Commonwealth featherweight champion Lee Selby beat Martin Lindsay on points over twelve rounds – 118-110, 117-111 and 118-109 to take his record to 14-1; 5. Lindsay’s fell to 20-2; 7.

Earlier middleweight Andy Lee improved to 29-2; 20 when he beat Anthony Fitzgerald (13-4; 4) on points over ten rounds.

In a middleweight bout, Grzegorz Proksa (29-2; 21) beat Norbert Szekeres (13-21-3; 8) on points over six rounds. Heavyweight Martin Rogan won a four-rounder against Ladislav Kovarik on points, improving to 15-3; 7. Kovarik now stands at 10-13; 5.

In Esjerg, Denmark, European featherweight champion Alexander Miskirtchian retained his title when he stopped Andreas Evensen with barely half a minute to go in the final round.

Miskirtchian improved his record to 22-2-1, including 8 knockouts. Evensen’s now stands at 17-3-1; 6.

Sonora, Mexico: Humberto Soto, a former world champion, took his record to 60-8-2, including 34 knockouts, when he beat Silverio Ortiz on points over ten rounds. The victory gave him the WBC silver super-lightweight title.

On the undercard, the Ceja brothers both won on fifth-round knockouts. Julio beat Henry Mandonado to improve to 24-0, with 22 knockouts. Luis (23-3-3; 19) defeated Alejandro Morales in a bantamweight bout.

Mexico City: Super-bantamweight Jonathan Lecona beat Enrique Bernache on points to improve his unimpressive record to 15-11-2, with 5 knockouts. The scores were 96-95, 97-93 and 98-92. Bernache dropped to 21-5; 11.

Junior middleweight Daniel Sandoval knocked down Martin Avila in the first round and stopped him in the second to go to 31-2; 30. Avila dropped to 14-11; 8.

Welterweight Ramses Agaton moved to 11-1-1; 7 when he stopped Leonardo Ventura (4-1-1; 4) in the first round.

Buenos Aires: WBO Latino junior middleweight champion Javier Maciel stopped Emilio Julio Julio in the fifth round to take his record to 25-2, including 18 knockouts. Julio’s now stands at 26-10-2; 19.

Montreal, Canada: Kevin Bizier (20-0; 14) stopped former WBA and WBO lightweight champion Nate Campbell (36-10-1; 26) in the eighth round to retain the NABA welterweight title and claim the vacant IBF Intercontinental title.

In a lightweight bout, Baha Laham (11-0-1; 4) won on a majority decision over ten rounds against Tyler Asselstine (12-1; 7).



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